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« on: March 04, 2008 06:31:02 PM »

Does somebody have a shampoo bar recipe they would share?  I'm thinking I want a lot of coconut and castor for bubbles and maybe jojoba and rosemary essential oil, and maybe a rosemary tea/infusion for the water, but I don't have any proportions in mind.
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008 04:31:22 AM »

Hi -

Formulating is best done by your own intuitive preference rather than a given recipe. Formulas can be batch-sized and more easily tweaked - the larger the batch size, the more accurate and the less margin of error. You can get an idea on percentage ranges you like based upon figuring the percentages of recipes you've enjoyed.

It's the blend of various types of lather / conditioning that make the feel. Castor at 3%-6% is normal. Many shampoo-bar makers crank it up to 20% and wait forever for a bar to cure. As awesome as castor is, anything over 8% is a waste IMO. In this 3-oil formula, coconut will be your filler / majority oil, which is awesome for hair. Jojoba up to 10% for medium to coarse hair using softened water is the max; however, if water becomes unsoftened, it will cause an unpleasant dragging effect at anything over 4% ... which is enough to notice its presence. Haven't used EOs, but many references are online.

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008 08:53:50 AM »

I started with a shampoo bar that was 1/3 coconut, 1/3 olive, and 1/3 castor. That was a good place to start and I tweaked it from there.
That batch was a bit too high in coconut for me. It made my scalp dry and itchy. It's probably good for someone with normal to oily hair.
That said, my shampoo bars are 50% olive oil. I add equal amounts of coconut and castor and about 5% hempseed oil. The cure isn't too long because I discount water like crazy for high oo batches.
I've had a few customers say it was a bit too moisturizing for their hair, but people with dry hair love it. I need to start making more shampoo bars for different hair types.
Rosemary is great in shampoo bars, I use rosemary and pepermint EO's in mine.

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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008 11:45:34 AM »

Thanks you guys!  I always formulate my own recipes, but I love to hear input from others!  Hempseed! I wouldn't have thought of that! I found a recipe on snowdrift farms that sounded pretty good, kinda using that as a jumping off point. It called for about 24% hazelnut oil, which I don't have, but I think I might do 12% avocado and 12% walnut. And I'm going to add some liquid silk! Hmmm, ok a lot to think about now!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008 12:00:47 PM »

Thanks for reminding me that I need to make more shampoo. Since I don't have to work today...I'm off to go make soap!
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008 12:14:25 PM »

Thanks for reminding me that I need to make more shampoo. Since I don't have to work today...I'm off to go make soap!

Yay, me too! No work, making soap!
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008 11:30:06 PM »

I wasn't able to make this batch today since I ran out of coconut!  Cry If I had realized I was low I could have gotten more when I was buying olive and castor, but I *thought* I had plenty, but there was only a little left in the 5 gallon bucket!  I'm keeping the recipe I developed though and will make it next time!
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