Here's recipe number one...
Luxurious Shampoo Bar Soap Recipe
Note: for the hoodoo-in-you, add a magical oil or two to the mix, such as those pertaining to protection, courage-building, luck- love- or money-drawing, etc.
Source: article adapted from frugallysustainable.com/2011/12/shampoo-bar-soap-recipe/
-9 ounces coconut oil*
-9 ounces olive oil
-5 ounces castor oil
-3 ounces jojoba oil
-2 ounces shea butter
-2 ounces cocoa butter
-1 ounce beeswax
-4 ounces water
-6 ounces coconut milk**
-4 ounces lye
*Use a kitchen scale for these measurements.
**You could use only water, an herbal infusion, or any other type of milk.
Optional Essential Oils
-Rosemary and peppermint for dark hair
-Lavender and lemon for blonde hair
-Lime and coconut for all types
*Use approximately 0.5-1 ounce of essential oils for this recipe. They are a fun addition, but not necessary.
1. Place the water and coconut milk into a large glass measuring cup.
2. Measure out the lye by weight into a 1 cup measuring glass.
3. Carefully add the lye into the liquid and stir to combine. (Adding the liquid to the lye could cause and eruption.) Be careful, the liquid is caustic and not to be touched in anyway. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Note: Take the necessary lye precautions with this step.
4. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
5. Measure all oils, by using a kitchen scale, and pour into a pot.
6. Warm oils and beeswax on low heat until all are melted.
7. Pour melted oils into a crock pot. Be sure the crock pot is on the lowest setting. Note: Do not allow the oils to get to hot.
8. Add the lye/liquid mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of vinegar, soap, and water. Vinegar will neutralize the lye.
9. After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend the oils, lye, and liquid in the crock pot for at least 3-5 minutes. We are working toward ”trace.”
10. Blend until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
11. Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and “cook” the soap for approximately 1 hour.
12. By the end, the mixture should have folded in on itself and it should be completely transparent. Turn off the crock pot.
13. Now it’s time to prepare the molds. I just use a standard glass loaf pan greased with coconut oil and it’s always worked perfectly.
14. Now is the time to add the essential oils (if using).
15. Spoon soap mixture into molds.
16. Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
17. Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into 1 inch thick bars.
18. Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further. But go ahead and use your first bar!!!
The rest of the soap recipes are as follows:
How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap – This wonderful coconut oil soap requires just three ingredients, it has an amazing lather and can even be adapted to make laundry detergent!
How To Make Herby Citrus Soap – This is a beautiful soap packed full of rosemary and lemon zest for a herby citrusy scent.
How To Make Chai Latte Soap – This is a warming soap for the winter months. It looks amazingly like a real Chai latte – just don’t drink it!
How To Make Loofah Soap – This is a simple to make soap involving just two steps and about 3 days – although most of that downtime!
How To Make Homemade Lemon Soap – Everyone loves lemon – right? Adding the zest to this soap gives it a great texture while the lemon essential oil gives it an even stronger citrus kick.
How To Make Pumpkin Soap – This is a real Fall delight! As well as pumpkin, it also includes a vanilla spice swirl for extra warmth and fresh-baked scent.
How To Make Garden Mint Soap – While the previous soap may be a Fall delight, this one is for summer! With fresh mint from the garden and peppermint essential oil this soap really refreshes and energizes the senses.
How To Make Homemade Oatmeal Soap – This wonderful oatmeal soap exfoliates, moisturizes and cleans. Plus it smells great and is really easy to make!
How To Make Castile Soap – If you are new to soap making then this is one of the best one’s to start with. It’s simple to make plus you can top your finished soaps with dried herbs and flowers to make them look extra pretty!