This shampoo bar was created to strengthen damaged hair.
Beneficial oils and butters along with magical botanicals combine in this luxurious shampoo.
…as quoted by Mountain Rose Herbs “is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids, making it a truly luxurious oil. Argan oil absorbs quickly and is often used in skin, nail and hair treatments to deliver deep hydration, strengthen brittle hair and nails, and prevent/reduce stretch marks.” It actually penetrates the shaft of the hair improving elasticity and shine.
…is super high in the mineral silica (the essential element in the production of collagen) — which is known to help strengthen weak, dry, brittle or damaged hair — and when applied to lifeless hair…shine, smoothness and vitality are what remain. Also high in minerals such as potassium, selenium and manganese — horsetail prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, and contributes flexibility and strength to the hair.
…of ylang ylang, bay, clary sage, sweet orange, and cedarwood together help with a multitude of hair and scalp conditions such as dandruff. They also stimulate hair growth and restore health to greasy or lifeless hair.
Horsetail Shampoo Bar Recipe
- 8 ounces coconut oil
- 8 ounces olive oil
- 8 ounces organic, sustainably-sourced palm oil
- 4 ounces shea butter
- 2 ounces cocoa butter
- 3 ounces castor oil
- 10 fluid ounces handmade horsetail water infusion, click here to learn how to make an herbal water infusion
- 4.52 ounces lye (7% excess fat)
- 1 tablespoons horsetail powder
- 2 ounces argan oil
- 2 ounces essential oil blend of ylang ylang, bay, clary sage, sweet orange, and cedarwood
Thanks to the Internet and amazing people who are willing to share their wisdom so freely…I was able to learn the skill. I primarily use the hot processed method…however, choose the method you feel most comfortable with:
- Wardeh, who runs Gnowfglins, on her personal blog Such Treasures gives the clearest, most easy to follow directions ever! This is the exact post that got me started. She uses the hot processed method and I highly recommend that you read her recipe if you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own soap.
- Renee of Fimby was also very inspirational and such a great resource! Watch her awesome video that describes the cold processed method for making a simple soap by clicking here.
If you are new to soap-making, I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:
I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:
- Handcrafted Soapby Dolores Boone
- The Soapmaker’s Companionby Susan Miller Cavitch
- The Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch
Hot Process Method
*Remember…there are 2 different methods for soap-making — hot and cold process — this is the Hot Process Method.
- Measure both the lye and herbal infusion – each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
- Carefully combine the lye and herbal infusion by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in anyway. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
- Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
- Measure the oils – by weight – and then place in a crock pot to melt on low heat. Please omit the essential oils…we will be adding them later.
- Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
- After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
- After 1-2 minutes, add the horsetail powder. Using a wire whisk, whisk until well combined.
- Continue whisking for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
- Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
- Prepare your mold. Note: I just use a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper and it’s always worked perfectly and this recipe is enough to fill one loaf pan.
- Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat and quickly add the essential oils and argan oil.
- Stir until well combined.
- Spoon soap mixture into molds.
- Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
- Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
- Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further.
Where Can I Get This Stuff
–Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything (dried herbs and quality oils) you’ll need for this soap! It’s your one-stop-shop!
-I also just love the people over at The Soap Dish. You can purchase lye and other ingredients necessary for this recipe.
–The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.