Solid shampoo bars
|Great for eliminating plastic bottle from your life and shower and super handy for traveling and the gym!
Makes 6 x 50g bars
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240g SCI surfactant (Use a face mask when working with SCI)
60g decyl glucoside
40g cetearyl alcohol
30g conditioner pellets
8g cocoa butter, certified organic, deodorised (any butter will work)
6g hydrolysed wheat protein (swap for d-panthenol to make gluten free)
6g lactic acid
8g essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.
2g Geogard 221
For those wishing to avoid wheat, substitute the hydrolysed wheat protein for another 4g of cococaprylate.
In a double boiler with a lid on, melt Step 1 ingredients. The SCI can take a long time to melt in a double boiler, as long as a couple of hours, but you get a much softer result than if you were to use a just a pot and don’t run the same risk of burning it. So just set yourself aside some time. Towards the end blending it with the stick blender can help speed up the process. Stir until the mixture comes together to form a paste-like consistency.
Take the pot off the heat and stir/whisk in Step 2 ingredients. A stick blender will make the final bars smoother.
Using a spatula, pour/spoon the mixture into moulds. Smooth top over with a knife. It can be very difficult to get a clean finish so don’t worry if it’s a bit messy.
Pop them in the fridge to set.
About the ingredientsWe know some of these ingredients are unfamiliar and unprounceable so here's a quick summary of what they are and what you do.
SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate) - a coconut oil-based surfactant. It is very mild on skin, hair and eyes and has a silky skin feel. SCI makes a great lather and is good for making liquid shampoos and solid shampoo bars.
Conditioner pellets (aka BTMS-25) - Derived from rapeseed oil and palm oil (RSPO mass balance certified), these pellets make a luxurious hair conditioner (the best we've ever come across) and hair detangler for leave-on and rinse-off products.
Decyl glucoside – one of the first of the alkyl polyglucoside (APG) surfactants. APG surfactants are obtained from renewable, plant-derived raw materials, such as vegetable oils and starch. They have first-rate environmental and skin compatibility profiles and fit in well with consumer demands for wellness, 'green solutions', mildness to human skin, and safety for human health.
Lactic acid - Our lactic acid is produced from fermented corn. It is used to make a harder and longer-lasting bar and has excellent exfoliant, moisturising and deep cleansing properties.
Hydrolysed wheat protein – derived from wheat germ it is used to increase hydration and elasticity, protect cuticles and strenghten hair. Because of its low molecular weight, it easily penetrates the hair shaft and absorbs into the inner fibers of the hair.
Cococaprylate – a skin-conditioning agent naturally derived from coconut oil to provide hydration, spreadability and slip.
Geogard 221 - Ecocert approved preservative.