Solid shampoo bars pack
Make your own solid shampoo bars. A wonderful way to get plastic bottles out of your shower.
Vegan and cruelty free.
Includes: All of the ingredients divided into three easy steps.
No mould and no physical instructions sheets. Instructions are below.
What you'll need: Pot, spatula, moulds, dust mask, knife and a stick blender is extremely useful.
Ingredients (makes approx 6 x 50g - 60g bars)
SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate) surfactant
cocoa butter, deodorised, certified organic, fair trade
hydrolysed wheat protein
essential oil (The vanilla option may turn the bars brown. You may wish to cover this with some colour.)
If you wish to add colour then 1 - 2 tsps should do it. Just sprinkle in as you blend until you reach the depth of shade you desire. Colours are not included in the pack but you can purchase them separately here.
In a pot melt Step 1 and Step 2 ingredients. Wear a face mask for this, keep any windows you can open and put on an extractor fan if you have one and don't have children around, the fumes from the SCI can be a bit harsh. The SCI can take a while to melt but don't leave it as you run the risk of it burning. Towards the end blending it with the stick blender can help speed up the process and give you a smoother consistency. Stir until the mixture comes together to form a paste-like consistency.
Take the pot off the heat and stir/blend in Step 3 ingredients.
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. It sets quickly so you can always pop it back on the heat to re-melt in between filling cavities.
Pop them in the fridge to set.
About the ingredients
We know some of these ingredients are unfamiliar and unpronounceable so here's a quick summary of what they are and what they 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.
Cetearyl alcohol - a cosmetic wax used as a co-emulsifier and thickener in conditioners and some creams. Made from sustainably sourced RSPO mass balance certified palm oil
Conditioner pellets - Often seen in recipes as BTMS-25. Derived from rapeseed oil and sustainably sourced RSPO mass balance certified palm oil, 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 strengthen hair. Because of its low molecular weight, it easily penetrates the hair shaft and absorbs into the inner fibres of the hair.
Cococaprylate – a skin-conditioning agent naturally derived from coconut oil to provide hydration, spreadability and slip.
Geogard 221 - Ecocert approved preservative.