Solid shampoo bars pack
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Solid shampoo bars pack

Palm free

Make your own solid shampoo bars. A wonderful way to get plastic bottles out of your shower.

Includes: All of the ingredients divided into three easy steps.

What you'll need: Pot, spatula, dust mask, knife and a stick blender is extremely useful.

Ingredients (makes approx 6 x 50g - 60g bars)
Step 1:
SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate) surfactant
cetyl alcohol
conditioner pellets - palm free
cocoa butter, deodorised, certified organic, fair trade

Step 2:
decyl glucoside
lactic acid

Step 3:
hydrolysed wheat protein
essential oil (The vanilla option may turn the bars brown. You may wish to cover this with some colour.)
Geogard 221

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.

Cetyl alcohol
Coconut derived, palm oil free and non toxic, Cetyl alcohol is often used as an opacifier in shampoos and conditioners, as an emollient, thickening agent or emulsion stabiliser in skin creams and lotions. It is soothing for the skin and hair and gives finished products a silky feel with good spreadability. When used in shampoo and conditioner it adds to their moisturisation, enhances viscosity and adds to foam production.

Conditioner pellets - palm free
Palm oil free, vegan and cruelty free. A conditioning agent for hair and cationic emulsifier for skincare, Conditioner pellets - palm free (CPPF) are 80% pure active ingredient (Behentrimonium methosulfate aka BTMS) and 20%
Isopropyl alcohol. In hair care applications, CPPF leaves hair soft and tangle free and can also be used in skincare products. These emulsions provide a soft powdery feel on the skin and are an ideal choice for leave-in conditioners and leave-on skincare formulations.

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.


Solid shampoo bars pack

NZ $30.00

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