Eco-friendly, easy to carry and simple enough to DIY at home; these shampoo bars are the latest, more efficient way to complete the typical task of washing your hair. Its qualities are so eye-catchy; you wouldn’t have to blink twice before picking it up!
You might be wondering, what exactly is the point of shampoo bars? As people are leaning more towards liquid soaps for bathing purposes, why go back in time and bring bars back in trend? Well, the explanation is simple. These shampoo bars are compact, convenient and the environment benefits that it offers are just too hard to ignore.
Concentrated pucks of shampoo that can outlast the usual bottles, these bars are basically concentrated shampoo particles that are moulded into one single bar and are also packed full of essential oils and fresh ingredients that will leave your hair silky and smooth every time. One bar lasts up to 80 washes and is quickly replacing the bottled shampoos that have been going around since forever!
As the focus is shifting on making products that are environment-friendly but also useful, these shampoo bars are just a step forward in that direction. The ingredients used for making these bars are all kept as natural as it is possible and their longevity also exceeds your typical shampoo bottles. Their compact size is just another benefit added to the list and makes it the perfect travel essential for the modern travellers.
Aside from being easy to travel with, these bars are said to being able to get your hair back to its original, shiny and voluminous state by cleaning away residue left from the chemicals found in your usual hair cleansers. Plus these all-natural bars do not damage the hair in the same way as the detergent based shampoos can, since contents like sodium lauryl sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate are completely stripped from the making of these bars, making these bars, a sensible substitute.
This new, all-natural way of cleansing your hair attracted some major brands into experimenting with the recipe and hence, as a result, there are now multiple options to make your pick from for the shampoo bar. Lush, Chagrin Valley Soap and salve, J.R Liggett, the yellow bird and the Falls river soap company are some of the most famous brands that have come up with their own shampoo bars that range from $7.99 to $20 depending upon the fragrances and oils they incorporate.
But if you’re in the favour of “doing it yourself” and at a much lesser cost, well we got you. Follow this simple recipe and create your own little bars at home!
You’ll need the following ingredients, and don’t worry, they make multiple bars so you won’t be left with residue stuff.
- 10 oz coconut oil
- 10 oz palm oil
- 10 oz olive oil
- 6 oz castor oil
- 5 oz lye
- 12 oz distilled water
- 5 oz essential oils (peppermint, rosemary or any other, as per your preference)
A step by step guide to making your life simple:
- Firstly, pour water into a glass bowl for mixing. In a well-ventilated area, slowly add lye to the water. This will cause the mixture to become very hot and so keep in mind that you should not directly touch the mixture just yet. Stir and let it sit to give time for the reaction to take place and for it to cool down.
- Measure the oils (except the essential oils) using a scale and combine these in a non-reactive pot and begin to slowly warm the solution. You ideally want the oils and the water/lye mixture to be about the same temperature when you mix them (somewhere between 100 to 120 degree)
- When the temperatures are close, slowly add water/lye mixture to your oils. Use a stick blender to begin mixing again. You want the mixture to stay on the surface of the stick for a few seconds before it falls right back in.
- Then add the essential oils and pour the mixture into the soap moulds.
- Cover the soap mould with an upside down the cardboard box and cover with a towel to keep them warm while it continues to saponify and leave for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, remove the soap from moulds and slice it. You should be able to get 12 bars from an average mixture. Store them in a well-ventilated area and you’re good to go!
Now with this simple recipe, you can create your own shampoo bars and judge by yourself if they’re actually doing wonders for your hair or not! Or just simply order them from their official website or your usual supermarkets.