Today I will try to write my first blog post ever! Yay!
I have so many great recipes and DIYs in my head and written down somewhere in my phone, but I never found the time to rewrite them, so normal human beings would understand what my weird mind produced there.
Now I will just do it, jumping into the cold water, pulling down the pants! here we go...
This is a recipe for experienced soap makers and with sharing this, I'm assuming that you know the basics of soap making, both hot and cold process.
I'm going to share my new favourite simple shampoo bars, that are made using the hot process method.
The reason I chose to make them HP is that the delicate ingredients won't get destroyed by the lye, since we're adding them after the soap is soap (haha, after the saponification process is finished). The recipe has a high amount of canola oil, since canola oil is very conditioning and washes out super nice (there won't be any soap residue left). So, yay for canola oil!
- 30 ounces/ 850.49 grams canola oil (I use organic cold pressed)
- 30 ounces/ 850.49 grams coconut oil
- 3 ounces/ 85.05 grams sweet almond oil (superfat)
- 19 ounces/ 538.65 grams water
- 9.48 ounces/ 268.64 grams sodium hydroxide
- fresh field horsetail (CAUTION: must be Equisetum arvense!) about 6 stems*
- 2 Tbs manuka honey
- 1 Tbs propolis (optional)
- 1.88 ounces/ 53.18 grams lemon EO (optional)
- measure 800 gr water and bring to a boil
- cut horsetail in small pieces and add to water
- let simmer with lid for about 30 minutes
- mix with stick blender until tea turns bright green
- let sit for about 2 hours
- strain liquid
- take 1/2 cup of liquid and mix with 2 Tbs manuka honey and 1 Tbs propolis, in a separate container
The rest is your liquid for making the shampoo (and little extra in case your soap gets too hard during the cooking process)
Making the soap:
Prepare your lye water with the horsetail tea.
Add coconut and canola oil to your crockpot and melt everything until liquid. Now you can use any HP method, like stovetop or microwave, I just use my crockpot.
Add lye water and blend until a very thick trace.
Cook until ready (see how I'm not explaining the soap making process, haha)!
When your soap is finished cooking, add the SF (almond oil).
Add the 1/2 cup tea/honey/propolis mixture.
Turn off the crockpot.
After the batter has cooled down a bit, add the EO.
Fill into molds and let cool.
Aaaand you're done!
Let me know how this recipe worked for you and feel free to send me a dm or comment of you have any questions!
(since I'm having a simple blog, you won't get a notification when I answer, but just check back after a while, I will answer as soon as possible!)