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THE SOAP KITCHEN IS HERE TO SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT CAN BE TO HAVE SHINY, HEALTHY HAIR AND A CLEAR CON­SCIENCE

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If you’re on a mis­sion to cut plas­tic waste, here’s a sim­ple lifestyle change you can make that will ben­e­fit both the planet and your locks! With this sim­ple-to-fol­low recipe and just a few nat­u­ral ingredient­s from The Soap Kitchen, it’s pos­si­ble to cre­ate a won­der­fully aro­matic Rose­mary and Rhas­soul sham­poo bar that will leave your hair look­ing and feel­ing in­cred­i­ble – with no nasty ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment.

How to make Rose­mary and Rhas­soul Sham­poo Bar Ingredient­s

• 215g cold wa­ter • 118g sodium

hy­drox­ide

• 225g co­conut oil • 225g shea but­ter • 225g olive

po­mace oil

• 135g castor oil • 100g avocado oil • 15ml (1 tbsp)

rhas­soul clay

• 15ml (1 tbsp) rose­mary es­sen­tial oil

• 7.5ml silk

amino acid

• Dried rose­mary to

dec­o­rate (op­tional)

Equip­ment

• Two stain­less

steel saucepans • Heat-proof

mea­sur­ing jug • Dig­i­tal kitchen

scales

• Bal­loon whisk

and spat­ula

• Soap mould (lined with sil­i­cone or grease­proof pa­per) • Safety glasses

and gloves

• A blan­ket or

large towel

1 Put on your safety glasses and gloves. Mea­sure the cold wa­ter into a jug then care­fully add the sodium hy­drox­ide and whisk – work in a well-ven­ti­lated space and take care not to breathe in the vapour that's given off ini­tially. Stir un­til dis­solved. The so­lu­tion (now known as 'lye') will heat up to nearly 93°C. Leave to cool.

2 While your lye cools, melt the co­conut oil and shea but­ter gen­tly in a bowl set over a pan of boil­ing wa­ter. Take off the heat, add the olive, castor and avocado oils and sieve in the rhas­soul clay. Stir un­til it's all com­bined.

3 Once cool, care­fully add the lye to the oils and whisk un­til the mix­ture starts to chem­i­cally re­act and com­bine. Now add the amino acids, whisk­ing briskly un­til it turns opaque and thick­ens. Once you can driz­zle the mix­ture to leave a vis­i­ble mark on the sur­face be­fore sink­ing, you've reached the point known as 'trace'. Stir in the rose­mary es­sen­tial oil.

4 Pour the mix­ture into your pre­pared mould, cover with the blan­ket or large towel and leave at room tem­per­a­ture for 24 hours (or if it’s too soft to han­dle, for up to 3 days). Once it’s solid, cut into bars and leave to cure for 3-4 weeks on ab­sorbent pa­per, al­low­ing air to cir­cu­late and ex­cess mois­ture to es­cape.

5 To use, sim­ply lather the sham­poo bar in your hands and work into your hair. While the rose­mary soothes your scalp, the rhas­soul clay will cleanse and ab­sorb ex­cess oils. Rinse thor­oughly and you’re ready to go!

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