THE SOAP KITCHEN IS HERE TO SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT CAN BE TO HAVE SHINY, HEALTHY HAIR AND A CLEAR CONSCIENCE
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
• 225g coconut oil • 225g shea butter • 225g olive
• 135g castor oil • 100g avocado oil • 15ml (1 tbsp)
• 15ml (1 tbsp) rosemary essential oil
• 7.5ml silk
• Dried rosemary to
• Two stainless
steel saucepans • Heat-proof
measuring jug • Digital kitchen
• Balloon whisk
• Soap mould (lined with silicone or greaseproof paper) • Safety glasses
• A blanket or
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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