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Lip Balm and Shampoo Bar Soap

November 20, 2008

I’ve been busily making two new products lately. The first is something that I’ve had some requests for and that is a shampoo bar soap. I personally use baking soda and vinegar, but that doesn’t work for some people and others just like the idea of a lathering bar soap. The process is exactly the same as making regular bar soap, the difference is the oils that go into it. Castor oil is generally used in shampoo bars because it makes a thick lather. Extra nourishing and moisturizing oils are also included to keep hair shiny and healthy. In my bar I used sweet almond and jojoba oils in addition to olive oil, coconut and palm oils. Also, instead of plain old distilled water, I made a strong rosemary infusion with rosemary that I cut fresh from my garden. It has this deep golden-y brown color and a beautiful swirl in the center that is all from the color of the rosemary infusion! I finished it off with rosemary, lavender and peppermint essential oils.

The other thing I did was make lip balm. I worked out my own recipe using candelilla wax (vegan and you don’t have the smell of honey like you would in beeswax which I don’t particularly like in a lip balm), coconut oil, mango butter, castor oil and sweet almond oil. Vitamin E is a preservative and then I’ve used some of the same essential oil combinations that i have in my soap. Four scents for now: ginger lime, lemon sage, orange lavender, and rosemary mint.

Also this week, I taught my first soapmaking lesson. My friend Angeleen came over to learn how to make soap for gift giving this Christmas. We made six batches together over two days.

Now, I have my own gift giving to think about. I usually make a special item for the girls each year and I think I’ve decided on making Christmas stockings for the girls. But I haven’t found any fairly easy, but interesting/funky/not-boring tutorials online. Do any of you have any that you’ve seen? If so, would you mind posting a link to one, or if you have a favorite method/pattern would you mind posting a tutorial on your blog?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy permalink
    November 20, 2008 8:50 pm

    Lip balm and shampoo bars. What great ideas! And your scents are terrific. There are some lucky folks on your Christmas list.

  2. Laura permalink
    November 20, 2008 9:41 pm

    The shampoo bars sound devine! I’m so sick of trying different things to wash my hair, I’m always disappointed. The combo that you came up with though sounds like it would work for my hair probs. Woo Hoo!

  3. Linda permalink
    November 21, 2008 4:30 pm

    Baking soda and vinegar didn’t work for me either, I tried it for a month and my hair continued to feel lank and dirty. I use Heritage Products’ olive oil shampoo now, and it’s much better than most commercially available shampoos, but I like the idea of not using packaging at all (plastic bottles ick) and I’d rather support a mom business anyway! I’m also interesting in learning to make soap myself, how much do you charge for a lesson? 🙂

  4. Evelyn permalink
    November 21, 2008 4:34 pm

    I can hardly wait to try your lip balm. I would also like to try the soap bar. When will you be having that one for sale?

  5. Evelyn permalink
    November 21, 2008 4:34 pm

    I can hardly wait to try your lip balm. I would also like to try the soap bar. When will you be having that one for sale?

  6. Lisa permalink
    November 21, 2008 4:53 pm

    Thanks Cathy! These probably won’t be Christmas gifts from me, I sell them.

    Laura-It’s sometimes hard to find that right thing. Luckily the cheapest option (baking soda and vinegar) works great for me.

    Linda-I’ve used baking soda and vinegar for over 3 1/2 years, but I have people like my sister (Laura) who it doesn’t work for, and I don’t use it on my kids either because I’m never sure that I got all the hair! That’s why I decided to do the bar. No packing is also a great thing, well less packaging, because the bar still will be wrapped.

    I didn’t charge my friend, because she is my friend and she also brought goodies as a thank you. I’ve been approached about doing classes many times and I haven’t thought what I would charge. I would also be open to trading items for the class or teaching another skill to me in exchange. The biggest problem with teaching a class of more than one person is getting a place larger than a kitchen to do it.

    Mom-I’ll be putting it up for sale next week.

  7. Tonia permalink
    November 22, 2008 12:51 am is a site I found for making stockings out old sweaters. I think Martha Stewart has directions in one of her Christmas books. I will try to find it, if you think you might be interested. I think it is essentially the same as the one above. I hope that address is right, I cut and pasted it.

  8. Lisa permalink
    November 25, 2008 8:39 pm

    Tonia-Thanks for that link. It looks easy!

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