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Do You Shampoo?

I first saw a solid shampoo bar at a really lovely chain store in England, whose products I usually adore. As someone who traveled often to visit family in America and Spain, and as someone who'd had a bottle of shampoo explode in transit, I was intrigued and bought a bar of great-smelling solid shampoo in a cute little tin.

But I was soon disappointed - the texture was a bit weird and it just didn't lather up like a shampoo does.

Fast-forward about 10 years, and I'm now making Handmade Goat Milk Soap full time. So I tried to make a shampoo bar, that just didn't work. It was good soap, but still wasn't a shampoo. Second, third and fourth attempts also didn't quite meet my expectations.

But this is science, as much as it is an art, so I learned from past failures and kept experimenting with different blends of oil, different amounts of lye and milk, different processes. And then one worked!

Tea Tree & Orange Handmade Goat Milk Shampoo was my first shampoo bar. I love how much lather I get, plus it smells great.

So I made another batch of Tea Tree & Orange, just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. It worked, too.

Once the basic recipe was established, I tried another blend of essential oils to help another hair-related issue: No Flake Handmade Goat Milk Shampoo is made to help people with drier scalps. Success!

Then came Juniper and Jojoba Handmade Goat Milk Shampoo for people with oilier scalps. By golly, I think I've got it!

This year I've added a fourth Handmade Goat Milk Shampoo, H.A.I.R. Made with hempseed oil, aloe vera oil, India pale ale, and rosemary essential oil, along with frankincense and geranium essential oil, H.A.I.R. is for hair that is dry from environment, treatment or processes.

Hop on over to my Facebook page to see a video of how to use a solid shampoo bar.

No, I don't normally wash my hair in the back yard, but I thought it would be a little weird for everyone to visit me in the shower. Yes, I did get pretty wet - my husband was in charge of the hose. Enough said. No, the water wasn't cold; because the hose had been sitting out in the sun all morning, and it's about 100 feet long, I had lovely hot water to wash my hair!

I've been using one of my Handmade Goat Milk Shampoo bars for more than two years. After about six months I even found that I didn't need to use conditioner any more. Not in our hot, humid Kentucky summers, and not in our windy, bitter winters.

I usually only have to wash my hair once, unless I've been doing something really mucky, like cleaning out the barn or sanding plaster on the walls. The shampoo tells me when I need to rinse and repeat - if it doesn't really lather the first time, I rinse and wash again. Another thing I've noticed, my hair doesn't hold on to water as much as it used to, so it dries quicker.

Plus there's no plastic bottle, and it never spills.


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