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    I use their shampoo bars and love them. So far my favorites are the Cafe Moreno and the Olive Babassu. The shampoo bars are actually saponified oils, so actual [castile] soap. Check out the shampoo bar thread for more info; a number of people there use them, and there is a lot of useful discussion on the subject there.

    edit: Depending on the hardness of your water, you may require an acid (vinegar, citric acid, lemon juice, etc.) rinse after using a shampoo bar; more about that also in the shampoo bar thread.

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    emi, I'm going to merge this into the (Chagrin Valley) shampoo bar thread. The coconut is saponified coconut oil, which happens during the soap making process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaxen View Post
    emi, I'm going to merge this into the (Chagrin Valley) shampoo bar thread. The coconut is saponified coconut oil, which happens during the soap making process.
    Thank you..I can't believe I didnt find this huge thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by n3m3sis42 View Post
    rossjen, I'm glad you're having a good initial experience with the CV shampoo bars! HB&E is one of my favorites so far, too.

    Out of curiosity, what sort of routine did you use before this?
    I had a really simple routine going before this: I shampooed every three days with Giovanni Tea Tree shampoo or Jason Kiwi and Apricot Extra Body shampoo. No conditioner or any other treatments in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loves2spin View Post
    How did it work out? Well, dear friends, as my DH has said to me, "Aww... you're always trying to do things on the cheap." Yep! I'm a dyed-in-the-wool penny pincher. SO - yesterday I made a batch of shampoo bar soap. It looks to be about a 3# batch, and of course it will be a few weeks before I can try it out, but oh I do hope it turns out to be good. Even if it's not, I'm sure it will make great bath soap. I will let you all know! The thing is, I have soft water. Do any of you have hard water and successfully use poo bars?
    I like the lemongrass soap it lathers well. I did break down and buy shampoo and conditioner at our co-op yesterday cause it was owner discount day and I wanted to try some of the products they have in bulk. I bought some Giovanni Triple Tea Tree Treat and used it today. It doesn't lather as well as my soap bars, didn't clean as well, and kind of burned my scalp and other body parts. It must have lots of peppermint oil added to it as well. I usually don't have that kind of reaction to mint and tea tree oils in products!

    I think I will stick with my soap bars for me and let DH use up the other stuff. I am thinking of trying the lotion I make as conditioner cause I don't see much difference in the ingredients from conditioner.


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    Well, I'm doing an (accidental) experiment of sorts today.

    I was already in the shower with my hair all lathered up when I realized that I'd forgotten to refill my ACV rinse bottle. I decided that now was as good a time as any to find out if I could go without it. I detangled in the shower (under a cold water rinse) instead of waiting until after, just in case the lack of an ACV rinse made it weird to comb while wet. It's now up in a microfiber towel, and I'll let you know what happens when it dries.

    The bar I used today was Honey Beer and Egg, which I've used before and which normally plays nice with my hair (but may or may not give me scalp itchies if I use it several times in a row--still haven't determined if it was the culprit that time).

    I'll post again later with results.
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    Ok, Im officailly an addict :-)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the CV shapmoor bar I got (Chamomile Citris) I have been waiting and waiting for the Rosemary Lavendar Aloe to come available and was finally able to order it today. Does anyone else keep looking at the site to hit the availability dates? lol
    I also got some other samples that were available and shea and Cocoa butters and lip balms.

    I just cant believe how amazing my hair feels after the shampoo bar and some cameila oil. No cones ever gave me that!! OMG
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    Default My shampoo bar report!

    I promised to report on whether or not my home made shampoo bars turned out good. Well, they did. Here is a description of how I did it, in case anyone is interested:

    Oh, well, yes….. how to make soap. FIRST of all, in order to make soap you
    have to use LYE (Sodium Hydroxide). Lye is dangerous. It can BURN, so when
    you are working with it, wear protective goggles, long sleeves, latex gloves
    and don’t do it when small children or pets are around. That being said,
    don’t let it put you off. All it takes is to be careful. I’ve been doing
    it for years and never had any trouble, because I am careful. Keep a
    container of vinegar close by, and if any lye gets on you, you can
    immediately neutralize it with a splash of vinegar.

    Ok, let’s get to it!

    It used to be that you could go to any grocery store and buy “Red Devil
    Lye”. The laws have changed, and so now you have to order lye over the
    internet. I bought mine here:

    http://www.camdengrey.com/essentialoils/277/

    You have to fill out a hazardous materials form – the instructions are on
    the site. The shipping is rather high, because of the fact that it is a
    hazardous material, but it’s still cost effective. I bought 8 pounds and
    that will last me for years. You can buy as little as 2 pounds, but we
    sprung for the 8 and then per pound the shipping is not as bad. This is
    good clean lye.

    Here is a WONDERFUL series of videos that will show HOW to make soap.

    http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1...ting-ready.htm

    I do not use her recipe, but the basic method is the same. Also, after the
    initial stirring of the lye water into the melted fats, I used a “stick”
    blender – some call it an “immersion” blender to stir it and it came to
    “trace” very quickly. However, I made soap for many years without a stick
    blender. You can too. This just speeds it up. I got mine at Goodwill for
    $2.

    For this batch of soap, I used a square Tupperware-type container for a mold
    and the next day I cut it into bars.

    So, here is my “Shampoo Bar” recipe. I used oils that are available at the
    grocery store (I got the Castor oil at a pharmacy). I did not want to have
    to order them online and pay shipping. This concoction is wonderful – rich
    thick lather, and leaves my hair shiny, smooth and not dried out.

    Olive oil – 20 ounces

    Safflower Oil – 8 ounces

    Peanut Oil – 4 ounces

    Coconut oil – 4 ounces

    Castor oil – 4 ounces

    Lye – 5.25 ounces

    Water – 11 ounces

    The lye water and the fats were combined at about 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Be sure to watch the videos for how to do all of this, and Be SURE to always
    slowly add the lye to the water, and not the other way around, and do this
    outside so you won’t breathe the fumes. When it finishes making fumes, you
    can bring it back into the kitchen if you like.

    Good luck. If you want to make your own recipe for shampoo, just be sure to
    add some Castor oil. I used to use my plainer soap, made with 9.5 cups of
    lard and ½ cup of coconut oil for my hair, and it worked quite well, but
    this newer stuff is much nicer. This soap can be used as bath/face soap
    too.

    If you want to make up your own recipe, go to
    http://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php in order to calculate the amount
    of lye and water you need for the fats you wish to use. Good quality
    ingredients make good soap. The Expert Village videos also show you how to
    “hand mill” soap and add other things like herbs and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n3m3sis42 View Post
    Well, I'm doing an (accidental) experiment of sorts today.

    I was already in the shower with my hair all lathered up when I realized that I'd forgotten to refill my ACV rinse bottle. I decided that now was as good a time as any to find out if I could go without it. I detangled in the shower (under a cold water rinse) instead of waiting until after, just in case the lack of an ACV rinse made it weird to comb while wet. It's now up in a microfiber towel, and I'll let you know what happens when it dries.

    The bar I used today was Honey Beer and Egg, which I've used before and which normally plays nice with my hair (but may or may not give me scalp itchies if I use it several times in a row--still haven't determined if it was the culprit that time).

    I'll post again later with results.
    The results are in, aaaaaand...

    *drumroll*

    Skipping my ACV rinse appears to have made no difference whatsoever!

    So, apparently, I don't need an ACV rinse with shampoo bars, or at least not every time. Maybe I'll try going without for a while longer and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n3m3sis42 View Post
    The results are in, aaaaaand...

    *drumroll*

    Skipping my ACV rinse appears to have made no difference whatsoever!

    So, apparently, I don't need an ACV rinse with shampoo bars, or at least not every time. Maybe I'll try going without for a while longer and see what happens.
    That's interesting, n3m3sis42. I'm glad that skipping the rinse worked for you.

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