Today we’re squishing’ and mixing’ up a batch of pretty pink sulphate-free shampoo bars, featuring French green clay and a blend of gentle surfactants. These beautiful bars kick out all kinds of gorgeous, creamy lather, and leave your hair wonderfully clean.
Green Apple Shampoo Bars
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Weight the heated phase ingredients into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in your prepared water bath to melt everything through.
While the heated phase melts, put on your dust mask and weigh the dry surfactants into a bowl. Weigh out the cool-down phase and set it aside.
Rather than noodles, we chose powdered surfactants. The Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSa) we used is an extremely fine, floaty powder, while the Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) is a chunky, rough sort of powder.
If you have Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) noodles that’ll work, too, though the end look will obviously be a bit different. If your SCI is finely powdered that can also work, but you may need to drop the Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) by a few percentage points and add a bit more Cocamidopropyl Betaine to account for the increased absorption powers of the higher surface area format.
Once the heated phase has melted, pour it into the dry surfactants. Put on a pair of gloves and blend thoroughly with your hands. Once the mixture is uniform, add the cool-down phase and blend that in as well. You’ll be left with a stiff, easily-moldable paste.
Now it’s time to press the bars!
Carefully un-mold the bars and leave them to dry for at least 48 hours, but preferably 7–10 days, before using.
To use, massage the bar into wet hair (or a wet loofah, for body washing) to work up a rich lather. From there on out it’s just like using any other shampoo or body wash. Enjoy!