When I first starting washing my hair with baking soda I really liked my hair. However, as time has gone on I started developing a very dry scalp which I have never had before. I then switched to my shampoo bar (which I used off and on) but it didn’t seem to help the dry scalp. There is quite a bit on the internet now about how using baking soda is bad for the ph of your hair and scalp and will lead to dry scalp. I don’t know all the science but knew it wasn’t working for me any more.
I found a recipe for a spray of rosemary and lavender for dry scalp and it was helping. So, I was excited when I saw a recipe for a hair soap on the Frugally Sustainable website for a rosemary and mint shampoo bar that was for dry scalp. Andrea always has such great recipes.
I read recently that the beauty industry has discovered moringa flower oil and is beginning to put it in some of their products so I decided to also add some flowers to my infused water.
The recipe has several ingredients that can be used. These are the ingredients I used. I used a recipe calculator to figure out the amount of lye needed.
- 8 ounces coconut oil
- 8 ounces olive oil
- 8 ounces organic, sustainably-sourced palm oil – I purchased mine from Tropical Traditions
- 4 ounces shea butter
- 2 ounces cocoa butter
- 3 ounces castor
- 10 fluid ounces handmade rosemary, moringa, and lavender water infusion, click here to learn how to make an herbal water infusion
- 4.52 ounces lye (7% excess fat)
- 1 teaspoon rosemary powder, I ground my own rosemary
- 1 ounce peppermint EO
I used this shampoo bar immediately after I made it and REALLY liked the results. The smell is also great. I hope this continues to work for my scalp. Right now it looks wonderful.