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Shampoo Bar Tutorial - Fresh Aloe Vera & Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated on June 23, 2014

Fresh Aloe Vera & Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Bar

I have been experimenting for more than a year on this shampoo bar, made lots of research, gathered information on every raw ingredient, tried and tested it. Each one did not pass for what I have in mind, and what I think is a balanced, real shampoo bar should be. My hair would sometimes look so limp, feeling heavy & oily, and rubbery. All these from experimenting, scrutinizing! The feeling of giving up, with all those frustrations I’ve had for less than a year! Well, I don’t have the luxury of time, I had to come up with a bright solution and I’m that person who will not stop until I perfect my idea and come up with a great product. Until one day I gathered all my thoughts, my ideas, analyzed each, sew my thoughts and voila! The recipe that would satisfy my hair dilemma.

Now, every hair is unique like every person is unique, and this does not mean it will give pleasure to everyone, some may not like this shampoo bar when most may agree to its skin benefits.

I tested this soap bar and it has a pH of 6. Isn’t that great!?

Fresh Aloe Vera & Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Bar

Ingredients

Total Oil Weight/Batch 1,000g

Water as % of Oil Weight 35%

Superfat/Discount 12% (I had to discount the LYE this much to balance the drying effect of Coconut Oil, as a reaction during saponification to create the soap.)

Fragrance Ratio (2.5%) 25g/per Kg Batch

Fragrance Weight 25g

Oil Used % per batch:

60% 600g Coconut Oil, 76 deg

40 % 400g Canola Oil

Ingredients we need:

250g ALOE VERA GEL (Iced or Slushy) - for LYE- Aloe Vera Solution {25% of Water Required, this has to be processed by a blender (I used my stick blender to do this), add a little bit of water to make a juice}

143g LYE (caustic soda)

100g 3 tbsp Lemon Juice + Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

** This 10% completes the required 35% Water %

20g Aloe Vera Juice + *Natural Preservatives {add natural preservatives to the Aloe Vera Juice}

1/8 tsp Sodium Bicarbonate or Baking Soda

5g (0.5% of your batch) Potassium Sorbate

1 tsp Vit E Natural Tocopherol (additional antioxidant for EXTRA emollient property)

50g (5%) Moroccan Argan Oil {Organic} – as our ‘EXTRA SUPERFAT’, for that extra luster & shine on your hair

25g Essential Oil Blends (your preference, we all have different choices & tastes, I chose below for its benefits)

5g Vitality Blend by Sydney Essential Oils (your choice)

15g Lavender Essential Oil

10g Patchoulli Essential oil

Optional Additives to enhance your soap qualities:

1 tsp Silk Mica

½ tbsp Vegetable Glycerin

PROCEDURE ON HOT PROCESS

Step 1 Gather & prepare all ingredients listed above.

Step 2 Line your mould with plastic if using wooden log mould, or if using silicon mold, spray with any light oil like canola oil.

Step 3 Weigh your required Alove Gel (to replace your Water), stick blend to create a smoothie, then freeze.

Step 3

Step 4 Weigh all the oils & mix together in the crock pot. Turn crock pot on HIGH. Let the oils heat up from 10-15minutes.

Step 5 Prepare the LYE WATER SOLUTION:

Weigh required LYE (sodium hydroxide or caustic soda), then take your slushy/frozen aloe vera gel. Slowly add the LYE to the slushy aloe vera gel until every bit of lye/caustic soda is dissolved.

Frozen aloe vera gel
Frozen aloe vera gel

Step 5

Prepare Lye Solution
Prepare Lye Solution

Step 6 When all the oils & stearic acid are melted & heated, add in 1 tsp Silk Mica, stir until it looks like pearlized oils.

Then, stir in your lye-water solution to the oils in the crock pot. Stir manually while pouring. Once the mixture is opaque, use your stick blender, bursting every few seconds and stirring manually in an alternate manner. Do this, and bring the soap mixture to ‘TRACE’.

Add Silk Mica to your oils
Add Silk Mica to your oils

Step 7 Once ‘TRACE’ is achieved, cover the crock pot. This is the start where we cook the soap mixture till the completion of the ‘GEL PHASE’ or TRANSLUCENT STAGE’. Watch the mixture as it fold over and boil over (so make sure you are watching closely) and become translucent. Do not leave the cooking, this might boil over so, try to stir the soap batter every 5 to 10minutes. This is the stage where the soap mixture is neutralizing (lye is being neutralized), that’s why we are able to use the soap after 24 hours.

Translucent stage
Translucent stage

Step 8 Once cooked & neutralized, you may now begin to add the other ingredients. Do the adding & mixing in this manner below, mixing fully as you add each of the ingredients. Make sure the crock pot is on LOW this time, so that the soap batter will remain soft as you proceed.

100g {3 tbsp Lemon Juice + Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to complete 100g}

20g Aloe Vera Juice + *Natural Preservatives {add natural preservatives}

½ tbsp Vegetable Glycerin

1 tsp Vit E Natural Tocopherol (additional antioxidant for EXTRA emollient property)

50g (5%) Moroccan Argan Oil {Organic} – as our ‘EXTRA SUPERFAT’, for that extra luster & shine on your hair

25g Essential Oil Blends

5g Vitality Blend by Sydney Essential Oils (your choice)

15g Lavender Essential Oil

10g Patchouli Essential oil

Step 9 Glop in the mould and bang on hard surface a few times to let the air bubble smooth out.

Step 10 Un-mould as soon as the soap has cooled down after 8 hours or even after 24 hours. Enjoy your ‘Fresh Aloe & ACV Conditioning Soap Bar’ after 2-3 days. Although you may use the bar right after unmolding, you can get the best out of a shampoo bar, the longer you cure it, the milder it gets.

Fresh Aloe Vera & Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Bar
Fresh Aloe Vera & Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Bar

Did you like this tutorial?

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How to use the shampoo bar? Wet the soap and lather on your hands. Lather on your wet hair and scalp, massage on scalp.
How to use the shampoo bar? Wet the soap and lather on your hands. Lather on your wet hair and scalp, massage on scalp.

Tips for success on using shampoo bars!

As I said, not everyone will be pleased in using a shampoo bar, this may fit your type of hair but, not with your friends or even families.

A Tip for Success in using Aloe & ACV Shampoo Bar:

  • Patience is what you need. The transition period on using real soap shampoo bar is a real pain. It took me a couple of weeks to get the hang of it. So, give the bar a good 2-3 weeks to adjust to it and feel how healthy your scalp can be.
  • I have natural slightly curly hair and usually exposed to hair rebond once a year. While using this shampoo bar, it feels so soft on my scalp, works and lathers well, but the ends feels (hair shaft) gets a bit sticky, a natural hair conditioner (which I also make does some of the trick. Of course you can still use a conditioner!

How to get aloe vera gel from a plant?

Aloe Vera Gel Preparation

How I prepared my Aloe Vera Juice from the gel - It would really be nice if you happen to have Aloe Vera plant in your backyard so, you can just trim & harvest whenever you need some.

1) Harvest some from your garden.

2) Take off the skin and scrape off the aloe gel.

3) Use a blender (I use my stick blender to make the Aloe Vera smoothie).

4) Weigh required amount of Aloe Vera smoothie for your soap batch.

5) Freeze

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      Melissa 19 months ago

      How much stearic aciddo you use? It's not in the ingredients list. Also, can we mix aloe gel with water for those 20g where preservative goes?

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      Ann 3 years ago

      What other hair nourishing additives would you recommend putting in this recipe?

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      Elizabeth 3 years ago

      1. Can this recipe be cold processed?

      2. Can Apple cider vinegar be added to any cold or hot process soap recipe, and if so, how?

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      Lee Strachan 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      An apple cider vinegar will be good if you feel the stickiness on hair shaft. Hair that has not been chemically treated will definitely not need any. As for me I normally use the shampoo bar to clean my scalp, rinse, then wash my hair shaft (NOT THE SCALP) using my 70% natural shampoo, then a conditioner or a vinegar rinse. Kind of too much work for me but works well and haven't got any head aches (I get head aches with using commercial shampoos).

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      Lee Strachan 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      An apple cider vinegar will be good if you feel the stickiness on hair shaft. Hair that has not been chemically treated will definitely not need any. As for me I normally use the shampoo bar to clean my scalp, rinse, then wash my hair shaft (NOT THE SCALP) using my 70% natural shampoo, then a conditioner or a vinegar rinse. Kind of too much work for me but works well and haven't got any head aches (I get head aches with using commercial shampoos).

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      Ana 3 years ago

      Do you need a vinegar rinse afterwards?