Here we go again...Shampoo Bars

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  1. Jan 11, 2019 at 9:52 AM #1

    KiwiMoose

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    I found this old thread and suddenly I don't feel like making shampoo bars anymore:
    https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/shampoo-bar.59004/

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    My hubby currently uses shampoo bars from Lush and they lather up beautifully and seem great. No vinegar rinse required. So if Lush can make them successfully, why does a good recipe seem so elusive?

    Does anyone have a recipe that works well and needs no vinegar rinse?

    Has anyone one tried 'Genny's' famous (on SMF) recipe?

    Is there really such a thing as a shampoo bar that works and doesn't strip hair? Or shall I stick to my regular brand in a bottle ?

    TIA :)
     
  2. Jan 11, 2019 at 10:03 AM #2

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    Lush makes syndet shampoo bars, not soaps.
     
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    I used genny's shampoo bars for 2 years, then all my hair started breaking off in chunks. I had to shave all my hair off as it was horribly damaged.
    Genny's recipe makes a really nice facial bar though.

    You are better off sticking to regular shampoo or syndet bars like the lush ones.

    Lye soap simply has too high of a PH and even rinsing with vinegar won't stave off damage forever. There are a few people who can use soap on their hair but they are few and far between.
     
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    Thank you both - I think I shall put the idea of shampoo bars to bed then. I have no interest in mixing a bunch of chemicals - it's no fun to me at all. I want to make pretty soaps!
     
  5. Jan 11, 2019 at 10:26 AM #5

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    I used Gennys as well but only for about 18 months with the same result. It’s a great facial/body bar though.
     
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