melt and pour shampoo bars, which oils to use?

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cara87

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Hi!
I'd like to make melt and pour shampoo bars but I'm having a hard time understanding which oils I can use.

I have:
coconut oil
sweet almond oil
avocado oil
olive oil
grapeseed oil
jojoba oil

I usually use clear glycerin soap base or aloe vera base.
I would love any tips or suggestions for combinations of oils.
 

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You can add any oil to MP just not a lot of it. I believe it's like 1 tsp per pound of MP. Too much will be oily and will affect lather. Then the other thing is that Soap is not good for the hair. The PH is too high and many many of us have had issues using soap and ruining our hair. There are some who can, but I recommend being careful. It can take some time before it's too late.
 

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Today most m&p even the one sold as shampoo is made from soap base. So use caution. Shampoo is synthetic with lower ph
 

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Thank you for shampoo info. I’ve been using my shampoo bar and have lost hair. Better go back to shampoo 😒
Using a properly formulated surfactant based shampoo bar with a low pH is no different than using regular shampoo. There's just no water! Just don't use true soap or high pH products on your hair.
 

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Using a properly formulated surfactant based shampoo bar with a low pH is no different than using regular shampoo. There's just no water! Just don't use true soap or high pH products on your hair.
She was using regular CP soap.
 

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Using a properly formulated surfactant based shampoo bar with a low pH is no different than using regular shampoo. There's just no water! Just don't use true soap or high pH products on your hair.
This is very true, but it does not appear that the OP is talking about solid shampoo (syndet) bars. They appear to talking about melt and pour soap base which is usually soap based today. Stephenson does make a syndet m&p base if one can find a supplier that carries it. It is in noodle form.
Syndopal - Syndet Base
 

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She was using regular CP soap.
That explains it!

This is very true, but it does not appear that the OP is talking about solid shampoo (syndet) bars. They appear to talking about melt and pour soap base which is usually soap based today. Stephenson does make a syndet m&p base if one can find a supplier that carries it. It is in noodle form.
Syndopal - Syndet Base
Oh no, I know. I was just relplying to the other poster who's hair was falling out using a shampoo bar.
 

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You can add any oil to MP just not a lot of it. I believe it's like 1 tsp per pound of MP. Too much will be oily and will affect lather. Then the other thing is that Soap is not good for the hair. The PH is too high and many many of us have had issues using soap and ruining our hair. There are some who can, but I recommend being careful. It can take some time before it's too late.
Can relate. My hair is damaged right now from soap and too hot water.
 

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