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Not Mellicious, but the agar agar can be used as a conditioning agent and binding the ingredients together. This recipe is very similiar to this one Argan Rose Pressed Shampoo Bars - Humblebee & Me
Thanks cmzaha for the reply and the link. I decided to try a bar with the ingredients I already have and then will give other recipes a try. I can keep ordering product til the cows come home with all the different ingredients 😆
 

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Not Mellicious, but the agar agar can be used as a conditioning agent and binding the ingredients together. This recipe is very similiar to this one Argan Rose Pressed Shampoo Bars - Humblebee & Me
Thank you cmzaha for sharing this link. I’ve been wanting to make shampoo bars but couldn’t find a recipe anywhere that explained it clearly like in this link. Now to be able to find all the ingredients!!
 

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I do not believe in strips , I use ph meter and yes I test each batch, However I had a plastic strips from Formulator Store (I think that's the name) and they are incredible accurate when ph is 4.6 they show 5 , which surprise me every time I use them, I use them to check how low is ph then the meter.
Susan explains so well how to adjust it and how to measure, You could use strips just for general information
link to good strips, They costed so much cause I am in Canada, but they are the best I have . Link: https://www.formulatorsampleshop.com/pH-Fix-Indicator-Strips-10-Pack-p/fssd22020.htm
you need to make solution 5grams of syndet bar 45 of distilled water then measure it, I use ph meter 5 g of syndet 95 g of DW. easy peasy :)
Dahila, which pH meter do you have and where did you purchase it from?
 

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View attachment 42365 Hi I am trying to formulate a syndet shampoo bar for my curly dry hair. I bought Swift Craft Monkeys shampoo bar book and have tried to formulate something for me and would like input before I purchase all the ingredients. Please jump in with suggestions thanks to all in advance.
I use Bespoke Formula's book for my syndet bars. I purchased both hers and Swiftcraft Monkey. I do not have dry curly hair but I would back the slsa down and increase the sci. SLSA can be irritating at too high a percentage. 10% kokum would definitely be moisturizing. You might consider adding some cetyl alcohol and bumping up the btms 50 to 5%. I don't use sodium lactate in my bars. Regardless make a 100 g batch (one bar's worth) at a time until you have it dialed in so you don't spend a fortune on mistakes. The only way to learn shampoo bars is through mistakes. It's a different animal than soap. You may have to try 4 or 5 recipes until you get one you like. I promise it's worth it in the end though. Make the recipe above (just 100 grams) and then make one of HumbleBee's. Between those two you will learn a lot. And you can't learn it until you do it. It will seem overwhelming at first. Just keep on and expect to make mistakes and waste material.
 

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I have curly hair and formulated a bar that seems to do my hair pretty good. I use a total of 70% dry surfactants (SLSa and SCI), don’t need to add any sodium lactate because the solid content is high enough. Kokum butter sounds good, though I use mango butter or Shea butter. I also add hydrolyzed wheat protein and panthenol. What made the difference for me (detangling) was coconut silicone (Coco Caprylate). Well it’s not a silicone but it has the same benefits
 

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I have curly hair and formulated a bar that seems to do my hair pretty good. I use a total of 70% dry surfactants (SLSa and SCI), don’t need to add any sodium lactate because the solid content is high enough. Kokum butter sounds good, though I use mango butter or Shea butter. I also add hydrolyzed wheat protein and panthenol. What made the difference for me (detangling) was coconut silicone (Coco Caprylate). Well it’s not a silicone but it has the same benefits
Can you tell me a bit about how you incorporated the coco caprylate into your bars? Making Cosmetics has a product called BioJelly that has CC as the first ingredient. Since I have a bunch of other stuff from their shop in my cart, I'm toying with whether to add this to my shampoo bar, as well. I have super thick, curly, dry, low-porosity hair. It was long till about two weeks ago - it's pretty short now, but still a ton of hair.
 

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Keeping an eye on these conversations. I plan on making some bars this weekend and will check pH and report back.
Thanks, I am planning to make mine this weekend, as well. I keep going back and forth between something very basic, and a recipe with all the things. Sigh.

I do know for sure that I want a melted version so the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Having separate "noodles" in the final product would mean you could not be sure how much of each ingredient was being activated during the shampooing process.
 

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Here is something that my hairdresser told me that made me rethink my processes/formulas...she said that for curls the shampoo is the cleaner but it’s the conditioner that ends up making the difference for our curls. Now she is a curl specialist stylist so pretty much knows what she is doing. So once i figure out a syndet bar that isn’t harsh then i am going to focus on a great conditioner.
 

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Can you tell me a bit about how you incorporated the coco caprylate into your bars? Making Cosmetics has a product called BioJelly that has CC as the first ingredient. Since I have a bunch of other stuff from their shop in my cart, I'm toying with whether to add this to my shampoo bar, as well. I have super thick, curly, dry, low-porosity hair. It was long till about two weeks ago - it's pretty short now, but still a ton of hair.
I don’t have me recipe at hand but if I remember correctly, I added it to the cool down phase where preservatives are added (while still mixing it in my kitchen aid. I’d have to have a look but I think I used 2% CC
 

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@Mellicious that is very helpful - thank you! I realized that I can't make my bars just yet, as I am waiting on my dust mask to arrive. My lungs are pretty sensitive so I didn't want to chance it with a paper mask.
 
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