Homemade shampoo without chemicals
It is now known that commercial shampoos contain many chemical ingredients which of course we are used to without realizing the damage they can cause to our body. An herbal shampoo with herbs may sound difficult to prepare, but in fact with a few ingredients you can make unique shampoos without burdening your body!
Starting with the basics, in order to understand the damage of the use of chemical shampoos and shower gels, our skin, and especially the scalp, is full of pores that absorb what is deposited. During the bath or shower, the pores are dilated allowing the substances contained in the cleaning products to enter the body, through a particularly sensitive system, of our glands.
Many of the ingredients are harmful, and most stay in the body for more than 12 hours. Therefore a good rinse is not enough. Now that we know the important difference between herbal homemade shampoo and trade shampoo, some practical tips will help you make your own shampoo!
For connoisseurs of soap making it will seem easy to make a soap from scratch to create a gel or shampoo ! For those who do not know will need:
1. natural soap from caustic potash (not caustic soda) as the creation of soap with caustic potash creates soft soaps, which dissolve easily in water! Do not be afraid of caustic potash, the creation of a soap consists of water (it can be rose water, or some other flower water, vegetable glycerin, etc.) oil, preferably a combination of soft oils such as almond oil and coconut oil which is more foamy and of course caustic potash! After curing, the soap has a skin friendly Ph without any impurities of other chemicals.
2. Flower water of your choice, even aloe gel where you will dissolve the soap
3. vegetable glycerin, a natural ingredient which in addition to cosmetics, deeply moisturizes and protects the skin.
4. essential oils of your choice, depending on the needs of your skin and your aromatic tastes! Here we should note that in chemical shampoos the biggest trap is the fragrance which is still unknown what it can cause on the skin. As well as we should note the fact that in the bathroom your herbal shampoo will smell wonderful and you will take an aromatherapy bath but after a while you will not smell the aroma! At first you may not like it, but in the end the natural aroma of our skin is much nicer.
5. coarse salt to make the shampoo a little thicker, and a pinch of citric acid for the PH.
6. Additions of your choice, such as a little extra almond oil for soft hair, clay for detoxification, etc.
Method of preparation:
Crush the soap in a large bowl and cover with distilled water, flower water, decoction or combination. Allow it to dissolve on its own and add a tablespoon of almond oil and a tablespoon of glycerin, a tablespoon of salt and a pinch of citric acid and mix well. When the mixture has calmed down, add the essential oils and any addition of your choice and stir gently. Your shampoo is ready to be stored in beautiful bottles!
The drops of essential oil allowed for 500ml of shampoo are up to 70, with the exception of strong essential oils such as mint and cinnamon which require less.
A bar of soap 200g will make you about 500ml of shampoo, so the proportions mentioned are for this amount! You can add more or less water depending on how thin you want your shampoo! No it will not foam like the trade shampoo, nor will it smell like the trade shampoo! But you will see the difference from the first week of use!