As you may have seen on Friday’s vlog video, one of my dreams in life is to have a self-sufficient farm; growing my own fruit and vegetables, my own wood for felling and keeping heat in the house, a water wheel to generate water for drinking and to use in the house, a wheat farm for making flour for cakes and bread and an acre of land full of different animals; cows, sheep and chickens. These animals would not be slaughtered for meat, but kept to produce eggs, milk, butter, cheese and wool.
Something I’m venturing into at the moment, however, is producing my own shampoo.
I have quite long hair (measuring about 29 inches from my forehead to the ends), and a problem that people with longer hair face is that most hair products contain a product called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (or SLS). SLS can be detrimental to the health of the hair and scalp as it dries out the skin and strips the oil from the shafts of your hair.
Large manufacturers, such as L’Oreal, have produced products that do not contain Sulphates, however they still contain products such as parabens and silicones which can be damaging to the hair. SLS, however, is the one to avoid.
So the process of making your own shampoos… is quite difficult. I’ve only attempted it once so far, but will be trying it again. As difficult as it is, it’s a lot of fun as you get to enjoy making your own products.
If you want to do this, what you will need is:
- A bar (or two) of Castile soap
- Two mugs of a herbal or fruit tea of your choice to colour the mixture (I used lavender night time tea by Pukka and got a kind of biscuit colour)
- Four teaspoons of olive oil
- Two teaspoons of your desired essential oil(s) (I used eucalyptus and lavender)
A mistake that I made was putting the soap in the saucepan first. Next time I do it I’m going to boil the tea, let it brew, then put the tea into the saucepan with the soap. By putting the soap in first, I actually burnt the soap which I didn’t consider at first. I just thought it was going to melt. I know for next time, haha!
So how do you do it? Don’t put the soap in first, for a start.
Let the tea brew in the cups for about ten minutes, remove the teabags and pour into a saucepan. Once you’ve turned on the hob, chop up your soap bar(s) and put them in the pan as well. Keep stirring until the mixture starts to look a bit like a paste. Keep stirring until all the lumps have gone.
Once you’re happy with the mixture, start pouring in your oils. First the olive oil, stir that in. Then pour in your essential oils. This is for the scent as well as the nourishment that it has for your hair. Again, next time I try this I’ll most likely use oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil and almond oil. The smell of the eucalyptus and lavender are lovely, but I found that they were quite drying for my hair.
It’s up to you how you want to present your shampoo, whether you want to present it as a shampoo bar (like Lush) or whether you want it in a container like your typical off the shelf brand. I put mine in a bottle. You have to act quickly as the product starts to cool as it does start to harden if you haven’t mixed the product properly.
If you want to have the product as a bar you will need to pour the cooling mixture into container such as a lasagne dish or a shoe box.
If, like me, you want to have it in a bottle you will need to work out a way of pouring your shampoo into the bottle. I used a tablespoon and twisted the product into the bottle. When I did it it looked a bit like cake mix, so if you can kind of manipulate the product to drip and twist into the bottle that’s the best way to do it.
Once it’s in the bottle put it in your shower, steep it under the water for a few minutes and shaking before use. Bob’s your uncle!
What I’ll be trying next time is probably going to be blueberry and apple tea with coconut and almond oil. That should produce a rich purple coloured cream with a lovely smell. But I’ll keep you guys posted about the results.
I know from my own experience how difficult it is to find a decent sulphate free shampoo, so why not make my own?
Let me know, if you try this, how you get on. Share it on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/florathepagan) or tag me in your pictures on instagram (@beckyboo93_) with the tag #florashippiehead.
And that’s it. I’m sending a hug from my couch to yours, and for now love and light, Blessed Be.