Rant about jumping on the eco friendly band wagon

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Re: Rant about jumping on the eco friendly band wagon

Post: #194011 indy
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:05 pm

I think that this jumping on the eco bandwagon has happened in a lot of areas, not just this eg: everyone now wants to grow own veg, make own clothes, save the planet. While all this is wonderful I wish that I was sure that it was a forever thing and not just a craze or a fad that is passing by for the majority of societY. This has been a way of life for me for the whole of my life, still I suppose that the good that this latest fad is doing might cancel the bad stuff out for a bit :scratch:
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Re: Rant about jumping on the eco friendly band wagon

Post: #194024 crowsashes
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:44 pm

i read some where that paint companies are labelling paint as eco when in fact it is onl meeting legislation nothing more

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Re: Rant about jumping on the eco friendly band wagon

Post: #194025 JillStephens7
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:48 pm

Here goes!

For 40 4 oz vegetable shampoo bars:

3 lb cold distilled water
510g sodium hydroxide
3 lb 1 oz olive oil
2 lb 4 oz oz castor oil
8 oz jojoba oil
2 lb 4 oz coconut oil
30g grapefruit seed extract (as preservative, optional)
15-18 teaspoons essential oil (as fragrance, optional)

There are loads of potential add in nutrients eg shea butter, sweet almond oil but I thought this would give you an idea of the least complicated recipe I have (I think) for solid shampoo bars.

You then follow normal soap making procedure including important safety precautions like goggles etc. which you can get from somewhere like Soapkitchen online. Although it's easy enough once you get the hang of it there's loads that can go wrong so you need proper instructions and it would take pages to write it all here, but to give you a flavour of it:

The basic idea is you mix the sodium hydroxide & water which reacts and heats up. You leave it to cool while heating up the oils. Add grapefruit seed extract to oils and mix thoroughly.

When oils an dsodium hydroxide solution are both are at 80 degrees farenheit you add lye to oils and mix for a very long time until the mixture 'traces' (maybe 10-40 mins)

Mix in essential oils thoroughly and pour into lined mould eg loaf tin fully lined with heavy duty greaseproof paper. Cover and keep warm eg wrapped in a towel, for 24 hours. Cut the bars then leave to cure for 4-6 weeks (they are still caustic).

OR!!!

You can make some 'soap shampoo' by mixing 10 oz herbal water with 1-2 oz liquid castile soap, 1 tsp glycerine & 20-35 drops essential oil :lol:

Also have recipes for various hair rinses, liquorice root, nettle & vinegar, glycerine hair conditioner, birch water shampoo, soap bark shampoo, allsorts really! If there's anything you like the sound of, I'm happy to type them out :sunny:

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Re: Rant about jumping on the eco friendly band wagon

Post: #194152 Susie
Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:08 pm

Thank you very much! This will be on my list to do immediately I've done a soap test run :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Rant about jumping on the eco friendly band wagon

Post: #194534 JillStephens7
Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:16 pm

For my first batch of cold process soap I bought a 'project pack' from the soap kitchen, had everything needed. No reason why not to just buy the ingredients yourself but a quick and easy option if you dither about like I do! xx


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