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Pumpkin Spice Aloe & Shea Soap Recipe

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I used fresh aloe vera gel in place of the water and a large amount of shea butter went into this recipe. Since it will be done curing in October I added orange and black colorant and a pumpkin spice scent. On the side I poured several unscented and plain aloe & shea bars as well. The white in this soap will darken a bit as it cures so you will need to use titanium Dioxide to keep white soap white.

 

 

Recipe

7.5 oz Coconut Oil

6 oz Palm Oil

4.5 oz Shea Butter

4.5 oz Olive Oil

3 oz Castor Oil

3 oz Sunflower Oil

1.5 oz Hemp Seed Oil

4.17 oz Sodium Hydroxide

9.90 oz Aloe Vera Gel

(46.53 oz by weight total)

 

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This recipe has a 5% Superfat,  is 33% Aloe Vera Gel. Scented with 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Fragrance oil.

Colorants used: Activated Charcoal powder, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Titanium Dioxide to maintain white color.

I did not add TD and this is the same soap 3 days later after darkening, it would be better with TD in my opinion..

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Making Aloe Vera Gel For Cold Process Soap

You will want to use several Aloe Vera leaves. You will hopefully be able to find them in the specialty produce section of a well stocked grocery store.
Avoid any damaged leaves or bruises where the gel has turned dark. I bought three of them and one was completely bruised with dark colored gel which I did not detect when I bought it. I recommend either picking up an extra leaf or if you do not have enough you can substitute with distilled water.
Wash and then trim the spiked edges off of the sides of the leaves.

Then lay the leaves flat and remove the skin on the top of the leaf, with a spoon you will remove the gel inside and place it into a blender. This part is pretty slimy.

Once all of the gel is in the blender, pulse a few times and then blend for about fifteen seconds until completely liquefied.  From there place in a strainer and allow the liquid to strain through, stir the bit in the strainer to help the last of the liquid to pass through the screen.

I usually place this in the fridge afterwards for it to chill and also for any bubbles to escape to the surface of the liquid.

And here you have fresh aloe vera gel! It’s meant to be used right away because it will oxidize and there is no preservative to protect it from mold and bacteria. If you want to save any portion of this for another day I suggest freezing it into ice cubes. This batch is going right into my soap as soon as it is cold enough.

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Yucca Root Hair Wash

Yucca Root Hair Wash

2 tbs Dried Yucca Root

2-3 cups Water

2 ml Nettle Extract

2 oz Aloe Vera Juice

In a sauce pan add water and yucca root and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and steep until water is luke warm then strain out the root and add the nettle and aloe vera.

This is a soapy feeling liquid due to the high content of saponins in the yucca root that will foam when shaken up but will not lather when applied to your hair. I don’t really notice any smell from it, perhaps a faint earthy desert smell, I notice the smell of aloe vera more. It might be bothersome but You can add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Lavender, Rosemary or Tea Tree are all great for hair and scalp.

 

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I used about 3/4 of a cup in my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I followed up with a peppermint, rosemary, tea tree ACV tea rinse. My hair is much softer and exceptionally tangle free.  Since there is no preservative to keep this from going bad I froze the remaining liquid in an ice cube tray for later.

Battling through the transition.

I tend to get oily buildup in my hair, and seriously dry skin. The same with the skin on my face. This lead me to one day throw out my face wash and I started using natural kitchen ingredients like banana and honey and the oil cleaning method and my problem went away so I thought… is shampoo any different than face wash so I decided to stop using it and see where that would take me. I learned that shampoo as we know it is a fairly modern thing, less than 100 years old so what did people do before that? Whatever it was obviously worked for people I am sure. So I started investigating and reading here and there when I would find articles. I gave up face wash for something better, before that I gave up deodorant with little to no problem(aside from adjusting to the 12 hour thing) so I have some determination to see this through but with hair it is a lot more difficult, modern shampoo strips all of the oil from your scalp, it makes your body over produce oil. Once you stop using it your scalp still over produces oil for some time because it’s probably been doing so your whole life until it realizes it doesn’t have to anymore, once you get past that phase and your scalp stops freaking out and adjusts to a normal amount of oil production things are much easier but that transition phase is no fun at all, especially if you have near waist long hair like me.

I Knew I wanted to use kitchen ingredients instead of spending money on different products and I decided early on I honestly don’t want to deal with baking soda in my hair, it’s the most common alternative but it is harsh and it’s just not an experiment I want to try so I’ve been using other methods and I was successfully shampoo free for about a month, I was getting really frustrated from time to time and had been relying on dry shampoo that I made with cornstarch and a little bit of cocoa powder and only using a drop of shampoo about every 5 days.

About two weeks in I used henna which I left in for about 4 hours and the lemon juice and the henna cleaned away all the oil and build up. After that I gave up shampoo entirely and have been using conditioner only, an herbal vinegar rinse and dry shampoo and a boar bristle brush. I am still struggling to find out what works and fighting past the transition. I  noticed the ends of my hair getting very dry and was becoming static charged when brushed. It was also still very oily on the top and I made the terrible decision to moisturize with coconut oil. This resulted in having to wash my hair, twice! With shampoo(my bf’s harsh dandruff shampoo) to remove all of the oil.

That was yesterday. I am wondering if I need to adjust how I use my dry shampoo and just use corn starch only, I also have arrowrroot powder which I haven’t used yet, I probably need to adjust when and how I use it… which was quite often to deal with the transition. It was drying the length and loosing the battle with the transition.

I will certainly be using oil free hair masks from now on!

I mixed up some coconut milk, aloe vera juice and eucalyptus essential oil and I am going to go back to this method, you freeze it into cubes in an ice tray and dethaw what is needed, I like this because I can further adapt the recipe for the day by adding ingredients just before washing. I get the idea that I will need to change my method depending on how my hair is feeling that day, much like I do with washing my face.

I have quite a road of trial and error ahead of me. I also have some herbal tea sea salt washes in mind as well as honey and clarifying lemon and clay recipes.