Are dandelions popping up all over your yard? Don’t spray them, use them!
Dandelions are excellent for a beginner forager, because they are easily recognizable. Their bright yellow flower head is known by even the smallest of children. Dandelions have a lot of medicinal properties, such as helping to soothe achy tummies or helping to get rid of excess water. The greens are also delicious in salads and pestos!
Remember the days of rubbing a dandelion head under your chin to see if you “liked butter”? That was part of the fun of picking them, until our fingers turned yellow. Ah, childhood.
Did you know you could use dandelions to make lip balms, (get the diy directions here) lotions, and a luxurious SHAMPOO bar?
I love making my own shampoo bars. I can easily customize them for our family’s needs, it’s less trash, and it saves me a lot of money versus buying shampoo at the store. Dandelion infused shampoo bars are the best shampoo bars as they are great for any type of hair. They will leave your hair soft, shiny, and very manageable.
It’s not hard to make your own dandelion infused shampoo bars! I’ll share with you the shampoo bar recipe I use most often. This is a simple shampoo bar recipe, with ingredients that are not expensive.
(new to making soap? Watch the video and basic instructions here)
Supplies you will need and their measured weight:
- 6.08 ounces coconut oil (get it here)
- 6.40 ounces dandelion infused olive oil (get DIY directions here)
- 3.20 ounces shea butter (get it here)
- .32 ounces castor oil (get it here)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 6.08 ounces water
- 2.31 ounces lye (get it at a local hardware store-you want sodium hydroxide)
Equipment you will need:
- Eye protection
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic bowl, large enough to hold the lye water
- Wooden spoon
- Stick blender
- Crockpot with lid
- Oven safe bowl
- Kitchen scale
Begin by measuring all the liquid oils by weight, and add them to the crockpot. Gently melt the shea butter and coconut oil together, then add to the crockpot.
Stir the oils carefully to combine. All the oils to cool to 80 degrees. Use your thermometer to keep track of the temps. If the oils are too hot, they may not come to trace.
In an open area with good ventilation, add the lye to the water. Stir gently to combine. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before adding to the oils. You want the temperature of the lye to be less than 80 degrees. A thermometer to check temps will be helpful. If necessary. allow your lye water to cool longer to reach that temperature.
When the lye water has cooled slightly, add to the oils and stir to combine. Using a stick blender on low, blend the mixture until a thick pudding like consistency has been reached. This is called “trace”. Trace is the moment that the lye and oils are all mixed together. Cover the crockpot, turn on low, and allow the soap to cook for one hour.
When the soap has cooked, stir to combine all the glycerine that may have formed on the top. The glycerine is good and so beneficial for your skin! Turn the crockpot off, and prepare your molds. This will also allow the soap to cool enough to handle. All the lye will be “used” up after the cooking time, but the soap will still be hot.
Add the honey and stir completely. Then, pour the soap into the molds. Allow to cool for 24-48 hours in the mold, then remove. Cut into bars and store in an open area, allowing air to help cure the bar. The shampoo bars will be good to use at this point. It is important to note that as they age and cure, they will harden.
Are you wondering how to use shampoo bar? Simply wet hair like you normally would. Rub the shampoo bar between your hands to start working up a lather and apply to hair. Rinse as usual. You can also rub the shampoo bar over your wet hair to get more creamy lather.