James Freyr wrote:I gotta ask, are two different things really needed for washing up? I quit using shampoo a few years ago after reading some forums here on Permies, and I was asking myself, why is shampoo necessary and had I just been persuaded or even convinced or dare I say brainwashed by marketing that it is necessary, so I stopped using it. Instead, I just wash my hair with the bar soap I was using, which I can't recall the name of but it's green, has scratchy bits in it and it has the words vetiver and hemp on the box it comes in. It seems to work just as well as any shampoo I've ever used and I can't tell any difference. My wife quit using liquid shampoos, but uses a shampoo bar. It looks like a bar of soap to me. I'm very much a pretty simple guy, and don't care about fragrances and products, I just don't want to be gross after a day of working outdoors, so I shower everyday. I do want to make soap, one day, but I just haven't gotten there yet in my steps towards a more ecological lifestyle and adopting better ways.
Jason Hernandez wrote:Well, I just Googled "pH in soap making," and among the items that came up was this lengthy discussion on a forum called Chemists Corner:
How Can I Lower the pH in Cold Processed Soap
It doesn't look too optimistic, I'm afraid. The consensus is that it can't be done, at least not without using synthetics. It is also (sadly) causing me to rethink my decision to use Dr. Bronner's on my hair as well as my body. On the other hand, I do see several shampoo-related posts here on Permies:
Shampoo-related Permies Discussions
Kate Downham wrote:I'd love to see your tallow soap recipe.
I'm interested in soapmaking but I'm a bit scared of having lye/dangerous stuff in the house with children around, and every time I look into it I get confused because the recipes are calling for lots of ingredients when I'd prefer to just use the simplest possible mixture of local fats.
I used to use shampoo bars, but switched to using the normal natural soap we get in bulk and it seems to be behaving the same way.