Personally I love a product that can serve more than one function. Not only does it simplify things but it cuts down on your environmental foot print as well which is an area I have been focusing on more and more over the last few years. This lead me to come up with a full body bar. What is a full body bar you may ask? It is a soap bar that can be used not only on your skin but on your hair as well. This particular bar is made from a melt & pour soap base so it is super simple to make as well which is a definite win in my book!
For this recipe I chose a Shea Butter base as it will add moisture to your skin and hair. I also added in Argan oil which is great for your hair as it not only fights frizz, but it helps with scalp health and will make your hair shine. I also used both Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. These oils have great cleansing properties for both your hair and skin as well as they promote a healthy scalp.
You will need:
Split your 16oz of Shea Butter between two containers. If coloring your soap, add in your colorant now as well. Then heat in the microwave or over a double boiler until completely melted.
Next add 1 TSP of Argan Oil to each container and stir to combine.
Now add 23 drops of Rosemary and 23 drops of Peppermint to each container and then stir to combine. You can add more or less depending on how strong you would like the smell of the soap to be, just be sure not to exceed recommended usage rates. EOCalc.com is a great resource to check your essential oil usage rates.
Now it is time to pour your soap into your mold. For this soap I poured from opposite sides simultaneously to get a marbled effect. A layered soap would also look nice.
Spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to pop any air bubbles that may have formed and then allow your soap to set up for 3-4 hours before removing from the mold.
Now your soap is ready to use! If you do use this bar as a shampoo as well, it's great to follow up shampooing with an apple cider vinegar rinse of your hair weekly.
If you won't be using immediately I suggest wrapping the bars in shrink wrap to help prevent glycerin dew. If you make this bar leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!
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