If you didn’t already know, it’s #plasticfreejuly
‘Plastic free July’ is a global movement with a mission to combat plastic use and waste. Originating from a small group in Western Australia, the following has now stretched to 150 countries worldwide, all with the aim to give up single-use plastic. This challenge has inspired us to make our July ‘make it Mondays’ single -use plastic free or completely plastic free.
What a better way to limit the use of plastic, than to make things at home, from scratch! For you this week, we have put together a super simple and quick recipe on how to make some refreshing and conditioning Aloe and Coconut solid shampoo bars. Perfect for your new plastic free bathroom!
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This recipe has been made using the Stephenson’s crystal solid shampoo base. This base is a VEGAN friendly, SLS-Free melt and pour shampoo soap, which contains soothing Aloe Vera and conditioning additives.
What you need:
- 2 Heatproof Jugs
- Measuring Spoons
- Chopping Board and Dicing Utensil
- Accurate Scales
- Reusable Shampoo Bar Moulds
- Isopropyl alcohol in spray bottle
- 300g Melt and Pour Crystal Solid Shampoo Base (With Aloe)
- 5ml Coconut Non Disc Fragrance
- Colour – Blue Liquid/ Tartrazine Yellow Mixed (To be added as desired)
- Optional – Shredded Coconut
- Dice up 300g of solid shampoo melt and pour base in to small chunks.
- Place in to a heatproof jug and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
- Once your base has completely melted, add 5ml of Coconut fragrance and stir well. If you’d like to add some shredded coconut in for added texture, now is the best time.
- Now divide 100g of the base in to another heat proof jug and set aside.
- The leftover 200g can now be used to create your main layer of soap. Grab your moulds and fill each of them up till they are about ¾ full. This leaves just enough room in each mould to add a coloured layer.
- Wait for that layer to set slightly and create a film on top before adding your next layer. This way your coloured layer of soap will set on top instead of mixing in with the first layer.
- While you wait for that to set, you can colour your 100g that you have put aside. If this has hardened a bit, pop it back in the microwave for a few seconds.
- Add a drop of colour at a time to the base and mix thoroughly. You can add more drops if you wish, the colour and its intensity are up to you!
**We used a colour which is an equal mix of Blue liquid colour and Tartrazine yellow. To achieve the colour in the photos, we used just 1 drop. **
- Once the film has formed on your first layer of soap, you can now pour your colour layer on top till the mould is completely full.
- Spray with some isopropyl alcohol to remove and bubbles that has formed.
- Leave to set for a few hours.