I admit it, I buy other cleaning products. I know, really eh? One of my favourite shampoo brands is Aveda. I am in love with the scent of the rosemary & mint shampoo. But, as much as I love that scent, I’m not comfortable with all the ingredients that are in their products. Since I haven’t quite mastered liquid soap production, I thought I would make myself some rosemary and mint scented solid shampoo bars. Solid shampoo bars are great for travelling, camping, or regular use in the shower, or even on pets! I especially like to take them in my swim or gym bag as they are much lighter and no risk of a messy spill either. These bars smell delightfully minty & fresh smelling! Perfect for our hot summers like the one we are currently having here in Edmonton!
So what’s in it? They are made with a blend of extra-virgin olive oil and organic castor bean oil, organic rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Castor oil is an excellent hair conditioning oil, which is why I included it here. Olive oil is a very gentle oil, so the bars won’t strip your hair, but you will still likely want to use conditioner afterwards. Rosemary oil is beneficial for oily hair, dandruff and has been suggested to help with hair growth, but I’m not convinced about that last one. The bars are softer to the touch than my regular olive oil bars, but they suds up really well and you can keep it dry in it’s handy tin or on a soap dish.
Pet care: Love the idea of a shampoo bar, but not sure its’ for you? Try it on your dog. Yes, scrub your pooch. They will love it! Well okay, about as much as a dog loves a bath! But, you will love the smell and the fact that you are using something all natural, chemical-free on them. Rosemary & peppermint oils are natural insect repellents and are antimicrobial too. Your pooch will smell so fresh and clean afterwards and will have shiny soft hair! The dog bars are cut into a cute dog bone shape too. I’ll post a photo soon!
I’m at 2 markets this week: 124th St. Grand Market (108th Ave & 124th St.) on Thursday, July 12, 5-9pm, & the City Market (104th St & Jasper Ave.) on Saturday July 14, 9am-3pm. Have a great week!