Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saponification Sunday...Shampoo Bar Love
I was 16 and Herbal Essence was all the range, Any hippies worth her Doobie Brother washed her hair in the shampoo allegedly made of all things herbally groovy. Like walking around with a head full of sage, rosemary and thyme.
Shortly after as I "matured" and took life more seriously (stopped hitchhiking), I became a Breck Girl. But I never shared my shampoo with my sisters who had to deal with mom's Suave shampoo purchases, instead hiding my stash under my mattress. Pathetic.
In my late 20's I landed my first professional nursing management job with just three years of floor nurse experience behind me. Anxious to fit in with the corporate gals, I chopped off my long hair and invested in a $4 bottle of L'Oreal. I also started wearing ugly suits with peplum bottom tops.
My bottom was already "peplumed" out enough as it was. WHAT was I thinking?
After leaving the security of a well paid job it was time to cut out the luxuries. I went back to Suave. Mom wasn't so dumb after all. Far from it. Pretty much the same chemicals as in the other more expensive shampoos just with cheaper packaging.
Then nearly three years ago I made my first shampoo bar. I was suspicious since the only experience I had with using bar soap for shampoo was when we'd run out of Suave as kids and had to used a ZEST bar. Oh man...not good. But I did some research (snooping on others blogs) and therefore I credit all the other great soapers out there who shared their shampoo recipes with me.
Since then, I've been hooked. There is no clinical proof it's better for my hair, everything is indeed subjective, or if my hair is better because I've gotten too old and too cheap to mess with all the products like hairspray, mousse, volumizers , conditioners and I just want it to be better. But I figure a good amount of coconut,olive, castor oils and some shea butter has to better than the list of crud on the average shampoo bottle.
I do know it's just one less complication in my already overly complicated life. Next up ? Think I'll give up facial peels. I need the SOS pads to clean out all my soap making pans.