Best Homemade Dog Shampoo Bars Recipe
Neem oil should not be handled by pregnant women, or those trying to conceive, nor should it be used on pregnant dogs.
- 7 oz 198 g distilled water
- 2.75 oz 78 g sodium hydroxide (lye)
- 9 oz 255 g olive oil
- 4.5 oz 128 g coconut oil
- 3 oz 85 g castor oil
- 3 oz 85 g tallow (or cocoa butter or kokum butter)
- 0.5 oz 14 g neem oil
- 7 g lavender essential oil abt 2 tsp
- Put on goggles and gloves.
- Weigh the water into a stainless steel or heavy duty plastic container.
- Weigh the lye into a small cup.
- Sprinkle the lye into the water and stir until dissolved. (Don’t breathe in the temporary, but strong fumes.)
- Cool the lye solution in a safe spot for 30 – 40 minutes, or until about 100 to 115 degrees F.
- Stir in the sodium lactate, if using.
- Melt the tallow (or butter) and coconut oil, then combine with the remaining oils.
- Add the rosemary oleoresin extract (ROE) to the oils, if using.
- Pour the cooled lye solution into the warm oils.
- Use a combination of hand stirring and brief short bursts of the immersion blender to mix until soap reaches light trace.
- Add the lavender essential oil, and the oatmeal, if using.
- Stir until blended.
- Pour soap into molds.
- Cover lightly with a sheet of wax paper, then a towel or blanket to insulate.
- Keep the soaps in their mold for 1 to 2 days or until easy to remove.
- Cure the soaps on sheets of wax paper in the open air, turning occasionally, for 4+ weeks before using.