How to Formulate a Solid Shampoo

Hello everyone! 🙂

Today I talk about how to formulate a Solid Shampoo.

Solid Shampoo (10)

This is NOT a natural soap, it is a Syndet (synthetic detergent) made with powder surfactants and other ingredients. A normal soap won’t work well as a shampoo, no matter how many expensive oils you add to it or how much love you put into soap-making.
If you want to make a decent solid shampoo, it must be a syndet. 😉

The advantages of a shampoo bar are that it is compact, it doesn’t weight much, it is easy to use, easy to carry around (on a plane for example)… Yet, it is not at all common to find one in the stores.

The reasons for this are many but here are the main ones:
A Solid Shampoo is made with an extremely high percentage of surfactant matter (55%-85%) and this makes the production costs fly very high as well.
But this is not all: a shampoo bar looks extremely similar to a simple and cheap soap and therefore people don’t give to it even the same value they give to, let’s say, a fancy bottle of liquid shampoo (even if the liquid shampoo costs way less, to produce, than the solid one).
These two things, combined, already don’t make for a winning product…


No-Drandruff Shampoo DIY

Hello there!
I am back, finally, with a brand new recipe of a No-Dandruff Shampoo! 🙂
I wanted to try a new – to me, that is – ingredient: the SCLEROTIUM GUM! 🙂
I lowered the SLES to 23% because I needed a milder shampoo, but if you suffer of dandruff I think you should rise the SLES to 30% as we normally use it 🙂

No-dandruff Shampoo 8

That said, here a little explanation about the ingredients of this shampoo.
The ingredients which make this shampoo a “no-dandruff” one are two: Piroctone Olamine and Salicylic Acid.


No SLES Shampoo DIY

Hello there! 🙂

I am back with a new, simple recipe for a shampoo without SLES (sodium laureth sulfate).

No Sles Shampoo

Just to make it clear: I am NOT against SLES in general (HERE you find a recipe of a SLES shampoo I posted a while ago). I still believe that the best shampoos include SLES (these shampoos have the best wetting ability, the best spreading ability, they feel great, they wash great: overall they give a satisfactory experience)… However this ingredient is not suitable for everyone, here the reasons why:


Can you recognize a good Shampoo? pt. 1

Hello there! 😀
I have been doing some new recipes but mostly I have been repeating my favorite Banana Smoothie Hair Conditioner and my last Shampoo. These days I am trying to formulate a gel with aloe vera for soothing the scalp and maybe a gel for face, because here it is already starting to be quite warm and the winter cream is too heavy already!

However… this post will be about being able to recognize (or at least attempt to recognize…) a good shampoo from its INCI!
BeFunky_Shampoo .jpg

The INCI is simply the list of ingredients which are inside the product. The ingredients are in order of their percentage except for those ingredients which are lower than 1%: these ingredients will appear in the end of the recipe but their order can be mixed (which means that for example if you have 0.08% of Q10 and 0.8% of a preservative… probably the company will add the Q10 name before the name of the preservative even if the real concentration of Q10 is actually 1/10th the one of the preservative) 😀


Ghassoul Shampoo DIY

Hello there! 😀
I have an amazing recipe today 😀

This is a recipe for a muddy-looking shampoo but with an amazing feel! I have been using it for a month now and I am perfectly satisfied with it! Really, I think it is the best recipe of a shampoo I have done so far! 😀
Look how cute! 😀



Amla Power – DIY Spicy Shampoo

Hello there! 🙂

Amla Power DIY Shampoo

Instead of applying my brain into formulating some miraculous anti-gravity cream or the final self-styling hair product…  I simply decided to formulate MY NEW SHAMPOO!

Oh Yes!

And let me say: even though the MASSIVE CHRISTMAS FORMULATING still has to be done (and there is little time!!! ajajaj)… I am terribly satisfied with this new shampoo! 😀

This shampoo was formulated thinking of the little increasing in hair loss which occurs during autumn time (at least for me). I didn’t add any high-tech-hair-growth-stimulating-ingredient (I am not even too sure effective such ingredients even exist) on the contrary, I opted for a very easy “trick”: I decided to use the property of some essential oils in stimulating blood circulation once applied to the scalp! 😀
This is all!


Hair Repair Spray – DIY

Hello Everyone! 😀
Today I am going to show you my new little creation!
As you already know I don’t have quite much time on hand anymore so it will be, once again, a very simple (but, trust me, effective! 😀 ) recipe!

Hair Repair Spray

It is a Hair Spray for damaged hair.
I have thin hair and not really damaged (at the end of the post I will add some ideas on how to change the recipe according to different types of hair) but, once in a while, I love to give them something like a Hair “Energy-drink” so to say! 😀

[WARNING] I have to warn you though: this recipe will smell bad (it’s a concentrate of proteins, mind you, and they do smell awful!) and, if you use too much of it, it is also going to make your hair a bit sticky (still thanks to the amount of proteins! 😀 ).
You are warned!!! 😀

[You can skip this] Hairs are dead proteins hanging from our head. We cannot really “nourish” them BUT what we can do is apply on them some proteins (keratin works best, of course, since it is what our hair is made of) with the hope they will “join the hair” in the points where the chain is a little bit broken/damaged eventually making our hair look all shiny and restored once again! 😉 .