I was looking for a way to get a more solid bar of syndet shampoo and I decided to give this a try.
Ziziphus powder has been used as a hair wash/conditioner for over 1,000 years. It is a lot like henna without the dye. It was used to condition and strengthen hair as well as clean.
I decided that this was probably the best thing I have on hand to improve the solidity of my bars.
I also modified my second formulation from the original a bit more.
Be careful on how much Ziziphus powder is added, make sure it is a fine powder. You could use rice flour as a replacement.
My press arrived a day late but I took the sampler bar I had made and pressed it anyways, despite having already cooled and set it turned out ok, it had cracks but that’s to be expected.
Ziziphus Shampoo Bar Experiment
6% Stearic Acid
5% Cetyl Alcohol
5% Cocoa Butter
2.5% Ziziphus Powder
Below 120 degrees
1% Oat Protein
.5% Liquid Germall
Notes: This bar is not over cleansing, it is hard and lasts a long time. It works well but it does not lather as well as my first bar and the ziziphus powder has a slightly rough texture. I’ve been using this for a bout a month and it has hardly worn down. my hair is happy aside from my mentioned issues. Perhaps in the place of ziziphus I will try half as much of something like rice flour, clay or activated charcoal next time and bring my CAPB up by 1.5%