Formulation in Motion – Shampoo Bar
I love formulating products. That’s what I do most of the time. It requires a lot of reading, researching, sourcing, formulating, testing, more reading, more researching, more sourcing, more formulating, more testing. And the cycle keeps on going.
In anything new that I venture into, I will do a lot of reading and researching. I will familiarize myself to a certain extend of personal satisfaction.
My journey of using shampoo bars started about 6 years ago when I made a hot process shampoo bar from various oils and butters. It was a whole new chapter for me then and I loved using those shampoo bars and ACV rinses on my new curled hair as it gave my loose curls some definition unlike store bought products. This episode lasted for about 2 years and then somehow I went back to the regular drugstore shampoos.
Then I discovered Lush shampoo bar, Jumping Juniper (to be exact). It smelt so nice and it lathers very well but that was it. It was the first bar and the last. I don’t remember finishing the whole bar anyway. This was probably back in 2014. Then last year (mid 2017), my interest came back and I started my formulation in motion mode, the whole journey into buying the ingredients. And that was as far as I got until a few months ago when a client of 4 years asked me about shampoo bar. Suddenly I have a reason to get on the project which I’ve shelved aside for almost a year.
With all that I had in hand, I went back to the drawing board….more reading, researching, the whole enchilada. I literally eat, sleep and breathe nothing other than shampoo bar. I have formulated and reformulated a bunch of it, from good, to not so good, to total failure and total favorites.
The take home message from this is, when the time is right, you will get on it and take off. Until then, it is in the pipelines.
So what I’ve been up to lately? Formulating and testing shampoo and conditioner bar for my permed, bleached and colored (although not much of color left since it was not a permanent color) battered hair.