March, 25th 2024 · Stephanie Mary

Shampoo Bar Recipe with Nettle and Goat Milk

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This shampoo bar recipe with fresh herbs and goat milk is perfect for spring. DIY shampoo bars are easy to make and are a great way to incorporate the magic of natural and herbal ingredients into your self-care routine.

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Goat Milk Shampoo Bar for Spring

As the delicate buds of spring start to unfurl and the world awakens from its winter slumber, it’s the perfect time to introduce a refreshing, rejuvenating element into your hair care routine.

What could be better than a homemade Nettle and Goat Milk Shampoo Bar? This hand-crafted, all-natural shampoo bar teems with beneficial ingredients that will revitalize your hair, reinvigorated, and ready to embrace the new season.

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The Magic of Nettle

You might wonder how to use fresh nettle in this shampoo bar recipe. After all, nettle does sting! Wearing gloves is the best way to forage for nettle without feeling the sting. Once the nettle leaves blanch in hot water for the first step of this recipe, it won’t have its stinging qualities anymore.

Don’t worry; this nettle shampoo bar is sting-free! The magic happens after the leaves drop into the hot water, then you can enjoy the many beneficial qualities nettle has for hair sans sting. It strengthens hair, promotes growth, and reduces breakage.

Foraging fresh nettles is plentiful in most places, but if you don’t have access to them, you can use dried nettle leaf powder instead.

Nettle and Goat Milk Shampoo Bar Recipe

Making this shampoo bar recipe is a wonderful way to welcome spring’s new energy— and a fun project that gives you control over what goes into your hair care products. Knowing each ingredient’s purpose, and physical and spiritual benefits can give you a sense of accomplishment and reassurance.

So why not give it a try this spring? Your hair will thank you for the extra love and care!

Shampoo Bar Ingredients

Nettle has been a cornerstone of herbal practices for centuries and is truly a wonder plant when it comes to hair care. Packed with vitamins and minerals, nettle strengthens hair from the root to the tip and stimulates growth.

Beyond its physical benefits, nettle also holds spiritual significance for protection and healing. Using it in your hair care routine is a way of embracing its protective qualities. Whether you harvest fresh nettle yourself or use nettle leaf powder, the benefits remain the same.

Goat milk is a soothing, nourishing ingredient that works wonders on the scalp. Its natural fats and proteins moisturize dry hair, giving it a healthy, glossy shine that’s hard to resist. As the weather warms up, goat milk provides the gentle care your hair needs, renewing the scalp without stripping away natural oils.

Best Natural Oils for Hair

The trifecta of olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are all deeply moisturizing and provide essential nutrients for your locks. These oils help shield your hair from environmental damage, ensuring it stays vibrant, shiny, and full of life.

Castor oil is a well-known ally for hair health. Rich in ricinoleic acid, a type of fatty acid, castor oil increases circulation to the scalp, stimulating hair growth and overall health.

Shea butter is a luxurious, deeply moisturizing ingredient that softens and conditions the hair. Packed with nutrients, shea butter strengthens the hair and helps prevent breakage and split ends. Your hair will look its best all season long.

Essential Oils for Hair

Rosemary essential oil not only stimulates hair growth and improves scalp health, but its invigorating scent also adds a touch of joy to your hair care routine. A few drops will leave your hair smelling divine and feeling incredibly soft.

Eucalyptus essential oil adds a refreshing, revitalizing touch, perfect for a springtime pick-me-up. Known to promote a healthy scalp and hair, eucalyptus essential oil is a key ingredient in our shampoo bar.

Finally, lemon essential oil is renowned for its ability to cleanse and purify. Its bright, uplifting scent is the perfect finishing touch to this nourishing shampoo bar, making your hair care routine feel like a spa experience.

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How to Make Shampoo Bars

First, have the mold you choose to use ready, and line it if necessary.

Bring the distilled water to boiling and remove it from the heat. Then add the fresh or dried stinging nettle and let it steep until the water cools, and strain out the nettle leaves or powder.

Combine 8 ounces of the nettle infusion with the goat milk and freeze until slushy but not quite frozen.

Combine the oils and shea butter in a large pot and heat until completely melted. Then let it cool to 90-110 degrees.

Now weigh out the lye and head outside with proper protective gear. Add the lye to the slushy goat milk mixture, stir until completely dissolved, and let it cool to 90-110 degrees.

Once both mixtures are cooled properly, pour the lye into the oil mixture and blend with an immersion blender until it reaches a light trace. Then, add the essential oils and blend them in until they’re incorporated.

Once the blending is complete, pour it into the molds. and insulate lightly for 24 hours.

Watch for bubbling or splitting; remove the cover if it becomes too dark. Once set, remove from the mold and cut to size if necessary. Cure it for 4-6 weeks.

Shampoo bars that are set and cut in slices, surrounded by dried nettle leaf, slices of soap, and a candle.

How to Use Shampoo Bars

Homemade shampoo bars may not have the same lather you’re used to, especially if you’re new to natural shampoo. This shampoo bar recipe is a great way to start on a natural self-care trajectory or to continue on the path you have already forged.

Use this shampoo bar as often as your regular hair wash ritual. For me, it’s once or twice a week. Shampoo bars for curly hair can be a lifesaver. They replenish the natural oils without stripping the hair with surfactants, leaving it fresh and healthy.

With this natural shampoo bar, you’ll appreciate the end of frizz and the strengthening from root to tip!

Wet your hands, rub the shampoo bar between them, and then massage from the scalp down before rinsing out. Repeat if necessary.

Depending on your hair type, you might want to use conditioner after this nettle shampoo bar. I like to start with this herbal hair oil before shampooing and this herbal hair mask once a week.

I like to make a self-care ritual of quiet, peaceful time to read a book, light a candle, and breathe in the herbal goodness I choose to enhance my life with when I do my hair-wash routine. It gives me time to recharge, slow down, and just let time go by as it will.

Get ready to have the healthiest, strongest, shiniest hair of your life!

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More Herbal Self-Care Recipes

Learn to Make Herbal Beauty Products at Home

Learning to make homemade herbal self-care products at home by studying with Herbal Academy has empowered me to be more conscious of the ingredients that go into my skincare. I have gained so much confidence and comfort with these skills, and I love having the ability to share them with others.

I highly recommend taking The Herbal Academy’s Foraging Course and The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skincare Course. The Herbal Academy has generously shared a discount code for you: lagunakitchen15 will offer 15% off all courses and shop goods through April 3rd, 2024.

This recipe was made with love, care, and inspiration and with permission from The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skin Care Book. Enjoy!

Shampoo Bar Recipe with Nettle and Goat Milk

Shampoo Bar Recipe with Nettle and Goat Milk

Yield: 12 4-ounce bars
Prep Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 1 hour

This shampoo bar recipe uses fresh herbs and goat milk incorporates the magic of natural and herbal ingredients into your self-care routine.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare the mold and line it if necessary.
  2. Bring the distilled water to boiling and remove it from the heat. Then add the fresh or dried stinging nettle leaf powder and let it steep until the water cools, and strain out the nettle leaves or flowers.
  3. Combine 8 ounces of the nettle infusion with the goat milk and freeze until slushy but not quite frozen.
  4. Combine the oils and shea butter in a large pot and heat until completely melted. Then let it cool to 90-110 degrees.
  5. Now weigh out the lye and head outside with proper protective gear. Add the lye to the slushy goat milk mixture, stir until completely dissolved, and let it cool to 90-110 degrees.
  6. Once both mixtures are cooled properly, pour the lye into the oil mixture and blend with an immersion blender until it reaches a light trace. Then, add the essential oils and blend them in until they're incorporated.
  7. Once the blending is complete, pour it into the molds. and insulate lightly for 24 hours.
  8. Watch for bubbling or splitting; remove the cover if it becomes too dark. Once set, remove from the mold and cut to size if necessary.
  9. Cure the shampoo bars for 4-6 weeks.

Notes

  • Shampoo bars may not lather like regular shampoo. That's normal!
  • To use, wet your hands, rub the shampoo bar between them, and then massage from the scalp down before rinsing out.
  • Repeat if necessary.

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