Homemade Cleansing Cream

by kcurly on September 30, 2009

in "Hair raising" Experiements and Recipes

I was dabbling around with my hair products when I had a peanut butter meets chocolate type of moment.  I decided to mix my castile soap with my all time favorite cheapie conditioner Suave Tropical Coconut.

This was my first time using this but here is what I combined:

  • 4 tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap
  • Roughly 15 oz Suave conditioner
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

I decided not to go heavy on the castile soap since it’s powerful stuff undiluted!

I put it all in a container and shook the bottle thoroughly. I am still wearing braids but I went swimming in lake water today, as well as a lot of working out early this morning so I wanted to do more than cowash, but not shampoo.

I first thought to use my diluted castile soap per usual. But I thought, what the heck, I haven’t had any hair disasters lately, let’s try it out.

I love the results! It was a bit runnier than I would’ve liked but it sudded up still and cleansed very well without stripping my hair. I also got a lot more of the peppermint benefit on my scalp than I do when using castile soap diluted.

Yes, they are fuzzy but they are nice and clean, with moisture still present!

Freshly washed braids. Yes, they are fuzzy but they are nice and clean, with moisture still present!

My braids now smell very pepperminty and are soft without the buildup I was starting to feel. I’m going to try this again a few times, but so far I love it!

Some other things to try with this combination:

  • Adding Aloe Vera Gel
  • Using another scent of castile soap, maybe unscented with essential oils
  • Using another cheapie conditioner

Has anyone out there tried this combo before?

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  • Valrie

    Is your hair braided with extensions? I want to braid again, but everytime I did it, my hair would get really dry and itchy. I wouldn’t wash it because the braids would come out.

  • SA

    Castile soap-yet another product I’ve been meaning to try but never got around to. That seems like a winner. Are you planning on using it when your hair isn’t in braids? Like when it’s your normal wash day?

  • http://newlynatural.com kcurly

    SA, I am going to try this when my hair is loose, I will update when I do.

  • http://newlynatural.com kcurly

    No extensions, Val. What products were you braiding with? And were you moisturizing daily or as needed with a spritz or something else?

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