Recently I was looking and looking the safety/environmental impact of the ingredients in liquid commercial soap (specifically a Bath and Body product) at  Here's an eye opener ... one of the ingredients was IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA.  Here's what the website had to say about it:
"Excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. In deodorants, ammoniated dentifrices, mouthwashes, hair colorings, hand creams, lotions, shampoos, etc. Used to "brown" baked goods, such as pretzels."  From PEE! Seriously, I do not need this in my soap.  (Nor do I want it on my pretzels!)

The people for Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments listed it as a "Sensitizer - can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin".  I'm sorry, but why is this a surprise...afterall, it comes from PEE!  

I confess to being totally grossed out. And this was just one of the ingredients that generated a "Yuck" response.  There were more.  It appears to have uber-motivated me to start developing testing liquid products and finding a natural subsitute for commercial liquid soap and shampoo. 

Well so far, it's kind of been a depressing post.  Let's change that!

Last weekend I made my first Shampoo Bars.  Nothing too exciting there.  Used the crockpot HP method.  Looking good, just hardening up a bit.  Fortunately there was just a little bit that couldn't fit into the molds.  So I took it and shaped it into a ball and managed to leave it alone overnight before using it in my morning shower.

To use a shampoo bar, you wet your hair, then run the shampoo bar lightly over your hair and then use your hands to work into a lather.  Now I'm very analytic, so when I got to the step of running the shampoo bar over your hair, I paid lots of attention to how the bar felt, how my hair felt, the smell etc. etc.  Then I get to the third step ... work into a lather.  Flashback to step two where I was taking extra time to roll the bar over my hair so I could do my analysis.  Back to step three...make lather...and it made LOTS more lather.  My head was just a big bowl of bubbles.  Had to laugh at what happens when my overly-analytic mind takes over.  I have since learned it doesn't take much from the shampoo bar to make lots of bubbles!  I'm liking how it feels, very soft and healthy looking.  There will be more of this made!

p.s.  I haven't been neglecting my blogging duties.  I've been trying to do it on my business website instead but yet wasn't quite ready for everyone to know until I got online ordering set up.  Well, online ordering is still a couple of weeks away, but go ahead...visit...

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