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Shampoo Bar Review & Other Stuff

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Yes, I know. I totally suck. I have all these awesome Daniel Fast recipes I need to post and to give you an update on how it turned out. Well, I lasted until Day 6. After that I ate one regular meal a day and the other two meals (and snacks) were Daniel Fast compliant. To be honest, it got rough for me on nights I didn’t have time to cook. That’s when I ended up eating something that was not on the list, like cereal with  milk for dinner. All in all, for me, it was an awesome experience and I’m still eating some meals that are Daniel Fast. Would I do it again? Heck yes! I would just plan better and make more meals ahead of time. I did see other bloggers on Daniel Fast who were eating brown rice pasta and rice bread, but I tried to stay as traditional as possible. I guess everyone has their own limitations on what they can do.

Recipes will be following….

But before I go, I wanted to give you an update about the shampoo bars I made awhile back.

Remember these?

I’ve been using my bar on and off now for about a month, and let me tell you, this bar will clean the heck out of your hair.  My hair was literally squeaky clean. All the dirt, oils and left over product residue were completely gone after I used this first time. And while this bar removed all that crap, my scalp did not get dried out or dandruffy at all.

Now, while I loved the outcome of using the shampoo bar, I did notice that I had to use a little product after to give my hair a little weight to stay down. Also, when used as a regular body soap, it did not produce a lot of lather, but still got me clean. I’m not sure yet if it’s back to the drawing board for this particular recipe, but I’ll let you know if I come up with a new one.

I still owe a few people tester bars. Anyone else want to try one? I believe I have 4 left.

Love and squeaky clean hair,

Camille

store: www.havelinasoap.com

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Shampoo Bars!

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Recently I decided to make shampoo bars. Whenever there’s a major season change, my scalp always has an extreme reaction and almost nothing I do soothes it. I thought that in addition to hot oil treatments, maybe a shampoo with less chemicals and more nutrients would help. I modified my soap recipe and added wheat germ and neem oil. Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamins D, A, E and in proteins. It also draws blood to whatever area it is applied to and is said to help encourage hair growth. Neem oil helps relieve dry, itchy scalp and strengthens hair while helping with hair growth. I used my calendula infused olive oil in the formula because calendula is very mild and soothing on irritated skin. I also threw in some peppermint essential oil for it’s cooling effect and because it helps remove dandruff.

Because I’d never made a shampoo bar before, I decided to start with a small batch.

Oh boy, remember last time I used this mold?

I was a little nervous about how this was going to turn out but luckily for me, the shampoo bar popped right out of the mold.

So far, I’m a fan.

I was pretty happy with how the shampoo batch was turning out. Except for a little soap ash on top, the bar looked and smelled wonderful. Then I cut into the batch.

You’ve heard me say it before. “AI-YAH!”

I had thought to add a little orange oxide to give the shampoo bars a little sparkle. Unfortunately, I didn’t mix it completely through when creating the batch. Luckily, this is only an aesthetic issue.

Because I just came up with this recipe, I’m looking for people to try the shampoo bars and give me feedback. I have ten 1.5 oz bars to giveaway. If you’re interested in trying them, just leave me a comment and I’ll let you know once the bars are ready to go.

Here’s to a healthy scalp and gorgeous, shiny hair!

-Camille

P.S. With a peppermint fragrance and minimal coloring, these would be awesome for guys to try too. 

With Sadness

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As you all know, I’ve been in an herbal medicine class for the past year. Our last class was Saturday, and I’m still sad about it. This class was more than just learning about herbs. It was a celebration of all things sacred to women, a reclaiming of our voice in a world. Many of us have forgotten how women were the caretakers of not just their families, but of the earth as well. For thousands of years, women were connected to plants and listened to the earth’s needs and wants. Somewhere along the way, these skills were lost, and we as people suffer because of it.

For the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by other like-minded women looking to become caretakers of the earth as medicine women. We are women who believe in the healing powers of the green world and are on a mission to spread the word. I hope some of you someday can take this class with Kami. It will change you in so many ways. 

In another post, I mentioned that we exchange little tokens on our last day of class. Here are some of the cute things that Kami and other students brought:

Pumpkin pie spice, candles, herbal teas, body butter sample

Guess which one Ms. Katherine brought?

How cute is this? She is just so creative!

Other students brought herbs and plants to share with the classmates. My classmate, Janet, even brought California poppy seeds for planting! How cool is that? Oh and before I forget, here is how the Medicine Woman soap turned out.

The green got greener, but I still got hit by the soap ash monster.

I also made these cute little four packs of soap for a few of my classmates and our teacher. (Yes, Katherine got one and yes, Dani, one is ready for you too.)

The four pack has a Simple Soap, Camille’s Blend, Good Morning Sunshine and Medicine Woman soap.

I’m still thinking about how much I’m going to miss my herbal classes and my herbal sisters. And with that said, I am signing off to go make some herbal fire cider.

My name is Camille and I am a plant person.

New Products!

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Hi gang,

Just a quickie post…

I’ve just discovered some awesome new products and guess what? They will be at the grand opening! Unfortunately, this does push back the store open date, but I’m sure you will love what’s coming aboard.

Some new gift aways will be coming up, so as always, stay tuned!

Camille

Online Store Update

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It’s Wednesday again, and I have to ask, where has summer gone?

Today’s post is going to be a short one, but I wanted to give you a quick update about our online store. We’ve been building up inventory and should have a small online store mid September. We’re going to start with several of our most popular blends and add to the mix.

There will be special deals with our grand opening that you will not want to miss!

-Camille

Wine Soap

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Since I made beer soap, I couldn’t leave wine soap out.

These bars were made with Tableaux Red Table Wine and my usual soap recipe. Since this is a complete experiment, I wasn’t sure how the bars were going to turn out and I’m not sure just how soapy they will be. But that’s the fun part when you make soap. You never quite know what you are going to get…

Anyone want to try out the bars with me? I have 5 to give away when the bars are fully cured. (Around August 10th)

Have a great weekend everyone!

­-Camille