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4 Herb Shampoo

What you need: 

2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons sage leaves
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1 cup boiling water
1 cup castile soap (Dr. Bronner's or similar)

What you do: 

This shampoo is appropriate for all hair types.
Add herbs to boiling water. Remove from heat. Cover. Let steep 20 minutes.
Add soap. Strain into a container.
Let stand overnight before using.

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Castile soap--the name comes from Castilla, which is northern Spain. Trust me, real Castile soap is made of olive oil...nowadays the cheap stuff is made from other vegetable oils, nowadays they have recycling points for restaurants to bring their fryer oil to. Real Castile soap is usually pale brown or sometimes dark green and has a particular fragrance--odd but pleasant. Also known as Marseilles soap.

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I was just reading this recipe (the pic showed up on the Q&A page) to my DH and he informed me that castile soap is made from animal fat.   :'(  Is Dr. Broner's different from other castile soaps?   I hope so.  I was going to buy some at Whole Foods last time we went there but forgot.  I used to use it a long time ago, 1983?, and I remember really liking it. 

Castile is the name for vegetable oil soaps - usually olive based - with coconut and other oils. Read the labels before you buy.
Dr. Bronners is  vegan, usually organic and Fair Trade.
I do not know if they make a plain castile soap though.

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I was just reading this recipe (the pic showed up on the Q&A page) to my DH and he informed me that castile soap is made from animal fat.  :'(  Is Dr. Broner's different from other castile soaps?  I hope so.  I was going to buy some at Whole Foods last time we went there but forgot.  I used to use it a long time ago, 1983?, and I remember really liking it. 

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I was deeply disappointed with this.  I have oily hair so maybe this would be good for dry hair.  It made my hair extremely oily and gross.  It smells good though.

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This smells sooooooo good.  I can't wait to try it tomorrow morning!  :D    I never realized how much I love the smell of fresh rosemary until I made this recipe!

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Just wanted to add that it works great! I was surprised at how much lather I got from so little an amount--I have really short hair but I think only a little would be required even for shoulder-length hair. You have to be careful pouring it though because it's very liquidy and easily falls out of your hand! But once you rub it in it works like a charm. I have been looking for a shampoo that is nice to the Earth, my hair, and my budget, and usually I only get two out of three, so this recipe is wonderful. I'm looking forward to experimenting with different herbs and soaps, and maybe some dried flowers as well (like lavender or rose petals) . This will also make for some fun and easy Christmas presents for my family. Thanks for sharing!

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I made this with Dr. Bronner's tea tree castile, 4 tbsp sage, and 4 tbsp of chai green tea leaves. It's still sitting and I'll update tomorrow after I've used it, but I can say that it smells great!

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I wanted to make this last night but didn't have almost any of the ingredients.  I didn't have any fresh herbs, which is what the recipe calls for, and I didn't even have dry sage.  I also didn't have any plain castile soap. 

So, I made a makeshift version of this following the directions but using 3/4 cup boiling water, 1/4 cup dried Herbes de Provence, and 3/4 cup peppermint Dr. Bronner's.

I was worried it might strip my hair, but it worked great!  It even seemed kind of creamy when I was lathering it in my hair.  My hair was a little squeaky feeling afterwards, if you know what I mean, but once I conditioned as usual, it was great!  How nice to know that you can make homemade shampoo!

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