Q&A: Can I dissolve a shampoo bar into water to make a liquid shampoo?

I’m seeing these two questions asked quite a lot in the various solid shampoo bar groups I’m in – including the one I moderate, Syndet Shampoo Bars – and the short answer is no, you can’t dissolve a shampoo bar into water to make a liquid shampoo. Why? Let’s take a look at a few...

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Q&A about conditioner bars! (Updated July 18, 2022)

I’m getting a lot of questions about conditioner bars, which makes me think you’re all making them out there. Woo hoo! Aren’t they awesome? Table of contents Isn’t the cool down phase kinda warm? When exactly is the cool down phase? Why did your bar get these weird ripples and bumps? Is your bar super...

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Q&A: What’s the best storage option for shampoo and conditioner bars?

Deanne asked in the Q&A post,  Hi Susan! Just wondering what’s the best storage option for shampoo and conditioner bars? An air tight container or out in the open air? I am just curious because I make several bars at a time and have just been storing them on a table! Thank you so much. Great...

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Q&A: How can I dissolve panthenol powder in conditioner bars?

In this month’s Q&A, Dalel asked, I am making solid conditioners. I use panthenol powder and I think it might be the culprit in the issue I’m having. It is very difficult to dissolve it or melt it. The temperature of the mixture when I put it in is always above 60°C (140˚F) (sometimes up to...

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Q&A quickie: When do we add the “cool down phase” to conditioner bars?

I’m getting a lot of questions about this, which makes me think you’re all making conditioner bars out there! Yay, they’re so much fun! The short answer is that you add the “cool down phase” to the heated conditioner phase after you remove it from the heat, mix, then pour it into moulds. In my...

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