I’ve had a couple of messages asking me why I don’t use more essential oils in my soap. As an allergy-conscious maker of bath and personal care products, I am always hyper-aware of the possibility of over-sensitization, which can happen to anyone who overuses essential oils (link goes to WebMD). I’ve written on this subject before, but it bears repeating: be very careful with essential oils as over-sensitization is a real problem.
I get a lot of questions on coconut-free shampoo. While I am not yet able to provide actual shampoo, yes, you can use coconut-free soap in a pinch. Because of that, I currently recommend the following regimen for hair care if you are allergic to coconut:
- Use dry shampoo as much as possible (there is a lot on the market that will suffice and quite a lot of it is coconut free). At least try to give yourself a day in between wet washes.
- When you have to wash your hair, use liquid coconut-free soap, or lather up with a bar of soap and use the lather. This is preferable to using the soap directly on your hair. I would not recommend doing this more than 2-3 times a week because alkaline soap (all soap is alkaline) is really drying to hair, and there is only so much I can do to lower the pH of soap before it stops being soap.
- After you wash your hair, use a leave-in conditioner of some kind (or rub some argan oil onto your hair) to repair and protect it.
I am still working on coconut-free shampoo, but finding a source of coconut-free detergent molecules is proving to be very difficult. (Boy, do I wish I had actually gone into materials science in college like I meant to.) In the meantime, I hope this helps!
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The other day, one of my customers asked, “Will you be selling soap dishes? I need some for this handmade soap, to take care of it.”
I hadn’t planned on selling soap dishes, because everyone has such divergent tastes in decor! However, I understood that what she really wanted was recommendations on which soap dishes would be best for her uses. I can definitely recommend my favorite soap dishes!