:giggle: I was *so* scientific! :lol: OK, seriously - I went to the oil properties chart that I posted the other day, and thought about what *my* hair needs. I have very fine, thin hair - it's prone to dryness, so I started by listing all the oils that had conditioning properties.
I then went back and said, ok, I need a hard bar, so....coconut oil (it supposedly adds dryness when in soap, so I didn't make it the #1 oil). It also gives fluffly lather, which I like. Most shampoo bars have castor oil as the #1 ingredient - it is conditioning and gives stable lather - so I decided to do that, too. The other oils add conditioning, and - surprisingly - make for hard bars. (So...I could have cut the coconut oil down even further. Huh.....I need to experiment!)
I did try a wee bit this AM. Bearing in mind our water softener is out right now, so it wasn't a totally fair comparison......looks-wise, it's almost identical to my Chagrin Valley bar - the CV is a little more translucent, mine is more creamy. It suds up the same - maybe a little bit more lather, but not a lot. My hair is clean, and soft - I did do a vinegar rinse, because my hair has felt "sticky" lately (due to the hard water, I'm sure), but that's the only difference. We'll see how it is tonight - it's up right now, like it always is.
I'm hoping this will work for Herself's hair - she's got a lot, it's thick, and it's CURLY. I mean - *corkscrew* curls, all the way down. Her hair LOVES hydration.....I want to test this out on her. I may need to try again......:darn it!: :lol: