Like a lot of pet owners, I consider my dogs to be more than just slobbering, kibble-eating fur balls. They are my cheerleaders, my peanut gallery, and my shoulder's to cry on. If you'll pardon my cliche, they are my best friends! I love my dogs, so it's a treat to make something special for them. Often that means baking a batch of homemade biscuits or spoiling them with a fresh cooked meal of rice stew.
Today I made them some solid shampoo using our recently reformulated, SLS-free Melt & Pour Soap Base. A dollup of Neem Oil gave the bars some moisturizing and healing benefit. Kaolin Clay and Fine Oat Four are added to increase the lather and help soothe itchy skin. A dog-friendly blend of Essential Oils gives the bars anti-bug properties too.
Neem Oil Solid Dog Shampoo Bars
Makes about 16 ounces of soap, enough for 3 - 5 bars
- 1 pound Melt & Pour Soap (Try using our Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, or Skin Nourishing Blend)
- 1/2 ounce Neem Oil
- 1 tablespoon Oat Flour, Fine
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Kaolin Clay
- 3 tablespoons water
- 4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 8 drops Rosewood Essential Oil
- 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 4 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
- 4 drops Citronella Essential Oil
Cut the soap base into chunks, then place them in a double boiler over simmering water. Allow the soap to melt completely. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Clay, Oat Flour, and water. Stir well to form a smooth liquid, adding a little more water if needed. Stir the mixture into the melted soap base. Remove the soap base from the heat, then add the Essential Oils, stirring well to combine. Carefully pour the mixture into molds, then allow the soaps to set until completely cooled and hardened.
Usage and Packaging
Remove any moisture from the outside of the bars using a clean cloth or paper towel. Be sure to wrap the soaps in air-tight packaging such as shrink-wrap or a Cello Bag. To bathe your dog, soak his fur in luke-warm water. Using your hands, work the shampoo bar into a lather, then rub the lather from the soap onto the dog's wet coat. Gently massage the shampoo into his coat, then rinse with luke warm water. Try to make sure the shampoo rinses out of the dog's coat completely.
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