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Old 10-09-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Ancient Homemade Soap

So, as some of you may remember, I found about 10 bars of homemade soap my grandmother made when my mom was probably in her teens. That makes this soap...oh...about...45 years old.

I asked whether it would be a good shampoo bar and people confirmed thatit would probably be okay. So...I got some shampoo bars from Curly Girl Fla and Kathymack and I already love them. So I decided to bust out the legacy soap. I had to cut off the dust encrusted sides, then sliced them into what I think will be one-use slices (kind of like slicing cheese). Dang, this stuff was HARD to slice, it had aged so long.

I was curious to see if it would lather, since it was most likely made with animal fats, not coconut oil or vegetable oils. Surprisingly, it did lather a little. However, it left kind of a waxy feel to my hands, but not it a totally bad way, kind of like it was just an ointment sealing in the moisture. I know if I use it on my hair, doing an acid rinse will help take care of that.

My question is...is this really still okay to use on my hair? There aren't any rancid oils in it as it's all a uniform honey-amber color without any orange flecks in it. I'm just worried it might be a little too fatty for my hair.

And ideas and reassurances?

Oh, yeah...and if anybody wants to try these fabulous heirloom soaps, I have plenty to go around! They're unscented!
http://public.fotki.com/SunshineGrrl/ pw: drama
This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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