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Homemade Dog Shampoo Bars Recipe {with neem oil}

4-5 minutes

These natural homemade dog shampoo bars feature neem oil, which is especially helpful at repelling fleas and treating a variety of skin complaints.

Since neem has a fairly strong aroma, I also included some lavender essential oil to help mellow the scent and to add a calming note to bath times.

These natural homemade dog shampoo bars feature neem oil, which is especially helpful at repelling fleas and treating a variety of skin complaints.

After washing your dog with a shampoo bar, follow with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse (1 part vinegar to 1 to 2 parts water) to help remove any soap residue and to leave your dog’s coat clean and shiny. Rinse well.

Lavender infused vinegar is perfect for rinsing dogs with! You can find directions for making it in my Five Uses for Lavender Vinegar blog post.

Ingredients for Homemade Dog Shampoo Bars

This is a smaller batch of soap, containing just 20 ounces of oil, in order to make it perfectly fit this K9Cakery Silicone 6 Paw Pan from Amazon.

You’ll get six paw shaped soaps from this recipe.

All measurements are by weight. You must use an accurate scale to make soap.

  • 7 oz (198 g) distilled water
  • 2.75 oz (78 g) sodium hydroxide (lye)
  • 9 oz (255 g) olive oil
  • 4.5 oz (128 g) coconut oil
  • 3 oz (85 g) castor oil
  • 3 oz (85 g) tallow (or cocoa butter or kokum butter)
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) neem oil
  • 7 g lavender essential oil (abt 2 tsp)

Optional add-ins: 10 drops ROE (rosemary oleoresin extract or rosemary antioxidants) to extend shelf life + 3/4 tsp sodium lactate to harden soap faster. You can also add 1/2 tbsp finely ground oats or colloidal oatmeal.

Try infusing the olive oil and/or coconut oil with plantain leaves, calendula flowers, or violet leaves first, before making the soap.

Brands of lye that I recommend include: Red Crown High Test Lye, ComStar & Essential Depot Food Grade Lye – all can be found on Amazon.

Neem oil should not be handled by pregnant women, or those trying to conceive, nor should it be used on pregnant dogs.

Using A Stick Blender For Making Soap

Directions to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo Bars

If you’ve never made soap before, be sure to read over my Soap Making 101 tutorial before proceeding.

You may also find my Natural Soap Making Ebook Collection helpful; it’s filled with guides, handy printables, tons of natural soap recipes, plus a private Facebook support group where you can directly ask me any questions you run into.

  1. Put on goggles and gloves.
  2. Weigh the water into a stainless steel or heavy duty plastic container.
  3. Weigh the lye into a small cup.
  4. Sprinkle the lye into the water and stir until dissolved. (Don’t breathe in the temporary, but strong fumes.)
  5. Cool the lye solution in a safe spot for 30 – 40 minutes, or until about 100 to 115 degrees F.
  6. Stir in the sodium lactate, if using.
  7. Melt the tallow (or butter) and coconut oil, then combine with the remaining oils.
  8. Add the rosemary oleoresin extract (ROE) to the oils, if using.
  9. Pour the cooled lye solution into the warm oils.
  10. Use a combination of hand stirring and brief short bursts of the immersion blender to mix until soap reaches light trace.
  11. Add the lavender essential oil, and the oatmeal, if using.
  12. Stir until blended.
  13. Pour soap into molds.
  14. Cover lightly with a sheet of wax paper, then a towel or blanket to insulate.
  15. Keep the soaps in their mold for 1 to 2 days or until easy to remove.
  16. Cure the soaps on sheets of wax paper in the open air, turning occasionally, for 4+ weeks before using.

If you run into any trouble while making this recipe, check out my extensive troubleshooting guide for cold process soap.

For more natural soap recipes, tutorials and inspiration, along with access to my private Facebook support group, be sure to check out my Natural Soap Making Ebook Collection:

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Лотос съедобный-корешки

Лотос-священный цветок буддизма .
Этот прекрасный цветок всегда считался символом гармонии, совершенства и чистоты.
На Востоке ему поклонялись на протяжении веков.
Легенда гласит, что, едва родившись, великий Будда самостоятельно сделал семь шагов.
И там, куда он ступал, распускались огромные цветы лотоса со множеством нежных розовых лепестков.


Многовековое поклонение лотосу во многом объясняется тем, что в трудные годы он спасал от голода население.
 Корневища лотоса, богатые крахмалом, повсеместно употребляли в пищу.
 Их варили и жарили, подсушивали и перемалывали в муку, из которой готовили лепешки.
 До сих пор из семян и корневищ лотоса крестьяне Китая, Японии и Индии делают муку, готовят крахмал, вываривают сахар, отжимают масло.


Я както  приобрела пакет с корнем лотоса,было интересно попробовать его на вкус.

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Бутерброд с тыквой /Kabocha Squash Toasts


 из сери * Плоха та тыковка,которая не мечтает превратится в карету*

Зацепилась за красивую картинку рецепт.
Потянула за ниточку,а это оказался знаменитый бутерброд с запеченной тыквой из ресторана ABC  Jean Jean в Нью Йорке
 Тыква отлично  сочетается с карамелизированным луком в яблочным уксусе с кленовым сиропом.

И это так вкусно!

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Галета с тыквой/Kabocha Galette with Balsamic Onions and Ricotta


из сери * Плоха та тыковка,которая не мечтает превратится в карету!)))

Я в полном восторге от этой галеты.
Очень удачно сочетаются  тыква,творог, карамелизированный  лук и хрустящее тесто.
Очень приятный бархатный и ласковый вкус.


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