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    Hi! Just wondered if anyone else uses Soapwort as their shampoo? I'd love to trade some different recipes!

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    I don't yet but i do want to try it.....the problem is i don't buy things online and the nearest place i know of that sells it is ages away.

    I had a load of recipes though on my now deceased old PC, but i'll look out for some to put in this thread soon.
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    I use soapwart in a slightly modified Dianyla's hair gravy recipe.

    1 part (1 to 2 tbsp depending on how strong I want it) soapwart
    1 part White willow bark
    1 part Marshmallow
    Boil in 2 cups of water until there is one cup left. Strain. Put in a light heat and add starch to thicken. Dianyla's original used corn starch. I use Arrowroot starch instead because it's more conditioning and gets thicker with more heat (not too much at once though). Corn starch will start to break down when boiled.

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    Interesting! I usually use:

    2 T soapwort
    handful of dried herbs (depending on my mood, hair needs, etc. - lately I've been using Rosemary, Parsley, and Lavender)
    2 c. water

    I pour boiled water over the soapwort & herbs and let it steep.

    I've never thought of using thickeners! Does it rinse out well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mellie View Post
    Interesting! I usually use:

    2 T soapwort
    handful of dried herbs (depending on my mood, hair needs, etc. - lately I've been using Rosemary, Parsley, and Lavender)
    2 c. water

    I pour boiled water over the soapwort & herbs and let it steep.

    I've never thought of using thickeners! Does it rinse out well?
    Mellie
    It rinses out fine. Thikening makes it easier to apply as it doesn't drip. The gravy got it's name for the consistency.

    White willow is an astringent as it contains salicylic acid.
    Marshmallow is conditioning.

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    Very cool! I'll try it! :-)

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    I'm planning to plant some soapwort this summer so that I can try it out. The recipe I've got is similar to yours, Mellie. I was going to try some chamomile in the mix, too though.

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    Awesome! I've been wanting to plant some too! It looks like a pretty flower!

    I have used Chamomile in it before and that worked really nicely for shine. :-)

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    Have any of you who have actually used soapwort also used Indian herbs? If so, how do they compare? Do you find soapwort or Indian herbs "better" and, if so, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neoma View Post
    Have any of you who have actually used soapwort also used Indian herbs? If so, how do they compare? Do you find soapwort or Indian herbs "better" and, if so, why?
    I tried using indian herbs (amla, shikakai) and they are darkening. If you have darker brown hair, that's not a problem. I have lighter brown hair with some blonde streaks that got temporarily dulled/darkened by the Indian herbs.

    Soapwort has not shown to be darkening at all.
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