Wednesday, 2 October 2013

pH in handmade soap – Shampoo bars – Citric Acid



 
Although I am okay with the pH in my handmade soap bars as it is , I am still experimenting with bringing it down in my shampoo bars.  I read a very interesting post recently on Soap Queen
claiming that they achieved a pH of 7 in a shampoo bar recipe using Citric Acid, so I decided to try it.  I am not sure if the quantity I used was correct but I got some strange seeping…
won’t know for another 6 weeks about the pH!  Will update!
Xoxoxo Jen

12 comments:

Lindsey @ Bear Soap said...

That is indeed very interesting seepage! I haven't used Citric Acid to change the Ph, but I can see why that would be good for shampoo bars. (A soaping endeavor that I have yet to master. Mine just don't work on hair. Great on hands and body, though!)

Coco said...

Oh dear. Is that your normal recipe, just with citric acid added?

Jennifer Young said...

Lindsey, Nice blog you have!!!! I will continue to experiment with Citric Acid and post again! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Coco, yes, a normal recipe just with citric acid added... so I will have to experiment with quantities and methods once I feel the citric acid addition has served in some way! Will post back. xo Jen

Amy@10th Ave. said...

Aren't shampoo bars a huge challenge? I'll be interested to know what you think of them after the cure--I hadn't seen that SoapQueen post before.

Jennifer Young said...

Amy, So glad you are back!! Yes shampoo bars are a challenge and keep me hooked.... xoxox Jen

Pam said...

Hi Jen! I have actually seen on youtube no link, a woman add lemon juice to a traced soap. I tried this myself after estimating 3 percent fresh lemon juice and added this to a batch. It does feel more ph balanced but I don't have a meter. Happy experimenting.

Pam said...

Sorry I displaced 3% of water with pure lemon juice and added it at trace. Lovely soap really, not a shampoo bar but that is a good idea!

Jennifer Young said...

Hi Pam, Thank you for your ideas and comments! I have tried lemon several times in soap, lemon juice, ground up whole lemon... didn't really see a difference to the pH. Will post back about the pH! xoxoxo Jen

Diva Soap said...

I have made a soap with citrus fruits juice, in place of water (the whole amount), maybe you remember it, Jen, you commented on the post on my 'Troublemaker' blog. It resulted with no pH values chenges!
I'm so curious whether citric acid works, keep us posted!

Jennifer Young said...

Hi Maja (Diva Soap), I will post back about pH values, in both of these soaps. xoxoxo Jen

Anne-Marie said...

That is such an interesting effect! I didn't have that happen when I made my batch, so I'd love to hear if you can figure out what happened in your batch.