As I prepare myself for life on the water, so does my inclination to lead a more natural, chemical free, alternative lifestyle, with more nutritious, organic foods, using ingredients which are kinder to both my body and the canal eco-system.
In addition to making jam, I’ve taken an interest in making my own shampoo and have started experimenting with some ingredients.
For starters, I bought a litre of castille soap, which the most natural form of vegetable soap available. In contrast, the cheap cake soap you buy in the supermarket is made from animal fat, which often leaves your skin dry and flakey.
This shampoo is awesome. I’ve used it to wash my hair, my beard and used it as an alternative to shower gel and hand soap.
- 1/2 cup castille soap (1L, £10 from Amazon)
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
- 20 drops of your favourite essential oil. (You can buy a box of 10 x 10ml bottles of essential oil from Amazon, £10)
- 1 x left over container with hand pump from a previous purchase of liquid soap. Any container will do but this is the best solution for liquid soap.
Combine all ingredients into the bottle and shake. You may need to shake the bottle before each use as the oil usually separates in the bottom of the container. This mixture fills the container about half way.
The result is clean, super soft skin and hair. My coconut milk shampoo is quite watery so I’m thinking of trialing coconut cream instead of coconut milk. The castille soap provides a nice lather without being too frothy but I do intend to trial soap-free versions as well.
While my initial outlay was around the £20 mark, I now have an ample supply of ingredients that should last me a few months. The only thing I’ll need to replace periodically is a can or two or coconut milk.