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More about Lil' Bud & Becky shampoo

We wanted a shampoo that would clean as well as moisturize for our labs. Our initial research of pet shampoos on the market revealed that most of them listed Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as the first ingredient. Further investigation revealed that in its pure form SLS is a harsh ionic detergent which is a strong irritant to skin, depending on concentration and the duration of exposure. We believe SLS has its place; in engine degreasers, floor cleaners and car washing soap but not on our pets, even in low concentrations.

We formulated a shampoo using saponified soy oil as the primary cleansing ingredient followed by sunflower oil and coconut oil. Though glycerin is a by-product of saponification, we added more and sweetened the mixture with distinctive, seasonal blends of essential oils.

What is Saponification?

Vegetable oils and animal fats are the usual materials that are saponified. These greasy materials, triesters called triglycerides, are mixtures derived from diverse fatty acids. Triglycerides can be converted to soap either in a one or a two-step process. In the traditional one-step process, the triglyceride is treated with a strong base (e.g. lye), which accelerates cleavage of the ester bond and releases the fatty acid salt and glycerol. We use the historical hot process to saponify the oils and make shampoo in small batches; a gallon at a time.

Current blends:

Lemongrass and Citronella
A light, lemony scent created to help repel fleas and ticks. Additional scents include amyris, lavender, Argentina lemon, sweetgrass and litsea cubeba essential oils.

Sweetgrass and Sage
A scent that will remind you of the high plains in summertime; sweetgrass, sage, rosemary, amyris, lavender, cypress, balsam peru, ylang ylang, cedarwood and meadow essential oils.

Tea Tree
Conditions hair and skin with the addition of Australian Tea Tree oil, Virginia cedarwood, sage, lavender, sap moss, eucalyptus, rosemary, and patchouli essential oils.

We welcome your comments.
Email us at: bark@lilbudandbecky.com