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.
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.
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.
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