My soapmaking group, Brooklyn CP Soapmakers, met this past Saturday to make soap using whole eggs. The egg is used in a lot of recipes for facial masks and also in some hair care formulations. So hey! Why not use it in soap! We used the recipe that's published in Merilyn Mohr's book The Art Of Soapmaking to guide us through the process. In the book Merilyn uses only the yolk but we decided to see what would happen if the whole egg was used. Actually nothing out of the ordinary except exceptional soap!
The ingredients used were soybean oil, coconut oil, olive oil, spring water, sodium hydroxide, lavender essential oil for fragrance and the herb nettle. We soaped at room temperature which was approximately 75 to 80 degrees. When taken out of the mold the next day, I could smell the slight odor of eggs, but as soon as it was cut and curing the odor disappeared within minutes. Now the pleasant smell of lavender is shining through. This soap will be used to shampoo our hair and hopefully the protein from the egg and properties from the nettle will increase the benefits of the soap.
As a matter of fact, I made this soap a few weeks before our group was scheduled to meet. I used it a couple of days before the meeting. I was impressed at how soft, silky and smooth my hair felt after using it. I didn't have to use a conditioner because the comb glided through my hair easily. I am convinced that the egg must have had a positive effect on my hair follicles. I don't think I ever have to buy shampoo again!