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Follow the proven industrial recipes below and make your own shampoo, hair gel and hair water.

Olive oil shampoo

Recipe (early 1900's)
Olive oil 4 dl
Oleic acid 8 dl
Coconut fat 8 dl
Potassium hydroxide (85%) 5 dl
Alcohol 10 dl
Water 40-50 dl
The potassium hydroxide is dissolved in water. The oils are heated and saponified with the potassium hydroxide solution. One must heat and stir until the soap is soluble in water. Then two-thirds of the alcohol is added.

In addition, the following solution is prepared:
Glycerin 1 dl
Borax 1 dl
Potash 0.5 dl
Oleic acid 0.06 dl
The oleic acid is dissolved in the rest of the alcohol, the borax and the potash in the rest of the water with the glycerin. The two solutions are now added to the soap. The oleic acid solution is used to neutralize any excess caustic. To do this, a small sample is taken, a drop of alcoholic phenolphthalein solution is added and the alkalinity is judged from the red color. The soap solution is left in a cool place for several days.

Milky shampoo

Recipe 1936
Triethanolamine stearate 10 dl
Purified petroleum 150 dl
Pine oil 6 dl
Water 250 dl
The petroleum is heated to 60℃ with the stearate and stirred until everything is dissolved. After this, the pine oil is mixed with the solution. While stirring well, slowly add the water to this mixture. The shampoo is colored with the help of a harmless water-soluble aniline dye.

Powder shampoo

Recipe 1936
Coconut oil soap powder 30 dl
Crystallized soda 54 dl
Borax 25 dl
Henna powder, a few tenths of a percent
Aniline yellow a trace
The mixture is well mixed and sieved.

Shampoo without soap

Recipe no. 1. (1936)
Sulphonated olive oil 40 dl
Sulphonated castor oil 10 dl
 both highly concentrated
Paraffin oil 15 dl
Water 35 dl
The ingredients are mixed and heated to 50°C. Subsequently, so much (1 to 2%) of a 25% caustic soda solution is added that the mass is completely clear and translucent.
Recipe no. 2. (1936)
Turkish red 10 dl
Paraffin oil 10 dl
Oleic acid 10 dl
Alcohol 2 tot 10 dl
Perfume as desired
The raw materials are mixed in the specified order. The shampoo can be made cheaper by adding water. The water is then gradually added while stirring well until no turbidity occurs.
These two shampoos are used in the following way: something is poured into the hand and enough water is added to create a creamy mass by rubbing. This cream is then rubbed on wet hair.

Shampoo without soap

Recipe (1938)
Lamepon 4 B 80
20-pcts zewa-oplossing 20

Shampoo, without soap

Recipe (1938)
Lamepon Ph S 50
Sulfonated Castor Oil 15
Distilled water 35
Lamepon 4 B 95
Glycerin 5
Perfume 1
Distilled water as desired.


Recipe (early 1900's)
Oleic acid 55 dl
Coconut fatty acid 40 dl
Triethanolamine 50 dl
Diethylene glycol mono-ethyl ether 55 dl
Perfume 1 dl
The product is a liquid soap, which can be diluted with water to any concentration and is extremely soft. The glycol ether can be replaced in whole or in part by glycerin and/or alcohol.

Lemon rinse aid for after the soap wash

Recipe (1920's)
Lemon oil 0.2 dl
Alcohol 14.0 dl
Citric acid 3.5 dl
Tartaric acid 4.5 dl
Water 16.0 dl
The lemon oil is dissolved in the alcohol, the acids in the water and then the alcoholic solution is slowly added to the acid solution with stirring.

Hair water with sulfor

Recipe (1938)
Alcohol 89
Cholesterine 0 .5 dl
Sulfur oil 1 .5 dl
Glycerin 2
Distilled water 7
Recipe (1938)
Alcohol 50
Anthrasol 1 .5 dl
Sulfur oil 1
Salicylic acid 0 .5 dl
Distilled water 42

Hair water anti-danduft

Recipe (1938)
French brandy 90 dl
Sulfur oil 1 dl
Triethanolamine 5 dl
Peru balsum 4 dl

Permanent Wave solution

Recipe (1936)
Borax 3.75 dl
Sodium bicarbonate 3.50 dl
Linseed oil 0.17 dl
Starch 0.40 dl
Water 99.00 dl
Perfume at will.

Portugal hair water 40%

Recipe (early 1900's)
Portugal hair water oil 10 dl
Glycerin 10 dl
Alcohol 96% 430 dl
Potash 0.5 dl
Borax 1 dl
Distilled water 542 dl
Dye Traces

Birch hair water 50%

Recipe (early 1900's)
Birch hair water oil 5 dl
Glycerin 10 dl
Alcohol 96% 540 dl
Birch juice or water 100 dl
Potash 1 dl
Quillaja bark extract 20 dl
Distilled water 320 dl
A little dye

Hair enhancer

Recipe (early 1920's)
Tannic acid 0.5 dl
Salicylic acid 1.0 dl
Med. castor oil 24.5 dl
Resorcin Acetate 5.0 dl
Alcohol 60.0 dl
Perfume as desired

Hair water Eau de Quinine

Recipe (early 1930's)
Cantharidum tincture 60 dl
Quinine chloride 10 dl
Capsicum tincture 20 dl
Glycerin 30 dl
Bay rum 730 dl
Dye as desired

Hair fixative

Recipe (early 1920's)
Water 6000 dl
Tragacanth 45 dl
Boric acid 45 dl
Benzoic acid 5 dl
The mixture should stand until everything is dissolved. After this, the desired amount of perfume is added, possibly also some coloring agent.

Hair grease against baldness

Recipe (early 1920's)
Pilocarpine hydrochloride 20 dl
Precipitated sulfur 120 dl
Glycol stearate 60 dl
Balsam of Peru 60 dl
Resorcin monoacetate 30 dl
Vaseline 900 dl
Water 60 dl
Perfume at will
The pilocarpine is first dissolved in the water and mixed with the glycol stearate. The sulfur and resorcin acetate are ground on an ointment mill with part of the petroleum jelly. The rest of the petroleum jelly is melted and mixed with the cream. The sulphurous mass is then added. The whole is passed through the ointment mill again.

Lactic acid hair water

Recipe (1938)
Alcohol 400
Water 480
Menthol 2
Lactic acid 90% 2
Eau de cologne-olie 5
Add some talcum, leave for a week and then filter. For very dry hair, add 3 dl of glycerin.

Petroleum hair water

Recipe (1938)
Rectified Petroleum 20
Vaseline oil 20
Castor oil 15
Lavender oil 2
Hydrochloric acid quinine 1
Formalin 2
Lemon oil 5
Bergamot oil 5
Alcohol 96 % 400
Distilled water 600

Hair water

Recipe (early 1900's)
Sublimate (poison!) 1 dl
Salicylic acid 5 dl
Chloral hydrate 5 dl
Glycerin 25 dl
Acetone 10 dl
Alcohol 200 dl
Water 825 dl
Perfume at will.

Brillantine for curly hair

Recipe (early 1920's)
Beef fat 160 dl
Beeswax 20 dl
Castor oil 20 dl
Benzoic acid 2 dl
The fats are melted with the benzoic acid. When cooling, the desired perfume is then added.

Liquid Brillantine

Recipe (early 1930's)
Paraffin oil 1000 dl
Chlorophyll to a light green color
Perfume 5-10 dl

Fixed brilliantine

Recipe (early 1930's)
Vaseline 1000 dl
Chlorophyll 1 dl
Perfume oil 5 dl

Camphor pomade

Recipe (1938)
Bitter almond oil 4
Clove oil 1
Camphor 45
Bleached wax 120
Pork fat, preserved 450

Hair pomade with sulfur

Anti-Scales Recipe (1938)
Olive oil 20
Beeswax 5
Walrat 5
Lanolin 5
Water 5
Precipitated sulfur 5
Balsam of Peru 4

Hair cream

Recipe (1936)
Water 610 dl
Paraffin oil 230 dl
Emulsifier P&S 65 dl
Wax 35 dl
Rice starch 30 dl
The paraffin oil and wax are fused together: the temperature must not exceed 70°C. The solution is removed from the heat and the emulsifier is now added. In another pan, the starch is cooked to a transparent porridge. The two mixtures are now mixed, perfumed and stirred until the mass has completely cooled.
Brylcreem advert. 1930s

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