Cold process soap recipe for a dog shampoo bar

by Elizabeth

Do you have a recipe for making a dog shampoo bar? I would like a recipe that would help get rid of doggy odor and help control fleas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Elizabeth

Answer:

You can pretty much use any basic cold process soap recipe for a dog shampoo. My Basic Vegetable Oil Soap with Castor Oil would be a good choice...it's the fourth recipe down on my Basic Homemade Soap Recipes page.

Try adding to your soap a combination of some of the following oils to form a nice blend that will both deodorize and help to repel fleas.

The following essential oils are good to use for insect repelling:

Cedarwood, Lavender, Bergamot, Basil, Catnip, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lemon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary and Sandalwood.

These are good for deodorizing:

Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine and Rosewood.

Good luck,
Cathy

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essential oils
by: Anonymous

A lot of these essential oils shouldn't be used on dogs. Please revise so people aren't harming their dogs.

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Essential Oils
by: Tam~

It would be nice if prior to posting your option and stating as fact, that you do your research.
Yes, Essential oils are bad for your dog… BUT if you do your research they are harmful if you apply UNDULATED and directly to skin.
Just as it can be for people, which is why it is encouraged that prior to applying to human skin that you mix with a bit of a carrier oil.
Note: Encouraged not required…
Each person is different, where as I can apply Peppermint or Lavender directly to my skin with no problems, but my sister cannot.
She gets a rash.
If you do your research you will find that there are essential oils in a lot of pet products already and there have been for over 20 years.
Things such as topical Flea treatments, Bed Sprays and the like.
If you have ever made soap you will know that you are adding anywhere up to 5 lbs of carrier oils the average EO is .5 tsp per LB.
So unless you are not following your soap recipe and directions or you are applying straight EO directly onto your dog, your pet will be fine.
There are even vets who have their own blends of EO’s with carrier oils to treat dog behavior.
For example, if they are anxious, Lavender and Chamomile are just as soothing and comforting to your pet as they are to you and your children.
They are just diluted with more carrier oils.

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Great recipes!
by: Anonymous

My husband is a vet and he reviewed these recipes prior to my using them for my dogs. He said there should be no issue as long as the oils are mixed into the soap and not applied directly to the skin. We used Cedarwood and Patchouli for our dogs after they rolled in something dead. It worked like a charm (though they did smell like a Renaissance fair for a week afterward!)

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Natural Soaps for Dogs
by: Everyday Goddess Soap Co

Thanks so much. We were looking for oils that not only smelled well but had beneficial properies.

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Essential oils are fine because..
by: Anonymous

they are in cold process soap... its safe.. its soap.. and its better and healthier then what youd find at walmart...

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not safe...do YOUR research
by: Anonymous

Wow you have no clue. I have studied essential oils and also am a vet. Peppermint oil, regardless if it's in soap, oil, whatever will cause seizures in epileptic pets as well as people. Any oil high in phenols (do YOUR research), regardless if it's in soap or not is NOT safe for dogs and can kill cats (they do not have the enzyme to process). You are NOT a pet professional. Stop pretending to be one.

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wow getting pretty heated
by: bowcharella

howdy....drop the pretense and chill out. What passes as right is whatever has been recently studied and proven so through scientific research so unless your quoting a recently written paper with evidence based on facts that were witnessed in experiments no one cares or gives any credence to your personal insight...grow up.
Oh and "doing your research" does not mean google stuff. Bye.
Nice site.

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Flea mixture
by: Anonymous

I make collars that repel fleas. I use both dried and essential oils, rosemary(repels),chrysanthemum(kills) and Pentecostal(takes care of the flea eggs).. I make the collars out of paracord, boil dried ingredients, let it cool, drain it add the oil put collars in the mixture and leave it soak over night.. Pennyroyal is from the mint family and I have never ever had any ill effects from these collars on any of my cats or dogs but have had a lot of success. I even make extra and mop my floors with it.. I am going to try putting these ingredients in bar soap

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Essential oils
by: Anonymous

Reading the list of the ingredients or recommendations I did not see peppermint anywhere on the list and the only EO you mentioned was peppermint. I don't even think I saw any phenols on the list for insect repellent or deodorizing. So what was the point of the comments and anger if they where not even listed?

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