We made this dog shampoo bar for our own dogs: Eva Louise Jellybean and Cora Bella "Bugs" Bootzalini. This one contains our own lemon balm, which smells great and may help with relaxing/calming, and with our own peppermint and spearmint, both of which smell great as well. These herbs are also known to repel dog-bothering insects, such as fleas and mosquitos. I recommend that you look into these herbs further, because you can use them in other forms (not shampoo--but such as in tea form or even small amounts chopped onto food) to aid in easing digestive issues and sore muscles. Yay herbs!
To use: Get your dog wet and the shampoo bar wet. Rub the shampoo bar on your dog, taking care to avoid sensitive areas like eyes, nose, and mouth. Rub until you get the amount of lather you want or until your wild and crazy bath loving (or hating) dog goes tearing across the yard. Then rinse the shampoo away with water. Off your dog, off your self, and anyone else who got involved. If your dog rolled in something particularly nasty, you might need to repeat the previous steps. Then, towel dry as needed. Some people like to use wash cloths, fancy brushes, dog wash mitts, or bathtubs. That's all good. At our house, its the shampoo bar and the hose outside because the dogs adore the hose and don't even realize they're getting a bath until well into the process. Important: Do not use this bar on a cat. It was not formulated for cats. Besides, bathing cats can be hazardous to human health. ;-)
Storage and life of the bar: Store the bar where it can dry quickly and where it doesn't sit in water (on a soap holder/drainer or even just on a dry folded wash cloth to dry is fine). How long your dog shampoo bar lasts also depends on factors such as how much lather you need/like, how long and thick your dog's hair is, and how often your dog rolls in smelly things or gets stinky. Eva's old friend Raddley has weekly romances with dead fish on the beach each summer. Meanwhile, Eva and Cora rarely get baths--usually when they've spent a whole day at the ocean in their super suits (dog vests) or hung out in a late-summer-green lake and they smell nasty. If allowed to dry quickly, the bar should last as long or longer than a standard size bottle of shampoo.
Size: Roughly 4 ounce bars. These are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means most bars are 4 ounce and that the bars can range from 3.8 ounces to 4.5 ounces. We keep anything smaller than 3.8 ounces for ourselves and our families, to give as gifts to neighbors in need, and to cut up as free samples. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients: Grown on Whidbey (at Silly Dog Studios) lemon balm, peppermint, and spearmint infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, distilled water, sodium lactate, a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
Packaging: Bars are wrapped in a food safe, compostable parchment paper with a paper label. If possible, recycle packaging or, better yet, cut it up and compost it--they make a great "brown" for compost bins.
Medical disclaimer: This bar contains the same quality ingredients that our human shampoo bars have, but they've been specially formulated for dogs using locally grown & loved-by-our-ancestors plants known to be loving to and agreeable to most dogs. Stop using the bar if your particular dog doesn't respond well to the ingredients.