How to Make Shampoo Bars

I absolutely love my homemade shampoo bars. I’ve been making them for about two years now. The difference these bars have made for my hair is amazing! If you decide to try them it will probably take about three to four weeks for your hair to adjust to using the shampoo bar. By the way, my hair stylist said she noticed a big difference in my hair after using the shampoo bar and homemade conditioner.

Lately I’ve been seeing articles about different shampoo brands that link to alzheimers. I don’t know if this is really true or not, but I am thankful that I have a way to wash my hair without the worries of it affecting my brain.

I make my own conditioner rinse too. It’s made up of organic apple cider vinegar with mother, water, and lavender essential oil. It’s very important to use this rinse after using the shampoo bar. It’s great for clarifying and conditioning hair. The recipe for my conditioner is simply 1/2 water to 1/2 organic apple cider vinegar with mother. Then I add about 12 to 15 drops of lavender oil. The lavender oil is optional. It helps to cover up the smell of the vinegar. The smell of vinegar will dissipate after a short while. For best results, shake up your conditioner and put it on your hair and let it sit for about a minute and then rinse with cool water. (Make sure it doesn’t run into your eyes.)

You can watch my YouTube video on how to make shampoo bars here:


Shampoo Bar for Dry Hair
(Not sure who created this recipe)

This recipe will make approximately 10 to 12 bars of soap depending on the size of your molds.

20 oz. coconut oil
13 oz. extra virgin olive oil
12.54 oz. distilled water
5.32 oz. lye

*Make sure that you pour the lye into the distilled water. You should never add liquid to the lye.

*Wear goggles, gloves, and long sleeves any time you are handling lye or soap before it tests non-caustic. Sometimes I wear a face mask. Lye can be very dangerous for your skin and could blind you if you get it in your eyes.

Step 1:
Weigh oils
Place them in crock pot on Low setting.
Melt the oils and then turn the crock pot off.

Step 2:
Weigh the lye (Make sure you are wearing your goggles and gloves. (Have vinegar near by in case you spill lye on your skin.) I put plastic lined paper on my counter top to protect it from lye.

Measure distilled water.
*Remember to make sure you add the lye to your liquid.
Take the measured water and slowly pour the lye into the liquid while stirring. Use a slotted spoon to stir. It will be cloudy at first but then it will turn clear again. Do this outside or in a well ventilated room.

Step 3:
Slowly pour the lye mixture into the crockpot where the oils have melted.

Stir briefly with a spoon and then mix will a stick blender. (Make sure you turn the stick blender off and on frequently so that you don’t burn out your blender.)

It will take about 10 to 11 minutes to bring it to trace. (Trace is when you can see a line left in the mixture when you move the blender or spoon across the top of the mixture.) Your trace will look like pudding when it’s ready.

Step 4:
Turn your crock pot on low and place the lid on the pot. The soap will gradually start to look waxy. The edges will look dryer. Stir frequently. It will look like waxy mashed potatoes when done.

You can test it by putting a tiny bit on a paper plate. Now take a tad of that and put it on your tongue. If it tastes soapy, it’s done. If it zaps your tongue, then it’s not done yet. (Zap will be like when you test a battery with your tongue. Rinse your mouth with water.)

It takes about 50 to 60 minutes to cook this recipe in the crockpot.

Step 5:
Scoop mixture into soap molds. Let it sit in the mold for about 1 hour. I allow my soap to cure at least 2 to 3 weeks. It can be used sooner, but it’s best to allow it to cure a while.

Enjoy your shampoo bars!

My stick blender can be found here:
My soap mold can be found here:

Lye can be found here:

Coconut Oil:

Olive Oil:

A great crock pot can be found here:

My Ozeri kitchen scale can be found here:

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Published by thegingeroptimist

My name is Jan McIntyre, also known as The Ginger Optimist. I love Jesus, cooking, baking, making my own DIY products, photography, makeup, bargain shopping and encouraging others.

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