How to Make Shampoo Bars: 4 Eco-Friendly Recipes



These easy and environmentally friendly shampoo bar recipes will help you kick traditional plastic-packaged haircare laden with synthetic chemicals.


#1 All-Purpose Shampoo Bar for Natural Hair
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup coconut oil (liquid)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup lye
3/4 cup cool water
2 tbs essential oil (optional)

#2 Moisturizing Shampoo Bar for Dry Hair
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid
1/4 cup castor oil
1/3 cup cool water
1 tbs lye
2 tsp lavender essential oil
2 tsp bentonite clay

#3 Deep-Cleansing Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair
1/2 cup jojoba beads
3.4 cup carnauba wax
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1.3 cup liquid castile soap
2 tsp essential oil (optional)

#4 Lye Free Shampoo Bar for Sensitive Scalps
1 cup melt-and-pour castile soap
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp castor oil
1/2 tsp black molasses
15 drops vanilla essential oil
15 drops patchouli essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil


# 1 Shampoo for Natural Hair Steps
Combine oils in a glass or stainless-steel bowl.
In a separate heat-proof container, slowly pour the lye into water, stirring constantly. Stand back to avoid fumes.
Allow the lye and water mixture to cool to about 125 degrees, then slowly pour it into the oil, stirring constantly.
Mix with a hand blender until the consistency is pudding-like.
Stir in another tablespoon of oil (for added moisture) and essential oils.
Transfer the mixture to a silicone mold, cover, and let sit for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold and cure in a dry place for four weeks before using.

#2 Shampoo for Dry Hair Steps
Mix clay with a drop of water (just enough to wet it) and let sit.
Mix together water and lye as previously described.
Mix together oils and shea butter in a separate bowl.
Pour lye mixture into fat mixture slowly, then mix with a hand blender until it starts to thicken.
Turn the blender off, mix in clay and essential oil, then stir by hand until you reach a pudding-like consistency.
Pour liquid soap into mold, cover, and let sit for 24 hours.
Remove from mold after 24 hours and cure for at least four weeks.

#3 Deep-Cleansing Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair Steps
Melt carnauba wax using a double boiler, then let cool slightly.
When cooled, stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Pour the mixture into a soap mold and refrigerate until solidified.

#4 Lye Free Shampoo Bar for Sensitive Scalps Steps
Melt castile soap base in a double boiler.
Once melted, stir in olive oil, castor oil, and black molasses. Let cool.
Stir in essential oils before pouring the mixture into the soap mold.
Let set in soap mold for at least 24 hours before cutting or using.


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