Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Customizable Shampoo Bar Recipe

Have you ever wanted to make a shampoo bar?  Rather than using the liquid shampoos you find in the store, you can create an actual shampoo bar using this recipe.  A shampoo bar is especially convenient on trips.  If you have ever had a bottle of shampoo leak inside your suitcase, you will start to get an idea of how this can help.

This recipe is customizable because you will be able to use the essential oil of your choice to create the scent you want.


Customizable Shampoo Bar Ingredients

I have collected some of the ingredients called for in the recipe for you.  The links take you to Mountain Rose Herbs, the site where I get many of my ingredients.  They specialize in organic products and have a huge selection to choose from.  Their products are top quality and you will be able to tell from the finished soap you make.

  • Castor Oil – Castor oil helps to create a thick, frothy lather while making sure the finished shampoo bar comes out hard.
  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil adds an extra moisturizing element to this recipe.  Both refined and unrefined coconut oil is available for your vegan soap and both are certified to be organic.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil has been known to have many beneficial properties for centuries.  The olive oil at Mountain Rose Herbs is unrefined and certified to be organic.
  • Shea Butter – Shea butter provides nourishment to the scalp and hair.
  • Essential Oil of Your Choice – Choose the essential oil you would like to use to fragrance your shampoo bar.


Customizable Shampoo Bar Instructions

Click the following link to get the full ingredient measurements necessary to make your shampoo bar.

How to Make Soap Shampoo Bar Measurements

Enjoy Your Shampoo Bar!


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April 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Cold Process Soap Making


11 Responses to “Customizable Shampoo Bar Recipe”
  1. Ellen B. says:

    There is no link for the actual recipe for this shampoo bar. It just leads you to the main recipe page. Did I miss it? I would really like to learn how to make a shampoo bar, because I’m sick of buying chemicals.

    • Robyn H says:

      Shampoo Bar

      4 lb batch

      12 oz coconut oil
      19 oz mid grade olive oil (not virgin or pomace)
      12 oz castor oil
      6 oz lye
      16 oz distilled water
      1/2 oz your favorite essential oil (If the bar is to be used by a pregnant woman DO NOT USE ROSEMARY)

      1st in a metal pan combine the water and lye then rest of the oils (except essential) and heat to 100 degrees F. Stirring GENTLY and constantly with metal spoon. Once reaching the proper temperature add your essential and stir in completely.
      Pour into mold(s)lined with saran wrap or vaseline. Insulate (cover) for 24 hours. Uncover and leave in mold until soap is hard enough to take out (usually 4-6 days). When hard enough remove from mold and cut into desired size bars. Allow to cure for 4-5 weeks. This soap remains soft for quite a considerable time longer than normal cold pressed soap. IT DOES EVENTUALLY HARDEN into nice bars. Enjoy!

  2. Pelin says:

    Can’t get to the link of the recipe measurements for the customizable shampoo bar…

  3. Emily says:

    I hate buying soap with chemicals. My skin is very sensitive, and the chemicals just harm it more. So i made the pepperment tea soap and tested it on my face, IT WORKS GREAT! My face was a little red for 10 seconds but after that, my face was glowing! Great recipes, easy for beginners.(You should talk about trying to put some of your soap into stores, I’d buy them for sure!)

  4. Michelle Egelhoff says:

    Do you mean a non-metal bowl? I’ve made soap for years but have never used lye in a metal container.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Why do you say not to use virgin or pomace olive oil?

  6. Tonya says:

    I know lye is what makes the lather, but what if I choose to not use the lye, would I simply have a cleansing bar that doesn’t lather?

    • soapmakerj says:

      Actually Tonya, lye is what makes it soap=) Without either sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or maybe another basic chemical (there may be others, I’m not sure), your mixture will not become soap at all.

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