This is your basic recipe for making a shampoo bar, although you can wash your hair, face and body with these bars. These all-in-one shampoo bars make traveling easier with no liquids. Plus it’s less to pack! They are amazing to use at the beach, pool—just being out and about traveling. One bar is all I take, and my boys LOVE them.
As a bonus, this helps cut down on plastic usage and containers in your shower.
TIP: One thing I HIGHLY recommend is to use a soap saver in the shower so that your soap lasts longer. (It helps the soap dry out in between uses.) You can get them at a dollar store.
If you are looking for a face wash bar, see the post here for Shea Butter and Myrrh Face Bar.
If you are looking for a bar to shave—for men and women—see the post here for Lathering Shaving Bar.
There are two methods to making these bars, the hot method or cold method.
- Hot Method. There is more equipment to gather and it takes an hour longer to cook the soap, but you can use it right away after it hardens. The scents are stronger using. The hot method evaporates out any extra liquid right away, but the heat can destroy good properties of the butters and oils.
- Cold Method is initially quicker in making, but you have to let the soap sit longer, and this process “eats up” the scents. In the cold method, the moisture evaporates over time. You can use it after 24 hours, but it is best to let it sit and harden for at least four weeks. This method can make larger batches faster, it is a better choice if you are wanting to make a lot at once.
This recipe makes about twelve 4-oz bars.
- 8 ounces coconut oil
- 10 ounces olive oil
- 6 ounces tallow (or any fat)
- 3 ounces shea butter
- 4 ounces castor oil
- 2 ounces raw beeswax
- 10 ounces water
- 4.37 ounces lye (7% excess fat)
- 1 ounce Jojoba Oil
- 4- 15ml bottles of any essential oils
- Measure both the lye and water using a kitchen scale. Measure lye on a paper plate and liquid in a glass bowl.
- Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I cannot be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe. If the lye solution touches you, do not freak out, just neutralize the area with vinegar and soapy water.
- Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
- Measure the coconut oil, olive oil, tallow, Shea butter, castor oil, and beeswax by weight on the kitchen scale and then place in a crock pot to melt on low heat. To melt the beeswax faster, put in pot on stove and then pour into crockpot with rest of ingredients.
Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
- After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend in the crock pot for at least 1 to 2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
- Continue stirring and blending for 2 to 3 minutes more, until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
- Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
- Prepare your mold. Note: I just use a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper and it’s always worked perfectly. This recipe is enough to fill one loaf pan.
- Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat and add essential oils and jojoba oil, plus any other add-ins.
- Stir until well combined.
- Spoon soap mixture into mold.
- Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
- Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
- Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further. Store in linen bags so they can “breathe”.
The only difference to the directions above is that you can skip the crockpot.
- Simply make the lye solution as noted above and set aside.
- Melt all the ingredients in a pot over low heat or use a double broiler
- Pour into a glass or stainless-steel bowl
- Stir in lye solution with metal spoon
- Trace with a stick blender and when it is like a thick pudding, stir in any add ins (herbs and oils.)
- Then pour into mold and let sit 24 hours
- After 24 hours you can cut into twelve 4 oz bars and let sit.
Once you get familiar with the process, the variations are limitless. You can easily customize this recipe to your needs with the different add-ins of herbs and essential oils you choose.
- You can switch out water for goat’s milk by switching out the water for frozen milk (freeze in ice cubes and then add lye) I have found especially for girl’s hair (and men with longer hair) I like the beeswax and goat’s milk or coconut milk shampoo bars because this adds more “fat” to help with frizziness of the hair—especially for those with curls. The beeswax I have found is softer for the hair.
- You can also switch out the water for herbal teas. Make the tea from the herbs you are going to mix in at the end.
- Different herbs can add some exfoliation to the bar. Just add 3 teaspoons total to the batch of the powdered herb of your choice, like peppermint, lavender, rosemary, orange peel, yucca root, marshmallow root, horsetail, calendula, chamomile etc.
I add essential oils for an aromatherapy experience and different needs, such as:
- Itchy scalp: wintergreen, peppermint, lavender and a bit of spearmint. This blend leaves a “cooling” on your body and scalp and a sweet-mint scent.
- All hair types: lime and lemon oils.
- Oily/greasy hair: basil, thyme, lemon and rosemary oils.
- Healing: rosemary and peppermint oils.
- Hair growth: Yang Ylang, cedarwood, and lavender oils.
- Dandruff: Lavender, rosemary and cedarwood oils.
- Uplifting Aromatherapy: wild orange, tangerine, Citrus Bliss oils.
Other Already Done Non-toxic Options
The All in One Shampoo bars are now for sale in the VIBRATIONALITY Online Store
Shampoo and Conditioner
The other option you have is to buy these products. This body bar and shampoo and conditioner is non-toxic and chemical free. I used this shampoo and conditioner for two years before I switched to shampoo bars.
For a toxic free body soap, doTERRA’s bath bar is so creamy and soft, and smells amazing.
- Essential Oils
- Silicone Mold
- Stick Blender
- Linen Bags for Storing
- Kitchen Scale [currently unavailable]
- doTERRA Shampoo & Conditioner
- doTERRA Body Bar