This is your basic recipe for making a shampoo bar, you can wash your hair, face and body with these bars. These all-in-one shampoo bars make traveling easier with no liquids, plus I do not have to pack as much! They are amazing to use at the beach, pool and being out and about traveling- 1 bar that is all I take, and my boys LOVE them.
This helps you cut down on plastic usage and containers in your shower. If you want to just purchase shampoo and conditioner and body soap done for you see the end.
TIP: One thing I HIGHLY recommend is to use a soap saver in the shower so that your soap lasts longer, this helps it 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 2 methods to making these bars, one is called the Hot method or you can do the Cold method.
- The hot method there is more equipment to gather. It takes an hour longer to cook the soap but you can use it right away after it hardens. This method the scents are stronger. The hot method evaporates out any extra liquid right away but the heat can destroy good properties of the butters and oils.
- The 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 4 weeks. This method can make larger batches faster, it is s better choice if you are wanting to make a lot at once.
HOT METHOD-This recipe makes about 12- 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 can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe. If the 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 the in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
- Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 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 and 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 (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”.
You can also do this the cold-pressed method
The only difference to the directions above, is that you can skip the crockpot.
- Simply make the lye solution as 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 12, 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 i.e. scent, use, needs with the different add ins of herbs and essential oils you choose.
- You can switch out water for goats milk by switching out the water for FROZEN milk (freeze in ice cubes and then add lye) I have found especially for girls hair (and men with longer hair) I like the beeswax and goats 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 to add some exfoliation to the bar, just add 3 tsp total to the batch of the powdered herb of your choice, i.e. 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
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 and already done for you if you are not wanting to take on a project. I used this shampoo and conditioner for 2 years before I switched to shampoo bars.
For a toxic free body soap, this one is so creamy, soft and smells Amazing. The doTERRA SPA Moisturizing Bath Bar is a one-of-a-kind bar that provides a unique feel, lather, aroma, and cleansing experience. Unlike regular soaps with harsh surfactants, this natural bath bar leaves skin feeling clean, smooth, and soft. From the first use, you’ll notice this bar is distinctly different from any bar or soap you’ve used before. It has a gentle foaming action that glides across the skin with ease, thoroughly cleansing while moisturizing with jojoba seed oil, vegetable-derived glycerin, and aloe vera juice. The invigorating scent of CPTG® Bergamot and Grapefruit essential oils is experienced continuously upon first opening the package and with each use. Enjoy a rich, cleansing, aromatic spa experience with doTERRA’s natural, truly original bath bar.