I tried using shampoo bar soap before and it did not work. No one told me that you usually have to wait about 2 weeks for your hair to stop overproducing oils from being stripped consistently with store-bought shampoos or that sometimes hard water makes it difficult, or that you need to use a conditioner afterwards to help with the mineral deposits. In other words, there’s more to just grabbing a shampoo bar and washing your hair. This isn’t for everyone and we are fortunate that there are many hair products available that cater to a wide amount of needs.
I have taken a few weeks to adjust my overly stripped hair and scalp and I am seeing a huge difference. I’m going to do another baking soda rinse to help get rid of the last of the product residues and follow with apple cider vinegar, then wash. I’m really loving the shampoo bar and am glad that I went ahead and made the transition.
Update: I’ve learned a lot about shampoo bar soap and have a full Guide on How to go No ‘Poo. Make sure you check it out if you are new to shampoo bars.
This is the wonderful recipe that I have been using.
There are many options that you can try if you are making your own (add what you love).
If you would like more shampoo bar options, here are 7 Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipes to choose from as well. You can also forgo that shampoo and wash with a rinse. Check out Shampoo Rinses and Herbal Rinses.
This is shampoo bar soap made with the cold processed soap method. Why is it considered a shampoo bar instead of a body bar? The oils chosen are specific to caring for your hair and it is formulated to lather beautifully for ease of use.
Shampoo Bar Soap Recipe
- 9 oz coconut oil
- 9 oz olive oil
- 5 oz castor oil
- 3 oz jojoba oil
- 2 oz shea butter
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 1 oz beeswax
- 4 oz water
- 6 oz coconut milk
- 4 oz lye
- 0.5 - 1oz Essential Oils
- Follow instructions on soap making.
- Melt your oils in one pot.
- Combine water milk and lye in a separate container.
- When both are 90-100 degree F, combine and stir until trace.
- Add essential oils and follow one of the options below.
- Option 1: Hot Process - The hot process method is loved by many because you can use it immediately after cooling; texture and look of soap is lightly different. After bringing to trace, cook in crock pot on medium to low heat for 1 hour. Mixture will become more translucent (you'll see the difference). Then spoon into mold until cool. When cool, take out and slice. Store in a lightly vented container.
- Option 2: Cold Process - Cold processing means having to wait 3-6 weeks while the soap hardens. After trace, pour into mold and incubate for 24 hours. Remove from mold and slice, let air for 3-6 weeks before using.