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Shampoo bar recipes were very appealing to me. I liked the convenience because you can bring them anywhere without worrying about a leak and I loved that it meant less plastic in the world.

When I began researching and experimenting,

I found out that shampoo bar recipes were really the same as soap making recipes.

Follow this link if you want to find out more about shampoo bars.

 

Making shampoo bars uses the cold process soap making method or the hot process soap making. I used a variation of the cold process soap making method called room temperature soap making method.

When I researched ingredients it was clear that most were the same that used for soap making. However, 2 oils came out as top oils for shampoo bar recipes.

castor oil

jojoba oil

Many soap makers and bath and body products artisans formulate their own recipes. The consensus is that the shampoo bar recipes should be superfatted at 7-8%. A few people with very oily hair used personal recipes that were superfatted at 3% but that is not really recommended.

 My soap making recipes are superfatted at 5%.

My shampoo bar recipes are superfatted at 8%.

 

This means there are EXTRA oils in the product that will moisturize the scalp and hydrate hair. If you have oily hair you might consider decreasing to 5-6% the recipe. Simply use a lye calculator to adjust the recipe.

The problem with superfatting is the extra oil tends to increase spoilage, so for this reason I have reduced my recipes to make about 250 grams of oils little less than a pound.This will give you about 3 bars of shampoo. Enough test out the product and the specific formulation.

 Remember that when you start to use this natural hair care solution you might feel that you may have some bad hair days! This is because your hair is detoxing. You might consider making a few vinegar hair rinses to help remove our hair’s chemical build-up.

Recipe 1

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 100 grams olive oil
  • 75 grams avocado oil
  • 50 grams castor oil
  • 25 grams sunflower oil

Lye – Distilled Water

  • 30 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 95 grams distilled water

Scent at trace

  • 13 grams of essential oils (about 3 teaspoons).

Additive

  • * optional ½ tablespoon of melted beeswax added to the oils (beeswax helps to harden the bar).

Recipe 2

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 125 grams olive oil
  • 65 grams castor oil
  • 60 grams coconut oil

Lye – Distilled Water

  • 33 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 95 grams distilled water

Scent at trace

  • 13 grams of essential oils (about 3 teaspoons).

Additive

  • * optional ½ tablespoon of melted beeswax added to the oils (beeswax helps to harden the bar).

Recipe 3

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 155 grams palm oil
  • 75 grams coconut oil
  • 45 grams castor oil
  • 15 grams cocoa butter
  • 10 grams jojoba oil

Lye – Distilled Water

  • 34 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 95 grams distilled water

Scent at trace

  • 13 grams of essential oils (about 3 teaspoons).

Additive

  • * optional ½ tablespoon of melted beeswax added to the oils (beeswax helps to harden the bar).

Recipe 4

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 85 grams coconut oil
  • 85 grams vegetable shortening
  • 50 grams castor oil
  • 20 grams avocado oil
  • 10 grams jojoba oil

Lye – Distilled Water

  • 34 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 95 grams distilled water

Scent at trace

  • 13 grams of essential oils (about 3 teaspoons).

Additives

  • * optional ½ tablespoon of melted beeswax added to the oils (beeswax helps to harden the bar).

It is best to have all you soap making equipment and ingredients ready.

Your workspace should be covered.

Mold(s) are prepared and set out.

Print out a copy of the your recipe for a quick reference.

Remember that ingredients (except for additives when indicated in volume) need to be weighted and not measured.Fragrance and essential oils should also be weighed.

Click here for cold process soap making recipe directions.

Click here for hot process soap making directions.

Click here for room temperature making directions.

You can add some fun additives like egg and clays which will boost the nutrients to your shampoo.

Try replacing the distilled water with flat beer.

Essential oils are the best option if you wish to scent your soap and benefit from therapeutic properties.

Top essential oils for healthy hair

You can use a combination of these essential oils for dandruff control.

  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Bay
  • Patchouli
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Ylang Ylang

Unmolding your shampoo bars might prove to be difficult. These bars will be very very very soft...

Be gentle, use an easy mold and you might consider waiting 3 to 4 days to unmold and cut.

If you are using the cold process method you will need to cure these shampoo bars for 4 to 6 weeks and if you are using the hot process method you should at least wait a few weeks before using.

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