Make A Healthy Shampoo Bar (Video)

People usually do not think shampoo can have a cleansing bar form. For those of you who are also new to this idea, shampoo bars are solid bars – similar to soap bars – that are made specifically for your hair. There are multiple benefits of shampoo bar:

  • Increases volume
  • Helps hair to grow faster
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Leaves hair shinier and doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils
  • Hair becomes less frizzy
  • Scalp doesn’t result in dryness
  • For curly hair, curls are more defined
  • More gentle on your hair, helping you to retain its colour and moisture
  • Quicker showers because you can forego the conditioner and not have to wait for it to set
  • Cost-effective and one bar lasts for months
  • Made with natural ingredients, unlike traditional shampoos that contain chemicals

Cosmetic makers always put dangerous chemicals into products, but we have some great news. You can make your own shampoo bar, at your home.

Coconut Oil Shampoo Bar Recipe


For Normal Hair

  • 33 oz. coconut oil
  • 12.54 oz. water
  • 5.44 oz. lye
  • ½ – 1 ounce essential oils (optional)

For Dry Hair

  • 33 oz. coconut oil
  • 12.54 oz. water
  • 5.32 oz. lye
  • ½ – 1 ounce essential oils (optional)


  • crock pot – 8 quart
  • stick blender
  • digital scale
  • thermometer
  • glass measuring cups
  • small glass bowls
  • stainless steel or plastic spoon with long handle (if you use a wooden spoon like the one pictured below, make sure not to use it for anything but soap making)
  • sink or bowl filled with vinegar and water for cleaning anything that comes in contact with lye. Follow by cleaning with soap.
  • protective equipment: long-sleeved shirt, plastic/rubber gloves, safety glasses or protective eye gear
  • soap mold – (where to buy oval soap mold or square soap mold) A standard sized bread pan is perfect for this batch, cardboard boxes will also work
  • parchment paper for lining the soap mold (where to buy parchment paper online)

How to prepare:

Put the coconut oil into a pan and set the temperature low to melt it. Add water to a medium-sized glass or ceramic bowl and take it outside along with the lye and long-handled spoon. Slowly add the lye to the water while mixing gently. It is important to make sure the lye is first you pour into the water. The mixture can be very hot, so be careful. Let it cool down for 5-10 minutes.

Use the stick blender to mix the ingredients and reach the thickness of a light pudding.

Cover and cook on low temperature up to 1 hour.

When the soap is ready it should look a little like semi-translucent vaseline with no oil puddles in the middle. In order to see if it’s done take a bit of the soap and rub it between your fingers. It should feel a bit waxy. Then touch it to your tongue – if it ‘zaps’ you, then it’s not done. Note: It’s really important to ensure all the lye is converted, otherwise the finished soap can burn. If you want to avoid the risk of getting ‘zapped’, you can also check the soap by dipping a PH test strip. Wait several minutes for it to fully change color. It should be between 7-10. If it is higher than 10 it needs to cook some more.

Add some essential oils if you wish, for the desired fragrance.

Cut the bar as it is cooled and firm. Place the bars on a tray. Let them to dry out and harden for another few days. The bars will be ready in 2-3 weeks.

You should store them in a cool and dry place. They will be fresh for 1 year.


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