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Shampoo Bar Recipe

shampoo barsAlright ya’ll this is a request from Erin from over at Home & Grace. She did a great post about the no-poo method to wash your hair. Sometimes though that just doesn’t get out all the goop and nasties, especially if you have had a long, hot, hard, messy day outside. So I said I would share my Shampoo bar recipe. Please not this is not a soap making tutorial this is just a recipe.

To find out more about soap making go here and here.

I get my lye and some of my oils and essential oils at Essential Depot and for just about everything else I use Mountain Rose Herbs. Essential Depot has quite a few certified organic ingredients and almost all of Mountain Rose Herbs ingredients are certified organic through Oregon Tilth and the USDA when possible and many are even wild harvested. MRH also has great teas if you like tea (which I do, I absolutely love their teas, but that isn’t what this post is about…but if you like tea then you should totally try theirs). Anyways enough of tea, back on to the shampoo bar. Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Beeswax
  • 6 oz Coconut Oil
  • 15 oz Olive Oil
  • 3 0z Jojoba Oil
  • 4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
  • .5 oz Essential Oils at trace
  •  Lye
  • Frozen/Slushy Coconut Milk (in place of water)

You’ll notice that I did not include the amount of lye  or coconut milk, that is because it is good soaping practice to ALWAYS run every soap you plan on making through a Lye Calculator. Even if you already have the amounts you still need to run it through a lye calculator because there could have been a mistake.

When running this recipe through a lye calculator you need to decide on the amount of superfat you want I do mine at 7% usually, but it depends on your hair type, you may need to make a few batches and see what works best for you.

Okay now that I am done with that I will give you basic instructions for making this soap. Melt your oils. While they are melting take your frozen/slushy coconut milk and add a little bit of lye to it at a time making sure it does not over heat and cause the coconut milk to burn. Remember to always add lye to your liquid, never add liquid to lye it could cause a bubbly lye volcano of doom! Once you have finished incorporating your lye into the coconut milk continue like you would making any other soap using either the hot process or cold process method.

Essential Oils: Choose whatever you like either for scent or their properties. Two combinations that I always like are Lavender & Tea Tree and Rosemary & Mint.

After you use your shampoo bar you may want to do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to condition your hair, just add 1 tablespoon ACV to one cup water and squirt or pour over your hair and then rinse it out. You can also do a conditioning masque or hot oil hair treatment before you hop in the shower to condition your hair.


If you try this recipe or have a shampoo bar recipe that you really like let me know! If you have any questions about this recipe feel free to ask in the comments.

If you have never used shampoo bars before Sherri at Overthrow Martha has a great post about them.


Chemical Burn From Soap

How many of ya’ll remember The Oregon Trail game? Well for those of you that do…Leigh has dysentery (not using the persons first name for privacy reasons)! I have been cracking Oregon Trail jokes for the last few days. Leigh isn’t very amused but I totally am.

Anyways dysentery is caused by a nasty little bacteria called Shigella and it can be spread from person to person if proper sanitary measures are not taken. We were told to use and anti-bacterial soap to help keep it from spreading. Usually I am very against anti-bacterial soaps, but with 2 six month olds in the house, I wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could to keep them safe and healthy.

So I start using the soap. The first time I used it my hands felt like they were on fire. I rinsed it off as soon as I could and was left with these awful, painful, red patches on the tops of both my hands. At first I though it was just an allergic reaction. The pain just kept getting worse though, finally I went to get it checked out. It turned out the soap had given me a chemical burn.


It has taken a few days and many experimental creams and herbal blends to finally get my hands to feel better. I finally settled on an herbal infused coconut oil that I applied directly to the skin and that I mixed into a salve and applied. I will share the recipe for the infused oil tomorrow and will hopefully have the salve up for sale soon.