I am a new fan of shampoo bars for many reasons. The lather is incredible, the bar is long lasting, I have shinier hair with zero buildup, and it’s all natural!
My recipe contains a lot of castor oil, which creates a rich and foamy lather. Coconut oil and palm oil also provide a fluffy lather and add to the hardness of the bar.
Tea tree essential oil (on sale this month!) is an antiseptic and is known to help treat scalp conditions such as dandruff and head lice. Plus, it stimulates new hair growth by removing dead skin cells from hair follicles. It also smells minty, earthy and fresh, leaving you energized and revitalized for the day.
I rub the bar in a couple small circles right on my head and work the lather up with my fingers.
Three Pound Batch Shampoo Bar Recipe:
10 oz Coconut oil
10 oz Palm oil
8 oz Castor oil
8 oz Olive oil
12 oz Distilled Water
5 oz Sodium Hydroxide
1.5 oz Tea tree essential oil
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If you have never made soap from scratch before, please check out Anne-Marie’s four part series on cold process before trying this recipe. It is really important to understand how to work with sodium hydroxide (lye) so that you are soaping on the safe side.
Your oils and lye should be around 100 degrees when combined. Add color at trace or, if you like, leave it uncolored. Add fragrance and stick blend to a thick trace. Pour into mold and use a spatula to create peaks on the surface for texture and grip. Remove the soap from the mold after 24 hours and cure the bars on a rack for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!
Tip! If your hair is extra dry, try incorporating some vitamin rich oils such as avocado oil or sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil is amazing as well, but currently a bit pricey. If you change the recipe, make sure to re-calculate the lye.