Have you tried making your own shampoo bars? They are a great way to cut down on the plastic you use plus you know what’s ACTUALLY in your shampoo! These homemade shampoo bars make a great DIY gift and are great for personal use as well!
I usually have MUCH simpler DIY’s on the site. This one requires a lot more ingredients and steps than you may be used to seeing here. That said, you can cut down on the steps and supplies by eliminating the ombre effect or remove the colouring all together!
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Ok let’s get on to the recipe!
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Homemade Shampoo Bars with Essential Oils
- 1-pound glycerin soap base (I got mine on Amazon)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea of Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil. This oil has been shown to strengthen hair, improve circulation to the scalp, which leads to healthy hair and helps with dry scalp issues. It also helps soften your hair.
- 10 drops clary sage essential oil. This oil has been shown to stimulate the scalp and promotes hair growth.
- 3 mica coloring powders that will ombre well (I got mine on Amazon)
- 1 large microwave safe bowl or measuring cup
- 3 smaller bowls to separate for coloring
- Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- Massage soap mold (I got mine on Amazon)
How to Make it:
1. Cut the soap base into squares and place into a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup.
2. Heat for 30 seconds. Repeat, stirring after each 30 second interval, until melted.
3. Stir in the coconut oil and stir.
4. Add baking soda, salt and apple cider vinegar to soap base mixture. Whisk in quickly or small lumps may form. If they do, break up with a spoon or just scoop out.
6. Stir the essential oils.
7. Evenly divide your soap mixture into the 3 bowls. Mine came out to be about 4 cups, and I used 1/4 cup for each layer. (you only need to do this if you want to create an ombre effect).
8. Add the first mica colouring to the soap mixture in bowl #1.
9. Blend coloring in well.
10. Spray the mold with the rubbing alcohol and pour the mixture into each mold.
11. Spray the top with the rubbing alcohol (this prevents bubbles from forming)
12. Allow soap to harden for 30 minutes to one hour. To test if the soap is ready for the next pour, blow on it. If you see ripples, it is not ready.
13. Repeat steps 8-12 for the next two colors. Allow to harden at least one hour.
14. Gently pop out and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Yield: This will depend on the soap mold that you use.
Notes for success:
1. It is not necessary to use 3 colours, or even any colouring for that matter. If you choose to skip the various colour levels, allow the shampoo bars to sit for 2-3 hours before using it.
2. As always, the addition of essential oils is optional.
There you have it, homemade shampoo bars!