Vegan Shampoo Bar - Make Your Own

Published on 13 April 2020 at 18:38

Shampoo and conditioner bars are a great way of helping the environment by saving thousands of gallons of unnecessary plastic bottles. Make one at home and stop wasting money and plastic!

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This shampoo bar is easy to make and it is a very basic one for normal hair. Read the other articles about other bars for other hair types. This recipe is for one bar regular sized. Anyhow, let´s start making some vegan shampoo bars!

You Need:

  • One Cup of  extra virgin Olive Oil
  • One Cup of melted Coconut Oil
  • One Cup of Castor Oil (great for both hair growth and health)
  • 1 1/2 Cup of tap water
  • 2/3 a cup of lye (be careful because it is almost exclusively made of sodium hydroxide)
  • 3 Tablespoons of a preferred essential oil, we love just a plane lavender one for this recipe
  • A hand mixer


  1. Mix the olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil together in a glass bowl.
  2. Put the water in a heat proof container.
  3. Put your lye gently in the water while you stir, the water will have a cloudy consistence, but it will clear up as your stir. Be careful with the water because the lye will make it hot. 
  4. Let the water sit until it is cool, you can use a food thermometer to check if it cools down.
  5. After the water is cool you can mix it in with the oils and stir it with a bamboo spoon by hand, and do this for 5-7 minutes. 
  6. After this you can use a hand mixer and mix it gently until the mix is creamy and make sure that there are no air bubbles in the mixture. 
  7. Add in your essential oil and mix it for a couple minutes.
  8. Pour your shampoo mixture in a soap molder or in smaller ice cube molders.
  9. Leave your finished result for about 24-48 hours and make sure you turn them every 10-12 hour.
  10. If you used a soap molder or a bigger flat molder you can cut them up now and they are ready to be used!

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