7 DIY, homemade shampoo soap recipes



Here are 7 homemade shampoo bar recipes to pick and choose from.  Some vary slightly, but each is unique so that  you can find one that suits your own personal needs .They’ve been tested with a lye calculator  and I’ve made a quite a few  of them. Please  be very careful with lye, and some essential oils can burn as well. You may use whatever essential oils you would like, mix and match. Have fun with it! Research what you are doing and what you are using. The end result will leave your hair breath taking beautiful!



1) Shampoo Bar Recipe, 2.25 lbs

  • 10 oz vegetable glycrin oil
  • 10 oz Coconut oil
  • 8 oz Olive oil
  • 8 oz Castor oil
  • 12 oz Distilled Water
  • 5 oz Lye
  • 20 drops preferred essential oils

2) Shampoo Bar, 3.25 lbs

  • 10 oz tallow
  • 3 oz Shea Butter
  • 26 oz Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Castor Oil
  • 5 oz Avocado Oil
  • 17 oz Filtered Water
  • 6.6 oz Lye
  • 20 drops preferred Essential Oils


3) Shampoo Bar, 2 lbs

  • 8 oz Coconut Oil
  • 6 oz  cocoa butter
  • 8 oz  Olive Oil
  • 6 oz Castor Oil
  • 3 oz Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 oz Jojoba Oil
  • 12 oz Filtered Water
  • 4.4 oz Lye
  • 30 drops Essential Oils

4) Shampoo Bar Recipe, 1.4 lbs

  • 8 oz Coconut Oil
  • 3 oz babassu oil
  • 1 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 4 oz Castor Oil
  • 4 oz Sweet Almond  Oil
  • 2 oz Jojoba Oil
  • 7 oz Filtered Water
  • 3 oz Lye
  • 30 drops Essential Oils

5) Shampoo Bar, 2 lbs

  • 9 oz Coconut Oil
  • 2 oz Shea Butter
  • 2 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 1 oz Beeswax
  • 9 oz Olive Oil
  • 5 oz Castor Oil
  • 3 oz Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil
  • 4 oz Filtered Water
  • 6 oz Coconut Milk (or use water)
  • 4 oz Lye
  • 25 drops  Essential Oils

6) Shampoo Bar, 7 lbs (With Rice Bran Oil and Rhassoul Clay)

  • 32 oz Palm Kernel Oil
  • 16 oz Coconut Oil
  • 6 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 6 oz Shea Butter
  • 4 oz Castor Oil
  • 34 oz Olive Oil
  • 10 oz Rice Bran Oil
  • 15.8 oz Lye
  • 36 oz Filtered Water
  • 2 oz Rhassoul Clay (or Red Moroccan Clay)-an excellent volumizer
  • 30 drops Essential

7) Soft Shampoo Bar, 2 lbs

  • 2 oz Beeswax
  • 2 oz Coconut Oil
  • 24 oz Olive Oil
  • 4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
  • 4 oz Lye
  • 10 oz Filtered water
  • 2 Chamomile teabags
  • 20 drops Essential Oils

General soap making instructions

  1. Weigh and melt your fats in a large pot.
  2. Weigh the lye in a zip close bag and weigh your water into a plastic container. Go OUTSIDE and slowly pour lye into container of weighed water and stir with stainless steel spoon. Important!!! Don’t pour the water into the lye. Pour the lye into the water
  3. Prepare mold (add wax paper if necessary)
  4. Weigh essential oils according to recipe, set aside.
  5. When fats and lye both reach about 100° F, pour lye into pot of oil and stir.
  6. Use blender on 5 minutes, stir by hand 5 minutes, etc. on and off until trace.
  7. Add essential oils and any natural coloring agents or textures, stir very well.
  8. Pour into mold and incubate for 24 hours.
  9. Remove from mold and cut.
  10. Let air out and harden. Use after 4-6 weeks.


Big Tip: Think of your ingredients in 3 categories

  1. Fats and oils. These go in one pot. These are things like lard (pork fat) or tallow (beef fat), coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil. I don’t like to use crisco or vegetable oil because of their soy content, pesticide residue, and preservatives.
  2. Lye crystals and water. These will be combined to make “lye water” in a separate dish from your fats and oils. If you are trying a milk recipe you will often add it here in place of some of the water.
  3. Essential oils and other Ingredients. These will be added at the last-minute for smell, color, or texture. This also includes honey and salts.


You will need the following items:

  1. Stainless steel pot (no iron or aluminum)
  2. Stainless steel spoon
  3. Plastic spatula
  4. Hand mixer. A stick blender helps it come to trace faster.
  5. Zip close bag
  6. Bowls to measure oils
  7. Container dedicated to lye water (I use an old plastic container)
  8. Digital scale that weighs in fl. oz.
  9. Thermometer (a cheap candy thermometer works fine)
  10. Mold to pour soap in
  11. Wax paper to line mold if necessary
  12. Towels for incubating mold.


I would like to add please exercise extreme caution while using lye. It is very dangerous and cause huge problems if not use correctly, so please be careful. Have fun, mix and match your oils to create something unique for you! Questions, comments or concerns please drop them below. As always, smile you’re beautiful!

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5 Comments on 7 DIY, homemade shampoo soap recipes

  1. Very creative idea. The tip at the end was very helpful as well because there are really limitless possibilities for the types that can be created. The combination of fragrance and cleaning agent and binder are really worth trying out the different combinations and possibilities

    Thank you for the recipes!


  2. Really interesting post and some great recipes included. I haven’t heard of shampoo soap bars, and wondered how you would use them as shampoo. Would you lather up on your hands, and the rub into your hair?

    I also notice there are no sulfates in any of the recipes, so does this make these shampoos OK to use with hair that has had a Brazilian treatment?

    • Thank you! Yes, that is exactly how you use them

      Get your hair wet then lather in your hands and run through your hair then rinse. If you prefer ‘traditional’ shampoo all you have to do is grate up the shampoo bar and mix into 4 cups of hot water. Let cool then transfer into preferred container. Yes, this shampoo is gentle enough for processed hair. Sulfates is what actually strips your hair of color, perms, blowouts, etc. Thank you so much for your comment, I hope I have answered your questions.

  3. I just read your post and I thought it was good I like using organic items. I like how you have the warning about the lye at the end but I do have one question though what exactly does lye do? And could you not add it? I like the idea of making my own shampoo then I know what is in it.

    • Lye is an alkali. When you combine an alkali (lye) with fats and solids ( ex. Tallow and olive oil) it causes a chemical reaction called saponification and the end result is soap. You can not make soap with out lye, just not possible. When you make soaps you should always use more fats then lye that way the end results is a good, gentle soap and nothing harmful. By the end of the process the lye is so low it won’t cause any affects or hurt you, but in its pure form if not used correctly can harm you. I recommend finding a good lye scale calculator when trying to create your own soap recipe to ensure you use the correct amount.

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