Moisturizing Shampoo Bars with Cocoa and Coconut oils 

Moisturizing Shampoo Bars with Cocoa and Coconut oils 

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Here's another recipe of homemade shampoo bars that do not require any lye to handle. This beauty recipe is perfect for those of you who never made solid shampoo bars before as I replaced lye (used for saponification) with a vegan melt-and-pour soap base. These DIY shampoo bars require only three ingredients, can be customized with your favorite essential oils and make a great gift!

Benefits of the selected ingredients:

The organic soap base used for this recipe contains pure coconut oil and cocoa butter. Coconut oil stimulates hair growth, fights dandruff, prevents split ends, adds shine and softness to the hair. Cocoa butter reduces hair loss, provides moisture, and acts as a natural conditioner. This soap base also has a light smell of chocolate.

Wheat Germ Oil is a natural source of ceramides which help hair retain elasticity, strength and luster. It also contains vitamins A, B, D and E. This oil encourages circulation to the scalp, prevents split ends and reduces frizz.

Macadamia Nut Oil is a well-known hair treatment. It strengthens hair, prevents hair damage, heals split ends and provides excellent moisture.

Orange Oil provides high levels of vitamin C that protects and heals hair and scalp. It treats dry scalp, provides nutrition and stimulates hair growth.

Yang-Ylang Oil corrects sebum production and stimulates hair growth.


  • 2.4 lb Organic Cocoa Butter Melt & Pour Soap Base (find it here: US / UK / Canada)
  • 3 tbsp Wheat Germ oil (find it here: US / UK / Canada)
  • 3 tbsp Macadamia Nut Oil (find it here: US / UK / Canada)
  • 70 drops Essential Oils. I chose Orange and Ylang-Ylang oils for this homemade shampoo recipe.


  • 1 Wood Box Soap Mold (where to buy it in US / UK / Canada)
  • 1 Double boiler
  • 1 Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol

Note: I order the majority of my ingredients on Amazon because the shipping is so inexpensive with Amazon Prime. You can try a 30-Day Free Trial and get FREE two-day shipping on all your orders.

My essential oils collection is mainly from Plant Therapy. They have the highest quality organic essential oils and a special selection of oils safe for kids. Check out their website to discover the latest offers!


  1. Cut your Melt & Pour Soap Base and let it melt gently using a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat and add the oils.
  3. Pour the mixture into your soap mold. Pro Tip: Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles.
  4. Let cool for several hours, then gently remove your homemade solid shampoo from the mold before making the cuts bars. If you use the recommended 42 oz soap mold, you should get eight cut shampoo bars.

Beauty Tip for extra conditioning benefits and shine:

  • After you are done shampooing, spray an acidic rinse such as Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water all over your hair and leave it in. You can also add essential oils to your rinse mix. Don’t worry about the ACV smell, it dissipates as it dries, so you will only enjoy the scent of your favorite essential oils 🙂
  • Note: I am using 1 tbsp ACV per cup of water to keep this rinse pH-balanced.
Apple cider vinegar hair rinse for healthy hair and hair growth
Apple cider vinegar rinse for healthy and shiny hair

How to choose the best essential oils for your type of hair?

Oily hair: Bergamot, Lemon, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Bay Leaf (Laurel)

Hair loss: Cedarwood, Lemon, Bay St Thomas, Spikenard, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Rosemary Cineole

Dandruff and itchy scalp: Geranium, Bay Leaf (Laurel), Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Cade, Bay St Thomas, Patchouli

Dull hair: Ylang-Ylang and Geranium

Thin hair or hair lacking volume: Rosewood and Lemongrass

Frizzy hair: Ylang-Ylang

Natural or Colored Blonde hair: Chamomile German

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

And do tag me on Instagram if you make this 🙂

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