DIY Shampoo Bar – No Lye to Handle

DIY Shampoo Bar Recipe Without Lye

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This beauty recipe is perfect for those of you who have never made a shampoo bar before as I replaced lye (used for saponification) with an organic pre-made melt-and-pour soap base. This shampoo bar recipe requires only four ingredients, can be customized with your favorite essential oils and fragrance, and makes a great gift!

Benefits of the selected ingredients

The organic soap base used for this recipe is made from glycerin that has been extracted from pure coconut oil and goat’s milk. Coconut oil stimulates hair growth, fights dandruff, prevents split ends, adds shine and softness to the hair. Goat’s milk is an amazing source of calcium, protein, phosphorous, vitamin B2 and potassium. Castor oil is one of the best natural treatments for thickening and regrowing hair. Shea butter seals in moisture, deep conditions hair, promotes hair growth, treats itchy scalp and inflammation.


Note: you can also use a vegan soap base such as Shea Butter soap base and Cocoa Butter soap base.

(*) I recommend using SLS and SLES free soap base, but it’s not always available. For my UK readers, I suggest replacing the Goat Milk soap base with this Argan Oil soap base that has a clean and sulfate-free ingredients list.


  • 1 Soap Mold (find it here: US / UK / Canada)
  • 1 Double boiler
  • 1 Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol

Note: I’ve ordered my Soap Base, Castor Oil and Shea Butter 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!

Simple homemade solid shampoo bar
Make your own natural shampoo bar: a simple DIY melt and pour shampoo bar recipe without any lye to handle during the preparation


  1. Cut your Melt & Pour Soap Base and let it melt gently using a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat and add Shea butter, Castor oil, and your essential oils blend.
  3. Pour the mixture into a soap mold. Pro Tip: Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles.
  4. Let cool for several hours, then gently remove your shampoo bars from the mold. It is ready!

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.

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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