Shampoo bars are soap kind of shampoos or you can call them solid shampoos. They are always preferred these days due to less chemical content aka less or no SKS. I always wanted to try out lush shampoo bars since they were handmade and had negligible chemicals; but I couldn’t give them a try thanks to the brand that closed their shops here :/ well, there are good alternatives though. You could try making your own shampoo bars and here is an easy recipe with coconut oil as the active ingredient.
Things you need:
- 2 Regular size natural soap (which, yes, was originally made with lye, but which you no longer have to take precautions about when using because the process has been completed beforehand).
- Essential oils
- double boiler
- Grate 8 ounces or two regular size bars of natural soap. Use soap that is free of chemicals and fragrances.
- Heat crock pot on low and add soap. Pour 1-2 ounces of coconut milk over the grated soap. Stir frequently to avoid burning and to make sure the soap has melted completely.
- When soap is completely melted, remove from heat.
- Add your favorite essential oil/s. Stir well. Add any other ingredients you wish to use, such as oatmeal or rose petals.
- Remove from mold and cut into desired sizes and shapes using a soap cutter or a food scraper.
Note: You can tell when you have reached trace when your mixture is still fluid, but a drop or drizzle of the soap mixture stays on the surface for a few seconds before falling back in.
- Add essential oils and pour the mixture into soap moulds.
- After 24 hours, remove your soap from the mould and slice it.
- Stand your bars up and let them cure in a well-ventilated area for about 4-6 weeks and then enjoy!