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.


  • 2 Regular size natural soap (which, yes, was originally made with lye, but which you no longer have to take precautions about when using because the process has been completed beforehand).
  • Molds
  • Essential oils
  • double boiler
  • Spoon


  1. Grate 8 ounces or two regular size bars of natural soap. Use soap that is free of chemicals and fragrances.
  2. 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.
  3. When soap is completely melted, remove from heat.
  4. Add your favorite essential oil/s. Stir well. Add any other ingredients you wish to use, such as oatmeal or rose petals.
  5. 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!

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