Invigorating Shampoo Bars

Tea Tree Shampoo Bar by Kathyrn Hackney, Otion Soap Bar

I am a new fan of shampoo bars for many reasons. The lather is incredible, the bar is long lasting, I have shinier hair with zero buildup, and it’s all natural!

My recipe contains a lot of castor oil, which creates a rich and foamy lather. Coconut oil and palm oil also provide a fluffy lather and add to the hardness of the bar. Tea tree essential oil is an antiseptic and is known to help treat scalp conditions such as dandruff and head lice. Plus, it stimulates new hair growth by removing dead skin cells from hair follicles. It also smells minty and fresh, leaving you energized and revitalized for the day. I rub the bar in a couple small circles right on my head and work the lather up with my fingers.

NOTE: If you have never made soap from scratch before, please check out Anne-Marie’s four part series on cold process before trying this recipe. It is really important to understand how to work with sodium hydroxide (lye) so that you are soaping safely!

Gather your materials to make a 3 pound batch of shampoo bars

10 oz. Coconut Oil

10 oz. Palm Oil

8 oz. Castor Oil

8 oz. Olive Oil

12 oz. Distilled Water

5 oz. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

1.5 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil

Your oils and lye should be around 100 degrees when combined. Add color at trace if you like, or leave neutral, then add fragrance. Stick blend to a thick trace and pour into mold. Use a spatula to create peaks on the surface for texture and grip. Remove the soap from the mold after 24 hours and cure the bars on a rack for 4-six weeks. Enjoy!

Tip! If your hair is extra dry, try incorporating some vitamin rich oils such as Avocado Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Jojoba Oil is amazing as well, but currently a bit pricey. If you change the recipe, make sure to re-calculate the lye using the lye calculator.

shampoo bar soap recipe

An invigorating shampoo bar