A Cold Process Shampoo Bar Recipe

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I’ve made lots of homemade shampoo before, and recently I had great results with my DIY clarifying shampoo and the shampoo bar without lye, but what about a cold process shampoo bar recipe?

The therapeutic shampoo bar below must be one of the best homemade shampoo recipes I’ve ever used. It has a delightful aroma that lasts all day long, and it really does revive flat, dull and thinning hair.

Therapeutic homemade shampoo bars
Therapeutic Shampoo Bars
  • This cold process shampoo bar is a fantastic soap that’s suitable for all the family including anyone who may be suffering from an itchy or flaky scalp.
  • It’s full of essential oils aimed to stimulate the memory and lift tension, along with nourishing the scalp and adding a lovely shine to your hair.
  • It’s also a great bar to take with you when travelling, especially if you intend to fly.
  • You can cut the amount you may need from one of the bars and pop it in with your hand luggage without the worry of carrying liquids.


Specifics To This Recipe

Use the method outlined above plus the following recipe specific steps:

  • In Step 1 – Put the chamomile teabags into a bowl Boil the mineral water and pour it over them. Once cooled, strain, and reserve the infusion. Substitute the water for the infusion in the cold process method step 3.
  • In Step 3 – Melt the creamed coconut with the oils and wax this will need to be stirred continuously to avoid the coconut from sticking to the bottom of the pan whilst heating.
  • In Step 4 – Combine oils and lye when both temperatures equally reach 130 F (55 C)

Photos From The Therapeutic Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe:

how to make a cold process shampoo bar

Annemarie’s Shampoo Bar

Hi! Thanks for sharing your homemade shampoo recipe!

My daughter and I just plopped our first batch into our molds. When I added our crazy blend of essential oils, the batter came to a very thick trace quickly. It’s now getting all gooey and gelly! It was a surprise to see it reach gel phase so quickly.

Very excited to watch it develop into fabulous shampoo!

We forgot to check our essential oil supplies before we started. The original blend was a spicy citrus of lime, orange, cinnamon, and patchouli. When we ran out of lime, we added lemongrass and basil. Then when we ran out of wild orange, we added grapefruit. We barely had enough cinnamon and earth and wood (from Eden’s Garden) to finish the blend. We ended up with a crazy citrus explosion that we will never be able to recreate.

We ran out of sweet almond oil, so I had to supplement with 2 ounces of avocado oil. I definitely blended it too long. The trace was already pretty thick when I added the essential oils. Then it really thickened! We plopped the batter in the molds, and they began to gel immediately.


Annmarie making the shampoo bar
Annmarie making the shampoo bar

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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! "Every day I share my experience while crafting something new, it’s fantastic".

46 thoughts on “A Cold Process Shampoo Bar Recipe”

Discussion (46 Comments)

  1. Good monring,
    I’m writing from Italy, just one question: what is it meaned with “lye”? I can use glycerin, too? thanks and sorry for the question but i just want to be sure os the result.

    Kind regards

  2. I have never made soap or shampoo before. Does it have to cure and if so, how long? In step #3- you heat the oils and the infusion in separate pans at the same time so you will need 2 thermometers to check the temperature and then add together? Thanks for your help!

  3. What an interesting recipe! Thank you so much! I have read that bees was can kill the foam in soaps. What about the bubbles?

    • I wouldn’t worry about that, I never have and I get enough bubbles, some soaps have more than others and beeswax makes a slightly harder soap… but one nice benefit is that beeswax makes your soap last longer.

  4. I’m not sure exactly what creamed coconut is???? I use coconut oil in my cold process soap so could I sub that for the creamed coconut?

    • Hi Lynn
      You can get creamed coconut on Amazon, but there are probably a few other places.

      Coconut oil won’t really give the same texture so it would take some experimenting. Hope this helps 🙂

  5. Is it possible to use something else besides Lye? I have Hashimoto’s so I’m careful what I use on my hair and body.

    thank you,

  6. We can’t use almond oil due to nut allergies. Can you recommend an oil to use in place of it? We can use coconut so would that be OK? Thank you!

      • Before substituting ANY oils in a soap recipe you must run the revised recipe thru a soap calculator to determine the correct quantity of lye needed to convert the oils into soap. Every oil has a different SAP number and without doing this you run the risk if producing a lye heavy soap that could burn or irritate your skin.

  7. I have used this recipe before and I really enjoy it! Nice solid bar. I have a question and I can’t remember if I am reading the recipe incorrectly. The water is used to brew the tea, but what liquid does the lye go into?

    Thank you!


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