This recipe for solid shampoo bars help you do your bit for the environment with no packaging needed for disposal or recycling.
Since we have begun stocking sodium coco sulphate needles we have been inundated with requests for a recipe for a shampoo bar using them as a primary ingredient.   It has not been an easy journey, but we have finally developed this just for you.

Shampoo bars have gained popularity as the desire to decrease our waste output has increased.  They require no bottle as they are solid so no landfill or recycle is necessary.  One bar can last a great many washes and can potentially replace several bottles of liquid product.

This recipe is for one 50gm shampoo bar.  Scales are the ideal measuring option for a recipe like this, however a pipette for liquid measures can be used in this case as quantities are so small.

Phase A
50gm sodium coco sulphate needles
2gm argan oil
1gm rosemary essential oil
.25gm liquid germall plus preservative

Phase B
1 level teaspoon agar agar powder
1gm glycerine
2 teaspoons boiling water
D & C colour powder (optional)
Lavendar Oil (optional) 

1.Prepare your mould.  This should be something you can press hard into and then release such as a bath bomb press.  Cling film may be needed in case of sticking.  If you don’t have such an item scone cutters may be used by placing cling film on your bench then the cutter.

2.Place phase A in a bowl and combine well

3.Place phase B in a separate bowl and work quickly to create a smooth paste.  This will thicken dramatically so lumps and colour specks will need to be cleared before moving to the next step.

4. Add phase A to phase B and combine well with a gloved hand for best results.  Do not overwork as you may start the needles foaming.

5. Pack firmly into your prepared mould and compress well before gently removing your moulding.  Allow to dry for 24-48 hours before use.

By Heirloom Body Care Admin 6 comment


comments (6)

  • Kerry Pearson

    Hi Elizabeth,
    This is for normal hair.

  • Elizabeth Bondarenko

    With this type of shampoo bar, is there a particular hair type this is suited to?

  • Kerry Pearson

    You couldswap out some/all of the argan oil if you wanted but addint more oil may mess up your binding capability

  • Bianca

    Would I be able to add primrose oil to the recipe?

  • Kerry

    Hi Daphne,
    We have tried to keep the recipe simple and more of a compressed puck than a melted product. Melting the SCS would change the needs of the recipe as the agar would no longer be needed, as this is the “glue” of the recipe. If you wish to melt I feel more could be done with the recipe. You could substitute the Argan with castor oil if you wished to.

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