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Recipe: Shea Melt And Pour Shampoo Bar

Shampoos are generally super rich in nourishing fats for luxurious lathering. By adding just a bit of castor oil and shea butter to an already rich soap base, this shampoo bar can be used to lather either hair or body.


Keep in mind the number of soap bars you can make will vary based on the soap mold(s) selected.


  1. Cut the block of soap base into ½ - 1 inch pieces and melt soap using a double boiler or microwave.

Using a double boiler: Place soap pieces in the top of the double boiler with the heat on very low. Melt the soap base, stirring periodically, until the soap is mostly melted. Turn the heat off and allow the residual heat to finish the melting process.

Using a microwave: Place soap pieces in a glass heat-proof container and microwave for 30 seconds. After the first 30 seconds, stir to break up the pieces of soap and return to the microwave for an additional 10 seconds. Stir the soap again and repeat with five second intervals until the soap is completely melted. Be careful to avoid allowing the soap to bubble up which can indicate too much time in the microwave.

  1. Meanwhile, in another double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt together the castor oil and shea butter.
  2. As the soap base finishes melting, stir the melted oils and butters into the melting soap, mixing carefully to avoid forming too many bubbles.
  3. Once the soap base is completely melted, mix in the essential oils, again stirring gently so as to avoid creating extra bubbles.
  4. Prepare your soap mold(s) of choice by placing it on a level surface where it can be left undisturbed for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.
  5. Pour the soap mixture into soap mold(s), taking care to not spill the hot soap. If bubbles begin to form on the surface of the poured soap, simply spritz them with the rubbing alcohol and watch them dissipate.
  6. Let soap cool for at least 30 minutes for smaller molds, and up to several hours or overnight for larger molds in warmer temperatures. Once set, apply firm but gentle pressure around the soap mold to release the bars from the mold.

To Use:

Use as a shampoo bar, lathering soap directly on wet hair and scalp until desired amount has been applied. This bar can also be used as a body bar with an extra-rich lather.

Shelf Life and Storage Information:

Package the bars according to their specific packaging needs. Due to the nature of the add-ins, this bar should last 6-12 months if stored properly.


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At A Glance

YIELD: Makes 1 pound of soap