Orange Honey Shampoo Bars

Save your hair from dryness this winter with this homemade shampoo bar recipe.

| December 2017

Simple and Natural Soapmaking (Page Street Publishing, 2017), by Jan Berry shares more than 50 homemade soap recipes that use natural ingredients and are easy-to-make. Jan includes step-by-step tutorials and detailed instructions, making this book perfect for soap crafters at any level. The following excerpt is from Part 2, “Soaps from the Apiary.”

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Simple and Natural Soapmaking

This homemade orange honey shampoo bar recipe uses natural ingredients that are perfect for moisturizing dry hair during the winter.

Yield: 7 to 8 bars of soap (2.5 lbs/1.13 kg)

What You Need:

• 8.75 oz (248 g) distilled water
• 3.9 oz (111 g) sodium hydroxide (lye)
• 8 oz (227 g) coconut oil (28.6 perecent)
• 3 oz (85 g) mango or shea butter (10.7 percent)
• 10 oz (283 g) rice bran oil (35.7 percent)
• 3 oz (85 g) sunflower or sweet almond oil (10.7 percent)
• 4 oz (113 g) castor oil (14.3 percent)
• 1 tsp (5 ml) honey mixed with 1 tsp (5 ml) warm water
• 0.88 oz (25 g) orange essential oil (use a folded or Valencia type)
• 0.35 oz (10 g) grapefruit essential oil
• 0.18 oz (5 g) litsea or lemongrass essential oil (about 1-3/4 tsp)


1. Wearing protective gloves and eyewear, carefully stir the lye into the distilled water, then set the lye solution aside in a safe place to cool for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the temperature drops to around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

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