How To Make Shampoo Bars

How to make shampoo bars UK

November 08, 2022

We're all looking for ways to reduce our plastic use as well as ways to save money at the moment. Shampoo bars are a great way of doing both!

From our shampoo bar recipe, you'll get several bars from each batch of ingredients plus shiny, healthy hair. Using melt and pour solid shampoo base means it's quick, easy and you can make your own shampoo bars at home without having to use lye.

Our melt and pour shampoo bar recipe is suitable for all hair types, can be used even in hard water areas and creates a lovely solid shampoo bar that won't leave your hair feeling waxy.

Here's our easy guide to how to make shampoo bars with a melt and pour soap...

How To Use A Shampoo Bar

To use, simple wet your hair and the shampoo bar and rub it directly into your scalp and hair. If you prefer you can rub it between your hands to form a lather and then rub that through your hair.

Whichever way you choose, just massage the suds in, rinse and enjoy your shiny, clean hair!

What Soap Base Is Best For Shampoo Bars?

For soft and shiny hair you'll need to use a shampoo melt and pour base rather than a normal soap one which would be too drying.

How Long Does A Shampoo Bar Last?

Of course that depends on what size you make them! An average size bar of around 85g should last you around two months or about 80-100 washes.

How To Store A Shampoo Bar

Once you've made your shampoo bars then tip them out of the moulds and wrap them in clingfilm. This prevents them from sweating and losing moisture. 

Shampoo bars made using melt and pour soap bases can be used straightaway as they don't require curing. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Once you've started using a bar keep it dry between washes and use a soap dish or holder to keep it elevated and aired. This will stop it melting from sitting in a little pool of water. 


This recipe will make around 12 shampoo bars (average size 85g).


  1. Tip the solid shampoo melt and pour base of the packaging and onto a cutting board, then cut into small chunks.
  2. Add to a heatproof bowl and melt gently in the microwave using 1 minute intervals and stirring in between until fully melted. If you don't have a microwave you can melt it in a heat proof bowl over a pan of hot water.
  3. Allow to cool slightly, then add the activated charcoal powder and rosemary essential oil.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Pour into your moulds - you want a good size for a shampoo bar, and if you'd like to make them without buying anything extra, try using your cupcake baking tin or clean yogurt pots.
  6. Leave to set for about 6 hours.

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Now that you've learnt how to make shampoo bars, why not take your natural beauty routine to the next level? Read on to lean how to make other natural products.

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