Solid shampoo

Try a new hairwashing-experience with solid shampoo instead of liquid shampoo.

With this recipe you can create your own shampoo-bars. Of course every hair type is different, so just try how this shampoo suits you. Plus, you can adapt the shampoo to your hair type by using different essential oils. Essential oils for different hair types: Cedar - against hair loss and greasy hair Lavender - against split ends and dry hair Chamomile - against itchy scalp Rosemary - against greasy hair and irritated scalp Lemon - for blond hair Eucalyptus - stimulates the scalp Tea-tree oil - against dandruff, greasy hair and as lice prevention for children If you want to know what the advantage of using a hard shampoo compared to a liquid one is, read here.

What you need

  • 120 gr sheabutter

  • 200 gr SCI (Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate). SCI is a very gentle surfactant and emulsifier made from coconut oil.

  • 200 gr corn starch

  • 30 drops essential oil (optional)

  • A mask

  • Moulds (we recommend silicon moulds, in order to get the bars out easily, but you can of course also form the bars by hand)

Depending on your moulds this will result in approx. 6 solid shampoos.




How to make it

Make sure all the utensils you use are very clean/ disinfected in order to ensure the durability of the final product.


Put on the mask. SCI is a mild and natural product used in cosmetics, but as the powder is very fine the dust can irritate your respiratory system.


Mix the SCI with the corn starch in a bowl





Melt the sheabutter in a bain-marie and add the essential oil(s) to the melted sheabutter.












Add the essential oil(s) to the melted sheabutter and mix.












Add the melted sheabutter to the SCI/corn starch-mix and knead everything.











If you have moulds with a pattern start with pressing just a little of the mix in the bottom first in order to ensure that all your pattern is filled with the mixed and your final product looks as you want. Now continue with filling up the mould until the top by continuously pressing to ensure that it is nice and compact. You can of course also form the shampoo bar with your hands instead of using a mould. Now let the bars harden for about 24 hours (in order to accelerate the process you can also put them in the fridge).




Take the bars out of the mould carefully and enjoy your solid shampoo.