Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk

Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk

This homemade shampoo bar recipe is formulated with ingredients hair loves like argan, babassu and jojoba oils, cocoa and shea butters and even silk! It’s then scented with a ginger and lime fragrance oil to give your sunny summer mornings a bit of extra lift. Don’t feel restricted to just using this homemade shampoo bar on your hair and scalp though. It’s also great for your face and skin with ingredients that also include rosehip oil and apricot kernal oil both praised for their moisturizing and healing properties. Plus this homemade shampoo bar recipe is palm free for the eco-conscious.

Ginger & Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


7.2 oz. apricot kernal oil
7.2 oz. argan oil
10.8 oz. babassu oil
7.2 oz. refined & deodorized cocoa butter
11.52 oz. refined 76°F melt point coconut oil
3.6 oz. sweet almond oil
7.2 oz. clear/refined jojoba oil
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
3.6 oz. refined & deodorized shea butter
2.88 oz. rosehip (seed) oil

24.8 oz. distilled water
9.5 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 oz. silk amino acids powder
3 Tablespoons French green clay
4.5 oz. Fresh Ginger Lime fragrance oil, or scent of choice


This homemade shampoo bar recipe yields approximately 20-24 homemade soap bars depending on how they are cut and uses two of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds. If you want to resize this recipe, I superfatted this recipe at 7% with water as percent of oil rate at 34.5%.

To make this homemade shampoo bar recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions taking all safety precautions necessary.

Begin by weighing out the lye and water and pouring the lye into the distilled water, mixing until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next , using your digital scale, weigh out all of the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium on the stove until all of the ingredients have melted then remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

Once the oils and lye/water reach around 95°-100°F you can begin the soapmaking process. I generally add my dry ingredients to the oils before adding the lye/water but you can add the clay and silk when you’d like by either mixing into the oils before adding the lye/water or adding to the soap at a light trace.

Pour the lye/water into the oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Then add the fragrance oil along with the silk amino acids powder and French green clay if you did not add these previously. Mix well then pour into your prepared soap molds and cover. After 24 hours have passed you can unmold your homemade soap loafs and cut into bars.

Allow your fresh homemade shampoo bars to cure for 4-6 weeks before use, then package and label as desired.

Not ready to make cold process soaps that involve using lye? Then be sure to give my Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe a try! It starts with a natural Castille liquid soap base so no lye is needed on your end to create it!

For more homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest for more homemade shampoo bar recipes, homemade soap recipes and other beauty DIY’s and skin care recipes.

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Milk Soapmaking and Other Free Soapmaking eBooks and Homemade Soap Recipes

How to Make Homemade Milk Soaps and Homemade Milk Soap Recipes

I was pretty stoked to find a rather great collection of soapmaking kindle ebooks available today for free. Two of these that I was especially excited to see include Anne L. Watson’s books Milk Soapmaking: The Smart and Simple Guide to Making Lovely Milk Soap from Scratch with Cow Milk, Goat Milk, Buttermilk, Cream, Coconut Milk, or Any Other Animal or Plant Milk and Smart Lotionmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Luxurious Lotions, or How to Make Lotion from Scratch That’s Better Than You Buy and Costs You Less. Both of these books have been around for some time and have been previously published in paperback!

Milk Soapmaking includes step by step directions on how to make homemade milk soaps from prep to clean up along with a collections of homemade milk soap recipes including Yogurt Parfait Homemade Milk Soap Recipe, Apricot Cream Homemade Milk Soap Recipe, Buttermilk Castile Soap Recipe, Deena’s Avocado Cream Homemade Milk Soap Recipe and more! Download Milk Soapmaking here.

How to Make Homemade Lotion and Homemade Lotion Recipes

Smart Lotionmaking delves into how to make lotions, how to test your lotions to make sure they are safe, and includes a collections of both milk and non-milk homemade lotion recipes as well as information on how to create your own homemade lotion recipes. Download Smart Lotionmaking here.

Soapmaking for Beginners - Beginner Homemade Soap Recipes and Tutorial

Other free soapmaking and related ebooks available for free today include Soap Making for Beginners: Proven Secrets to Making All Natural Homemade Soaps that Will Rejuvenate, Refresh and Revitalize Your Skin by Jessica Jacobs, Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes For Beginners: Essential Oil Recipes For Household Cleaning, Laundry & Toxic Free Living by Lindsey P, Organic Lotion: Recipes for Beginners: How to Create Homemade Organic Lotions For Beauty, Nourishment, and Skin Healing by Marlene Ray, Homemade Body Butter: 25 Natural, Preservative-Free Recipes for Homemade Body Butter by Kelly Meral, and Aromatherapy: The Big Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Beginners Book – A proven Guide for Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to Improve Your Health by A.A. Riddle.

Free ebooks come and go quickly. These were free when this post was created but if the offer has passed be sure to visit Amazon’s Kindle bestsellers in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home here to view all current free and paid kindle ebooks that are available. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can quickly and easily download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App here for your favorite device whether it’s your computer, tablet or smartphone!

For more homemade soap recipes as well as natural homemade bath and body recipes and beauty DIY’s, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. If you follow all of my Pinterest boards you’ll also discover lots of great DIY craft projects, homemade gift ideas, lifestyle tips and recipes. You can also read my own tutorial for making homemade cold process soaps here or  view my own full collection of homemade soap recipes at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

To keep up with all of my new homemade soap recipes and projects and never miss a post be sure to follow Soap Deli News blog on Blog Lovin’ and on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Homemade DIY Gin Recipe and a Simple DIY Gin Kit

Homemade Gin Kit and DIY Gin Recipe

I’ve been trying lots of new DIY projects lately and one I’m super psyched about is this homemade DIY gin kit. It’s available for sale at Amazon (Amazon Prime eligible) as well as Darby Smart, where I’ve been purchasing a lot of my DIY craft kits lately.

I’ve been tempted for a while to buy the entire kit, but I instead opted for simply purchasing the homemade gin refill kit available from Darby Smart which is essentially a tin of the botanicals you need to infuse vodka to taste like gin. It’s $15 with free shipping and makes sense if you want to try this out before buying the botanicals in bulk for your own recipe blend. And since you have to buy the vodka anyway, you can simply re-use the same vodka bottle for the gin without having to fork out a lot of extra money for fancy vintage styled bottles. (Or if you want to get fancy, use a Bormioli Rocco Giara Bottle With Stopper.) Then simply use cheesecloth to drain the botanicals out of the final product.

Running your homemade gin through a Brita Everyday Water Filter Pitcher five times will remove any remaining sediment. (Be sure to start with a new filter and soak it in water for fifteen minutes before using.) This is optional of course depending on the end product you’re looking for. If you used cheap vodka I highly recommend not skipping this step.

Now use your homemade gin to make a classic French 75. (A French 75 is the same as the French 95 but it’s made with gin instead of bourbon. (Check out this popular recipe here.)

If you’re ready to make your own botanical blend – and get more bang for your buck – give this DIY gin recipe a go. Then feel free to punch it up with other botanicals of your choosing.

DIY Gin Recipe


3 Tablespoons juniper berries
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
5 cardamon pods, broken into pieces
6 whole allspice berries
1 bay leaf
1 Tablespoon dried grapefruit peel


Combine all ingredients in large glass jar with 3 cups of vodka and tightly close lid. Shake well then allow to steep for 36 hours. Strain through cheesecloth and then use a funnel to fill up your final bottle of choice.

Experiment with making your own homemade DIY gin recipes by adding or subbing some of the ingredients with a small amount of other herbs and botanicals such as but not limited to Star Anise, whole cloves, Thai basil, cherrywood, whole nutmeg, and cilantro leaf.

Also be sure to follow my new-ish Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest for homemade cocktail recipes for all occasions. Or follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ and never miss a post!