How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars – Book Review and Giveaway

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How to Make Homemade Shampoo Bars - Melt and Pour Shampoo Bars DIY and Hand-Milled Shampoo Bar Recipes
Trying out new homemade bath and beauty recipes is always fun. So when Lisa Maliga, author of The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting, asked if I’d like to review her newest book, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, I was happy to oblige.
This book is a fun introduction to making homemade shampoo bars for those recently getting into melt and pour soapmaking. It provides overall comprehensive information you’ll need to get started and serves as a great springing board for later creating your own custom shampoo bar recipes for your family and their specific hair care needs.
How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars begins by explaining the many benefits of making your own natural shampoo bars. Not only do you not have to worry about spilling shampoo bars, they also use less packaging, are perfect for travel and camping, easy to use, and they can be completely customized with your favorite scents or hair care needs. Additionally, homemade shampoo bars are economical and eco-friendly, dog safe and they can also be used on your face and body cutting out the need for additional products. What’s more, as many commercial soaps contain tallow – referred to as sodium tallowate in the ingredient list – which is render cow or pig fat, this book will allow you to create your own animal friendly products if you choose to live a vegan lifestyle.
DIY California Goats Milk and Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

There are also some wonderful informational sections on how to store your soap bases prior to and in between usage, the differences between fragrance oils and essential oils, fragrance blending tips, and what kinds of molds to use – including my new favorite soap molds, silicone molds, which allow for ease of soap removal and the creation of fun shapes. (They can also be used to make your own handmade solid sugar scrub cubes, homemade solid lotion bars, and bath bombs making them a great choice if you are wanting to make more of your own diy bath and body products.) Further, there’s a guide to natural additives like aloe, avocado oil, jojoba oil – even beer – that can be included in your handmade shampoo bars as well as a list of herbs and essential oils that are recommended for each hair type from dry to normal to oily as well as those suffering from hair loss or dandruff.

The handmade shampoo recipes within this book Homemade Natural Sensuous Silk Shampoo Bar Recipe - Made with Moringa Seed Oil and Hydrolized Silkare divided into two sections – melt and pour shampoo bar recipes and hand-milled (or rebatched) shampoo bar recipes. Both of these methods are perfect for those who want to make their own quality bath products at home, but aren’t ready to delve into cold process soapmaking which involves the use of sodium hydroxide, commonly referred to as lye. Some of the homemade melt and pour shampoo bar recipes include Rosemary & Lavender, Mono de Tahiti, Peppermint Mocha, Chamomile Comfort, Lentil Bliss and Sensuous Silk (pictured right) which contains Moringa Seed Oil and silk.
How to Handmilled Soap Shampoo Bars - DIY Homemade Shampoo Bar RecipesThe handmilled shampoo bar recipes – which are made from grating and rebatching an existing bar of soap and adding skin and hair care ingredients – includeΒ  recipes like Pink Clay & Shea, Strong & Silky, Brewed Coffee, Bouncy Brew – made with brown ale, Chocolate Chili – made with cayenne pepper and chocolate, Roobis Tea & Coconut, Matcha Green Tea, and Yucca & Nettle Leaf. Each recipe includes a photograph of the finished product as well as photographs of the steps involved.

In addition to the twenty-one shampoo bar recipes included in this book, there are also hair rinse and hair mask recipes, as well as information on creating and using hair oil, tips for using your shampoo bars and packaging ideas. There’s also an excellent suppliers list of places to buy ingredients for your shampoo bar projects as well as a list of soapmaking mold suppliers. Of course one of my favorite suppliers for organic ingredients, Mountain Rose Herbs, is included within these extensive lists.

You can purchase Lisa’s newest book, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, at Amazon.

Or you can enter for a chance to win the kindle ebook, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, through March 24th, 2013 by entering via Rafflecopter below.

“How To Make Handmade Shampoo Bars” Kindle eBook Giveaway

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.


  1. This looks like a lot of fun to try so that is why I would love to win this book (alisa)

  2. I have been wanting to dive deeper into soap making and a shampoo bar sounds very intersting πŸ™‚

  3. This looks so interesting!

  4. That looks like a great book! I’ve missed Bert’s Bees’ shampoo bar and am very encouraged to think I could make my own. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the book tip!

  5. I’m researching how to make a shampoo bar. I have recently learned to make soap using the hot process method and now I’d like to make a shampoo bar! I’d love to win the book!!

  6. I’m researching how to make a shampoo bar. I have recently learned to make soap using the hot process method and now I’d like to make a shampoo bar! I’d love to win the book!!

  7. My husband loves using shampoo bars especially when he travels.

  8. Thank you everyone! I wish you all the best of luck & Happy Soaping! πŸ™‚


  9. This would be a perfect addition to our product line. It is something I’m researching at the moment.

  10. I’ve been using store bought shampoo bars for a while and would love to learn how to make them myself.

  11. I’ve always wanted to know how to get more out of my melt and pour!

  12. I’ve never used shampoo bars and love the idea of learning how to make my own. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  13. i would love to learn!

  14. This would be so useful, I used to buy bar shampoo in England, now we live in South Africa and I can’t get it here. I could make my own.

  15. I would love to get this book as I really want to start makeing my own shampoo & soap.

    Greetings, Susann

  16. always wondered how soap was made

  17. I’d love to be able to make all (if not most) of my soap and skin care products. Thanks!

  18. I would love to try making it myself

  19. i would love to try this for a while now

  20. I would love to win so that I could give it to my cousin who loves making soaps.

  21. would LOVE to try!!! thank you for the opportunity!

  22. I would really love love to learn to make homemade soap.

  23. This looks so interesting! love crafty books!

  24. looks nice!

  25. I’d love to try the shampoo soap. The book would be interesting!

  26. I need this. I have so many allergies that its hard to find a safe product.

  27. This looks a great book for a beginning soapmaker! Thank you for the chance to win it!

  28. Me and my girls love making new things… beginner soapmaking would be great for us

  29. I’d love to win this book! I haven’t experimented nearly enough with melt and pour (and not at all with hand milled!) to let myself start into cold or hot process yet. I Do Love experimenting though. My boyfriend is allergic to sulfates and I make him soap and deodorant. I’m about a year into dreadlocks myself, so natural shampoo bars would be fantastic for both of us. Thanks for the chance!

  30. Been looking for some good recipes for this as I have read a lot about shampoo bars but have not made any yet.

  31. I would love to win this. I’ve been doing a little research and am trying to switch to more natural products.

  32. I travel a lot so I like the shampoo bars cause they aren’t a liquid for my carry on. But the good ones are so expensive so it would be nice to make my own. ambrerose at(aol)dot(com)

  33. I love to win this book because i am just starting out in the handmade beauty products world & would love incite from the experts. When your starting out like me their are many many mistakes & money lost so this would be nice so maybe I can learn from the best.Every since my horrible back surgery i can’t work so its nice to have the natural handmade world to turn to, to help with stress & saving money(when im not wasting products) :)thanks so much for all you do & this lovely blog!!

  34. Since becoming ill with an incurable disorder and unable to work I have had to start making my own home and personal products. Living on one income and try to scrape by has become a way of life for us. Shampoo bars will be the next item I will learn to make to add to my arsenal of homemade products. Thank you very much for this chance to win a kindle ebook. Jane

  35. I’m interested in making shampoo bars for convenience (travel, especially!) and because I’m trying to stay away from phthalates, parabens, etc…I’m hoping making my own will make this a little easier!

  36. I have an autistic son that is 5 yrs old and loves making soaps. Its his joy and passion to make soaps. I would love to win this book so it can be new ideas for my son to learn and have fun maling.

  37. I really want to start making these, and I love having a book versus just random webiste instructions

  38. I’ve used shampoo bars for awhile now, and I would like to try making some. I think this book would be helpful!

  39. I like to learn new craft…this is one on my list. thank you!!

  40. This would be a lot of fun to try. πŸ™‚

  41. Looks like a great book.

  42. I would really love to try making it myself. πŸ˜‰

  43. I never heard of shampoo in a bar but it is a great idea. I want to stop using commercial shampoo and body soap so I would to try these recipes. MPaula

  44. Im a lush junkie- I can make my own

  45. I just went no-poo…..I use baking soda to wash my hair now. But I wouldn’t be against using homemade shampoo if I knew what was in it. πŸ˜€

  46. I like the idea of putting only the ingredients I want in

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

  47. This looks like it would be cool to make!

  48. I would love to receive your ebook because I have been looking for ways to make shampoo at home and haven’t had any luck finding one that works for my hair.


  49. Donna Hart, this looks like something I would like to try. I purchased a sample and would like to make some of my very own.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  50. This sounds like a great reference book for anyone delving into soap making. I have made soaps before and I like making moisturisers and skin care products from scratch just so you what’s in them. There’s so many chemicals in our everyday products that we use the best is to make it yourself and know exactly what you are putting on your skin or hair