If you like the idea of making your own shampoo bars, but don’t feel like dealing with the lye process, which is used in most DIY recipes for saponification, then this one is for you!
All you need to make your own shampoo bars is melt and pour soap base, coconut oil, castor oil, argan oil, amla powder and some kitchen tools like a silicone mold.

Shampoo bars are a great way to reduce the use of plastic. Plus you can customize them entirely depending on your needs and preferences.

Amla or Indian Gooseberry is rich in antioxidants. It has twice the amount of antioxidants of Acai berries for example and 20x the amount of vitamin C of oranges.
Amla has been traditionally used for hair care in countries such as India because of its ability to supports healthy hair growth, reduce hair loss and dryness. It also adds shine and strengthens the hair follicles as well as the roots.

Castor oil and argan oil are well known for their powerful hair health properties. They are used pure or mixed with other ingredients in many hair products from masks to shampoos.
Most of my DIY beauty recipes for hair include them, so if you want to read more about their benefits, take a look at the DIY Beauty section.

When buying body care products, I avoid anything that contains SLS, parabens and other chemicals. This melt and pour soap base is a good, clean product to use and goes together very well with the other ingredients.



Amla argan castor oil shampoo bars


1.5 cup shea butter soap base
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp argan oil
1/2 tbsp castor oil
1/2 tbsp amla

Melt the soap base gently Au Bain Marie in a bowl inside a pan with shimmering water. If your coconut oil is solid, you can add it too, but start with the soap base as it needs more time.
Once it has fully melted, remove from heat, add the argan oil and castor oil and mix everything well. Add the Amla powder and mix again.

Pour the mixture into the mold and let it cool until the bars become solid. You can put them in the fridge to speed up the process. 

Remove them from the mold and store them in your bathroom or in a nice jar. They make lovely gifts too!



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More argan oil recipes:

Coconut oil and argan oil hair mask

Aloe vera lemon argan hair mask