Soap & Shampoo Tips


You can make all kinds of soaps with a natural soap base. Making soaps is a hobby for many people, but, for others, it is a business endeavor. Many people make their own natural soaps to sell at flea markets and online. There are literally thousands of recipes for different types of soaps and shampoos that you can make at home. Many of the herbs and other ingredients laying around your kitchen can be used in both soap and shampoo. Follow the tips below to make the best soaps and shampoos.


  1. For shampoo, use liquid castile soap as a base. This soap is made of olive, hemp, and palm oil, combined with potassium hydroxide. It is not harsh on the hair at all, and is great for sensitive scalps.
  2. When making soaps and shampoos, choose herbs based on their properties, not the smell. This is extremely important to learn. For example, you might love the scent of lavender, but you might not like how dry it can make your skin.
  3. When you use fresh herbs, plan to use twice the amount of dried ones. This is because dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs. In most recipes, the amount specified is for dry herbs. Essential oil forms of herbs require very little amounts, usually just a few drops.
  4. When adding oil to shampoo, choose the right kind based on your hair type. Olive oil is very heavy and avocado oil is very light. Heavy oils work the best in coarse and thick hair, but thinner hair requires a very light oil for moisture.
  5. You can add additives, such as tea tree oil and vitamin E, to your soaps and shampoos, but only do so after the soap mixture has cooled. This is because the heating process can destroy the effective nutrients in some additives.
  6. Make sure you have all of the ingredients set up before you start making your soaps. Other things that you should have on hand are measuring cups and spoons, glass or stainless mixing bowls, some plastic mixing spoons, a small scale, soap molds, and rags to clean up any spills.
  7. Working with lye can be very dangerous, as it burns the skin and eyes. To avoid this, you should be very careful, or you can avoid it altogether by working with blocks of soap base. This latter method is the safest way to make soaps, but, as you gain experience, you might want to try out the old-fashioned way of making it.
  8. If you make an error with homemade bar soap, you can easily correct this error by hand milling the soap. You can do this by grating the hardened soap down and re-melting it. From there, you can add new ingredients to it.
  9. Use recipes you find on the Internet, or make your own. You control what goes into your soaps. Just make sure to do your research into the properties of the different ingredients, so you are not intentionally drying out your skin or making it too greasy.
  10. If you use additives, make a note on whether or not they expire. Many ingredients that you can add to soap, such as yogurt or milk, will expire in about 30 days. This means you must use it right away for it to be effective.

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