Coconut Oil Shampoo Bar Recipe

Since September of last year I have been doing the no-poo method of washing my hair. It’s a non-toxic, eco-friendly way to wash your hair. Sounds great right?

Well…I started with the baking soda wash and vinegar rinse. It made my hair very dry and brittle and impossible to comb so I switched to a more conditioning coconut milk shampoo recipe that I found from Dr. Axe.

I have combination hair so I altered Dr. Axe’s recipe because it was making my hair way too oily and weighed down. I took out the coconut oil entirely and just did a mix of:

1/4 c Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap
1 can of coconut milk
30 drops of rosemary essential oil
20 drops of peppermint essential oil

That recipe worked wonders for me (with an apple cider vinegar rinse) for about 10 months. I only had to wash my hair 2-3 times a week and on occasion, I did a baking soda rinse to clarify any build up.

Then we moved to an area with hard water.

All of a sudden, my hair was waxy and hard to brush and nothing I did would fix it. I did a little digging and found out that we had hard water and that Dr. Bronner’s does not work in hard water.

So I tried the BS/ACV method using distilled water. Didn’t work. I tried honey, aloe vera, and Shea Moisture shampoo. Nothing worked. I was sure my no-poo/low-poo journey was over so I switched back to conventional shampoo.

And boy did that just anger me! I couldn’t get through half a day without my hair being greasy, and it was so silky smooth that it just completely fell flat and had no body or texture.

I missed my homemade shampoo. Determined to find something that worked, I found a super simple, three ingredient recipe for a coconut oil shampoo bar.

I have to say, I didn’t have high hopes for this working because nothing else did, but after a month of washing with this and rinsing with an apple cider vinegar/water mixture, my hair went back to normal!

This shampoo makes my hair soft, shiny, manageable, and full of body! It’s easy to blow dry, but looks good even if I air dry it.


See?! 🙂


I had been making cold pressed soaps for a few years, so I was excited when I found out this method is almost exactly the same. The only difference is that you cook the soap on low in a crock pot for 45-60 minutes after you reach trace, and then you pour it into your soap molds. I think you should be okay to make this soap without a crock pot if you have a glass pot and keep your burner on the lowest setting. Lye reacts negatively to metal, so that’s why I use a crock pot for this.

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(Makes 8 bars)


2 lb 1 oz. organic refined coconut oil (33 oz.)
12.5 oz. water
5.5 oz. lye


1.) Melt coconut oil over medium low heat and set aside.

2.) Place water into a large glass or plastic container. Put gloves and/or safety goggles on and carefully pour the lye into the water and stir gently with a wooden spoon to activate. (The water activates the lye and becomes very hot (about 180 degrees Fahrenheit) so please don’t let it splash up on you. It’s best to do this in a well ventilated area (or outside) and walk away after stirring so the fumes don’t hurt your lungs.)

3.) Let the lye cool for about 20 minutes until it drops down to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. While the lye cools and the coconut oil melts, assemble your soap molds.

4.) Put the cooled water/lye mixture and the melted coconut oil into a crock pot and turn on low. Emulsify the soap mixture using a stick blender until you reach trace. (Find out what that means here).

5.) Cook in the crock pot on low for 1-2 hours until the soap doubles in size and forms waves up the sides of the pot. (The texture will be like vaseline.)

6.) Pour the soap into molds and even out with a rubber spatula.

7.) Let the soap cool in the molds for at least 4 hours (I usually leave mine to cool over night).

8.) Cut the soap into even sized bars and cure on a drying rack. You can use immediately or let cure for 2-4 weeks in a cool, dry place. (If you get a rash or notice some irritation from using your soap, just let it cure longer.)


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1.) Lather soap and wash.
2.) Rinse.
3.) Apply apple cider vinegar rinse if needed (1 part vinegar to 3 parts distilled water).
4.) Rinse again.

The no-poo or low-poo method is a fantastic way to cut down on your consumption of single use plastics, reduce your exposure to harmful carcinogenic toxins found in everyday body products, and save money.

But it can really be a pain to figure out what works for your hair. If you feel like you’ve come to a road block and want to give up all together, please try this shampoo. It’s super easy to make and works great as body soap as well.


You may go through a “transition period” when you switch to using organic shampoo where your hair can feel waxy or greasy. Your scalp produces extra oil to overcompensate for the drying effect conventional shampoo has on your scalp, so when you switch to no-poo or low-poo, your scalp has to adjust to producing less oil. This phase is completely normal and will pass. Just be patient.

If you notice a build up on your hair, do a clarifying rinse of 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water, then wash as usual.

You will get to a point where you can just shampoo and style. When you rinse the soap out of your hair, your hair will not feel silky smooth like it does after applying convetioanal conditioner to your hair. Don’t worry! Just dry and style as usual. If you have coarse, dry, or brittle hair, the apple cider vinegar rinse will be a good daily application for you. My hair is fine and gets oily quickly, so I just shampoo and style.


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I hope you try this shampoo bar and have success with it!

Do you do the no-poo or low-poo method? How has it been for you? Comment below!

Take care,



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