Dandelion infused shampoo bars are the best shampoo bars, great for any type of hair. They will leave your hair soft, shiny, and very manageable.
Are dandelions popping up all over your yard? Don’t spray them, use them!
Dandelions are excellent for a beginner forager because they are easily recognizable. Their bright yellow flower head is known by even the smallest of children.
Dandelions have a lot of medicinal properties, such as helping to soothe achy tummies or helping to get rid of excess water. The greens are also delicious in salads and pestos!
Remember the days of rubbing a dandelion head under your chin to see if you “liked butter”? That was part of the fun of picking them until our fingers turned yellow. Ah, childhood…
Use dandelions to make lip balms, lotions, and a luxurious dandelion shampoo bar
I love making my own shampoo bars. I can easily customize them for our family’s needs, it’s less trash, and it saves me a lot of money versus buying shampoo at the store.
Dandelion-infused shampoo bars are great for any type of hair. They will leave your hair soft, shiny, and very manageable.
(These are weights, not measures:)
- 6.08 ounces coconut oil
- 6.40 ounces dandelion infused olive oil
- 3.20 ounces shea butter
- .32 ounces castor oil
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 6.08 ounces water
- 2.31 ounces lye (get it at a local hardware store; you want sodium hydroxide)
- Eye protection
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic bowl (large enough to hold the lye water)
- Wooden spoon
- Stick blender
- Crockpot with Lid
- Oven safe bowl
- Kitchen scale
Begin by measuring all the liquid oils by weight, and add them to the crockpot.
Gently melt the shea butter and coconut oil together, then add to the crockpot.
Stir the oils carefully to combine. All the oils to cool to 80 degrees. Use your thermometer to keep track of the temps. If the oils are too hot, they may not come to trace.
In an open area with good ventilation, add the lye to the water.
Stir gently to combine. Allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes before adding to the oils. You want the temperature of the lye to be less than 80 degrees.
A thermometer to check temps will be helpful. If necessary. allow your lye water to cool longer to reach that temperature.
When the lye water has cooled slightly, add to the oils and stir to combine.
Using a stick blender on low, blend the mixture until a thick pudding-like consistency has been reached. This is called “trace”.
Trace is the moment that the lye and oils are all mixed together. Cover the crockpot, turn on low, and allow the soap to cook for one hour.
When the soap has finished cooking, stir to combine all the glycerin that may have formed on the top. The glycerin is good and so beneficial for your skin!
Turn the crockpot off, and prepare your molds. This will also allow the soap to cool enough to handle. All the lye will be “used” up after the cooking time, but the soap will still be hot.
Add the honey and stir completely. Then, pour the soap into the molds.
Allow to cool for 24-48 hours in the mold, then remove. Cut into bars and store in an open area, allowing air to help cure the bar.
The shampoo bars will be good to use at this point. It is important to note that as they age and cure, they will harden.
How To Use a Shampoo Bar
Simply wet hair like you normally would. Rub the shampoo bar between your hands to start working up a lather and apply to hair. Rinse as usual. You can also rub the shampoo bar over your wet hair to get a creamy lather.
What is your favorite thing to do with dandelions? Will you try this homemade shampoo bar recipe?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.
24 thoughts on “Dandelion-Infused Shampoo Bar”
So, is glycerine created in the soap making process? Does that always happen or do only specific types of soap create glycerine? Thanks for the post! I’ll add it to me “make soap someday” list 😉
It is a natural byproduct of soapmaking that is usually removed from commercial soaps and sold separately (for profit). It is very hydrating for the skin and hair.
Love this! I’ve wanted to try a shampoo bar for ages but was afraid of what it might do to my hair. Used it today and my hair is clean, shiny and soft. No need to buy shampoo with this great recipe!
Hello, just wondering if you’re using raw or refined Shea Butter?
I have used both in this recipe, with equal results.
I tried this rwcipe and I love it. I would like to make a bigger batch. Can I double or triple the recipe ?
Beautiful color! Is that only coming from the dandelion infusion?
yes, that’s from the dandelions! Isn’t it gorgeous!???!!??
how long do you have to leave it to cure?
hot processed, 2 days
cold processed 4-6 weeks.
If ever I want to add essential oils, when would it be best?
that would depend on what you wanted from the end product. all essential oils have their own properties and need to be looked at for safety and efficacy for what you are wanting.
What a cool recipe! The ingredients seem way better for hair than the stuff in store bought!
Can I use plain olive oil? And how many drops of essential oil would I add if I wanted it for scent only?
yes you can use plain olive oil. For scent, I always add a ratio of 1:50 for essential oils, meaning for every 50 ounces of fat total, you use 1 ounce of essential oil.
I love the idea of making a dandelion shampoo! I make a dandelion and honey body soap (thanks to the brillance of the the Nerdy Farm Wife). That soap has changed my brother and I’s lives!!! We doth suffer from pretty bad eczema. With in just a few washes our eczema has almost completely gone away. I finally convinced my husband to switch to an all natural shampoo (a recipe I made) followed by a AC vinegar rinse. His dandruff has completely cleared up. He also has excessively oily hair and he has noticed that his hair is not as greasy by the end of the day. **if anyone has ideas I’m all ears**.
Okay, enough rambling.
On your recipe what percentage do you superfat to? I don’t think I saw that. I always re run recipes through a lye calculator (not that I think you or anyone would ever put an unsafe recipe up, but I think one can never be tok safe when working with such harsh chemicals).
I make a shampoo bar with 100% coconut oil and s.f. at 10%. Also do one with 50% coconut oil, 25% avocado oil and 25% olive oil. This one is s.f at 10%. I use tea tree, peppermint, rosemary and lavender E.O.. I will definitely try the dandilion this spring.
Can this be made with M&P soap
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Do you need to follow up with any kind of acidic rinse or is this a one step process?
Does it really come out this yellow? I’d like to know before I make it and get disappointed if it doesn’t look as yellow as the picture ?
How much castor oil do you mean? It says .32? Ist ist 0.32?
Too many people have no idea that fast hair growth amino scalp therapy shampoos (of course with no sulfates, no parabens and no DEA) are even a thing. Folks now may enjoy longer hair and experience more possibilities. Certainly worth investigating.
Whether you’re talking about hair loss, damaged hair, preventing skin disorders, fast hair growth, hair and scalp health generally, similar thoughts come to mind.
In most cases, you will want to steer clear of hair products and treatments that contain chemicals like parabens, DEA and sulfates.
What’s good for your hair is good for your skin all the same.
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how much castor oil do you need? you have 0.32