Easy Homemade Aloe and Coconut Solid Shampoo Bars



If you didn’t already know, it’s #plasticfreejuly

‘Plastic free July’ is a global movement with a mission to combat plastic use and waste. Originating from a small group in Western Australia, the following has now stretched to 150 countries worldwide, all with the aim to give up single-use plastic. This challenge has inspired us to make our July ‘make it Mondays’ single -use plastic free or completely plastic free.

What a better way to limit the use of plastic, than to make things at home, from scratch! For you this week, we have put together a super simple and quick recipe on how to make some refreshing and conditioning Aloe and Coconut solid shampoo bars. Perfect for your new plastic free bathroom!

For more info on #plasticfreejuly visit – http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

This recipe has been made using the Stephenson’s crystal solid shampoo base.  This base is a VEGAN friendly, SLS-Free melt and pour shampoo soap, which contains soothing Aloe Vera and conditioning additives.

What you need:

  • 2 Heatproof Jugs
  • Microwave
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Chopping Board and Dicing Utensil
  • Accurate Scales
  • Reusable Shampoo Bar Moulds
  • Isopropyl alcohol in spray bottle





  1. Dice up 300g of solid shampoo melt and pour base in to small chunks.
  2. Place in to a heatproof jug and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
  3. Once your base has completely melted, add 5ml of Coconut fragrance and stir well. If you’d like to add some shredded coconut in for added texture, now is the best time.
  4. Now divide 100g of the base in to another heat proof jug and set aside.
  5. The leftover 200g can now be used to create your main layer of soap. Grab your moulds and fill each of them up till they are about ¾ full. This leaves just enough room in each mould to add a coloured layer.
  6. Wait for that layer to set slightly and create a film on top before adding your next layer. This way your coloured layer of soap will set on top instead of mixing in with the first layer.
  7. While you wait for that to set, you can colour your 100g that you have put aside. If this has hardened a bit, pop it back in the microwave for a few seconds.
  8. Add a drop of colour at a time to the base and mix thoroughly. You can add more drops if you wish, the colour and its intensity are up to you!

**We used a colour which is an equal mix of Blue liquid colour and Tartrazine yellow. To achieve the colour in the photos, we used just 1 drop. **

  1. Once the film has formed on your first layer of soap, you can now pour your colour layer on top till the mould is completely full.
  2. Spray with some isopropyl alcohol to remove and bubbles that has formed.
  3. Leave to set for a few hours.


8 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Aloe and Coconut Solid Shampoo Bars

  1. HI – I would like to make this but don’t have a microwave. What do you suggest…?

    Despite this recipe being part of your plastic free efforts (and well done you for doing this) in every photo showing the process there is plastic :- bottles, moulds, jugs etc…..

  2. Hi Merle, Thanks for your comment, if you don’t have a microwave you can use an old saucepan on the hob, but just ensure you heat the shampoo base slowly as you don’t want to over heat it. With regards to the #plasticfree movement, everything shown in the photos, the jugs, moulds etc are re-used many times then recycled, we are trying to cut down on the single use plastic that is highly avoidable.

  3. Thanks for the reply and advice about using a saucepan.

    Glad to here about the re-use of plastic. It’s a product so much part of our lives I am finding it difficult to do without. Bottles, jugs etc are easily replace but cling-film…? Haven’t found a replacement yet!

    1. Hi Merle, it’s funny you should say that because we are just planning our next blog post about plastic free alternatives, a few people I know have started using beeswax wraps instead of cling film, so this is something we are going to test out, so watch this space!!

  4. I’ve seen these on Facebook and have noted how to make them. Be interested to see how you wash them (if this is possible) or do you just keep on using them, ad infinitum? Sound like fun!

    1. Hi Merle, to wash the beeswax wraps you simply use warm/tepid soapy water (not hot as this will damage them) they usually last about 6-12 months before having to re-coat them again. I’m working on the blog as I write this reply to you, so it’ll be ready to schedule next Wednesday hopefully!

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