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How to Make Natural Cream Soap Shampoo

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Jocelyn writes about homesteading and organic living. Many of her ideas can be put to use on small plots of land.

This is the completed shampoo after being whipped and poured into a bowl.

This is the completed shampoo after being whipped and poured into a bowl.

Natural Cream Shampoo Recipe

Since African black soap has caused a buildup of shea butter on my scalp, I was forced to look for something else to use. So here is a recipe for a simple, inexpensive, and natural cream soap shampoo. Add whatever essential oils you desire—just be careful to not add too much or the shampoo will be oily.

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 bar Ivory soap
  • 1 cup (strong) ginger and peppermint tea*
  • 1-2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Cut the ivory soap into small pieces. I used a blender to puree all of the ingredients together.
  2. Add more water if needed. The first stage of the product will be a liquid.
  3. Bottle the mixture before the product sets up.
  4. After a few hours, the shampoo will settle into a stiff cream that melts readily at body temperature. Try storing in either a container you can dip into or one you can squeeze.

How to Apply the Shampoo

Simply rub the natural shampoo through your hair and allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing with warm, then cold water. Work the shampoo out of your hair with your fingertips.

This is the consistency of the finished cream shampoo.

This is the consistency of the finished cream shampoo.

Using Conditioner After Ivory Soap

Keep in mind that this is a low-sudsing cream shampoo. Use your favorite conditioner. I use my own method with coconut oil and glycerin.

After washing, I rub a large blob of glycerin through my hair. I then rinse quickly, leaving some glycerin in my hair. Too much glycerin makes hair sticky/oily. My hair is past bum length so it requires more of everything. I use the coconut oil as a deep treatment, leaving it in overnight.

This is my hair after using the cream shampoo. It is clean, soft, and manageable.

This is my hair after using the cream shampoo. It is clean, soft, and manageable.

Tips and Additional Information

  • Use any natural soap base you want. Ivory brand soap is drying so you will require some sort of conditioner. The oils in my recipe keep my hair from drying out. Ivory soap also contains a synthetic preservative called Tetrasodium EDTA.
  • Add water slowly to avoid getting the mixture too wet.
  • To avoid chopping, place the soap in a bowl with the measured water. It will slowly absorb into the soap so mixing is easier. I leave mine overnight to fully soften.
  • I am on the lookout for a truly natural, unscented, plain-Jane soap that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I also made this recipe with Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Complexion Bar soap and it turned out lovely. I added a bit more liquid and the consistency is not as solid as with Ivory. This soap, unfortunately, has what I believe to be a synthetic fragrance. Sigh.
  • I use a Hamilton Beach Wave Action 10 Speed blender for all my larger quantity homemade recipe mixing. Its model number is 50645. For smaller amounts, I use my Hamilton Beach Chopper. Its model number is 72440. This little food processor is so nice and it's inexpensive!

Soap and Tea Ingredients

Here are the listed ingredients of some of the items I use to make shampoo.

Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Complexion Bar Soap

Vegetable soap, vegetable glycerin, fragrance, tomato powder, water, aloe barbadensis, carmine, and annatto.

Ivory Soap

Sodium tallowate and/or sodium palmate, water, sodium cocoate and/or sodium palm kernelate, glycerin, sodium chloride, fragrance, coconut acid*, palm kernel acid*, tallow acid*, palm acid* and tetrasodium EDTA.

*Contains one or more of these ingredients.

Bigelow Peppermint Tea

Peppermint leaves

Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea

Lemongrass, lemon peel, cinnamon, ginger, lemon verbena, rosehips, natural gingersnap and natural lemon flavors (soy lecithin), licorice root, and citric acid

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Isadora


amord from nigeria on January 08, 2013:

Thanks for sharing

Isadora (author) from Tennessee on May 25, 2011:

Thanks! It works best with an acidic rinse. But that's okay for me because your hair feels so nice after vinegar or strong lemon juice. Just make sure to rinse it all out because lemon juice can bleach your hair when exposed to sunlight. :)

Sun-Girl from Nigeria on May 25, 2011:

Wonderful idea which i love.

Isadora (author) from Tennessee on January 05, 2011:

Good luck!


I learned that build up can be removed with vinegar or another acidic rinse. I like FruitFresh, lime and lemon juice.

Booster'sGirl on January 04, 2011:

Hey there! =] I just found your recipe and can't wait to try it! I've always wanted to make my own shampoo! =] Don't worry. If something goes wrong I wont sue. =]

Isadora (author) from Tennessee on August 13, 2010:

Thanks Sterling!

I am checking out an LLC now.

I have a website already, just haven't set it up. Got a really awesome name (if I do say so myself, lol)--just haven't gotten my products ready!

I am working on a few recipes. Ones that work well for people to use regularly. I even started making a skin smoothing serum that works (on me at least, lol). It is so exciting to come up with natural stuff like this.

There's a lot to consider before taking the big leap, huh?

Thank you very much,


Sterling Carter from Indian Mound, Tennessee on August 12, 2010:

Hey Izzy,

You know soap and soap products have been around for a long time. Everyone uses them and there are more and more people entering the world every day.

People are also making soaps all the time. You can see old fashioned soap in many places. Some of the high end health food stores also have these type soaps for sale.

Soaps are a good product to sell because they are consumable. If you make a quality soap you will get some reorders. Over time you will get many loyal customers as well.

If you decide to sell soaps or recipes you need figure out your cost per acquisition is. You need to know what it will cost you to get each customer and then learn what the customers value is.

This can only be done though some research but mostly through tracking the numbers.

I defiantly would offer those mixers or blender through Amazon or from some source.

I wouldn't worry about getting sued for selling a soap or the recipes. You can protect yourself by putting your company under LLC protection. So I would do both Sell the recipes and the soap.

You would need a well organized, niche oriented website. This is crucial but doable.

I would gladly help anywhere I can.

Just remember to take it slow and test everything.

Isadora (author) from Tennessee on August 12, 2010:

Heya Sterling,

The cost depends on the price of the soap you purchase. I got my Burt's Bees for $1.75 BUT, they normally sell for $5.00 to $10.00 a bar. That is too rich for my blood!

The Ivory soap was like 3 bars for $1.00.

The coconut oil costs around $5.00 for a really big container.

Vinegar is around $2.28 for a gallon jug.

The teas cost around $2.50 a box, I think. One box would make several bars as it only takes 1 bag of each tea variety per bar.

Buying in bulk is the best way to go.

I would love to sell my products to people. What do you think I should do, sell the products or the recipes?

My main concern is that someone would do it wrong or have an allergic reaction and then try to sue me because they bought my product! lol

You are very sweet to offer to Tweet my stuff! That is a major compliment for me.

And yes, you may call me Izzy. :-)

Sterling Carter from Indian Mound, Tennessee on August 12, 2010:

You know, I learned something again today from you Isadora. Can I just call ya Izzy?

What does it cost to make this recipe?

I think would would do great if you sold those blender/mixers through some outlet. Maybe you could promote them through Amazon. I don't know. A drop shipment would be nice too if you could arrange it with someone.

If you decide to ad Amazon or some other form of monetization plan I will give my list of friends a tweet about your article.

Because I think it is really cool.

Isadora (author) from Tennessee on August 11, 2010:


This shampoo is a lot of fun to make. It feels so luxurious. If you put it in a pretty container, people would never know how inexpensive it is to make!

Wife Who Saves on August 10, 2010:

Nice hub. Your recipe looks easy, and I like your idea of publishing the ingredients for the products.

Isadora (author) from Tennessee on August 10, 2010:

You're very welcome Habee!

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 10, 2010:

Great idea! Thanks!