easy shampoo bars with horsetail & manuka honey

Today I will try to write my first blog post ever! Yay!

I have so many great recipes and DIYs in my head and written down somewhere in my phone, but I never found the time to rewrite them, so normal human beings would understand what my weird mind produced there.

Now I will just do it, jumping into the cold water, pulling down the pants! here we go...

This is a recipe for experienced soap makers and with sharing this, I'm assuming that you know the basics of soap making, both hot and cold process.

If not, I would recommend that you take a look at for example soapqueen.com or soaping101 to really understand the basics and safety precautions, as I won't go into this today.

I'm going to share my new favourite simple shampoo bars, that are made using the hot process method.

The reason I chose to make them HP is that the delicate ingredients won't get destroyed by the lye, since we're adding them after the soap is soap (haha, after the saponification process is finished). The recipe has a high amount of canola oil, since canola oil is very conditioning and washes out super nice (there won't be any soap residue left). So, yay for canola oil!


  • 30 ounces/ 850.49 grams canola oil (I use organic cold pressed)
  • 30 ounces/ 850.49 grams coconut oil 
  • 3 ounces/ 85.05 grams sweet almond oil (superfat)
  • 19 ounces/ 538.65 grams water
  • 9.48 ounces/ 268.64 grams sodium hydroxide
  • fresh field horsetail (CAUTION: must be Equisetum arvense!) about 6 stems*
  • 2 Tbs manuka honey 
  • 1 Tbs propolis (optional)
  • 1.88 ounces/ 53.18 grams lemon EO (optional)
*here you'll find some information on how to identify field horsetail. If you are unsure I would recommend using store bought dried herbs. 


  • measure 800 gr water and bring to a boil
  • cut horsetail in small pieces and add to water
  • let simmer with lid for about 30 minutes
  • mix with stick blender until tea turns bright green
  • let sit for about 2 hours
  • strain liquid
  • take 1/2 cup of liquid and mix with 2 Tbs manuka honey and 1 Tbs propolis, in a separate container

The rest is your liquid for making the shampoo (and little extra in case your soap gets too hard during the cooking process)



Making the soap:

Prepare your lye water with the horsetail tea.

Add coconut and canola oil to your crockpot and melt everything until liquid. Now you can use any HP method, like stovetop or microwave, I just use my crockpot.

Add lye water and blend until a very thick trace.

Cook until ready (see how I'm not explaining the soap making process, haha)!

When your soap is finished cooking, add the SF (almond oil).

Add the 1/2 cup tea/honey/propolis mixture.

Turn off the crockpot.

After the batter has cooled down a bit, add the EO.

Fill into molds and let cool.

Aaaand you're done!

Let me know how this recipe worked for you and feel free to send me a dm or comment of you have any questions!

(since I'm having a simple blog, you won't get a notification when I answer, but just check back after a while, I will answer as soon as possible!) 

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Kristin (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:26)

    I am such a fan girl of your soapy creations!! I will try and find horsetail, but in the meantime, do you think I could use rosemary? I want to try and make this...like now!!

  • #2

    Sarah NOTsoap (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:44)

    Hi Kristin! Thank you so much, I'm happy to have a fan �!
    You can definitely use rosemary as it has some great hair benefits! Horsetail usually grows in dry (rather sandy) fields, I have it wild in my backyard meadow. You could also use dried horsetail tea that you can find in most health food stores.
    Let me know how it worked out for you //Sarah

  • #3

    Katie (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:09)

    Wow wow wow!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!! Unfortunately, I have NOT done hot process before...it’s scary to me LOL!! Have you ever done it with cold process method? I might test it out CP any way and see how it goes. Thanks so much again!

  • #4

    Sarah NOTsoap (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:16)

    Hi Katie.
    I usually make my shampoo bars with the cpop (cold process oven process) method. I only did those hp to keep the delicate ingredients alive and so I could choose my sf. You can definitely make this cp, I would maybe choose another essential oil, since lemon fades easily in cp soap.
    Let me know how it worked for you :) //Sarah

  • #5

    Marcela C (Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:08)

    Hi, thanks for sharing the formula. What PH is left at the end? Please see for dry or oily hair

  • #6

    Sarah NOTsoap (Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:57)

    Hi Marcela. The pH is is around 9 as it is still soap. You can't make soap with a lower pH, since it would not be soap, just a slurry mass. Since every hair type is different, it is hard to recommend something. It is always best to try different formulas and see what fits best for you. This bar is for normal to dry hair I would say.
    Take care //Sarah