Jojoba Shampoo Bar Recipe: With Chamomile

Jojoba oil is one of the most perfect oils for hair care: light, conditioning and very mild, it respects your natural oil balance, or helps restore it. I use it in shampoo bars quite often as the oil doesn’t weight on your hair.

Try to make this jojoba shampoo bar recipe at home, enriched with chamomile-infused water and scented with essential oils for hair care: rosemary, tea tree and peppermint. These natural ingredients, along with a mild surfactant – SCI -, contribute to a very mild shampoo bar, good for all hair types.

Learn how you can use jojoba oil and chamomile to make a really mild shampoo for your hair. It also has the potential to lighten your hair a little bit.

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What Should Be In A Shampoo Bar?

This recipe uses 2 surfactants, SCI and cocamidopropyl betaine. They are synthetic ingredients. But, as explained in Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe With SCI they are among the mildest surfactants, and they are coconut derived. They allow to respect the pH your hair and scalp, and cleanse them from oils and dirt without being too agressive.  


Why am I using 2 surfactants? Well, you can use SCI only, no problem, but cocamidopropyl betaine, as an amphoteric surfactant, helps lower the surface tension of water so that soap can permeate the water more efficiently for cleaning. Ok, in other words, soap and water glides better down your hair and carries more dirt and oils, compared to only SCI and hard water. It also turns the shampoo bar milder.

SCI is a solid powder and provides structure to make a bar. Other ingredients consist in oils, herbal infused waters, essential oils, addictives and a preservative. Why a preservative? pH for this syndet bar is around 5.5, adequate for your hair strands and scalp.

However, is also good for fungusm germes and microbes growth. Since the syndet bar has water content and is going to be in contact with water during its usage, a preservative prevents the bar to become a medium for diseases to spread.


How Do You Make Shampoo With Jojoba Oil?

This shampoo bar recipe uses jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is actually a wax-like substance, extracted from the seeds of jojoba plants but it looks like an oil. In this shampoo bar, it’s part of the liquid phase ingredients, to be mixed with the surfactants. The resulting paste will become the shampoo bar once it solidifies completely.

Jojoba oil has powerful moisturizing properties, contains vitamin E and several minerals. It has a fat profile very similar to human sebum, making it an almost-perfect moisturizer for skin and hair scalp. It’s perfect for mild shampoos, especially if your scalp has a tendency to become oily. For dry scalp and dry hair, more nourishing oils, like coconut oil or shea butter, should be used.

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Can I Add Chamomile Tea To My Shampoo?

This recipe calls for chamomile-infused water. That is pretty much a tea. Fill in a cup with chamomile dried flowers and cover it with boiled water. Then wait 30 minutes for the herbs to infuse the water. Or add the dried flowers to cold water and let it warm in low heat, without boiling, for 30 minutes.

Bear in mind that this recipe uses a preservative, as herbal waters are a good medium for microorganisms to grow. If you are going to add chamomile tea to other products, like a commercial shampoo, make sure to use it immediately, or add a preservative.

What Does Chamomile Do To Hair?

Chamomile shampoos are known to lighten the color or your hair. Using chamomile can enhance or create natural highlights in the hair or even give the hair a warm, golden glow. But chamomile has other handy properties:

Chamomile oil contains azulene, known for increasing moisture and reducing inflammation. It’s also helps with wound healing and skin irritation like atopic dermatitis. ” – From, Essential oils for skin

“Chamomile helps to soothe and nourish the hair and scalp, which prevents dryness and brittle ends. Stronger, healthier hair is less likely to split or break off.” – From Loved By Curls, 4 Amazing Benefits Of Using Chamomile For Hair.

Jojoba Shampoo Bar Recipe

This recipe is actually very simple, with SCI, jojoba oil and chamomile-infused water. The preservative is mandatory. A blend of essential oils I use for hair growth/oily hair is used, but you can reduce them to two or only even one essential oil. In that case, I’d choose rosemary, as it is the less prone for irritations.

Give it a try at this mild, lightening shampoo bar. Enjoy making your shampoo bars at home!!

jojoba shampoo bar recipe

Find Where to Buy Natural Shampoo Bars

Willing to try or use regularly natural shampoo, but you’re not really into DIY? Want to go zero-waste crazy with shampoo bars? Find where to buy natural haircare shampoo bars, listed by main ingredients and hair type:

If you love shampoo bars and have no issues in using them, find some at the following links:

Here’s a choice of natural liquid shampoos if you prefer the liquid stuff:

How Do You Use a Solid Shampoo Bar

Wash your hands and wet your hair in the shower or bath. Make a lather first with the shampoo bar, water and your own hands, then spread the lather in your hair.

Once the shampoo bar is making a lot of foam, you can also apply the bar directly on your hair. Make sure you follow the direction of your strands to avoid knotting or tangling your hair. Apply mostly in your scalp, avoid the ends. Massage your scalp with your fingertips for a few minutes. Avoid using your nails at all costs. Rinse and repeat until you feel your hair and scalp well washed.

The shampoo bar might not create a lot of lather the first time it’s used – I have no idea why, but it’s something I have observed. Be patient and create a lather with your hands for a little longer. The shampoo bar should create as much foam as a liquid shampoo. If not, probably your scalp just needs another wash.

A neat trick is to use your shampoo bar in the shower inside a saver bag. It helps create more lather.

Watch This Video Tutorial Before Starting Your Recipe

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Jojoba Shampoo Bar Recipe With Chamomile

A very mild solid shampoo bar recipe, with jojoba oil and chamomile infused water.
Chamomile is well known in haircare for being able to lighten your hair color. It also helps promote hair strength, prevent split ends, restore vibrancy and free your hair of lackluster appearances. Jojoba oil is a very mild oil, with a fatty acid profile very similar to human sebum.
These two main ingredients, along with a mild surfactant, contribute to a very mild shampoo, good for all hair types.
Dificulty: Easy
Weight: 100g
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Method: Syndet Bar
Cosmetic: Syndet Bar
Servings: 1 shampoo bar (100g)
Cost: $2,15 / 2€


Liquid Phase

Cooling Phase


Preparations and Good Practices

  • Learn how to make a syndet bar in How Do You Make a Syndet Bar? or watch the video above. They don't have a recipe but explain in general the steps and ingredients to produce a syndet bar.
    How Do You Make a Syndet bar
  • Disinfect all your equipment before starting. You can boil some of your equipment (like the double boiler, glass cups, spoons), and use a solution of 1 liter of water with 1/2 cup of bleach, for items that are not heat-resistant (like the milk frother, plastic cups or the lotion containers)
  • Measure all ingredients and prepare your workstation. Wear a mask as the SCI releases an irritant dust cloud
  • Make the chamomile-infused water in advance. Use 2/3 of a cup of chamomile with 1 cup of water.
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Liquid Phase

  • Put a pan with water into the stove (any water as this is for bagne-marie)
  • Add the liquid ingredients into the double boiler or a metal jug. Let it heat in low heat, up to 50ºC.

Solid Phase

  • Add the solid phase ingredient (SCI) and mix well with a spoon. I prefer to use a fork as it works as half spoon, half whisker. Preferably, add SCI 1/3 at a time, and mix gently but thoroughly before pouring more. Let it melt and incorporate well in the mixture.
  • Mix and heat the mixture in low heat until it has the consistency of homogeneous mush or porridge.
    mixing sci and liquids
  • Remove the double boiler or jug from heat. Mix a bit to cool down the mixture.
    cooling mixture

Make Your Bars

  • At around 50ºC or lower, add the cooling phase ingredients: essential oils and the preservative. Mix well.
  • Take 1/4 tsp of the mixture and dilute it in 1 tsp of warm water. Dissolve it well and use a pH strap to measure pH. Should be 5-6.
  • If pH is too high add a bit of lemon juice or citric acid, or baking soda if it's too low. Mix very well and measure the pH again.
  • Pour the mixture into a soap mold. After unmolding let it dry for 2 or 3 days.
  • Your shampoo bar is ready to use!


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