Conditioning shampoo bar with Shea and ACV

This shampoo bar will not stripe the hair of natural oils and allow it to retain moisture while balancing hair oil production. This is achieved by it’s the combination of using high conditioning oils and no-cleansing oils. Apple Cider Vinegar gives a hard bar of shampoo and makes it easy to use. ACV is believed to be conditioning, but we do not know for a fact, that this is the case after saponification. Read more about adding vinegar to soap here.

The conditioning shampoo bar is added a little sugar to give it more bubbles.

Benefits of this shampoo bar

  • Shine
  • Volume
  • Retains color
  • Less dandruff and scalp irritation
  • Less frizz
  • less shedding
  • Defined curls
  • Increased manageability
  • Protects the cuticles of the hair

The cuticle is your hair’s protective layer, composed of overlapping cells — like fish scales or roof tiles, but facing downwards

Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat

This information is for advanced soapers. Go to recipe if you are new to soap making.

  • 40% Olive Oil
  • 30% Avocado Oil
  • 15% Shea Butter
  • 15% Castor Oil
  • 24.667% Lye Concentration + (0.0357 x amount of 4% ACV)
  • 38% Water percent of oil weight
  • 35% water substituted for Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 6% Superfat
  • 22 oz Total oil weight (624g)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar per 16 oz oil

Soap Quality

OBS: Soap Quality information does not include benefits of sugar and Apple Cider Vinegar.

Zero Cleansing does not mean the bar will not clean your hair.

Soap QualityRangeThis Recipe
Hardness29 – 5420
Cleansing12 – 220
Conditioning44 – 6977
Bubbly14 – 4614
Creamy16 – 4834
Iodine41 – 7082
INS136 – 165103

Recipe for

Conditioning Shampoo Bar with Apple Cider Vinegar, Shea Butter & Sugar

Keyword: Bubbly soap, Conditioning soap, Shampoo bar


  • 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • Silicone molds
  • Kitchen scale
  • Microwave oven
  • pH meter or test strips
  • Safety gear


  • 8.8 oz Olive Oil 250 grams
  • 6.6 oz Avocado Oil 187 grams
  • 3.3 oz Shea Butter 94 grams
  • 3.3 oz Castor Oil 94 grams
  • 2.92 oz Apple Cider Vinegar 83 grams
  • 1,5 tbsp Sugar (powdered)
  • 5.44 oz Water 154 grams
  • 2.84 oz NaOH 81 grams


  • Dissolve sugar in approx 2 oz (50 grams) of the water (You can heat it up slightly or just stir).
  • Mix Apple Cider Vinegar with the rest of the water, and add NaOH to make your Lye. Let it cool down to room temperature
  • Melt Shea Butter (use microwave or double boiler) and mix it with the rest of the oils
  • When everything is room temperature, add the lye to the oils and stick blend until light trace
  • Add the sugar water, stick blend until trace and pour into molds
  • Check after 6-8 hours if your soap is ready to be unmolded and cut. It should take no more than 24 hours
  • Let the soap rest and cure for 4-6 weeks and check pH. It should be no more than 10

Soap Fatty Acid Profile

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