Hot Process Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shampoo Soap Bar

Hot Process Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shampoo Soap Bar

Welcome to my ACV Shampoo Soap video! This video demonstrates my take on Liz Ardlady’s famous ACV shampoo bar recipe posted on her Soapy Stuff blog back in 2014. Somehow Liz stumbled on the idea of using vinegar instead of water for the lye solution in her hair washing soap – and it works! This still feels like soap on your hair, but it is somehow a bit gentler, and with a mild vinegar rinse after washing my hair comes out shiny, soft and clean.

Liz’s original recipe and post can be found here

If you have never made soap before, please watch my introduction to soap making video here

If you would like to learn how to fold a soap mould liner like I have for this recipe, check out my demo here

I do not discuss hot process soap making specifically in my Introduction to Soap Making video, but if you understand the basics of cold process soap making and all of the safety requirements, then you will be fine if you follow what I’ve done in this video.

This soap can also be made using the cold process soap making method. I just chose to make this one as a hot processed soap – just for fun 

Here’s the full recipe (not exactly the same as Liz’s, but close):

Lye solution:
120g apple cider vinegar (I used homemade apple vinegar)
70g sodium hydroxide (3% superfat calculated into the recipe)

200g canola oil
100g coconut oil
100g olive oil
50g castor oil
25g cocoa butter
25g sunflower oil

62g additional ACV to add at the end of the cook
30g essential oil. I used 20g rosemary and 10g tea tree.

Please follow the video demonstration for the method. The most important thing to know when using this method is to use a large enough microwave safe container for your soap, and cook in short bursts on low to medium heat. I find this method a lot easier and faster than using a slow cooker. The cleanup is a lot easier as well.

Thanks for watching, please let me know if you have any questions – I’d love to hear your feedback and comments.