Guest post by beardoholic.com You might be surprised by the active ingredients in a typical bottle of shampoo. Without digging too deep, you have polyethylene glycol, diethanolamine, triethanolamine, propylene glycol, parabens, petroleum, and mineral oils. To break this down into terms you might better understand, those include allergens, carcinogenic chemicals, anti-freeze, harsh detergents, toxic substances, poisonous fragrances, and a few scalp irritants. These are the things we use on a daily basis to clean our hair, is it any wonder men with beards want an alternative for the sensitive skin beneath their beards? The following DIY beard shampoo recipe is without those 4,000 toxic chemical ingredients you will find in manufactured shampoo. This beard bar shampoo recipe is better for your skin, better for your facial hair, and better for the health of your beard in general. The Ingredients in the Beard Shampoo Bar 4 ounces of lye 6 ounces of coconut milk 4 ounces of water 1 ounce of beeswax 2 ounces of coconut oil 9 ounces of olive oil 2 ounces of cocoa butter 5 ounces of castor oil 2 ounces of Shea butter 3 ounces of jojoba oil 4 drops of your favorite essential oil (peppermint, lavender, rosemary, pine) HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BEARD SHAMPOO BAR Begin making your beard shampoo by mixing the water and the coconut milk in a heat-resistant mixing bowl. Start adding the lye very slowly because it reacts with the milk and can cause a small volcanic eruption. Keep your hands protected because this mixture tends to get hot. Now that the mixture has cooled a few minutes, add in the drops of essential oils and beeswax, place in a cooking pan over a very low heat until they are melted together. Keeping on the lowest possible heat will ensure nothing burns. Never allow anything to boil. Once melted, pour the beeswax and melted oils in a crock pot, stir, add in coconut oil mix, water, and the lye while stirring continuously. Blend with a stick for at least five minutes until you have trace consistency, meaning the fats and oils have completely mixed with the lye solution. Continue stirring until you see the soap mixture resembles that of pudding. Once you have this consistency, cover the crock pot and continue to cook the soap mixture on the lowest heat setting for one hour. As the hour comes to an end, take a close look at the beard soap shampoo mix. It should be completely transparent when it is done, and that is your cue to turn off the heat setting in the crock pot. Now you are going to have to mold the beard shampoo bars so you have something you can take and use in the shower. The ideal mold are old silicon bread loaf pans. If you do not have them, they can be found in your local supermarket for cheap. Slowly pour the mixture into the loaf mold and allow the beard soap o cool for at least 24 hours. After one full day, remove the solid mixture from the mold like you would a loaf of bread, place on a cutting board, and slice into one inch thick soap bars. Now that you have your sliced beard shampoo bars, you can take them in the shower and later up and run through your beard. Your facial hair will be more manageable, stronger, and without split or broken ends. Your skin beneath will remain soft, no redness, itchiness, or flaking.