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This Is Why I Never Pack Shampoo When I Travel

Want to cut down on the number of liquids in your carry-on? Or maybe you just hate dealing with messy liquids while you travel? Either way, this easy DIY is simple solution you need!

When I occasionally have to travel for work, I vastly prefer to pack my carry-on bag rather than check a bag. It saves me time, money, and makes it less likely that I’ll overpack (which, unfortunately, has been known to happen!)

The only real drawback to relying on my carry-on bag is complying with the 3-1-1 rule for liquids. (If you’re unfamiliar, this TSA regulation requires that all liquids or gels in your carry-on bag must be limited to 3.4 ounces or less, and that all of those liquid items must fit into one quart-sized bag.)

It’s a tall order, so I always have my eyes peeled for ways to reduce the number of liquids I need to fit into that bag. And I recently discovered a clever way to cross one more item off that list!

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Shampoo Bars: The Perfect Travel Companion

Instead of packing a travel-size bottle of shampoo, I now pack a homemade shampoo bar instead! Shampoo bars are quick and easy to make, and traveling with one means one less bottle to worry about exploding all over your luggage.

I typically use about half of one bar to properly wash my hair since it’s so long, but two washes is plenty for my short work trips. Those with shorter hair can expect to get a few more uses out of each bar!

What’s In Them?

Here’s a quick look at the ingredients that go into these homemade shampoo bars:

Now that you know what goes into them, I’ll show you how to make your own travel-friendly shampoo bars! 🙂

How To Make Your Own DIY Shampoo Bar


1 lb melt & pour soap base
2 tsp fractionated coconut oil
1 tsp shea butter
10 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil



Break or cut your soap base into chunks, then place them in the top section of a double boiler. (No double boiler? A metal or glass bowl placed over a pot of simmering water works just as well!)

Allow the soap base to melt completely, adding more water to the pot as needed so it doesn’t dry out. Once melted, remove the soap base from heat and add the shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils.

Use a wooden skewer or spoon to stir until everything is well incorporated. Next, pour the finished soap mixture into the cavities of your soap mold, then let it sit for several hours to solidify.

Once the bars have solidified completely, gently remove them from the mold.

How To Use It

Lather the shampoo bar in your hands, then use the lather to shampoo your hair as usual. Rinse clean, and follow up with conditioner.

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