Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils

If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would one day whip up recipes for homemade shampoo, I would have laughed at you and said, “No way.” But a funny thing happens when you become interested in living more naturally.

Homemade shampoo with essential oils. Super easy, natural recipe that can be customized for different hair types/scalp problems.

First, you start reading … a lot. (After some time, your husband dreads what you’ll say after you start off a sentence with, “so I was reading …”)

Then you start implementing. Slowly at first, with simple things like all-purpose cleaner and making real food switches.

Next you start making your own laundry detergent.

And then you move into the world of natural bath and body products and herbal-infused everything. Oooooh, fun.

One thing leads to another and the next thing you know, you’re excitedly mixing up your own shampoo on the unfinished kitchen counters of the school bus you inhabit with your husband and four kids.

Because you’ve moved past washing your hair with baking soda and water and just plain water and now you’re convinced that you’re a mad scientist confident do-it-yourselfer who can make anything she wants. Which is probably true. (Though, you probably learn some lessons the hard way.)

And that’s how I came to this recipe.

This homemade shampoo is really a combination of two recipes:

First, I was reading about this delightful homemade body wash.

And then one of my awesome readers posted her shampoo recipe on my Facebook page (it’s in the fifth comment if you want to give it a try). Then I had the lightbulb moment – what if I took my favorite parts of each recipe (which happened to be what I had on hand) and mixed them together.

Turns out it was a good move, because I love the results.

First, it makes my normally dry hair super soft and I haven’t had any issues with flaky scalp since I started using it. I can also still go a few days between washings, which I really appreciate.

Second, it makes my husband’s normally oily hair super soft and non-greasy. Which is huge, as none of the recipes we’ve tried have been able to do that. Other people who have tested this recipe also loved how it made their hair feel. Hurray for successful recipes!

Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils

Homemade shampoo with essential oils. Super easy, natural recipe that can be customized for different hair types/scalp problems.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients in a container with a lid. Put on the lid and shake to combine. Shake before using and use as you would any commercial shampoo.

Be sure to check out this page before you buy essential oils to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Essential Oil Combinations

Now, to figure out which essential oils to use. You can use just one if you’d like, but I typically make a combination for specific properties (and delicious smells).

For yummy smell:

  • 20 drops lavender essential oil & 30 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil & 30 drops lavender essential oil (or wild orange if you don’t want to use lavender)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil, 25 drops lemongrass essential oil & 10 drops lemon essential oil

For dandruff: 10 drops each lemon, lavender, melaleuca and rosemary essential oils

For fragile hair: 20 drops clary sage, 15 drops lavender & 15 drops wild orange essential oils

For hair loss: 10 drops each rosemary, peppermint, cedarwood and lavender essential oils

Make more simple remedies

Do you make your own shampoo? What do you use?

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Want more DIY beauty recipes? Check out this great book from Mommypotamus.

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Nina Nelson

Hi I'm Nina. Healer. Writer. Wellness advocate. Mama of four. Former bus dweller now focused on exploring simple hospitality. I love Jesus, simple natural living, coffee, and Shetland ponies.

Comments

  1. says

    The castile soap used isn’t tear-free. But. When my youngest two were babies I used a baby shampoo with castile soap in it and was just careful not to get it in their eyes. So the short answer is yes, but you still have to be careful around the eyes.

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