When I first started reading about living naturally, a lot of things seemed a little “out there,” even for me. I never thought I would become the DIY guru of our household but I suppose that’s what happens when you take on a new, healthier lifestyle.
So, one day, I began by making my own all-purpose cleaner and thought, “Hey, that was easier than I expected.” Then I was switching to real food, making my own laundry detergent and discovering the joys of natural bath and body products. Soaps and oils and diffusers, oh yes!
And, of course, I progressed to mixing up homemade shampoo in the school bus I lived in with my husband and four kids. Isn’t life funny?
This recipe is an easy upgrade from washing your hair with baking soda and ware or just plain water. And you can avoid some of the mistakes I made when I first embarked on my natural lifestyle journey. (Here’s a pro-tip: don’t use vinegar hair rinse if you have a fresh cut on your head. Ouch!)
This Shampoo Is a Combination of Two Recipes
The story of this shampoo is the story of a happy union. I was in the middle of reading about this amazing homemade body wash when one of my readers posted her shampoo recipe on my Facebook page. (It’s the fifth comment, if you want to try it for yourself!) That’s when inspiration struck – why not play mad scientist and mix together my favorite parts of each recipe?
And a glorious new shampoo was born.
My hair is usually dry and brittle, but this shampoo makes it incredibly soft and helped with my dandruff. Even better, now I can go a few days between washes without any issues. And my husband’s normally-oily hair is also so soft without being greasy. NONE of the other recipes I made worked so well for BOTH of our hair types. (and a few others! We’ve had good results with friends, too!) Three cheers for a DIY-win!
Homemade Shampoo With Essential Oils
- ½ cup liquid castile soap
- ¼ cup canned coconut milk*
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E oil
- 40-50 drops essential oils (more on that, below)
*Tip: You can freeze the remaining coconut milk in cubes in an ice tray so you can use it in future recipes
Mix all of the ingredients in a container with a lid (this squeeze bottle is the most convenient). Put the lid on and shake well. Shake before using and use like any other shampoo.
Don’t forget to check out this page before you buy any essential oils so that you can get the best deal.
Here’s where the fun part comes in – choosing which essential oils you are going to use. If you want to only use one, that’s great, but I like to make combinations for specific properties and for their yummy scents.
For yummy smell:
- 20 drops lavender essential oil and 30 drops wild orange essential oil
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil and 30 drops lavender essential oil (or substitute wild orange if you don’t want lavender)
- 15 drops lavender essential oil, 25 drops lemongrass essential oil and 10 drops lemon essential oil
For dry and flaky scalp: 10 drops each of lemon, lavender, tea tree and rosemary essential oils
For fragile, brittle hair: 20 drops clary sage, 15 drops lavender and 15 drops wild orange essential oils
For hair loss: 10 drops each rosemary, peppermint, cedarwood and lavender essential oils
What do you use to make your shampoo? Let me know!
Also, if you want to try more DIY recipes, check out my ebook DIY Personal Care Products.