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.
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
- 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk (tip: freeze the rest of the contents of the can in cubes using an ice cube tray so you can use it for future recipes.)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E oil
- 40 – 50 drops essential oils (I’ll talk specifics in a minute)
Mix all of the ingredients in a container with a lid (like this squeeze bottle). Put on the lid and shake to combine. Shake before using and use as you would any commercial shampoo.
It lasts for a while. Like, I just found several travel bottles full of this shampoo that I made up for kids to take to camp … a year ago. And it’s still good. So yeah.
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 flaky scalp: 10 drops each lemon, lavender, tea tree 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.
The best way to get essential oils
If you’re not an existing doTERRA wholesale member, get started now by getting a kit. Seriously. It’s a great way to save money on oils, there’s no pressure to buy or sell the oils, no monthly order minimums and you always get a 25% discount. And when you renew each year they send you a free 15 mL bottle of peppermint essential oil to say thank you (so basically you buy a bottle of peppermint a year to keep the account).
Check out the kits and get started here. And go with the bigger bottles if you can!