Four years ago, I’ve never bought into the DIY movement, since I’m a bit on the lazy side and prefer to simply buy my products. I like letting the professionals make my products for me. However, I do know a few people that make beauty and household products at home and it’s pretty easy.
With my quest to become healthy and stay away from toxic products, I started to consider the idea of making a few DIY products. Of course, I wasn’t quite sure where to start, but I hopped in the shower and was inspired – why not make my own shampoo?
I’ve spent a lot of my life using a popular shampoo – Pantene. In fact, I’ve been using it so long that I really had not paid attention to the ingredients. One look at the ingredients let me know that shampoo was definitely a product to try at home.
Half the ingredients in the shampoo were words I couldn’t pronounce, like methylchloroisothiazolinone and ammonium xylene sulfonate. I’m not a big fan of using products on my hair, skin, etc. if I can’t even pronounce the ingredients.
So, that lead me to start looking for some easy, DIY shampoo recipes that I could make at home.
It’s such an easy recipe that I can’t believe it took me this long to think of it…
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (OR coconut cream)
- 1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (or baby shampoo)
- 1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin E oil (completely optional)
- 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (optional)
- For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
- Shake well to mix.
- Keep in shower for up to a month.
- Shake before each use.
- Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
- If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!
Changes I Made:
Another change I made to the recipe was to use pure coconut cream instead of using the coconut milk. I decided to do this because coconut cream is a bit thicker and I wanted to make sure that my shampoo had a thick consistency.
With my changes, I only ended up using two ingredients to make this shampoo. In fact, it just took me a couple of minutes to mix the ingredients together.
Of course, now it was time to see if my DIY coconut shampoo would really work. After using it a few times, I’m pretty happy with the results. It really cleansed my hair, it had a nice lather to it, and the peppermint smell was nice too.
The only thing I noticed is that there seemed to be a bit of residue when I rinsed my hair. However, once I dried my hair, that feeling was gone.
I enjoy the shampoo, it saves me some money and keeps me from using a shampoo that includes ingredients I still can’t pronounce.
Adding tea tree oil will relieve dandruff
@S – I normally find liquid Castille soap (Dr. Brother’s brand) in the natural section at Walgreens (it’s on the bottom shelf in my store).
I cannot find castile soap plz tell me anything less plzzz ans me..ur tips v useful. Thanxx
You can use baby shampoo instead, it is mild and gentle.
What is castile soap?
Castile soap is a soap made with fat of purely vegetable origin, rather than animal fats. Although olive oil is the traditional base oil, castile soap can be made with coconut, hemp, avocado, almond, walnut, and many other vegetable oils.
hi, what’s liquid castille soap? where can i buy it? thanks for all the DIY articles you share with us. God bless.????
You can get this at your local health food stores
Koomal Thhombare says
Hi mam, thank you so much I am waiting for this .and today I get .
Can I use this shampoo dandruff type of hair because I have fungal infection & dry
Where I get liquid castille soap.and vitamin e oil
20 drop oil instead we can use coconut oil
You can use this homemade shampoo but try to address your dandruff problem first by using one of the remedies here : https://beautytips4her.com/11-natural-home-remedies-for-dandruff/