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.