I like to not only have chemical free cleaning products but chemical free personal care products as well. Everything we put onto our skin is absorbed right into our bodies so I want to make sure what I use on my body is natural and pure. I had no problem making my own hand soap, hair spray, facial cleanser, lotion and deodorant. But when it came to shampoo, that was another story. I tried many shampoo ideas from natural living blogs and I wasn't too thrilled with the results, they left my hair feeling heavy, oily and definitely not clean . I finally broke down and purchased some herbal shampoo
from Mountain Rose Herbs that I really liked, but after the sweet toddler dumped the entire bottle into her bath I realized I couldn't afford that and needed to figure out my own shampoo recipe. After many experiments and a lot of bad hair days, I finally got it and I'm ready to share for all those searching for a great DIY natural shampoo - that works.
The first step is to make an herbal infusion
using herbs suited for you hair type. I have dark hair so I went with equal parts comfrey, yarrow, peppermint and rosemary. Rosemary is great for hair care and I use the herb and the essential oil in all of my hair care products. If you have light hair you might want to try some chamomile and calendula flower for some golden highlights. Marshmallow has emollient properties so that might be good to use for dry hair while yarrow has more astringent properties, great for oily hair. Sage and nettle are also great hair care herbs. Choose your herbs and use equal parts for an herbal infusion
using distilled water.
Pour 1/2 cup of your herbal infusion into a measuring cup. Add 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
, 2 Tablespoons vegetable glycerine
and 1/2 teaspoon oil of choice. I had some peppermint infused olive oil so I used that.
Now comes the fun part - the essential oils. Different essential oils have different benefits for your hair, here are just a couple of ideas: Lavender
- Normal hair, great for itchy scalp and dandruff. Rosemary
- Oily hair, promotes hair growth, effective for dandruff, hair loss, and minimizing grey in brunettes. Lemon
- Oily hair, adds highlights to blondes, great for dry scalp, dandruff, and lice. Peppermint
- Dry hair, promotes hair growth. Tea Tree
- Oily hair, dry scalp, dandruff, and lice. Myrrh
- Dry hair, soothing for dry, itchy scalp, dandruff, and under active sebaceous glands.
Butterfly Express has an essential oil blend specifically created for hair and scalp care, called Delicate
. I'm looking forward to trying it in my next batch of shampoo. Today however I used lavender
and tea tree
, use a total of 60 drops essential oil(s), if using the Delicate
blend you only need 30 drops.
Gently stir the ingredients together and pour into a squeeze, flip top bottle
, or container of your choosing. I love the flip top, squeeze bottle because it is so easy to apply. I place the flip top right against my scalp and run it from the top to the bottom, equally distributing the shampoo. Massage into scalp and through the hair, this shampoo lathers (which most of the ones I tried did not) and leaves your hair feeling clean. Follow up with an herbal vinegar rinse as your conditioner (I'll be posting on this soon).
Herbal Shampoo Recipe
1/2 cup herbal tea (in distilled water)
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
2 Tbsp. vegetable glycerine (see below - 2 teaspoons of this)
1/2 tsp. oil (grape seed, olive, jojoba, apricot)
60 drops essential oil (or 30 drops Delicate blend)
Mix all ingredients together and pour into an old shampoo bottle or squeeze, flip top bottle.
OOPS! I gave you the wrong amounts for the vegetable glycerine, there should be 2 teaspoons not 2 tablespoons.
You can purchase your herbs, soap, glycerine and oil from these high quality stores:
I carry Butterfly Express Essential Oils in my store here
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