Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils

These homemade  shampoo suggestions are anecdotal in nature. Please read our disclaimer.

Best Homemade Shampoo Essential Oils for Hair

  • ylang ylang - split ends and thicker hair
  • geranium - dry scalp
  • sandalwood - dry scalp
  • lavender - hair loss and nourishing
  • rosemary - hair loss and hormonal balance
  • cedarwood - hair loss and dry scalp
  • tea tree - deep clean hair follicles
  • lemon - oily hair and scalp

Shampoo Recipe #1

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tsp. vitamin E, olive oil or almond oil
  • 10 to 20 d. essential oil (see list above for great options)

Combine all ingredients in shampoo bottle and shake well to mix.  Lasts for about one month.

Shampoo Recipe #2

  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vitamin E oil
  • 50 d. of essential oils (see possible combinations below)

Combine all ingredients into a bottle suitable for shampoo.  Shake before each use. 

Essential Oil Combinations

  1. 20 d. lavender and 30 d. orange
  2. 20 d. peppermint and 30 d. lavender or orange
  3. 15 d. lavender and 25 d. lemongrass
  4. 15 d. lemon, 10 d. lavender, 15 d. tea tree (melaleuca) and 10 d. rosemary (Dandruff)
  5. 20 d. clary sage, 15 d. lavender and 15 d. orange (Fragile Hair)
  6. 10 d. rosemary, 10 d. peppermint 15 d. cedarwood and 15 d. lavender (Hair Loss)

Shampoo Recipe #3

  • 1/2 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 16 d. rosemary
  • 2 d. peppermint

Combine ingredients and put in suitable shampoo bottle.  Shake before each use. 

After Effects

Commercial shampoos are mostly detergent based.  Even some of the "natural" shampoos have ingredients that are less than desirable. They can strip the oils from your hair making your hair dry and brittle.  This is why most people will use a conditioner after shampooing. The homemade shampoo recipes shown here allow your hair's natural  oils to remain. In addition, you are not adding unwanted chemicals in your system. 

Plus, using one these recipes will make it so you don't have to shampoo everyday.  In fact, you may even find you can shampoo every third or fourth day. but be warned, you will most likely have to wait a couple weeks while your hair is adjusting to this new method of clean. Your hair almost assuredly has been producing more oils than is needful and will have to slow down it's production. Don't give up during this phase! Maybe wear a ponytail for a couple weeks if possible. It is really worth the transformation.

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