home made shampoo

Home Made Shampoo

Home made shampoos have always made me a little leery.  I tried the no-poo method… about 2 years ago, at the beginning of my journey to live a healthier, less toxic life, but it didn’t go so well for me.  I tried washing my hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse and some baking soda, and I was left with greasy-looking hair.  I stuck it out for 3 solid weeks, but I finally had to give it up.  

Now, I am not discounting that method.  I know a lot of wonderful, beautiful people who are no-poo, who have glorious-looking hair.  Little Owl Crunchy Momma has been getting a lot of attention lately for her decision to not use shampoo at all, for 5 years now, and her hair looks great!  I admire women who go no-poo. I think it’s awesome.  However, just like the Oil Cleansing Method, not every natural recipe is for everyone. 

I still wanted to find a healthier home made shampoo that actually worked, so I wouldn’t be completely dependent on commercial brands.  

Here is what I came up with! 

Home Made Shampoo

Combine all ingredients in a re-purposed shampoo bottle, or a soap dispenser.  Old dressing bottles also work 🙂  Shake before each use, (because, as you can tell, it will separate) and use as you would regular shampoo. 

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The essential oils can add wonderful fragrance, as well as healthful benefits for your locks.  These are a few of my favorites: 

  • Carrot Oil: A little goes a long way.  Add in 5 drops of this for carotene and anti-oxidants, and to promote hair growth. 
  • Clary Sage Oil: this helps to promote a healthy ph value, and can be helpful for greasy hair and scalp.  
  • Bergamot Oil: This helps your hair attain extra shine and promotes hair growth. This can increase photo sensitivity, so be careful to protect your hair from bright sun after using it. 
  • Lemon Essential Oil: For dry, curly hair, try adding in lemon essential oil.  It helps promote oil production to moisturize and create stronger, healthier hair. 
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Add in lavender essential oil for treating dandruff and for a relaxing, peaceful experience. 

If you are new to using essential oils, check out Crunchy Betty’s 21 things you should know about essential oils

While you’re making the effort to eliminate toxins from your beauty products, check these out: 

Have you ever made your own home made shampoo?

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45 Responses to Home Made Shampoo

  1. Victoria says:

    what kind of oils can you use instead of the jojoba oil?

  2. Kendall says:

    Would you recommend this for oily scalps/ hair?

  3. lisa says:

    I just put a bottle of this together, getting ready to grab a shower…I’ll comment back in a little while…

    • lisa says:

      I LOVE IT!…feels as if its a 2-in-1…no heavy greasy feel…my hair has a fresh scent..still after all day..rinsed nicely as well…
      …I did how ever add something extra, vegetable glycerine, I’d read somewhere that it thickens & allows for a bit more suds/lather…(??)
      ….so I gave it a nice little squirt…

      • Andrea says:

        Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, Lisa! So glad you enjoyed it as much as I do! I will try adding vegetable glycerin to my next batch 🙂

  4. Kari says:

    Has anyone with wavy/curly hair tried this? I tried the no poo method a year ago and it didn’t work for me.
    Also, is this a 2-in-1? Or do you have another recipe for the conditioner?

  5. Wizmo says:


    You can even make shampoo with baking soda. That is also good for the hair.

    • Fatima says:

      No its not!!! The PH level of baking soda is 9 i think (basic) and your hair PH level is (4,5) acid soo itss sooo badd for your hair! Search it on google

  6. Renee says:

    Does it go bad, just sitting the bottle especially with the coconut milk?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Renee,

      I have had mine for a couple weeks in the shower and it was fine, but if you want to store it in the fridge between washings, that is fine too.

  7. Anna says:

    Can you use this recipe on color treated hair?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Anna,

      I honestly am not sure! I haven’t colored my hair in the past decade, so I have no experience with that. Maybe some of our other readers have some input?

  8. Angel says:


    I have tried every kind of homemade shampoo, treatment and conditioners going. I have been battling itchy scalp and hair loss for a very long time. My hair is super fine but I do not have dry or oily scalp. Finally, after many failed attempts, particularly in the use of oils on my hair; I have the solution my hair and scalp has been crying out for. I wash my hair with one egg yolk mixed with warm pre boiled water and 10 drops of tea tree oil. I rub into my scalp gently but enough to cover my scalp and clean it. This is then rinsed out with just water. Now I have shampooed my hair, I move on to my conditioner. This is apple cider vinegar…1 cup of pre boiled and then cooled water, to 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar. Rub gently into scalp and smother hair. Leave on for five to ten mins and rinse off with cool water. Hair loss Ted effectively massively and condition of hair is bloody fantastic. The vinegar smell goes once hair is dry xxx

  9. Jennifer says:

    I made this shampoo and started using this about a week ago. I was super excited to try it, however my hair feels super greasy and has the “wet look” all the time. It feels like its weighted down with residue in it. It does lather wherever I first apply the poo. Is this normal??? How long should I keep using it before I see a difference?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      In my experience, hair takes 2 weeks to 2 months to transition when switching to a natural shampoo. And not every recipe will work with every hair type (for instance, I couldn’t use just baking soda as a hair wash… didn’t work, no matter how long I stuck to it!).

      Hope that helps!

  10. Jessica says:

    so I’ve been trying to find the right natural hair solution for a while i have experienced issues with the baking soda route myself. i was wondering if i make more then one batch are there anyways to save it? like freezing? One of my other questions where, for people with naturally oily hair will the jojoba oil cause it to be more oily? im am very excited to possibly try this it sounds like it might be great!

  11. Ann says:

    What kind of Vitamin E did you use?

  12. Amber says:

    Is there something you use to condition your after you use this shampoo? Your recipe has a lot of the same ingredients that would be used in a home made conditioner, so I was thinking it can maybe work as a 2-in-1.

  13. Britney says:

    I’ve been making my own shampoo since last July 2013. I love looking for new ideas to perfect my own recipe. Have you (or any one else who’s tried this recipe) had any problems with the coconut milk going bad? Do you keep the shampoo in the refrigerator between washes? I’ve always wanted to add coconut milk to my homemade shampoo, but the idea of having to grab it from the kitchen every time was enough to keep me from trying it.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Britney,

      That’s great that you’re using your own homemade shampoo! How do you usually make it?

      I have kept this for about a month in the shower (no refrigeration) and haven’t had any issues with it going rancid.

      If you decide to make it, let me know how it works out for you!


  14. Ah! This is awesome. I have not heard of using honey before. Does it make your hair sticky at all? Thanks for sharing this post. I was actually just looking for an organic way to shampoo my hair.

    • Andrea says:

      I think everyone’s hair is different, so it may not be a recipe for everyone, but it did well in my hair. It didn’t strip the natural oils. For me, it wasn’t sticky or dirty, it combines with everything else and rinses easily.

  15. Sophia says:

    Have u thought of making a shampoo without castille soap ? I don’t know if u know but the Ph of it is actually too high for your hair which in the long run makes your hair dry out just thought u should know this I’m still on a look out for a all natural shampoo with no chemicals or soap in it most of homemade shampoo on the net have castille soap as the base because they need that ‘foam’ in their shamp And it’s the much healthier alternative to store bought shampoo but I would never use it due to the PH being way too high I’d rather use store bought untill I find the all natural shampoo I’ve been looking for because I’m sure they are the suitable ph because they are made for hair and the soap isnt.

    • Andrea says:

      I have tried using just a baking soda/water mixture with an apple cider vinegar mix, and it didn’t work on my hair, but I know that all hair is different. I know that soaps don’t need to foam, but there is something psychological about the suds that makes a shampoo feel like it’s done its job.

      If you’re not wanting to use a shampoo with Castille soap, you may check out this post:

      Hope you find something that works well for you!

  16. Rose says:

    Hey, great recipe. I was just wondering if you could use Grapeseed Oil instead of Jojoba. Great recipe, again! Love the organics.

  17. This Shampoo recipe sounds so doable! Just gotta order the jojoba oil. I just cannot bring myself to no-poo.

  18. Kay Kathleen says:

    Ooooo, now this looks like a good one! I thought I made it through to the other side with the ‘no-poo’, but my troubles seem to be making a comeback, and I am READY for a new, non-toxic solution!!

  19. Cole says:

    This sounds like it would smell wonderful! I’d love to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing, pinning for future reference 🙂

  20. I have never heard of the no-poo method very interesting. This recipe sounds neat. I tend to stay away from trying new things with my hair since I found something that works but this is something worth trying thanks

  21. TaMara says:

    I’ve been thinking about going no-poo for a while, but have been leery because I know how my hair tends toward the oily side. I think I would do better with a DIY shampoo like this. In fact, I’m pinning it to try. 🙂

  22. I tried “no poo” and it worked fine…I’m not even sure why I went back to commercial shampoo, though I do love me some lather! I may have to try this recipe!

    -Cristyl @ http://www.MyCHillThoughts.com

  23. Jessica says:

    I’ve used the “no-poo” method for about 2 years or so now. I still use a commercial conditioner instead of shampoo and use the baking soda/apple cider vinegar combo about once a week or so. I love your recipe idea and may have to give it a try! #BYB100

  24. Kimberly B says:

    I’ve tried the “no poo” method and it just didn’t work for me. I have very fine, flat hair that needs lots of volume so I had to return to using store bought shampoo. I was just recently thinking of going the organic route but maybe I will give this a try first.

    Stopped by from the BYB challenge.

  25. Machelle says:

    My daughter is always looking for recipes to make her own shampoo. I am going to share this with her. I might even try it myself : )

    Beyond the Surface: 100 Day Blog Challenge

  26. Melissa says:

    I have made my own shampoo, but not this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. May adapt it a bit for our hair needs. I’ve enjoyed wandering around your little web space so much that I haven’t finished my #100BB comments 🙂

  27. Tawnee says:

    I am going to have to try this. I have just started working with essential oils and making our own natural products. i’m very excited to find an easy shampoo recipe. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it.

  28. Jean says:

    I’ve never made homemade shampoo or gone without using it. I’m just not there yet. However, I have tried using things like honey and coconut oil in place of hair conditioner with limited success. I bet with the different oils in there that the homemade shampoos can smell pretty amazing!

  29. Love the variety of essential oils you suggested to help your hair!

  30. Meeghan says:

    Intriguing!! I also read somewhere just to just baking soda, I think… I have been too afraid to try. 🙂 At least there are a few good smells in this recipe – and it is a liquid.. I just might have to try it. Thanks for the post!

  31. Yuliya says:

    This is so great! I make homemade hair masks with jojoba oil, coconut milk, and honey and other combinations/ingredients, but never thought to make my own shampoo!

  32. This is a timely post for me. I’m making my own body butter lotion and hard lotion bars now and next on the list is pouring my mix into chapstick containers that arrived not long ago. I have deodorant and shampoo on my “maybe-to-do” list. I also tried the baking soda/vinegar rinse and wasn’t satified with it.

    What I really want to know now is how long have you tried this diy shampoo and do you like it?

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