5 Green Shampoo Recipes and Alternatives to Commercial Products

Shampoo is the most common hair care product most of us buy, whether it is a professional shampoo or one from the local store. However, fewer people are aware of the harsh chemical compounds the commercial shampoos contain, which cause harm to our tresses. In addition to making our hair dull, these shampoos also steal its shine and its health. Trying an organic, green shampoo will not just save your hair from this turmoil, but it will also be easy on your wallet.

Do You Know What’s in Your Shampoo?

It’s a simple question, but you were probably completely blindsided by it. Chances are you have no idea what you shampoo is made of – and reading the label won’t be of much help. Most ingredient names are unrecognizable, but the reality is that if you use commercial shampoos, you are simply lathering up your scalp with chemicals.

We are already aware of the many toxic ingredients in our foods, but shampoo (and other personal care products) is also full of the bad stuff. To make matters worse, most of them are not even FDA-regulated. In other words, manufacturers get green light on adding anything they want in shampoos – including cheap toxic chemicals that are highly harmful.

Shampoo is not something that we ingest (hopefully), so why does this matter? Any substance that comes into contact to your skin will enter your body just like anything you swallow. Think about how nicotine patches work, releasing their dose of the drug directly into the skin. And shampoos have an even easier time entering the body during nice hot showers: the pores are wide open!

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a natural health advocate, putting chemicals directly on your skin may be “worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs.”

The Green Savings Effect of DIY Shampoos

Before we get to the actual recipes (which have been tested by green enthusiasts and bloggers all over the wide web), let’s see some of the main advantages of making your own shampoo.

  • It will save you money. You already own most of the ingredients in our recipes below, which means you will be making really inexpensive shampoo.
  • It will reduce the amount of toxins released into the environment.
  • Making your own shampoo diverts needless packaging from going into landfills.
  • It will also save large amounts of energy in the manufacturing and shipping process.

Here are five simple DIY organic shampoo recipes that can help you achieve that commercial-like, attractive hair with zero chemicals.

1. Organic Shea Butter Shampoo Recipe

This recipe works best for hair that is severely damaged and extremely dry. This shampoo can put it into good health by restoring the hair’s natural moisture.


  • Organic shea butter – 15 ml
  • Liquid castile soap – 200 ml
  • Lavender essential oil – 8 to 10 drops
  • Sodium bicarbonate – 1(1/2) teaspoons
  • Distilled water – 50 ml


  1. Place solid shea butter over boiling water to melt it, then let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Mix water with sodium bicarbonate until it combines into a homogeneous solution.
  3. Pour this solution into liquid castile soap and stir for a minute. Just make sure you avoid forming too much foam.
  4. Add the melted shea butter and the lavender essential oil to the bowl. Carefully blend everything together.

2. Coconut Milk Shampoo Recipe

Inspired by a popular natural coconut milk (scented) shampoo, this recipe is everything you’ve ever wanted. I does not leave the hair tangled, oily or both, and it’s suitable for kids hair too (watch the eyes, however, because the recipe is not tear free).



  • Coconut milk – ¼ cup (homemade may be better for you if you have fair hair type)
  • Liquid castile soap – ¼ cup
  • Essential oils of choice – 20 drops (lavender, peppermint, orange, and rosemary or combinations of these)
  • For dry hair – ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a clean shampoo bottle (pump soap dispensers are even better). You could also use a foaming dispenser; if you do, add 1/4 cup of distilled water.
  2. Shake well to mix and then keep in the shower for up to a month. Shake well before each use.
  3. About a teaspoon of this green shampoo is enough for each wash.
  4. Dilute it with 1/4 cup distilled water, pour it in a foaming dispenser, and enjoy this great shaving cream!

Note: According to some testers, a 50:50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water used is the perfect rinse to achieve cleaner and shinier hair.

3. Organic Coconut and Lemon Shampoo Recipe

This easy and inexpensive green shampoo is nourishing for both the hair and scalp. Massage it into the scalp for best results (aka gorgeous locks).


  • Organic coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Liquid castile soap – 1 cup
  • Lemongrass essential oil – 20 drops


  1. Pour the liquid castile soap into a mixing bowl and add organic coconut oil. Stir well until mixed.
  2. Add lemongrass essential oil to the now-opaque mixture and mix everything once again.
  3. Rinse and repeat for longer hair.

4. Organic Chamomile Shampoo Recipe

  • Solid castile soap – 2 tablespoons
  • Pure glycerin – 1 tablespoon
  • Chamomile essential oil – 4 to 5 drops
  • Organic chamomile tea – 1 cup


  1. Grate a solid bar of castile soap.
  2. Brew a cup of strong chamomile tea and pour it over the grated castile soap. Mix softly.
  3. Add the glycerin tablespoon and the chamomile essential oil drops.
  4. Blend everything well until completely mixed.

5. Organic Green Tea Shampoo Recipe

Green tea has marvelous antioxidant properties which can make your tresses look beautiful and healthy. It also reduces hair fall and prevents grey hair.


  • Organic olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Organic green tea leaves – a handful
  • Liquid castile soap – 1 cup
  • Organic raw honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Distilled water – 1 cup


  1. Boil the fresh green tea leaves in distilled water and let them brew for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the liquid castile soap, the olive oil and honey – one by one.
  3. Combine everything well.
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William E. Eubanks

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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