How to Make Your Own Organic Shampoo

Organic shampoo is a fast growing trend. However, not everyone is completely on board yet. One of the biggest hurdles that people have trouble getting over is that higher price tag. When you are already spending $100+ on groceries, there is not a lot of extra room. This is why many people tend to go for the cheaper shampoo and body care products, regardless of the greater benefits that organic products offer. So how do you fix that without breaking the bank? Easy... make your own shampoo. It is surprisingly much simpler than you may think. 

How to Make Organic Shampoo

In the world of DIY, there are many recipes that are available for you to choose from. Many are extremely simple and the ingredients for them are very cheap. However, there are also a few in depth recipes that you may want to try out as well. Some include more herbal and plant extracts or essential oils, as well as the shampoo basics. But even those have fairly inexpensive ingredients that make them much more affordable than buying organic shampoo from a store or online. If you have the time and patience for getting creative, then here are some homemade shampoo recipes for you to try out.

Basic Shampoos

Two very basic shampoo recipes require very few ingredients. The first one is just a basic shampoo. This can be made with: ½ cup of water, ½ cup of mild liquid soap (Castile-style vegetable soap), and ½ teaspoon of light vegetable or canola oil. This will make 8 ounces of the shampoo. If you want to make more, just increase the measurements. The second recipe is an Olive Oil Shampoo. The only difference in this recipe from the last is adding a ¼ cup of olive oil instead of the vegetable oil. This one will give you 12 ounces. You can also add your own favorite essential oils to give it a fragrance and add aromatherapy properties that are similar to store bought products.

Organic Coconut and Lemon Natural Shampoo 

Here is one I found that is very cheap and easy to make. It has the same base as the basic shampoo above, using Castile soap, but adds two essential oils as well. For this recipe, you will need 1 cup of Castile liquid soap, 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil, and 20 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Pour the liquid soap into a mixing bowl, then add the coconut oil and stir well until it is an opaque mixture. Next, you add the lemongrass oil and mix everything again. 

This natural shampoo recipe is great because it has two highly beneficial organic ingredients and no fillers. Coconut oil is incredible for your hair, as it hydrates your locks and adds a nice shine to them. Not to mention, it also fights infection. As for the lemongrass essential oil, this is one of the top six essential oils with anti-inflammatory benefits. It also is great if you are struggling with hair loss or oily hair, as it actually helps to strengthen hair follicles

Shea Butter Organic Shampoo Recipe

This is one that is slightly more in depth. Here, you will need the liquid Castile soap again on 200 ml, 15 ml of organic shea butter, 8 to 10 drops of lavender oil, 1 or 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and 50 ml of distilled water. First, you will need to melt the shea butter. This is best done by placing it over boiling water then letting it cool down to room temperature. While that is melting, you can mix the water in with the baking soda to make a solution. Pour the solution into the liquid Castile soap and stir for a few seconds. Try to avoid too much foaming. Add the melted shea butter and the lavender essential oil into the bowl and mix everything together. 

This recipe is great because it can restore natural moisture to very dry and damaged hair. The lavender oil is a natural anti-fungal and antiseptic, as well as soothes the skin of your scalp. If you struggle from dry hair and scalp, lavender is the way to go.  

Apple Cider Vinegar Natural Shampoo Recipe

Apple cider vinegar has a wide range of uses, from being a topical treatment to being a great base for a tonic. Now, here is one that even I didn't think of: Apple cider vinegar shampoo. This might sound weird and not the best idea, but just hear me out. For this recipe, you will need 4 tablespoons of liquid Castile soap, 2 teaspoons of organic vegetable oil, 4 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar (ACV), 4 tablespoons of coconut flakes, 4 tablespoons of fresh thyme, 4 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, and 2 cups of water. First, you will need to bring your water to a boil. Once it is there, add your coconut flakes, thyme, and rosemary. Be sure to stir it well and boil again for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and add the liquid Castile soap to it. Then, add the vegetable oil and ACV to everything and mix it well. 

As for this shampoo, you can use it if you struggle with dandruff. The apple cider vinegar is great because it can remove any buildup from other hair products you use, such as hairspray or gels. Rosemary and thyme can help promote and stimulate hair growth. And of course, the coconut helps to give your hair moisture and a healthy shine.

Beneficial Ingredients to Use

There are so many great ingredients that you can use in your DIY shampoo. Honestly, you can just mix and match your own choice of ingredients, as long as the base of the shampoo stays the same. While there are so many herbal extracts, fresh herbs, essential oils, and butters you can choose from, here is a list of the best. These are the ingredients that are most commonly found in organic shampoos that you can also find in the store for your own use. 

  • Aloe Vera- Hydrates, heals and soothes.
  • Argan Oil- Promotes hair growth and moisturizes.
  • Coconut Oil- Hydrates and adds shine. It can also fight infection.
  • Tea Tree Oil- Gets rid of dead skin cells. It also acts as an antiseptic, as well as stimulates healthy hair growth.
  • Rosemary- Cleans out dead skin from the scalp and stimulates circulation.
  • Jojoba Oil- Imitates the body’s own natural oil to slow excess production. Also cuts grease.
  • Lavender- Antiseptic, anti-fungal. Also heals and calms the skin.
  • Keratin- Smooths the rough cuticles of hair shafts.
  • Panthenol or Vitamin B5- Helps bind moisture to the hair and makes it look and feel thicker.

Many of these ingredients can be easily found in any grocery store and are pretty inexpensive. Whether you have a recipe you are following or are just making it up as you go, these ingredients are sure to make your shampoo absolutely awesome!

Why Use Organic Shampoo?

In general, the organic shampoo benefits mostly revolve around actually providing quality care to your head and hair. This can include promoting new hair growth by naturally stimulating the hair follicles. There are certain organic shampoos that are made for people struggling with hair loss and thinning hair. Biotin and DHT blockers are great at helping with hair loss. However, there are no ingredients that can prevent hair from falling out, only ones to promote new hair growth. 

Another great benefit that organic shampoos have is that they use essential oils in many of their products. These, along with minerals and herbal extracts, can truly help your hair to retain moisture. While many regular shampoos will say that their product will replenish your hair's moisture, many of the ingredients can actually dry out your hair much more quickly. By using natural essential oils and other various extracts, your hair can really retain that moisture. 

For those who are environmentally friendly or conscious, organic shampoo is a no brainer. By using those natural and organic ingredients, you avoid sending those chemicals in regular shampoos into the waste water. Plus, many organic shampoos are also biodegradable. What makes shampoo biodegradable? Well, the fact that they all contain natural ingredients and that those natural ingredients are in a form that can degrade quickly and effortlessly. 

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Why Make Your Own Organic Shampoo?

The world of organic products is vast and complicated. While there are standards and regulations concerning organic food, the same does not go for body care products. The regulations for making an organic shampoo or body wash are much less than for food items. For this reason, many manufacturers can put "Organic" on their product and all it means is at least 30% of the ingredients are actually organic. Now this does not go for all manufacturers, but there are a good number that do this. 

So how can you be sure that what you are using is truly organic? Either do your research on the brand and go with your gut, or simply make it yourself. By going out and buying the ingredients yourself, you are ensuring that there is nothing bad in your product. You are getting the ingredients, you are mixing them together, and you are doing all the work instead of a company doing it and slapping a label on it. Also, while there are many shampoos that cater to specific types of hair, everyone is different and there are some people who have really weird hair situations. For this reason, you can pick and choose the ingredients you want or need for your specific hair type or issue. You can make the perfect combination that solves all of your problems instead of settling for a shampoo made only for dandruff or only for damaged hair, etc. 

Final Thoughts:

Unfortunately, money runs mostly everything there is. Do not feel bad if your budget does not allow for you to splurge on nice, organic shampoo all of the time. There is a far more cheaper and better way of caring for your hair. Making your own shampoo, while it may sound like the hippie-est thing to do, is actually a smart idea. Not just for your wallet, but for your body as well. Plus, it allows for you to use your own creativity and make the perfect shampoo that will cater to your specific needs. Plus, it may be a fun activity for you to do with your kids or even friends if they are interested in DIY stuff as well. 

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Ultimately, making your own organic shampoo is a great idea. Whether you find a recipe you like here, or you make up your own, you can be sure that your hair is going to get the best clean ever. If you want to read up on anything else in relation to staying green or organic living, check out the rest that Green and Growing has to offer!

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Hey, I'm Pat. I am a Millersville grad with a Bachelors of Arts in English. I love to write, play video games, watch movies and TV, basically be a total nerd whenever I can. Green and Growing is important to me because it allows me to help others be as green and eco-friendly as possible. With Climate Change being what it is, it is even more important for people to get educated about their environment. This website allows me to do my part in that. Also, I'm a huge goof who tries to add some humor into anything I write. Stay Excellent out there!

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