In the interest of reducing chemical load on the body and creating customizable products, today let’s make our own shampoo or NO poo. Below are two different recipes to try. Some people find the baking soda version drying, so I found and modified another recipe that I hope you love just as much as I do! The second recipe does have ingredients not everyone may have on hand, so you may need to run to the store before starting! I only recently started using it – but already I am pretty sure I may never buy shampoo again! Choose one and let’s get started:
What you’ll need:
- 1 c water*
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp aloe gel
- 1 tbsp honey
- up to 20 drops essential oil (see recipe ideas below)
*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge. Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.
- 1/2 cup Castile Soap
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp Jojoba
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
- 30-40 drops essential oils (see recipe ideas below)
What you’ll do:
Dissolve baking soda into water. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.
Combine all ingredients in a container. Shake well to combine. You’ll need to shake well each time. I have left this out in the shower for two weeks with no issues. However, for longer term storage you may want to store the bulk of it in the fridge and remove small amount to use.
Essential Oil blends to try:
- For thinning hair use Cedarwood or Rosemary
- To help with greasy hair try Lemon or Grapefruit
- For sweet smelling shampoo use a combination of Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli or Jasmine or Rose
- For a manly scented shampoo use Cedarwood, Sandalwood or Spruce
Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!
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