DIY Organic Rosemary & Coconut Shampoo - Everyday Essentials

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DIY Organic Rosemary & Coconut Shampoo

I’m slowly trying to convert to a more natural lifestyle.  There are so many homemade shampoo recipes!  Creating shampoo for my boys was easy, shampoo for myself was a bit more challenging (my hair is pretty long).  After using this homemade shampoo this last month I’m sold!  Keep reading to see how to make shampoo for the whole family!

Rosemary Shampoo

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. Add everything to your bottle.
  3. Secure the lid and shake well!
  4. Massage onto damp hair and rinse.


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21 thoughts on “DIY Organic Rosemary & Coconut Shampoo”

  • As mentioned you need 30 drops of Rosemary for DIY Shampoo. Can I put 30 drops into my shampoo and conditioner (4 oz)?

    1. You are correct, 30 drops of Rosemary in 4 oz of shampoo would ideal (it’s about a 1% dilution). You won’t want to use a higher dilution as you’ll be using it on a regular basis.

  • I’m so thankful for plant therapy’s DIYs. I needed this! I’m dealing with postpartum hair loss, and want to be using rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

  • I want to make this! I have polysorbate 80 but not 20, is that going to work? If so, how much do you recommend i add of it?

    1. As aromatherapists, we are not formally trained in emulsifiers so we cannot say for 100% certainty. However, whatever product you buy should have its own directions of use that may be able to help you out 🙂

      1. Hi! Im making a shampoo with 8oz of water and 3 oz of castille soap, how much of the preservative and emulsifier would I use? 2oz or ?

  • Can I make this shampoo without Optiphen Plus or Polysorbate 20? I have no idea what they are or where to find them.

    1. The optiphen plus is a preservative, and recommended with products that have water/water byproducts(hydrosol). The polysorbate is an emulsifier and will help to mix water base with oil base. If you leave out the hydrosol, you should be fine without those products. Otherwise, you can do an online search to see where these products may be sold near you. Or you can try Amazon 🙂

  • Hi, I thought Rosemary Essential Oil was not kidsafe? Is this only for adults, or can it be used on children as well? Thanks!

    1. Brandon these are fluid ounces. I like to use a glass measuring cup as it shows cups and ounces.

        1. Diane, this would be hard to measure in a glass measuring cup. It would probably be best to use a scale. 0.1 ounce is roughly 2 teaspoons.

    1. I don’t have the polysorbate 20, so I left it out of the recipe and it seems to work fine. I just make sure to shake well before use. I love this shampoo! I used lavender hydrosol (didn’t have the rosemary) and peppermint castile soap. I ended up with a lovely lavender, peppermint, rosemary aroma and it feels great on my scalp.

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