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Call me crazy, but did you know you can make your own shampoo and it really isn’t rocket science.
Don’t get me wrong essential oils are great for using in your aromatherapy diffuser and with carrier oils, topically. Let’s face it these oils are in a lot of shampoos that are sold in stores. It’s one of the best ways to use these powerful essential oils.
There are a lot of different ways to make shampoo using essential oils. Down below I’m going to show you some of the best ways to mix your essential oils for homemade shampoo.
First, I am going to quickly explain some essential oils and how they benefit your hair:
- Tea Tree. Helps with hair growth. Helps unclog hair follicles and nourish the roots.
- Rosemary. Thickens your hair. Has been used for balding. Promotes hair growth.
- Lemon. Helps with oily scalp, treating dandruff, scalp acne, and increases hair growth.
- Peppermint. Has been clinically proven to increase hair growth. Also, increase dermal thickness.
- Lavender. Stimulates hair growth, and treats dry scalp.
- Clary Sage. Contributes to hair growth, prevents premature balding, and helps managed curly or frizzy hair.
- Lemongrass. Prevents hair loss by constricting the scalp which will strengthen your hair follicles.
- Juniper. Good for treating oily hair and helps strengthen brittle hair.
- Cedarwood. Improves blood circulation which helps with vigorous hair growth and treats dandruff build up.
- Chamomile. Relieves dry itchy scalp. Also, helps eliminate dandruff, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
- Thyme. Stimulates hair growth and rejuvenates hair follicles.
- Cypress. Stimulates hair growth by increasing blood circulation.
- Sweet Orange. Makes hair shiny and glossy. Helps remove excess oil for your hair and leaves your hair feeling silky and soft.
- Ylang Ylang. Good for dry and itchy scalp because it stimulates sebum production. Also good for moisturizing the scalp and hair.
- Grapefruit. Promotes hair growth. Helps remove chemicals from hairsprays and cremes. Also helps with dandruff and gives your hair more shine.
- Eucalyptus. Strengthen hair strands. Improves hair elasticity, controls oily scalp and stimulates hair follicles.
- Vetiver. Helps prevent balding and gray hair from stress. Help treat lice.
I would highly recommend you click here if you want to read an article on healthy hair growth with essential oils.
Essential Oils Shampoo Recipes
The three recipes down below are shampoos that I have made in the past. Feel free to try them out for yourself.
Homemade Shampoo (Castile, Honey & Coconut)
- 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk (organic)
- 1/4 cup honey (organic)
- 2 tbsp coconut carrier oil (fractionated)
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E oil
- 40 – 60 drops of essential oil
You have a couple options on what to use as a bottle. You can use a squeeze bottle or a plastic pump bottle. Either one is fine whatever way you want to go. If you do decide to go with glass make sure you don’t drop it in the shower, though.
I would use a medium or large mixing bowl to mix all the ingredients and then use a funnel to pour the shampoo into the container.
Essential Oils To Use
This is where you have options. You can use a number of different essential oils. Here are some ideas that you might want to try out:
- 30 drops Lavender + 30 drops Lemon
- 20 drops Peppermint + 20 drops Lavender + 20 Rosemary
- 30 drops Cederwood + 30 drops Rosemary
- 20 drops Clary Sage + 20 drops Orange + Lavender
This recipe should last for quite a while. It should be fine for over a year and you don’t need to refrigerate it.
Homemade Shampoo (Castile soap & filtered water)
- 1/2 cup Castile soap
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 18 drops of Eucalyptus
- 4 drops of Rosemary
For this recipe, you’re going to make sure you have a filter that you can easily install on your faucet. Here is a good option from Waterdrop.
For this recipe, you can use any of the essential oils that you want. Feel free to experiment with them. Just because I have listed eucalyptus and rosemary doesn’t mean you have to use them. Here are some ideas of combinations you can use:
- 16 drops Orange + 8 drops Grapefruit
- 14 drops Lavender + 10 drops Vetiver
- 12 drops Peppermint + 12 drops Ylang Ylang
You can use a flip top bottle for this instead of a pump bottle if you want. However, if you do use a flip bottle it does seem to come out quickly so make sure you don’t dump it all over the shower. Do make sure you shake the bottle for 3-5 seconds before using it.
Homemade Shampoo (Aloe Vera & Olive Oil)
- 12 oz Aloe Vera Gel
- 6 Tbsp olive oil (100% pure)
- 12 Tbsp baking soda
- 40 drops Rosemary
- 20 drops Lemongrass
I like to use the bottle that the aloe vera comes in. It’s a flip top bottle and this kind of shampoo is sort of dense. Again you can do any mixture of essential oils that you want. Just make sure with this recipe that you use 60 drops total. Here are some sample mixtures you can use:
- 40 drops Rosemary + 20 drops Peppermint
- 40 drops Chamomile + 20 drops Vetiver
- 40 drops Lavender + 20 drops Juniper
Do make sure that the essential oils that you are using are pure. Otherwise, you are going to lose out on the therapeutic healing properties.
Lastly, if you’re going to make your own homemade essential oil shampoo you need to use BPA free plastic. You could use glass, but make sure you don’t drop it.
For me, I like to use old bottles of shampoos that have a pump top. It’s a great way to repurpose your plastic bottles.
Also, with plastic bottles make sure you use similar scents. Rather than something drastically different. For instance, if you made one with cedarwood and vetiver which is a woodsy smell. You wouldn’t ever be able to use citrus or floral ones in the same container without getting the smell out completely.
If you’re interested in repurposing your 4 oz essential oil bottles I would recommend this article on cleaning your bottles.
Happy showering and I hope you enjoyed these recipes!
Do you have any questions? Please leave a comment down below.