Easy, Basic Shampoo Recipe
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On my journey to use natural products, I've made my own shampoo.  I like making my own shampoo recipe because I can customize it with different ingredients based on my needs.  This is just a basic recipe.  Feel free to use essential oils or different carrier oils to meet your needs.  I've made this with homemade castile soap and storebought castile soap.  Both work well, but the homemade version tends to separate.  Just give it a good shake before you use it to combine the ingredients.  This recipe won't lather like commercial shampoos, so it took me a few times to get used to it.

Easy, Basic Shampoo Recipe

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Easy, Basic Shampoo Recipe

When you make your own easy shampoo recipe, you won't have any fillers or artificial ingredients.  This recipe is just the base for your shampoo.  You can add other ingredients to customize your recipe.

What You Need


1.  Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a lid.
2.  Homemade shampoo will separate, so shake before using.
3.  Use a dime-sized amount on your hair to wash as usual. Use more for very long or thick hair.


  • For a refreshing shampoo, add 5-10 drops each of peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil.
  • For dry hair, decrease oil to 1/4 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon glycerin. Glycerin will pull moisture from the air to your hair all day, which also helps nourish hair.
  • If you have dandruff, add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, six ground cloves, and 3 tablespoons of apple juice. Blend ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth.
  • Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil to make any scent. Add one drop at a time until you get the scent you want.

Homemade detergent shampoos will not lather as much as commercial shampoos because you do not add a sudsing agent like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Although SLS does add bubbles to your shampoo, it can also cause skin irritation if it is not rinsed well. SLS can break down the cell membrane and enter the body, and it has been known to cause depression, diarrhea, and labored breathing in animal studies. It isn't known if SLS has the same effects on humans, but just to be careful, I make homemade shampoo recipe for my hair.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.