20 December, 2013


Every time I've tried a homemade or store-bought natural shampoo it's done the same thing to my hair: it leaves it tough, stringy, squeaky, and so tangly. Not to mention it doesn't lather.

For a long while now I've been shampoo hopping while on the hunt for an affordable, healthy shampoo recipe, free from sodium laurel sulphate (in the exact same form, it's used to degrease car engines!), drying detergents, and carcinogenic parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl). I also don't like to wash my hair more than 2-3 times a week, so I wanted something gentle but effective, so I could continue this.

I have found it.

I've been using this for about a month, and I waited to share the recipe because I wanted to give an honest review. 
For my soft hair this shampoo is the perfect medium-- it doesn't leave it silky soft yet it is far from tough and tangly.  It foams and works up a nice lather, and is pretty liquid so a small bit goes a long way (I use about a teaspoon or two each time I shower). I can run my hands through my hair, it smells great, and I don't need a conditioner.* It also gives me nice natural volume, which has always been tough for my fine, pin-straight hair.  

*The first week in I was conditioning with a few tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar, but didn't notice a huge difference. Currently I am just using this super-hydrating shampoo.

I appreciate this recipe because it is easy, and motherhood calls for time management. I simply don't have time to run to the fridge for my shampoo before I take a shower, and I most certainly don't have time to whip up a batch before I hop in.

a grainy shot of Katharina sporting a nice lather.

Here is how I made it exactly, only doubled to fill the bottles I bought:

Natural Homemade Shampoo from Wellness Mama

1/4 cup coconut milk (get it from a carton if possible, to avoid BPA. Ours was in a pouch)

1/3 cup liquid castile soap (I used this)
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
20 drops essential oil of choice (I used lavender

1/2 teaspoon olive or almond oil (this can be omitted if you have oily hair)

Combine all ingredients in a bottle or jar of some kind (I bought pump bottles). Shake to combine.

Give it a quick shake each time before using, as the oils sink to the bottom. This can also be used as a shaving cream!

Keeps in shower for one month. (This is not tear-free, so be careful with little ones. Mine are getting good at looking for helicopters on the ceiling).


  1. Oh! I'm excited about this. Our Nature's Gate shampoo is almost gone. How much do you think you spent on a batch of this? Will it last you the whole month?