Dec 29, 2010

Homemade Shampoo

It's not really all that crazy when you think about it. Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of a bottle of shampoo? If I can't pronounce it or have any inkling what part of God's creation it came from, then I have a hard time putting it on my head, the house for my brain. Do I make everything homemade? Uh...(hahahaha!) But because, for years, I scoured the countryside (granted, an exaggeration) looking for hair care products for my children that did not contain cancer-causing parabens (among other awful ingredients), and when I didn't have just a whole lot of luck, I finally came to the realization that it can't be that hard to make myself. And, oh yeah, it helps to read a really great blog called Passionate Homemaking, written by a really clever au naturel gal who tries these things out and then vouches for them. 

My entire family started using this homemade shampoo back around March and, after all this time, I can safely and confidently say that it is good stuff. It lathers. It cleans well. It rinses out easily and beautifully! It saves us money. It doesn't cause me to fret over what chemicals are being absorbed into my beloved family members' largest organ--their skin! And I can't foresee us ever going back to the bottled kind.

So here's how it's done.

You'll need:

3/4 Tablespoon tea tree essential oil and Vitamin E essential oil (a combined 3/4 Tablespoon, that is)
1/4 cup water

I just funnel all the necessary ingredients into a spray bottle. (This shampoo must be sprayed on, as it's very liquidy--nothing like traditional shampoos.) You'll need a decent spray bottle. And voila! That's all there is to it.

Using the baby mild soap means you can use it "across the board" at your house (from Daddy to baby), but it's also unscented, which is a good thing since the tea tree oil is pretty strong all by itself. I actually like the invigorating effect the scent has on me, especially since, on any given morning, I'm the bleary-eyed mama trying to face a day of cleaning and corralling after not much sleep. Ahem... It helps me wake up a bit.  ;)

Originally posted at The Davidson Den, today's post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.


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  1. Oh, this makes me really happy. :) I've been wanting to make my own shampoo for awhile now but was discouraged by the thought of researching tons of recipes and then trying them out (unsuccessfully). I have used straight Dr. Bronner's in the past, but my hair became greasy after a few months. I bet the ACV addition will do the trick! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

  2. Hey, Lori! Looks cool! Just so you know, Arbonne makes some great shampoo, free of parabens and other yucky things. All botanically based.

  3. Lori, Thanks for posting this recipe!! I made it today and used it on my son tonight.. So excited! Just a quick question though. Can you add any essential oil to it? Just curious for the smell factor! Thanks so much



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