Monday, May 28, 2012

Guest Post: Tips For Making Your Own Organic Shampoo

The Semi-Organic Mom's Note:  I am pleased to have another post from contributor Ann Dillon!  Here she gives some advice on making your own organic shampoo.  

Many of us nowadays are into using organic shampoo. Some use organic shampoo with the aim to help save the environment, while others want a safer solution for their hair. Whatever our reasons may be, there are many choices out there and so it’s hard to find the right organic shampoo brand.  Perhaps you are tired of trying one brand or another, and you just want to find an organic shampoo that is capable of giving you healthy, glossy hair in addition to the lovely scent.   But did you know that you can make your own organic shampoo?

Using a Castile Base
By combining olive, hemp, and palm oils, you will be able to create a castile soap. Unlike glycerin soap, castile soap is unique because the glycerin is left in the formula, producing soap with higher moisturizing capabilities. You can use either the liquid castile soap or a grated solid castile soap melted into a hot herbal tea as your base. As the melted castile soap mixes to the hot herbal tea liquid, it will then provide the cleansing action that you need for a shampoo. Use one part soap to one part tea to make your shampoo.  Make sure, though, that the castile soap you are buying is labeled organic.

Add Some Herbs
While your organic shampoo is composed of fifty percent castile soap and fifty percent herbal tea, you can add some herbs to it. Choose those you need from a shampoo and make sure you buy only the organic ones. Here are some suggestions for good herbs to add:
  • Rosemary is a good addition for a more refreshing feel because rosemary is a stimulant.
  • With the ability to control oil production, lavender is perfect to add to your organic shampoo to prevent your hair from being too oily.
  • If you want your hair to look and feel light, add chamomile to your organic shampoo because it develops light hair.
  • If you want your hair to look dark, sage is a good choice.
You can also choose herbs to add according to their scent. However, it is also important to know what you can get behind those lovely scents. With the lavender, for example, the smell is wonderful, but it’s counterproductive to use if you have dry hair, as it will dry your hair out.  However, if you have a naturally oily scalp, then this is ideal because it controls the production of oil.
You can use either fresh or dried herbs.   Just make some adjustments on the amounts accordingly. Most of the organic shampoo recipes have specific quantity stated. However, it is ideal to increase the quantity because fresh and dried herbs are not that concentrated. It is sometimes ideal and cost-efficient to use essential oils instead of those fresh and dried herbs because the oil form is highly concentrated with herb properties, and you will only need a small amount for your shampoo to be effective.

Other than herbs, it is also good to add a dash of oil to your homemade organic shampoo. This will aid the need of extra moisture and silkiness of your hair. A few of the known oils you can add to your organic shampoo include:
  • Olive Oil, which brings some weight to your hair because it tend to be heavy
  • Avocado Oil is good for even fine hair because it is light enough
  • Coconut and Jojoba Oil
  • Regular Vegetable Oil
One must note though that if you have fine hair, reduce the oil so your hair will not be greasy. If your hair is fine and if you are using the essential oils instead of fresh or dried herbs, reduce the use of oils or do not add any. Keep in mind too that when using your shampoo, shake it well before using because oil and water do not mix.

Other Additives
Aside from the organic ingredients mentioned above, Rudy Silva, a natural nutritionist suggests the use of organic sulfur to add in your homemade organic shampoo. Make sure to use the MSM or methylsulfonylmethane form though. Organic sulfur is known to help increase the strength of your hair. You can also choose to add vitamin E into your mixture or tea tree oil so your shampoo will have astringent properties. Please note that additives are sensitive to temperatures. Therefore, it is best to add those after your mixture has cooled down making it as your final step.


  1. Hi Amanda,

    This is great! I've been searching the web for some home-made shampoo recipes that offer a bit more than the standard baking soda and vinegar formula.

    I've been meaning to try castile soap for a while but I didn't think of making it myself.

    Thanks for the great tips!


  2. Hi Rob! Glad we had what you were looking for! Ann has great tips:)