Toxic Free DIY Mini Series: Herbal Shampoo

This is part 2 of the Toxic Free DIY Mini Series. So far we’ve learned how to make a sugar scrub.

I love making my own products!  I know what is going in them by doing it myself.  Conventional shampoos contain harmful chemicals.  They strip your hair of its own natural oils.  I have even used so called “good” shampoo and it gives me such a dry scalp.  I have made coconut milk shampoo and that has worked great, but I love herbs!  I wanted to make an herbal shampoo.  Now, it doesn’t look pretty but it works.  Both the coconut milk shampoo and this herbal shampoo do not cause dry scalp for me.

I want to give forewarning; shampoos that you make yourself do not lather well.  Just know that they will clean your hair.  I have also heard people complain that their hair is too oily after trying DIY shampoos.  That is because the hair is used to being stripped of its natural oils and it thinks that it needs to keep producing a lot of oil.  It will get used to your new routine.  Be patient.

This recipe was inspired by Life Source

Herbal Shampoo Recipe

  •     1 c. distilled water (ensures there’s no bacteria being added to it)
  •     2 tsp. dried rosemary (find it here)
  •     2 tsp. dried rose petals (find it here)
  •     1/4 c. liquid castile soap (find it here)
  •     3 T. pure aloe vera gel (find it here)
  •     1/8 tsp. jojoba oil (find it here)
  •     35 drops rosemary essential oil (find it here)


  1. Place the rosemary and rose petals in a jar.
  2. Fill the jar with boiling water, place a lid over the jar and let steep for at least 30 minutes or until the liquid is cool.
  3. Strain the herbs and place the liquid in a shampoo bottle or jar of your choosing.
  4. Add the castile soap, aloe vera gel, jojoba oil and essential oil.
  5. Shake well.  Remember to shake the shampoo each time before you use it.

The shampoo should last for several weeks.  If it takes you longer to use it, you might want to consider refrigerating it to prolong its shelf life.  I like to rinse my hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.  I added a few drops of rosemary and lavender essential oil to it also.

It is so much better for yourself and your hair if you make your own shampoo!  The big companies that are making shampoos don’t care that the chemicals they are putting in are toxic to our bodies.  As long as we keep buying it, they will keep making it.  Let’s show them that we don’t want to be toxic!  Make your own!

Stay tuned for next week’s Lotion Bar recipe!

Guest posted by Heather Kallimani by Rockin the Green Life

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'Toxic Free DIY Mini Series: Herbal Shampoo' has 14 comments

  1. April 17, 2013 @ 9:08 pm Becca Acker

    This sounds like it would be really good shampoo, Loriel. I tried a homemade shampoo but it didn’t have all of these ingredients. This one sounds much better. Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble 🙂


  2. April 18, 2013 @ 12:12 am Sherri @ The Well Floured Kitchen

    This looks like a great simple recipe. Is the aloe vera to help thicken it up? I find castille soap is tricky to use since it is so thin. I have been using apple cider vinegar for conditioner, it works great even on long thick curly hair!


    • April 21, 2013 @ 9:05 am Heather Kallimani

      The aloe doesn’t thicken it up much. Aloe Vera is just so good for your skin! I like to use it whenever I can! I use the apple cider vinegar to rinse my hair and have come to like it also!


    • June 25, 2013 @ 4:31 pm Anonymous

      I’m interested in trying that…I assume you need to dilute it? What approximate measurements work well for you?


    • June 30, 2013 @ 11:38 am Heather Kallimani

      The first few times I used ACV to rinse my hair, I didn’t dilute it. It didn’t cause any damage to my hair. I have since starting diluting it a bit to make it last longer. I probably do about 1/2c. ACV to 1/4c. water. With me the rinse acts as a detangler, which I was surprised at!


  3. April 22, 2013 @ 3:27 pm April @ The 21st Century Housewife

    Your shampoo must smell lovely too, with the rosemary and rose petals!


  4. April 25, 2013 @ 2:57 am Hannah White

    Sounds lovely!


  5. May 2, 2013 @ 4:17 pm Sara Grambusch

    Sounds nice. Baking soda and ACV did not work for me so I’m still experimenting.


  6. May 2, 2013 @ 7:30 pm Addison @ ESSIAC

    This recipe of making herbal shampoo look amazing but there is need to take extra care while we are making any herbal products as they seems easy to prepare but sometimes wrong combination of herbs can damage our hairs.Thanks


  7. May 5, 2013 @ 4:21 am Amanda Colo

    I will have to try this for my husband! I No-poo but he might enjoy trying this.


  8. May 5, 2013 @ 1:28 pm Katie M.

    I may have to try this. Every other method I’ve tried never works for my hair 🙁


  9. October 9, 2013 @ 7:20 pm Pam Gurganus

    I’m definitely going to give this a try! I’m so tired of throwing away money on store bought shampoo that just doesn’t do what it advertises to do!


  10. December 13, 2013 @ 10:11 am Laura

    It is simple to make 🙂 and has easy to find ingredients…I have been using the No Poo method for about 2 years by now I haven’t had a problem since then but I really want to start using shampoo again a natural version to be clear this recipe seems great to give it a try…thank you for sharing


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