How to Make Organic Shampoo from Scratch

SPA cosmetics
  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-150
What You'll Need
Water, distilled
Lavender flowers, dried
Lavender essential oil
Rosemary, dried
Nettle, dried
Chamomile flowers, dried
Mixing bowl
Jojoba oil
Castile soap
Clean plastic squeeze bottle
Plastic wrap
Wooden spoon

Organic shampoo is a great all-natural product that can really add life to your hair, as well as rejuvenate it if it's damaged. When you go to a department or health food store, you will see many brands of organic shampoo, each with their own special properties. One thing that these organic shampoos have in common is the price. They all are pretty expensive and you never get very much in a bottle. Many of us never even think about making our own shampoo perhaps because we feel it takes many special supplies. It may surprise you that making organic shampoo is actually really easy to do and is not very expensive. The article below will show you how to make a basic organic shampoo.

Step 1 – Scented Water

In order to make organic shampoo, you need to first create the base, which is scented water. Measure 1 ½-cups of distilled water and pour it in a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the burner to high and wait for the water to come to a boil. When it does, remove the saucepan from the heat. To the hot water, add your fragrances and herbs.

Measure one tablespoon each of the dried rosemary, nettle and dried lavender flowers. Also, add two tablespoons of the dried chamomile flowers. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and cover the saucepan with plastic wrap. You want to create a tight seal, which the pan’s lid will not give you. Allow the herbs and flowers to steep for at least 30-minutes. The longer it steeps the stronger the scent will be. You can use any combination of herbs and flowers to get the scent that you like. After the time is up, strain the liquid into a clean bowl and discard the flowers and herbs.

Step 2 – Oils

The oil you add to the shampoo helps to give shine to your hair and protect your scalp. To the water, add in 1 teaspoon of the jojoba oil and 1/2 a teaspoon of the essential lavender oil. Use a whisk and stir the mixture until well combined.

Step 3 – Binding Agent

In order for water and oil to bind to each other, they need an emulsifier. The Castile soap is this binding agent. Measure out ½-cup of the soap and add it to the mixture. Use the whisk and stir the mixture until combined and smooth.

Step 4 – Storage

Once the shampoo cools off, it thickens, making it difficult to pour, so you want the liquid to remain warm. Place the funnel in the top of the squeeze bottle and pour the shampoo into it. Let it cool completely before capping it. Store the organic shampoo in a dark cupboard or refrigerator to prolong its life. Organic shampoo can go bad with age and it generally has a shelf life of around two weeks to a month.