How To Make Natural Homemade Shampoo

I’ve recently started making natural alternatives for a few beauty and household products as a way to help minimise the toxin-load on my body (and I’ve found by doing this, it’s been cheaper in the long haul and are super easy to make!), but homemade shampoo has been one of the most recent “gold nugget” findings of mine.

In the past I tried doing the “poo-free” method (I just loved this name, I thought it was hilarious when I first heard it), which involved using baking soda as a wash, and apple cider vinegar as a rinse. Now this method does work on some, but it just didn’t work for me (and I have the photos to prove it). If you have coarse hair that isn’t naturally oily, then this may work for you.

I also tried pre-made shampoo soap bars which didn’t work either as they left my hair looking oily and left a clay-type residue in my hair (no matter how hard I scrubbed it out).

Finally, after looking and looking, I found a homemade natural shampoo recipe that I’m happy with, and that doesn’t leave my hair looking oily! (I found this recipe from Wellness Mama, and have to say it’s the best one I’ve tried!)

Natural Shampoo Recipe


  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (if the canned version doesn’t work for you, other’s have found success using homemade coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 20 drops of essential oils of your choosing (I love peppermint and lavender, but rosemary and orange are another great combo)
  • For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp almond or olive oil (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a jar or old shampoo bottle (alternatively, pump soap dispensers work great too).
  2. Shake well to mix it all together.
  3. It keeps well in the shower for up to a month. Just ensure you shake well before each use to make sure the ingredients aren’t all separated.
  4. Use about 1 tsp each time you shampoo.

Note: Some people have found that using a mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar as a rinse afterwards can help increase hair shine and get hair cleaner.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and before using any new products we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

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Have you gone “poo-free” before? Have you made your own shampoo before? Share your experience in the comments below! It’s great to hear what worked well for some and learn tips off others.

Vanessa xx


Wells, Katie. (December 8, 2018). How to Make Natural Homemade Shampoo. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from