A few months ago I shared my recipes for homemade beauty products using rosemary essential oil. One of those recipes was for a hot oil treatment for your hair.
After several weeks of using the hot oil treatment, I realized that I wasn’t losing as much hair when I would shampoo. Believing the rosemary had something to do with this, I added several drops to my store bought shampoo.
Beforehand, I would have almost an entire handful of hair to clean out of the shower drain after every shower. After I added the rosemary to my shampoo, I didn’t notice any lost strands in my fingers and hands as I showered (though I still have to pull a few out of the drain every time I clean the shower). When my store bought shampoo ran out, I decided to make my own Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo.
There are a LOT of DIY shampoo recipes out there. I know, because I read dozens of them. Essentially, they all call for the same basic ingredients (coconut milk, castile soap, and essential oils). Some throw in an additional oil (e.g. olive oil, almond oil, or Vitamin E oil).
I tested 4 or 5 of these recipes and wasn’t quite happy with the final outcome. Sometimes the shampoo didn’t have enough scent or didn’t include all of the essential oils I thought were vital to an effective shampoo. In other cases, the proportion of coconut milk to castile soap wasn’t ideal.
Too much coconut milk and you don’t get any suds. Too much castile soap and your hair feels stripped. I played with the ingredients until I found the combination that I liked best.
Coconut milk will go “bad” after a while. I added vitamin E oil to my recipe to help act as a natural preservative.
You can keep the shampoo in the refrigerator to help it last longer, but I keep mine in my shower and haven’t noticed any negative effects.
In addition to the rosemary oil, I also included peppermint because besides pairing great with rosemary, it’s one of the scents that just makes me happy.
I also added a few drops of tea tree oil mostly out of habit from when I worked in an elementary school and was advised to add it to my shampoo to ward off lice, but it is also said to be beneficial for dry scalps and for dandruff so it was an obvious shampoo ingredient choice to me.
NOTE: After your wash your hair with this shampoo, if your hair feels heavy or like it still needs to be rinsed, use a little cider vinegar. It works great!
- 1 16 oz plastic bottle with pump
- 1 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup unscented castile soap
- 1 tsp almond oil
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
- 30 drops rosemary essential oil
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- Combine all ingredients in 16 oz bottle.
- Replace pump/lid and shake well.
- Store in fridge or in cool, dark place.
A couple of weeks ago I shared my recipe for Homemade Lavender Vanilla Bubble Bath and I created some printable labels. Since I used the same bottle for my shampoo (I bought a pack of 6), I went ahead and made some labels for the shampoo too. The labels were made to fit Avery Name Badgecas Labels.
I had a question about what type of coconut milk I used. Here are the exact brands of the products I used for my version: