I had recently bought some homemade soap that my friend had made. I fell in love. My skin feels so much better, much smoother, and just overall healthier. I will be making my own in the future when I am need, but for now I have 5 bars that will last me a little while.
This, however, got me thinking of trying to make my own shampoo and conditioner. I tried the "no poo" thing before, but I couldn't get myself to like it, and now as I am trying to grow my hair out, I knew this just wasn't going to work for me. So I went in search of a "recipe" for homemade shampoo. I came across one that I will be trying first and if I like it, I will stick with it. I am hoping that my hair will become more healthy as I have very dry, flyaway hair that looks awful unless I straighten it or make it go all curly which usually doesn't come out to my liking. So my search for a good all natural shampoo is in the works.
For my first attempt:
Natural Homemade Coconut Shampoo
- 1/4 cup coconut milk. I made this myself. Instructions at the bottom.
- 1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap. I ordered this from The Common Scents, Inc. I found them to be reasonable. I also got a few different essential oils.
- 1/2 teaspoon (or several capsules) of vitamin E oil (optional) I didn't have any so I did not add this.
- 20 drops of essential oils of your choice. I used lavender.
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil or almond oil. I used olive oil as I have dry hair. If you have oily hair, I would omit this.
How to make:
- Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind. I used an old hand soap pump bottle.
- Shake well to mix.
- Keep in shower for up to 1 month.
- Shake before each use.
- Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
With my hair, I definitely need a conditioner, so for the meantime, until I can find a good "recipe", I am going to use the apple cider vinegar as this is an all natural conditioner.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup of water
Lemon essential oil (optional)
Homemade coconut milk
4 cups water
1/5-2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
- Heat water but do not boil. It should be hot, but not scalding.
- Put coconut in blender and add water.
- Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
- Pour through mesh colander first and then cheesecloth. Squeeze all the milk out of the cheesecloth.
I made extra so I could make coconut oil.
So after I see how this works, I may just venture into a homemade face cream. If anyone has a recipe for such, please share.
Peace out!!!! Happy New Year y'all