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Rosemary Castile Shampoo Recipe

Updated on January 2, 2013

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Natural castile soap rosemary shampoo is a good option for people who want to have more control over the ingredients in their beauty products.
Natural castile soap rosemary shampoo is a good option for people who want to have more control over the ingredients in their beauty products. | Source

Rosemary Castile Shampoo Recipe - Make Your Own Shampoo

Do you want to start having control over the ingredients in your beauty products? An excellent option is to make them yourself. One thing I like to do is make rosemary castile shampoo. I've included a few methods so you can choose the one that makes the most sense for you.

Why castile soap?

So, why would you want to use castile soap as the main ingredient of this shampoo recipe? Well, this kind of soap is made purely from plant oils such as olive oil. These oils are turned into soap using lye. Basically, castile soap is the purest, most natural kind of soap that you can get.

Why use rosemary?

Rosemary is an ingredient that is especially good for the hair. For people with dark hair, it can help it shine. However, from a medicinal standpoint, rosemary stimulates the scalp and can also help with dandruff.

What's wrong with store bought shampoo?

Store bought shampoo can use a lot of chemicals, so it is important to be diligent. People often decide to make their own shampoos so that they can have complete control.

One of the biggest problems with store bought shampoo is the sodium laureth sulfate. I know that my scalp is quite sensitive to it so I always look for shampoos that either have a low amount of SLS or that are free of it entirely.

Do homemade shampoos lather?

I am going to be honest. They only seem to lather up a little bit, or not at all, depending on the type of water you have (hard or soft). You have a greater chance of creating a lather with soft water.

I don't know how I feel about this. On the one hand, I love a good lather. On the other, I don't like how SLS pretty much gives me dandruff. I think I would rather have a healthy scalp!

A disclaimer - Please be sure to consult with a doctor before using essential oils. For example, rosemary shouldn't be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Also, look up each essential oil individually to get a feel for the uses and side effects before you make a choice to use it.

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Making Rosemary Castile Soap Shampoo - Ingredients You'll Need

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap - Baby Unscented 32oz.
Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap - Baby Unscented 32oz.

Dr Bronner is my favorite Castile soap brand. It's super gentle and the company has been around for a long time.


Method for Making Rosemary Castile Soap Shampoo

Before we get started, I really don't recommend actually making your own soap from scratch. It is very difficult and tricky to work with lye. However, if you are an experienced soap maker the option to do that is always open to you.

Also, I realize that it can be difficult to actually find castile soap and rosemary essential oil in the stores near you. So, I went on Amazon for you and selected some really good products that you can buy.

Easy Homemade Rosemary Shampoo Recipe

This is the easiest method because you only need two ingredients - liquid castile soap and essential oil. It works great, too.


8 ounces unscented liquid castile soap

10 drops rosemary essential oil

clean, sterilized bottle


Place castile soap in the bottle. Add rosemary essential oil. Cover and shake vigorously. Let set a few hours before use. Shampoo as usual.

Note - you can do this recipe with any essential oil that you want - but I love rosemary the best. You can also add 9 drops of rosemary essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint. I love the extra energy the peppermint EO gives to the scalp.

If you can't find liquid castile soap - make your own!

Note the weight of the bar of castile soap. The ratio for turning a bar into liquid is 1:4. That means that you take the weight of the soap and multiply it by four. That's how much water you'll want. So, the bar that I showed you from Amazon weighs 4 ounces. You'll need 16 ounces of water. Use a liquid measuring cup.

Now, grate the bar and place it in a large zip lock bag. Add water. Let the whole thing sit until the soap is dissolved. Use 8 ounces for the recipe, above. You can mix the rest with any essential oil you wish and use has a hand soap or dish soap. I love lavender and rose for the hands and grapefruit or lavender for a dish soap.

Note -I just found a really good video, and it offers a fun variation of what I just told you to do.

How to Make Homemade Shampoo - Castile Shampoo

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      I wonder if it has a different word in Spanish? It's really just saponified oil. There may be a similar product in Peru under a different name. I am so glad you found my information helpful! Let me know how it works out for you. I can't believe how many products have that SLS in it - even things that are supposed to be natural! Shampoos that don't have it are very hard to find. Making my own is a worthy alternative. :-)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is very useful. I've also had trouble with commercial shampoo--it gives me itchy scalp. I've been buying fairly expensive brands that I have shipped from the States, but now I'm going to try this. I did grate a bar of soap once and tried to make liquid soap but failed miserable. It was a big, thick glop. Your method with the ziplock bag sounds doable. I think I'll be able to manage it. I don't think we have castile soap here in Peru but now that we're near the capitol, I'll look for it again. Thank you!