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Organic Shampoo Recipes

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Organic shampoo recipes are fun to make and save you money, too.

Organic shampoos are expensive and, while they are more environmentally responsible than regular shampoo, there is an awful lot of processing and packaging that goes into it.

Your skin is your largest organ and the first line of defense against toxins. By using organic shampoos and soaps your hair and skin will be healthier and your body will, too. To ensure that your shampoo is completely organic read to be sure that everything that goes into it is certified organic.

Organic Highlighting Shampoo

  • 2 cups strong, hot chamomile tea
  • 3 tablespoons grated castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 5 drops of tangerine (or your favorite) essential oil

Make the tea by placing the chamomile flowers in a bowl and covering with boiling water. Steep the tea for fifteen minutes and then strain. Now, place the soap in a bowl. Pour the hot tea over it and let stand a few minutes.

Using a balloon whisk beat in the glycerin and the essential oil. Place in a bottle and keep in a cool, dark place.

  • For Brunettes replace the chamomile with rosemary or sage.
  • For Redheads replace the chamomile with calendula to bring out the highlights.
  • For Gray hair use Betony to take the yellow out.

Egg Protein Shampoo for Damaged Hair

The protein in egg is very good for damaged hair.

Some organic eggs can have a strong odor. If you find that the eggs that you are using smell too "eggy" then you can use a few drops of essential oil to mask the scent. Be sure to store any leftover shampoo in the refrigerator and use the next day.

Always use tepid water when using egg in your hair or you will find yourself combing out globs of scrambled egg.

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of castile soap
  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 5 drops of essential oil

Blend all the ingredients in a blender at high speed until smooth.

Shampoo for Dry Hair

This is great for when your hair has a midlife crisis. You know; it begins to break off, is dry, and hard to deal with. The coconut milk and rosewater add precious moisture to the hair and they just smell really good together.

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • ¼ cup unsprayed rose petals
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
  • 3 drops rose otto essential oil

Steep the rose petals for a half hour and then strain. Blend in the remaining ingredients.

Homemade shampoos do not lather in the same way that commercial shampoo does. You don't need to use more, the organic, homemade shampoo will get your hair just as clean as the kinds that make mountains of lather. It will also rinse out much more easily without leaving residue.

  • Use distilled water rather than tap water. This way you won't be adding chemicals into your organic ingredients.
  • Allow the shampoo to permeate the hair shaft for about three minutes before rinsing off.
  • Always rinse with warm water. Hot water can lead to more hair damage.
  • Keep the shampoo sealed.
  • Always keep it in a cool, dark place, unless the recipe states otherwise.

Experiment with these basic recipes adding different essential oils and ingredients until you get exactly the scent that you love and a shampoo that works just right for your hair.


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    • hamadaalloq profile image


      6 years ago

      thank you for these valuable information

    • mysisters profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Hub. I love Organic anything! Shampoo Organic recipes is right up my alley. Thank you for this article. I am going to have to try some of these recipes!

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this page. I was directed to this recipe section from her previous page.

      I like the idea of simplicity in a hair product , with no PPD, cocamide MEA &/or DEA, parabens formaldehydes and the rest of the chemicals so often found in so called organic commercial products.

      thank you for such a refreshing read.

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      7 years ago

      i have been researching ways of washing my hair without the chemical over the counter shampoos for a little while now and i thank you very much for this wonderful hub ill be trying out a few of these. and telling everyone about my results as someone who dreams of being a hair dresser and will be spending the rest of my working days telling people how to take care of their hair id at least like to be able to tell them the right way of doing it instead of doing a lot more damage to their hair and body by using the over the counter chemical brads. i also hear that aloe vera is a really good replacement shampoo. just use aloe vera gel as you would a shampoo and it does wonders apparently (have yet to try it but i will be doing so very soon) aloe vera would be very soothing for irritated scalps and ale vera gel contain coconut oil which makes for a very good conditioner as well

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      7 years ago

      Hi Rachael

      Check out the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Range. The shampoos in this range seem not to contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

      These shampoos have been discontinued, but you might be able to find some old stock somewhere.

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      7 years ago

      .. great info... tnx.. it help a lot=))))

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      7 years ago

      Has anyone ever tried the organic shampoo listed on this website??? There are absolutely no feedbacks on it whatsoever. I've been looking at organic shampoo lines, and they still use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (recent research says it increases the chance of breast cancer in women)! Organic products only have to be 70% organic to be certified "organic," and companies are willing to merely put their not-100%-organic product out there in our markets! How can we rely on this? Their main ingredient is still Sodium Lauryl Sulfate! I dont trust these "organic" product lines, and I've been at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fresh N' Easy... these past few weeks trying to find the perfect shampoo (or even a great recipe to use), but I have yet found one. One of the ingredients I found online was one using 1/4 water and 1/4 grated or liquid castile soap with 1/2 tsp of sunflower or safflower oil. This did not work well with my hair, because it left my hair super dry. It was not soft, and it made me want to go back to my chemically-enriched (and damaging) shampoos and conditioners. Ugh. If this shampoo recipe that is given in this website is worth a shot, I'm willing to completely change my life around to this recipe. If ANYONE has tried this recipe (even those that have left feedbacks previously), please let me know. I am desperate to find one that is perfect for my hair. THANK YOU.

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      8 years ago


      great idea,i might try it myself

    • ceholmes profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago

      this is great info!

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      8 years ago

      I just want to point out, that "Alley" is just some person trying to push this product, ive seen this exact comment on different sites under different names.

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      8 years ago

      Is there a great receipe for a shampoo that gives body to your hair.

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      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hello Mary. Wow interesting. I know of many professional lines that work wonderful organic OK I like the idea. If one has the time and the funds why not? Since I am a hairstylist I do not know if I would get into this but never say never. Nice Hub Mary. Blessings to you. Come over and visit sometime. Hugs Cute Picture above!

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      9 years ago

      I've had oily hair since I was in Middle School/Junior High. For 20+ years, I used the same over-the-counter oily hair formula shampoo. Then, about 2 years ago, I tried using a variety of regular shampoos, but my hair would get oily and stringy by the end of the day. I had to wash my hair every day.

      Then, my hair-stylist suggested the Tea + Protein Shampoo from the Made from Earth line. I was hesitant at first because I didnt think organic shampoos were anything special, but I decided to try it.

      It took a few tries, but now I only have to wash my hair every other day! Hooray! Its a thick shampoos so it doesnt run through my fingers and down the drain before I can even get it onto my hair!

      I saw a HUGE improvement on my oily hair - highly recommended if you are trying to have normal hair. To avoid overdrying, I use their conditioner also.

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      Miss J 

      9 years ago

      I received a gift package of Made from Earth (organic skincare) products for xmas......In the package was a "Peppermint Herbal Conditioner".

      I have color treated hair that is washed daily......after using the Tea Tree shampoo and the Peppermint Conditioner conditioner today, I was so amazed on how my hair looked and felt.....My hair was shiny, smelled good and the conditioner made my hair a breeze to comb thru...the conditioner was not heavy and weigh my hair down.....

      My husband noticed the difference right away.....I am very pleased with the Made from Earth bath products and will continue to use them.....My hair looks great and feels healthy.......

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      maria mills 

      9 years ago

      I tried the Made from Earth Tea and Protein Shampoo, and it DOES NOT have a very strong fragrance which I like – because it doesn’t have any synthetic perfumes. Everything your smelling is from organic raw ingredients. I happen to like it a lot. Its definitely a higher price range than I am used to but I have found it to be worth the extra money. I have chin length, dry, color-treated hair and this keeps my hair moisturized and shiny. I'm also happy to note that it leaves my hair feeling silky and not frizzy like it usually is. Highly recommended for healthy women…

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      paula mills 

      9 years ago

      I accidently went to the Made from Earth skin care website when looking for something for my research paper, and it was one of the best accidents i ever had. I tried their Organic Tea & Protein Shampoo and loved it….It has a great scent and is gentle on my scalp. Compared to the $30-40i I used to spend on organic shampoo this is an even match at a cheaper price. Best for use to make your hair fuller and fresher….

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      Moon Daisy 

      9 years ago from London

      Great hub. I'd love to try making my own shampoo. Maybe I'll give it a try, thanks for the ideas!

    • LouiseKnittel profile image


      9 years ago from Ohio

      Very nice Hub I was just thinking the other day about home made shamppos!


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