Make Your Own Liquid Shampoo

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Quite awhile ago I was going with No ‘Poo. It was going great, but I started to get lazy and didn’t like mixing up the baking soda every couple of showers. (I know, terrible. All it takes is a sprinkle and a shake.) So I started just using my handcrafted soap. I really liked it. It was simple and easy and I used Apple Cider Vinegar to help it shine and smooth out.

Then I got pregnant. Those hormones can really mess up your body chemistry. My hair was getting oily by the end of the day. And that just ticked me off. I needed to get something to straighten this mess out. So I went with commercial shampoo and conditioner. I tried to make sure it was free of the really bad stuff, like parabens and sulfites. And it worked pretty decently.

The one thing that I noticed when I went back to commercial shampoo is that my hair would fall out. Only a few strands each wash, but still I didn’t like it. I remembered when I was using the No ‘Poo method I didn’t have that problem. My hair was thicker and didn’t break or fall out when I washed it. It was time to go back to a more natural approach.

I knew the baking soda was going to dry out my hair again and I wanted to do something other than just soap so I needed a new solution. I researched a few DIY shampoo recipes and found a combination that works! So far I have enjoyed it. It cleans my hair really well and doesn’t dry it out. Some of the homemade shampoos are too oily for me but this combination works. Once I remember to buy ACV when I’m at the store I will add that to my shower routine to add a little extra shine.

Make Your Own Liquid Shampoo



  1. Simply mix the ingredients into a bottle or jar that you can use in the shower. (I reused a plastic shampoo bottle from my last store-bought shampoo.) You will need to shake it before each use since the ingredients will separate. Use about as much as you would of a commercial shampoo. If desired follow up with a diluted mix of ACV for extra shine (about a 1:3 ration of ACV to water).


You can use any combination of essential oils that you like. However, here are some ideas on what essential oils to use in your shampoo if you have specific needs:

For a delicious scent:

Lavender, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Lemon

Dry Hair:

Geranium, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rosemary

Oily Hair:

Basil, Cypress, Thyme, Lemon, Rosemary

Growth (stimulate):

Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Hair Loss:

Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Wintergreen, Lemon

There’s really no end to the combinations you can make to create your own liquid shampoo. Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Make Your Own Liquid Shampoo

    1. Fractionated coconut oil stays in a liquid form as opposed to regular coconut oil that solidifies in cooler temps. It’s better as a carrier oil. I usually get mine through doTERRA. But I believe you can find it at health food stores that would carry other oils.

      1. I will look into it… I can TOTALLY relate. No ‘poo worked for a while for me, but as my “old lady hormones” started mucking stuff up, literally! Now I have oily roots, dry breaking ends, and hair falling our in scary proportions! :/

  1. How long is this ‘shelf stable’? Doesn’t the coconut milk go bad being left out? Im pretty sure I’d leave out the coconut oil if using coconut milk and jojoba oil. Just using coconut milk and aloe to wash my hair leaves it super greasy.

    1. I found that the coconut milk stays fine for a few days left out. The recipe doesn’t make a very big batch so we go through it fairly quickly. You could always store half in the refrigerator as you use the rest to keep it fresh. And yeah, this could leave your hair greasy if you tend to have oily hair. I used this for a time and it seemed to do ok, but after a while left my hair too greasy so I switched to a shampoo bar. I recommend this recipe for someone with dry or coarse hair.

    1. It cannot. Shampoo bars are a completely different process. Look up my hot process soap method and you can use that recipe for a shampoo bar!

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