why make your own shampoo?
it is truly organic-
so much attention is paid to what we ingest into our bodies. so little attention is paid to what we put on our bodies… and the reality is that it matters all the same.
furthermore, we tend to believe quality hair care comes at a price. do you ever compare the labels of mimic drug store brands to their name brand model? chances are the ingredients are mostly the same, if not exactly- masked uninterpretable by confusing chemical compounds or other scientific pseudonyms. consumer shampoos promise to leave hair shiny, stronger and more manageable, and once you find the right one for your hair- they always deliver these satisfactions. unfortunately the chemical ingredients in many shampoos are harmful, from side effects ranging from skin irritation to systemic illness and cancer.
the big hitters are diethanolamine (DEA), momoethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) which are added to shampoos and other personal care products like bubble bath and facial cleansers to create the sensation of a rich foamy lather. they are usually translated on labels as Cocomide DEA or Lauramide DEA. after repeated use, these chemicals are absorbed through the skin where they form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. these three are but a sample of many alarming ingredients that penetrate your scalp. don’t take it from us- do your own research. everything we put on our bodies gets absorbed just like everything we put in our bodies!
and cost effective-
the following recipe calls for the finest, basic, purest ingredients. once these ingredients are acquired (with ease- as they are all readily available at health food stores or grocery stores) you will be able to make dozens of batches of shampoo. the ingredients are generic enough for plenty of other purposes in your medicine cabinet or store cleaning supplies.
- empty vessel for shampoo (recycle your old shampoo container!)
- strainer, measuring cups and spoons, stir stick, funnel (optional)
- 1/2 cup liquid castile soap (of any fragrance)
- 1/2 cup 100% aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp. avocado oil (or substitute oils of almond, walnut, sunflower, safflower, olive)
- 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 cup water
- essential oils (suggestions- rosemary, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, geranium, rose)
- remove rosemary leaves from stems and add to 1 cup water.
- simmer for 30 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. do not allow water to boil.
- this creates a decoction – or – rosemary infused water
- measure 1/2 cup castile soap and pour into empty vessel.
- measure 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and add to vessel (funnel may be helpful).
- stir vigorously.
- add 10 drops essential oil of your choice.
- or add 10-20 drops any combination of essential oils.
- stir while adding oils drop by drop.
shake well before each use. apply generously. be creative with essential oils. blend to your liking. email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the purest of essential oils for hair care, other health issues and so much more.