Friday, March 2, 2012

Super-easy, 2 ingredient shampoo!

I've been searching for the perfect natural shampoo for quite a while now. I started out dong the simple baking soda technique and it worked fine for a while. But during the winter, my scalp got a little too dry and I decided I needed something that would do a better job of moisturizing. So I reverted back to buying a more natural shampoo and really liked Hugo Naturals Smoothing Shampoo (only $8 at vitacost). But I still wanted to be able to make my own. I saw this super easy recipe on Pinterest and knew I'd like it. Just coconut milk and castile soap, two things I use regularly anyways. I used an old dish soap bottle and poured in 1 part coconut milk (I use Native Forest brand because it is the only one I know that is BPA free) to 2 parts liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's). It took barely a minute and about 4 dollars and I have enough shampoo to last me at least 3 months and probably more.

I've been using this shampoo for about 3 weeks now and I've been really pleased with it. It is very moisturizing and I haven't even taken the time to make the recommended ACV rinse to go with it. The only downer is that I have had to wash my hair every 2 days instead of every 3 like I used to, but I think that is just my scalp getting used to the lack of chemicals and eventually I will go back to every 3 days. I've had the same issue each time I have transitioned to a natural version of a product and it usually resolves itself after my body gets used to the lack of chemicals. The fun thing about using the castile soap is that there are several scents you can choose from. I started out with peppermint because I had bought a bunch to clean with back in the summer when we had an ant problem (supposedly ants don't like peppermint smell), but I am looking forward to trying lavender the next time. I just thought I would share!


Leanne@lifehappenswhen said...

Hey Meg,

Thank you for this! I've really been thinking about all the ways to live a little "greener" and more natural.

I am at the very beginning of this journey and feel so overwhelmed!

I just read your natural cleaning and personal care solutions post and had a few questions. I guess my biggest questions is:

Where is the best place to buy all of these ingredients- coconut oil, castile soap and the many other oils and such you mentioned in the other post?

Thanks so much!

Meg said...

Hi Leanne! I've found that is a great place to get a lot of the more natural things. They have better prices than anywhere else I've seen, free shipping over $50, and I can usually find Groupon deals for vitacost a few times a year. I actually use so much coconut oil that I buy it in bulk at Wilderness Family Naturals, but for someone who is just starting out, one of the cold-pressed varieties at vitacost would be fine. Amazon also sells the Nutivia brand and has sales every so often so you can sometimes get a good deal there. But I would definitely suggest vitacost for everything else. Vitacost sells all the essential oils, castile soap, apple cider vinegar, etc that you would need to start making your own personal care items.

Emily said...

This recipe sounds great! Does this need to be refrigerated because of the coconut milk?

Meg said...

YOu know, I haven't refrigerated it yet because I was afraid it would get too thick, but I have found it that is better to make smaller quantities so it stays fresh better.