Over the past few months, I have been experimenting with making my own shampoo. I wanted a frugal product that was also natural. (Plus, I have the added necessity of gluten-free shampoos, soaps, etc. Many cosmetic products contain ingredients such as “wheat germ oil” or “oats,” etc., which cause awful reactions due to my celiac.) It has been a fun challenge!
Have you ever really looked at the ingredient lists on most shampoo bottles? Those commercial shampoos are typically full of chemicals, waxes, artificial fragrances and other unnecessary (and even harmful!) substances. (Check the ingredients at Skin Deep, if you’d like.) Typical use of these products results in regular exposure on your body, as well as to the environment, as it is rinsed down the drain. (Remember, your skin is the biggest organ in your body, and can easily absorb what is applied to it.)With the changes of pregnancy, I’ve noticed an increased need for washing my hair. (Previously, I rarely really washed it, but “no poo” was definitely not an option!) I’ve come up with two versions- one for me, and one for my husband- and we’ve both been pleased with the results!
Lavender Chamomile Shampoo
For my straight/wavy long blonde hair, I chose to use a nice-smelling lavender chamomile tea by Traditional Medicinals. It was on sale at our local grocery store, and I’ve often seen coupons available for this brand of tea as well. Lavender is cleansing, and pleasantly aromatic, while chamomile naturally brightens blonde hair.
1 Lavender Chamomile Tea Bag ($0.32)3 Tbl. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap (I use an unscented or lavender version, but choose your favorite!) ($1.02)1 Cup Boiling WaterSteep the tea bag in 1 cup boiling water for about an hour. Pour into a spray bottle, and add the Dr. Bronner’s soap. Shake gently to mix before each use (but not too much; you’ll end up with a bottle of bubbles!). Follow with Homemade Conditioner.TOTAL COST: $1.34
Nettle Mint All-In-One Shampoo
For my husband’s dark, thick curly hair, we chose an invigorating combination. (Plus, it’s a more masculine scent than a floral blend.) Nettle is nourishing, while mint is cleansing. To further highlight brunette hair, dried sage is also a nice addition, if desired, which can be added in addition/instead of the nettles. We purchase the dried nettles from Azure Standard, but Traditional Medicinals also sells it in tea bags (or pick your own from the woods!).
For the mint tea, we used a local store-brand organic peppermint tea, which was also on sale. My husband prefers not using a conditioner, so I just add some apple cider vinegar to the shampoo as a rinsing, cleansing aid. (There is no lingering vinegar smell!)
1 Peppermint Tea Bag ($0.11)1 Tbl. Dried Nettles ($0.08)3 Tbl. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap ($1.02)2 Tbl. Apple Cider Vinegar ($0.09)
1 Cup Boiling WaterSteep the tea bag and the nettles/sage (using a tea strainer) in the boiling water for about an hour. Pour into a spray bottle, and add the Dr. Bronner’s soap and vinegar. Gently shake to mix ingredients before each use (but not too much, or you’ll have a bottle full of bubbles!).TOTAL COST: $1.30
Perfectly natural, but for a cost similar to the drug store/dollar store prices!
(Note: if you find that your hair needs deeper cleansing, simply add an extra tablespoon of the soap to your shampoo mixture.)
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