How to Make Natural Homemade Shampoo

How to make natural shampoo that works

I’ve made natural alternatives to most of our household and toiletry products, but homemade shampoo was by far the toughest.

I tried the “no-poo” method, which has great results for some, but did not work on me at all (and I have some terrible Christmas pictures to prove it!). If you have coarse hair that isn’t naturally oily, this method may be great for you! I have baby-fine hair and it didn’t work for me.

I also missed the foaming aspect of shampoo (I know… the “foam” in regular shampoo is made by chemicals and detergents…)

I tried plain liquid castille soap, which left a tangled mess, and I tried a bunch of homemade recipes that didn’t work well at all.

natural homemade healthy coconut shampoo kid approvedFinally, at the inspiration of a natural coconut milk (scented) shampoo that I love, I’ve finally found a recipe that I’m happy with and that doesn’t leave my hair tangled, oily or both.

It works on kids hair too (that’s a picture of my daughter’s newly washed hair) though it isn’t tear free, so watch the eyes!

It’s such an easy recipe that I can’t believe it took me this long to think of it…

Secret ingredient: Coconut Milk!

What You’ll Need for Homemade Shampoo

Homemade Shampoo Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap like Dr. Bronners
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (I’ve used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)
  • For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Homemade Shampoo

  1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
  6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

Note: Some people find that a 50:50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water used as a rinse helps get hair cleaner and increases shine.

Don’t want to make it?

When I’m traveling or don’t have time to make my own, I’ve used a few organic shampoos that worked really well. My faves were:

Another wonderful and cost effective option is to make your own shampoo bars (like bar soap for your hair).

Ever made your own shampoo? Gone “no-poo?” How’d it go? Share below!

This homemade shampoo is all natural and has four ingredients (or less depending on hair type) that cleans hair naturally without stripping natural oils.

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  1. Do you know how this would work on colored hair??

    • I haven’t colored mine in a long time, but I would guess that the coconut milk would be very nourishing, and there is nothing in the liquid castille that should strip the color.

      • Lisa Bonners blog on hair care does say that the Castile Soap has too high of pH for color treated hair

        • yeah, unfortunately, Lisa Bronner says to not use soap on coloured hair 🙁

          quote: “One disclaimer – don’t do this on colored hair. The alkalinity of the soap opens up the hair follicles, where the color resides. The color will drain out and fade quickly. Colored hair needs acidic products only. (Soap, by nature, cannot be acidic. Only detergents (shampoo) can be.)”

          • Do an ACV rinse (1:1 of vinegar to water) after you shampoo with the castile soap and it will close the hair follicles, preventing color loss and adding shine to hair.

          • Uh oh…I tried some with castile soap on my colored hair. It was a body wash with coconut oil, honey, castile soap, aloe vera gel, vit e, vegetable glycerin and eo’s. Just trying it to see what happens. Maybe I should rewash it….still have towel on head!

          • I have lavender hair and used this shampoo yesterday and today for the first time…it did pull all the color out.

          • bull crap, I use natural shampoos all the time and my hair is baby fine and color treated, my hair hates commerial rubbish so your Lisa whoever is wrong…wash away folks, homemade is the best…..

          • Okay so what can you used to substitute the cast ill soap?

        • I am trying to find a recipe for homemade color treated hair that lasts for more than a few days or weeks and can’t seem to find any. Please help

          • If you find such a recipe for shampoo, please let me know. I have permed and colored hair, but I am also very fragrance sensitive so I need to make my own shampoo.

          • I joined a “no poo” Facebook group a few months ago that has helped with my journey. They have just about every method on the internet, success stories and photos, and questions answered compiled there.

            I have blonde hair that has been highlighted before and am at the point where I can wash my hair with only lemon juice and water every day. I was hoping for a lightening affect but haven’t seen one yet.

            Colored hair would do well with something acidic like ACV, orange juice or lemon juice if it works for you. Keep in mind that there will be a transition period, shorter for some and longer for others. Mine was long but I had and have no desire to go back.

            Here is the link to the FB group if anyone is interested:


          • Egg yolks. Seriously. Egg yolks are naturally slightly acidic, and you can also rinse with ACV. I’ve been washing this way for over a year. I don’t have color-treated hair, but given the pH it should be fine. I know it sounds weird, but it works! I recommend wash-rinse-repeat for best results. Also note that you will end up with tiny pieces of cooked egg white in your hair (unless you are really good at separating the yolk). I just comb it out. No big deal. I would caution against using whole eggs, as this can lead to too much protein in your hair (bad). Best of luck!

        • Lisa Bronner is partially correct. Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap Liquid tests out at a pH of 11! That is too high for anyones hair! The pH of normal hair is about 4.5-5.5, which is actually acid (7pH is neutral). Your hair will definitely feel soft after using it because, well it actually is. Prolonged use will cause great damage to the hair. Some say to just neutralize it with a vinegar rinse. This is like perming your hair each time you wash and than putting on the neutralizer. How often could one perm their hair before it is greatly damaged? Perm solutions are at about a 9pH (much lower than Dr Bronners). Dr. Bronner’s is 100 times more alkaline than the average perm solution.

          • I’m glad you brought this up! I just tested my Dr. Bronner’s and it looks like it’s about 8-9.

          • If Bronners Castile soap is too alkaline for everyone’s hair, what soap would you recommend as an alternative? If any.
            And couldn’t one use a Tbsp of vinegar in the mixing of home made shampoo to raise the acidity of the overall mixture?

          • Once you dilute the castle soap with coconut milk and/or water, that changes the ph though…. Not sure what it ends up as, but definitely different being as the soap is only 50% of the final solution right?

          • I just had my hair highlighted and made the shampoo after reading the comments. However, I used Dr. B’s baby castile, which I have read online has a pH of 7. I assume once I dilute it, it would be fine…but now afraid to try. Anyone have updates about using the “baby” version with highlighted hair?

      • I love the coconut and castille soap shampoo, but am having a lot of trouble using it in a foam pump which I bought specifically for shampoo and shaving. My pump keeps getting clogged after one use. I’ve tried the pump with hand soap and it works fine. Is it the coconut milk? Dr Bronner Castille soap ? The one pump I got was great for shaving.

          • I tried making the coconut milk but it came out very watery. I also used the vitamix blender and followed the exact instructions.
            Where did I go wrong. Is it the type of dried coco nut. I used organic coconut flakes…

          • Will the coconut milk spoil?

        • Did you add the 1/4 cup of water?

          • Anoud, I am wondering if you used the canned coconut milk or the store bought coconut milk that is sold in the refrigerated section with the cow’s milk. There is a difference with those two kinds of coconut milks and coconut milk in a can is thicker.

        • It’s the Bronners – it clogs my hand soap pump all the time. Although I am going to try diluting it now.

          • When using castile soap in a foaming pump you only need about 1/4 soap and the rest water. Trust me you can get more bang for your buck and your hands will still be clean.

        • Its the Castile soap. If you don’t dilute it a bit it blocks up. I put some in a hand soap bottle and it blocked it up all the time. Diluted it with some water and it worked better.

        • I use Castile soap (including Dr. Brother’s) in my foamy pump dispensers as hand soap and they have never clogged. Maybe the coconut milk is too thick?

        • It’s the castile soap. It pretty thick as it dries and builds up in the pump spout. Try rinsing under warm water before or after each use.

        • It’s the soap. I make foaming hand soap and they all get clogged and hard to push down.

        • I followed the “make your own coconut milk ” idea & refrigerated it-when I took it out to make shampoo there was a chunk of oil floating in it. If you mixed it in warm, the coconut oil will solidify at temps below 76 degrees. I removed it before measuring the milk into the recipe because that would clog things up for sure! But as long as it’s diluted enough there shouldn’t be a problem

        • That happened to me to me too! It was definitely the coconut milk.

      • Can i skip the soap altogether?

          • I noticed you mention distilled water in some recipies and not in others. Last week I made some coconut milk shampoo with homemade coconut milk but didn’t use distilled water in the milk recipe. Will the shampoo go bad?

          • It shouldn’t for a while. I usually make small batches so it will have more time before going bad

      • I have had a lot of trouble finding a shampoo product that does NOT contain coconut in some form. This craze has driven me crazy, I am highly allergic to coconut (many people are in fact) and any amount in a hair care product causes my hair to fall out in mass amounts. No pooing has yielded poor results too since my hair is thinning, fine, and oily. Do you have a recipe that does not contain coconut?

          • I too need to stay away from coconut, and I looked at this soap, but there are still some ingredients that contain coconut in the pre-made version that you gave a link to. Do you know of any others? I don’t have time to make my own! Thanks!

        • Try soapnuts. Boil 5/6 nuts in 2 cups of water and filter. Use in few days and keep in the fridge. It makes very little foam, though. If you feel it is too liquid add a thickener (I use guargum). If you need foam (to know where the shampoo worked and where not!) add a secondary detergent (I use betaine). Finally you can add some lemon juice (or citric acid) if you need a more acidic pH (colored hair), but naturally it has a slightly acid pH.
          Very natural, leaves a nice feeling on the hair. Soapnuts are used since centuries in India for hair and laundry, as they contain natural saponine.

        • I modified the recipe and replaced the coconut with olive oil and it works great!

        • I use a shampoo I make from 1/2 raw honey and 1/2 castile (diluted with just a bit of distilled water). I just love it. It leaves my hair soft and really shiny. You might like it.

          • Gina,
            I was wondering how long this recipe would last?
            And do you melt the honey down at all or just mix it with the soap and water?
            Thank you, Crystal
            Oh and what do you use as a conditioner?

          • Crystal,
            It should last practically forever. Honey never goes bad although after a really long time it can crystallize but you’re gonna use it up before that. I don’t heat the honey, just add it to liquid Castile and water, shake it up good and it’s ready. I keep it in the shower and don’t find I need conditioner. Honey is moisture enough for my fine hair. It’s pH balanced so it won’t mess up your hair or scalp. It’s not real thick but I lather it up in my hands and it has a nice scent. I usually make 1/2 cup soap to 1/2 honey to 1/4 cup spring water every time I make it. Shake it before each use. My hair is very fine and limp and this makes it look so good, unlike most of the natural shampoos that are really for dry, curly, thick hair. Hope it works for you, too. Let me know. 🙂

          • Gina,
            I made the shampoo recipe mentioned above in this blog post. My husband and I both tried it yesterday and we really like it. However, my hair was super tangled and combing it wet was so hard! I was thinking of adding honey to my already mixed shampoo. Any suggestions?

        • About being allergic to coconut, eating for your blood type says if your a B blood type to avoid coconut. Does anyone know about there being corn in the Bronner’s soap? It appears there is, but I haven’t contacted them yet about it.

          • I too read the blood type book. I am a B-type and can’t take coconut either.

          • I have B+ blood type and have never had any problems with coconut. What does it say about B types and coconut?

        • For shampoo, just use egg yolks. You don’t need to add anything to them, they will clean your hair well, esp. if it’s oily. Just don’t rinse with hot water or you’ll scramble them. I have tried most of the shampoo recipes on here and found the most success with just plain egg yolk. They are great for your roots, but you’ll need to look into some kind of conditioning solution for the rest of your hair. I use… you guessed it… coconut! But people have spoken highly of honey and other options, you might just need to test a few things. Good luck!

      • Dr. Bronner’s “Magic” Castile Soap has Hemp oil, jojoba oil that should not be in homemade shampoo, it is not gluten free, tocopherol is also in the ingredients listed.

        • what soap do u suggest then?

        • What does this mean? How does non gluten free harm hair? What soap should you use then?

      • My hair keeps feeling like a have soap residue left over & makes it looks oily on the top, I’ve tried adding more coconut milk & deluding with a little water, nothing seems to help. I’ve never been one to wash my hair everyday even with store bought shampoo & I don’t with this. Do you have any suggestions? I love this shampoo recipe it makes my natural waves come in but the residue is annoying. Please help! 🙂

        • Hi Melissa,

          I feel a bit sorry for Katie as she is asked the same question over and over and very very patiently responds to them, so I thought I’d help out on this occasion as this is a question that has popped up repeatedly throughout these comments.

          The general consensus is that castile soap mixed with hard water can leave this residue feeling on your hair. Some people who’ve commented have had success with alternative castile soaps instead of Dr. Bronners, the other thing to try is different water. Try spring/distilled/deionised or even rainwater and see if you have any luck.

          BUT, before you try altering Katie’s recipe, you’ll want to get rid of that residue feeling. To do that, I would suggest you take 3 egg yolks (four if your hair is very long), and whisk them up with some coconut milk: about 2/3rds egg, 1/3rd coconut milk. Massage this into wet hair at the roots, then rub some coconut milk without the egg into the ends to condition the ends. Rinse this all off but DO NOT use hot water – you will scramble the egg and it won’t be funny.

          You should find your hair is now really clean and the residue gone, ready to start trying new shampoo recipes.

          I had the same problem as you with Katie’s recipe. I live in a hard water area and my hair did not like castile based shampoo. In the end I had such success with the above method of washing my hair that I’ve stuck with that ever since. Who knew egg yolk could have such cleansing power, but if you think about it, egg emulsifies with oil when you make mayonnaise, so naturally it will emulsify with the oils in your roots and help to wash them away.

          Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you. If you want to extend your no-wash days, try Katie’s dry shampoo recipes – I use the one for brown hair with cocoa and it’s a bloomin’ marvel!

          Best wishes

          • Thanks for this response…I’m going through this now and will be washing with egg tomorrow! How often do you wash with the egg yolks? What do you use in between the egg washes? I’ve tried baking soda / vinegar and it didn’t work well with my hair. I’m going on week 4 with no poo / low poo so my hair may still be in the transition phase.

          • Hi Natalie, I was washing once a week with egg, using Katie’s dry shampoo in between, it worked really well for me. I don’t use baking soda in my hair, I really think it’s too harsh. I use arrowroot and cocoa.

            However, I’m about to go on a 60 day hike and don’t know how often I’ll get to wash my hair. I’ve been looking into people who only wash their hair with water! Sounds great to me, but you need to go fully through the transition period so that your hair stops over producing oil. I’m two weeks into not washing my hair, using boar bristle brush, a horn comb and a tissuing technique to keep excess oil at bay. I don’t know how long it will take to get under control, I think it’s different for everyone, but water washing, using your natural oils to keep your hair clean and conditioned seems the ultimate to me, especially on wild hikes where you may be washing in rivers.

            There are also people who do sebum only… They never even wet their hair!! Not sure about that, but who knows!

            Good luck!

          • I have the same residue and was reading through the comments to figure out a solution. I didn’t use any water in my shampoo, only coconut milk, Dr bronners, and essential oils. My hair has an awfully thixk residue and its awful!

          • I tried the recipe with castille soap, coconut milk and essential oils and i have a thick sticky residue as Leslie described. I have hard water which I read may not work well with castile soap.
            Anyone have hard water and find a recipe that works and doesn’t leave any residue?

      • Hi! I really would love to make the coconut shampoo but was reading the comments about the soap not being good for color treated hair. I have highlights and low lights, does this affect the coloring?

      • Can a little bit of ACV be addedto the shmpoo . Like a tsp per cup ?

      • Lye. You cannot make Castile soap w/o lye…it’s very drying and soap cannot be organic because of it

        • Lye is made from ashes and fat, if using organic fat it will be organic lye.

      • What about hair colored naturally with henna? I haven’t noticed castile soap stripping away any color. In fact my color from henna lasts longer than store bought hair color.

        • what type of henna product do you use to color your hair. I was thinking of trying this method to cover grays.

          • Hi Mave – I use Renaiasance Henna website – Organic henna and if I want brown hair I follow after washing Henna out with Organic Indigo – 20mins left on I will get darkish brown hair if leave on only 10-15 mins a more subdued chestnut/conker brown/red. Henna only – red hair tone depending on hair colour. Covers grey but will be orangy so then use Indigo to subdue the orange effect and turn brown or just a more subdued red instead of bright copper red or go for a darker chestnut red. I have used for years – don’t like chemicals. Easy to mix and apply but cover with cling film and have to leave on 2hrs. Wash off and apply Indigo if wish to but only leave on as said, If want black hair leave indigo on much longer – comes with full shade instructions. Once having used Indigo after the henna, I went for a year just using henna as have then the base colour – grey roots coming through will look a bit orangy then but blends in well with red hair (I have long hair) Decided to go a bit darker so use henna and then Indigo every time now. One important thing – must leave chemically dyed hair for at least 2 /3 months before using Henna. I would never go back to having hair chemically dyed hair. I never now use a conditioner and my hair is so shiny and glossy. I use Purenuff Stuff shampoo only 3 ingredients and fab but on here to see if I could make my own shampoo – had the greasy limp residue issue using Dr Bronners.

      • I am curious and would love to know what the PH of of all the products cimbined is. If you know could you please post

      • Hello wellness mama,
        I was wondering what the shelf life was for the homemade shampoo?
        Also, does this double as a conditioner?

    • I am a hairstylist and color my hair as well. I definitely want to try this! I WOULD suggest, however, that you stick away from the mint, my personal experience has been that the mint in shampoos can strip color. Other than that I am excited to try this!

      • What would you use as a BASE shampoo from Dr. B.. since this is Peppermint for colored hair?? thank you… 🙂

        • The lavender and citrus are great for a base…

          • 2 questions: how can one tiny teaspoon be enough? Is it really? Also, when we’re talking about “coconut milk”, do you mean the kind sold in a can? Or the kind in a carton that you drink.. Like almond milk? Thx!

          • Molly,

            A teaspoon is more than enough for most people’s hair. I started using this while my hair was long (when I chopped it, I chopped off nearly two feet!), and still only need about a teaspoon, and my hair is really thick. Now that it’s short, I can use even less than that. One thing that helps is that there’s not really any filler or stuff to make it thicker, so everything in that teaspoon is used in the hair washing process.

            Generally speaking, and in this instance specifically, canned or homemade coconut milk is favored over the stuff in a carton, which is often watered down too much for this purpose and contains fillers/thickeners, which are not only not really good for you, but useless for the purpose of making shampoo. Check out her links in the ingredient listing for examples of coconut milk to use.

    • i know that color treated hair needs an acidic based shampoo to keep the color locked in the hair shaft, i just don’t know what the ph of this mix is! but if its acidic then it should be fine 🙂

      • It is alkaline. If you’re worried about the alkalinity, you could use a vinegar rinse afterwards. I wash my hair with homemade bar soap, pure coconut oil soap with a 20% superfat, then I spray undiluted white vinegar on my hair after rinsing the soap out, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse again. The vinegar dissolves soap scum left on your hair from the soap, which causes the “waxy” feeling of most alternative shampoos

        • White vinegar closes the hair follicles, I learned this to use with my horses, white tails are hard to keep clean, With the folicles closed the tails stay cleaner the dirt can’t be absorbed

          • Rose Marie, I have Gypsy horses with looooong white feathers and lots of hair. Can you give me any more advice to keep them looking white and nice?

        • What is the recipe for the shampoo bars? How did you make them?

        • Would you mind sharing your recipe for homemade coconut oil soap? Pretty please?! 🙂

      • Joudi, it’s the soap that makes it alkaline! If you are interested in this recipe but need a more pH balanced recipe, you can check this recipe out for “All Natural pH Balanced Recipe” here:
        and after you rinse it out well, if you’d like, you can spray your scalp and hair with a (1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water) mix. Massage that in and rinse well. There you have your acidity. 😉 Plus, it leaves your hair shiny and healthy! And no funny smell is left behind. You can also add a few drops essential oils to the mix to leave your hair smelling great! No mint for colored hair. Remember, clarifying and detoxing your hair is a process and there may be an adjustment period til your hair gets the full luxurious feeling! 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Can coconut oil be used instead of coconut milk in your shampoo recipe?….I’m afraid I bought the wrong item…..

      Thanks for your advice,

        • Can you substitute olive/almond oil for coconut oil?

          • Not oil. Coconut MILK. No you can’t, because it is milk, not oil, in the recipe.

          • ……it says to add oil for course hair, so coconut may work but would have to be liquified : )

        • I have recently been on a Coconut Oil spree. The health benefits of it are outstanding–especially for ladies (balancing hormones). I started intaking anywhere from 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup a day (which is what most health professionals suggest) to help balance my hormones. I was never expecting the results I am seeing. My skin looks way livelier (acne is leaving too) , wrinkles started disappearing, better sleep, etc… And this is not just me–my mom and sister are doing it and said the same thing. So, don’t dump that Coconut oil! Put it in anything you can think of (great blended in hot drinks like coffee, tea, lattes, hot cocoa, etc…). I encourage you to research Coconut Oil for yourself and find out how wonderful it is for yourself. Hope this helps! 🙂

          • You may want to check your cholesterol, I have a friend that was seeing the same results but has since quit ingesting because her cholesterol went through the roof, it is back down now that she has stopped, although she really misses it.

          • High cholesterol is not bad. There are tons of books on it. Read the book by Jimmy Moore cholesterol clarity. High cholesterol is better than low but the diet must not be high in sugar and carbs aka the standard american diet. Tons of people have dropped dead who’s cholesterol was low and the doctors said they were the picture of perfect health due to their low cholesterol. The low cholesterol is the reason why they died as the heart needs cholesterol to be healthy.

            For details on how on earth this fact I just stated could be possible get Jimmy Moore’s book it goes into great detail describing the truth about cholesterol.


            Any doctor who is paying attention and informed with current studies about cholesterol knows this. If they don’t fire them and find a doctor who is practicing medicine in the 21st century vs the old standard of care from the 20th or 19th century both of which are dangerously outdated.

        • Can you use Cream of Coconut and water it down a little or maybe the carton of Coconut milk, or combination?

    • I had read the Castille Soap is not good for colored hair. Someone said it was specifically on Lisa Bonner’s website, the Dr.’s granddaughter. I haven’t found it yet but I haven’t really had a long time to research yet. Just wanted to give a heads-up.

      • What if my hair is colored with Henna? I’ve colored with henna for a long time. Thanks, if you have any info on that.

    • If you rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar and water, after shampooing, it will be fine for color treated hair

      • With all due respect, you are wrong. The hair color molecules DO get washed off with the Castille soap orbany sulfate-containig shampoo, and once those dye molecules left your hair, no matter what you rinse it with, those color molecules are already GONE. It’s simple logic. The vinegar rinse does seal the hair cuticules which gives as a result very shiny hair, but nothing can help come back the hair color molecules that are already washed off (completely GONE).
        It’s not nice at all to post a tip or suggestion stating that if you rinse with vinegar your colored hair after you washed it with soap/sulfates will help to avoid color fading. We need to think twice and inform ourselves very well before daring to post a suggestion that is completely wrong. (No ofense to anybody, I just mean to encourage all participants to be sure of what they suggest before posting anything. Nobody likes trying a supposedly ‘nice tip’ and find out -a little too late- it doesn’t work at all. Or do you?).


          • You can add baking soda and get foam and ph balance.

    • I made this shampoo exactly as you instructed, and it is horrible!! I think it’s the vitamin E oil that makes it sticky. What a mess! This isn’t the case for you?

      • It hasn’t worked for me either – I added the Vitamin E oil too and my hair is now realllly flat on my head. Has anyone else had this? Or tried it with and without Vit E oil and found one way better than the other?

        • Honestly, I think it’s the castile soap that does this. I made this recipe W/O the vitamine E oil and it made my hair very greasy and flat. It still looked wet when it was dry. So I omitted the castile soap and just used coconut milk and baking soda. Worked much better.

          • I’ve done a little troubleshooting and a lot of research on castille soap in hair. One possible issue is that you may have hard water. Many people find that causes it to get sticky and not rinse clean, myself included. I bought a shower filter and it cleared up in 2 washes! However, it did get sticky again, and I found the cause was I have low porosity hair which is very prone to build up, and becoming heavy and weighed down. “Low-po” heads seem to do well with baking soda nopoo so that’s what I switched to and it’s great!! You may have to dabble with the ratio a bit based on your hair and scalp. I started with 1 tbsp in 1 cup of filtered water (1 cup gets you through about 3 washes), but have now decreased to 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda. I add EO’s to soothe my winter sensitive scalp now, as well. I follow the baking soda with a raw ACV rinse, my current ratio is 2 tbsp to 1 cup filtered water (actually brewed chamomile, but plain water works just fine), and I add 1tbsp lemon juice for its blonde enhancing properties. Lemon juice is also a pH balancer so it works perfectly after baking soda. Lots of luck figuring out the sticky issue! You can google how to test your hair’s porosity, it’s very simple. The shower filter I use is Johnathan Beauty Water from amazon, but Aquasauna is comparable. Hope this helps! 🙂

          • Hi Amy, can you tell me what proportions of baking soda, coconut milk you used for your recipe? I had my hair greasy and would like to try this.

          • You made a wise choice and a healthier one for your body. Many of our products have hidden ingredients that are toxic and not even listed. Our government is so far behind most countries from making the companies stop using chemicals that are known to cause cancer and other illness. It seems that the law makers are starting to fight for some removal but it takes forever. Right now they are fighting to make cosmetics safer. Was on News yesterday. Almost go with what your body is telling you. If it does not feel right or effects you in any way than look for another product or another way. Our bodies do speak to us if we listen. Even Organic products you cannot count on being safe. FDA does not regulate them so they also can have hidden ingredients that can be toxic to humans. I have always wondered why they but the name Organic on a product and it is sitting in a plastic bottle that is made up of all chemicals. Now I know it is just another word they use to get us to purchase an item.

        • Just a thought, is there a holistic hair coloring method?

          • Henna Hair Color! I love it – you can buy different kinds on Amazon.

        • I made this recipe without the vitamin E and it left my hair so greasy and flat that I had to rewash it with my store bought shampoo (sigh) so that I could go to work. I hope I can find something that works for me.

          • I get same problem. Liquid Castile soap is made with oil to make it liquid, and Dr Bronner adds more than one oil. I can use it for body wash, but not my course hair. It leaves an oily flat film on my hair. Yes, very yucky! I thought about making my own liquid castile soap that has only the least required one light oil in it like sweet almond oil and see how that that works. So far I have not found anything thats homemade satisfying for results I want for my course dry hair. There is always a residue or dryness to everything I have tried so far. Morocco Method’s Pine Shale (may not have spelled it correctly) works best at cleaning so far without leaving a film, without unnecessary dryness and no conditioner needed. It is gooky brown, has no lather and smells like miracle whip, but it works and smell leaves after drying. I also quit chemical hair dyes and went with Morocco Method’s Henna and I love it! I have some gray and left it one for the full 4 hours and it covered great! Takes more time to use, but naturally worth it! It is plant based and smells like a powdered green tea. They have videos on how to mix, apply, etc, but there are other videos you can watch on youtube that gives other ideas to use to mix with.

    • Castille soap based “shampoo” is really bad for colored or damaged hair. There are quite a few posts around on it. Soap is not shampoo. It is soap and highly alkaline. Normal healthy hair is low pH-3.5-4.5. High pH like soap makes the “scales” on your hair stand out which lets moisture out and lets the color wash out. It also causes tangles and breakage as those scales catch each other and tangle up. Anything you put on your hair should be lower pH. There are very mild cleansing ingredients that are safe to use in shampoos and are much more gentle on the hair than soap. And soap leaves build up. There are new natural surfactants. I just bought apple surfactant from Apple Surfactant is all natural and derived from apple juice essential amino acids. Ultra gentle, luscious soft lather! Apple Surfactant is an excellent choice for sensitive skin, baby products, facial products or other natural skin care or hair care products.

      • What recipe specifically do you use? I would like to try this.

      • Thanks Melane Klar. Are you supposed to use the surfactant by itself or do you have a recipe?

    • Does anyone use some type of homemade conditioner after this? My hair feels awful after using this, and I can barely get a brush through it :/
      thanks for the input!!

    • I made that shampoo but my hair is greasy.
      How do you think I can change the mixture to solve this problem?
      Many thanks

    • When making my mixture, I used canned coconut milk and peppermint essential oils. I also bought the peppermint dr. Bronners Castile soap. I put a half of a teaspoon of olive oil in it because I get dandruff easily which is also another reason I used the peppermint drops, I heard it helps with that. I highlight my hair every 4-5 months or so and I haven’t noticed a change in color, but this mixture makes my hair feel sticky… Almost extremely waxy and it also looks pretty greasy. I pair it with homemade conditioner that contains apple cider vinegar and water with a couple drops of peppermint essential oils in it as well, thinking it would strip away the stickiness the shampoo leaves but it doesn’t. I’m not sure what I can do or how to change the recipe but I definitely need to do something because I don’t want everything I bought to go to waste. To add, I have thin hair that breaks fairly easily so I was trying to stay away from the chemicals store bought shampoos and conditioners contain hoping it would thicken my hair and make it healthier. Any opinions/suggestions?

      • I had the same residue like feel in my hair as well. I warmed up a cup of water & added about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the shampoo then I wrinse with apple cider vinegar & that helped so much!

      • I was having the same problems until I started adding about 2 tablespoons of aloe vera and blending it with the castile and coconut milk. It is seriously a miracle. My hair hasn’t looked so clean and ungreasy in over a year. The aloe vera has also cured my itchy scalp and dandruff which I’ve been struggling with since 2009. I might start offering sacrifices and alms to the great Gods of aloe. For real.

        • Tori, did you make the original recipe and simply add the aloe vera? Also, which “flavor” of castile soap did you use (don’t know if that matters though)?

    • I was wondering how this would work on my hair since I do use coloring. It has worked wonderfully well!!!! It seems to hold the color in longer and my hair always looks very shiny and healthy.

      I did add one ingredient though. I added 1 tsp. of vegetable glycerin and it made it much easier to work through my hair. I use a conditioner for color treated hair afterwards.

      Thanks Wellness Mama! You have opened up a whole new world to my family!

    • Have you ever tried using coconut oil rather then milk?

    • The link to the coconut milk goes to the Thai kitchen coconut milk in a can. I am pretty sure those cans still have BPA lining don’t they?

    • Do you have a recipe for conditioner?

    • Coconut oil strips coloured hair a little especially red! I have red dyed hair and if I use a lot of coconut oil which my hair drinks tablespoons of it as mine is afro Caribbean it loses a lot of colour. But after a few weeks extra moisturising I can calm it down to just a very little coconut oil and i freshen up the red and it’s fine again.

  2. I am so doing this!  Thank you thank you!  I bet your hair smells wonderful 🙂  Do you have to refridgerate it?  Any conditioner needed?

    • No refrigeration needed or conditioner. I sometimes do an avocado or coconut oil deep conditioning, but not often, since my hair tends to have plenty of oil naturally.

      • Does this give you the sudsy feel? Thanks for the recipe!!

        • Definitely sudsy feel 🙂 That was why I could never get on the “no poo” wagon for long… love the sudz

      • I know you said you don’t have to refrigerate it with the normal recipe, but if you are using homemade coconut milk, do you have to refrigerate it? Does it still have the 30 day shelf life?

        • Did you ever find the answer to this? I am curious as well since I am making mine with the homemade coconut milk! Thanks!

          • Hi, I am looking for the answer to this too. Have you ever found it out? It seems that the canned stuff does not work nearly as well but if you have to make a new batch of homemade every single time you wash your hair that would be much too much work!

          • Hi, I hope this helps but I ‘ve got email confirmation with a customer services rep from Dr Bronner who suggested this formula for a foaming body soap:

            1 part castile soap
            3 parts (coconut milk + additional filtered water)

            She confirmed homemade coconut milk is fine and should have a shelf life of about 1 month on cold weather and 2 weeks in warm.

      • just wondering if avocado oil would be a better oil to add if my hair is very dry. also, if I make this without any essential oils, will it smell like coconut? I love coconut and I really want it to give my hair a coconutty scent 🙂

      • Can u post that conditioning recipe?

      • Hi! I am planning on trying out this recipe and I was wondering if there was any alternative for the Castille Soap, since I am having trouble finding it in stores in my area. Thank!

        • sells it! I live in the sticks and don’t have any stores (much less stores that know what organic means) nearby and was ecstatic to find it there!

          • I get mine from vitacost.

        • I have found Castile Soap at Target (16.99) and at Kroger for (14.37). Both were where the natural products Meyer’s soap and Burt’s beeswax products. 🙂

      • Katie, I have tried the coconut milk shampoo for 4 washings now (every other day). I used organic coconut milk in a small carton, so the mixture is really thin. I have very thick hair so I must use much more than a teaspoon. I believe I have hard water because it feels a little soapy but doesn’t really lather. I’m wondering what exactly the “transition period” is. My hair seems very oily & stiff (especially the layer underneath). Is this normal? I previously tried Dr. Josh Axe’s honey shampoo but added extra honey to try & thicken it, so I thought it was the honey that made my hair feel sticky & oily. I’m finding these symptoms again. Is that normal? Other than it not lathering & being very runny, I really like this shampoo. I added lemongrass, so it smells wonderful!

    • Does this help on dry itchy scalp? I’ve tried everything including prescriptions from dermatologist. Does the coconut milk go bad after a while? What is the shelf life?

      How often do you wash your hair?

      • It will really depend on your hair texture. I haven’t had any experience with this for itchy scalp, but I have used a diluted apple cider vinegar and nettle/rosemary infusion for itchy scalp before and it worked wonderfully. I wash my hair every other day or so

      • Hi, just a comment on the dry itchy scalp. I get terribly itchy scalp in the winter. Once a week, I will warm (very slightly, be careful it can get hot quick) about 2 tablespoons of honey and message into my wet hair. Then put a shower cap on and wrap with a towel (I use one of those wonderful terry wraps for the hair) and leave on at least 30 minutes, even overnight if you are comfortable everything will not come off during the night. After, rinse hair well and message scalp to make sure all honey is gone. You can then use a conditioner if needed. I usually just use a bit of apple cider vinegar / water mix to rinse and wait until the next day to shampoo. I have thin fine color treated hair.

        • I once had poison oak on my face. By the time it dried up, my face felt like lizard skin. I found an old recipe for a facial consisting of mashed bananas and honey. Two ingredients I had on hand without running to the store looking like something out of a sci-fi movie. I tried each ingredient alone to make sure it would work. By this time I had sensitive skin so I could not use the bananas, but I was able to use the honey on my face without any unpleasantness. I left it on for the prescribed 15 minutes and when I washed it off, my face felt and looked like the skin of a newborn baby. It was amazing. Having that experience I was wondering if an overnight session with honey would ever be needed. 30 minutes seems more than enough time for honey to do what honey does.

  3. Does it need any type of follow-up rinse or conditioner? My hair is very fine and tangles easily.

    • My hair is fine too and tangles really easily and I don’t have trouble with this, but I’ve heard that apple cider vinegar as a rinse is amazing for conditioning, I just never liked it.

      • I use 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother) to 1 cup of water. You can leave it in or rinse out if you don’t like the smell. It disipates fairly quickly. It is good for adding shine

        • I use 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (with the mother) to 2 cups of water for my conditioner. Normally use 1/3 of it per shampoo. It works great for me. You can adjust the amount too.

        • Where can I get cider vinegar with the mother? I’ve heard a lot about it lately but don’t know where to get it.

          • Braggs apple cider vinegar is the best. You can get it at pretty much any local grocery store. When you do get it, don’t forget to shake it before each use.

          • I buy Bragg’s ACV at Amazon – by the case as my husband consumes it daily (with honey) for his gout. And it’s cheaper.

          • Hi Laura,

            I know this has nothing to do with this shampoo, but I saw you said your husband uses ACV for his gout. Could you please be specific? My hubby also is a gout sufferer, and I am always looking for ways to help relieve his misery…..Thank you in advance!

          • Tropical Traditions sells apple cider vinegar with mother and it’s much cheaper than Braggs.

      • I have been looking forward to making my own poo. I am a sudzy girl as well, so this recipe looks nice (wish me luck).

        As far as ACV is concerned, I just rinsed with it yesterday after I ran
        out of traditional shampoo and conditioner (on purpose as I want to make my own). I use Dr. B’s Hemp-Almond Oil Castile soap as shampoo and ACV as a rinse.

        Though I want a little more luxury to my shampoo, the ACV rinse with a comb works great. I left it in as rinsing is optional and I wanted it to stay nice and smooth. Dried naturally (so I was a little vinegary for a while) but I am in love with the results.

        Hoping to see more as I perfect my recipe!

  4. thanks I will try this out. I haven’t had any good luck in the past with home made shampoos.

  5. I’ve been no-poo for nearly two years now, and it is awesome.  I only “wash” my hair once or twice a week and I never need “conditioner” (ACV).  I have naturally thick and slightly oily hair, and I keep it very short, so this method has worked really well for me.  Of course, when I first started it was pretty scary since my hair seemed to go into shock, but it has since calmed down.  I do like the sound of your shampoo, though, and I might consider using it as a shaving cream since I have so much trouble making my own.  Thanks for the tips 🙂

    • You’re welcome. I wish I had liked the no-poo method, but I just could never get it to work well for me. My hair is really long and wavy and very fine though, so that might be why. I have friends who have had amazing results with it though. For shaving cream, you could also add a couple tablespoons of aloe vera gel if you have it for extra smoothness, but it’s definitely not needed 🙂

      • I really think the no-poo success or fail hinges a lot on water quality and type as well as personal body chemistry.  Every *body* is different & sometimes our bodies change too.  No poo worked for me for some months, then one day the baking soda started to just make cement with the oil on my head.  I also tried solid shampoo (like a bar of soap) which some people rave about, but didn’t work for me.  Will have to try this!  🙂

      • Just curious, with your success with this homemade recipe-how often are you using it? Is this something you use daily? I also went with the no-poo method for a while (I’m a curly girl), then pretty much just went away with all hair products except coco oil after showers, just succumbing to rinsing well, and have been doing that for a good while (I have very fine hair as well, I just never notice that it’s oil-unless i’ve accidentally overdone it with the coconut oil the day before or something, so this hasn’t proven to be too problematic for me). I know that’s not really the best for my hair so I’m just curious how often you wash, and also, what you use to condition your hair. Mine’s prone to be dry!

    • I have been no-poo for almost a year now. Once I got through the month long transition period it has been fantastic! Like you, I only “wash” twice a week and condition with ACV. It has “stripped” my hair (but not in a bad way!) of all the build up from years of commercial product and lightened it up, bringing it back to my natural color! I couldn’t be happier with my hair, which no longer gets frizzy when I just let it hair dry. Plus all the money I save! My hair is almost to my butt, which meant burning through conditioner like nothing!
      However, I just did a coconut oil deep condition and unfortunately the baking soda is not taking out the greasiness, so I’m going to try this recipe to see if I can get things back to normal!! I refuse to use traditional shampoo to fix this problem so I hope this works!!

      • Hi 🙂 Did you have trouble with dandruff? I’m 3 weeks into ‘no poo’. I can use 2tsp baking soda to a cup of water and love how natural my hair feels, and so much volumne! I have a LOT of very fine hair and am struggling with the tiniest flakes of dandruff. Should I keep on keeping on? I spray acv into my ends. If i put it through my whole scalp it stimulates the oil and I get blemishes on my scalp,

        • I did not have an issue with dandruff. Are you being sure to completely rinse the baking soda out of your hair? Otherwise, it could be drying out your scalp and causing the dandruff. You could also try watering the ACV way down, pouring it on your hair, massaging it in slightly then rinsing out without leaving it in too long. Hope this helps!

          • Thanks, and yes – it is fully dissolved and being well washed out. I was washing every second day; the first time I did no poo, after 4 months my scalp had had enough too. I’m using Katie’s coconut milk and castille soap trick now, no dandy-ruffs and my hair has lost its static charge too, which is great! Thank you for responding xx

          • Michelle, I have been no ‘poo for nearly 5 months now & I am having the same issue. I am also having some grease issues on the back of my head, despite focused cleaning there. I have been extremely frustrated as of late trying to determine how to solve this problem. Thank you for mentioning your issues and how this shampoo recipe helped solve them. I’ve been struggling with the idea of returning back to shampoo and I wasn’t happy about it. Perhaps I’ll give this a shot!

          • I switched to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. It lasts forever ($3.99) since I still only wash twice a week. The reason I gave up the “no-poo” was worries about the pH of my hair being out of wack, and the snarls were tough. My hair is all the way down to my rear so it was taking forever to comb it out!

        • Maybe try cutting the amount of baking soda you use. I was using 2 tablespoons to 2 cups of water which was working great but now seems to be drying my scalp. I just cut it down by a 1/2 tablespoon and will see how that works. It hasn’t been long enough to tell yet though. I didn’t have a problem for the past 8 to 10 months so I figure it may take a few shampoos.

        • I have bad dandruff too, but I found that apple cider vinegar diluted half and half with water is really good for it. I just put it on my scalp and do other things (like shaving or whatever) while it sits for maybe 5 minutes, and then I rinse it out. My hair smells a bit vinegary after my shower, but it goes away fairly soon. Hope this helps!

        • tea tree oil cures dandruff in a hot second. I put a small amount in warmed olive oil, massage into my scalp, let sit for 15 minutes, and then wash as normal. feels amazing and dandruff is gone the next day.

      • I tried the no-poo, baking soda thing for a few weeks, but finally became frustrated and went back. I am extremely minimalist when it comes to products, and my hair has never been oily. I washed it once or twice a week before, but when the BS, I felt like it looked greasy the next day, and I felt as though I had baking soda residue on my scalp. I hate shampoo and the harmful effects, but don’t really care to put the effort into making my own, how long did it take for your hair to adjust and what tips do you have to make my issues resolve?

        • It took my head a little over a month to adjust to the BS, and was really greasy during that time. Once I got through the transition my hair wasn’t greasy at all even after four days of not “washing”. I personally dissolved the BS in warm water in a little squirt bottle so that I could get it right on the scalp. Then I rinsed really well two or three times to make sure all of the BS was out!
          Recently I switched to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle, since reading that the BS/ACV could be harmful to the pH of hair. There are no chemicals or sulfates in the shampoo and I still only wash twice a week and have zero problems with grease even attending the gym 3-4 times a week. Thankfully since I was already transitioned to natural options my hair adapted to the TTT really well. I still rinse with ACV in water once or twice a week.
          I’ve noticed less breakage and more shine than with the No poo method. I would like to eventually just be able to use water, but who knows if I’ll ever get there! Good luck!

          • Thank you! I don’t have a Trader Joe’s near by, but maybe our Earth Fare will have something similar!

        • It took me less than 5 minutes to make this natural shampoo. As long as you have liquid castile soap and coconut milk, all you have to do is measure and mix them and put them into a bottle. Just as easy as mixing a beverage. I have yet to use it on my hair, but I am really looking forward to this.

        • I have found the baking soda works best for me when I add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to it, and when it has been mixed and sitting for at least a week.
          If either of those things is missing it doesn’t work as well; but when done right it’s fantastic! I rinse with an ACV mix as well.

      • My No-Poo solution has been a long road but I think I finally got a system down. My hair is baby fine, not a ton of it, and got readily very oily (oh and tons came out on my brush). I went through baking soda and different types of organic poos, here is what is working: I rinse every now and then with diluted lemon juice or diluted ACV. My hair WAS NASTY oily by week three, by week four it backed off, by week five my long hair was soft as rabbit fur and backing of the oil to where it looked like normal hair. The great thing is my hair is MUCH stronger. The lemon juice solution really spreads the sebum to the tops while closing the cuticle AND I now have the benefit of the old trick of brushing my hair until it shines (thanks to the natural sebum which is wax based. It is no joke that every “body” is different! Hope everyone finds their system and thanks for the coconut recipe!

        • I have baby fine hair (and not much of it) so I am curious about your post. When you did the baking soda detoxing did you do it every day? How long did it take? I’m about 2 weeks in and my hair is oily and dry at the same time (not sure how that’s possible). I’m on the verge of quitting but really want to hang in there. So did you end up not doing the baking soda and only doing the AV/lemon rinse?

      • i just went through the same thing with coconut oil. It was horrible, i had to take 3 showers. It still didn’t work so i just broke down and washed my hair with dawn dish soap. It seemed to get the oil out so.

  6. YESS I knew you would come through with a shampoo recipe for me!  Definitely giving it a try! 🙂

    • Hi Karen,

      Did you make the shampoo and try it? If yes, I would like to know how it goes on your hair after you use it.
      Thank you:)

  7. I hope this works. I, too, tried to go without shampoo, but after a month, my hair still was oily and even more limp than usual. My husband and kids do fine without, lucky them. Your daughter’s hair is beautiful, by the way.

  8. Thank you for this! My shampoo & conditioner are the last of my “dirty” beauty products… I have switched EVERYTHING else to clean products but it seems like all the natural shampoos leave my hair so greasy 🙁 I will give this a try! And I agree, your daughter has beautiful hair 🙂

    • Hi MichelleM, how did you like the shampoo? I too am holding onto my shampoo and conditioner as the last of my “dirty” beauty products. I really want to make the switch but I have them same problem as you with natural shampoos. I am pregnant and really want to be as natural as possible. Thanks so much!!!

      • I have tried this recipe but it left my hair very waxy especially near the roots. Rinsing with a little ACV definitely helps with the waxiness but didn’t completely resolve the problem for me plus I read that it is better to do that once a week and not daily.
        It looks like it’s a bit of a trial and error thing to find out what works best for your hair. My hair is fine and usually a little more on the dry side but can occasionally get greasy around the roots. I ended up adding a little distilled water and lemon juice to the shampoo and that helped with the waxiness as well but not great yet. I used the same recipe for a body wash but used 1/4 cup raw honey instead of coconut milk and I found that it actually worked pretty well on may hair and I don’t have the problem with the waxiness so I”ll continue to try that for a while. I find that both of these options make a good body wash as well, my only complaint is that they are a little watery and can be hard to apply so I will try to thicken them a bit with guar guam or cornstarch or maybe even Aloe Gel and see how that goes.

        • Hi Dani! I love the idea of honey in the shampoo! Can you give me the recipe you used? I have developed oily hair as I turned 40 this year. But this year was also the year I’ve experimented with more natural shampoos and ACV. Looks like this recipe you’ve created uses honey, lemon, distilled water, castille soap, vitamin e and maybe essential oils? Thank you!

        • Hi Dani. I was wondering if adding guar gum helped to thicken the shampoo without leaving your hair waxy. I’m having the same problem, so I can’t wait to try honey instead of coconut milk. I was wondering, however, if the guar gum in the coconut milk is what was making my hair waxy in the first place. Also, did you add vitamin e? Thanks!

  9. I’m going to make some tonight!  Thank you!!!

  10. I just checked your site not 2 days ago looking for just a recipe! Thank you for posting. I was worried about the no poo thing, and this sounds like answers to my need for natural shampoo. Since going Paleo, I have noticed allergic reactions to normal shampoos.

  11. my question is the same…. a need to refrigerate since the coconut milk? i’m making some of this tomorrow!

    • Nope, it will last longer (more than a month) if you do, but I haven’t had it go bad yet…Just dont make a gallon batch and it should be fine out of the fridge 🙂

  12. I added some organic avocado oil and organic jojoba oil instead of olive or almond oil!  It is fanstastic!

  13. I did the no-poo method for 4 months and it took my normal, somewhat thin, fine hair 6 weeks to adjust. I liked it, but made the mistake of using regular shampoo while staying with my in-laws. Just like that, 4 months of training my scalp down the drain. Have had to go back to regular shampoo. However, your recipe looks great and I’m going to make it!  

  14. Sounds interesting, I might just have to try it!  Do you use anything for conditioner along with it?  

    • I haven’t needed it, but some people love using apple cider vinegar as a conditioner.

  15. really a great post and recipe

  16. I’m currently trying the no poo method and so far so good. I only wash my hair once a week and with the no poo method I really needed to wash it on day 5 – my scalp is definitely in transition.

    This recipe looks great and I will be sharing it on my blog and blog Facebook. I had a lot of readers tell me the no poo method didn’t work for them so this is a great recipe to send them to.

    • my hair is very short also ball inthe top what can i do for it

  17. I just use a bar of cheap basic castille soap, the same I use in the shower. this works just as well. I like to keep things simple and cheap whenever possible. 🙂

    • That is great! I wish I could do that too, but my hair is so long, I think it would tangle…

  18. I am going to try this. As for Apple Cider Vinegar, mix about 1/4 C in a quart or so of water and pour over your hair. It is not a conditioner, as such, but will remove tangles because it closes up the shafts in the individual hair strands so they won’t tangle together. It leaves hair shiny. The vinegar smell does not stay in the hair.

  19. I saw in one of the comments that it will last “longer” in kept in the fridge, but how long does it last if you just make one batch and keep it in the shower?  Does the steam and heat from the shower cause the shampoo/coconut milk to go bad?  Just afraid to make this and have it go rancid or something!

    • As long as you make it in small amounts, you should be able to keep it for several weeks or a month. I don’t make more than I listed in the recipe, and that has been in my shower for up to a month with no ill effects, but you could make smaller batches weekly if you are concerned, or keep in the fridge.

  20. is that your daughter’s natural hair? haha children are sometimes blessed with the best hair types and color

    • as in, is that how her hair naturally looks? i know it’s not colored

    • Yep… that is her natural hair color and texture. She got the great Italian genes on that one! She was born with a ton of hair, and by the time she was 3 months old I was actually having to use natural detangler because her hair was so long… I hope the curls stick!

  21. Any problems since the Vitamin E you recommend is wheat-based?

    • Not unless you are an actual celiac. It shouldn’t harm the skin, since it isn’t hitting the digestive track, unless you have full celiac disease, which is an autoimmune reaction. There are definitely some non-wheat versions if you are diagnosed though…

  22. i just made this and now i can’t wait to take a shower. it looks so luxurious!

    • I just made this shampoo as I’m so wanting to get away from the chemicals in store bought shampoos. I was excited to use it but I do have very oily hair now. Thankfully I’m home for the weekend. However I’d like to get some suggestions on how to adjust it. I did make the homemade coconut milk and used that. I also did a AV rinse with about 1 TBSP of AV diluted with 1 cup of water. Unsure if I should do a baking soda rinse after the shampoo instead….. I do have hair that does normally get oily if I don’t wash it every day. It is pretty thick long hair – past the shoulders.

      Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

      Thank you!

      • Hi Taunia and WellnessMama,

        I have the same hair type as you: long, past the shoulders (breast length), thick and oily at the roots (mine is dry at the ends because I colour it, I’m 43 and have about 5% grey). I am gradually moving away from chemicals and have been making my own deodorant for about a year now. I really want to get to grips with shampoo. I tried this recipe with an ACV rinse (1tbsp / 1 cup water). I found the results unbearable and had to go straight back into the shower to wash it again.

        My hair came out feeling as though it was coated in a thick layer of wax, I couldn’t get a comb through it, it was so heavy and filled with tight knots that snapped out, I had broken hair all over the floor after combing. After blow drying I couldn’t even run my fingers through my hair, it was so nasty I felt like I hadn’t washed my hair for a month.

        I didn’t use homemade coconut milk, I used canned. But I notice Taunia, you *did* use homemade coconut milk and got the same results anyway (so I don’t want to go to more trouble and expense for the same result). Did you ever find a solution?

        The last thing you want with thick hair is to make it even thicker. How do you create a homemade shampoo that doesn’t give that thick, waxy feeling?

        Please help!

          • Hi,

            Thanks so much for replying so quickly. I was hoping to use the ingredients I’ve already brought but since the soap nuts can be used to wash clothes (and a laundry detergent alternative was next on my list) I’ve bought them!

            I’m going to try a different recipe tonight and see how I get on with the castile soap/coconut cream and I’ll report back with results. I’ll use more soap, less cream and no oils as a test run.

            The soap nuts should arrive tomorrow so I’ll try those in a few days and let you know how it goes.

            Did you find that you had to go through the adjustment period that so many people are talking about?

            Thx Gilly

          • Hi Katie,

            I tried the soap nuts this morning. It’s interesting, definitely better results as I haven’t gone straight back in the shower to shampoo. Although I almost did, my hair felt very heavy, tangled, and greasy after “shampooing” with the soap nut recipe.

            It was also difficult to use from a bottle since it’s like water, most of it went down the drain! Will have to find a spray bottle.

            I managed to blow dry it, although it took 45 minutes because I was essentially moving grease around my head. My hair smells clean but is very greasy at the roots and I’ve had to tie it back.

            The consensus seems to be that after using chemical shampoos for so many years my hair will be over-producing sebum and needs to adjust, so I’ll stick with it.

            I’m going to try Emily’s recipe too (thank you Emily!) and see how that goes. I’ll keep everyone updated since it’s a bit frustrating on the blog when I see someone experiencing the same problem as me, you make some helpful suggestions for them, but they never respond with results, so there’s no way of knowing if it worked or not.

            So… for anyone having trouble with very thick, long hair that’s oily at the roots and dry at the ends… watch this space!

          • Hi Katie,

            I tried Emily’s recipe with the same results (it seems coconut milk is not for me), so I’m sticking to the soapnut recipe now. I’m also using Amla and Shikakai (after one of your other bloggers mentioned using Amla, I found a recipe on youtube that combines the three). My hair feels really clean afterwards, I haven’t washed it for a few days now and it still feels nice. I also prefer the smell to soapnuts alone, it’s quite pleasant.

            I have one major question though. What do you do AFTER you shampoo? My hair is very long and gets so tangly with the soapnuts shampoo, it becomes completely unmanageable. It really needs conditioning and detangling to make it manageable. I’ve seen your detangling leave-in spray recipe which I’ll try next. But do you also condition after the wash? Do you use a shop-bought conditioner? For your daughter particularly if not for yourself, since she has very long hair?

            Thanks so much

          • Hi Katie,

            Thanks! My marshmallow root is en-route! LOL… and apparently, it won’t just condition my hair but increase my psychic powers and prevent people putting spells on me! Who knew it had so many uses! LOL!!!

            Hopefully this will be the answer to my wishes and I’ll be no poo in no time!

            Thanks for all your tips. It’s a great site!

            Love Gilly x

  23. Question on the results after shampooing. I made my first batch last night and tried it. My hair had this weird feeling to it. I dried it with the hair dryer to see how it would look. It wasn’t tangled, but it seemed really dull. It seemed that way this morning when I woke up, got it wet, and redried it. Any suggestions? I followed the recipe to a T. Thanks!

    • hmmm… what is your hair naturally like? Is it fine or thick? Oily or dry? If your hair is naturally dry, you may need to add more coconut milk, and if it tends to be more oily, you may need to not use the oil…

      • I will try the suggestions. I didn’t add any water. My hair is pretty thick and above the shoulder.  I went ahead and added the almond oil, and wondered if that might have been the problem. I will make another batch and try the adjustments. Thanks!

        • I found the same problem with mine. I had to condition mine to get it more manageable. I think I’ll add more coconut milk and more oil. I have thick coarse hair, and tends toward dryness.

          • I have thick, wavy hair too, which is prone to oiliness at the top and dry at the ends. I also found it made the hair near my scalp dull, flat and like it needs washing again. I added the Vitamin E oil but not the almond/olive oil. Maybe the key is to not use so much oil if you’re hair has it’s own natural oils? This is also the first time I’ve used a non chemical shampoo ever, so perhaps my hair has gone into shock! I will try it again with more coconut milk as I dread the idea of going back to chemicals

      • Hello .. I made some last night and used it this morning. hair is color with henna. .. and when I wash it this morning my hair feels waxy and looks not shinny at all… what can it be? My 9 year old used it too… and it does feels a little waxy on him too…what can it be? Help!! Lol.

    • Some other readers have given feedback too, and found that they had to adjust ratios to get it perfect for their hair types. One suggestion was to use equal parts of water, castille soap and coconut milk, and other suggested using homemade coconut milk (I updated with the link above) if the canned stuff seems to leave a residue on your hair. Hope that helps!

      • How long does it generally take hair to get use to this way of cleaning?
        I’ve been using sulphate free stuff for ages as it irritates my scalp but now, on day 2 of using this method my hair feels heavy and greasy as well as looking such.

        Prior to this my hair is generally very dry the first few hours I’m out of the shower but it gets oily through the day. I added more castile soap and coconut milk to the mix to maybe outweigh the added oils but im not sure if it’s maybe the recipe that I need to tweak or if its maybe just my hair getting use to it all.

        How long does it usually take hair to get use to this?

  24. Perfect timing!  I need to make another batch of shampoo and will definitely try this.  I never thought of using cocnut milk, sounds so luxurious… 

    My receipe (currently – I am always modifying it somehow) is:  5/8 cup water, 1/8 cup witch hazel, 2 tbsp liquid castille soap, 1 tbsp honey and 40 drops of mixed essential oils.  This is an adaptation of what I found in Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies, and I have found it keeps my hair very soft (I have pourous fine hair a horrible mix).  It doesn’t have as much suds as your version, but keeps my hair clean and tangle free.

    Can’t wait to try it!

    • If your hair is really fine, try the homemade coconut milk if you can… doesn’t weigh down as much

  25. Does it smell bad without the essential oils as those tend to irritate my senses?

  26. I tried doing the no poo for about a year, never worked for me, not matter what I did. Just using the baking soda dried my hair out, it does not help that I live in a VERY DRY climate. My hair way dry, frizzy and always looked oily and greasy, even after the year. No matter what I tried, it just did not work. I had to go back to shampoo and conditioner, begrudgingly. I have been wanting something natural, that would work, so I did not have to use the chemicals, I will give this a try. If if works for you, it should hopefully work for me! 
    My hair is baby fine and I have a tone of it. 
    As a side note, not using soap on my skin has worked wonders for my dry skin. Always feels clean and is much softer and smoother, Hublet loves that!
    Thank you for all of your natural cleaning solutions and remedies!

    • You’re welcome! Try the homemade coconut milk if you can if you hair is really fine, and omit the oil unless you need it.

  27. I havn’t used shampoo for 12 months now, been using rhassoul clay, but made this tonight and my hair has washed lovely. I have dead straight hair. Will see what it is like tomorrow after sleeping on it.

  28. Oh man… I have photos, too, of my no-poo days and I don’t look so great!  Unfortunately, I decided to dabble in baking soda and vinegar during high wedding season last summer so I look less than great in pictures from weddings last year!

    Anyway, I’ll have to give this a shot.  Currently I use LUSH solid shampoos.  They’re better than regular shampoos but still not as “clean” as I’d like.

  29. I think organics shampoos are a lot healthier than traditional shampoos and you are not putting all those toxic substances in your face

  30. How much did it cost for you to make a one month supply?

    • I used homemade coconut milk made from shredded coconut and buy Dr. Bronner’s by the gallon, so under $0.50.

  31. Im really struggling, my hair feels horrible, so tangled and dry, impossible to comb and it seems to leave white chunks in our hair did I do something wrong? I have longer, thin, curly hair. Ireally want to avoid regular shampoo conditioners but they made my hair feel Nice soft and I was able to straighten sometimes and make nice soft curls the other times. z. I tried to straighten the other day and had to rewash in plain castile soap which did not do good things either but at least it wasnt so greasy… Help please im desperate 🙂 I feel like a dirty poodle. My daughters hair is similar to your daughter but I dont seem to notice in her what I am in mine. It isnt soft but seems better. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Ive tried the acv for conditioner but it ends up feeling and looking super greasy.

    • It can definitely vary cased on your hair texture. What kind of coconut milk are you using? Try just using really well strained homemade if you aren’t already…

      • Thai kitchen. We dont have much variety here. I tried to read the instructions for making your own its rare to find coconuts here though. Im trying to stick it out but im really hating how it feels. Its been 3 Weeks ive read it can take at least a month.

  32. Can’t wait to try this! I also have baby fine hair and have been experimenting with baking soda and castille soap with no luck – it leaves my hair feeling like straw. Lately I’ve been putting coconut oil on my hair 30 minutes before shower with great results, shiny soft hair! But I’ve been using shampoo I bought at the natural food store so I’m excited to try a homemade alternative for just my hair type.  Thanks!!

  33. Does this give enough slip to work out tangles in the shower without using a comb? Ive got curly (fine, not coarse) hair that I do not brush…rely on lots of conditioner to work everything out. Would love to be able to make my own shampoo!!

    • I have extremely curly and long hair, that I also like to work the tangles out of in the shower. This used to require a huge amount of conditioner in the shower and a leave in conditioner after I showered in order to get the comb through it. With this shampoo I can run a comb thru my hair immediately after washing, no conditioner needed, and my hair has never been so soft, or thick. I love this shampoo.

      • Hi, what kind of hair do you have? Did you use regular or homemade coconut milk? It seems like a lot of people have had varying results. Thanks!

  34. I made this today, and it was pretty good. My hair is long, middle of my back, thicker, wavy, some curls and color-treated at home with Clariol or whatever product is #344. LOL! (Made up number, but you know what I mean if you color and buy from stores.)  I was nervous not using conditioner since it is so long, and tangles and is sometimes hard to comb after, that I used a bit of coconut oil on the length in the back so I could try to comb through it later with ease. It somewhat worked, but has a slightly different, maybe heavier texture/feeling than what I am used to. This is probably because it is all natural products and not the chemical filled products it is used to. LOL! Maybe this is what it should look and feel like after! Probably the coconut oil did this too a bit, but next time I will try it without to see how it looks. I have lots of wavy, body I have to say. Almost like when I put in product to do this, and this is with no products. Wow! Wash ‘n go hair?! Really?! Yeah!

    I like the peppermint feeling on my head, it reminded me of Aveda’s Rosemary Mint conditioner that I used to use. I also shaved my legs with it…it worked, but the mixture is too thin, watery and not shaving cream consistency, but does work, just pour a little at a time in your hand and apply to legs.

    This recipe did not make very much, only about 1/2 of bottle of an old shampoo bottle. Is this normal?

    How can this be made into a somewhat thicker mixture do you think? Does putting in the oils as suggested help with managability, combing after, etc.?

    I used about 10 vitamin E capsules…a little time consuming, frustrating to open and squeeze them out into the bottle, but it works and can be done. Next time, I would buy it in a bottle for easier transfer.

  35. Hi I just bought the peppermint oil castile soap and then got worried cause I’m pregnant…7 Weeks. Do you know if it’s safe?

    • in that amount, its fine1 just don’t use the oil undiluted on your skin in large amounts…

  36. Do you have any conditioner recipes? I just tried this shampoo and made my own coconut milk. My hair is very greasy now, any tips?

    • Hmmm… what is your hair’s normal texture? You could try using baking soda in water as a rinse if your hair is greasy. Apple cider vinegar as a rinse is great for conditioning, but I don’t use this much since my hair is naturally more oily.

      • Thank you. My hair is pretty fine. I was using the baking soda/apple cider no poo method for a good ten months or so but it was leaving my hair really tangly and almost greasy and didn’t feel soft, it felt straw like almost. The no poo method worked really well for the first week or so but then my hair went down hill and i had really long hair. Right now my hair is shorter than before but I do feel like my hair gets oily/greasy feeling the next day or so.

  37. Thanks for the great post and recipe for the shampoo. I’m going on two weeks using the above Shampoo recipe and here are my results. My hair is overly greasy and my daughters’ hair is greasy by the end of the day. Having said that I realize it will take some time  for our hair to adjust. On day 8, I broke down and tried the baking soda and apple cider vinegar. It seemed to help. I had to make a new batch of shampoo so I decided to leave out the Vitamin E and the Lemon oil I had used previously. After a couple of days of using the new batch my hair still is greasy. For any first timers, I don’t reccommend using a large pump bottle. Even though I would shake the mixture before using, the content in the actual pump wouldn’t be mixed well. I do have to say that my hair now has beautiful waves since I stopped using the commercial shampoo. I will keep trying this recipe for another week or so then try the baking soda and apple cider vinegar.  

  38. AWESOME. Thank you for this! Castile soap, no ‘poo, and other oil washing methods have not worked for my hair either. I have thick but fine (not coarse) hair, and it gets oily pretty quickly. I am definitely trying this one – it sounds like it will do the trick!

  39. I just made this last night and used some this morning – holy lather!  I was so shocked…and thrilled!  One thing I really missed using more natural shampoos is the lather!  And my hair feels great.   Thanks!!!

  40. This shampoo has worked great for my 20 month old daughter.  Her hair gets clean and feels great.  Mine, however, isn’t so good.  I have used this for 4 days now and my hair feels really waxy.  The first time I used it my hair felt great and it had some really awesome volume too.  I showered at night and my hair still felt clean the next morning.  My hair is very oily and normally feels greasy the morning after I wash it.  So I was very excited about the shampoo.  Then I washed my hair again the next day and let my hair air dry.  It felt slightly greasy, but I thought that was just because of the air drying.  So I tried it again yesterday and used the blow dryer again.  It felt like I had dipped my head in a bucket of wax.  The same thing happened today.  Any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong?  Could I be using too much of the product on my hair or maybe not enough?  Help.

    • What kind of coconut milk are you using? My hair is naturally fine and oily too, so I have to use homemade, strained, coconut milk.

      • I used canned organic coconut milk.  I am going to try to mix some extra castille soap in to see if that helps.  I don’t exactly have access to any real coconuts in NW IN.

        • If you can even get dried unsweetened coconut at the store without any additives, you can make your own coconut milk…

          • I will try that.  It’s been 4 days now and my hair is a little waxy, but seems to be getting better.  Only the topmost part of my hair is feeling that way.  The underside is starting to feel clean and has a lot of volume, too.

      • I may try to add some baking soda and/or some water too.  I have read in other recipes from other blogs that this can help remove some of the waxy feel and help it rinse out more thoroughly too.

  41. I recently went no ‘poo! I rinse every 3-4 days with water, or wash with 1 tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of water, and do a conditioning rinse of 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water–a recipe I got from Crunchy Betty. At first my hair was slightly dry and frizzy, but my hair is already healthy (hasn’t been dyed or processed) but it’s starting to adjust after a couple weeks. I love the softness and strength. My hair falls/gets pulled out less easily, I think because the oils aren’t as stripped. I’m prone to dry ends, I when I notice flyaway dry ends, I put a tiny bit of coconut oil on my ends to tame them. I also plan to do coconut oil treatments–just putting coconut oil on the ends for about an hour or 30 min to moisturize–that’s all my hair needs because it’s so fine. I love this way and I’m sticking with it! 

  42. Thank you for sharing this recipe – I have fine hair like you and had the same problem with just plain Castile soap – my hair got mega tangled! I haven’t tried your recipe yet, but I’ll give it a go.

  43. I straighten my hair a LOT and was wondering if the coconut oil provides any heat protection? or maybe you know some things that do offer heat protection?  if i don’t straighten my hair it’s a giant frizz ball from all the heat torture  I’ve been putting it through for the past 6-7 years.  I tried all the different “repairing” treatments with no luck.  I’m planning on trying out this shampoo recipe because I tried the no-poo method and it wasn’t bad for the first few hours (my hair was soft and felt great) but after that my hair was so greasy I had to rewash with my regular shampoo.  

  44. I made this shampoo and put rosemary essential oil in it and everyone in my family loves it. I no longer need to use conditioner, although I have made up one that I love, and I can comb my hair right out of the shower which is something that I have NEVER done in my entire life. I have naturally curly hair, and it is VERY CURLY… Also, my step son says that this shampoo has helped with the psoriasis on his head. I suspect that the rosemary oil has something to do with that. Thanks for this recipe… My hair has never looked, or felt, so good. 🙂

  45. what if you are highly allergic to coconut milk what else could you use? 

    • Good question… You could probably sub almond or hemp milk but I haven’t tried it…

  46. THANK YOU! Tried and true. I modified it with the tips in the comments. My hair was oily at first, but it has adjusted in a couple weeks and now I am loving it! Thank you for all of you wonderful recipes. I also love your baby wipes/scouring powder/ and am going to be trying some of your make-up/lotion bars/ and whitening ideas 🙂 Thanks again! 

  47. I made this shampoo, and while we love it, our hair, ESPECIALLY mine is so so oily!  Any suggestions?

  48. after two or three washes this still left my hair a tangled mess! What am i doing wrong?

    • What kind of coconut milk are you using? It can take a few days for your scalp to adjust, but I’ve found that certain types of coconut milk just don’t work with certain hair types. I have to use homemade or I get tangles too…

  49. How often are you washing your hair with this? Every day?

    • Every other day if I can, and sometimes less than that since I”m swimming each day. It really depends on individual hair texture…

  50. What about using coconut milk that comes in a “milk” carton? That is what I stock but I know it is very different from canned or homemade coconut milk. Do you think that would work as well? If so, I will be making this today!

    • I haven’t tried it, but I would think it would work…

    • That’s what I used. What kind of luck did you have?

  51. I’m a no-poo girl myself.  I think it has been over six months and I LOVE IT.  I do not have oily hair and it is a bit on the thicker side–I also use a diliuted apple cider vin as a rinse.  LOVE IT too.  My favorite part besided the money that is saved.  My hair has grown sooooooo super fast.

  52. I can’t wait to try this. I have fine, long, curly hair. Their are so many homemade recipes out there that I have tried and all have made my hair dry, brittle and break off. I love coconut oil! I use it in my hair mixed with water for a conditioner and detangler, it’s amazing for my hair. I’m super excited to try this.

  53. I tried no-poo and it was no good! My hair looked terrible I will try this!

  54. I just made this with rose castille soap and lavender essential oil. I didn’t have any Vitamin E on hand so I substituted with jojoba oil. It smells heavenly and really does give a good lather. My hair doesn’t feel as ‘silky’ after rinsing it out, but after letting my hair naturally dry I’m noticing it has a lot of shine. Used this on my baby too and for the first time he didn’t have tangles when leaving the bath. Thanks for the recipe!

    • I just made and tried my first batch today and I also didn’t have the silky feeling, but I think it’s b/c I have hard water.  When I got out of the shower, I ran my comb through my hair snag free and less tangles.

  55. I just tried this the first time today although I’ve been “coming off” shampoo the last couple washes before this already, using only saponified coconut oil soap. I used homemade coconut milk for this but didn’t add the essential oils as I did not have any on hand right now.  I also tried spraying some diluted avc on after washing. So far, I can’t figure out if my hair needs more oils or less?! It feels kind of like straw and yet it’s almost sticky like an oily residue is left on it. It’s so tangled and straw like I rip out a lot of hair trying to comb it through. Not smooth at all! I have pretty fine hair and quite a bit of it. I’ve also tried a very small amount of coconut oil as leave in conditioner…didn’t seem to make a difference. What would you suggest? Do I need more oil or less or just give it time?

    • Probably more time, but you could also try a apple cider vinegar rinse. Some people with fine hair see a lot of benefit from this. Just dilute some vinegar in water and rinse your hair with it at the end of the shower. I’ve also found that my beach waves spray helped the adjustment period…

  56. I am FINALLY
    getting out of my “phase” of change. It’s been 3-4 weeks and I am seeing my
    hair “normal” again! I started out w/ the baking soda wash/acv rinse.
    Then I tried this recipe. I have had all sorts of greasy hair, dry hair, out of
    control hair…..but I’m happy to say that I am now only using this shampoo
    (wellness mama’s recipe) and LOVING it! I’ve had “good/normal” hair
    for 3 washings now and it’s great to be back! I even feel that my hair feels
    “thicker” just because I’m feeling my hair clean and product fee NOT hair that has been
    coated w/ products! I do use a bit of coconut oil, or sunflower oil, or grape seed
    oil (what ever I’m using that day on my face or body) to put very
    LIGHTLY/LITTLE on my hair for some conditioning.  I’m enjoying my
    normal/good hair that has been washed w/ chemical free ingredients AND it is

    Love your site
    Wellness Mama! Thank you for your posts! I can’t wait to get through the entire
    site and try new things. My next project will be the lotion bars! I’ve been making
    my own creamy lotion for a few months now (goal is to have all beauty and cleaning
    items homemade) and I’m excited to see if the “bar” type will work
    out better for our house!

  57. I love this recipe. I have been having a hard time finding a good shampoo for my thick, gray, long hair so I am excited to try this.  Thanks for posting it.

    I just linked to this post on my blog  Hodge Podge Lodge                                                                   

  58. I’ve been doing the no-poo thing for over a year now and all of a sudden it has stopped working.  I have terrible build-up of oils and my scalp is itchy.  Anyway, it sounds like I might have the same type of hair as you.  Fine and oily.  So I’m really thinking of trying this!!!  I’ve never bought or used coconut milk so how long does it last once opened?

  59. I having been going no-poo for just over a month now, and love it!  I am actually making this shampoo recipe for a bodywash as a friend of mine uses it for that and as her husband shaving cream and loves it!  Can’t wait!

  60. Thanks so much for this recipe! I have used a handful of different methods for cleaning my hair, which is fine, very thick, and very oily. The only one I’ve been able to stick with has been the no poo method and have been doing that for about 6 months. I have to say that it cleans my hair wonderfully, but I’ve never been able to get my hair to go longer than a day without getting oily again – not even over night – so I’ve been using the no poo method every day. The last month or so, it just isn’t soft and shiny any more. I think the baking soda every day is too harsh, even countered with an ACV rinse.

    I tried your recipe today and even with just one wash there’s a vast improvement in my hair – soft and almost shiny again! I’m amazed at how light it feels – my hair is so thick that it never feels light! I can’t thank you enough! This shampoo, along with some hot oil treatments, may just bring my hair back to normal.

    My shampoo recipe was pretty much as the recipe indicated, except that i used a few drops of tea tree oil instead of pretty smelling essential oil. I didn’t need any additional conditioner, but I was a little worried for a minute after I got out of the shower!

    I did use the homemade coconut milk. For those who can’t find a whole, fresh coconut – there’s no need, you can use purchased unsweetened shredded coconut instead. Most big box grocery stores are selling Bob’s Red Mill products these days – look in that section for unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut. Or you can find unsweetened shredded coconut in most any health food store. And it’s so much easier than opening and shredding a coconut! 😉

    Thanks again!

  61. I tried this but the center bulk of my hair was left feeling full Of oil and I could not get a comb through it. Maybe too much Vitamin E? Not enough soap? I really want this whole “makeup own shampoo” to work. Suggestions?

    • If it left your hair feeling oily, you probably don’t need the Vitamin E oil or any other oils. What kind of coconut milk did you use?

  62. I am interested in trying this shampoo, but can it be used daily?

  63. I would like to try this shampoo but my hair is dry and frizzy. Would this shampoo be safe for my hair?  Also, do you have a recipe for a homemade conditioner for dry hair for daily use?

    • It should be fine though you could probably add a little more oil. I’ve also use coconut oil as a daily conditioner. It’s a little messy but very moisturizing.

  64. What kind of coconut milk did you use if not canned?

    • Homemade… there should be a link above to make it… very easy though.

  65. I am definitely going to give it a try. I have tried baking soda in different quantity but after couple months my hair still didn’t seem to like it. Then I tried egg wash shampoo, my hair loved it when I rinsed with the right water temperature but I can’t imagine doing it in the winter. Also, I have recently taken eggs out of my vegetarian diet, so I don’t want to put it in my hair anymore. I love coconut, and living in Asia means that I can get relatively fresh coconut products but unfortunately my hair doesn’t like coconut oil either because it’s too rich. Coconut milk does seem to be a sensible choice then. Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to trying it, and the excuse to make a coconut dish for dinner 🙂

  66. I have psoriasis in my scalp andI HAVE to use head and shoulders to control it but i really want a natural route. Any suggestions?

    • Amber – try going with the CO (conditioner only) method and you may see an improvement in your scalp trouble. If it is the waxy type psoriasis it may actually be a yeast or fungal overgrowth – if so try a Witch Hazel / Aloe mix and use as a scalp treatment before the CO wash.

      • Someone else here mentioned that rosemary essential oil was helpful for psoriasis (oregano essential oil is also good).

    • try using tea tree oil. castile has some soap with it already in it. ; )

    • Amber, I have a similar problem with my scalp as well. For close to two months now I’ve been shampoo/conditioner free by using a recipe I’ve adapted from several websites. Depending on my hair and scalp condition when I need to wash it I change it up to suit my needs.
      I juice one lemon and one cucumber and mix the juices together. If my hair is just slightly oily, I use it just like this. If very oily, I add some extra lemon juice. If dirty but not extra oily, I add a bit of baking soda. If my scalp is acting up, I use less lemon juice and more cucumber. Finally, once every two weeks, I rinse with apple cider vinegar.
      Also, if the lemon juice is lightening my hair any (it does that after a couple of weeks) I use a tea rinse two washes in a row to restore the darker color. I prefer peppermint and brew it rather strongly to get the dark color. Added bonus is it smells great! Not so bonus is it is much harder to comb my hair after.

    • Hey Amber! I’ve been doing some research on different ways to increase hair growth naturally and one of the most interesting things I came across was scalp exfoliation! Not only is this supposed to aid in hair growth, it is also said to cure issues such as psoriasis. There is plenty of literature out there if you just google “scalp exfoliation”. I’ve also read that adding probiotics to your shampoo or conditioner can aid in healing this issue. Best of luck to you!

  67. I have tried several ways of making this shampoo, and it still isn’t working for me – HELP!!!  My hair is very thin, very fine, and curly (medium-curly).  The first batch I followed the recipe but used re-hydrated coconut milk.  My hair was straw-like, there was a film on it (it seemed), and TONS of hair came out when I’d pick-thru it.  This second batch, I made my own coconut milk, I left out the Vitamin E.  I have tried olive oil and coconut oils as conditioners as well.  My hair is STILL straw-like, greasy-looking, tons of hair comes out.  I think I’ve tried everyone’s suggestions, but still no-go.  Anything else I can try?!  I want SO much for this to work!!!

    • Hi Flanagan, I am new to this NO-PO stuff. In fact my first bottle of Castile soap just arrived from I just need an occasional shampoo because what I normally use for shampoo is the green bottle of Suave called Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner. That’s right. I normally use this particular conditioner for shampoo. I have tried others and they just don’t work. There are a few odd ingredients, but it is mostly shea butter and almond oil. I rinse my hair for two minutes, then add a handful of this conditioner. I let it set for two minutes, then add water, a little bit at a time, scrubbing my scalp and hair between each addition of water. Then rinse. My hair normally breaks off just past my shoulders. Since making this change in 2011, my hair has never felt softer, nor as clean, and is at my waist line. I am always trimming it so it won’t grow any longer. I have found conditioner recipes that call for both these ingredients, and I plan to put that into my step 2 of how to lead a simpler life. If I use this every day, I don’t need to shampoo, but otherwise I need an occasional shampoo.

  68. I absolutely love this shampoo! I’ve been making it for the past four months. Thank you for posting!

  69. OH THANK HEAVENS….!  My husband and i are so tired of the sour smell of vinegar in my hair! i have been using a baking soda rinse, followed by a vinegar rinse for about 2 weeks. personally i find my scalp to be itchy and my hair is less than appealing after a shower. in fact, my whole shower experience leaves me feeling more like a salad than a human! I CANT WAIT TO TRY THIS!

  70. I might try this recipe, but of course leave out the essential oils.  They smell lovely but they are skin irritants.  I put mine in a diffuser and just enjoy their scent in the room.

    Even though Dr Bronner’s has lye in it, it might be ok for hair.  Not sure about scrubbing it into my scalp though…

    • Lye is merely a catalyst and I think it is pretty much used in all soap making (and one which I would happily use way before I would use a detergent product on my skin). It causes the chemical reaction that changes fat into soap, there is no lye present in the finished product.

  71. Wow! I saw this first on your web page. I was so excited to try something that resembled regular shampoo without leaving my hair smelling like a vinaigrette! I was previously using a baking soda rinse followed by apple cider rinse…. Pew! Did the job, but dang! My hubby was missing the fresh clean shampoo smell, and I almost went back to my old bottle…. Praise God I found you! Not only did it smell great, but it’s better than anything else I’ve ever used! We have even experimented and added a little vanilla extract and a very tiny amount of butter extract to richen the scent. I don’t know where you got this recipe, but whoever originally came up with it deserves the Hair Care Genious Award!

  72. My sister and I followed this recipe, but ended up with very greasy hair. We live in South Texas, so we’re wondering if the humidity may have caused this. Any solutions? 

    • Which type of coconut milk did you use? It seems that some people have trouble with the canned or pre-made and will only do well with homemade.

      • We used homemade coconut milk.

  73. I have fine, very wavy to curly hair that tends to be pretty oily, but still dry at the ends. I am currently cowashing and have been pretty successful with that, but wanted to try this as well. Do you use conditioner on your ends as well? I was reading the packaging on my castille soap and it said it dissolves oil… So, in theory wouldn’t it effect the structure of the oils you are adding?

    • It might affect the structure, I’ve been meaning to research this more. I typically just use coconut oil on my ends either for several hours before showering as a deep conditioner, or a tiny amount ofter showering …

  74. Thank you… 🙂

  75. Do you need conditioner or a vinegar rinse with this shampoo ?

    • I think it would depend on your hair type. I usually don’t unless I’ve be in the sun a lot.

  76. Do you have any idea about where you can Liquid Castille soap in Canada? Amazon can’t ship it to me.

    • Dr. Bronner’s website says that it is available in Canada. Maybe try a health food store? Some grocery stores in the US carry it, might want to try them also- look on the bottom shelf of the soap asile!

        • I live near Ottawa. I’ve seen Castile soap at all the health food stores as well as Independant Grocerers in the organic and health products aisle.

  77. I made this recipe and it did not work well with my hair. I have very fine hair and somewhat tempermental. It made my hair super greasy, as if I hadn’t washed my hair in four days greasy. My boyfriend kept laughing all day. I’m going to play around with the amounts a bit and I’ll update as I go along.

  78. Would the Dr. Bonner’s peppermint castile soap work in this recipe?? I thought maybe I could use it and just leave out the essential oil step.

  79. I’ve been “poo-free” for almost a year now – just a few weeks shy of my “first anniversary,” lol. I have super fine hair (I joke that I never got my “real” hair after I was born) that is also very long, but baking soda and vinegar has been working really well for me. Interesting how different things work for different people. And as weird as it sounds, I’m actually getting used to the vinegar smell and not minding it much anymore. The pretty scents are definitely what I miss the most about regular shampoo and conditioner, though. I also use a natural, oatmeal scrub soap. I feel like this shampoo probably smells really nice, but I think I’d be too scared of screwing up the baking soda regime I have going on. Anyone else tried this after using baking soda for an extended period of time?

    • RAchael, I have been using the baking soda / ACV rinse since March but it doesn’t make my hair feel nice like yours seems to be. How long is your hair and do you use product in it? My hair is baby fine, down to my waist almost… just doesn’t feel right so I have been using Miracle II moisturizing soap as a shampoo. My main goal is to be toxin free, but a secondary goal would be to be able to make homemade products, and none of these seem to be working well for me. Sorry I can’t be of help. I just tried this coconut milk shampoo and it made my hair feel even worse than the baking soda shampoo.

      • I have dry hair (naturally curly on top of not producing enough natural oils in my skin) I make a conditioner that my friends are now asking for more of. In an 8oz bottle I use 120ml water, 30ml vinegar, 15ml argan oil, 5ml liquid silk amino acids, 5-10ml honey, 3ml Vit E oil, an emulsifier and a combination of essential oils depending on people’s hair type. The smell of the vinegar washes out to leave just the fragrance of the essential oils. I use the argan oil because of the anti-aging properties which keeps the ends of the hair from splitting but I use 7.5ml argan and 7.5ml jojoba for a friend who has oily hair.

        • Where do you get liquid silk amino acids? What type of EOs do you use for fine hair with average oil production. I really love citrus scents, but I’m not sure they’re always the best for me.

  80. I use Chagrin Valley soap and they have some with coconut milk as well and love their products!

  81. Ok, so I tried this and am not happy with it. First, I made the homemade coconut milk according to directions, and it was never “thick”, it was watery. I did it exactly, using just under 2 cups of shredded coconut, and hot water (not boiling). I blended it on high for “several minutes” which isn’t very descriptive, so I did it for just under 4 minutes, figuring that might be what you meant… strained it etc. But anyway, the Castille soap is just weird. I used Dr. Bronners, but I tried it just alone the day before and my hair felt like straw. I have long blond hair (almost to my waist) and it is baby fine. I figured once I added the coconut milk and other ingredients in, my hair would feel better. Nope. Still straw. Almost unbrushable. Very yucky dull and flat. I even had to use conditioner but that didn’t help much.

    This is probably worse than the baking soda shampoo, which made my hair dry and lifeless, even with the ACV rinse and weekly coconut oil treatments.

    I also don’t use any product in my hair, no mousse, gel, hairspray. But I hate all the toxic chemicals in the commercial shampoos.

    I am just going to stick with Miracle Soap for my hair. It is all natural and makes my hair feel good. I can use that with the ACV rinse and be just fine. I was hoping for a nice homemade recipe I could share with my friends but this isn’t it. And now I have a whole bottle full in my shower.

    My hair apparently looks so much like straw or hay that when I went to a local farm to pick up my raw milk, I always visit the baby cows, and they come to me and give me kisses and nibbles… well, they saw my “straw hair” and starting trying to eat it!

    Please, did I do anything wrong? How could your daughter’s hair look so nice and pretty, when mine is a total crapshoot? The castille soap has a weird texture to it and leaves my hair just disgusting…. please help!

    • From what I can tell, different hair types will react differently to this recipe. I’ve had other readers with similar hair to yours that it didn’t work at all the first time, but after a week or so, their hair adjusted and it worked great. This recipe works great for us, but it seems that everyone will have to experiment to find the combination that works best.

      • I have some news!! This is Rebecca, and I had a bad experience with my hair the first time. I FINALLY got a water softener at home. The main purpose of installing the softener was to test this recipe out, because I LOVED the way it lathered, but hated the way that it made my hair feel like straw after. So… IT WORKED! I got it installed 2 days ago and my hair feels SO MUCH better. Someone had mentioned the hard water being the cause. And I think I agree! I am so thankful now 🙂

  82. I tried the no poo shampoo and used it for about three mo..It was good (and my hair didn’t come out after the poo ) for awhile and my hair didn’t feel clean and it started to turn a funny color..So I had to go back to the bad stuff and my hair comes out each time I wash my hair pretty much…I wish I could use it , on the one hand its great but then on the other not so good…

  83. Wow thanks for sharing! I might have to try making this shampoo.

  84. A suggestion for those having problems with “strawlike” rough or tangly hair after using this mix. Try clairfying your hair first before switching to this routine. Plain old baking soda will do it – mix with water and pour over hair – leave on for 1/2 a minute then rinse well but do NOT rub your hair with BSoda on it. Rinse extra good and use a rich conditioner – leave that on for a few minutes longer too.You may have the type of hair that hates protein – that frequently causes the dry “strawlike” results.

  85. I make my own shampoo bars and the recipe I use is basically a Castille soap anyway (depending on your definition of Castille, some sites say any all vegetable soap is, others say all olive oil, mine falls in the first category), so I thought I would try replacing the water with coconut milk in my last batch to see if I can get the coconut milk benefits that way. I used homemade coconut milk. They are curing, will post an update when I get to try them out.

  86. I think tea tree essential oils would be awesome because it is somewhat antibacterial and has a wonderful scent. I use tea tree for acne, sores and just about everything else maybe it could help with sensitive scalps or dandruff?

  87. just made some! gonna try it tonight. thanks! i already made some deo and it works better than the clinical strength i was using!!

  88. I just tried this recipe, I have long, thick hair that is moderately oily, and I liked the recipe for the most part, but I find it leaves a bit of a film or greasy feeling on my hair afterwards, am I using too much of the product? I usually 1.5/double whatever is recommended because I have so much hair, or maybe I should cut back on the coconut oil? any advice would be great! Thanks!!

    • You could cut back on the oil or it might take a few washes for your hair to adjust

    • I find that Castille soap leaves an annoying filmy feeling on my skin. I have a good feeling that’s part of it.

  89. What do you use as conditioner?

    • Coconut oil usually… going to post on this soon, but every few days I just brush through dry hair and then shampoo as usual…

    • It is probably good a lot longer, but I’ve never had a batch that I didn’t use up before then, so I can’t say from first hand knowledge that it lasts longer…

  90. sounds interesting, i really want to try this, does the
    shampoo has expiry date (?) since the coconut milk does

    • I’m sure it does, but I’ve always used mine within a few weeks and it has never gone bad, so I don’t know for sure how long it would last past a few weeks…

  91. I have fine, thin, straight hair, can’t get a perm because I’m obviously allergic to the solution(my hair falls out…not good!) I ran across a simple homemade shampoo recipe that I use and my hair does wonderful, it even looks a couple of shades lighter and not nearly as dull. I simply take one tablespoon of baking soda, put it in a half pint jar, add a few drops of liquid castile soap, fill with water and shake to mix. I use half, rinse, then repeat. You have to be sure and rinse really well to get all the baking soda out. People give me a funny look when I tell then what I use to wash my hair, but they all agree that my hair looks better than ever!

  92. This seems to be the best recipe I’ve seen! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing! Does this double as a conditioner as well?

  93. I’ve read the other comments but just wondering if the ‘transition’ period that you talk about could lead your hair to be even oiler than regular? I used to only wash my hair every 4 days, sometimes only once a week- but since I started using this shampoo, I have to wash it more often because it’s so greasy! I thought my hair was dry before but not so sure now. I did use the 1/2 cup olive oil for ‘dry hair’ like you recommended and I added another batch of this without the olive oil to the original container- the old shampoo with the olive oil was still in there though. Is this the transition period or is my hair going to be this oily forever? I have long, thick hair- I love the natural shampoo- and I love that it’s a conditioner and a shampoo- it takes me 1 min to brush my hair now where it used to take like 20 minutes because it was so tangly! I want this shampoo to work… any suggestions? Thanks!

    • It sounds like the adjustment period, but I’d try adding less oil and more coconut milk to see if that helps.

    • You might have read the recipe wrong too – you said you used 1/2C of oil, but it in the recipe it says 1/2 teaspoon… so that would definitely make a difference! 🙂

  94. I made this today, and my husband and I both used it tonight (so did the baby but he cant really tell me if it felt any different being only 13m haha) But we both thought it made our hair feel…Dry? maybe thats not the right term, but it was strange feeling. Maybe its because we are so used to our “bad” shampoo’s and the lather it gives off. but when I rinsed my hair it was like I had used a bar of dry body soap on my hair! I had to put in a TON of conditioner?

  95. If I do not have Liquid Castille Soap, with what should i replace it ?.

    And for Vitamin E oil, could i use the Capsules.

  96. Do you know the Ph of this?

  97. I went no-poo for nearly a year out of financial necessity. It does take a little time for your scalp to adjust, and I find that I only need to clean my hair a couple times a week now. However the tangles make me crazy! I have very long hair (to my waist) and I have arthritis in my shoulders so its a problem for me. I started using an organic coconut conditioner that I really like just on the ends to detangle instead of the vinegar rinse and I liked that a lot. Then I got even lazier and started buying the matching shampoo, still only do my hair about twice a week though so its not bad. I would rather use something even better, that I make myself. But I still need a good conditioner 🙂

  98. Before I saw this recipe I switched to Kiss my Face shampoo and conditioner and now I have bad dandruff and my head itches all the time! Will this shampoo cure it? Can I use tree oil instead of the castille soap?

  99. I am currently doing the No-poo, I really enjoy how it makes my hair look. I have natural curly hair, very thick. I have no tangles. However I hate the smell of the Apple Cider Vinegar, when I do “wash” my hair. I am looking for something more clean fresh smelling. I know I can substitute lemon juice, but I was looking for other scents as well. I will have to try the coconut milk, with essential oils.

  100. How often do you do this? I have been trying “no poo” for about 3 months now, and I think I have hair similar to yours. It was good for a little while about 3 weeks in, and now it is either too dry or too oily. I think I want to go to using a natural shampoo, but I don’t want to have to shampoo every day like I did before(cause my hair is so thin and fine and damages easily)

    • Every few days and I use dry shampoo if needed in between

  101. Please help – I started using this after I tried the baking soda method. Did not like that one at all. I’ve been shampooing 2-3x weekly for about 3 weeks and love this shampoo, but now I am noticing that my head itches a lot and seems to be breaking out with little scabs forming. Any ideas why?

    • Might need to reduce the amount of soap and increase the amount of coconut milk in the mix…

      • Wow, thanks for the fast reply! I’ll definitely give that a try.
        I love your site – I have gotten so many great new ways to live a healthier life – chemical free. Thanks so much!!!

  102. I did this recipe adding the vitamin e oil and essential oils and my hair turned out really greasy! I then made another batch omitting the oils and added it to the first one to dilute the oils but my hair still turned out greasy. After going 4+ months with baking soda and vinegar, i gotta say, I think I prefer the baking soda. Maybe I did something wrong, but I don’t like how greasy my hair feels.

  103. Will using homemade coconut milk affect the shelf life of the shampoo? It says in your homemade coconut milk post to use within a few days of making it. Or will the Vitamin E oil preserve it?

    • When I use homemade, I just make small batches so it doesn’t go bad (enough for a couple of days…)

  104. How did I not think of this either? The last shampoo I used and liked was an organic coconut milk one. I will definately have to try this. Thanks!

  105. Ive made the shampoo several times but after a few wks i cant stand the waxy build up feeling on my hair from the castile soap. I did the acv rinse and my hair was a tangled mess. I would love to keep using natural products if you have a way to get rid of that yucky waxy feeling ty

  106. Hi! This is great and worked really good on my hair. I have a question though. I tried to use homemade soapnut shampoo instead of liquid castille soap. for the first time it turned out great but after that every time i tried it, it left my hair oily. DO u know why is it so? first time i used coconut milk which was homemade but refrigerated so next time I made fresh. Still it left my hair oily or u can say made my hair more oily. it was like i am putting oil into my hair. any thoughts?

    • I boil indian gooseberry and soapnuts in water untill it remains half. Then seive it and use the liquid as shampoo.

  107. Can I use coconut oil instead of coconut milk?

  108. I wonder why none of these homemade shampoos work for me, I have tried the The “No Poo” method, this method and others. With this one my hair felt like a thick layer of oil or grime that made my hair dull and stuck together. I wish there was a way to do this. Any ideas?

  109. Can we store homemade coconut milk and store it in refrigerator? and is yes for how long?

    • Yes, up to a week, but I’ve also frozen in ice cube trays for single use amounts that last a few days in the shampoo.

  110. I just made your recipe for my fiancee, and added 1 tsp of olive oil instead of the 1/2 tsp recommended in the recipe, because she has extremely dry hair, but unfortunately still left her hair dry and crunchy… I have decided to increase the oil to 2 tsps, do you think that will work?

  111. I am making a variation of this for my hubby that we suspect has seborrhic dermatitis. Instead of almond oil I use Borage Seed oil and I put about 30 drops of tea tree oil in it.

  112. I am using a variation of this recipe on my husband that we suspect has seborrheic dermatitis. Instead of almond oil I use borage seed oil and I add 30-40 drops of tea tree oil. I have him let it sit on his scalp for 5 minutes before rinsing. I also make other variation for body wash, replacing avocado oil instead of almond oil and add 1 tsp of vegetable glycerine. Great recipe!

    I use the no-poo recipe myself since my hair is more oily. I add a little bit of vegetable glycerine to the apple cider vinegar rinse and use that on my ends only and then I spray in a leave in conditioner of water and vegetable glycerine to the ends. We live in a very dry climate so I had to do a little extra for the ends of my hair.

  113. I used the shampoo for a couple days now. while in the shower it is amazing! i love the feel of it. but my hair now feels very oily. is this something that is normal until it rebalances? my hair is heavy and has a bit more volume which is great as I have super fine hair and it is usually limp and lifeless, but the greasyness of it all worries me. If i know it will go away in a few days then I will stick it out though.
    thanks for any feedback anyone can give me.

  114. Hair has a pH of 4 to 5.5, so to not disrupt your acid mantle (sebum production on your scalp) you should only use pH balanced shampoos. I have done a lot of research on this, I have also attended beauty school so I can say this is true. Using highly alkaline solutions on your hair (baking soda, bronners soaps, etc.) though it feels soft and manageable that is really the disulfide bonds in your internal hair structure being weakened by the alkaline solution.The colors and perms that are performed use this method to work, they “open up” your hair to deposit the color or permanent, then a clarifying shampoo is used to “close” your hair and lock the color or permanent in. To then bring your hair down to it’s proper pH a acidic solution (apple cider vinegar) when using a alkalinic cleanser is used, this is called clarifying. This process is not healthy for your hair or your scalp. There is a great tutorial on youtube on your hair’s pH and why this rollercoaster up and down the pH scale is highly disruptive. The maker of these tutorials is a licensed salon owner and stylist. You can check her out at KimmayTube on youtube. Or, you can ask any stylist that you know. This is why so many shampoos on the market advertise that it is pH balanced. Because that is very important. So forcing your hair to go up to an 8 or 9 and then forcing it back down to a 4.5 in a short period of time is very damaging. If you would like to keep your hair in it’s proper pH, and love making homemade beauty products, then mix 1/4 cup of coconut milk (store bought or homemade both are fine) and 3 heaping tablespoons of aloe vera gel (lily of the desert), shake well, strain through cheesecloth to remove aloe fibers, and wallah! You have pH balanced shampoo that cleanses your hair, stimulates growth of your hair, and is edible! Food for your hair! Refrigerate after use, it generally has a 1 week shelf life. You can find this recipe on youtube as well. I find that if you pour it on your scalp only, and massage and let rest till you are done with your shower, then rinse, it is magic on your hair. Just google all the benefits of aloe vera, and you will see. Then google all the benefits of coconut milk, and you will see again. This shampoo has been so amazing, I can’t ever imagine using anything else ever again.

    • Does this work on all hair types? I have extremely thick straight hair and have been no ‘pooing with little success. My hair feels heavy and dry when it used to be so soft and shiny. I have hair water so I know that is a factor. It makes sense that baking soda is no good for your hair.

      • It does, but you might need to play with the proportions a little bit to get it right for your hair…

    • hello, i would love to use this method!! do i just use the coconut milk with aloe vera gel as a shampoo and rinse out and no conditioner? or what could i use as a conditioner or leave in conditioner? also, is it aloe vera gel or juice? thank you so much!

  115. I just made this & am excited to try it! What do you recommend as a conditioner? I can’t seem to find a recipe for one here, but maybe I’m missing it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Coconut oil works great as an intensive treatment once a week or so or an apple cider vinegar rinse…

      • Great thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to answer all our questions! I’m sure it’s time consuming 🙂

  116. Currently I use a mix of 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 cup water. I don’t wash every day but there was a three week transition before my hair was “normal” looking (wore lots of ponytails that month). Once a week I follow up the wash with a rinse of ACV, works great. It’s hard for the kids to wash with my mixture though since it’s very watery so I am going to give this a go for them. Thanks!

  117. This shampoo doesn’t work for me either. Tried all the no poo shampoos. Leaves my hair like I haven’t washed in weeks. No shine but looks waxy. Any Idea’s

  118. Just tried this–thanks. I’ve been trying the no-poo method, but not sure if I have the patience to wait out the greasy stage…I think this will help!

  119. If I make my own coconut milk, does the shampoo need to be refrigerated?

    • Not for a few days but if you will take longer than that to use, then yes…

  120. I would recommend baking soda and the fluoride buster Borax mix fifty fifty for a awesome shampoo

  121. Hi all 🙂 My hair is thick and fine, and tends to be dry. I keep it in a short pixie cut.

    I tried the no-poo method and found that as long as I don’t use too much baking soda it works very well. If I use too much it makes my hair frizzy. What I finally settled on was 2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 2 cups of water, work through hair and leave on about 5 mins, then rinse thoroughly. As for the vinegar part, I just couldn’t get past the smell. It does dissipate once your hair is dry, but if you re-wet your hair to style it the vinegar smell comes back. Even my dog ran away from me then and normally he’s Mr Cuddlebug! It’s just too stinky. So I bought some lemon juice, and I use it instead of the vinegar, one half cup in 2 cups warm water, and I leave this on for about 10 mins.
    I made a leave-in conditioner using one half cup of glycerine and rosewater, one cup distilled water, and one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol is necessary to keep mold from growing. I put this in a spray bottle and spritz a small amount on my hair after my shower, then work through from roots to ends.

    It’s made my hair amazing 🙂 It’s clean and soft and smells good 🙂

  122. No Poo did not work for us in this house. Besides not cleaning our super thick hair, it was nearly impossible to not get vinegar in our eyes. Shower time involved way to much screaming and fussing and then gross hair. I’m looking forward to this recipe!

  123. HI– this works wonders on my hair, but my scalp is a little dry. Any suggestions? More oil? I used Argan instead of Vitamin E because I had it on hand…I also use tea tree in the mixture. This is actually my 3rd go around with the recipe, but my first issue with dandruff. Is it because I’ve been sick? Is it because I used a lesser coconut milk and it’s catching up with me? =( I really, really, really detest dandruff and need some help.

    • Have you tried occasionally rinsing with diluted apple cider vinegar? That should get rid of the dandruff..

    • Erin, here is a perfect DIY for scalp dryness and dandruff…DIY Aloe Honey “Shampoo”. Use this in place of your shampoo for the day. Recipe and how it works here:

  124. I have very fine, straight hair and have been using baking soda & apple cider vinegar for 4 months. I have no complaints at this point. The 1st 4-6 weeks were a little tricky and some adjustments in measurements had to be made. I still have to wash my hair everyday or else it gets pretty oily, this part is no different than when I was using commercial shampoo & conditioner.

  125. I tried this and many other home made shampoo recipes but my hair just won’t take it the right way. My hair gets so greasy from it that even going at it with a blow dryer afterwards doesn’t help. It looks super clumped, stringy and wet all day even though its dry. I want to use a natural home made recipe but I just can’t go with my hair like that all the time. Is there anything you can suggest? I tried the baking soda and water but it didnt do anything.

  126. Love your blog! I just came across it searching for a natural homemade shampoo recipe because the one I made is so not working out for me. I feel the build up like I need to wash it again! I made it from scratch and thought it would be the best shampoo ever, not so much. Now I’m not sure what I can do to salvage it since I still have 1/2 gallon of unused shampoo. I will have to give this a try this weekend and let you know how it goes, but for now I have to wash my hair out again.

  127. I’ve been using this shampoo for about 3 weeks now and it’s leaving a really waxy build up behind on my hair. I read that this could be from the Castile soap, does anyone have and recipes besides the no poo method that doesn’t use the Castile soap or have any suggestions that would make this not happen?

    • When I get the castille soap buildup, I just wash with baby shampoo. I usually have to do that about once a month, then go back to castile. No need to be a fanatic about natural shampoo. Sometimes balance is nessesary.

      • Balance is always necessary. 🙂

  128. Hi i am new to your blog and i was happy to find an all natural shampoo, but when i used the shampoo it left my hair so oily and waxy. Do you think maybe i need to use more cocnut milk to make it less oily? or maybe not so much castile soap?

  129. Mmm… Left my hair a little heavy feeling and kinda frizzy on top, but it certainly feels thick and luscious underneath. Is there an adjustment period on this recipe? Or did you rinse your hair extra long?

    • It can take a week or so to completely adjust…

  130. I have been washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar, and although that has worked to clean my hair, I notice that I am very oily within a few days, I am going to make this right now and try it in my shower! Any suggestions for conditioner?

  131. I tried this recipe, and it just left my hair a sticky mess! I’m not sure where I went wrong.

    • I had the same issue the first time I used it. I know I put too much Vitamin E oil in it so I added a lot of water to the mix and shook it well. Now my hair looks awesome. Good luck!

      • I used olive oil, lavender oil, and the Dr. B’s baby shampoo.

  132. Oh no! I tried this and my hair is so greasy and it looks like I haven’t showered in a week! Anyone else have this issue? Advice?

    • Update: I washed my hair with this shampoo for the first time last night. My hair looked wet, it was so greasy this morning. I may have added too much vitamin E oil or didn’t mix it well enough. This morning I applied some cornstarch to my hair to soak some of the grease up and added a lot of water to the shampoo mix. I put it in an old ketchup bottle because I like the speed it comes out. I shook it to mix it well and rewashed my hair. Then I rinsed with diluted apple cider vinegar as usual. Wow, my hair looks fantastic! I really like this shampoo. The only problem I have now is: What am I supposed to do with the $100 worth of chemical laden store bought shampoo I have laying around now?

  133. I have been no poo for about 4 months on my colored hair. I have a lot of baby fine, oily hair. I can’t seem to get the natural oils out with the baking soda method, although my hair has more texture. I have been using a dry shampoo ( arrowroot, oatmeal and cocoa ) just to get by. I am going to switch to this. Thank you

  134. Hello! I’ve tried several natural homemade shampoos with no luck, tried the no poo method and this recipe among others. My hair always feels heavy, oily, tangled, and static no matter what I use. Any suggestions? I really want to go all natural, I just haven’t found a shampoo that works with my hair. It’s long and pretty fine.

    • Andrea, I was having the same issue and started using apple cider vinegar and water to rinse my hair with after shampooing. It did the trick! My hair sounds much like yours. Good luck.

  135. i absolutely love your site!! we are gradually getting away from all
    things unnatural… we are almost there!! just weaning off of our last
    products now.. it’s been gradual since January.. but so far i’m loving
    it.. plus saving so much money is an added bonus!! i’m sitting here
    typing this with a wet head after using this recipe… so far so good..
    my scalp feels soothed, and i could actually get a comb through it which
    was amazing..

  136. I just used this shampoo for the first time. My hair looks better already and my scalp does not itch. The dryness/itching from commercial shampoo drives me crazy. My scalp feels light and airy (if the is possible) and my hair did not tangle. I am thrilled. Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe!!!

  137. Oh my goodness I just tried this and it is amazing! I have medium textured hair very porous and gets try I don’t pay attention to it like I should. this is absolutely perfect. I usually use baking soda with a vinegar rinse but since I had surgery near my scalp recently, I wasn’t sure how the baking soda would do near my incision sites. so anyways I tried this and my hair is perfect!!! thank you thank you thank you! by the way for the oil i used half apricot and half jojoba bc the hair and skin absorb them better. Amazing!! I think there is going to be a film left on your hair for lack of a better term because it is the natural oils conditioning your hair

  138. I love this blog and have been using this recipe with excellent results for my dry scalp. I prefer fresh rosemary and peppermint essential oil. I also have a chamomile/rosemary/jojoba mix for once a week. It’s helped my hair so much since I quit shampoo/conditioning!

    I use Dr. Bronners for soap and make my own toothpaste, but now I am very interested in cutting out the last of the bad products, deodorant. Do you have recipe’s or advice on how to no-deodorant?

    • For natural Deodorant, I use 50% of alkaline or distilled water and 50% of Apple Cider Vinegar with mother, transfer in a small spray bottle and spray your under harmpits with it, I have been using it for 6 mos and love it.

  139. I learned that Vitamin E has gluten in it and I have a gluten allergy. Is there something else I can use for the shampoo and the lotion bars?

    • Also, my hair is fine, tangles easy and gets oily if not washed daily. Do I need to even add the Vitamin E? And do you know if it would be better to used the canned coconut milk or homemade?
      Thanks again!

    • What about vegetable derived glycerin or aloe Vera juice? I’d think you would want something to help close the hair cuticle during washing and to help retain moisture for your hair.

  140. I will definitely be trying this. I went with the no-poo option, which I have heard has a lag time where your head will slow down oil production, well, mine didn’t slow down. After a month, I went out and bought shampoo at Walmart. Yep…. Then I tried to make some from various online recipes that always made my hair super greasy, worse than before I had washed it. No go there as well. My hair is baby fine as well and tangles extremely easily. I spend 20+ minutes combing and brushing it each day, and it’s not super long. I will try this and report the result. I have to pick up more Dr. B’s but have the coconut milk in my cabinet. I don’t like the canned coconut milk for anything else that I have used it with, so it’s just been sitting there. Hopefully this will work well. What are your preferred containers, I’m thinking old shampoo bottle and somehow labeling the date I make it to make sure it doesn’t spoil. How do you avoid the coconut milk spoiling?

  141. Not to sound stupid here, but what is the no poo method? You never wash your hair?

    • Washing with baking soda/vinegar at different times and in different amounts instead of a soap 🙂

      • Kind of a scary thought to me, but I am willing to try it. I currently use natural shampoo from Vita Cost. I have tried Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo. I used to have thick hair but after cancer and chemo my hair is thin. Do you think the “no-poo” method would give me more body and re-thicken my hair? I have not had much luck with the shampoos I have tried and would really like to have nice hair again 🙁

    • No poo! Wash hair with baking soda or just use conditioner.

  142. I’ve been doing the No-Poo thing for about a month, and I love it. I really enjoy the simplicity of it, and I only make a weeks worth at any time, so I can change the scent to fit my moods! I was skeptical, but i’m hooked! For particularly dirty days, i’ll make a scented paste with baking soda and about 5 drops of essential oil and massage the scalp and roots prior to the rest of the regime. (i like sandalwood, but mints are nice and tingly and refreshing…) If you have dandruff issues, try adding tea-tree oil to the scrub, and increasing the honey amount in the vinegar rinse. =) has some good pointers and feedback.

  143. I am curious to try this shampoo. I have tried a shampoo bar before, but it left my hair extremely frizzy. I have long, fine but thick, curly, somewhat oily hair. I am hesitant to invest in the ingredients I don’t have if it’s not going to work. Since it’s long and highlighted, I do have a hard time conditioning it. I usually only wash my hair every 3 days. Thoughts on keeping my longer hair from frizzing?

  144. Hi, first of all thanks so much for sharing your recipes, your site is my guide to natural living!
    Can I add tea tree or peppermint essential oil to this shampoo, i am in my first trimester and I have a really flaky scalp.

    • I personally avoid peppermint oil during pregnancy and nursing

  145. I made this recipe, and a friend and I tried it. It smells really nice and felt nice on the hair but it is a liquid. Is there any way to thicken the shampoo? Maybe more coconut milk? I really don’t know. Thanks!!

  146. I’ve never made my own shampoo, but I am currently no’poo and I”m lovin’ it! My hair looks great and feels so much thicker now that it isn’t weighed down by all those yucky sillicones. Even though my hair is thin and greasy, I’ve gotten past the “grease gate” rather quickly. i wash it almost every day with just plain water and once or twice a week with baking soda followed by apple cider vinegar. To combat the grease when it does arise, I brush on cocoa powder with a powder brush on my roots.

  147. Hello everyone. My name is Krystal and I am new to this site. My oldest son has server eczema and it seems everything he uses makes him “break out”. Right now our biggest problem is shampoo. He is 13 and starting puberty and his hair has become unmanageable if you all remember those crazy days of puberty. I have tried one brand of all natural shampoo but that still made his skin break out. I cant afford to keep buying stuff that he will not be able to use because my family is struggling with being occasionally homeless. Does anyone one here have eczema or other skin conditions that has tried this recipe I also wonder if I need to use essential oil or if it will make him break out? Any help Please!

  148. I have fine, straight, oily hair, even at age 57. About a month ago I made this shampoo with homemade coconut milk, baby liquid Castille soap, and essential oil. Do you use the thick cream part of the milk too? I have had my hair continue to be oily and with a strange feel to it…like I lathered it with hand lotion. Any suggestions? I’m nearly done with the bottle I made.
    Thank you.

  149. I’ve tried numerous commercial natural shampoo’s and trying the no-poo method but nothing seemed to work! Bicarb and water paste made my hair really dry and tangly and most natural shampoo’s have SLS (derived from coconut oil – but this is deceiving as its still the same carginogen as the synthetic one). I found your recipe and i have to say, its AMAZING! I have naturally wavy/curly hair, and this literally tamed my locks and made them defined, no frizz. Im really happy ive finally found a natural shampoo that i can make in 2 seconds which makes my hair look and feel great! Thanks 😀 x

  150. I have been trying to go all natural with products and finally decided to give this a try. The first batch I made I used coconut milk that was in a carton, Dr. Bronner’s citrus castille soap and Vit E oil and almond oil because I usually have to use a ton of conditioner to comb through my hair. That left my hair very greasy and it stuck together in clumps. I then tried it with homemade coconut milk and omitted the almond oil, it was better but still greasy/oily and clumping. I just tried this same homemade coconut milk concoction but then rinsed with a baking soda/water mix and then ACV/water mix and it is much better but still has a slight greasiness to it, but much less clumping. Do I just need to give it more time? My hair is a dirty blonde, long, fine, and gets oily – I usually have to wash it at least every other day, daily if I’m not just pulling it up. It is frizzy when I blow dry it, and wavy when I let it air dry. It is also very porous- I have colored it for years and it always sucks the color right up. It has been about 4-5 months since I last colored it and I am trying to let it grow out to it’s natural color, so there’s about 2 inches on top that are my natural and the rest is old coloring. Any ideas on what else I can try?

  151. I love this. I have very dry frizzy hair. Its a little more tangled when i first come out of the shower but as soon as it dries what a difference. Seriously everytime i use it he frizz level gets lower. NExt time i try making my own coconut milk too.

  152. You might already have answered this, but what is the cost of homemade shampoo vs. store bought? Is it cost-efficient? Love the sound of this recipe. I went shampoo-free for a few months but missed the lovely scents. This sounds like it would work for me! Thanks!

    • I’d have to calculate, but when I use homemade coconut milk it is literally pennies per wash…

  153. Just made this shampoo recipie and was very excided at the turnout. I was delighted to have lovely smells with the lemongrass and mint oils I added and it even lathered just as you described! I even made my own homemade coconut milk via one of your instructions but (being dumb and excited) didn’t measure the coconut and dumped the whole small bag (prob around 14oz) in the blender and proceeded in creating the coconut milk/water. Then made the shampoo with all ingredients suggested my hair has come out very thick and icky feeling- very different when I’m used to those nasty chemical laden shampoos! I’m def wanting to go natural but cannot deal with this funkyness. Do you think this is from not measuring the coconut properly? 😛 What would your suggestion be from here?

    • It is probably from too much coconut… there might also be an adjustment period for your hair…

  154. I’ve been using this mix as shampoo for some time now, and about two weeks ago decided to whip up a separate batch to use as my face and body wash. For my “wash” mix, I used tea tree oil as the essential oil. I suffer from adult acne and am open to trying pretty much anything since, so far, no OTC products have even come close to reducing my breakouts. I was amazed to see that after just 2 weeks, my face had completely cleared up (and I mean COMPLETELY). The wash was the only thing I was using. I hadn’t applied any creams or oitments during that time. My skin has never felt or looked so amazing!! I’d highly recommend this to anyone suffering from face or body acne!! Thanks for inspiring me to try new things 🙂

  155. I have baby fine hair too. I’ve tried your recipe above and it was good but a whole raw egg works even better. Whole egg, beaten and massaged into the scalp after hair is wet. I don’t actively bring it to my hair-ends because they have less oil to wash out than my roots but it indirectly goes there anyway. Wash out with cold or barely warm water (otherwise it will cook into your hair). Gives you super duper clean and voluminous hair. I usually spritz with diluted lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons to a quarter cup of water) with a few drops of essential oils to preserve, to my damp hair afterwards for extra detangling and to make it smell yummy.

  156. Hi! I really want to try this! Do you use coconut milk in the carton from the cold section? Thanks!

  157. I find I still have to use hair conditioner with my coarse thick hair and the hard water here. I guess I work on my search for a natural hair conditioner. 🙁

  158. Got a sample of the Shielo Volume shampoo and conditioner and I swear its the Best thing that ever happened to me!!! I have alot of naturally wavy hair, that I was told was thin…and doesn’t do well in humidity. Ive practically tried every shampoo and conditioner out there and Shielo was IT for me!!!!!! Makes my hair feel soft and silky! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!

  159. So I made the above recipe and it left my hair feeling really greasy, so I took out the oil I used sunflower oil, an used less milk, it seemed to wash cleaner, but now it’s oily at the root and dry at the bottom, did anyone else have an adjustment period?

  160. Hello.

    I cant wait to try this as I’m sick of my hair looking dull after spending so much on shampoos etc. I’m just trying to get some castile soap and all Dr.Bronners has got some sort of flavor to them (rose, peprmint, etc) .. Do you use those or you can get a ‘clear’ one in USA?? I live in UK and there are some on a market of course, but it says that it doesnt mix perfectly with some essential oils and Im scared to order as dont have ANY experience…. Please help.
    Thank you

    • Any of those will work 🙂 Just pick one you like!

    • The baby mild one is the formula with no scent added to it.

  161. I am so frustrated. I haven’t bought or used conventional shampoo or conditioner or any kind of hair products in 8 months. I’ve used this recipe- didn’t work. I’ve tried castile soap and honey, aloe vera gel and coconut milk (frozen in ice cubes and thawed when you’re ready to use), I’ve tried baking soda.. I’ve tried aloe juice as a spray on gel, I’ve tried soaked flax seed as a spray on gel, I’ve tried the two combined, I have tried A LOT!!! the list goes on and on. I do NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT want to go back to buying nasty chemical laced shampoo and conditioner but I can’t find anything that works for me. At this point- my curly, long, thick hair is a jumbled rats nest frizzy mess- I wear it up most of the time and I either wear sunglasses or a bandana because I can’t keep my bangs (that I never had until I went no poo) from sticking straight up in the air a foot off my head. Grr I am so frustrated. 🙁 My boyfriend shaves his head so he’s fine, my 18 month old son has beautiful hair but I use a small amount of honey and castile soap on his only twice a week when I wash his hair- it comes out a little tangly but still manageable. Right now, I’m using aloe and coconut milk with some castile soap. Oh and i’ve even tried rinsing with apple cider vinegar- read that it sometimes makes curly hair worse but in any case- I thought it worked really well but it ended up not.. I tried it for a few months.. Do you have ANY suggestions?? HELP!

  162. Love the ease of this recipe, and i love that my daughter said it took all the tangles out of her curly hair! but my hair feels ‘waxy’ is there a transition period? do i just need to wait it out? is this an indication that i should use a more watery coconut milk? i did not add the vitamin e or almond oil for fear of too much oil, any ideas are appreciated. thank you

    • Ok, I held out, and my hair is way better now, still a little waxy i think but I think I just have a little more transition time to go, the ends are curlier than I remember my hair being and no products what so ever! Thanks

  163. I’m having a lot of trouble finding a natural shampoo recipe. This was the first recipe I tried and then I’ve tried to play with it some from and tried others also with no luck. I keep getting a terrible residue buildup which I’m fairly certain is from the Dr. Bronners. Has anyone else experienced this and what can I do? I can use baking soda vinegar rinse to get rid of the build up but does not seem like I should have to do that so often. I also tried no poo with no luck. I have long, thin, fine, hair that tends to be oily. Anyone have any recipes without Dr. Bronners?

    • I don’t know of any without Dr. Bronners but I have tried his basic Sal Suds product. It’s supposed to work with everything and be gentle enough for the skin. I made my own recipe before switching to this. It didn’t leave my hair waxy or oily. Maybe trying that instead of the normal Dr. Bronners Hemp soap will help.

  164. I’ve been trying a variety of chemical free shampoo and conditioner methods for about 1 month now. I followed this one exactly and found my hair was way too oily. First I cut out all the oils and did a 1:10 ratio of the castile soap to (homemade) coconut milk (which was a blast to make). *Next time I purchase more castile soap I’m going with the Dr. Bronners Baby Mild in case the Peppermint is playing a role in the oily texture I get when using this shampoo alone.* I really think it’s important to test these mixtures on your hands first because if you feel a sticky build up on
    your hands you’re probably going to feel it in your hair as well. I think having
    hard water, which I have, makes going ‘no poo’ extremely difficult PLUS
    everyone’s hair is different. SO what I’ve found to work FOR ME is using this Coconut Milk Shampoo as a pre-baking soda/ vinegar suds for my scalp. I do a 1:10 ratio of castile to coconut milk, with nothing else added, put it in a foaming pump bottle and put about 3 pumps on my scalp, rinse, then do the typical one
    tablespoon baking soda in one cup of warm water (massaging the scalp) followed
    by 2 tablespoons of ACV in one cup of water focusing on the ends of my hair.

    These comments have really encouraged me to continue trying different proportions and to not give up so maybe this will help someone else out there 🙂

  165. Question, and you may have answered this somewhere.. but if you use the homemade coconut milk, which you say you have to use in 3-4 days kept in the fridge… won’t the shampoo go bad in just a couple of days too?

  166. Is there a way to thicken up the solution? The shampoo works nicely so far, though I think I need to cut out the almond oil, but it is very thin and I can’t keep most of it in my hands long enough to get it to my hair. I feel like I’m wasting it. I know arrow root powder is a good thickener. Would that be good to add in? Or would coconut oil be good (saw this as part of the squeezable toothpaste formula).

  167. Mine wasn’t foamy at all, really didn’t feel like shampoo. Do you think it had anything to do with me making my own liquid Castile soap?

  168. I just made this and used it. My hair has a really bad build up on it now. It looks oily like I haven’t washed it in a week. What did I do wrong?

    • Same here! Super duper oily on top and there is definitely build up. I read previously that the additives in the canned coconut milk can cause it. I’m going to try making my own and omitting the Vit E oil…maybe it’ll help?

  169. Thanks for all the great ideas!!! I was so exited when I saw this article and made some earlier things week. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but my hair look really greasy. Almost like I put conditioner on my hair and forgot to rinse it off. I have long thin hair. I added some more castille soap, and it was better, but still had the greasy look. Any suggestions are welcome.

  170. Do you leave it in the shower for a month, then use it? Or is it only good for a month?

    And would going ‘no poo’ cause dredlocks?

    • I cant see when you asked but you can keep it for up to a month. You can use it straight away Nina!

  171. hello!
    could i subsitute the coconut milk with coconut oil?

  172. Is there a alternative to coconut milk? I really can’t stand the smell of it!

  173. Thanks for the recipe! I didn’t like the no-poo method also. One question though, will this have a transition period as well?

  174. Katie, thank you for this. I tried it and i like it a-lot, but I was wondering if there is a recipe for oilier hair. I found that after a week, I had to use a clarifying shampoo because of the buildup. I do not mind doing this of course, but if I could adjust the recipe a bit so I do not have to use a clarifying shampoo that would be cool.

    Thanks again, Heather

  175. Has anyone tried using arrowroot powder to thicken this recipe yet? I think I will try it. I will post again if I have successful results. Meanwhile, someone please reply if you have already tried it and know the results. Or if you know of a reason why I should not try it.

  176. Gonna give this a try. I have tried the baking soda and vinegar shampoo. I didn’t like it for two reasons:

    1. i used a bottle to apply it to my hair. It immediately ran off my hair before I could get a chance to put the bottle down. I wasn’t sure if I was getting the full coverage i want so I ended up using a full bottle (16 oz bottle) on my hair. Same thing with the vinegar conditioner.

    2. I tried it for two weeks. I have curly short hair (in between my should blades and ear length) and my hair still felt like it did before I started using it- dry, frizzy and lifeless.

    I know you are suppose to let the hair get used to it before quitting but the first reason I listed above was enough for me to not like it.

    Anyways, I’ve blabbed enough! I only wrote all of that for people who were debating on which method to try- this coconut shampoo or the baking soda and vinegar.

    anyways, definitely trying this out soon!

  177. Gonna give this a try. I have tried the baking soda and vinegar shampoo. I didn’t like it for two reasons:

    1. I used a bottle to apply it to my hair. It immediately ran off my hair before I could get a chance to put the bottle down. I wasn’t sure if I was getting the full coverage i want so I ended up using a full bottle (16 oz bottle) on my hair. Same thing with the vinegar conditioner.

    2. I tried it for two weeks. I have curly short hair (in between my should blades and ear length) and my hair still felt like it did before I started using it- dry, frizzy and lifeless.

    I know you are suppose to let the hair get used to it before quitting but the first reason I listed above was enough for me to not like it.

    Anyways, I’ve blabbed enough! I only wrote all of that for people who were debating on which method to try- this coconut shampoo or the baking soda and vinegar.

  178. I tried it, but with our hard water it’s a mess. High alkali and castile also high alkali damage our hair and leave us very waxy. I’ve tried no poo but baking soda is also alkali and it’s fries our hair and burns out faces. We have hair to our hips around here. I want to got to healthy but so frustrated. Anybody know where else to look or try?

  179. I made this shampoo but it’s so thin I’m not getting the lather I was hoping for. Did I do something wrong?

  180. If your hair feels waxy after using it, try doing a vinegar rinse. I haven’t made this recipe (yet) but I have used Dr Bronner’s to wash my hair, and it needed the vinegar rinse afterwards or my hair felt awful.

  181. I made this shampoo last night and tried it out this morning. My hair was super greasy and looks just awful 🙁
    Once I tried Dr. B’s as a shampoo – I didn’t use it full strength, I diluted it with water – and my hair turned out the same as it did today, very greasy and waxy. I’m not sure if I need to use less oil, or less Dr. B’s or what. I’ve heard that if you have hard water Dr. B’s interacts with it and makes your hair gross, but I haven’t seen anyone else mention that here. I’ve tried reading through comments to see if I could figure it out from other readers, but I haven’t seen what I need (Although I probably only got through half the comments). I have very fine hair that is both oily and dry. It’s so frustrating! I tried J.R. Liggett’s original shampoo bar and it was good for my scalp, but it made my hair look very dull. I have severe eczema on my scalp and have tried nearly everything, which is why I’ve started trying alternatives to regular shampoo. I really want this recipe to work, I might just need to play around with it a bit. I don’t use the “no-poo” method because I color my hair and I don’t want the baking soda to take all the color out. I use apple cider vinegar, diluted with water, as conditioner. HELP!

    • My hair was greasy and looked awful the first time I tried this shampoo too. I read an article about using cool water when washing your hair with castile oil and it worked great for me! Hope this helps!

  182. I’ve been about one week without shampoo and my hair is just now getting a little sheen to it like it’s oily. I’ll be trying a tiny bit of baking soda with some corn starch and warm water then a rinse with apple cider vinegar, water, coconut oil, and some of my favorite essential oils. I make homemade soap so I have most of the supplies, but would like to try this way. I did henna a few weeks ago and that really improved my scalp psoriasis and now that I’ve not used shampoo my scalp is 95% clear already and is not itchy. I’d really like to get away from using any product for hair or body that I can’t do myself. At least then I’ll know exactly what I’m putting on my skin =)

  183. Great results! I made this recipe using Dr. Bronners in eucalyptus and homemade coconut milk (Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut). I omitted Vitamin E & the essential oil since my hair gets terribly greasy. I’ve tried no-poo, baking soda/vinegar, and only castile “shampoo” to no avail. My fine, bra-strap length hair is so happy to be clean and practically tangle free <3 Thank you Wellness Mama!!

  184. Dr. Bronner’s used to have a baby formula…maybe they still do? I hear that peppermint can be irritating to the scalp.

    I’m happy to find this recipe as I’m a fan of coconut milk and need a mild shampoo. Coconut milk is also available fresh frozen in plastic bags in many Asian and West Indian grocery stores…for those who don’t want to bother making it at home.

    Another thing about coconut milk is that it sours when not refrigerated. Given that this shampoo has no preservative, it’s probably a good idea to keep it in the fridge in small quantities?…maybe…

  185. Hi! I am so excited to try this!!! I have super fine and oily hair as well and my hair doesn’t like the no-poo either. Just one question about the coconut milk. I have 2 of the same cans in my fridge right now, because I like to separate the cream off and use it for baking and icings alot, and then use the watery milk in my smoothies. So I am will to sacrifice a can that I have on hand for this recipe, but I am just wondering if you shook the can and used the cream and milk combined? Or should I just use the milk, and eat the cream with a spoon? Yumm! 🙂 Thank you in advance!!!

  186. Does this shampoo work for all hair types?

    • Every hair type is different, but it seems to work for more people than most other natural shampoos…

  187. Can you use 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil instead of olive or almond oil?

  188. Hi, my mum found your site a couple months ago and since then I’ve tried loads of your recipes! Gotta say though, my hair did not love this- used homemade coconut milk but it just felt greasy after. Figured it was either just my hair or maybe the eo’s I added. Nevertheless… What would be your take on substituting coconut milk for rice milk?just out of curiousity.. Thinkin of trying the no poo method. I always thought I had dry hair- in fact it turns it it’s quite oil but fine and it must’ve been the “dirty” shampoos stripping it? Well chuffed and excited to be able to save a fortune! My house feels like a science lab haha

  189. Hi! I’ve been going no poo for about 6 weeks! The first 3 weeks were bad (residual shampoo coming out) the next two weeks were good. This last week is bad. I tried castille and loved the suds but still my hair is not good! I’m going to give the coconut milk recipe a try. Thank you so much and your daughters hair is just gorgeous! Kellie xx

  190. Hello!
    If you do not add water, what is its shelf life? Does the coconut milk make it have a shorter shelf life? I’d like to make a big batch, but I am hesitating because I don’t want it to go bad because of the coconut milk. Thanks! Em

  191. with the vit e oil is there a certain amount of i.u. ….i have some skin vit e that is 3200 i.u. or should i buy consumable capsuels that are only 400 i.u.

  192. i absolutely LOVE THIS SHAMPOO!! As a gluten intolerant woman, i was having a hard time switching to the “no poo” method in order to avoid gluten. then i tried you recipe! LOVE IT!!
    I wonder if it will work with goats milk. do you know?

  193. I’ve heard that after a while homemade shampoos can leave a buildup (almost like wax) on the hair. Have you found this to be true or not true with this recipe?

  194. I’ve been using this for a few days now and love the sudsiness but my hair feels oily afterwards. I have done hair but a lot of it. I sometimes do an ACV rinse after but it doesn’t seem to matter…my hair is still oily to the point I use a dry shampoo halfway thru the day. I am a runner and workout a lot so need to wash everyday. I was doing the no poo method for a couple months with the same results. I just feel like it’s oily and has residue. Any suggestions?

  195. I’ve been “no-poo” for almost 2 years now and my hair is loving it. My scalp has been thanking me for it too. My dandruff is just about gone with the exception of dry winter days. I do plan to make this for my friends though, and my boyfriend who’s dandruff has been acting up lately. D: He uses Head and Shoulders. tsk tsk. I also plan on making a variation of it using oatmeal water instead of coconut milk for my dog. He has very sensitive skin. Will post on how that works out! 😀

  196. OK everyone! I tried this for about 4-5 washes (in about 10 days’ time). It turned out the same everytime…felt greasy/oily, but did not LOOK greasy/oily. I wanted to give this recipe some time in case my hair was going through an adjustment period. I could not stand it after about 10 days. Had to buy some crud shampoo at the store (even the ‘organic’ shampoos out there are CRUD!!!). I did use homemade coconut milk and substituted the vitamin e oil for 7 drops of grapefruit seed extract. I didn’t use any conditioner/rinse/acv rinse, so POSSIBLY that might have had an impact. HOWEVER, since I am reading the posts, it looks as if alot of my ‘sisters’ out there are experiencing the same thing. My hair literally LOOKED like straw even though it FELT greasy/oily. I was completely grateful for the recipe, and always willing to try new things, so I will just put this in my toolbox of recipes not to make anymore. I really liked the ‘suds’ feel, though! And now use it for shaving my legs! Love it! My skin loves it too!!! Hope this helps.

  197. Just wanted to say I tried this shampoo. The downside is that it is a bit too rich for my fine hair. However, I read what you said about using it for shaving so went one step further……….would you believe it is an excellent body wash? My 72 year old body doesn’t even need extra moisturizing …. at least not now during the summer. Might need some in the colder weather. This truly is an awesome body wash. Thanks so much for sharing.

  198. Are there any castille soaps without hemp in them? I made shampoo with Dr Bonner’s Rose.My husband is in the military and they were briefed on not using hemp Shampoos or Oil on Hair or skin, or ingesting it. Any help?

  199. What is the transition period for my hair when I stop using my normal shampoo? I was using a shampoo that didn’t have any harmful ingredients in it but thought if I could make my own I would save some money. I made this recipe last Thursday and started using it on Friday. It is now Sunday and my hair is greasy from roots to tips!!!! I have been wearing a hat every time I leave the house, LOL. I have been shampooing my hair every day with this new recipe. Should I be? Once my hair acclimates to the new shampoo how often will I be needing to wash my hair? I’m hoping that my hair becomes less greasy over the next couple of days or I’m not sure how long I can go with greasy hair!!!

    • I have stopped using this shampoo and ACV as I did some more research and have found out that I shouldn’t be using either of these products on my hair due to being a PH of 9-9.5 for the castile soap. Is there anything else I could use in this recipe instead of castile soap?

  200. Also, should I be rinsing with apple cider vinegar as part of my morning routine with this new recipe? I have colored hair and am wondering if the ACV will rinse my color out quicker?

  201. Also, should I be rinsing with apple cider vinegar as part of my morning routine with this new recipe? I have colored hair and am wondering if the ACV will rinse my color out quicker?

  202. Thanks for this recipe! I just made and it seems to work nicely on both
    my and my husband’s hair – and so easy to make! He has super fine
    short light hair and I have dark coarse naturally oily med. length
    hair. It’s my first time using it but I plan to wash every other day at
    first and gradually 3-2 times a week – hoping that my hair balances the
    oil production when I don’t strip all the moister away with harsh
    commercial shampoos.

    However I’ve been reading that castille soap (as well as baking soda) is very alkaline and can throw off the ph balance of hair if used long term. I guess that’s why the no-poo method has you condition with apple cider vinegar to restore the ph balance of your hair? But this method also can make your hair brittle in the long run, constantly raising and lowering the ph balance drastically each

    I’ve heard of using just coconut milk and pure aloe vera
    for a ph balanced shampoo mixture… but doesn’t have a long shelf life
    at all – I think about less than a week in the fridge. Also,
    refrigerating shampoo seems a bit too much for me…

    Not sure if you would know the answer to this, but does the coconut milk in your
    recipe lower the alkaline-ness of the castille soap? Also how long is
    the shelf life of your recipe? Thanks again, and I really love all your
    beauty recipes! I am focusing on replacing most if not all of my
    commercially made products one by one 🙂 THANK YOU!

  203. Just used this and I love how the castile soap makes it foam and feel more like a shampoo. Was so much easier to get into my hair than other ‘no poos’

  204. Looks like the last posts were 2 yrs ago! Oh well, here is my question: I have long curly hair, obviously very tangly! I used the no poo method and the vinegar and all I can say is my hair was a bunch of tangled mess! Any suggestions?

  205. I tried reading through the comments to see if my question had already been answered but there’s just to many! I was wondering about how often to shampoo using this method, I play roller derby so I work out for two hours three or more times a week and work in a dirty environment, my hair is up and in a hat the whole time but I always come home feeling gross. I’m wondering if under these circumstances it would be OK to shampoo every day or if it would be too much for my hair and i should stick to every other day or just Derby days. I have thick elbow length naturally oily hair that is also a bit fine and tangles super easy

  206. This may be old news to many, but I always struggled with Castile soap being too liquidy and I just learned that adding a half teaspoon of salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons warm water, then adding 1/3 cup of Castile soap thickens it beautifully. Plus the salt added to my shampoo helps counter my hard water.

    Love this site!

  207. I just used this shampoo with all the ingredients, including making the coconut milk myself, but it left my hair a sticky, straw like mess. I have long hair thats thin but a lot of it. Should I add anything different or add more of the coconut milk? Btw, thank you for the recipes!

  208. hi, can I use this shampoo on my dogs and cats as well? My dog has a dry sensitive skin and I would like to try something not as aggressive as commercial dog shampoo. Thanks. Oh also … I live in Mexico I don´t think I would find Dr Bronners soap, can you tell me what kind of soap should I be looking for, or provide the soap ingredients so I could look for a similiar one here, thank you so much!!!

    • I’m wondering if the ‘other’ ingredients in coconut milk is causing a problem with some of the oily hair that seems to be a common issue. Most coconut milk is not JUST coconut.
      They do have a coconut cream in a can which is just coconut. No other ingredients.

      Or perhaps the natural moisture/oil content in the coconut is causing a problem. If it was an issue for me, I’d cut the coconut in half and add a floral water to make it the 1/4 cup that the recipe requires. (Recalling from memory, I think it is 1/4 cup) . I do add floral water and aloe Vera juice and unpasteurized honey to my shampoo. (My notes are in the January 2014 section)

  209. I’ve heard that the Dr. Bronners liquid castille soap can be used as a shampoo. I’m interested to know what adding the coconut milk and essential oils adds.

  210. I know I am late to the party…but is there an adjustment period for this or did I do something wrong/maybe this just isnt for me. I tried the recipe (but used castille soap that was already peppermint and omitted the vitamin e oil) and have been using it for 2 days. My hair is very dull looking and feels greasy and tangled. The first day I thought maybe I just didnt wash it all out, so today I rinsed thoroughly and got the same results. What am I doing wrong?!

  211. I use henna to color my henna. I’ve had problems with many shampoos (even chemical ones, ugh) and there’s this greasy film on my hair. I’ve made this recipe and love it but still having the problem (it’s a little worse than normal). Suggestions? Would the coconut milk help more versus the oil?

  212. This stuff is great. I made it with lavender and tea tree oils to mimic the smell of Paul Mitchell’s stuff. It did seem to leave a residue, which was gone after an ACV rinse (I have fine hair so one part ACV to eight parts water, also with the essential oils added). It does separate, so make sure you shake really well.

  213. I have been using this recipe for a week and my hair feels heavy and waxy. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong or need to give my scalp time to adjust to no shampoo?? My hair is naturally oily and has to be washed everyday with normal shampoo b/c of the oil – which I know is a vicious cycle! But I’m wondering if I can do anything to make my hair feel soft again??? Thanks!

  214. I used this recipe minus the vitamin e and noticed my hair didnt look and feel as clean as when I use store bought stuff. Any suggestions?

  215. I made this but it didn’t sudz for me…anyone know how to thicken it?

    • I use coconut creamed. Made by ‘let’s do organic’ can be found on amazon or most health food stores. BPA free also -no can!

      You add as much hot water as you feel appropriate to get your desired thickness. Maybe if you made the coconut portion thicker it would work better for you?

      I should leave this site ..I could converse with everyone and it isn’t even my site to do so ????

      Good luck!!

  216. I’m just curious as to whether or not anyone else has had this problem: when I dried my hair, it looked 100% wet, though it was actually completely dry. THAT’S how greasy it was. I’ve used organic shampoo for years and since I unfortunately made this shampoo right before going on a business trip, my only option to get it out was to wash my hair three (yes, three) times with this really harsh hotel shampoo. My hair is now in full on protest mode. I have fine (but somewhat on the thick side) hair, so I was really excited when I found this recipe. I will admit to using coconut milk from a can because I just didn’t have time to make it myself and coconuts in Germany are very expensive this time of year.

    Did anyone else hqve this problen when they used coconut milk from a can or what did I do wrong? After seeing the picture of your daughter’s hair, Katie, I was really excited to try this but I looked so awful I would have been fired on the spot if I had showed up to work like that. At the very least, people would have been throwing quarters in my coffee cup thinking I was homeless!

  217. Help! I have tried the natural shampoo with ACV as a “conditioner” and my hair is terrible. It feels heavy and greasy and is full of static. Any helpful advice?

    • Hi
      I dealt with static too but I made a homemade gloss/shine for my hair and it dealt with the static.

      Weird as it is, I have a friend who has enough static to power her home for a day ???? and she takes a baby eco-fabric sheets for the dryer, rubs it on her hands and pats her hair. Weird if you ask me, but she swears by it.

  218. Just tried this recipe. I haver really dry hair and constantly have to cake on the conditioner. Im happy to say that after using this recpie I did not need to use conditioner, and my hair is silky smooth. My hair has been color treated and permed, and it seems to work great, not sure about long term effects yet.

  219. I may have missed this somewhere on your site, but do you know where I can get recycled bottles, tubes, and jars? I’m going to make Christmas gifts, but I don’t have a lot of containers.

    • I thought I would be doomed without a conditioner. I have thin hair that typically tangles etc., but I just made a point of combing it out before showering/shampooing and it’s all good!! I did have some static to deal with, but once I applied my homemade hair gloss it was manageable. My hair is much softer and less fizzy and not weighed down with the typical expensive shampoos and conditioners. I was spending $80 on a shampoo and conditioner to try and achieve what I considered manageable hair. Taaadaaaa! I have it now!


  220. I have been “no poo” for about a year now, and while I do like it, I’m wondering if I would like this a little better? How often do you wash your hair? On the no poo method I can get away with only washing 2-3 times a week…
    Also, do you think there will be a transition from no poo to using this? I hated the transition from commercial to no poo, it was awful!

  221. Thank you Wellness Mama for all your hard work! 🙂 I LOVE your website! I have been using this shampoo recipe (which I am so excited about) and for some reason it really makes my hair oily. My hair is not naturally oily — but right after using this the first time, it left my hair feeling stringy and oily. Does this go away after using it for some time? Note: I did not add the olive/almond oil.

  222. I started using this and it was great, but then I started getting horrible build up on my scalp (I’m guessing from the coconut milk) and no amount of rinsing or adding more shampoo or less or doing extensive vinegar rinses would help. Have to keep trying alternative methods…

  223. Just wanted to leave a note that I started using this as a facial cleanser out of desperation (everything else I’ve been using lately has been absolutely wreaking havoc on my skin) – and my face is SO happy. I moisturize post shower w/ half coconut oil, half cocoa butter and my face went from scaly/flaky/red/oily to even toned & really happy. I even seem to have mostly dodged a pre-period crazy breakout. Thank you!

  224. This shampoo leaves my hair feeling really oily and I don’t have oily hair naturally. Does this get better as your hair gets used to it? I hope so! I really want to make this a permanent change! Thank you!

  225. I use wen, I have for the past 2 months and I absolutley love it! I just can’t seem to give it up. Is it that bad for you? I know its expensive but it makes my hair feel so good. I am trying to go all natural on everything and love the deoderant but I have tried everything including no poo for my hair and it seems wen is the only thing that has worked. Any suggestions?

  226. Thank you! I was already doing 1tsp of coconut milk with 1 tbsp dr bronner’s but was having to do it each use. Nice to know I can make a bigger batch and some other things to add. I like how it foams up nice.

  227. hiii..i would like to try this shampoo…but my problem is that i can’t find liquid castile soap..i found it only as floor and dish washer and it not from olive oil…what can i do??

    • you can order it online. I found Dr B at the grocery store for about the same price. Kroger…in the natural section.

  228. I just came across this shampoo and tried it this morning. I also have baby fine (and thin) hair. I’ve been doing the no poo method for almost 2 months, and I’m still having some trouble so I thought I would try this out. My hair looks slightly less greasy, but it still has an oily look. Do you have any ideas why? Is there a transition period for this shampoo too? Thanks so much for your blog!!!

  229. I should of posted before, but I made this shampoo and loved it. I am hispanic with super thick curly coarse hair and my hair has never been better. I just ran out of my shampoo a couple of days ago and used a regular shampoo which now irritates my scalp. I was searching online for this recipe because I forgot to write it down. Also, My bottle lasted me two and half months, I modified some things and now am never going back. This was the best DIY, I have ever found that I truely loved.

    • what did you modify?

    • Hi Shug, can you share how you preserved it to last for 2 months since the post mentions coconut milk gets spoiled after a week of opening it so i am curious to save how you save the shampoo and coconut milk. Also what did you modify as i found my hair too greasy using this? Thanks much!

  230. Hey Katie,

    I’m just about to try your homemade shampoo but I need to ask something about coconut milk. I bought a can today and after I opened it the milk inside was completely solid. Is that normal? I’m trying to look for some discussions about it online but can’t figure out if I can still use it/or try to heat it up and then mix it with the Bronners or….? Please, help! 🙂

  231. I just washed my hair using this recipe. It was sudzy for about 5 seconds then nothing. I was pretty tanlged and I couldn’t get my fingers through it and it was difficult to brush out. I have fine/dry hair. I will see what it is like once it dries, but I have a feeling it doesn’t work for me, which makes me sad.

  232. I just tried this yesterday. My hair went into a little bit of a shock, but today is fluffy and nice. I used Almond Milk, omitted Vitamin E (bc I didn’t have any), put peppermint in as essence oil, and olive oil. I like that it only takes a very little bit to wash my long thick hair-Amazing. I also like that it lathers. Thanks for posting.

  233. Ok so I have been doing ALOT of research into this whole going “no-poo” idea. Can anyone tell me what the best way to transition is?

  234. Do you think goats milk could be substituted for the coconut milk???

  235. I love this shampoo. I tried the baking soda way and it worked for a while but after a year my hair was looking and feeling yucky. I have since been using an organic shampoo about twice a week. I then found your site and now am making your shampoo. I use Aveeno or my organic shampoo in place of the Castille though. My hair feels wonderful. I have med-length hair that is very curly.

    I also use coconut oil as a leave in conditioner (I don’t use conditioner at all anymore, before I used it daily) and a raw apple cider vinegar rinse once a week.

  236. What is the cleansing agent in this? I am not sure how I feel about all the ingredients in the castille soap, so I was considering trying it with just vitamin E oil, coconut oil jojoba oil, and almond oil. I have never tried to make my own shampoo, so I wanted to see if I am leaving anything important out.

    • what ingredients are you concerned about?

      • I agree, there are some questionable ingredients in Dr. Bronners but it all depends on your tolerance.
        I buy straight Castile soap from new directions aromatics. I’m Canadian and use the Canadian site but I do know they have a US site as well.
        I would think all of those oils would cause a problem with oily residue.
        Hope that helps some.

  237. I just tried the no-poo method once so far. And used the ACV after. It feels really good, but I did not like the appearence of my hair that much. My hair is fine and long. I also tried on my 4 year old daughter, her hair seems fine. Is it ok for her?
    My head is a little ichy today, I wonder why. I tried the method couple of days ago.
    But I just made your recipe and I think I am going to try it today.
    Any tips? Is it ok to use daily?

  238. Just made this shampoo a couple of days ago and have some questions:
    This is my first time trying any kind of natural or homemade product on my hair. My hair is VERY fine and gets really really oily. I can look homeless in a matter of 24 hours.

    This recipe has made my hair extremely oily. I can’t even wear it down within a couple hours of washing it.

    Also, the mixture is so thin I’m finding that I can’t really control it enough to even get all of the product to my scalp. It runs off my hand before I make it.


    • Correction for this. I waited another week or so and my hair has evened out. I put the mixture in ketchup or mustard style bottle and just squeeze it directly onto my scalp.

      But now my hair is weird mixture. It makes my hair a little frizzy and dry but its still oily by the end of the day. Any idea?

  239. Katie, do you still recommend the Vitamin E oil you have listed? I was reading some of the reviews on Amazon and many people said it was not pure Vitamin E oil but had other ingredients (Tocopheryl acetate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil*, borago officinalis seed oil, camellia sinensis leaf oil, macadamia temifolia seed oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, ribes nigrum (black currant) seed oil). Are these safe if you don’t have allergies? I just want to be sure it’s still pure and free of chemicals as this is the reason why I’m trying your recipe. Thanks for your help!

    • Thanks for catching that. The link has changed to a different brand… working on finding the correct one…

      • Ok thanks, Katie!

  240. Hi is it possible to substitute the castile soap or simply omit it i am having difficulty finding it in my area.

    • You can find it online for about the same price I found it at the grocery store…Kroger.

  241. I just tried this shampoo recipe today. I am wondering if there is a transition period though. My hair feels really tangled and hard to brush. My hair has a tendency to be really dry toward the ends and if not washed everyday my scalp gets really greasy. I have been using chemical shampoo my whole life and my hair is really dry already. I am really hoping that this will add some moisture back and help to repair the damage. When making this shampoo I added the olive oil and the vitamin E. I am going to stick with it for a week and then maybe if I still have the oily dry feel I am thinking of leaving out the olive oil and trying it with just the vitamin E. Any ideas??

    • It can have a transition period, but it would be worth trying without the oil to see…

  242. I want to start using natural shampoo but have several concerns. I have thick, long natural curly colored hair. Our water is so hard my hair feels like straw and is so matted and tangled after washing I have to use a handful of conditioner just to finger comb it. If I don’t I can’t stand to touch it wet. I wash it at least every other day but every day in the summer. I also have itchy scalp…mostly from sweat I suspect as it is the back and sides where my head is on the pillow and hot. Any thoughts on how this would work for me and if I will need some sort of conditioner or the vinegar rinse or what?

  243. So when I used this it just left my hair feeling very greasy and like I hadn’t shampooed for a while. Is there anything you can think of that I did wrong to make that happen?

    • Alex, I was reading some of the comments above and some people were saying that they would spray some vinegar onto their hair and let it sit and then rinse. Apparently it helps take the gunk off. They also said that the vinegar smells goes away real quick. I had a similar reaction to yours when I made it and I will be adjusting my regimen and adding the vinegar. Hope this helps.

  244. I just stumbled upon your page a few days ago and jumped on this recipe. 3 days in and my hair feels glorious! I was surprised that there was no transition period as I have tried shampoo recipes before with castile soap and they always left my hair feeling grimy. I’m guessing that’s the power of coconut milk. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to trying some of your other product recipes:)

  245. What’s the shelf life of you recipe? Can you freeze this DIY shampoo and use it in portions later on?

  246. Hi I wonder what does it exactly mean when you say “keep in shower for up to a month”, does it mean you have to store it before using? If so, could you please explain what’s the
    reason? Your help is deeply appreciated 🙂

    • I think she is just saying that it will hold, without spoiling or molding up etc for a month. You can use it right away.

  247. My hair has been detoxing for the past 3 weeks. I made this recipe with the homemade coconut milk. I love the recipe however, the middle of my hair is waxy/sticky. My roots and scalp feel great and my hair is not oily. My water is hard. I have shoulder length, thick, averaged textured hair, with a bit of a wave. Advice please!

    • Sally, I was reading some of the comments above and some people were saying that they would spray some vinegar onto their hair and let it sit and then rinse. Apparently it helps take the gunk off. They also said that the vinegar smells goes away real quick. I had a similar reaction to yours when I made it and I will be adjusting my regimen and adding the vinegar. Hope this helps.

  248. Yes I was looking for natural way to shampoo my hair. I remember from my childhood we had egg shampoo from Poland, it was such wonderful shampoo. But also I remember that my mother and grandma told me about washing hair with yoks from eggs. I did research and I was surprised how many people use this way to wash their hair. I did try and now 6 months later I still do not touch shampoo anymore. Apple cider vinegar or I can also just squiz few tb spoons of lemon juice into i gallon of water and rinse my hair after I wash out eggs from my hair. Even my friends and people I work with notice and start asking me what I did with my hair. My hair gains more body!!!!

  249. I am in the process of making this shampoo, I made your homemade coconut milk, and I am wondering if I can still keep this out of the fridge for up to a month with the homemade coconut milk (since the recipe on the coconut milk says to refrigerate)?

  250. I have been using this “shampoo” now for about a week. The first 2 days were great, but now the middle, top of my scalp is very oily. I figured this could be the “transition period” so I’m going to give it a few more days, but I’m getting tired of wearing my hair in a pony or having to put on a hat… Do you think eventually my hair will even out and not have an oily spot? Also, how often do you use it now that your hair has adjusted?

    • Madeleine, I was reading some of the comments above and some people were saying that they would spray some vinegar onto their hair and let it sit and then rinse. Apparently it helps take the gunk/oil off. They also said that the vinegar smells goes away real quick. I had a similar reaction to yours when I made it and I will be adjusting my regimen and adding the vinegar. Hope this helps.

  251. I have to say that I have no idea how well this works until my hair dries, but! The lather was so amazing I was laughing in the shower with glee because I haven’t used anything that lathered in so long! Thank you!

  252. I was all set to order from Amazon the ingredients needed to make the shampoo until I read the recent reviews about the Dr. Bonner’s being watered down. Is this not the authentic product or do you know if the formula has changed? Thanks!

    • This is what I heard as well… I recently tried this recipe, and I’m wondering if my results are due to this change in formula or if there’s an adjustment period. My hair felt weirdly greasy and weighed down. I’m hoping adding more soap will fix the problem.

  253. If you don’t want to have to shake it before each use, melt and add in Cetearyl Alcohol, it’s an emulsifier, and is a fatty alcohol derived from natural sources.

  254. Definitely trying this as no poo also isn’t working for me. What were the complaints about the canned coconut milk?

  255. Is it okay if I use this (I have dandruff)? Does this help with dandruff too?

    • Tea tree oil helps along with some other essential oils.

  256. I made some of this last nite and tried today, my hair feels oily but I’m not giving up .I used Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil and melted it down before measuring it. Is this an OK substitute
    Also, have you heard of any Afro-Americans that have tried this recipe on their hair. My grandaughter is “mixed” and they seem to work pretty hard to keep her hair nourished and manageable. Just wondering is this would work for her?

    • I would think the coconut oil is the problem to the greasy feeling. Recipe calls for coconut milk. Just a suggestion 🙂

  257. So I’ve used this recipe a few times, and so far it is leaving my hair feeling greasy. Not really my scalp — more like the hair is oily/has some sort of gunk on it.

    Has anyone else had this reaction? Am I using too much product? Any tips? Does this happen for everyone and then pass?

    I was using “low poo” without surfactants in it before trying this.

    • Lauren, I was reading some of the comments above and some people were saying that they would spray some vinegar onto their hair and let it sit and then rinse. Apparently it helps take the gunk off. They also said that the vinegar smells goes away real quick. I had a similar reaction to yours when I made it and I will be adjusting my regimen and adding the vinegar. Hope this helps.

  258. Can the essential oils be skipped? I couldn’t find them at target. I got the unscented baby-mind liquid castile soap by Dr Bronner’s. Does that work?

  259. This is amazing!! Thank you so much for getting the ball rolling for me!! O have been searching and searching for a recipe that just made sense to me. When i saw this, I said this is the one!

    I tweaked it a bit for what I thought would best suit me. Dr. Bringers baby Castile has some ingredients I’d like to avoid (that’s the only Castile soap I saw that was unscented for Castile soap) so I used pure Castile soap from New Directions aromatics .. Check them out!

    I use creamed coconut – fantastic product. You add hot water and stir till you get your desired thickness .i just wung it…. BPA free as it is packed in plastic inside a cardboard box and having a sulphite allergy, this product is sulfite free!!

    I added 2 splashes of orange blossom floral water. 1 tsp of unpasteurized honey. A splash of aloe Vera juice. Essential oils of lemon, lavender, orange and rosemary. Took more than 20 drops to kill the Castile smell but it was super luscious! I love it!!! Can’t wait to make another batch!!

    Then I felt so inspired I made a hair gloss/shine. Vitamin E, rice bran oil and a few drops of lemon and rosemary essential oils and after blow drying my hair, I used some gloss. It smelt fabulous, my hair felt and looked great and I felt chemical free! Fantastic!

    Now I need a daily conditioner .. Any ideas?

    • Silly ipad did some auto corrects. Hopefully you can make the just of it ..
      Like Dr. Bringers? No! Dr. Bronners.

      Thanks again!

  260. Hello Katie,
    Back from India, and going the “home made natural way” for all beauty products.
    I was wondering, could you replace this liquid castille soap by soapnut shampoo? I really would like to go “all natural”, as soap is the result of natural oils reacting to… synthetic lye. What do you think? I have pretty thin, oily hair with sometimes dandruff (i think that’s from aggressive shampoos : i thought the ones at Lush would be OK, but actually their surfactants are highly aggressive gah!). Thank you very much for all your lovely home made recipes anyway 🙂

  261. I have made this recipe several times now and LOVE it!! My husband has been singing its praise as well (which is huge because he normally is very skeptical of non-commercial products). Thank you so much for this information!

    p.s. I used Tea Tree essential oil and lemon which is a real pick-me-up in the mornings.

  262. I SO love this recipe! Well, sort of, lol. I just re-found it, but did the best I could, from memory, a little over a week ago.
    I used one of those sample/travel size bottles of Dr Bronner’s, in lavender, poured into a shaker bottle, then used the bottle to measure the coconut milk (canned), 2 vit E capsules, & hazelnut oil, because I’ve been using it on my face & love it.
    Though I’m kinds of missing that silky feel, I have a feeling it will be back, once my hair adjusts. This lathers beautifully, in my waist-length, fine, curly hair, & even w/o the silky feel, its still shiny, full, & soft – the first time I’ve found that in a home-made ‘poo.
    Here’s the fun part – Yesterday, I forgot, before getting in the shower, that I was out of body wash, which I’ve also been experimenting with. I just used this ‘poo, instead. It was fantastic!!! I didn’t have time to moisturize after, & today, my skin is still soft & silky, today! I’ll be 50, this month, & every month, my skin seems to get drier, all the time, no matter what I do, I can’t wait to see how thus does for my skin, over the long haul.
    Thank you SOOOO MUCH!!!

  263. Does this work for hair loss? Thinning? I am a 34 year old female and I gave been experiencing hair loss for months now, not vitamin related nor thyroid, tried numerous hair products without any luck. If anyone knows anything about it please pass it on. Thank you in advance.

    • Biotin. Help alot so hair does not fall out. I take 2 daily. I am 58 and have long hair. My Mom and Sister lost hair.

  264. Hi I made and am using this recipe. I love it however it tends to make my hair feel sticky, for lack of a better description. I have very fine, wavy/curly hair. The upside is I look as if I have a lot more hair than I actually do but I can’t get past the sticky feeling. I tried different ratios, more coconut milk it too heavy for my hair type and more castile soap is better but a bit drying. Any suggestions as to what ingredient would be contributing to the sticky feeling? BTW the castile soap I bought has some shea butter and essential oils in it already. Also any reason why one could not use this as a head to toe, hair, face and body wash? I love the idea of 1 product for everything. I may make a mixture with a heavier coconut milk base for my face. Thanks for all your ideas, love your site. Jodi

  265. I was looking foward to using all these ingridents and washing my hair with it….BUT WAS VERY DISAPOINTED!! this shampoo left my hair hard and more tangled than it usually is. I do not recommend this shampoo for curly haired girls. It must be the castor soap that did that.

  266. To start with I am so excited I came across your site, it is wonderful! I just started using this shampoo today (I’ve never used homemade shampoo before), I have fairly fine oily hair and noticed it feels nice on top but the rest is sort of waxy and stiff. I see from other comments that it can take hair a little while to adjust. I travel quite a bit though and was wondering if after my hair does adjust will traveling and using different water in the shower revert my hair to the adjustment state it is in now? Thanks!

  267. Hi! I love this post and am excited to try it! I tried the “no-poo” thing and it totally did not work for my hair. I want to go all natural with my beauty products so this sounds perfect. I was wondering if I used tea tree oil as the essential oil in the recipe if it would help clear up dry scalp? During the winter my scalp becomes very dry and itchy and this year it seems to be worse than ever! I think part of it is that I have very sensitive skin which is why I’m wanting to go all natural with the products I use. Thank you for all the information you share, it’s really appreciated!

  268. Has anyone experimented with using something other than coconut milk? Like maybe almond milk? I am allergic to coconut and I’m afraid to try this, even though its just topical. Thanks!

  269. I followed the recipe but I’m also feeling the same as Jodi with the sticky hair feel. I even made up a bottle of vinegar rinse to use afterward. Still giving it a few days but wondering how long until it will have soft/silky feel again. I have fine, straight hair.

  270. My hair like Jodi was left feeling sticky and not so silky. I have thin straight hair. I did make up a bottle of vinegar/water rinse but that didn’t help either. any suggestions?

  271. I used the homemade shampoo and the acv rinse. The shampoo smelled like bar soap, so I think I’m going to add more essential oils to it. I used orange but will put another oil into it. My hair felt like straw and it was very dry, but I had castor oil in my hair the day before. Maybe that could be it. After I used the acv rinse, my hair was frizzy big time, but I may have used too much acv. I used a 1:1 ratio. What am I doing wrong?

  272. So this shampoo was so easy to make. But, it left our hair really oily, sort of goopy feeling, and hard to manage. Is this normal? Or is it just our hair type? We have long hair and really don’t want to go “no poo”

    • It can be hair type and it can also be a transition period as your hair adjusts

  273. I went no poo! I use vinegar rinse daily and 1 TBS baking soda every third day or so…whenever it gets too greasy for me. I tried no baking soda because it is drying, and switched to honey but only continued to get greasier….so switched back to baking soda. My hair is thicker and more manageable. During recent haircut my stylist was amazed that my hair had grown so much and that it was so healthy!

  274. Your provided information is very useful for those people who have different hair problems. I also want to know some useful tips that are helpful during traveling. Because i am a tourist and traveling almost all year in different countries of the world.

  275. Hi! Is it okay to add aloe vera (aloe vera juice to be exact)? I also plan to add jojoba oil and avocado oil. Would that work as well? I am excited to make this!

  276. I am going on week two with the no poo method. At first I was concerned with the vinegar smell but once I realize that my hair is so much better I didn’t really care. Yeah there are things I could do to mask the smell but it doesn’t really seem to be noticeable to anyone. Now I will tell you this, I have curly-wavy dry hair and my hair looks salon perfect. It used to be frizzy and I had to keep it in a pony tail all the time. Now it looks perfect air dried. I am please with the results. And the money I’m saving? Oh puh-lease! I worked at a natural food grocery store and have several of the “all natural” shampoo and conditioners, none of which does this for my hair. who would of thought baking soda and apple cider vinegar could prove to be sooooo useful. I’m about to go in search of natural home remedy lotions. I already know what I’m gonna do about this toothpaste nonsense I’ve been hearing about. Have you read anything about it? Anyways. Thanks for your contribution to us mommas!!!

  277. So, I’m new to the whole DIY natural remedies concept, but I just made your shampoo and absolutely LOVE it! Also did some modifications for a bodywash and love it. My husband uses it, but really prefers bar soap. Do you have any recipes for that?

  278. Hi, I’ve tried this homemade shampoo recipe and I had such good expectations, but when I washed my hair for the first time, I’ve had to rewash it with normal shampoo because my hair looked greasy. I’ve tried on my daughters hair as well putting less shampoo, but, unfortunately, her hair looked greasy as well after it. Then I’ve read that it is good to rinse the hair with an apple cider vinegar, but still, my hair looked greasy after… Maybe it is because I put 1 spoon of olive oil in it? Because I have quite dry hair and my daughter has even dryer… I don’t know what else I could do wrong… I also did the coconut milk at home, I did not buy it, but I don’t think that it is because of coconut milk…

  279. Hi! I’m excited to try some of the recipes on this Site. Have made the cleaning products and had great success with them.

    Am just wondering though, in recipes for shampoo (and anything else) can liquid castille soap be substituted with sunlight soap or lectric? Just wondering!

  280. I am going to try this recipe soon .. but was wondering, could you add raw honey to this recipe and if how much would you use? Isn’t raw honey very good for hair and skin?

  281. I tried this recipe. I used canned coconut milk (since that’s all I had at the time), I used avocado oil, and added 1/4 cup of honey. Like several comments above, my hair came out very “waxy” feeling. However, when I dried and styled it, I was quite impressed. My hair is about an inch below my ears and flips up. Usually, I use mousse and a hair wax to get it to do the flip. I was able to eliminate the hair wax and still get that flip and it lasted all day. Also, my hair is very fine but I have a lot of it, this shampoo thickened it even more and made it really fun to style. It was piece-ey and full of body. Another perk is that I could go the next day without washing, and my hair performed and smelled fine. No odors at all! HOWEVER…..after two weeks of great hair days, I wonder if there was just too much of the waxy buildup, my hair was unmanageable, went completely limp. 🙁 I used a vinegar rinse and my regular commercial shampoo. That seemed to get it soft and “light” again. I do love this shampoo, but will need to make some tweaks. Perhaps, the coconut milk? The honey? The oil? Reading above comments with the same concerns of “sticky” hair, there hasn’t been any replies as to what may be the ingredient that is responsible. I’ll let y’all know what I come up with on my next batch. Yet, another great perk of this shampoo is that it does make an excellent shaving cream!!

    • Hi there Kerry, I made this recipe with just the coconut milk and Peppermint castile soap. I’ve been using it for 2 wks now and seem to have that sticky greasy feeling only while my hair is wet. Once it dries it doesn’t feel that way at all. I think its because of the coconut milk. If I take the coconut milk between my fingers and rub them together that’s kind of how my hair feels

  282. This may be a dumb question but I am just curious as to why it only lasts a month? Is there a break down of the natural ingredients that cause it to go bad?

  283. My mom and I have been using this recipe for about a month now. We liked it but we wanted it thicker. So, this is what we did:

    Using an electric hand mixer, mix 1/8 – 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum with the coconut milk for about 3 minutes. Have the soap and oil mixture ready in another bowl. Slowly whisk the soap and oil mixture into the coconut milk. If you want it thicker, add a tiny amount of xanthan gum and mix slowly.

    I don’t know how long the shampoo will stay thick for but here’s hoping it’s until it’s empty or time to toss and make more!

    Happy shampoo making!

  284. Hi! I tried this recipe last night and when my hair dried it was very oily. I also woke up with a very itchy this just some kind of detox from using chemical filled shampoos for so long?

    Thanks in advance, Miranda

    • Shampoo is the most tricky DIY beauty product because it is so individual to hair type. If you are having a bad reaction, I’d definitely try different ratios to see if it helps

      • thank you very much!

  285. Hello,

    Im really enjoying your website. Can’t wait to be chemical free. I just wanted to check though, Is all you need a teaspoon of this recipe per wash or should I be adding this to something?

    Thanks for you advice.

  286. Hi. I was thinking of trying the recipe and making my own coconut milk from fresh coconuts, but I know that it goes bad very quickly without refrigeration. do you think if i boiled it and then mix it it would last longer? Thanks

  287. About how long does this Shampoo last? I generally need to shampoo every day as I work in a barn and with horses, my hair gets dirty and smells like horse daily. I am currently trying the no poo method, I like the results but I really miss the suds!

  288. Hi,
    My roots are naturally very oily all I’m not sure if that’s why I’m getting a build up feel but I want my hair to be “flowy” but it feels more “stiff” in my roots. I tried the acv/water rinse and I blow dried my hair but it still feels like there’s build up in my roots. What can I do to help this? This is my first no poo wash as well.

  289. I am trying to go all natural including food, beauty, etc. Would it be advisable to wash my hair with just coconut milk? Do you think it would be oily. I’m not to keen on the baking soda no poo, but I do like the ACV rinse. I washed my hair with honey and milk. I liked it but my hair was very statically. Any advice?

    Thank you, and as just about everyone says, “I love your blog!”

  290. Can I make the recipe without the essencial oils?

  291. I just made this shampoo, can’t wait to try it tonight! I bought the canned coconut milk and am wondering if I can save this in the refrigerator and use it again once I run out of the shampoo, or will the coconut milk be bad by then?

  292. I love your recipes and thanks so much for posting!
    Has anyone tried thickening with cornstarch? I saw that cornstarch was an ingredient in your dry shampoo recipe. Thanks!

  293. This is similar to a natural body wash recipe I recently tried. Could you use this for shampoo and body wash?

  294. Hi, can I use argan oil instead of jojoba? If so, same amount?

  295. Have you ever had any problems with the castile soap and coconut milk mixing together? When I made it today the coconut milk looks like it has curdled!

    • I haven’t ever had that problem. What kind of coconut oil did you use?

      • I used a can of Spiral organic coconut milk as I’d read that it was BPA free (I’m in Australia so not sure if you know that brand). The only one I could find was low fat, don’t know if that would make a difference? I didn’t use any coconut oil, just coconut milk and castile soap. Oh and I had a thought afterwards… I added some lemon essential oil so perhaps that is what curdled the mixture?

        And I just want to say what a fantastic website this is and how much I love your philosophy about sharing such great ideas 🙂 I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes now and they’ve worked out brilliantly. Thank you.

        • Not familiar with that brand but it could have been the lemon or it could have been another ingredient in the coconut milk if there were any

          • Hi Katie, Do you put the extra olive oil in yourself? I just tried this for the first time and it felt pretty good – until I put water in the hair to rinse and then it seemed to clump into a greasy mess (which is what used to happen to me when I tried Bronners on its own). The good news was that it was not actually tangled. I also used the ACV spray and rinse because I do have coloured hair. That also seemed to help, the overall feel was pretty nice and combed through very nicely. However I’m a hair dryer and flat iron user; took forever to dry, and I could tell before I ironed it that it was greasy. It looks ok, except that it moves in masses like greasy hair does. I have the fine greasy hair like I imagine you do; though usually it acts dry because of the colour. So I’m wondering if I should skip the olive oil?

  296. Hi! I’m new to this method and so far I’m not liking it, but maybe someone can help. So I have been at it for about 2 weeks, I use 2 tbsp of Dr Bronner’s rose scented castile, and 1 tbsp Grace brand canned coconut milk. Then I do an apple cider vin. rinse 1 cup water to 1 tsp acv. My hair is SO oily still ! I have had really processed hair in the past, colored/hair gel/hair spray etc and my hair is naturally fairly oily. Do I need to wait a bit longer for my hair to get rid of the buildup? Or am I mixing my stuff incorrectly? Please help !! I am trying to go chemical free with all of my products and lord knows it’s not easy but I don’t want to give up either. Thanks everyone !!!

  297. Hello,

    I tried this recipe and have noticed my hair gets a weird feel to it, kind of sticky I would say.
    After I dry it it still has tht feel to it and tangles easily.

    Any suggestions?

  298. Dear WM,

    How to do you wash your hair after the coconut oil and avocado mix for deeper conditioning?
    Do you have any recipes for deeper conditioning or for hair loss too?

  299. I use a 1:1 mix of Dr Bronner’s peppermint and tea tree castile soap (about 4 oz), and fill the remainder of a 16oz bottle with a tea mixture made from peppermint, green, and chamomile teas plus 1 TBSP baking soda. After shampooing, I rinse with a mixture of ACV (4oz) and DWV (4oz) 1:1 and fill the remainder with the leftover tea from the shampoo. I LOVE IT!

    • Hi, what is DWV? I was thinking of trying your way of making it but was not sure what that meant.

  300. Was there a transition period for using this shampoo?

    I made and used it last night and followed it up with a little bit of Trader Joe’s conditioner because my hair has been really tangled and when I woke up this morning it was very tangled, slightly oily and a little bit matted. I’m not sure if it’s because I used it with regular conditioner, if it takes a bit for your hair to get used to it, or if it is not working for me.

  301. I LOVE this shampoo! I found the most success with using homemade coconut milk. However, I’m pretty sure I’m having a reaction to jojoba and/or almond oil. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it. I’ve eliminated it everywhere except for the Dr. Bronner’s, which contains jojoba oil. Has anyone used another Castile soap that does not have jojoba? I also use it for laundry detergent so I’m hoping to find a good alternative. Any ideas??

  302. I really enjoyed your article and information for natural products to use for our hair. Thanks for continuing to promote natural wellness in every area.

  303. This worked great for me! And that is honestly a first. No-poo=terrible. Most natural brands=even worse. I have very fine, curly, thinning hair that suffers in my dry climate! I used cheap canned coconut milk and the citrus Dr Bronner’s- kind of smells like lemon merengue pie! I also use cider vinegar as a rinse and homemade flax seed gel.

  304. I know ACV is good but I couldn’t stand the smell, so I switched to Healthy Skin for A Happy Life’s natural shampoo – so much better!! It contains ACV but the smell is hidden by all the essential oils, coconut oil, and lemon juice. Sulfate free, paraben free, completely natural, and my hair has been growing like crazy! It’s seriously the best shampoo I’ve ever used. If you’re not sold on the no-poo thing, google Healthy Skin For A Happy Life and try it!!

  305. i went poo-free a year & a half ago; i absolutley love it! however, it didn’t work for my boyfriend. i am so excited to try this recipe for him & our kiddos:) thanks for sharing!
    ALSO, a quick side note: rosemary essential oil is great for both your scalp & it encourages hair growth. lavender essential oil has a such a huge variety of uses & it is gentle enough to use undiluted on sensitive skin, even newborns. i am NOT sure how either of these would affect colored hair but both would be fantastic choices to add into this recipe!

  306. Love the website! Anyway, I use store bought no poo. They work great but recently have decided for alternative products to replace chemical filled store bought items. I’ve tried baking soda recipe, this recipe and recipe including bentonite clay. With all of them my hair feels like straw and I can’t get the tangles out. My hair will be tangled to about one inch from my roots. Is this a transition period? Do you have any suggestions? My hair is dry, thick, curly and long.

  307. I have just two questions about this product. I have never used homemade products but want to start cutting chemicals out of my life.

    Questions: 1) I have oily hair, is this shampoo ok to use? Or will it make my hair more oily? I also have colored hair and so does my roommate and we share our shampoo. Is it ok to use with color?

    2) I am intrigued by the cider vinegar rinse? Does this actually work like a conditioner and detangle your hair in the shower? Or would it be better to use one of the coconut oil recipes I’ve seen on other DIY websites?


  308. Made it for the first time last night and used it. Results were good! Excited to see how it works in the long run!!

  309. HELP!!

    I have tried this on my daughter’a hair and her hair has turned into an oily mess. I tried again today followed by an acv rinse and her hair is just oily strands and looks wet even though it’s dry. I have used it on my colour treated hair, followed by acv rinse and all seems fine. Any tips for a different formula or solution to her oily locks? Many thanks

  310. I’ve been using this shampoo for 4 months now and LOVE it! The problem is, we recently moved to an area whose city water comes from a well. My hair is now tangled and feels dirty, even if I wash it twice. Any suggestions to help with this? tyia

  311. I have oily hair, but still needed a conditioner at the same time to protect my color treated hair – and the Shielo Color Protect line works perfectly. Even if you do not put color in your hair. It makes my hair shine and the shampoo is not heavy. This is one of the first shampoos that has really worked for me, and the Shielo conditioner did not leave my hair oily at all.

  312. Hi, I am just starting on my journey to drop chemicals and nasty things out of my life. My question about this recipe is, how often do you wash? I know most people who use the baking soda route only wash twice or so a week. Does that standard carry over to this recipe as well? I have tried a few times now with the baking soda and by the end of the second day my hair is oily looking and I can’t stand how it looks. I have very fine, short blonde hair. It’s too short for hair ties, so there’s really no good way to “hide” the oily look. Before when I had longer hair and I had to go without washing (camping and such) I would just pull it into a pony tail, but it’s too short for that now. I also have read that there’s a transition period where your hair/scalp reacts to the change. Which is most likely the cause of the oil, but, is washing my hair every other day using this method (or even the baking soda method) going to end up somehow badly?

  313. I make pure olive oil bar soap and leave 10% of the oil unreacted for a very moisturizing bar. This works well for hair as well, and the oil does not make hair greasy for our family but it does make it tangle free. We all have fine hair, but my kids have tons of it and one has curls and it still works.
    Even if you need a conditioner or a detangler, oil-heavy homemade soap might work well for many people, and at least you know what’s in your soap! Here’s what’s in mine: olive oil, lye (sodium hydroxide) water and lavender essential oil. [How to is all over the internet, just search for homemade soap if you want to make it.]
    This is a great site Katie!

  314. Would this be ok to use on my pets. I usually use my homemade peppermint and rosemary bar soap (It helps a little in keeping away fleas) but My dogs are hard to wash as they wiggle a lot so a shampoo or liquid soap would be preferable (I end up dropping the bar soap then the dogs jump out of the tub). I would greatly appreciate it if anyone happens to know if it will be pet safe. Thank you.

  315. I just recently went all natural with my products basically overnight. I decided to make this because it seemed like it would be pretty close to commercial shampoos. I really like it, but I had to make two batches. The first batch I made with canned coconut milk, organic, and was rinsing my hair with white vinegar. The first couple of days my scalp felt clean, but my hair was kind of waxy. The next three days my hair just got heavier and greasier, so I made some homemade coconut milk, added about 1/2 c of that to 1/2 c of Dr. Bonner’s peppermint soap, with a small amount (about half a tsp each) of vitamin e oil and avocado oil, and started to rinse with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar “with the mother” to 2 cups of water, using about 1/2 each rinse. I poured the mixture over my head and let it sit for a few minutes, then just lightly rinsed my hair. After I started doing this my hair felt lighter and less greasy, although it still gets oily overnight, but I think that is because I have always used herbal essence and never anything natural. I am going to keep using this shampoo and see if it gets better. I hope to be able to wash my hair every other day or even less often at some point. On a side note, this shampoo lathers up really well when I put it on my sponge to use as body wash, but hardly at all if I just put some in my hands and then into my hair. I have to use the suds off of my sponge to get my hair sudsy and get the soap down to my scalp (I have really thick, coarse, long, and curly hair). This may be because of my hard water, we currently have our water softener unhooked.

    • So it has now been 3 weeks since using the second batch that i made with more dr bronner’s soap and homemade coconut milk, and I am thrilled! I no longer have to shampoo every day! I shampoo 3x a week and once a week I do a coconut oil treatment and once a week I rinse with ACV. For the coconut oil I take 2 tbsp coconut oil and massage it into my scalp in the morning, and put my hair up and wash it out that night. For the ACV I take about 1/4 a cup in 2 cups water and pour it all over my hair. I then take 2 cups of plain water and pour that over my hair, and it keeps it smooth all week. For everyone that is just starting with this: experiment with the recipe and stick it out! The oiliness and waxiness will go away.

  316. Making my way around your website 🙂 Just made this shampoo up and about to try it on my 3yr old daughter. Could you use the Bronner’s castille soap as a body wash?

  317. I made this concoction and my hair was an oily tangled mess and it “dried” extremely greasy! Unfortunately, I tried using less and still had the same result. I have color treated hair and after I was able to wash out the concoction, my hair was lighter. Love the concept, just not so much the recipe. This is just my opinion and I love this site . . . this just didn’t work for me.

    • I am having a similar experience with it. Today was only the second time I used it but it wouldn’t rinse out of my hair. My hair was so greasy when it dried that I had to re-shampoo with a commercial shampoo. I could not got out in public the way it was.

      My hair is fine, wavy, a bit on the dry side and not coloured. Any ideas on how to improve it? I really want to use an all natural product.

  318. Hi! For anyone who might be able to help:
    I just shaved my head for the St Baldricks Foundation and I want to give my scalp and growing hair a rest from harsh chemicals. I know I shouldn’t use conditioner on my scalp but I don’t want my pH to be way out of balance, so does anyone know a recipe that will keep my hair balanced and growing thick and healthy?
    Thank you!

  319. I’ve been using this shampoo for about 5 days now…my scalp is slightly oily, but not horrible. I realize this is part of the process. However, the rest of my hair seems to have a film on it. Not necessarily oily, but filmy. I have been using the apple cider vinegar rinse, but it is still oily. Any ideas?

  320. I made this last night and tried it this morning. I followed the recipe to the T. I used Bonners Rose and did add 4 capsules of vitamin e and just a bit of jojoba. I am new to trying natural hair products, I have made my own moisturizers and lotions.

    My hair feels horrible, its super heavy and hard to brush. i didn’t use any conditioner after and I let air dry. I do have color treated hair. I used canned coconut milk, peppermint and rosemary doterra oils. It almost feels like there is too much oil or fats in my hair.

    Did i do something wrong? Any suggestions on what i should do?

    • From the sound of it, I’d guess that you used too much of the shampoo and/or didn’t rinse it well. I had that problem the first couple of times with the coconut/aloe-only shampoo I use.

  321. I’ve read on Dr. Bronner’s site that their soaps are not appropriate for color treated hair. This is their comment:

    One disclaimer – don’t do this on colored hair. The alkalinity of the soap opens up the hair follicles, where the color resides. The color will drain out and fade quickly. Colored hair needs acidic products only. (Soap, by nature, cannot be acidic. Only detergents (shampoo) can be.)

    Being as Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap is mentioned, can this recipe cause a problem for people with color treated hair?

  322. I made this yesterday and I LOVE it.

    I have thick curly, dry hair that is very difficult. After using commercial products that are ‘sulfate, paraben, fragrance free’, which made my hair even drier than it already was (even though it was made for dry hair)… I decided to give my own shampoo making a go – I tried no-poo a few years ago, which was successful for a short time, then caused a build up on my scalp after about 4 months.

    After 2 days of use, Ive already seen a reduction in hair loss (usually I brush out a handful every day), I can run my fingers through my hair (it normally makes dreadlocks within hours after I’ve brushed it) and its bounced back to a nice curl and shine rather than flat, frizzy and dull.

    I hope it keeps working for months to come!
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  323. I’m having the same issue of fully, heavy feeling hair. It’s like it doesn’t rinse out completely, and it ends up the same even when using the ACV conditioner. Has anyone come up with a solution for this yet? I see others are having the same issue.

  324. Hi, has anyone used coconut cream for this recipe, in our grocery stores I can get non organic coconut milk but only organic coconut cream, not sure why. So I was wondering if it would still work with the coconut cream?

  325. I have made and used this today and found I needed more than a tsp also there was no real suds. I know homemade shampoos have less suds than normal but I imagined there would be more than there was. Could this be down to the brand of castile soap or am I being unrealistic expecting it to foam up enough to cover all of my hair?

  326. The can of coconut milk reccomended has the same fillers “guar gum” as the can does so does it make a difference as one comment said that the cartons have more fillers that aren’t good for you. The so delicious brand has the same filler.

  327. I tried this tonight. I used a fresh coconut, using the coconut water inside and adding 3 more cups of regular water before following the rest of the instructions. I also used peppermint and rosemary essential oils and on my next batch i plan to use clary sage. I was a little nervous, I have hair past my bum & for religious reasons I don’t cut my hair. After reading about some of the ingredients in commercial shampoo and conditioner I realized why my hair was giving me problems. So far I love it! I didn’t even have to condition my hair, which is shocking. I have read alot of comments about an adjustment period that will happen to my hair for about a month when i go the natural route w/ my shampoos. Does anyone have any pointers to help me during this time?

  328. i’ve been using this for three days, and my hair seems very heavy.. it also feels kinda greasy, but not like if I don’t wash my hair for two days’s hard to explain. I am using the vinegar rinse with it…what is your recommendation? No rinse? Leave vinegar in? I was so excited about this, but my hair doesn’t look so great…

  329. The coconut milk says after opening keep in refrigerator and use within 4 days. How long will this shampoo keep for and does it need to be stored in the fridge?

    • Amanda, I’m pretty confident that it has to be refrigerated. My shampoo smelt like spoiled milk after 2 weeks. it probably went bad before that but the smell only got really bad around two weeks. i’m thinking of experimenting w/ some coconut oil rather than coconut milk. coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioner so I figure that about one tablespoon or 1/2 tablespoon would be enough.

  330. We live in South Africa and I have no idea what this Castille soap is. What is it exactly so I can find an alternative?
    My daughter’s hair is a huge problem. Incredibly thick, curly, wavy and tangled. I’ve stopped shampooing and would just rub in as much conditioner I can on dry hair and then we rinse it out. Any advice PLEASE ! I can’t get a hair brush near her and try the Tangle Teaser where we can before the screams get too much 😛
    I want to try the ACV now as well.
    Thank you

  331. Hi,

    I’m slowly switching to natural products as I need them. I’m almost out of my shampoo and want to try this, but I have a question. Since my first pregnancy, my hair has changed so much. I used to have normal hair type that I would wash twice per week and now I have to wash it every other day or my hair gets so greasy like I-haven’t-washed-my-hair-in-a-month-greasy!! My hair is really fine and very long. Do you think this recipe would work for me? I miss my normal hair type 🙁 Oh by the way. My first pregnancy was 6 years ago and since then I”ve been battling this gross greasy hair of mine 🙁 help

  332. I have really long but thin fine hair and I made this recipie using homemade coconut milk and homemade liquid castille soap. ( I use 1 bar of Kirks castille soap and 2 3/4 cups water to make it) I have noticed my hair getting more body to it, especially around my scalp. I have heard many ppl say your hair will go through a “detox phase” and I am wondering what exactly will your hair do during a detox? I do notice that I have something white in my hair after washing it. It isn’t dandruff, I am wondering if this could be all the residue build up on my hair coming off?

  333. Hi. I have made this recipe using probiotic coconut oil soap with the home made coconut milk and a little sweet almond oil. I have washed my hair twice in the last week and my scalp feels great. I used to have dry itchy scalp and now it feels and looks great. I have past the shoulder hair and the bottom half of my hair feels waxy and it looks a little greasy. What can I do to eliminate the waxy feeling until my hair adjust to this method? What can I do between washes? is water or herbal rinses ok? Thanks

    • You might try a rinse of ACV… it sounds like you have a little buildup in your hair. Go gently though and dilute the vinegar, since it can be drying.

  334. I have made this & tried twice…twice i gave up…my hair feels so stiff & waxy when I use this. I tried with & without the ACV rinse. I read in one of the comments about build up…is the build up from this homemade shampoo? I really wanted to go all natural, but my hair was so gross feeling. I had to wear it up for the three days I tried this. Any suggestions? My hair is typically oily, used to be strait & sleek, but it kind of on the frizzy side now.

  335. I have a very itchy scalp, and dandruff. What type of ingredients would help with this issue? I’ve tried everything from adding tea tree oil to my shampoo directly to buying some with it as an ingredient. I haven’t used any shampoos with SLS in them for years, but I still have the problem with an itchy scalp and dandruff. Right now I am using yes to carrots dandruff shampoo, which seems to be helping, but at $7.99 a bottle, isn’t very economical.

    • Rosemary oil is said to be good for dandruff. Be aware, however, that it may gradually darken light hair. If you are fair, maybe use infrequently.

      • Nope, no light hair here. Mine is curly (type 4, I believe) coarse, dry, thick, and dark. Also very prone to frizzies. It’s been getting lighter over the years, so I wouldn’t mind so much if the rosemary darkens it some.

  336. Hi. does the shampoo have to be refrigerated? I think it probably does. I made some and it smelt like spoiled milk after 2 weeks. my hair was also limp and heavy from residue left behind so I didn’t feel that clean…does the vinegar spray get rid of this? or should I add some soap balls as natural detergent? I have oily, fine hair.

    • Vinegar can certainly help with buildup. Regarding refrigeration, I don’t refrigerate mine, but if you’d prefer to, go for it! No one wants to put spoiled-smelling stuff in their hair!

  337. Hello there,

    I have a quick question for you. Is there a substitute for castille soap? I have a picky scalp and have only successfully used organic baby wash for shampoo that doesn’t bother my scalp…..though I’m sure it’s not very natural. As far as my hair, this shampoo works great, it’s just my itchy scalp that hates castille soap..
    Thank you!

  338. This didn’t work for me and I really hope it would have. After a week my hair is really greasy and I can’t take it anymore. I will try the no poo recipe of just baking soda and water. Hope it works!

  339. I just found your blog, and I cannot wait to try this recipe.

    Question: Do you think the recipe would work using fresh aloe instead of gel from a bottle? I have an aloe plant that is growing vigorously, far more than I need to treat kitchen burns and the occasional sunburn. How should I prepare the aloe after skinning it?


  340. I have VERY FINE OILY HAIR and discovered a great way to combine this recipe with the no-poo recipe to end up with perfect results for my hair type (so far – a few weeks now). The coconut shampoo was just a little too heavy for me. The no-poo left a lot to be desired. I found a site that suggested adding castile soap to no-poo. I had already whipped up the coconut shampoo (with just the milk and castile soap) so I just combined everything together and wished for the best! I hope I am not repeating something that has already been discussed. I haven’t been able to read through all the comments regarding this post.

    1/4 c COCONUT MILK
    1/3 c CASTILE SOAP
    2 c WATER
    2 tbs BAKING SODA
    + drops of essential oils for scent

  341. Hi i would like to know if i can use a regular bar of soap (Like Dove), and make it liquid, as a substitution for castile soap, since I could not find it anywhere. Would there be any differences or effects?

  342. I’ve used this shampoo recipe for several months now and LOVE it. The only problem I have encountered is when I have to travel to cities that have hard water. After washing with this shampoo in hard water, my hair turn into a greasy, yucky mess…and takes several washings with castile soap and the “bad” shampoos sold in stores to get back to normal again. Do you have any suggestions on how to pre-treat hair prior to washing in hard water? I definitely don’t want to go back to traditional shampoo/conditioners, but the process of recovery from hard water is very frustrating. Thanks in advance for your help.

  343. Is there any way you could tweak this recipe to add some aloe vera gel too?

    • Go for it! Add what you think will work! Maybe try a little in a single use first, and see how it affects your hair.

  344. I usually apply coconut oil on my hair before I shampoo it. So if I use this as a shampoo, applying oil before shampooing, will it not make my hair too oily even after wash? I have very dry hair as of now which I am trying to treat. I assume the coconut milk may already be making the hair kinda of oily(moisturize) and if I have already loaded my hair with oil as I normally do before a shampoo wash, the castille soap will not be able to remove the excess oil and my hair will end up being too oily. Any one who has tried this after they had already already oiled their hair?

    • If you hair is very dry, it might not be too much oil. Many people pre-poo, as it’s sometimes called.

  345. Will this formula help remove the build up from hair?I read baking soda will help remove the build up, so my question should is that should I wash my hair first with baking soda and then with this homemade shampoo or will this shampoo itself help remove the build up?

    • This shampoo is fairly gentle, and will likely not remove stubborn buildup. That said, you could try it without a baking soda wash first, and if you are not satisfied, add in the soda wash the next time.

  346. I will definitely try this out. You mentioned that you are using a canned coconut milk that is BPA free. For canned products what is the best way to figure out if they are BPA free? Is there anything on the label to look for?

    • Yes, if it’s BPA free it should say on the label.

      • They don’t carry the Native Forest brand at my local health food store so I was wondering how to tell if another brand uses BPA free cans. But even looking at the native forest one, I couldn’t find any indicator on the labels. I read that Trader Joe’s carries several canned products using BPA-free cans but they aren’t labeled specifically either. 🙁
        On a different note, I have tried this for the first time this morning and noticed that it left my hair somewhat waxy especially near the roots. I read through the comments and also the ones for the mud detox as I had the same issue with that one.
        I was wondering if it may help to dilute with a little distilled water or adding a little lemon juice. If so, how much would you add?
        I also thought about trying a vinegar rinse like some suggested. For that purpose would you rather use ACV or White Distilled Vinegar?

  347. Hi! I am new to the natural non-toxic world and it is a LOT to learn (between working and taking care of my 3 canine children) and of all the sites I have found yours is my absolute favorite! I love that you talk about things and then explain exactly how to make them and also links to purchase items if we can’t find locally! I have been having hair issues all of a sudden recently and have been trying a lot, I just tried this tonight and my hair looks and feels great!! (Have been using your deodorant too but can only use every other day cause the baking soda gives me a rash, but hoping I will built up a tolerance!) So glad you have this site!!!

  348. i tried this recipe and am having issues with my hair feeling “heavy” after washing. it’s like i’ve used a commercial conditioner that was too heavy for my hair and it leaves my hair looking and feeling like it hasn’t been washed in weeks. is there something i can do to adjust the recipe so that it’s not weighing my hair down?

  349. Hi’,
    You mention this Shampoo lasts about a month, mine is about a week old and now it smells funny, as if spoiled, rancid, or has a smell similar to some sort of pesticide (that’s the best I can describe it). I made the Coconut milk myself. Any idea?


  350. I made the shampoo with fresh coconut milk to the exact specifications. It was very watery and when I poured a teaspoon into my hand, I couldn’t get it to my head before it ran down my arms. Any suggestion for thickening the shampoo?

    • Hm… You could try adding a little honey…

  351. Hi,

    I’ve read on other sites that Coconut Milk must be stored in the fridge and only lasts for a week. Are you certain that we can store it in the shower for a month?


    • I do… But if in doubt, keep it in the fridge!

  352. Hi, I have tried your shampoo on mine and my daughters hair and we both love it. I have think curly frizzy hair and my hair has never felt softer. My daughter has the complete opposite, fine straight hair and good results for her too. I am about to make my second batch and just found out I am pregnant. I am a little concerned about the essential oils. Do you think I can omit the oils and still have the same result? I used lavender oil last time which I guess is conditioning. Perhaps I will need to do an apple cider vinegar rinse afterwards?

    • First of all… Congrats! That is wonderful news! If you are concerned about the oils, leave them out. Better safe than sorry. They mostly add fragrance.

  353. Thanks for an awesome blog! I want to go natural with skin products now that I’m eating right and want to try this recipe. I live in South Africa and can get castille soap from Faithful to Nature. On their website, they say you shouldn’t use castille soap on face or body, that it’s only for washing and cleaning the house. Why would they say that? I’m worried to try this recipe now.

    • Maybe they mean undiluted. Castille soap is pretty powerful, and should always be diluted if in contact with skin.

  354. Hi! I just tried this shampoo and was really excited to try it out. I added in some aloe vera gel to make my hair fuller and thicker. I’m disappointed to say that it made my hair very greasy. I have fine hair as you said you do. I followed the recipe exactly aside from the addition of aloe. Any suggestions on what I can add in the concoction to make it less oily? More castille soap or coconut milk perhaps? Please let me know, I really want to make it work 🙂

    • It’s going to depend on your hair properties… You may need to experiment a bit. Maybe less coconut milk? Some people can find that it coats their hair…

  355. So I’ve tried this out for a couple weeks, and my hair is great, except it seems to be a tad bit dry and brittle… Any ideas?

  356. Hi,

    Thanks so much for your blog! I have a question – I wash my hair everyday – mostly because its oily, but also because I just “feel” cleaner. Sometimes more than once if I go to the gym. I understand the concept behind this method is not to strip the hair of its natural oils.. but isnt there a shampoo out there that does that? For example of these shampoos which are sulfate free? What is the difference between this method and sulfate free shampoos? And how different will the outcomes be?

    Thanks very much!

    • Well, this shampoo is natural and very easy and inexpensive to make. It’s also nourishing and won’t dry your hair out, which might be ideal for you if you wash frequently. Most sulfate-free shampoos are pretty good, but they are not always natural. Everyone’s hair is different, so it’s hard to say what results you will get with what product. I’d experiment 😉

  357. Can this recipe be frozen in ice cube trays?

  358. On one month with this and my curly hair is even curler and way more shiny than its been in a long time. Took about 2 weeks to adjust tho and I kinda looked like a big greasy mess (thank goodness for bananas and pigtails 🙂 )

  359. I finally ventured out and made this shampoo – super excited! I have been using it for a week now and my hair is super oily right now. Plus I haven’t been getting a lot of suds with it.
    Am I doing something wrong, or is it just going to take a couple more weeks for my hair oils to even out? I know it does sometimes.

    Thank you so much! LOVE this site!

    • There my be a mild detox action happening. You might want to give it a little longer. Suds vs no suds can be caused by many things… oil in hair, hardness of water etc. I wouldn’t be too concerned about that.

    • Hi Nadia,

      I had the same issue, so I adjusted the recipe a little. First, I doubled the Castille soap. Then I added about 1 Tbs honey and 1 tsp baking soda, and it worked great! I found that doubling the soap alone didn’t fix the problem, but neither did adding honey/baking soda without adding more soap. I’m hoping that as my hair adjusts, I can cut down on the soap until I’m at the levels of the original recipe. I have also heard that adding vegetable glycerin might help with the suds issue, but I have not tried that yet. I may try removing some of the soap now and replace it with vegetable glycerin.

      You may also want to consider using a vinegar rinse after washing your hair if it’s not feeling clean enough. Makes hair very clean and shiny! It will smell while it’s wet, but that will dissipate as it dries. I find it smells pretty good when dry, but you can add essential oils if you don’t like it. Right now I’m doing my shampoo adjustment and the vinegar rinse, and my hair has never looked or felt better.

  360. Hi There – I’m loving everything you’ve suggested to make for a better body and beauty! I’m finding that with this recipe my hair ends up feeling greasy and I tried to blow dry it today for the first time in a few months and it just was slick feeling. Is there something to do to get rid of the greasy-ness that is occurring? Is that just how my hair is naturally?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

    • How long have you been using it? Sometimes there is an adjustment period of a couple of weeks while your hair gets used to the new shampoo…

  361. Please tell me what I’m doing wrong. My hair came out looking oily after using this recipe.

    • I doubt you are doing anything wrong… your hair may be detoxing, or it might simply not like it (mine hates no-poo, so I readily accept that not all methods work for all hair). Give it a few tries before you give up, but know that if it does not work for you there are other fine options.

  362. Hello! I have a question:

    I’m planning to try out making my own shampoo and body wash for the first time soon. I found a recipe for homemade body wash on another site that has all of the same ingredients as your shampoo here, it just also adds vegetable glycerin to make it sudsy. Do you think it would be okay to use the mixture containing vegetable glycerin in my hair as well? Or is vegetable glycerin something I wouldn’t want in my hair?

    Thank you!

  363. Hi, I love all of your posts! do you know of a recipe for shampoo that doesn’t contain coconut oil or castille soap? something with beeswax, almond oil, olive oil. no palm or shea.

    I would really appreciate

  364. I love the wellness mama products! I go green and mostly use all natural and homemade products for myself and my family. We have a hard time with bath products though. My husband is allergic to olive oil and one of the ingredients in the Castille soap, is olive oil (as is most homemade bath products-because olive oil is very good for the skin). I was wondering if there was a substitute soap (for the castille) that I can use for this recipe?

    • Have you tried Kirks Castile soap? I don’t believe it contains any olive oil. I use the bar and dissolve it down to make it liquid. Has fewer ingredients then the actual liquid version.

  365. This is a great Aromatherapy Shampoo I found
    It lathers up beautifully and swells wonderful.
    7 oz. of unscented Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bonner’s)
    1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
    40 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
    5 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
    8 Oz. Bottle (I use a glass bottle to store shampoo and pour into a plastic application bottle when I shampoo my hair – shake mixture well before using)
    Pour Soap first
    Pour Jojoba oil next
    Add all other essential oils
    Mix well in bottle by shaking
    Very refreshing
    Light a candle, close the bath room door and create a spa shower room while shampooing your hair

  366. My first attempted at “natural shampoo” was HORRIBLE!
    I tried the “No Poo Method”
    My hair has never felt so horrible! It looks like I haven’t washed it in months. There is so much oil built up. My hair literally feels like I have wax in it..
    The recipe I used said to give it a week and my hair will look luxurious. That was some CRAP! If this is luxury, keep it. I have gone OVER a week and my hair gets worse. My skin is also suffering.
    One time I was rinsing my hair and adding the “conditioner” my face actually burned and I heard a sizzle.
    SO! My hair did NOT work for this style… I REFUSE TO GIVE UP though!
    I am now trying this new method.

  367. Hi Wellness Mama!
    I read that this recipe should have the ‘sudsy’ feel but mine did not ? Just wondering if you have any ideas why this might be?
    Also my hair was left quite oily (which it wasn’t before I washed it) Vinegar didn’t even reduce it enough. Should I just leave out the vitamin E?
    Would love some feedback.
    LOVE your site and everything you do, such a blessing to me and my family. THANK YOU!! X

    • Hi! The amount of suds can depend on how hard your water is, I have found… you might have harder water. It could also be that your hair was dirtier (no offense intended). If it is working harder to break down oil, it won’t suds as much. Sometimes I actually shampoo twice if I have been working really hard and my hair is dirtier. The first time it won’t suds hardly at all and the second time it gets pretty sudsy. You could leave out the oil if you think that will help.

  368. Am really excited with this idea of going no poo… My hair are really long and thick and I have to spend a hell lot on maintaining it. So this would be really a money saver. I usually oil massage my hair the night before I am planning to shampoo.. Would this shampoo be able to clean all the oilyness ?

  369. is coconut water the same as coconut milk?

  370. I’ve found that adding a tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel and substituting the other oils with coconut oil has helped a lot, mainly by balancing the ph a tad more.

    • Hi Emily,

      Would you mind sharing your precise recipe? How much coconut oil do you put in? And the rest of the recipe, do you follow Katie?

      I’m about to try testing various recipes!

      Thank you so much.

      • I posted it 2 comments below this, sorry, I forget to put it in the reply section! Hope it helps! :3

  371. Am really excited with this idea of going no poo… My hair are really long and thick and I have to spend a hell lot on maintaining it. So this would be really a money saver. I usually oil massage my hair the night before I am planning to shampoo.. Would this shampoo be able to clean all the oilyness ?

  372. It is a very similar recipe:

    – 1/3 cup coconut milk
    -1/3 castile soap
    -5-10 drops of pure vitamin e oil (a capsule will also work)
    -1 tbsp of coconut oil (optional, but it doesn’t make my hair greasy)
    -1 tbsp Aloe vera gel
    -15 drops of any essential oils (I do not recommend citrus because they are phototoxic and can damage hair when you are out in the sun enough)

    For the rinse: (I use a spray bottle)

    – 1 part water, 1 part organic apple cider vinegar
    – (3-10) drops of essential oil; I use lavender

    For the rinse, spritz your hair and let sit for one minute and rinse, or after shower leave in for shine (not too much though if you leave it in). Hope this helped! :3

    • Thank you so much Emily … I’m going to give it a try tonight!

  373. I’m going to try that recipe for sure.
    In India, there’s a really old, tried-and-tested shampoo recipe that contains dried Reetha (Sapindus), Shikakai (Acacia Concinna), and Amla (Gooseberries).
    You basically soak the ingredients overnight, boil them, sieve the ingredients out, and use the liquid.

    Good luck finding the ingredients, though!

  374. I tried the no poo for a month because I was hoping my scalp would adjust. Sadly it did not, so I tried this natural shampoo which worked great but it did not keep for very long. I discovered Lush and I used their shampoo bar which is amazing. I have since been making my own shampoo bars and I like them but still had problems with flaking. I have found that using a homemade bar is soap with Kaolin clay works best but what makes my hair smell and feel amazing is a mixture that I started spraying on after I shampoo. It is simply water, vegetable glycerin, tea tree essential oil and Lavender E.O.

  375. I got a new hair wash that I’m loving. You take 1/3 of a cucumber 1/2 of just the inside of the lemon (the rin doesnt blend well, but keep it cuz they are get to wash your face with) and then coconut milk. Blend well and wash your hair, face, and body. Smell soo good and works great on fizzy hair.

  376. Really like the selection of ingredients for natural shampoo. I’m a pharmacist that does not follow the old “better living through chemistry”. It’s great to know what chemicals to avoid.

  377. Hello, I just wanna ask if do I really need Castile soap? Because in my country it’s a little pricey (at least for me), so do I really need it? Thanks in advance!

    • It the most “cleansing” ingredient in the shampoo. It really cuts through sebum. That said, you can certainly try it without first and see if it works for you.

      • Well now I think it’s experiment time, thanks!

    • Hi Jeff,

      If you don’t fancy buying it, you can make it yourself. It’s a potentially dangerous process but if you follow the instructions very carefully, it’s fine. This is a really good video for how to do it safely…

  378. is it okay to save this shampoo in a plastic container, or should it be in a glass container?

    • I generally avoid plastic if I possibly can.

  379. Hi, I have started with this natural shapoo a week ago, Next week I’ll have to dye my hair… and I was wondering how am I going to wash my hair after that… is this shampoo gonna work to clean the color product??? Have anyone tried that?

  380. This did NOT work for me. I have fine hair and this had horrible results. It left my hair looking more greasy than before I shampooed it and it took a couple of washes to get all the grease out. I would NOT recommend this for fine hair. I followed the recipe exactly

  381. Can you use this as a body wash as well?

  382. Did I do something wrong? My hair is wary, of medium thickness, oily at the roots, and, normal to dry at the ends. After shampooing with this natural shampoo, my hair is stringy and oily with tons of buildup. I copied the recipe as follows:
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1/3 cup Dr. Woods Organic Citrus Castille soap
    20 drops lavender oil.

    Any advice? And how do I get it out? I tried baking soda paste but it only helped a smidge.

    • You used coconut oil instead of milk!! That’s why your hair feels gross. 🙁 I would suggest continuing with the baking soda paste or mixing up another batch with coconut MILK and see if that works.

      If you did use milk and just made a typo, could your hair just be experiencing a transition period? When you aren’t used to natural shampoo and make the switch, your hair can get gross for 3-6 weeks.
      Good luck!

      • Thanks Aimee! I did mean to write coconut milk, not oil 🙂 Do you think using more castille soap will work or will it just dry my hair out? 3-6 weeks is way too long to have my hair gross when I work in an office…

      • Hi Judy!

        Using a little more soap may help, but there really is little you can do to speed up the transition. Regular shampoo strips your scalp of the natural oils, so your scalp starts to produce more oil to replace it. The transition period is basically your scalp re-adjusting to not have to produce so much oil. It’s not fun, but if you can get through it ( I wore my hair up the entire time to work) you will most likely be a lot happier with your hair and scalp.
        Good luck!

        Someone else may have tips to shorten the transition….

  383. Hi!
    I made this shampoo and have been using it. its great! I have been reading that we have to monitor the PH balance of homemade shapes because our scalp requires 4.5-5 PH to prevent it from itching, drying and other possible side effects of a higher PH level… apparently castile oil has a high PH level. What do you think?

  384. Hi,
    I just stumbled upon this site and I really love it 😉 But I have a question:
    Does this work for oily hair? I would really like to try this, but I just want to make sure it really works 😉 I started the ‘water only’ method 12 weeks ago and I’m still in the transition period, which should only take 4-8 weeks. I really hate my hair now because it’s all oily and it kind of sticks to my head. I just feel so embarrassed because of my hair, so I really want to try something new that really works for my hair. I have long hair, and it’s not thin, but not thick either and it’s very oily.
    I just want to be safe this time and ask someone’s opinion before trying it out ;D

    • I would not exactly classify my hair as oily (closer to “normal”) but I find that this does clean it very thoroughly.

  385. I have been using the baking soda/acv rinse for about 6 mo. now. I have not had any issues, not even a bad transition period. I no poo my hair 2x a week. I have toyed with the recipes a bit by putting a drop of castile soap in with the dissolved baking soda and last night, I tried just a drop of castile soap and then a rinse with acv. no baking soda. This morning, my hair feels waxy and looks dirty 🙁 Did I use too much castile soap? I have read about some people experiencing a lot of breakage from the baking soda….anyone else experiencing that? I do get frizz but I always get that due to the humid weather in VA lol. Will the coconut milk help with that?

    I am planning on trying the coconut milk recipe later this week. Going shopping tonight 🙂

  386. I’ve been no-poo for a while, and my hair is great! BUT my scalp has become really really dry and I’m at the point where I need moisturizing… coco oil didn’t work so I’m gonna try out this shampoo I have a really good feeling about it! Thank you!

  387. The recipe calls for 1/4 c. Coconut milk. And it can keep in the shower for a month. What do you do with the rest in the can? Will it hold up until you need to make another batch?

  388. The recipe calls for 1/4c coconut milk and will keep in the shower for up to a month. What do you do with the rest of the milk in the can? Will it keep in the fridge until you need to make a new batch? can you make more than one batch at a time and keep in the fridge until you need to use it?

  389. I’ve used this recipe for a month and it works great for me. My only complaint is that it’s so thin. I’m wondering if you’ve ever tried ways to thicken it up so it’s easier to use in the shower? I was thinking of emulsifying a little oil to give it structure. Thoughts?

    • you could try adding xanthan gum. I feel like there are already so many oils in it with the castile soap and the other oils. You don’t want too much or your hair will get too oily.

  390. Ok, I tried this shampoo and I did tweak it a bit.
    1/4c coconut milk,
    4 DROPS of almond castile soap,
    1/4c of warm water
    1tbsp baking soda.
    I dissolved the baking soda in the warm water while I added all the other ingredients in a washed out old shampoo bottle. When the baking soda was all dissolved, I added that to the bottle, shook and went to take my shower. Then I did an acv rinse with 1tbsp acv and 1c water.

    I omitted all the other oils since castile soap has many in it already, hence why my hair was a bit oily/waxy when washing it with just 2 drops of castile soap by itself a few weeks ago. My tweaked recipe worked out great! Left my hair very soft and clean!

    I asked a few days ago about what to do with the left over milk in the cans since it’ll only keep a few weeks….if that. Has anyone thought about freezing 1/4c amts and just pulling them out when you’re ready to make a new batch? I think I might try that rather than either wasting what was left or trying to consume it before it goes bad. I’m the only one in this house who would consume it anyway lol.

    • I was so hopeful your tweaked recipe would work for me but my hair still came out very oily. Not as waxy as the original recipe but definitely needed a hat to cover up. Plus my boyfriend could smell the vinegar in my hair gross! I’m gonna give this one more try per Amy’s recommendation to not use Castille. Note my hair is medium-thick wavy-straight. Maybe these work best on girls with dry curly hair?

      As for the coconut milk, I refrigerate mine and make smoothies. Its so good just the milk and frozen mango. Yum. Another great recipe is Coconut Rice.

      • Yes, I believe the Castile soap is the culprit for leaving hair oily after washing. I read a few comments stating that even after using a hair dryer, their hair still looked completely wet. BECAUSE castile soap has oils in it already, I think that’s why it didn’t work for me. And I don’t have oily hair. So now, this is what I use and I don’t have ANY problems with my hair looking oily…
        1/4c coconut milk
        1/4c water
        5 pumps of EO Soap (lemon coconut scented) This stuff is organic and natural and it’s about $10 for 32oz at my grocery store.
        1 tbsp baking soda

        And then
        ACV rinse

        I do not put the baking soda in with the liquids. I just keep a bag of it in my bathroom and I keep little plastic cups in there. I fill one cup with baking soda and keep that in the shower and use til it’s gone. I put 1 tbsp of acv in another cup and take that in with me each time I shower. When I shower, I put in the coconut milk mix and then rub in 1 tbsp of baking soda. Let it sit while I soap up my body (with my own homemade body wash…..THIS has castile soap in it along with olive oil, coconut oil, and 5 drops of EO soap and works great!) Then I rinse and then fill up the acv cup with water and pour it on my hair and let sit for 1 min then rinse til the smell is gone. Sometimes the vinegar smell lingers for a bit but once your hair is dry, the smell goes away. I use white vinegar in my laundry to wash my cloth diapers (I run them through a rinse cycle with vinegar) and once they’re dry, they don’t smell like vinegar anymore.

        As for the rest of the coconut milk from the can, I put 1/4c amts in little containers and keep it in the fridge. I keep the “shampoo” in the fridge as well. After about 4-5 weeks, I will make up a new batch.

        • I mean to say I keep the small amts in the freezer not the fridge.

  391. I was just wondering if the hardness of the water will have any effect on this ‘no poo’?
    I live in a hard water area and have been using Dr Bronners but my hair is a mess. How regularly can you wash with this ? (sorry if i missed these answers above.)

    • Yes, water hardness will cause a film when mixed with Castile soap. A diluted vinegar or lemon rinse after can clear it out of your hair.

  392. I have started using this, and find that my hair feels very waxy. Is that because of the vitamin E oil, or is that part of the process of my hair getting used to it? How long does it take for your hair to get used to it?

  393. Hi Katie!

    I was very excited to use this shampoo but unfortunately it didn’t work for my hair, I have thick long dry hair. I know hair care is very personal so I am going to try your soap nuts shampoo. On the bright side my husband used this shampoo and he loves it and it works well for his hair! He has thinner oily hair. Thank you for another great recipe! 🙂

  394. This looks to be a great project for this weekend.

    I got the time to do it, but I don’t see busy people doing this. For the busy bees maybe they just need to buy the best organic shampoo sold online.

    What do you think is the best and purest natural shampoo out there today?

  395. I have very hard to manage hair and commercial shampoos were destroying my hair. After shampooing, my hair is very dry, wild, frizzy and uncontrollable. It wasn’t always like this, but with age and greying, my hair completely changed. I have very thick, course hair and I have tried everything to tame it, and nothing has worked. I’ve heard Wen is good, but I dind’t want to spend the $ on it. Anyway, I found your recipe and was so anxious to try it, that I made a batch with the ingredients I had on hand. I didn’t have any Dr. Bronner’s so I used bar soap, Kirk’s Castille soap. I shredded around 4 -5 tablspoons soap and melted it in about a cup of water, added 3 tablespoons baking soda, essential oil, coconut milk.. My hair was in the best condition it has been in, in 12 years. Very manageable, I dind’t even need hair spray.
    I then tried the recipe posted here using Dr. Bronner’s and it was a little harsh on my hair. Adding the vitamin E helped and I haven’t tried adding the olive oil yet. My hair has zero shine with this recipe, but even so, it is far better than commercial shampoos.
    Next time I make it, I’m going to use the baking soda water, and add the olive oil. If it doesn’t improve, I’ll go back to Kirks castille soap.
    I know theis was a lengthy post…sorry…but I wanted to share. : )

  396. The Castile Soap is no good for me 🙁 At least not for my hair!

    I have fairly thick, wavy hair. Prior to using this recipe, I have been using 1tbsp baking soda and 1c water, then an acv rinse. Worked very well, but started to notice quite a bit of frizz, or possible breakage. But I saw this and wanted to try this recipe. First, I decided to wash with just castile soap, since that’s all I had at the time. I used 2 drops. Then I did an avc rinse. My hair was NASTY GREASY once it was dry. Had to wash it again immediately!

    Then I tried this recipe and tweaked it. I used 1/4c coconut milk, just 4-5 DROPS of castile soap, 2 tbsp of baking soda and 1/4 water. Again, it left my hair looking greasy. Finally, I figured it was the castile soap that was doing this. Castile soap has oils in it already and I believe it’s the culprit for leaving hair waxy, greasy. So….I tweaked it again by using this recipe…

    1/4c coconut milk
    4 Tbsp baking soda
    1/4c hot water


    Dissolve the baking soda as much as you can in the water. It won’t completely dissolve but that’s ok. It’ll look white and still feel a bit gritty. Let it cool. Pour coconut milk into your desired container. Once the water/baking soda has cooled, stir it and pour it into the coconut milk, shake, and wash! 🙂 No greasy feeling. I also did an acv rinse afterwards. This should last 4-5 washes, maybe more. I keep it in the fridge just in case 🙂 Shake well before each use.

    IF it feels like your hair is drying out…try using coconut oil 1-2x a month on your head by rubbing into your scalp and the tips of your hair and letting it sit for 30 mins before washing. You can also do this with coconut milk.

    I have seen a few other recipes that use 1 tsp of organic baby wash or the EO Everyone Soap….if you dont’ know what that is, it has ingredients that are pure, natural and organic. No Synthetic Fragrances, Non GMO Project Certified. Certified Gluten Free. Not Tested on Animals. I get it for my kids and sometiems add it to my body wash that is made up of coconut oil, olive oil, and castile soap.

    I’m going to continue using Castile soap in my body wash and laundry detergent, but not my hair.

    • Thanks Amy for your version (1/4c coconut milk, 4 Tbsp baking soda, 1/4c hot water) without Castile soap. It wasn’t as waxy but my hair was still too oily from the coconut milk. I’m going to try your next revision with more water and some EO soap. If that doesn’t work, I guess I’ll move on to soap nuts and see how that goes.

  397. Recently come across this as Im trying to move away from store bought shampoo as it makes my super duper fine hair greasy in five seconds flat.

    I made it up and tried it out but my hair whilst still wet felt very claggy and oily, as I was off to work (probs worst time to try it tbh) I shampoo’d after. My hair smelt nice all day (essential oils) but Im concerned I did something wrong.

    I used homemade coconut milk, added vit E (might not have been a good idea maybe for very fine hair?) essential oils and the liquid castile soap…… which was a few years old tbh, so Im wondering if it goes ‘off’. Before I buy more castile soap Im trying to narrow down what could have caused the claggy oily heavy wax feeling in my hair.

    Any suggestions would be extremely welcome 🙂

    Many thanks

    • Do you have hard water? The reaction between Castile soap and hard water can cause your hair to feel sticky afterwards. You can try using an acidic rinse after to see if that helps, diluted ACV or lemon juice.

  398. I’ve seen a lot of comments about using apple cider vinegar for conditioners, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a natural homemade conditioner recipe that had more of a lotion consistency like traditional conditioners do. I know the lotion feel of it is probably from all those harsh chemicals, but I love the feel of it when rubbing it into my hair. I’m looking for more of a condition and then wash out directly after type of product rather than a l