Ya know what I love most about homemade hair and body wash? I can customize it in any way to suit my needs. Plus, since I know what’s going into it, I know it’s all-natural and free of artificial additives, chemicals, and preservatives. That means it’s better for my skin and hair. It’s a win-win!
What’s in It?
The recipe calls for just five ingredients–and one of them is water! The other ingredients include Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile liquid soap, carrier oil, essential oils, and xantham gum (a thickening agent).
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile liquid soap is organic and vegan. It is a wonderful moisturizing soap, and since I use the unscented one, it’s gentle enough for babies, kids, and folks with sensitive skin. Carrier oils have various benefits depending on your needs. Certain carrier oils are ideal for things like dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, dandruff, and more. Check out this post for more information on choosing the right carrier oil for your skin type and this one on choosing the right carrier for your hair type. Like carrier oils, various essential oils can also have benefits for different needs. Choose the best ones for you by visiting the links above.
Remember also that not all essential oils are created equal. The FDA only requires 5% purity for an essential oil bottle to be labeled 100% pure. I know, right?! Just because the label says it’s pure doesn’t mean it is. Do your homework on the companies and their testing practices to ensure you’re getting pure oils. I only use and recommend doTERRA oils. If you’d like to order doTERRA oils, click here for more information.
The other things you’ll need to make your own hair and body wash are a blender and a 16-ounce dark glass (amber or cobalt) pump bottle. I like these bottles from Amazon. Why dark glass you’re wondering? Essential oils can degrade over time when exposed to light. Storing them in a cool, dark place prolongs their potency. They also have the ability (citrus oils especially) to eat through plastic over time. Plus, glass bottles can be washed, sanitized, and used again and again! Plastic bottles would need to be replaced with each new batch.
Ready to make it? Click the links in the ingredient list for purchase info if you don’t have them on hand.
- 1-1/4 cup filtered water (you may also boil tap water and allow it to cool)
- 1/4 cup liquid unscented castile soap
- 2 tsp carrier oil(s) of choice (you can absolutely mix and match if you are looking for multiple benefits; I LOVE jojoba oil)
- 1 tsp xantham gum
- 20 drops essential oils of choice
- Blend water, carrier oil, and essential oils in a blender on low for 3-5 seconds.
- Add xantham gum, and blend on low for 5-7 seconds or until thickened slightly.
- Add liquid castile soap, and pulse (do NOT blend) 2-4 times to incorporate.
- Pour into pump bottle.
You’ll likely notice this recipe doesn’t get as sudsy as your typical shampoo or body wash. Without the artificial ingredients that produce the bubbles, that’s completely normal! Rest assured, though, it’s still doing its job.
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