Easy Homemade Hair & Body Wash

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.

Ingredients:

Make It:

  1. Blend water, carrier oil, and essential oils in a blender on low for 3-5 seconds.
  2. Add xantham gum, and blend on low for 5-7 seconds or until thickened slightly.
  3. Add liquid castile soap, and pulse (do NOT blend) 2-4 times to incorporate.
  4. 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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Why I Love doTERRA Shampoo & Conditioner

doTERRAShampooConditionerFor as long as I can remember, I have had greasy hair. I mean…I could wash it right before bed and wake up with greasy hair. I was always so envious of my college roommate, who only had to wash her hair every few days. People kept telling me I was simply washing it too often. You mean you want me to wash it less often? Gross, no way!

After years of trying countless different brands, from the cheap ones available at the drug and box stores to the expensive salon-exclusive brands, I settled on Crew. Somebody once said to me, “Ya know, guys tend to have greasier hair in general. Maybe try a men’s product?” I did, and I actually had pretty good luck with it. I still couldn’t go more than a day between washes, but it at least got my hair feeling clean.

For several years, I used Crew. Then I joined doTERRA. I knew they had a shampoo and conditioner but didn’t try it for several months. Then one of my doTERRA friends told me how the shampoo and conditioner made a HUGE difference for her. She could now go a day or two between washing with no problems! I was intrigued, so I ordered some for myself.

My honest first impression was the awesome smell! I know that has no bearing on anything, but man, does it smell good! After a few days of use, though, I had some different realizations. One, my hair felt pretty darn soft. Two, it was easy to comb through right out of the shower–no tangles. Three, and most importantly, it often still felt fairly clean 24 hours after washing. For me, that last one was unbelievable!

This is when I started to incorporate my dry shampoo even more. On days when I was in a hurry (or just lazy), a few dabs of the dry shampoo on my roots made my hair good to go for another 24 or more hours.

What was happening?? Here’s doTERRA’s product description:

doTERRA Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo is a professional formula with an invigorating complex of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®essential oils, gentle cleansers, and botanical ingredients that keep the hair looking clean and healthy. A unique combination of plant extracts, along with Wild Orange and Lime essential oils provide gentle lathering and cleansing to remove impurities collected on the hair and scalp. Light moisturizers leave hair salon soft, shiny, and touchable.

doTERRA Salon Essentials Protecting Conditioner is a professional formula of conditioning emollients, botanical extracts, and natural proteins that leave hair looking luminous and healthy. It also includes a proprietary blend of CPTG® essential oils specifically selected to bring hair to life. Other natural ingredients keep hair looking strong and healthy. Nanotechnology smoothes hair and provides an antistatic effect that keeps hair shafts aligned during styling for a smooth, finished look.

Nearly every shampoo and conditioner on the market contains synthetic ingredients, designed to do something–smooth, straighten, protect color, etc. While those ingredients may have their benefits, for most of us, they’re the culprits behind many or all of our hair problems. Unfortunately, our body just doesn’t know what to do with artificial ingredients, so it often reacts in negative ways.

When we switch to all-natural products, our body understands the chemistry and instead of needing to react to the ingredients, it can interact with them. The results, then, tend to be much more positive. This was certainly the case for me with doTERRA shampoo and conditioner!

Want to give it a try? Contact me for a FREE sample! Ready to buy it yourself? Enroll as a wholesale member with doTERRA to get the best pricing available!