Natural shampoo is in high demand. The excess chemicals in commercial shampoos have led many people to seek out healthier options.
Making your own shampoo that is natural, organic, free of chemicals and free of substances like sulfates takes more effort than searching the shelves of the supermarket or perfumery, but the results of that extra work we get in the satisfaction of knowing that we take the necessary measures to protect our health, our hair, everyone’s water resources and the environment.
Commercial shampoos contain too many substances to tell you that it takes a master’s degree in inorganic chemistry to know exactly what they contain. It is very difficult to know what the function of each of these ingredients is, many of which are even considered carcinogenic.
It is also important to take into account the impact of many components of industrial shampoos on the environment, as shown by this study in which the composition of different commercial shampoos is analyzed and it has been scientifically proven that they contain many components which are potentially harmful to environment, environment and human. The study focuses primarily on the effects on chlorella algae.
We have already seen other times several alternatives to make shampoos at home, with good characteristics and natural and healthy products. We also talked about making homemade natural toothpaste, homemade hand sanitizer gel, and more.
Today we bring another recipe which is very simple and works wonders for making natural shampoo.
Make natural shampoo step by step
Let’s first see the list of ingredients, then what they are and what they are used for:
- A bar (100g) of Castile soap.
- Water (chlorine free) – 200ml
- Aloe vera leaf gel – 60 ml
- Glycerin – 5ml (optional)
- Powdered citric acid (2 g)
- Vegetable oil (grapeseed, jojoba, etc.)
- Essential oil of your choice – 20 drops
- Tea tree essential oil – 25 drops
The Castile soap bar. Castile soap is a generic name given to soap traditionally made from olive oil. Castile soap is gentle on the skin and scalp.
It can be found in organic product stores, zero waste cleaning stores or you can even make it yourself by watching our soap making tutorial.
To get chlorine-free water we let tap water sit for 1-3 days, or you can buy distilled water.
the gel sheet aloe vera You can buy it or make it yourself as seen in the post Homemade Aloe Vera Gel.
The glycerine It has the property of absorbing moisture and is widely used in various cosmetics. It has emollient and moisturizing properties and can be used in shampoos, liquid soaps, moisturizing creams and lotions.
the citric acid powder lowers Ph and also serves as a preservative.
the vegetable oil is optional.
the essential oil of your choice it will add fragrance and can also enhance the results we expect from our natural shampoo. For example, rosemary essential oil helps relieve specific problems, such as dry, damaged hair and dandruff.
the tea tree essential oil It is bactericidal, germicidal and fungicidal. It is a natural preservative, which can preserve the product for up to 6 months. In addition, it is very suitable for treating hair problems such as dandruff.
Preparation of natural shampoo step by step
The first thing we are going to do is take the bar of soap and grate it. This is best done with the cheese grater, which is usually stainless steel and easy to clean. If we do not have a grater of these characteristics, we can chop it finely with a sharp blade. It’s a little more work, but the result is similar.
Once we have the chopped or grated soap, we take a stainless steel saucepan and heat the water until it boils, after which we turn off the heat and add the citric acid until it dissolves, then the soap, stirring until everything comes together nicely.
Let this mixture cool and heat it again, but this time in a bain-marie, so as not to burn the ingredients.
We add the rest of the ingredients and stir well and it is ready to be packed.
It can be stored in a glass or plastic jar or container. Although I prefer the first, and if the container is dark, it is better to protect it from bright rays.
Use and duration of natural shampoo with aloe vera and essential oils
Before using the aloe vera and essential oils shampoo, it is advisable to shake the container well to homogenize it. Being a homemade product, the ingredients are usually separated and not so homogeneous, otherwise we use it like any other shampoo.
The duration of this product is 6 months. It doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge or anything like that, and it can be left in the bathroom with the other personal hygiene items.
We hope that this simple and very practical recipe will serve you. Please feel free to ask anything, or if you have anything to contribute to the article, your comment is very valuable to our community, and this way we can continue to learn and grow together.