Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY Shampoo

Going 'Poo less...

I was very skeptical  about using a homemade shampoo again. A few years ago my husband, after reading an article on Huffington Post about the 'poo less movement , suggested we try baking soda and vinegar only for our hair. It left my hair feeling dirty, itchy and oily. As many of you know I have been making a lot of my own products for the last year in an attempt to save money, lessen the amount of chemicals used in our home, and lastly reduce my carbon foot print. So it was only natural that I would find myself again reading articles about making your own shampoo. I stumbled across a recipe that uses Dr. Bonner's all natural soap and herbal water. I figured it was easy enough to make and couldn't hurt to try it so I did and have been using my homemade shampoo for the last two months. 

Why DIY Shampoo?

1) Shampoo is full of chemicals! Our skin absorbs these chemicals which build up in our bodies. Examples of known chemicals in every day shampoo: petroleum distillates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and thousands of different "fragrances". What can all of these chemicals do to you: damage mucous membranes, the respiratory tract, and the immune system. They may even be carcinogenic and impose fertility issues or complications. (Kimberly Snyder). 

2). Shampoo can be EXPENSIVE! I use to break out very badly from shampoo, everything in it irritated my skin. I always had to shell out TONS of money to get the natural/organic kind, which often still irritated my skin. This doesn't irritate my skin at all, I know what is in it and since I have all of the ingredients on hand it doesn't take long or cost much to make and maintain. 

3) Good for the environment: Since I am using the same container every time I am creating less trash to throw away. I am also not allowing chemicals to go down the drain and into our water systems. 

Just as a note, there is a transition period where your hair adjust to the new shampoo. Commercial shampoo strips your hair so your scalp creates extra oils in response to the harsh detergents in shampoo. Since it is use to having the oil stripped from the hair it may take a couple of weeks for it to stop over producing. It wasn't more than two weeks for me to see results that I was looking for. 

Recipe I Use: 


3 oz bonner's baby
1c of herbal water (steep rosemary and mint for 4 hours in hot water)
20 drops of camomile essential oil
A few drops jojoba oil
Rinse or spritz with vinegar* 

* I infuse my own vinegar with lavender from my garden. Put a couple sprigs of cleaned lavender in a canning jar and let sit on the windowsill for four weeks. Voila, lavender scented vinegar!  

Other Recipe: 
8 ounces of water
1 tablespoon of baking soda
Shake until dissolved
Rinse of Spritz with Apple Cider Vinegar. 

Hair Spray Recipe: 
Citrus-Lavender Hairspray
1 orange or lemon
2 cups water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or clear grain alcohol (vodka, gin, etc.)
6-8 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

Step 1
Cut a whole orange or lemon into wedges and combine with 2 cups water in a small pot. Boil over medium high heat and reduce liquid by half.
Step 2
Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a measuring cup. If you boiled too much liquid out add water until you have 1 cup. Allow citrus juice to cool.
Step 3
Add alcohol and lavender essential oil to the cup of citrus juice. (Feel free to experiment with your favorite essential oil)
Step 4
Use a funnel to pour into a spray bottle (at least 10 oz.). Shake gently before each use.


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