I'm always looking for ways to reduce my spending on personal care and beauty products. Making my own shampoo was one of my first real steps I took in making the leap to frugal living.
Yes, you can find coupons and rewards for purchasing name brand products and stay on a budget. But, even more than being budget-friendly, I love that this shampoo is made with real ingredients that cleanse your hair without stripping the natural oils.
When making your own shampoo, you may notice that it doesn't lather as much as regular shampoo. This is perfectly normal. It will work. I promise. You only need about quarter to half-dollar size portion depending on your hair length.
The recipe below is a pretty basic recipe, so feel free to play with it. I love to use Tea Tree Oil or Peppermint Oil in place of the Lemon essential oil. Make sure to let me know what variation you try!
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Liquid Castile soap (like Dr. Bonner's)
- 1 Tbsp Glycerine
- 2 tsp. Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (juice of 1 lemon)
- 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients into a measuring cup with a pour spout.
Pour into a shampoo bottle or other container.
Shake well to combine. Use as you would normal shampoo.
Bonus Tip: I recommend using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse afterward in place of conditioner. Simply pour 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar on your hair after shampooing and rise.
Tag me on Instagram @feastforafraction if you make this.