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DIY Shampoo

on December 9, 2012

½ cup water
½ cup liquid castile soap*
3 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tsp jojoba or grapeseed oil*
essential oil (see note below)
Mix all of these together in a clean bottle (perhaps your old shampoo bottle) and shake before using. It’s not as thick as you’re probably used to; but don’t overdo it in the shower — you only need a little to get a lot of lather.

If you want a more spa-like experience, add several drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is a good option to help reduce stress as is eucalyptus, which will help your sinuses in the morning, too (learn more about calming aromatherapy). If cost isn’t an issue, try using rose water instead of the plain water.

When you choose a castile soap, I recommend Dr Bronner’s. They come already scented and infused with essential oils. What’s very important to me is that the ingredients are fairly traded and never tested on animals. Thanks to this recipe, I have a clear conscience and hair that’s never been softer or silkier.

*Editor’s Note: It’s important to dilute castile soap. It’s way too strong to use on hair straight. Also note that in Green Beauty Recipes, author Julie Gabriel (also the founder of organic skincare lines Petite Marie Organics and Green Beauty by Julie Gabriel), recommends adding 1 teaspoon jojoba oil and 1 teaspoon glycerin


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