I got really sick during my last few years of high school, which  made my hair really thin. The harsh shampoos of the home personal care industry did not revitalize my hair to its original strength. I started making my own shampoo over the last year, and I can’t even begin to tell you how shiny and thick my hair feels.

Here’s a basic recipe for the shampoo I create.

  • 1 cup infused water
    • Dried herbs/plants for the infusion–> Some options include lavender, rosemary, cinnamon, black tea, green tea, lemongrass, vanilla beans, hibiscus, rose.
  • 1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
  • Essential Oils. You can pick any smell that you’d like, but you will only be adding a few drops.
  • Argan Oil, Castor Oil (optional)
Boiling the infusion.

Boiling the infusion.

We will first start by making a quick infusion. Add 3 cups of water to a small pot.

Add various amounts of dried herbs, plants, or flowers to the pot. I chose 2 tsp of dried lavender, 1 tsp of dried rosemary, and 1 tsp of loose, black tea.

Place the pot on the stove, and bring the contents to a boil. Let the items boil for 5 minutes, and then remove the pot from the heat. Cover the pot and let the contents sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The teapot separates the dried plants from the water

The teapot separates the dried plants from the water

Separate the herbs from the water using a tea pot, cheese cloth, French Press, or colander.

Add 1 cup of this water to a mason jar or old shampoo bottle.

*Important: We will be creating conditioner afterwards, so make sure to save the leftover infusion for later use!

Add 1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (any scent) to the cup of infused water. I tend to use the tea tree oil scented soap, since tea tree helps prevent dandruff. You can read about tea tree oil here.

Pick an oil, any oil.

Pick an oil, any oil.

Add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. I usually add 5 drops of tea tree oil (for an extra boost) and 10 drops of rose oil.

Sometimes I add 5 drops of argan oil and 5 drops of castor oil to my shampoo as well. Many people praise these oils for their benefits on skin and hair. I haven’t looked at any clinical trials on the oils, though, so use them at your discretion.

Free dropper

Free dropper

If the oils you own do not come with a dropper, you can place a small amount onto a tsp and let it drip off of the edge. You just created a free dropper!



Shake the final contents well until all of the ingredients mix together.

You have to shake the bottle or container before each use because the oils will separate from the infused water. That’s just nature, since fats and oils cannot dissolve in water!

Store in a cool, dark cabinet. I actually keep my shampoo in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use it, simply poor a tiny amount into a dish and take it to the shower with you. A little goes a long way!

Your hair may need a two week adjustment period to the new shampoo. I assure you that the results are worth it.

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