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Homemade Shampoos and Conditioners  

Why Make Our Own Shampoos and Conditioners?

Using essential oils in a shampoo and a conditioner will restore hormonal and PH balance and keep your hair clean and shining. Essential oils have no chemicals, they have excellent cleansing properties, are anti-bacterial, help remove toxins and stimulate hair growth. Most of the hair care products we use are full of chemicals which damage the skin, cause itchy scalp and dermatitis.

The best way to avoid this is to make your own recipe using the oils appropriate to your type of hair. 

How To Do It

I have included here a recipe for each type of hair. 

You will need to make up the Base for each and then add the essential oils which are best for each hair type.

Remember to use the conditioner before the shampoo or your hair will be too greasy.

You need only a small amount of conditioner - just dip your fingers in the jar and rub this between your palms then massage gently through the hair and down to the scalp.

Shampoo Base


  • 100gm pure soap flakes
  • 1 litre filtered water


Heat the water to simmer point, add the flakes, stir until the flakes dissolve.  Cool and bottle in an air tight container. 

The base may go lumpy but that’s ok, it will be added to the blender with the other ingredients.

Conditioner Base



Use a bain marie or a separate pot in a pan of water.  Add the ingredients together until all mixed and melted. 

Pour into an airtight container and keep until making up the conditioner of choice.

Hair Types

Normal Hair

Essential oils: Rosemary, Lemon, Geranium, Carrot

Carrier oils: Peach Kernel, Evening Primrose


A moisturising formula is to mix:

  • 100ml Shampoo Base in a blender with
  • 3 drops of Geranium
  • 3 drops of Carrot
  • 2 drops of Lemon
  • 4 drops of Evening Primrose

Keep in an air tight container and use as required.


In a bain-marie mix:

Apply to hair and gently finger through.  Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse.

Dry Hair

Essential oils: Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Sandalwood

Carrier oils: Sesame, Jojoba, Avocado, Sweet Almond


Mix together the following:

Keep in an air tight container and use as required.


In a bain-marie mix together:

Apply to hair and gently finger through.  Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse.

Oily Hair

Essential oilsCypress, Lavender, Lemon,  Rosemary, Thyme

Carrier oils:  Sesame or Peach Kernel or Evening Primrose


  • 100ml Shampoo Base
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 15 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Cypress

 Mix all together in a blender and keep in an airtight container until use.  Shake well before using.


In a bain marie mix together the ingredients in the following order:

  • 1 tablespoon of Conditioner Base
  • 1 teaspoon Peach Kernel oil 
  • 1 tablespoon green clay
  • 1 teaspoon vodka

 Then add to the mixture the following essential oils:

  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Thyme

Keep the mixture in an airtight container and use it when needed. 

Rub the mix through your hair, leave for 10 minutes and rinse off.