This lovely scented homemade Lavender Rosemary Shampoo with essential oils is a great way to skip all the added ingredients that you may want to avoid in commercially made beauty products. This recipe is made up of simple ingredients, each chosen for the natural benefit they bring to your hair and scalp.
Rosemary leaves your hair soft and shiny, and is also great for dry scalp and dandruff. Lavender is wonderful for dry scalp and stimulates hair growth. Castile soap, when diluted properly, is a great ingredient for cleaning your hair. While it is a much lower sudsing ingredient than you are used to, believe it or not, that is a good thing, because sulfates strip your hair of natural oils and dry out your follicles. In addition, washing your hair every day strips it of its natural oils, unless we get dirty or sweaty we only wash our hair about 3 times a week and just rinse the other days.
Rosemary and Lavender Essential Oil Shampoo Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Lavender Castile Soap
- 1.5 Cups Distilled Water
- 3 tsp Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1–3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1–3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Combine water, melted coconut oil, castile soap, and essential oils in a pint mason jar and shake vigorously to combine. Pour into a plastic container to store and use. An empty shampoo bottle is a great container or you can pick up a new pump or squeeze bottle from the craft store.
How to Use Homemade Shampoo:
Squirt a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to create lather. Massage shampoo through hair, beginning at the roots. Rinse hair well with water as cold as you can tolerate; the cold water will seal your ends and provide a greater shine.
What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for olive oil based soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. Traditionally made with olive oil, in many parts of the world and still is. Can be either bar soap made with sodium hydroxide or liquid soap made with potassium hydroxide.
What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is certainly not an unfamiliar name with most of us, but virgin coconut oil might be. Unlike what many of you might assume, it is not simply another name given to the ordinary coconut oil by some company just to increase sales numbers by claiming that it is the purest available form. There is really a substance called virgin coconut oil and, if not entirely, it has some important differences from ordinary coconut oil. These differences mainly lie with the source (more specifically, the physical form of the source), the method of extraction, and its subsequent benefits. Virgin coconut oil is rapidly gaining in popularity throughout the world in comparison to ordinary coconut oil, and it is not without good reason. The main difference between ordinary coconut oil and virgin coconut oil lies in their processes of extraction. While the former is extracted by cold compression or cold milling of Copra (another name for dried Coconut kernels) with a moisture content of around six percent, the latter is extracted from the coconut milk obtained from fresh coconuts. Thereafter, using processes such as fermentation, churning (centrifugal separation), refrigeration, and the action of enzymes, the oil is separated from the water or moisture. In some cases, this fresh coconut oil is boiled to obtain the oil by evaporating the water or moisture. However, in the case of virgin coconut oil, the raw materials and the process of extraction should not allow any involvement of heat. Therefore, in good and reputable firms that manufacture virgin coconut oil, throughout the whole process, the utmost care is taken to ensure that the kernels and the raw material, i.e. the coconut milk, are not subjected to heat or sunlight. In some cases, virgin coconut oil is also extracted directly by cold compression of fresh dried coconut meat. This is also called Micro-expelling.