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Now that I’m 100% converted to homemade shampoo (and so is my hair), I thought I’d update you on my experience and my favourite recipe. To find out the down and dirty details of going “no ‘poo,” you can check out my previous post.
First of all, I have learned to just make one “batch” at a time. It is tempting to whip up enormous quantities of shampoo all at once, but since this recipe contains nothing but the good stuff, it will spoil if left too long. Furthermore, I only wash my hair a maximum of twice per week now (compared to at least 5x per week when I used commercial shampoo). That means a little bit of shampoo goes a long way!
Tip: If you don’t use it for other recipes, freeze your coconut milk! I would suggest freezing it in 1/4 portions so you can just defrost the quantity needed for one batch of ‘poo. A 400 ml can will give you 6 portions of about 1/4 cup each.
This homemade recipe is effective and I don’t see myself going back to store-bought shampoo if only because using homemade shampoo saves me time and leaves my hair feeling just as good, if not better, than any shampoos I’ve used in the past.
From my point of view, the fact that it saves me money is just the icing on the cake:
I recommend shopping around for the best prices on your ingredients to save even more on the total cost of this recipe. I have calculated the actual cost of making this shampoo based current prices at Well.ca. However, I buy my large bottle of Dr. Bronner’s for just $15.99 at Tau in Montreal, and scored coconut milk under $2 at Loblaws. Essential oils seem expensive off the bat, but you need very few drops per recipe.
Here’s the recipe I like the best, thanks to Wellness Mama:
1/3 cup Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap ($1.92 per batch)
1/4 cup coconut milk (45 cents per batch)
20 drops of peppermint essential oil (42 cents per batch) [and/or tea tree oil or lavender oil]
….Total of $2.79 per batch (about 8 shampoos)
A note that I no longer follow the recipe: I just pour in 4 ice cubes of coconut milk and squirt in the Dr. Bronner’s, followed by some drops of whatever oil suits my fancy. (Lately I’ve been into lavender.)
I compared this price to two “natural” brands available on Well.ca. The price is identical to that of Jason brand shampoo, and is half the price of Sukin. As mentioned above, other places will have better prices on castille soap and coconut milk, so this price could be even lower!
And don’t forget…
…. not shampooing my hair every day is a huge time saver, especially in the winter when I don’t want to go to bed with wet hair (my hair is thick and takes forever to blow dry);
…. not shopping for shampoo means I am not navigating the tempting hair care aisles and spending money on unnecessary products;
… my hair feels and looks great!
Price breakdown: 946 ml bottle of Dr. Bronner’s at $22.98 (with QC sales tax) works out to $1.92 per batch; 400 ml can of coconut milk at $2.69 works out to 45 cents per batch; Now Foods 30 ml of peppermint oil at $12.64 works out to about 42 cents per batch