If you’ve been on Pinterest, or any number of other social for a while, you’ve probably seen “no ‘poo” methods pop up here and there.
I once went for an entire month washing my hair with nothing but baking soda and vinegar, and unfortunately, couldn’t seem to get rid of the build up on my scalp with it.
So I went back to Pantene, which made me sad because… well, you’ve seen the long list of ingredients on shampoo bottles. Shudder.
Our scalps absorb a lot of what we put on them, so it’s important to be careful what you’re washing your hair with. But it can be hard.
The oil glands in your scalp get kicked into overdrive by the properties in shampoo that dry your hair out, and it takes a while for them to calm down and accept when you stop using commercial shampoo, which means that there’s an adjustment period that can feel pretty icky.
When I switched from Pantene to homemade shampoo with essential oils, I went from washing every two days, to washing every day or going crazy, so I quickly gave up and ordered natural shampoo from Young Living instead. I had the same greasy hair reaction, but greatly reduce for a about three weeks, and that’s when I realized that Young Living’s shampoo is a fantastic transitioning agent!
It seems to be somewhere in between homemade shampoo and Pantene on the grease-stripping scale, and I’m using it to slowly transition completely to homemade shampoo, which, by the way, unlike no ‘poo, does a pretty great job of keeping the scalp clean.
So even though I’ll probably never be a no ‘poo person, I hope to be a long term homemade shampoo person. 🙂
Homemade Shampoo With Essential Oils
- ½ cup liquid soap*
- ¼ cup canned coconut milk
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil - optional)
- 40 – 50 drops essential oils**
- *We are NOT talking about your average chemical-filled liquid soap here. You can make your own liquid soap using homemade bar soap, or use liquid castile soap.
- **I decided to use a mixture of lavender, Cypress, and Tea Tree oil in mine. Visit this link for an idea of what you should use for your hair type.
- Mix all ingredients together in a tight-lidded container, and shake until combined.
- This recipe makes 3 of the two ounce bottles pictured (two ounce was the only sized squirt bottle I had!).
- To use: Shake well, and use as you would any other shampoo.
- This recipe will keep at room temperature for a week or so, or you can store it in the refrigerator much longer.
As someone with a strong interest in natural remedies and health solutions, you can bet that essential oils have peaked my interest. Time and time again, I’ve been impressed with the power these plant extracts have shown.
It’s not really that surprising when you think about it, is it?
All of us know the medicinal qualities of herbs. The problem is, you have to use so much of them to see the effects. Since essential oils are highly concentrated plant (herbal) material, it’s no wonder we see such effectiveness in just one drop.
That’s why, for me, these seemingly expensive bottles of oil have become my go-to frugal solution for nearly everything. The saying “there’s an oil for that” really is true!
Sadly, though almost every bottle of essential oil on the market claims to be “Pure Essential Oil”, that claim can legally be made if there is as little as just 5% of the actual essential oil from the plant in the bottle. There is also no regulation for how an essential oil is to be extracted. Companies are free to use high-heat, high-pressure, and chemical-solvents to extract more from the plants, and still slap whatever label they want to on the oil. In fact, the majority of essential oil companies buy their oils from an oil broker. The company isn’t actually involved in the process of cultivating the plants or extracting the oils at all.
Which leads us to…
Why I chose Young Living
Young Living is the only company I know of that has their own farms, can absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing), only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant, and basically answered all 8 questions in a way that I feel comfortable with.
Young Living is also the only company that is directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust the oil broker that the farmers that he/she buys the oils from can be trusted to do what they are saying they are doing. With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.
I also loved that I could just sign up and get the member discount (24%!) and not have to actually sell anything to anyone. All I had to do to keep getting my discount was to buy $50 worth of products per year, which should be a problem with the rate I make home remedies. 🙂
How to Buy Young Living Oils
There are a few different options. You’ll likely want to choose the wholesale member option when you sign up so that you’ll get the 24% discount (if you just choose “Customer” then the prices are retail prices). Once you fill out your information you will need to pick an enrollment kit.
Right now, if you sign up with a premium starter kit through me, I will send you a FREE essential oils education package including the Essential Oil Pocket Reference, starter guide, and the three laminated reference sheets show in the picture below. I love my reference guide, and I’m know that you will too!
I would strongly recommend starting with the Premium Starter Kit. It’s BY FAR the best value, as it includes 11 oils to try out (lavender, peppermint, lemon, Panaway, Purification, Thieves, frankincense, Melaleuca A., StressAway and Joy. It also comes with a really nice home diffuser that is normally priced at $98 just by itself, and the total retail value of the kit is over $250!
Here’s how to sign up:
- Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. It only takes a second, I promise!
- BE SURE the “Wholesale Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices.
- BE SURE the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 2081607 (those numbers should automatically populate if you click through the link above.)
- If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds hereand use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes). They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.
- Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit Those are the oils that I use almost every single day! You can get the kit that’s $150, or you can get a kit for $160 with an even nicer essential oil diffuser!
- I’d recommend skipping the Step 3 (Optional) part of the sign-up process. I’ll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).
- Go through the checkout process. Young Living accepts most major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
- BONUS STEP–Completely Optional! If you would like to earn 2 bonus oils this month, then get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values). You could get the Start Living With Everyday Oils kit and automatically have 100 point value… then you’ll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oils. For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the two BONUS oils! (This step is completely optional!)
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