Homemade Shampoo With Essential Oils


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.

Image shows a close up of a bottle of shampoo, with text that reads "Homemade Shampoo With Essential Oils"

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 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. 🙂

Image shows ingredients needed for homemade shampoo, including essential oils and coconut milk

Homemade Shampoo With Essential Oils


  • 1/2 cup liquid soap*
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil – optional)
  • 40 – 50 drops of essential oils**


  1. Notes:
  2. *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.
  3. **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.
  4. Directions:
  5. Mix all ingredients together in a tight-lidded container, and shake until combined.
  6. This recipe makes 3 of the two-ounce bottles pictured (two-ounce was the only sized squirt bottle I had!).
  7. To use: Shake well, and use as you would any other shampoo.
  8. This recipe will keep at room temperature for a week or so, or you can store it in the refrigerator much longer.

Image shows a hand holding a small amount of homemade shampoo

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  1. There is not a link where it says “click here to see what oils to use for your hair type”, can you please share it?

  2. I think it’s time for me to start making my own shampoo. I always bought shampoo with it in already like Maple Holisitcs and liked it so it can be fun to make my own shampoo.

  3. Using teaspoon of salt when you shampoo helps to reduce oily hair. Using a splash of vinegar in a cup of water also helps to reduce oil and it stimulates the scalp and leaves your hair shiny. As a child I had greasy hair. My mother studied to be a beautician and told me these tricks.
    I have also learned that if you have dandruff crushing an aspirin and adding it to your shampoo helps. But if you use vinegar it will do the same.
    You have some very nice recipes here and I plan to try a few out. Great job! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Really? I have gone been more than 10 years without putting any shampoo on my head. I used to use baking soda on a scalp brush to massage in & rinse out then cider vinegar to rinse. No build up. Healthy clean hair. But now that I have been using homemade colors to my hair, for almost 2 years, I only use a bit of homemade conditioner on scalp & hair. Fresh scalp. Healthy hair.

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