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Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap

Suzanne is a qualified beautician with experience as a freelance makeup artist.

Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap

Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap

by my friend Om ~

Hair Raising Facts ~

Spending a fortune every month on hair products was something many of us do without blinking an eye or maybe we do temporarily when the cash register says you owe some outrageous amount.

But then we sigh and say “Well they are a necessity, after all, I need to have my color treated hair shampoo, conditioner and styling products” and off we go without giving it a second thought.

Does that sound familiar?

I was besotted about my hair, truth be known, I hold my hands up.

Having had highlights in my teens I have always experimented with cuts, colors and products on my hair. Using top branded products cost me an arm and a leg for the styling mousses, gels, waxes and so on.

Suddenly when the income was not there for such items I turned to homemade solutions and some fascinating facts emerged.

Homemade Hair Shampoo

pure Castile soap is available in liquid soap and bar soap.

pure Castile soap is available in liquid soap and bar soap.

Hair Shampoo ~

One was the “no poo” craze. The “no poo” idea has been around for awhile and has sparked mixed reactions from those who have tried it. In a nutshell it is shampoo without lather.

Now personally I have found this a hard one to use continually, the fact is I like my suds but more importantly so does my hair.

Coconut milk is the secret ingredient in taking pure castile soap to another level. On its own, liquid castile soap will wash but not really shampoo with the lather.

Add coconut milk and suddenly you have the most wonderful shampoo you could imagine. Coconut contains natural surfactants which when combined with Castile turns it into a shampoo full of lather. It works on all hair types from normal to oily and leaves the hair gorgeously clean, soft and silky.The other huge benefits with these two ingredients are no synthetic chemicals, simple ingredients you have control over and you are in the quality control seat. For this recipe canned coconut milk or homemade coconut milk may be used.

To make them slightly different and unique I have included small amounts of carrier oil and gorgeous essential oil to add extra benefits for different hair types. Equally, you do not have to add any fragrance if you do not want to, so welcome on board you are now going to create your very own personalized hair shampoo!

Easy Mix N Match Shampoo Recipe ~

1/4 cup Coconut Milk (organic or homemade)

1/3 cup Liquid Castile Soap

10 - 15 drops Essential Oil of Choice

1 tsp Carrier Oil of Choice

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Add the liquid castile soap and coconut milk to your container and stir gently.

Screw on cap and shake gently.

One shampoo ready to go!

This customized shampoo should last up to a month.

Follow with conditioner if needed or even a rinse in apple cider vinegar and warm water.

Lavender Essential Oil

one of the most beneficial and therapeutic oils for hair treatments.

one of the most beneficial and therapeutic oils for hair treatments.

Best Essential Oils ~

Normal Hair - Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Geranium, Clary Sage, Thyme or Cedarwood.

Dry Hair - Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood or Geranium.

Oily Hair - Lavender, Rosemary, Cypress, Lemon or Peppermint.

Dandruff - Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Thyme, Cedarwood, Basil, Sage or Cypress.

Almond Oil

a popular and versatile oil for beauty products.

a popular and versatile oil for beauty products.

Best Carrier Oil ~

Norma Hair - Jojoba, Almond or Borage.

Dry Hair - Jojoba, Borage, Avocado, Almond, Sesame or Cocoa Butter.

Oily Hair - Jojoba, Borage or Sesame.

Dandruff - Jojoba or Borage.

Homemade Castile Soap

olive oil is the main ingredient used in castile soap.

olive oil is the main ingredient used in castile soap.

Grated Coconut

for homemade coconut milk, grated or dried coconut is used.

for homemade coconut milk, grated or dried coconut is used.

Alternative Recipe and How to Make Coconut Milk

Ideas N Tips ~

  • Apart from unscented soap, Dr Bronner's do a wonderful range of scented liquid castile soap or bar soap which you can co-ordinate with similar essential oils for a real kick of your favorite fragrance. Some of the most popular scented soaps are lavender, rose, peppermint, orange and almond.
  • This recipe may be easily customized for the family too for individual hair types.
  • I am aware this formula may not suit everybody so I have added a link to another shampoo recipe and her steps on how to make coconut milk.
  • Use old shampoo or conditioner containers instead of buying new ones. Make sure they are thoroughly washed out and sterilized before reusing. Customize your own label with a date. More suggestions are the empty ketchup and mustard bottles with the squeeze tops or the ones used in applying hair color. These are usually available in dollar stores, euro stores or inexpensive outlets. Pump dispensers are useful for shampoo, conditioner or hair gel when making them at home. Use small travel size containers and decanter hair products into them when travelling.
  • Don’t forget to start with your trusty notebook and pen. Write down your ingredients and how much to added in of what oils. You may wish to tweak it as you go so always remember to update your notes.
  • When using essential oils always add a few drops at a time and see if the strength is enough. Everyone is different and essential oils all have varying degrees of lasting power depending on if they are a top, middle or base note scent (all 3 “notes” are used in perfume making).
  • When you have decided on your essential oils, do check the contra-indications of these oils before purchasing or using as it may be not advised with certain medical conditions.
  • If you fancy making your own castile soap check out this great recipe which includes a video tutorial.

Easy How to Make Homemade Coconut Milk

More Coconut ~

  • Homemade Eye Cream With Coconut Oil and Vitamin E
    Making a homemade eye cream that is beneficial to the delicate skin around the eye is made easy here with 2 ingredients. Coconut Oil and Vitamin E are packed with reasons to use in an eye cream recipe.
  • Different Uses for a Coconut
    To say there are quite a few different use of a coconut is a huge understatement, there are hundreds of uses of this fruit of the Palm Tree. Every part of the coconut and the tree has a purpose.

More Hair Treats ~

  • DIY Hair Treatments
    Making your own hair treatments are easy to do and will be so much more beneficial for your hair and scalp. No more bad hair days when DIY treatments are in your cupboard and fridge, here are 9 treats
  • How to Make Your Own Scented Hair Gel
    To make your own scented hair gel could not be easier and requires only a few ingredients. Home made hair gel is cost effective, more healthy for your hair and may be scented by using your favorite essential oil. Read on for a few great recipes.
  • How to Naturally Hide Gray Hair
    Hiding gray hair is easily done by making your own hair colors or hair rinses. Love it or hate it, going gray is a fact of life we will all experience. If you prefer to hide it with color, then read on to find out how you can achieve it successfully.

More on Oils N Fragrance ~

  • Homemade Eau de Cologne For Men
    Refreshing Eau de Cologne is easy to make at home with natural essential oils. Here I have 3 recipes for men that are inspired by the very first homemade Cologne so read on for recipes, tips and more!
  • Homemade Sensual Solid Perfume Recipe For Women
    Making your own sensual solid perfume is easily accomplished and will cost a fraction of designer perfumes. Homemade perfume with essential oils is an ideal signature fragrance recipe idea for women.
  • Easy Homemade Perfume Recipes For Women
    Women love perfume fragrance and being able to make your own homemade signature blend is easy with these simple recipes. Essential oils are natures own perfumes with additional therapeutic benefits.
  • How to Use Essential Oils and a Base Oil to Make a D...
    Knowing how to dilute essential oils with base oil is important. Widely used in beauty products and in Aromatherapy they have excellent therapeutic benefits to mind and body. Read on to learn more .
  • How to Diffuse Essential Oils
    Essential Oils have many beneficial uses when diffused into the air. There are a variety of ways in how to diffuse your favorite oils and introduce fragrance into your home, work space or car easily.
  • Top 10 Carrier Oils for Homemade Beauty Products
    Carrier Oils or base oils are present in the majority of homemade beauty products and are an essential ingredient to add. There are a large amount of carrier oils available so here is my top 10 list.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap Comments

Nita from U.S. on August 30, 2017:

This is a good idea. With my natural hair i go through alot of products. I am looking for ways to save.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi tastiger,

Sorry, reply took a wobbler so had to leave you a reply here. Thanks so much for commenting. Making your own shampoo is so nice and coconut is a miracle working ingredient! Hope you get a chance to try it out. Cheers for the votes!

tastiger04 on July 25, 2013:

This sounds delightful.....would love to try making a shampoo, especially with coconut! Love that smell :) Thanks for sharing...voted up and useful :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 06, 2013:

Hi Alocsin,

Many thanks for your visit and comment, it is greatly appreciated. This is an all round beneficial recipe that ticks all the boxes for sure! Cheers for the votes and for the follow!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 06, 2013:

I'm thinking this would make a great gift. Not only does it save money but it's something personal that you can customize for the recipient. Voting this Up and Useful.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2013:

Hi Faith Reaper,

I thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. What a nice coincidence that you were looking for such a shampoo so hope you get to try it out. Coconut milk is gorgeous for the hair.Appreciate your votes and sharing!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 28, 2013:

Very informative article here. My sister and I were just talking about trying to find out what kind of natural shampoo is best for our hair. And here you go! Thank for sharing all of this useful information here. I have always wanted to make my own soap too.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 18, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Delighted you stopped by this one! Cheap, easy and less chemicals is what I love about this one, thanks for the thumbs up on these. Your votes and sharing are so appreciated my friend!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 18, 2013:

Suzie,this is a very simple recipes for homemade shampoo with a lot of variations. Very natural and safe from all those chemicals in the ones available the market. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared this too.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

Hi Janet,

Many thanks for checking this one out! great to hear you do make your own coconut milk, next time do try the shampoo, love to hear how you find it! Pleasure to have your comments and interest!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on June 13, 2013:

I love coconut milk and I often make my own one but have never tried it to use in a shampoo. After reading your wonderful hub I think I should give it a try next time I make my coconut milk. Thank you for sharing another great beauty recipe.

Candy H. from Yakima, WA on June 13, 2013:

I have an extra bar of Castile soap I purchased when on a Caribbean cruise. I may just have a new purpose for it, thanks to your craft idea. Great work!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:


I am speechless, truly and would like to mail you to your private mail. Could you mail me your own email as i would like to talk with you on this there if that suits!! I am so honored and in such admiration of your work, no BS and respect your advice every single word.

Drop me a mail with a private email I can email you at buddy!

P.S why has my favorite teacher not noticed his star pupils HOTD??!!!!!! LOL

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2013:

I'm back, but this time I'll be serious.

You, more than anyone else I follow, are a perfect example of what I have been preaching for quite some time now....find your niche and pound it, and set yourself up as an expert in the field.

Now, having said that, where is your tagline???? Where is that one line that explains what it is you do....the service you provide your readers....the product that you deliver??? Your tagline is your five second piece of advertising, and it should be on every single hub you busy. :) I want you to succeed. This weekend I want you to think of a case you have forgotten what that means, mine is....."helping writers to spread their wings and fly. "

Have a great weekend my friend.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

You are something else, seriously!! Unreal, you are to try this so quickly. DELIGHTED to hear you found it to be a keeper, me too! It is amazing how sudsy it goes in such a small quantity and smells divine! Thanks so much for giving us all an update I love hearing how everyone gets along with recipes or tweaks them. Cheers so much Kathryn!!!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 13, 2013:

Update: I made this just today, and tried it out. I was amazed at how sudsy just a small amount of it was! It felt very pleasant to my fingers as I was lathering it up, and it smells and feels wonderful! This is definitely a keeper!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

Hi Cyndi,

This is so great to hear and I hope you find these ingredients work a treat! Like so many things, some products will suit and others will not so fingers crossed this will be a successful combo for you! Look forward to hearing how you find it! Appreciate your enthusiasm and interest in my work, it really does spur me on to more recipe ideas!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

Hi Rose,

many thanks my friend! So glad of your interest and support!!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

What is great is the fact some people have castile soap available in the shops, know it and use it already and then other's like your good self are surrounded by glorious fresh coconut or other exotic beauties the rest of us cannot get easily! Great to know your info on using it as a conditioner, the coconut milk. Appreciate your votes and share so much!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

H Stacytm,

Delighted you stopped by and if you are a castile soap fan you are halfway there! have fun giving this a go! Cheers for your lovely comment :-)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on June 12, 2013:

This looks great Suzie. I'm looking for different natural products to use on my hair and this looks like a good one to try. In fact. I've stopped using so much shampoo and these ingredients look like safe substitutes. I imagine the coconut milk smells great even without adding essential oils. Going out tomorrow to buy the ingredients. Thank you for the recipe!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 12, 2013:

Homemade coconut shampoo sounds heavenly! Thanks for another great recipe.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 12, 2013:

Great DIY Suzie. I have never heard of Castile soap before but I surely know about coconut milk, lol. Well, I have grated my last coconut for having coconut milk last week before using it as a conditioner for my hair. It was a smooth and shiny conditioner. I loved it. I mean eating some grated coconut and of course making the coconut milk. Voted this up, useful and shared my friend. Have a lovely day!

stacytm from London on June 12, 2013:

I love castile soap and I'll be trying out one of these recipes you have here. They sound so good and I can't wait :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 12, 2013:

Hi Bill,

So good of you to comment you are always welcome with your constant interest and support. Thanks so much, I don't know about endless but it is amazing the things you learn that come back to remind you that you did have it stored somewhere!! Appreciate your votes, shares and pin!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 12, 2013:

Another great DIY idea Suzie. Who knew coconut milk could help to make shampoo? You are an endless wealth of knowledge when it comes to these homemade recipes. Keep them coming. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 12, 2013:

Hi birdaletter,

No don't put any more essential oil in if you don't want to. Liquid castile on its own does not produce lather but the coconut milk really does react with it to make bubbles in our locks! If you ever are looking for a good organic shampoo, check out the good as they rate all types of brands in all products and you will easily see what is deemed best and worst in the chemical, environment stakes. Thanks so much for your interest, hope you enjoy making!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 12, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

As ever it is a pleasure to hear from you. As the baking soda is working well maybe try both alternatively or see which you prefer. From what I have read, the homemade coconut milk seems to work the best for some reason but here coconuts are expensive as are coconut products. Glad you found useful, next in line is a conditioner even easier! LOL Cheers for everything!

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on June 11, 2013:

If you purchase a scented Castile Soap, like the citrus or lavender; do you still need to add the essential oil?

I can't buy my organic shampoo right now, so this looks like a a nice economically way to get back to natural products again.

I enjoy all your useful hubs. I just love them and want to try them all!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 11, 2013:

Yes! This is something I can make a sample of right away, and then make more once I get another can of coconut milk. I have actually been using mostly the baking soda combined with water, and my hair likes it, but this sounds much better, and I do love scent in my hair :) I will definitely be trying this one, perhaps the very next time I wash my hair. Thanks for sharing this with us, Suzie!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 11, 2013:

Hi B Leekley,

Great to see you are a fan! Appreciate so much your votes and sharing. The shelf life of the finished product is about a month and yes you may store in the fridge but is not vital. If however you are experiencing hot weather I tend to put everything in the fridge (space permitting) as it helps preserve the product. Thanks for the query and no problem!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 11, 2013:

Hi Natasha,

Lucky you if you can wander around and find coconuts for free!! Oh how I wish I could!! Castile soap is very popular and should be easy to source locally or else it is definitely there online as shown. Thanks for commenting and maybe you will give this a go sometime!!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on June 11, 2013:

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. I intend to try this recipe when I next run out of store-bought shampoo. Since I've gone bald except for a little fringe, it'll last me months. Does the coconut milk spoil? Should the shampoo be kept in a fridge. Sorry if you mentioned that and I overlooked it.

Natasha from Hawaii on June 11, 2013:

Cool and interesting! I love making my own stuff, but I've never tried this one. If I'm brave enough to use my own laundry detergent, surely I can make shampoo some day. I don't think I've ever seen castile soap before, though. Coconuts, though...I could probably wander around and find some for free! Pinning!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 11, 2013:

Ah my Billicious Babe,

THERE HAS to be one I guess . . and yep . . my money would be on YOU to mention the poo word!!!! LOL

Actually as I wrote this I thought "Bill is going to have a field day with this one" . . . did it stop me? Did it heck like!!

I more than tolerate you my friend, you are a joy in every sense of the word.

Cheers for being you, never change no matter what the shrinks in white coats say, you rock Billylicious Babester!! LOL

Mickster and Babester . . . I think I need the men in white coats!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 11, 2013:

No poo???? Why is it my mind goes somewhere else when I see those words? I wanted to scream "THANK GOD MY SHAMPOO HAS NO POO IN IT!" Now it turns out that it should have poo, which leaves me terribly confused. Do I really want stinky poo in my hair? That would be like standing outside as the gulls gather, wouldn't it?

I'm sure glad you tolerate me. :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday my dear friend, and speaking for all people with their natural hair...thank you.


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