I found a similar recipe in one of my favorite natural beauty books, Green Beauty Recipes. The original recipe called for a thickening agent that I didn’t have and didn’t care to use, so I replaced it with baking soda, which is a great dandruff/itchy scalp reliever. The result was a high-foaming, scalp-soothing masterpiece. With only three ingredients (two of which you probably already have), you can’t beat this one for ease of preparation, effective cleaning, and low cost without all of the harsh and damaging ingredients found in most shampoos. Try it. You’ll like it.
- 1 Tbs liquid castille soap (I use Doctor Bronner’s peppermint, but any will do. Mountain Rose Herbs sells an inexpensive soap)
- 1 tsp good quality olive oil
- 1 Tbs baking soda (use less if you have dry, rather than oily hair)
- a few drops of tea tree oil or peppermint oil if you are using an unscented soap, optional
Mix all the ingredients in a small cup and stir until thick and smooth. Use one teaspoon to one tablespoon depending on the length of your hair. One recipe is enough for me to wash my entire body, including my face, in one showering. This shampoo hardens over a few days, so it is best made right before you shower; it only takes a minute. You can still use the hardened soap with great results, but it won’t squeeze out of a bottle very easily, so I would recommend putting it in a wide mouth container if you choose to make it in advance.