Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to D.I.Y. clean green shampoo

DJR in Detroit asks: "Do you know of a make-it-yourself shampoo base?"

Answer: Good question. While there are many good green commercial shampoos on the market, made without synthetic fragrances that can harbor hormone-disrupting phthalates, nothing is purer and simpler than one you make yourself. As a short cut, I recommend starting with a pure, unscented liquid soap, such as Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Liquid Soap, made with certified organic, fair trade botanical ingredients and no synthetic surfactants (foaming agents). That way, you can add the plant-based fragrance of your choice, or none at all (fragrances can be irritating, so do a patch test first).

Exception: If you want a rose, lavender or orange essential oil scent, Dr. Bronner's makes liquid soaps with these ingredients, so buy these for an even shorter short cut!

Caution: Although the essential oils will help preserve your shampoo, it won't last as long as off-the-shelf remedies, so use it up within a couple months. Should be easy to do!

Shampoo Recipe

One ounce Liquid soap
1/4 tsp vegetable oil (olive, coconut) to moisturize and deep cleanse
Three drops essential oil to give the fragrance you want.

Mix this base with eight ounces water & shake to make shampoo. Keep out of eyes.

For readymade shampoos, see my list.

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