Natural Recipes for Healthy Shampoo, Conditioner, and Skin Toner

Our modern lifestyle increasingly relies on a growingly diverse group of synthetic chemicals.

There are over 140 million chemicals that are registered under the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS, 2015), and this number is multiplying. These chemicals are a growing challenge and may pose many human health risks. 

They are a challenge because these chemicals can affect a vast population in a relatively short period, even more than a pandemic.

Also, these chemicals come in close contact with our bodies daily. 

And lastly, because of the diversity of chemicals found in many consumer products nowadays, there is also the issue of exposure to many different substances at once from different products we use. These various chemicals from multiple products can lead to a combined effect of these chemicals. So even if each compound is present at what is considered safe levels, a combination of these chemicals may not be safe.

The health risks of certain chemicals from consumer products, mainly phthalates, BPA, PBDE, and nano-materials, prove to be the most harmful. They burden the immune system, the liver, the kidneys, and really our entire body.

For these reasons, there is a growing number of people who prefer to make their own hygiene products, with me included :).

This is an especially essential step to take if you want to detox your body, have cancer, a viral outbreak, a lot of stress and anxiety in your life, excessive weight gain, or just want to ensure long-term health. 

In this article, I will share my recipes for a natural homemade shampoo, conditioner, and skin toner. With these recipes, you’ll be able to make these wonderful products quickly, with ease, and with very few cheap ingredients.

Here are the recipes:

1. Recipe for Natural Homemade Shampoo

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of 100% natural coconut milk
  • 20 drops of essential oil of your choosing
  • 1/4 cup of liquid Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil or almond oil – if you have dry hair

Instructions:

To make the shampoo, you’ll only need to pour all of the ingredients into a clean shampoo bottle. Shake it well for as long as you think is necessary. And it’s ready! You’ll also need to shake it a bit each time you use it.

A shampoo made with these ingredients will be able to clean your hair thoroughly, and will also balance its pH levels. [1]

2. Recipe for Natural Homemade Conditioner

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil 
  • 1 capsule of vitamin E
  • 1/2 cup of either apple cider vinegar, honey, or lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of either flaxseeds, guar gum, marshmallow root, or chia seeds
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 10-20 drops rosemary or any other essential oil of your choice

Instructions:

Boil the water with the flaxseeds, guar gum, marshmallow root, or chia seed  for one minute while stirring continuously. Remove  from the heat. Allow to cool.

To this mixture, add the vitamin E, the oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, or lemon juice, and then the essential oil.

Pour the mixture into a conditioner container for storing. The mixture will thicken as it cools.

Wash your hair with lukewarm water and the natural shampoo followed by this conditioner. Leave on hair for 1-2 minutes and rinse off.

This conditioner will support well-hydrated hair that’s also soft and smooth. More importantly, you won’t be adding any unnecessary chemicals to your body.  Not only are these unhealthy for you, they also damage your hair in the long run. [2]

3. Recipe for Natural Homemade Skin Toner

You can go for a simple solution by mixing 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice and a cup of water. However, you can also go for a more sophisticated one that will work well, even on sensitive skin. 

Ingredients:

  • A pinch of salt 
  • 3 ounces of witch hazel
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 1 ounce of rose water

Instructions:

To make this skin toner, start by adding the salt to the bottom of a glass bottle large enough for all ingredients. Then add the two essential oils. After that, pour in the witch hazel and rose water and shake the bottle gently. When they are well combined you’re done (the salt should help disperse the oils evenly throughout the mixture).

This skin toner will remove traces of grime and dirt left from air pollution and make-up. It will also hydrate and soften your skin and remove any excess oils. [3] [4]

Conclusion

These three recipes are suitable for even the most sensitive people. However, it’s still useful to test out even natural products before you start using them because certain essential oils can trigger a skin reaction in susceptible people. The essential oils most prone to trigger a reaction include pure tea tree oil, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, ylang-ylang, and cassia essential oils.

By choosing to use natural hygiene products, especially homemade products, you will be supporting not only your health but also the environment as well.

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References:

  • [1] Chiu CH, Huang SH, Wang HM. A Review: Hair Health, Concerns of Shampoo Ingredients and Scalp Nourishing Treatments. Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2015;16(12):1045-52.
  • [2] D’Souza P, Rathi SK. Shampoo and Conditioners: What a Dermatologist Should Know?. Indian J Dermatol. 2015;60(3):248–254. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.156355
  • [3] Hughes-Formella BJ, Filbry A, Gassmueller J, Rippke F. Anti-inflammatory efficacy of topical preparations with 10% hamamelis distillate in a UV erythema test. Skin Pharmacol Appl Skin Physiol. 2002 Mar-Apr;15(2):125-32.
  • [4] Gabriel Fernando Esteves Cardia, Saulo Euclides Silva-Filho, Expedito Leite Silva, et al., “Effect of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil on Acute Inflammatory Response,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2018, Article ID 1413940, 10 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1413940.