What day is it? It’s Shampoo Day, of course! And what better way to enjoy it than with a homemade shampoo?!
This recipe has it all: It’s quick and easy to make and can be customized to your liking! We felt that it was important to develop a shampoo recipe for even the most novice creators, since many people are scared off by complicated shampoo recipes. We wanted to prove there’s nothing to fear! Using your own homemade products is so satisfying; that’s why we try to make it accessible to everyone.
One thing’s for sure: You’ll now look forward to (homemade) Shampoo Day!
How to make liquid shampoo
Before you begin
To make this liquid shampoo, you’ll need to handle ingredients that have an extreme pH in their pure forms: lactic acid (pH 0.6) and coco glucoside (pH 11–12). You must wear safety gear throughout the whole process of making this shampoo. The pH of the final product is safe.
- 69.3 g (49.5%) demineralized water
- 1.4 g (1%) lactic acid
- 11.2 g (8%) vegetable glycerin
- 0.7 g (0.5%) xanthan gum
- 35 g (25%) coco glucoside
- 3.5 g (2.5%) jojoba oil
- 1.4 g (1%) elderberry extract
- 0.7 g (0.5%) rosemary oleoresin
- 14 g (10%) coco betaine
- 1.4 g (1%) ylang ylang essential oil
- 1.4 g (1%) grapefruit essential oil (pink or white)
- 1 small stainless steel bowl
- 2 small measuring cups
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 pipette
- Protective gear
- A few ramekins
- 1 mini mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- 1 tottle bottle
- 1 small funnel
Good to know!
- You can substitute a different vegetable oil for the jojoba oil or use a combination of vegetable oils. Here’s how to select one that’s suitable for your hair type:
- Coco glucoside is a gentle cleansing agent that, when combined with coco betaine, yields a foaming product. You can substitute decyl glucoside for the coco glucoside.
- Ylang ylang essential oil is a key ingredient in many hair care products. It’s suitable for all hair types, regulates sebum production, and adds shine to hair fibres. Grapefruit essential oil (pink or white) regulates sebum production and strengthens hair.
- Here are some suggested essential oils for different hair types:
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- In a measuring cup, weigh the demineralized water and lactic acid.
- In a second measuring cup, weigh the glycerin and xanthan gum. Mix with the mini-mixer to disperse the gum.
- Pour the gum and glycerin into the water and lactic acid solution. Mix with the mini-mixer until a gel forms. Phase A is now ready.
- In a small bowl, weigh all of the Phase B ingredients and mix with a spatula.
- Add Phase B to Phase A. Gently stir with the spatula so that the product does not foam.
- Weigh the Phase C ingredients in a small bowl. Add to the remainder of the ingredients and mix well with the spatula.
- Fill the bottle using a funnel.
Use and conservation
The basic recipe yields a product formulated for normal hair. You can amend it to suit your hair type using the suggestions provided.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, your DIY shampoo will keep for three months.