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Cleansing And Calming Homemade Shampoo

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 7 comments

Cleansing And Calming Homemade Shampoo

This homemade shampoo is perfect if you are switching to an all natural shampoo because switching shampoos stresses the pores on your scalp and stressed pores produce more sebum which will make your hair oily. The tea tree essential oil calms the pores to keep the sebum production to a minimum, while the lemon essential oil acts as a detoxifier and an astringent.

This is also a great winter shampoo because tree essential oil is antibacterial, so it kills the fungus that causes dandruff. The lemon essential oil will give your hair a nice shine too.

It is important to note that lemon essential oil is photo-toxic, so it should not be used on dyed hair and it will lighten hair if you don’t rinse well. If this concerns you, an acceptable substitute is petitgrain essential oil.

Looking for a conditioner too? Check out our Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Conditioner.

Cleansing and Calming Shampoo
The perfect shampoo for people switching to an all-natural shampoo or people who suffer from dandruff.
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
  1. 3 ounces liquid castile soap
  2. 6 drops tea tree essential oil
  3. 6 drops lemon essential oil
  1. Put all ingredients in a small shampoo bottle and shake to mix.
  1. Yields 3 ounces.
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Kim’s 2¢

The consistency of this shampoo this very thin so I recommend putting it in a spray bottle rather than trying to pour it into your hands.

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  1. Emily Nichols

    I did switched to a natural bar shampoo for two weeks before finding this post. I’ve been using the rinse/wash/rinse for about 5 days now. My hair feels soft and clean (not gunky at all), BUT it looks as oily as can be. Even after my hair has dried, it looks wet. Would a dry shampoo help?

    It isn’t just my roots that are still oily, but my whole head. I’m not using a bristle brush. Should I be?

    • Nicole

      I think a natural dry shampoo would help to soak up the extra oil. Keep using it until your pores calm down and stop producing so much sebum.

      A bristle brush will evenly distribute the oil throughout your hair, and would actually be beneficial if your ends are dry. It could also be useful if you start getting oily during the day and just don’t want all the oil concentrating on the scalp.

  2. Marti

    When switching to an all natural shampoo, should we use this in between? Or in addition to the new shampoo?

  3. Amber

    How much are you supposed to use when washing? What brand Castile soap?

  4. Amber


    Hi Nicole, I made the switch from commercial shampoo and conditioner to “natural” products about 10-12 long weeks ago. I use Innersense. Before making the switch, my medium length hair was “normal,” not dry and not oily. After making the switch, I went through the gunky stage…and am perpetually in it. :*-( My hair has been oily from the roots to my shoulders the whole journey. I do not use any other hair care products. I have tried only using the Innersense shampoo, followed by an ACV rinse (ACV + water). I’ve also tried using the only the Innersense shampoo (nothing following it). I’ve also tried using the Innersense conditioner first, followed by the Innersense shampoo. I follow the directions on the bottle. Nothing is helping. The oily, gunky hair remains. My scalp is also becoming itchy and dandruff is possibly appearing. I’m so upset. I wear my hair up everyday whereas before making the switch I’d wear it down. Innersense is expensive $$$. Booo that it hasn’t worked for me.

    I’ve read through many comments on another post (about making the switch). Here’s what I gather I can try: I will buy a natural bristle brush and clean it once a week. I will make my own shampoo and conditioner. I will make the dry shampoo. I will tey baking soda and ACV.

    So, what order should I try this all in? How much of the homemade products am I supposed to use? What brand Castile soap do I buy? What kind of ACV should I be getting (pasteurized or not, does it matter)?

    My gosh, thank you I’m advance. I’m losing all hope.

    • Nicole

      Hi Amber, It sounds like you’re really upset and about to use an arsenal on your scalp and hair. Before you do that, go see an esthetician or hair care professional to help identify the root of your problem. It maybe that the shampoo you purchased just wasn’t right for you, but it could be that you’ve discovered an issue with your scalp that was being masked by your previous routine. A professional will help you figure out if your pores are clogged, if your scalp is actually dry, or if the flakes are a result of bacterial infection or a skin condition. Once you know the root cause you will be better able to figure out an appropriate, natural routine.

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