Homemade DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Recipes

Guest post today from Alexis. Enjoy.


Just because SHTF doesn’t mean you have to look like it.  Stock up on just two ingredients—liquid soap and apple cider vinegar—so you can look camera-ready while others are fretting because they’ve run out of L’Oreal products.

In two of the recipes, you’ll use some variety of Dr. Bronner’s Magic 18-in-1 fair trade liquid castile soap.  Yes, that’s a mouthful, and some users insist that one of the 18 ways to use it is as toothpaste.  Keep that in mind when SHTF, but until then maybe stick to Crest or Tom’s of Maine.

As shampoo, body soap, and even face cleansers, Dr. Bronner’s soaps works miracles.  They’re devoid of harmful ecotoxins and potential allergens like sulfates, parabens, and PEGs.  Depending on the kind you get—there are 8 of them, including tea tree and peppermint—you get different essential oils infused in every bottle.

Oily scalp or problem skin?   Go for the tea tree or lavender types.  Both tea tree oil and lavender oil are antiseptic and helpful acne fighters and de-greasers.

Spring fever got you puffy-eyed and stopped up?  Try showering with the peppermint or eucalyptus soaps to clear your sinuses, or the citrus to wake you up in the morning.

Dry skin?  Try the almond and rose soaps for extra moisture.

Super sensitive to any and all chemicals and smells?  The baby mild variety contains only the basic ingredients: water, organic coconut oil, potassium hydroxide (which isn’t actually in the final product), organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, and tocopherol (for preservation).

DIY Shampoo and Face/Body Wash

Mix the ingredients in a bottle.  Dip your head upside down and apply directly to scalp, not hair.  It’s watery, so using it standing up risks having it running into your eyes (no thanks).  Lather, massage, and wash out.  Follow with the DIY hair conditioner.

In the unlikely event you find this mixture too drying, add the aloe vera gel and essential oil

DIY Hair Conditioner & Facial Toner

  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cup apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar balances your skin and scalp’s pH, making it less likely to be oily or dry even hours after cleansing.  As a conditioner, apply this mixture to scalp (like the shampoo) and work out tangles.  Rinse with water.  As a facial toner, splash onto face with clean hands or apply with cotton balls.  Follow with gentle moisturizer.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and researcher for College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching scholarships for veterans and scholarships from banks. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

4 comments… add one
  • gat31 May 5, 2011, 10:48 am

    well l guess this will be helpful, but the dr bronners is 20$ a bottle.
    l use coupons and sales and just got 16 bottles of herbal essence shampoos,conditioners, gel, and hairspray (which is a great weapon but l digress) for 16 dollars.
    The vinegar solution l’ll keep in mind, but post SHTF l’m not really concerned about being “camera ready” so much as surviving. If anyone knows how to make those yellow bar soaps like my ex husbands granma used to make, l would LOVE that recipe. That stuff worked in laundry, face, and even greasy hands after working on the car. Unfortunately she died and took the recipe with her.

    • Jason May 6, 2011, 1:16 am


      You got me thinking & I did a search on YouTube & found this for you – thought it was pretty cool. There are heaps more & it looks kind of fun to do & you get a lot of creative choices. Enjoy ~


      • gat31 May 6, 2011, 7:47 am

        Thank you Jason! That was awesome!

    • Subduedjoy December 10, 2016, 11:18 pm

      Castile soap is expensive, but it lasts for a very long time–way longer than regular soaps–because you need to use only a little bit each time.


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