Lavender Rosemary Shampoo Recipe

Have you tried out the Homemade toothpaste?  How about the Oil Cleaning Method?  Well you are just going to love this one because it is my favorite, good-enough-to-eat (but don’t) shampoo and body wash you can make in your own kitchen!

Lavender Rosemary Shampoo

I’ll talk about the why of each ingredient in a moment but first how to make this luxurious body product:



  • dried lavender flowers 2 heaping tablespoons-full (more or less is fine)
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary or 2 tablespoons dried rosemary (fresh really works better if you can find it)
  • 2 cups Boiling water
  • 1 cup Pure liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or jojoba oil
  • 10+ drops lavender essential oil
  • funnel
  • stainer
  • old shampoo bottle washed out well


How to:


  1. place lavender and torn up rosemary (stems and all just roughly torn to release the oils) in a large mug or bowl
  2. Boil your water as if you were going to make tea.  Pour over lavender and rosemary and allow to steep for 30 minutes
  3. In the meantime, combine 1 c castile soap (I used lavender because that’s what I had on hand but unscented is fine) with 1 Tbls grapeseed oil and 10 or more drops of lavender essential oil
  4. Pour via funnel into your shampoo bottle.
  5. After steeping, strain still warm lavender/rosemary tea into the bottle via funnel.
  6. Shake up and allow to cool completely before use


To use:


  1. squirt directly onto your scalp (it is very runny) and work into a lather.
  2. rinse and enjoy the scent!

The smell is just…amazing!  It makes your hair smell divine.  I use it as a body wash and put a few squirts in the bath.  This is a small batch since it contains water it doesn’t keep for longer than a few weeks.  Plus, a small batch allows you to tweak it each time you make it.

Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients:


rosemary and lavender steeping in boiling water. Rosemary strengthens the hair follicle and lavender is anticeptic and can treat dry scalp or dandruff


Grapeseed oil is a powerful antioxidant and contains nourishing fatty acid linoleic acid


Dr Bronner's is organic and 100% vegan





What it doesn’t have:

traditional shampoos contain ingredients known to cause cancers such as;

  • Propylene Glycol (also called Propanediol)– A colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid used in anti-freeze solutions, in brake and hydraulic fluids, as a de-icer, and as a solvent.It causes contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities. It can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests, can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central nervous system depression and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage (according to the Material Safety Data Sheet).
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)-Used as a surfactant to break down the surface tension of water. It is used in concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash detergents, and just about every soap and shampoo on the market.  SLS actually corrodes hair follicles and impairs ability to grow hair! It can cause separation of skin layers and cause inflammation to the skin. If it interacts with other nitrogen bearing ingredients, Carcinogenic Nitrates can form as a result.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydrosypropyltrimonium Chloride, Linoleamidepropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate– These are toxic ammonium compounds. Ingestion can be fatal. Concentrations as low as 0.1% can be irritating to eyes and cause necrosis (tissue death) of mucus membranes.
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine – Synthetic surfactant; can cause eye irritation and dermatitis.
  • Plus various petrochemical colorants and perfumes.

Is that really the cost of beauty?  I don’t think so!  Start a revolution in your kitchen and just say no to industrial, poisonous products!

I know you’ll love this one!  Let me know if you try it.


3 thoughts on “Lavender Rosemary Shampoo Recipe

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, it looks great! I've recently started washing my hair with baking soda, but this seems like a nice alternative (with a nice scent too!).


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