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Making your Own Shampoo #355212 04/04/09 05:37 AM
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Have any of you tried making your own shampoo? I'm giving it a try now!

3/4oz rosemary leaves
2 cups distilled water
20 drops lavender essential oil
1 1/2 cups liquid castille soap

Simmer rosemary and water in covered pan 30 minutes. Stand overnight. Strain out leaves. Simmer until only 1/2 cup is left. Filter through coffee filter.

Add to castille soap and lavender, bottle.

Right now the rosemary-water is sitting "overnight", the entire house smells like rosemary!


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Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: Lisa Shea] #355217 04/04/09 08:22 AM
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How much does that cost?

Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: winelvr] #355224 04/04/09 07:51 PM
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Very good question winelvr!

Rosemary was $2.49 - I got fresh organic rosemary for my first try
Distilled water is $1/gal - so 1/8th gallon = 12 cents
Castile soap $40/gal - $3.75
Lavender oil - $7/10ml - guess at say 50 cents?

So that's rounded to about $7 for 2 cups = 16 ounces. That's about the size of a supermarket shampoo. However I don't tend to pay $7 for a bottle! Then again the ones from the store often give me allergic reactions, so we'll see how I do with this one.

Right now I'm on the simmer to a half cup stage!


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Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: Lisa Shea] #355242 04/04/09 10:31 PM
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Wow, I just took a shower and while the liquid is thin, it is *great*. It lathered up very well and I love how my hair smells! Best of all, my face isn't itchy from allergies!

It is still very pricey though. I will try a batch without rosemary once I get through this batch. I think I made too much. I thought 2 cups was a small amount, but I am using far less of this than I normally do of a shampoo, so this might last me too long (as in, I don't think an "organic" shampoo lasts months) ...


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Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: Lisa Shea] #355300 04/09/09 11:47 PM
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Today I did a homemade hot oil (olive oil), my homemade shampoo and then a homemade vinegar rinse. My hair feels wonderful! All of the recipes were super easy too.

I'm also growing my own rosemary and lavender now, which means the cost will be very cheap once those grow into plants.


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Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: Lisa Shea] #355322 04/13/09 10:29 PM
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And where does one get liquid castille soap?

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I got mine mail order from Vermont Soapworks -

http://www.vermontsoap.com/

I'm sure you can buy it locally at crafting supply stores too. It's a fairly common soap base.

I'm loving my homemade shampoo. My skin feels wonderful, it's not tingly / sensitive like it usually is. You just have to rinse afterwards or it's a bit sticky.

My rosemary and lavender seeds are starting to grow so soon all I'll need is the soap and water, so it will be inexpensive!


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Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: Lisa Shea] #355408 04/22/09 11:01 PM
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How long does it last?

Re: Making your Own Shampoo [Re: charlene] #355418 04/23/09 12:26 AM
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It needs to stay in a dark container and should be used in 2 weeks imagine - really that isn't much of a problem.


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