A little over two weeks ago I posted a “recipe” for Coconut Milk Shampoo that proved to be VERY popular! Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for an alternative to store-bought shampoo.
While this was a much-viewed (and tried) idea…judging by the comments…it was met with mixed reviews. Even my own initial opinion of the mixture changed the more I used it. I found that I couldn’t use it every time I shampooed because it left my hair feeling too “coated”.
For the last several days I haven’t been able to get this out of my mind. While I don’t expect every single one of my posts to be a “homerun”…this one had enough people that weren’t satisfied with the results that I knew I had to do some more research. That’s how much I love you guys! ;-)
Saturday I spent HOURS searching for an answer. It wasn’t proving as easy as I thought it would be! My suspicion was that the castile soap might be the culprit in this recipe…but almost EVERY SINGLE homemade shampoo formulation I found had castile soap as the base.
Many, many recipes later…I have come up with the following semi-homemade version of Coconut Milk Shampoo that while not completely “natural” is still a vast improvement over typical grocery store brands.
Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (you can either make your own [see below], or use store-bought)
- 1/3 cup organic baby shampoo/wash (the closest I could get to organic was Aveeno brand)
- 1 tsp vitamin E, olive or almond oil (I used olive oil because I was out of almond oil and didn’t have any Vit E oil)
- 10 to 20 drops of your choice of essential oils (I was going to use Lavender because I thought it would go best with the baby shampoo…but there were only a few drops in the bottle…so I used Lemon instead.)
Since I was anxious to try this new formulation and was out of canned coconut milk…I decided I might as well try my hand at making my own. After seeing how easy it was to make Almond Milk last week, I figured I could handle coconut. And I just happened to have a whole bag of shredded coconut that I recently purchased to use in my sister’s homemade granola recipe. So I was set. I turned to Crunchy Betty’s instructions and got started.
As I suspected….it was super easy!
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Into the blender (or food processor) with 1 cup HOT water. PULSE approximately 20 times. (Don’t run continuously.)
Strain “milk” through a fine sieve or some sort of cloth.
Push down on the coconut to make sure you get all the liquid out.
Put coconut back in the blender with another cup of HOT water and repeat 3 more times.
You will end up with approximately 4 cups of lovely coconut milk!
NOW we are ready to make the SHAMPOO! :-)
Add 1/4 cup coconut milk and 1/3 cup baby shampoo to bottle of choice.
Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, vitamin E oil or almond oil.
Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Shake bottle to combine ingredients. Go jump in the shower and try it out!
Personally, I like this version a LOT better than the first. Unfortunately, the castile “soap” in the first recipe reacts with the minerals in the water we wash our hair with and can form a film or residue. That is why some of us experienced a “coated” feeling on our hair….and why most shampoo is made with “detergents”, because detergent reacts less to minerals in water and doesn’t leave this residue. Of course detergents contain OTHER ingredients that are less than desirable. But that’s another post for another time.
Hopefully this will be a better alternative for those who tried the first version and decided it was a no-go. I can’t wait to hear what you think! Make sure and let us know. :-)