How to Make Natural Cream Soap Shampoo
Natural Cream Shampoo Recipe
Since African black soap has caused a buildup of shea butter on my scalp, I was forced to look for something else to use. So here a recipe for a simple, inexpensive, and natural cream soap shampoo. Add whatever essential oils you desire—just be careful to not add too much or the shampoo will be oily.
Things You’ll Need
- 1 bar Ivory soap
- 1 cup (strong) ginger and peppermint tea*
- 1-2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Cut the ivory soap into small pieces. I used a blender to puree all of the ingredients together.
- Add more water if needed. The first stage of the product will be a liquid.
- Bottle the mixture before the product sets up.
- After a few hours, the shampoo will settle into a stiff cream that melts readily at body temperature. Try storing in either a container you can dip into or one you can squeeze.
How to Apply the Shampoo
Simply rub the natural shampoo through your hair and allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing with warm, then cold water. Work the shampoo out of your hair with your fingertips.
Using Conditioner After Ivory Soap
Keep in mind that this is a low-sudsing cream shampoo. Use your favorite conditioner. I use my own method with coconut oil and glycerin.
After washing, I rub a large blob of glycerin through my hair. I then rinse quickly, leaving some glycerin in my hair. Too much glycerin makes hair sticky/oily. My hair is past bum length so it requires more of everything. I use the coconut oil as a deep treatment, leaving it in overnight.
Tips and Additional Information
- Use any natural soap base you want. Ivory brand soap is drying so you will require some sort of conditioner. The oils in my recipe keep my hair from drying out. Ivory soap also contains a synthetic preservative called Tetrasodium EDTA.
- Add water slowly to avoid getting the mixture too wet.
- To avoid chopping, place soap in a bowl with the measured water, it will slowly absorb into the soap so mixing is easier. I leave mine overnight to fully soften.
- I am on the lookout for a truly natural, unscented, plain-Jane soap that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I also made this recipe with Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Complexion Bar soap and it turned out lovely. I added a bit more liquid and the consistency is not as solid as with Ivory. This soap, unfortunately, has what I believe to be a synthetic fragrance. Sigh.
- I use a Hamilton Beach Wave Action 10 Speed blender for all my larger quantity homemade recipe mixing. Its model number is 50645. For smaller amounts, I use my Hamilton Beach Chopper. Its model number is 72440. This little food processor is so nice and it's inexpensive!
Soap and Tea Ingredients
Here are the listed ingredients of some of the items I use to make shampoo.
Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Complexion Bar Soap
Vegetable soap, vegetable glycerin, fragrance, tomato powder, water, aloe barbadensis, carmine, and annatto.
Sodium tallowate and/or sodium palmate, water, sodium cocoate and/or sodium palm kernelate, glycerin, sodium chloride, fragrance, coconut acid*, palm kernel acid*, tallow acid*, palm acid* and tetrasodium EDTA.
*Contains one or more of these ingredients.
Bigelow Peppermint Tea
Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea
Lemongrass, lemon peel, cinnamon, ginger, lemon verbena, rosehips, natural gingersnap and natural lemon flavors (soy lecithin), licorice root, and citric acid
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Jocelyn