DIY: Shampoo without the bull

When’s the last time you took a look at the back of your shampoo bottle?


What IS this stuff? Methylchloroisothiazolinone, seriously? (Google tells me this ingredient is also used to make glue, paint, and fuel.)

I’ve been fed up with shampoo for a while, but haven’t been ready to jump into the no-poo movement either. I found an easy all-natural shampoo recipe on one of my favorite blogs. It lathers, which was important to me, and left my hair thick and shiny.


(sans blow drying)

Plus, it’s only 3 ingredients! It’s my new go-to, budget-friendly, guilt-free suds of choice. I highly recommend you shake up a batch pronto.

Shampoo without the Bull

(Recipe from Wellness Mama)


  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (I’ll be posting a recipe for what to do with the rest of the can soon!)
  • 1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon Vitamin E oil, optional (though I think this is what helps with the shine)


Mix ingredients together in a jar, clean bottle, or foam dispenser.


I used peppermint-scented Dr. Bronner’s, but if you use an unscented soap you can add up to 20 drops of essential oil like lavender or rose.

Shake it up!


Store in your shower for up to 1 month, shake well before each use and use about 1 tsp per use, 2-3 times/week. Oh, and because this shampoo isn’t laden with harmful chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils, there’s no reason to use conditioner.

It’s easy to forget that what you put on the outside of your body affects you just as much as the foods you consume. If you’re interested in learning more about natural body/beauty products, unsullied is a gorgeous, well-written and well-researched blog you should definitely check out. (It’s written by a former coworker of mine who taught me everything I know about social media.)

Happy suds-ing!

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