Making A Clean Break From Your Shampoo

It is time to break up with your shampoo!  I know you spent a good 30 minutes in the shampoo aisle, pulling down bottle after bottle to find the right scent.  You weighed all the options to find the perfect one that will aide in long, luxurious, thick tresses that style perfectly.  However, your bottle probably didn’t advertise that it could potentially be carcinogenic, a known hormone disrupter, can cause low sperm counts, or could actually cause your hair to break or fall out altogether.

Even though it smells delicious, would you still buy it if all of that was written on the label?  Probably not!  Yet, if you know how to read the words that are written on your shampoo bottle label that is exactly what it is telling you.  Let’s take a look at some of the most common ingredients in the shampoo’s and conditioner’s that are on your supermarket shelves and see them for what they are.

The Ingredients That Aren’t Advertised


Sulfates are found in about 90% of all commercialized shampoo.  Known to deteriorate hair follicles, slow down hair re-growth rates, and has been blamed for premature hair loss in some cases.  Sulfates, which answer to many different names and acronyms, are one of the most commonly complained about additives to the FDA.  Aside from hair loss; sulfates are also known to cause respiratory issues, itching, redness, and scalp irritation.


Yet another ingredient that hides behind many different aliases.  Parabens are added to products to help lengthen their shelf life.  Studies have linked parabens, directly and indirectly to cause cancer and to speed its growth.  It is also known to act as a hormone disrupter.

Propylene and Butylene Glycol

Silly question here, but I am going to ask you to indulge me for a minute.  If I went to your car and drained off some antifreeze and asked you to use it to shower with, would you do it?  I would dare to guess not, but PEG’s are a an active ingredient in antifreeze, and are a common ingredient in almost all shampoo’s.  Originally used to release barnacles from the bottom of boats and now used in your shampoo.  These petroleum based chemical’s can decrease the strength of your cells, they weaken your immune systems, and have a direct link to certain types of cancers.  These are some nasty, nasty chemicals.

Phthalates A.K.A. Fragrances

I know that your Herbal Essence shampoo probably smells divine, but herein lies the danger.  The very thing that add’s the amazing scent to your shampoo is just labeled on it’s label as “fragrance”.  This could be any one of over 4,000 different chemicals.  Companies label their products this ways to disguise potentially harmful chemicals in their proprietary blends.  Labeling products this way is almost completely unregulated by the EPA and FDA.  So what is the danger in those smells?  Phthalates are lined to reproductive and developmental problems, damaged sperm or low sperm, as well as severe respiratory reactions.

Breaking Up Is NOT Hard To Do

I have only named a couple of the top offenders that are found sitting in your shower.  There are more!  The good news is that breaking up with your shampoo is not going to be nearly as hard as you might think.  In fact your hair may very well thank you by becoming healthier, your scalp may stop flaking and itching, and it may even stop falling out!

The other added benefit of breaking up with your shampoo will definitely be in the cost savings.  To make a bottle of our homemade shampoo it only cost….wait for it….$2.80!!!!!  So not only will you be getting rid of the yuck chemicals, you will be adding in things that will restore nutrients to your scalp, and you will be saving money in the process.  I just love that!

So, how hard is it???  That was going to be your next question I bet!  The answer is super simple.  I know everyone tells you “it is so easy”, but this really is less than 2 minutes and you. are. done.easy.  This is no- more- schlepping- to- the- store- when- you- are- out easy.  Take a look……

See, I told you it was super simple.  Here are the links for what you are going to need:

Castile Soap:  I love Dr. Bronner’s.  It is one of my go-to ingredients for a lot of my DIY’s.  I have only found it in one of my local superstore’s, so I usually just get it through Amazon.

Vegetable Glycerin:  Glycerin will add a little extra volume to your shampoo and will also add some extra moisturizing benefits for your scalp.

Jojoba Oil:  Jojoba is also a great moisturizer, but it will also cleanse clogged pores as well as helps with flakiness, especially in the scalp.

Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser:  I really like to use a foaming hand soap dispenser to help this shampoo suds up a little more.

The only other thing you will need is 30 drops of your favorite essential oils.  For our recipe, I used Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Lavender, but you could totally customize this for your personal scent preference.  I really hope that you will give this DIY a try.  When you make it, leave us a comment or a picture to let us know your thought’s.


DIY Shampoo

Prep Time: 5 mins


  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 2 tsp. Jojoba Oil
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Vegetable Glycerin
  • 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil


  1. Into the base of your foaming soap dispenser, add in the ingredients in this order: Castile soap, glycerin, jojoba, essential oils of choice, fill the rest of the container with distilled water.
  2. Give the bottle a shake to distribute the ingredients.
  3. To use the shampoo, shake before using. Press 2-3 pumps into the palm of your hand and shampoo as normal.

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