DIY Essential Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Alright, I’ve been DIY-ing again! I’ve been excited to try making my own homeade shampoo and conditioner ever since I got my essential oils months ago, and I finally got around to it this morning. Our 3 month old puppy has decided he’s an early riser this week, so I’ve been getting up at 6 am with him. He’s hungry and growing and ready to play! So I have some extra time in my day, thanks to Cocoa. I made these this morning while having my morning coffee, and it only took about 5 minutes. Super easy!

For the shampoo mix together:

For the conditioner mix together:

Apple cider vinegar is good for your hair because it removes built up product, makes your hair shinier and stronger, and helps with dandruff. It also promotes healthy, thick hair growth. Coconut milk softens and conditions your hair, without weighing it down. When you use this conditioner, try to let it sit on your hair for 5 minutes if you can!

Choosing Your Essential Oils

For my shampoo I chose peppermint because I love the tingly cooling feeling on my scalp – it’s so relaxing! It also promotes healthy hair growth, as does tea tree – so I added 10 drops of each.


For my conditioner I chose cedarwood and lavender – a good combination of scents! Below are some suggestions to help you choose which oils you might want to add. If you’re dealing with hair loss, or want to thicken your hair, my suggestion would be a combination of rosemary and sage. Rosemary and sage essential oils thicken the hair by stimulating the growth of new hair follicles.

Essential oils for hair

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Quality Essential Oils

Essential oils offer the greatest benefits when they are in their natural, pure state. Oils that are cut with synthetic chemicals, diluted, or extracted using chemical solvents have been altered from their natural state and lack the beneficial components that pure essential oils provide.

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19 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

  1. Stumbled across this on Pinterest. Thanks for the recipe! Did you find that making and using your own shampoo and conditioner left your hair greasy? It is my understanding that your hair needs time to re-learn how to naturally produce oils since traditional shampoos strip them from your hair. Just wondering how long it took your hair to figure itself out and how often you shampoo!

    1. Hi Jess! Thanks for your question… with this recipe I actually didn’t find that it left my hair greasy, more a feeling of being extra squeaky clean. I am still experimenting with more recipes, as I would like to make a shampoo with aloe vera gel instead! I also LOVE the shampoo and conditioner made by Young Living, so currently I am using that. They have lavender and mint essential oils in them, and are to die for….. 🙂

  2. I followed your recipe and made my own. I absolutely love the way it cleans my hair and how it has changed the texture, it’s so soft! I was wondering if their is a way that I could make it thicker? I have extremely long hair and I have to use quite a bit to get it clean and conditioned. I think a thicker texture would allow me to get the same results and use less product lol. Thank you for the awesome post!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you like it! I have super long hair too… definitely know where you’re coming from. Vegetable glycerin is commonly used in soaps & creams to thicken the product. It is actually very moisturizing and good for your skin as well. NOW makes 100% pure, non-GMO vegetable glycerin that would work well.
      I would try adding a tbsp., see how that works & maybe add more if you have to. Let me know if that helps!!

  3. For the 20 drops of essential oils, did you mean 20 drops peppermint and 20 drops tea tree for the shampoo or 10 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of tea tree? New to the whole essential oils thing 🙂

    1. Hi Erika! Yes, 10 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of tea tree. Really, it’s all up to your own judgement – if you prefer a stronger scent you can always add more. Experiment and have fun with it!

  4. I can’t wait to try these, however, do you have a substitute for Coconut Milk? We have allergies in our household. Thank you!

    1. Hi Becky! hmmm… good question. I have seen other recipes that are just water, apple cider vinegar and essential oils. Try this recipe: 1 cup water, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 10 drops of essential oils. I know it sounds really simple, but apparently that works too!! 🙂

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