Finding a natural shampoo that has great ingredients, works well, and doesn’t contain anything harmful can feel like quite the task. There are certainly lots of good natural and organic shampoos you can find, but often they are not readily available in stores and they can get quite expensive if you are sticking to a budget.
If you are looking to switch from toxic conventional shampoo to an organic and natural version and do not want to break the bank, we highly recommend trying to make your own shampoo at home. You can make shampoo with simple ingredients you can find anywhere, the ingredients are inexpensive, and you will be able to make quite a few batches that will last for a long time!
Making your own homemade peppermint and tea tree shampoo is super simple, will come together fast, and you can feel completely confident knowing there is nothing scary lurking in your shampoo.
If you feel like you are not quite ready to take on the task of making your own shampoo at home, check out this article, covering natural shampoo and this article, covering natural conditioners. We compiled a list of the top 10 natural and organic shampoos and conditioners you can feel good about using. They will not damage your hair, scalp, or your body as a whole. We also discuss many of the ways conventional shampoo is toxic, what common chemicals are often added to shampoos, and how you can switch to a natural option without sacrificing anything you love about your conventional shampoo.
Peppermint and Tea Tree Shampoo
For this shampoo, we used the basic recipe from Wellness Mama and added peppermint and tea tree essential oils for fragrance and for their benefits.
Peppermint has a fresh, clean, and refreshing smell that is great for use in hair products. Peppermint is great for your scalp because it helps with itching, dryness, and scalp irritations. If you have dandruff or are prone to acne on your scalp, peppermint can help work wonders to eliminate these issues.
Peppermint is also antimicrobial so it will help keep your homemade shampoo fresh by acting as a preservative. Peppermint essential oil can also help you grow your hair longer and stronger as well.
Tea tree essential oil is also another awesome ingredient for your hair and scalp. Tea tree is known for helping with dry and itchy scalp just like peppermint and it can stimulate new hair growth as well. Combining peppermint and tea tree essential oils together creates a powerhouse anti-dandruff and hair re-growth formula! This oil will also give your shampoo a slightly woody and earthy scent.
- Unscented Castile Soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
- Organic canned coconut milk – you can also make your own if you so choose
- 20 drops organic peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops organic tea tree essential oil
- ½ teaspoon olive oil or almond oil (if you need extra moisture for dry hair)
You will also want something to put your homemade shampoo in. We recommend using a pump soap dispenser, so it is easy to store in your shower and use whenever you are taking a shower. The dark glass bottles are great for this recipe since the shampoo contains sensitive essential oils.
- Add a ¼ cup of organic coconut milk to bottle.
- Add a ¼ cup unscented castile soap to the bottle.
- Carefully drop in your peppermint and tea tree essential oils
- If you are adding in oil, add it now.
- Shake vigorously before each use. The ingredients will separate in the bottle and you will want to recombine the ingredient each time you use the shampoo.
You can store your homemade shampoo in the shower for up to one month. When you run out of the shampoo, all you have to do is make another batch with your leftover ingredients and you are done!
It is important to remember this shampoo is going to act differently than the super foaming and sudsy shampoos you buy in stores and online. It is not going to foam as much, the texture will be much more liquidy, and it may take some time to get used to in the beginning.
If you feel like your hair is not getting clean enough or the shampoo is leaving your hair feeling dry and tangled, you can also pair this shampoo with an apple cider vinegar rinse, per the recommendation of the Wellness Mama article. Although it may sound counterintuitive, an ACV rinse deeply cleanses your hair, soften your hair incredibly, and make it smooth and beautifully shiny.
In the end, whether or not homemade shampoo will work for you will be a matter of trial and error. Some people have wonderful results while others find it does not work well for their hair type. So, give this recipe a shot and see if it works for you!
This article was last updated on May 6, 2022 .