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Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo

coconut milk

These last few months we have been talking seriously about the often toxic chemicals  (and pretty unnecessary ones if you ask me)  in beauty products today.  We have also been discussing the concept of slow beauty and taking time to nurture our bodies, minds and spirits by slowing down our beauty routines with activities such as abhyanga (self-massage) in order to reconnect with our bodies and giving our souls a chance to recharge.  If we take this time to care for ourselves we become more centered, happier, more relaxed and will be better mothers, wives, and friends.

I have been using non-toxic products for quite some time and I am very fortunate to be a beauty blogger (although I have been rather neglectful of Nurtured Beauty of late with no new reviews in a long while) who gets to try the latest and greatest products.  It’s been awhile since a new product has inspired me, unfortunately.  I am quite picky and I leave no room for any questionable ingredients so if a product contains any of my “black list”  (There will be a page for these ingredients very soon, I promise) then they go in the bin.

I do have a few shampoos and conditioners I love {Read Our Top Picks for Non-Toxic (and Healthy) Hair} that I trust to make my hair shine and bounce without “nasties”  and silicones.  I have tried baking soda.  (More on that later but let’s just say, after nearly a month of using it I did not love the way it stripped out my low-lights or dried my hair.)  I have tried and still love natural herbal powders like Shikakai and Aritha Powder which leave my hair clean and shiny.  They also stimulate my hair to grow quickly, which I love.

I have tried many brands of castile soap and, while I love using it around the house and as a body wash, I don’t like it in my hair.  No matter how many times I rinse with apple cider vinegar it leaves a “crust” on my hair. It reacts with our water.  I have been assured it does not do this with everyone.  If you are one of the lucky ones to be able to use it on your hair, I envy you.  I really do.  Castile soap appeals to my simpler side.  One stop shopping for the whole family and the house.  I will continue to love it, just not for my hair.

coconut milk shampoo ingredients

The only thing I hadn’t done until a week ago was make my own shampoo.  I had heard rumblings that it could be done, sure, but I had never done it.  I do, however, make my own homemade coconut milk.  You will find the recipe on our other sister site The Blissful Beet.  I decided I would google “how to make shampoo with coconut milk” because I know my skin loves coconut milk so why wouldn’t my hair?  The recipes I found all used castile soap which was just not going to happen, but, I remembered, I had some Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Soap in my cabinet.  I use this predominantly as a hand soap but it is very similar to a castile soap without (thus far) the buildup.

You know what?  It was fantastic.  Not only did it make a great shampoo but I washed my body with it too and it left my skin like silk.  It even worked on my hair after a night of oiling.  For those of you who pre-oil your hair and let it sit you already know it can seem like the oil will never come out.  It always does and very easily, but it can be a gunky mess when you first wet it and this dissolved the oil with ease yet left my hair soft and conditioned without any added conditioner.  I did give it an ACV rinse of 2 teaspoons raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar to about 2 cups of warm water and then rinsed it but this step is totally unnecessary.

A quick note on essential oils and this recipe.  You can use pretty much any essential oil you wish (no more than 10 drops of each and less if you use more than 2), whatever scent you like.  Tea Tree oil is really good if you have an itchy scalp.  Neem oil is really good for growth.  I love to create a rosemary, mint, and cherry bark extract scented one like Horst Rechelbacher used to make back before Aveda was owned by Esteé Lauder and they changed the formulas to something unholy and definitely NOT non-toxic.  (SHAME on you EL!!!)

Coconut Milk Shampoo and Body Wash
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  1. 1/3 cup coconut milk (homemade if possible)
  2. 1/2 cup coconut oil soap (Tropical Traditions makes a good one)
  3. 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  1. 10 drops lavender essential oil (or other oil of choice)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Pour into a squeeze bottle. Shake before use.
  1. Recipe will keep about 2 weeks to a month (in colder weather) without refrigeration.
The Detox Diva https://www.thedetoxdiva.com/
25 replies
  1. Brianna
    Brianna says:

    Looks really easy to make! Thanks a lot, I love home recipes, though I sometimes buy a salon product like pro naturals moroccan argan oil shampoo.

  2. Trisha
    Trisha says:

    This looks like a fantastic recipe! I will be scouring your site in the coming days to find other gems on here. Personal care/beauty items are one area that I haven’t made much changes to in our family…we still use mostly the chemical laden products purchased at stores. I’ve been thinking as of late I need to find some good replacements to make myself.

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You are doing such great work in the area of health (and spiritual and emotional health) of your family already so this won’t be a hard step to make, trust me. And once you do…. you’ll never go back!

  3. Lindsey
    Lindsey says:

    This recipe sounds great, I’ve been hunting for a combo that doesn’t include liquid Castile! The link to the coconut oil soap describes it as 100% pure coconut oil though, so is it possible to just use coconut oil instead of purchasing the soap? I’m just concerned because some people have mentioned that coconut oil makes their hair greasy/doesn’t wash out well. Any advice?

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Coconut oil soap is saponified coconut. It is not something you can equate to just using coconut oil straight. It is a soap with a coconut oil base. You must use the coconut oil soap to make this recipe. Otherwise it’s just coconut oil and coconut milk, and trust me when I say, it will never wash out of your hair without using shampoo. 🙂

  4. Holli
    Holli says:

    I’m curious to hear more about this shampoo. Have you used it consistently since October? If so, do you like it a lot? In early April I cut out shampoo. I started with the baking soda/acv plan, but I pretty much hated it. My hair felt terrible. So after a month or so, I switched to a recipe that uses egg, buttermilk, honey, and some other things. I liked the way that felt in my hair, but I wasn’t thrilled with the smell because I felt like I couldn’t always get all of it out of my hair. (It smelled good at first, but then I felt like if some of it didn’t get rinsed out it smelled yucky. Plus I couldn’t use hot water to rinse or else the egg would cook!)
    So just a week and a half ago, I started using a coconut milk/aloe vera shampoo. I loved the idea of it, and I’m not done giving it a chance, but it seems to leave my hair kind of greasy. It seems to be greasy on the actual hair and not the scalp though. It’s kind of strange. Plus I hate that I can’t tell if it’s spreading out at all. It feels like I put the stuff in one spot on my hair and then it disappears.
    Does your shampoo lather at all? At least in a way that you can tell that it’s going all over your head and not disappearing in one spot? I’m thinking about just adding the coconut oil soap to the coconut milk/aloe mixture that I already have mixed up. Do you have any guesses as to whether that would work?
    Also, would the coconut oil soap react like shampoo and strip the hair of its natural oils? (I haven’t researched no-poo enough to know what part of the shampoo does that to your hair). I like the way my hair has reacted to not using shampoo. I can now let it air dry without it turning into a frizzy mess! So I don’t want to go backwards in my no-poo process.
    Sorry for the super long post! I’m just really curious about this. 🙂 (and I know NOTHING about coconut oil soap.)

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      My shampoo does lather but I don’t use it every day. I alternate it with a few other natural shampoos that I love but I only oil and wash my hair every four to five days. You will love coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut soap. It’s really super nourishing for the hair and it will shine like the sun. Add an apple cider vinegar and cool water rinse and it’s all you need.

      • Holli
        Holli says:

        Yeah, I’ve only been washing mine once or twice a week since I started the whole no poo regimen. Do you think that it would work to just add coconut oil soap to my coconut milk/aloe vera mixture that I already have made? I’m asking that, because I have a whole lot made already, so I thought it may work to just add a bit of the soap to it each time I use it.

  5. Angelina
    Angelina says:

    Please please tell me.where I found coconut soap and Coconut milk please tell the easy recipes I want. Coconut shampoo when I apply on my hair. It’s have to mush foam

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It’s around 5 which makes it slightly acidic. You do NOT want your skincare to be alkaline, don’t care what the nutty alkaline people say. Your skin has an acid mantle. you want it pH neutral or slightly acidic.

  6. Elissa
    Elissa says:

    Hi Jacqueline, how are you?
    I have been doing the no poo for 2 weeks now and its ok, nothing too bad but I dont know if maybe my hair is still in the “detox phase”? Sometimes it looks good and others not so much (‘my husband is not impressed).
    I cant get coconut soap in Barbados but I found an olive oil soap from Kilargnic, would that work? And do you melt the soap to mix (since the soap isa bar)

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      If it is a soap bar, yes, I would absolutely melt to mix. Please remember to brush your hair with a preferably boar bristle brush to get the sebum distributed. Although I have used this shampoo in the past, I find that it tends to get a bit mucky if used too often. At the end of the day, my no ‘poo experiment came to an end a long time ago but I still use an all natural shampoo and conditioner that I love…. I know you are going to think I am crazy but if you are really going to go this crunchy and make your own shampoo you might want to try NOT washing your hair with anything but water for two weeks… When the hair is dry, brush scalp to ends a few times a day. Be prepared for your hair to not be happy for a little while but, as if by magic, something happens about the two week mark and hair starts to really look amazing. I don’t do this any longer only because I do color my hair and would have to start from scratch every time I did this!

  7. Sammy
    Sammy says:

    Hi Jacquin, I Samm from Indonesia and I want to learn how to make shampoo from you. You did a very unusual thing to make a coconut-based shampoo. because in my area a lot of coconut and our coconut is organic.

      My question is, how to make shampoo it durable?



  8. Artemis
    Artemis says:

    Hello td-diva,

    can i do the apple vinegar in the shampoo and not after? I read about that people do it, but i don’t read it, if it works well with the mix of coconutmilk.

    Can i do this? Or should i do it with coconutmilk and aloe vera and the liquid soap?



    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You have to use so little of ACV to help the hair so I don’t know that it wouldn’t get lost in the mixture. ACV with water is more of a hair rinse in my view. If you try it, let me know how it works.


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