I have been “sudsing shampoo free” for years. One day I just got tired of putting chemicals on my head, and I began a long journey of exploring my options.
I found that so many “natural” shampoos were still laden with chemicals, glycerine, phthalates, and a multitude of other chemicals. I found several non-sudsing shampoos on the market, but none of them worked for me long term.
Finally I resorted to using the coconut shampoo bar from Chagrin Valley. It worked very well, but sometimes I would feel like the soap was leaving a build up on my hair, so I would switch back and forth with my own suds-free shampoo recipe and the soap.
This has worked beautifully for me over some years now, but every now and then I wish for a really truly natural sudsing shampoo base that I could use once in awhile.
Recently we found a source who is producing clean, certified organic body care bases. We tried a sample of the simple, one-ingredient shampoo base, and I fell in love with it immediately. We now offer it online for our customers. (UPDATE: We have found an even better, softer and more skin friendly single ingredient called Decyl Glucoside–and we love it! We will be offering it in our collection very soon. We still use the Laurel Glucoside for making our own laundry detergent, bathroom cleansers, dishwashing, etc.)
I have already experimented with a couple of my own shampoo recipes, and I am sharing them now for you to experiment with too.
Natural Sudsing Shampoo Recipe
1/4 cup Shampoo Base (laurel glucoside) (we now suggest Decyl Glucoside)
6 tablespoons rose hydrosol or water
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (not juice)
1/16 teaspoon spirulina powder
1/8 teaspoon vitamin C powder
If you need extra conditioning, add 1/2 teaspoon protein powder. You can experiment with using soy protein powder, dried whey powder, hemp powder, etc. Any type of protein powder is a candidate for nourishing and conditioning the hair.
If you want to add essential oils for therapeutic reasons or for scenting, add just a few drops to see how the formula handles it. Every oil addition will affect the sudsing quality of the base. You must find the balance between oils for conditioning and detergent (shampoo base) for sudsing.
Essential Oils for Hair Loss
If you are experiencing hair loss, you may want to try these essential oils or a combination of several. These are the most recommended oils for restoring hair and stimulating the scalp.
- Clary sage
- Ylang ylang
Essential Oils for Dandruff
For dandruff, try adding one or several of these oils.
Watch for our updated Decyl Glucoside based shampoo recipes coming soon!)