Make your own Shampoo

Firstly, I want to know what is in the products I put on my family's skin. If we don't understand a list of a dozen ingredients on the back of a shampoo bottle it makes you wonder how good it is for us to be using long-term. Secondly, making my own products means I can purchase ingredients in bulk and refill as needed. I am reducing the amount of waste our household is producing and it ends up being a lot more cost-effective.

What Essential Oil Does Your Hair Need?

Depending on your hair problems, you can select the best essential oil for your hair. Hair is very personal and based on individual chemistry. You may need to try different variations of recipes before finding one that works beautifully for you and a different recipe might suit other members of your family better. Here’s a list of the best essential oils for different hair problems:

  • Normal: Rosemary, Lavender, Geranium, Lemon, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Thyme and Chamomile
  • Dandruff: Tea tree, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Chamomile
  • Hair Growth: Peppermint, Cedarwood, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Tea tree, 
  • Oil Control: Peppermint, Cypress, Lemon, Tea tree, Lemongrass
  • Dry Hair: Cedarwood, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Lavender
  • Scalp Acne: Tea tree, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, Helichrysum
  • Reducing Hair Loss: Rosemary, Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense
  • Head Lice: Tea tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint


Adding essential oils to your shampoo is easy. You simply have to open your shampoo bottle and add some drops of your essential oil of choice! When deciding how much of each essential oil to use, figure out the quantity of your container and how much shampoo base you have and then determine 1% of that measurement. If you are mixing up a 250mL container of shampoo base, 1% is 2.5mL which is HALF A TEASPOON (there are 5mL in a single teaspoon).

When measuring drops of essential oil you need to know there are approximately 100 drops per teaspoon. For a 250ml bottle of shampoo, you will need no more than 50 drops of essential oil.

If you have sensitive skin or the shampoo is for children ages 5-12, reduce the amount of essential oil to half. Do not use essential oils in shampoo on babies and toddlers.


Gather your supplies. To add essential oils to your shampoo, you will need a few things on top of your shampoo and the essential oils of your choice. Also gather a measuring cup, funnel, small mixing bowl, and dark glass or plastic bottle with a tight-fitting lid.

In a small mixing bowl, blend about 20 drops of different essential oils, or 20 drops of a single oil if you prefer. Stir them with a spoon or swirl them around the bowl to blend them together, and then smell the oil combination.

When you're happy with the result of your essential oil mixture, pour it into the mixing bottle with the shampoo. Stir the oils into the shampoo if you have a long and narrow stir stick or spoon that will fit into the bottle. Otherwise, give it a gentle shake. Use the funnel to avoid spills. Always shake the shampoo before using it, to redistribute the oils throughout the shampoo.

How to Get Started

Baxter Botanical has a fantastic Shampoo Base made entirely from natural plant-derived ingredients to gently cleanse without harsh chemicals or colours. This product comes unscented so you can add your own essential oils to create a unique blend customised to suit your family.

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This product comes in a 250mL or 500mL plastic amber bottle with pourer or pump. Designed specifically to refill and reuse as needed to save our environment and reduce household waste. If you would prefer to mix a smaller quantity to try different essential oil blends I suggest purchasing some of the smaller 125mL plastic amber bottles with pourer. Always use a non-reactive bowl (something like a Pyrex glass measuring jug) to combine your blends with bases.

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