VANILLA – LAPACHO SHAMPOO (V)

When I started making changes in my lifestyle, commercial shampoo was one of the first beauty products that I stopped using. My main concern was the impact that chemicals contained in those shampoos, like surfactants, parabens, thickening agents and other synthetic chemicals, could have on my health. Studies have shown that many of the chemicals contained in commercial shampoos can cause hormonal disruption and increase the risk of cancer.

I used store bought organic and Eco-friendly shampoo for a while but I wanted something that I was completely sure wasn’t harmful for the environment. So I decided to make this shampoo, combining ingredients from herbal recipes and more traditional products like baking soda.

It may not work the same for all hair types. My hair is very fine, oily, dark and long, so baking soda works well with it. If your hair is drier, you can use castile soap instead of baking soda. I also recommend that you prepare a small amount and try it once before making a large batch.

The shampoo does not need to stay in the fridge, you can just store it in a clean bottle and leave it in the shower. It won’t make foam as traditional shampoos but it smells absolutely gorgeous, and importantly, leaves your hair clean and fresh.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rose water
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teabag/tbsp lapacho tea (optional)
  • 1 teabag/tbsp marshmallow tea
  • 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 5 drops lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup castile soap or baking soda

Directions

  1. Boil the filtered water and pour it in a mug
  2. Add the lapacho and marshmallow teabags and let them soak for 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the mix
  3. In a separate bowl, add rosewater, vanilla,baking soda (or castile soap) and lemon juice and mix well
  4. Remove the teabags from the mug, let the water cool for 5 minutes and then add the shea butter and leave to melt
  5. Once the butter is melted, add the ingredients from the bowl and mix well
  6. Place the mix in a bottle and cover with a lid
  7. Your natural shampoo is ready to use!

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