Essential Oils

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Essential Oils

Many shampoo bar recipes also include essential oils in addition to the nourishing natural oils. Essential oils are used to add natural fragrance and can also improve the look and feel of your hair. Try out citrus scents including bergamot essential oil and lemon oil or go floral with lilac essential oil or lavender essential oil.

Rosemary oil can help prevent hair loss and even increase hair growth in some individuals. Tea tree is another popular favourite that adds a refreshing, clean finish to the shampoo bar. Your imagination is your only limitation when it comes to dreaming up essential oils blends for shampoo bar soap. Both can be used as natural preservatives also.

Here are some essential oil blends for hair products:

Healthy Hair

  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

Boy blend

  • Sandalwood
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass

Girl blend

  • Lavender
  • Clary sage
  • Wild orange
  • Lime

Kid blend

  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile

Different challenges with hair types

Afro-textured hair

Afro-textured hair usually likes pre-wash oil treatments, and haircare products that contain oils, other emollients and cationic ingredients (but not humectants which can actually damage Afro-textured hair). People with Afro-textured hair often follow so called CO-wash method, where CO stands for Conditioner Only; they skip the shampoo entirely, and just use a conditioner in their washing routine.

Asian hair

Within the broad category of Asian hair, there are several different subtypes. It can be slick and straight, frizzy and fine, or even thick and heavy. The one thing that the majority of Asian hair types do have in common, however, is that compared to Caucasian hair, the cuticle layer is thicker, and the cuticles themselves are inclined in a steeper angle. These cuticles are laid out like overlapping plates on each strand of hair, and they form a barrier that seals in moisture. The flip side of this is that a thicker cuticle layer can also mean a much more difficult time getting penetration into the hair shaft—and this can mean anything from hair dye that doesn’t take to other chemical treatments.

Caucasian hair

Caucasian hair can be anywhere from wavy to stick-straight, and can be fine, medium, or thick, as well. It can be next to impossible to formulate a product that works perfectly for this wide variety of hair types and needs, but you can begin to narrow down your focus to specific issues, even within a certain hair type.

Formulating for Different Hair Types

  • The straighter the hair, the more easily the natural oils can travel down the shaft. Because of this, products for straight hair—especially fine or thin straight hair—don’t need an abundance of heavy ingredients like oil, butters and cationic emulsifiers.
  • Frizzy hair gets worse in high humid environments so adding lots of humectants in a product is not a good idea.
  • Thinning hair—hair with low density of hair fibers per area of scalp as a result of baldness or other type of hair loss—is usually treated with prescription drugs, but some herbal ingredients, essential oils, and botanical extracts can help stimulate hair follicles and encourage hair growth.
  • Fine hair describes hair with low diameter of hair fibre cross section, while thick hair literally has a larger sized strand. Fine hair can easily be weighed down by rich products with lots of oils and butters, so it needs a lighter conditioner, preferably containing some hydrolyzed protein to add volume.
  • Thicker hair is stronger and more resistant to damage, but it also resists styling. It loves having humectants to bring in moisture.
  • Oiliness/dryness will have an impact in choosing ingredients. For example: dry hair needs gentler products with mild surfactants and lower cleansing ability, while oily hair will usually benefit from slightly more cleansing shampoos. When it comes to conditioners, oily hair won’t tolerate conditioners with a high oil content, but dry hair will.

Baking Soda Cleanse & Rinse (clean off chemical residues from other products)

  • Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 3 cups water (this will make enough for several washings). Store in a plastic or glass container. Use to wash out old products
  • After this rinse with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (or regular white vinegar for a lighter smell).

Shake and apply to your scalp, scrubbing it in. After you’ve scrubbed your scalp with the baking soda, use 1 Tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water for a lighter mixture.

Tip: It might take two weeks or more for your hair to “settle in” to being washed with baking soda and vinegar. The reason is because right now, your commercial shampoo (and daily washing) strips your scalp of natural oils. When you go natural, your hair might feel greasy or thick as your body adjusts. Stick it out! It’s also best not to wash your hair every day, whether you’re using natural shampoo or not. Washing every other day will help keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Hair Shampoo Recipes

Basic Shampoo Recipe

  • 7 tbsps castile liquid soap
  • 6 teaspoons coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a storage container.  You can use an old shampoo bottle, foaming soap dispenser, or a mason jar.
  2. After getting hair wet, apply a quarter-size amount to the hair and lather in.
  3. This shampoo will last for a month when stored in an airtight container.

Use apple cider vinegar diluted for after rinse if hair is greasy

Add fenugreek powder for detangling

Honey Shampoo 

  1. Mix the coconut milk and castile soap together in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the olive oil and honey. Make sure it is well combined.
  3. Add the oil and honey to the coconut milk and castile soap.  Stir well.
  4. Drop-in vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir well.
  5. This shampoo will last for a month when stored in an airtight container.

Use apple cider vinegar diluted for after rinse if hair is greasy

Baby Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin (
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10-ounce foaming soap container
  1. Add all the ingredients to the foaming soap container and top off with water.
  2. Shake before each use to combine the ingredients.

Conditioning shampoo & body wash

  • 1/3 cup Coconut milk (thick part)
  • 1/3 cup Castille liquid soap
  • 1/3 cup Lemon green Tea or any other nourishing tea
  • Essential oils

Shake well. Can be used as shampoo conditioner and body wash

Basic easy shampoo bar

  • 1 pound melt and pour soap base
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 25-50 drops essential oils
  1. Cut the soap base into small chunks and place them into a double boiler.
  2. Add in cocoa butter.
  3. Melt over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  4. Remove from heat. Add in olive oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils.
  5. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  6. Pour into a soap mold.
  7. Allow it to completely harden and then pop the soap out of the mould.

If stored in an airtight container, these melt and pour shampoo bars can last up to one year.

Hair Conditioner Recipes

Essential oil conditioner

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera
  • 15-20 drops essential oilof choice
  1. In a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together.  You can make your own double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  2. After the cocoa butter and coconut oil are melted together, remove from the heat.  Let cool for 5 minutes and then add in the jojoba oil, aloe vera, and essential oils.
  3. Stir well and pour into a storage container.
  4. After washing hair with shampoo, add about a teaspoon of the conditioner to the scalp and massage in.  Allow the mixture to sit on the hair for 2-3 minutes and then rinse out.

Coconut Milk Conditioner

Coconut milk is great for both your hair and skin. This conditioner recipe uses a combination of coconut oil and coconut milk, along with lavender essential oil. The coconut oil helps cleanse the hair follicles, and its fatty acids restore lost moisture to your hair. The lavender essential oil boosts hair growth and adds an antibacterial layer on the scalp. This conditioner also takes care of dandruff and other scalp infections.

  • Coconut milk (rich in essential vitamins) – 3 tablespoons
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil (moisturizes hair) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lavender essential oil (antibacterial, boosts hair growth) – 15 drops
  • Distilled water – 3 tablespoons

Use blender to combine. Lasts 3 weeks.

Essential Oil Nourishing Conditioner

Not only do they smell great, but essential oils can also deal with most hair troubles, without leaving any product build up on your scalp. This conditioner uses the best of the best essential oils to make your hair healthier, give it a nice sheen and boost your hair growth. It also has apple cider vinegar that helps normalize your scalp’s pH and nourish your hair with essential nutrients. The glycerin in the conditioner works as a humectant to absorb moisture from the air and lock it into your hair.

  • Lemon essential oil (antibacterial) – 2 drops
  • Lavender essential oil (boosts hair growth) – 2 drops
  • Carrot seed essential oil (softens hair) – 2 drops
  • Tea tree essential oil (antifungal) – 1 drop
  • Rosemary essential oil (prevents hair loss) – 3 drops
  • Vegetable glycerin (humectant) – ½ teaspoon
  • Distilled water – 4 tablespoons
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (normalizes pH of the scalp) – 4 tablespoons

Whisk it up and spray this mixture onto your hair when damp. Leave it in or rinse it out. Lasts 3-4 months

Gelatin Conditioner for limp damaged hair

Just like eggs, gelatin helps fill the keratin gaps in your hair shafts and makes it stronger. However, gelatin has an advantage over eggs, as its proteins are small enough to bind with the hair easily.

This hair conditioner also has coconut oil that moisturizes your hair and also forms an antibacterial layer over it. The tea tree and rosemary essential oils used have anti-microbial and anti-hair fall properties respectively.

  • 1 tbsp Gelatin crystals (gives a protein boost)
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil (moisturizes hair)
  • 10 drops Tea tree essential oil (antimicrobial)
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil (prevents hair loss)
  • 1 cup Distilled water
  • Pump bottle
  1. Set a bowl inside a pot of hot water on medium heat.
  2. Pour ½ cup of distilled water into the glass bowl.
  3. Dissolve the gelatin crystals in the warm water by stirring as it heats up
  4. Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and use a blender to mix it well. Let the blend cool down a bit.
  5. Add 10 drops each of tea tree and rosemary essential oils.
  6. Add ½ cup of distilled water to dilute and blend again using a motorized blender.
  7. Pour the blend into a pump bottle to store using funnel if required.
  8. Use it once or twice every week to strengthen your hair and give it a healthy shine. The shelf life is 3 to 4 months when stored in a dry and cool place.

Conditioner for dry/damaged hair (themiracleofessentialoils.com)

  • ¼ cup of aloe vera gel
  • 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of distilled water or rose hydrosol
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus
  • 5 drops of geranium
  1. In a glass bowl, combine only the aloe vera gel and essential oils. Mix for about 5 minutes to create an emulsion.
  2. Now add in the coconut oil and mix again.
  3. Next add the apple cider vinegar and distilled water and stir to create a smooth mixture.
  4. Using your funnel, pour your now-ready conditioner into a dispensing bottle for easy application.


  • After washing your hair with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo (or your own DIY shampoo), proceed to apply your essential oil conditioner all over your hair.
  • Allow the essential oil conditioner to work its magic for at least 5 minutes.
  • Now rinse off the conditioner and repeat one more time if needed.

Hair Conditioner Soap Bar (4-6 bars)

  • 2 oz Behentrimonium and cetearyl alcohol – BTMS
  • 4 oz Butter of choice
  • 2 oz Oil of choice
  • 3 oz Beeswax
  • 3 oz Panthenol
  • 40 drops essential oil of choice
  • Digital kitchen scales
  • A microwave or double boiler (glass bowl inside a pot of hot water)
  1. Measure out all ingredients on a kitchen scale and add into a double broiler, except for the essential oils and panthenol.
  2. Alternatively melt ingredients in a glass bowl in 30 second bursts in a microwave until almost melted, not boiling.
  3. When melted remove from heat and add essential oils and panthenol, then pour into moulds.
  4. Let cool then pop out and cut in half- depending on what mould you are using.
  5. This recipe is a total of 15 oz and makes each bar almost 2 oz each.

Aloe Vera Leave-in Conditioner (single serving)

  • 2 tbsps Aloe vera gel (nourishes hair)
  • ½ tbsp Vegetable glycerin (humectant)
  • 2 tbsps Distilled water
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil (boosts hair growth)
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil (prevents hair fall)

Store in dark glass bottle. Use as a leave in conditioner also afterwards for frizzy hair. Lasts 2 wks in fridge

Aloe vera is another natural conditioner that can give you thick and lustrous hair. Rich in essential minerals and nutrients, it replenishes your hair and restores its natural sheen. Aloe vera also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help clear up any yeast infection on the scalp. This recipe also uses glycerin that works as a humectant to seal moisture into your hair. We also added rosemary and lavender essential oils, which not only prevent hair loss and boost hair growth but also give the conditioner a refreshing fragrance.

Leave-in Conditioner for dry hair

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  3. Using a funnel, transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.
  4. Shake well before each use.
  5. Spray conditioner generously over the hair and then style like normal. Avoid roots if you are prone to greasy or oily hair.

Leave-in Conditioner for Oily scalp

  • 1 tbsp Raw apple cider vinegar (restores scalp pH, make hair soft & cleanses)
  • ½ cup Distilled water
  • 7 drops Lemon essential oil (antibacterial & controls oil excretion)
  • Spray bottle
  1. Whisk it up and spray this mixture onto your hair when damp
  2. Spray conditioner generously over the hair and then style like normal. Avoid roots if you are prone to greasy or oily hair.

NB:  The strong vinegar smell will dissipate as your hair dries.

Leave-in Conditioner for Hair growth

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  3. Using a funnel, transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.
  4. Shake well before each use.
  5. Spray conditioner generously over the hair and then style like normal. Avoid roots if you are prone to greasy or oily hair.

NB: If shea butter rehardens, you may need to warm before spraying.

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