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Homemade baby shampoo

by Cybele

Our baby has hair. A lot of hair. He had his first haircut at three months, well Gordon snipped his fringe to keep the hair out of his eyes. The little curls had to stay. It’s now a month and half later and he could probably do with another trim – ridiculous! It’s hilarious, because everyone in my side of the family suffers from, ahem, a lack of hair.
When I was in my lovely pregnancy nesting phase (I thought it was lovely, I’m not sure everyone else did) and making all the goodies for bub and I made baby bath wash , baby wipes, baby bottom cream, and even baby suits,  I just didn’t think I would be needing shampoo quite so soon, but there you have it.Shampoo-pin

For babies under twelve months of age

For babies under the age of one or if you’re making a baby shower gift, it’s best to keep things simple and avoid honey, as it is not recommended for babies under one eat honey and it’s better to be safe. This first recipe is beautiful and gentle. It cleans whilst using the simplest ingredients.
Baby-shampooLavender is in this recipe, because often beautiful babies are bathed before bed and it’d be silly not to take advantage of lavender’s attributed relaxing and sleep promoting properties. Every little bit’s got to help! Aside from that, it smells so good when you have a good sniff of their hair. If you’re still not sold on lavender, never fear, chamomile essential oil is also lovely in the same quantity.
Good ole Castile soap – is basically what happened when some lovely Spanish mixed a whole lot of olive oil to make detergent-free soap.

Baby baby shampoo ingredients

½ cup liquid Castile soap
½ cup distilled or boiled water that has cooled
 1 drop lavender (or chamomile) essential oil
Mix ingredients together and store in a very clean  plastic or better  yet – stainless steel bottle. This is one of the circumstances where the benefits of storing in glass are probably out weighed by the potential safety issues with it breaking. As always, test on a little tiny spot to check for skin sensitivity and rinse the hair away from the eyes, as the soap can sting.

Shampoo for bigger kids and babies over one year of age

The truth is most babies don’t have much hair until they are one, my first boy certainly didn’t! And the benefits of  using honey on the skin and hair are many, so I wanted to look for something we can use on our big boy and our little chap as soon as he’s old enough (over one). This shampoo recipe from Sustainable Baby Steps is great, but something with a longer shelf life is needed in this crazy little household. We just don’t have time to keep things in the fridge at the moment or making up little batches all the time and I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate to that! It did meant taking out the coconut milk and aloe vera, but it doesn’t seem to make too much difference and if it means the difference between it being used or not, then…
I tested the recipe below on my hair and loved it so much I’ve been using it ever since. It’s a fantastic and simple recipe that I’m sure can be tweaked to suit anyone in the family (over the age of one). I want to play around with the recipe to help with my tendency to itchy scalp and dandruff (although this shampoo seems to have settled it quite a bit), as well as some other hair types – so stay tuned! And do let me know if there is something you’re trying to achieve with your shampoo and we can see if we can have a little play to hit the nail on the head. It’s just so nice to know you’re not rubbing a whole lot of suspicious characters into your brain, don’t you think?  I love it so much I want everyone to have the opportunity to use something like this and it’s so simple. Anyway, enough serenading, let’s have a look at the ingredients.
Honey – it’s funny because I thought using this quantity of honey would make it sticky, but it doesn’t. It has a nice, soft lather and honey is oh so very healing and nourishing.
Lavender is there to take advantage of the herb’s apparent calming properties and it smells so good.
Good ole Castile soap – made largely of olive or coconut oil it’s one of the gentlest soaps available.

Kids’ shampoo Ingredients:Baby-shampoo-ingred

½ cup liquid Castile soap
¼ cup honey, ideally raw (because its nutrients are intact)
 4 drops lavender (or chamomile) essential oil

To make kids’ shampoo

Mix ingredients together and store in a very clean stainless steel or even plastic bottle. This is one of the circumstances where the benefits of storing in glass are probably out weighed by the potential safety issues if it breaks.
As always, test on a little tiny spot to check for skin sensitivity. Feel free to make it in bigger batches. I like to make a small batch when trying something new, but this shampoo should last for a year – be guided by the used by dates on the honey and the Castile soap. And rinse the hair away from the eyes, as the soap can sting.
If you’re making up a baby shower gift, then these can make a beautiful homemade pack: baby bath wash , baby wipes, baby bottom cream, and even baby suits
What do you look for in a shampoo?

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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  1. He has amazing hair AND eyes m’lady xox

  2. What is the problem with using glass here? It was not explained, unless I overlooked something.

  3. Oh, never mind. I interpreted the glass problem to be chemical and didn’t realize the simpler physical risk. By the way, articles are starting to appear online about the potential greater risks from BPA-free plastics due to different and unregulated materials going into their make.

    • Thank you for the heads up about BPA free plastics. They did seem to take over very quickly. I’m going to have a look into it. I guess it’s best to try and stick to stainless steel and glass.
      Yes, it’s just the risk of the glass breaking that I’m concerned about here, but you’re right I didn’t make it clear. I really appreciate you letting me know. Have a great day x

  4. This is a wonderful idea! I just have to get the Castile soap and I can make my own (well, not for myself :)) baby shampoo..thanks so much for sharing!!

  5. Hai there Cybele

    Thanks for sharing but is there a way to make my own Castile soap, I’m from the Netherlands and don’t know how to get it.You say it is for a great part olive or coconutoil so???perhaps you can help me out.
    Greatings Ria

  6. Forgot to say that I’m totaly in love with your little boy.
    Ria, and a hug for the baby (-:

  7. Oh my goodness. Your little man is a wonderful model for baby shampoo 🙂 He’s divine!

  8. I have a suggestion. Do not use that much essential oil in a product for babies.

    2 DROPS are sufficient. The amount you suggest is too much, and can cause problems.

    • Hi Rebecca,
      thank you for your thoughts. From my reading in Salvatore Battaglia, Aromatherapy by Particia Davis and particularly, The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood the recommendation is 1-2 drops per 30ml for babies in massage oil (not something you wash off like shampoo). This recipe makes 250ml so it is under the recommended amount, but I will take your suggestion on board and change the recipe.
      I would love to know what you’re basing your decision on.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts,

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