DIY Soap Nut Shampoo

DIY soap nut shampoo

Several months ago Chantel from A Harvest of Blessing posted about her journey of going “no poo”. She chose to not use shampoo for several months. Her no poo journey inspired me to embark on my own (slightly different) journey.

If you are not aware I have an infatuation for soap nuts. I had seen that it was possible to make shampoo out of soap nuts! A soap nut shampoo seemed like the best natural shampoo option for me.

DIY soap nut shampp

Here’s how to make it:

DIY Soap Nut Shampoo
Recipe Type: All Natural Shampoo
Author: Paige Williams
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 6 cups
Use soap nuts to make a great all natural shampoo alternative to store bought chemical shampoo.
  • 6 cups of water
  • 8 soap nuts
  • Essential oil of choice (optional)
  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add soap nuts.
  3. Boil soap nuts in water for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and remove soap nuts. Let soap nut water cool.
  5. Fill a bottle with soap nut mixture.
  6. Add desired amount of essential oils to the mixture in the bottle. (I did 1 drop of tea tree and 2 drops of lavender.)

(This mixture will last 1-2 weeks at room temperature and about 6 weeks in the fridge.)

Obviously 6 cups of water makes more solution than what will fit in the bottle you use for your shampoo. After you fill your bottle you can store the rest of the soap nuts water in the fridge or you can also pour the water into ice-cube trays and freeze the excess solution. By doing this you can easily thaw just what you need.

DIY soap nut shampoo

I have been using my soap nut shampoo for 2 weeks now and I love it! My hair did go through a bit of an adjustment when I stopped using the chemically shampoo and conditioner. During the transition period my hair got oiler quicker than usual. But after the first couple of washes my hair began to feel healthier and soooooo much softer.

This shampoo is super easy to use. I put mine in a spray bottle which made it even easier since the soap nut solution is very watery. All I do is spray it onto my hair and “lather” it onto my roots and then working it through the rest of my hair. I let the shampoo soak in my hair for 30 to 60 seconds and then rinse it out.

DIY soap nut shampoo

(Now I will warn you that this shampoo does not lather like your typical store-bought shampoos. But trust me it does work. Also, the soap nut shampoo does sting if it gets in your eyes, so avoid that. :p )

After I rinse the shampoo out I use my DIY conditioner. Stop by tomorrow to find out what I do for my conditioner.

| Have you ever used DIY shampoo? |


12 thoughts on “DIY Soap Nut Shampoo

  1. this is so cool! i’ve never heard of soap nuts. i have wanted to try a diy shampoo, but we have so much shampoo that we’ve stocked up on while couponing.. we’re trying to use those up first before experimenting. 🙂

  2. I love the idea of using soap nuts for shampoo! I have been wanting to switch to ‘no poo’, but I know using baking soda alone won’t work for my hair. I’m definitely going to try this out!

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