DIY: Shampoo

By Jessica


I’ve never made my own shampoo before so I’m going with a very basic recipe to try it out and test it out on my hair over the next week. I looked at quite a few ~raw lifestyle blogs and websites and all seem to agree that this recipe is excellent for dry scalp (which I have a problem with) and really easy to make. The sites also said the downside of this recipe is that flakes from the lemon can be a pain to get out of your hair, so watch out for those. Big plus side to this, and other homemade shampoo recipes, is the guarantee of a cruelty-free product and no harmful chemicals. Lastly, in an effort to avoid plastic I decided to store the shampoo in a converted mason jar. (s/o to my dad for keeping every single mason jar that enters this house)

Part 1: Shampoo

You will need:

  • -2 Lemons
  • -2 Cucumbers
  • Knife or vegetable peeler
  •  Food processor

1. Peel and chop cucumbers and lemons for processing

2. Grind in food processor until liquid: I also strained to make sure there were no chunks of cucumber because that just seems weird

3. Pour into jar: I couldn’t find a funnel but scooping worked well because it’s very runny (lack of solidifying agent).

4. Wash your hair when dirty: IT SMELLS REALLY FRESH AND DELICIOUS.

Part 2: Mason Jar Dispenser

You will need:

  • Mason jar with full cover lid
  • Pump dispenser
  • Drill
  • Glue
  • Decorating supplies of your choosing


1. Sterilize jar if used

2. Drill hole in lid so pump dispenser fits. Full disclosure: I used a hammer and a screwdriver because I didn’t feel like looking for a drill but I’m sure the drill works better.

3. Glue around inside of lid where hole and peeled back lid pieces are to create a seal: use glue that is waterproof and dries quickly, I opted for hot glue

4. Decorate if you wish: I used green paint and jewels I took from the H&M tent at Osheaga

5. Pour in shampoo with or without a funnel.

The whole process took about about 45 minutes.

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