Did you know conventional shampoos are filled with potentially harmful chemicals like sulfates, parabens, and triclosan? According to the Environmental Working Group, these ingredients are known to cause serious health issues—yet we put them on our heads every single day. Eek! That’s why natural shampoos are better, but even when they’re marketed as that, they can still contain these chemicals. The best way to avoid them is to make your own. Bonus: you’ll save money, too!

Things You'll Need

Save your old, empty shampoo bottle. Wash it out thoroughly and let it dry out completely. If you don’t have an old shampoo bottle, any clean 8-ounce jar will do.

Pour 4 ounces distilled water into your empty shampoo bottle.

Add 4 ounces liquid Castile soap to the shampoo bottle. Liquid Castile soap is available at your local health store, or online.

Add 10 drops of your choice of essential oils. This depends on the scents you like, or the benefits you seek from the essential oils. For example, if you have dandruff, add some tea tree oil. If you have oily hair, lavender essential oil is a good choice. If you just want a basic shampoo that smells good, rose oil is sublime.

Place the lid on the shampoo bottle and shake until the ingredients are combined. Shake every time and use a quarter-sized amount whenever you shampoo.