UPDATED AGAIN!! – DIY Shampoo if Allergic to Coconut on Whatever Wednesday

Shampoo in re-purposed pump bottle

Since publishing my DIY Shampoo if Allergic to Coconut and the UPDATED-DIY Shampoo if Allergic to Coconut posts, I had a little fortuitous accident. I was making the shampoo, and I grabbed the wrong bottle and added 3 tablespoons of the avocado oil, instead of the grapeseed oil as I intended. When I realized I’d done it, I decided to just add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil so that the shampoo wouldn’t have two extra tablespoons of oil. I also used a little less distilled water than normal because, um, I did not plan well and I was mostly out.  After the oil mishap, I wasn’t sure whether I’d end up throwing out the whole thing, or using it up as body wash.  Well, seriously, the lather is a lot freaking better and shampoo is thicker and more like real shampoo in consistency. It’s weird to think that it makes that much of a difference, but I’m much happier with it than the last version. And so without further ado, I give you the updated post, with the changes in the ingredients underlined, italicized, and in bold:

So here’s the thing. Being allergic to coconut is a b*tch, once you realize that coconut is in just about every cleaning product on the market. To get a list of coconut derivatives, go here, thanks to Becky at the Allergic to Coconut? blog. Due to some issues with breaking out much more than I should be at freaking *40*, I decided I wanted to try cutting out any coconut derivatives that touch my skin.

First, most soap and shampoos contain at least one of the coconut derivatives on the list, if not five to ten of them. Most lotions, face masks, acne treatments, etc., etc., etc., contain at least one of the coconut derivatives as well. When I decided to go looking at my beauty and personal hygiene products, guess what? Every single one had coconut in them, except one lotion, and when I looked up the ingredients I didn’t recognize on that label, it turned out to be two forms of pesticide. Yippy fricking skippy.

The first thing I did was to try to find a recipe for shampoo, because I was breaking out in my hair, which hadn’t ever been a problem before. I posted this information earlier in one of our Fabulous Friday Finds, but I’ve made some modifications.

I found this recipe for making your own shampoo, which calls for castile soap. Just be aware that even some castile soaps, like Dr. Bonner, have coconut in them. I found a recipe for making castile soap from Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap. Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap does not have any coconut in it. I made the shampoo with some modifications and found it too drying on my hair, so I added olive oil, but found it could be a bit waxy. This time I think I have it the way I like it. I’ve been using it as a body wash as well.

Denise’s Version of DIY Shampoo

  • 1 Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap – 8 oz bar, grated (I grated it in my food processor, dumped it out, put the blade in, put it back in the food processor and pulverized it some more.  Doesn’t take as long to dissolve in the water this way.  Make sure you clean your food processor really well afterwards.)
  • 4 cups of distilled water
  • 1 Tablespoon of grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of castor oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of avocado oil
  • 10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil

Grate Kiss My Face Soap.  Place in a glass or plastic container with 5 cups of distilled water.  Stir well, cover, and leave overnight.  The next day, check to see if the soap bits have completely dissolved. If not, stir again and let sit.  When the soap has completely dissolved, add, the grapeseed oil, the castor oil, the avocado oil, and the tea tree oil, and mix together.  I used a whisk, I found it incorporated the oil better.  This makes about 48 oz of shampoo.  I put half in a pump bottle (Yes, it’s a store-brand hand sanitizer bottle, reduce, reuse, recycle, remember?) in the shower and half in the fridge until I run out.  Or you could just make half the recipe 🙂

You can use the shampoo as body wash and facial wash as well, but stay tuned for further posts on facial cleansing options.

    17 comments

    1. Hmm…perhaps I shall add more avocado oil to what I’ve already mixed up and see what happens. Also…this shampoo truly stings if it gets in one’s eye. Trust me. 🙂

    2. This left my hair very oily. Has anyone else had that problem? I’ve already “detoxed” and have been using no poo methods for awhile. I’m currently trying the Morocco Method shampoos but am still having a transition period. Any thoughts?

      1. If you think it’s too moisturizing for you, try cutting back the amount of oils that you add to the shampoo. So maybe cut the amount of oils in half and try it again. I think everyone’s hair is going to react differently. Also, I did find I needed to use a vinegar rinse every two weeks or so. Honestly, recently I made liquid soap using a crockpot, water, olive oil and potassium hydroxide (it’s like a different version of lye) and I’m getting a better result than with the Kiss My Face, but I’m not sure most people want to go to that extreme to make your own soap. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll post the link for how to do it.

    3. Hi Denise, I’m interested in learning how to make soap. I’ve got a crockpot! Can you tell me if you use the liquid soap you make as shampoo? Shampoo has been my achilles heel, I’m struggling to find something coconut free that also leaves my hair happy. In the meantime, I’ll try the ACV rinse and liquefying another bar of KMF and adding it to the mixture to see if that helps. Thanks for responding!

      1. Not a problem, shampoo has been the bane of my existence as well! I do use the liquid soap I make as shampoo, but I doctor it up with oils just as stated in this recipe. However, I don’t seem to have as much of a problem with buildup as I do with the KMF. I haven’t had to do an ACV rinse for weeks. The only thing with making your own soap is that you can’t ever use the crockpot for food again because of the chemicals. Mary Kate managed to find a couple at lawn sales so that we sacrificed cheap ones when we did this. Here’s the link for the liquid soap recipe http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Lye-Free-Liquid-Castile-Soap-from-your-Kitc/ Also, if you’re going to ruin a crockpot, you also might try doing a solid bar soap. I’ve made it a few times, and we did a silly blog post about it, and it’s way cheaper than KMF although it takes time – http://survivingthefoodallergyapocalypse.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/ww-homemade-olive-oil-soap/ The link to the recipe is in that post.

      1. Hi Edith, you can use any sort of essential oil you want, although some may be drying. I tried lime essential oil, and while I loved the smell, it dried my hair out a bit. You could also just skip it entirely if you’d like. The emollient ingredients are really the castor oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil.

    4. Hello! Thanks again for the recipe! I had no trouble with it the first couple days except I wished you had a recipe for coconut free conditioner too, I thought it was drying my hair out too much. The past couple of days though my hair has been EXTREMELY oily, as if I hadn’t showered for a week! Any advice for this oily situation?

      1. If you think it’s too moisturizing for you, try cutting back the amount of oils that you add to the shampoo. So maybe cut the amount of oils in half and try it again. I think everyone’s hair is going to react differently. Also, I did find I needed to use a vinegar rinse every two weeks or so to cut down the build up. However since then, as I’ve stated in the comments below, I’ve ended up moving to just making my own liquid soap from scratch (meaning using water, olive oil and potassium hydroxide) because it’s way cheaper, and the liquid soap I’ve made is way better than the Kiss My Face stuff, as I don’t seem to have a problem with the build up. I take the liquid soap I make and I doctor it up with oils just as stated in this recipe. I haven’t had to do an ACV rinse since I started using the liquid soap I made. Here’s the link for the liquid soap recipe http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Lye-Free-Liquid-Castile-Soap-from-your-Kitc/ The only thing with making your own soap is that you can’t ever use the crockpot for food again because of the chemicals.

      1. Amy, you could try it, and see what happens. You also might want to try switching out the avocado oil for another oil. Maybe jojoba if it’s something you can tolerate?

    5. Hi There… Thank you for your blog helping all of us allergics. I am making a coconut free shampoo from 100% pure castile soap from olive oil, plus a few essential oils. If it works I can send you the recipe…

      1. Thank you! I’d love it if you’d post it for everyone! At this point, I’ve gotten really lazy, and I can no longer use Kiss My Face due to corn allergy reactions (must be in the packaging). I was making liquid castile soap and using it to make shampoo, but I also need it to wash dishes and making liquid soap from olive oil, water and potassium hydroxide is too much of a pain to use it for shampoo too. It’s easier to make bar soap from lye, water and olive oil, so I just wash my hair with my bar soap.

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