Shampoo Recipes with Our Shampoo Base-Updated for 2020!

I had been “sudsing shampoo free” for years.  One day I just got tired of putting chemicals on my head, and I began a long journey of exploring my options.

I found that so many “natural” shampoos were still laden with chemicals, phthalates, and a multitude of other chemicals.  I found several non-sudsing shampoos on the market, but none of them worked for me long term.

Finally I resorted to using the coconut shampoo bar from Chagrin Valley.  It worked very well, but sometimes I would feel like the soap was leaving a build up on my hair, so I would switch back and forth with my own suds-free shampoo recipe and the soap.

This has worked beautifully for me over some years now, but every now and then I wish for a really truly natural sudsing shampoo base that I could use once in awhile.

Then we found a source that produces clean, certified organic sudsing bases.  These bases are certified organic by EcoCert, an approved for use in Whole Foods products.  We immediately fell in love with these products. We now offer them online for our customers.  (Decyl Glucoside is available for skin and shampoo formulations;  Laurel glucoside is better for household cleaning products, dishes and laundry).

I have already experimented with a couple of my own shampoo recipes, and I am sharing them now for you to experiment with too.

Natural Sudsing Shampoo Recipe

Note:  This recipe requires the use of  a hand held stick blender.

1/2 cup  Decyl glucoside

6 tablespoons rose hydrosol or water

4 tablespoons aloe vera gel (not juice)

6 drops seabuckthorn seed, argan, or neem botanical oil

1/16 teaspoon spirulina powder

1/8 teaspoon vitamin C powder

1/8 tsp xanthin  gum

(If you need extra conditioning, add 1/2 teaspoon  protein powder)


Stir the Xanthin gum into 2 Tbsp of the water.  Stir very well until there are no lumps and product is smooth.

Place the rest of the  water or hydrosol, decyl glucoside, and aloe vera into a 16 oz container for use with your stick blender.

Add xanthin gum mix and blend thoroughly, moving the stick blender up and down until the shampoo thickens and no lumps remain.

Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again.

Test with a ph testing strip.  Ph should be between 5 and 7 for shampoo.  If ph is too high, add more vitamin C.


You can experiment with using soy protein powder, silk protein powder, hemp powder, etc.  Many types of protein powder could be a candidate for nourishing and conditioning the hair.

If you want to add essential oils for therapeutic reasons or for scenting, add just a few drops to see how the formula handles it.  Every oil addition will affect the sudsing quality of the base.  You must find the balance between oils for conditioning and sudsing shampoo base for cleansing.

Essential Oils for Hair Loss

If you are experiencing hair loss, you may want to try these essential oils or a combination of several.  These are the most recommended oils for restoring hair and stimulating the scalp.

Essential Oils for Dandruff

For dandruff, try adding one or several of these oils.

Watch for our updated Decyl Glucoside based mud shampoo recipes coming soon!)

1 Comment

  • Regina May 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Hi, this is a quite exciting recipe. Couple questions: how about using a different hydrosol, like chamomile or any other and what is your suggestion in regards of adding preservative like Leucidal to this shampoo? Thanks..:-)


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