How I Stopped Wasting Money on Conventional Shampoo

Thanks to the Mommypotamus, I have been covering myself in honey, molasses, fenugreek seeds, and other unmentionables for weeks. It is the best stress relief I’ve had in months.

I promised to report back after trialing some of the recipes from DIY Organic Beauty Recipes (affiliate link). I’m here to tell you that I am in love.

My hair is shiny, soft, and thicker than it has been for ages. My teeth are whiter. My skin looks younger. I no longer avoid catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror.

Here are my favorites so far.  

Sweet Orange and Honey Shampoo

DIY Sweet Orange and Honey Shampoo

Sweet Orange and Honey Shampoo = happy shower. The cloud of citrus that envelops my head while I lather is scrumptious, and it takes me less than a minute to make an entire batch. Win.

I would have never thought to put honey in shampoo, but it really helps to break up the oil and makes the shampoo lather just like my regular shampoo. Who knew? I still giggle about slathering honey on my head.

I switched over to a semi-natural shampoo years ago but couldn’t find anything to clean my hair that was free of chemicals. The safer the ingredients, the dirtier my hair got. And  dirty hair smells. Yuck.

I can confidently say that I have now kicked the habit, and 100% of my personal care products are now completely safe for my health.

Shine Boost Rinse

DIY Shine Boost RinseThe Shine Boost Rinse will a part of my beauty routine forever.

It has made the most dramatic change to my hair in terms of softness and shine. Even my husband noticed the difference the very first time I used it.

It’s even easier to make than the shampoo, and I whip up a new batch every time I wash my hair right in the shower.

It’s so empowering to see that my various bottles of homemade girliness have replaced anything made in a lab by men in white coats with safety glasses. That, my friends, is not sexy.

Now that I have my cleansing routine down pat, I’m moving on to makeup and perfume!

I’m going to start with Beetroot Cheek & Lip Stain…or Orange Vanilla Dream Lip Balm. I can’t wait to get to the solid perfume. I so love the idea of it. And I really love the honey shampoo, but the African Black Soap Shampoo sounds too fun and funky to pass up. I have to try that too.

The best part of the book is that I can make new recipes whenever I want. Go get one for yourself and join me!

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You know what else is in there? Stretch mark diminishing cream. Enough said.

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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

13 thoughts on “How I Stopped Wasting Money on Conventional Shampoo”

  • Great post! I bought this book a couple months ago and I love it! I have made the peppermint face wash (love!), one of the toners (fantastic), and a few more items. All of them have been wonderful. My favorite is the sugar scrub (made with brown sugar and cinnamon) – it smells so amazing and works great. I have not yet tried the shampoo or hair shine that you mentioned, but now I definitely want to do so ASAP! Thanks for posting, as it inspired me to get back to this book and try some more recipes. 🙂

    • Just a quick follow up that after reading your article, I made both the shampoo and hair shine rinse. I LOVE THEM! I have really thick, wavy hair, so I think I may have used too much shampoo – it didn’t feel ‘clean’ after rinsing. However, I used the hair shine rinse, which took care of that problem and left my hair incredibly soft. While I was using organic shampoo and conditioner previously, I will NEVER buy shampoo or conditioner again. LOVE THIS! Thank you!! 😀

  • I just bought this ebook and the recipes look great. One problem through… I have recently become allergic to coconut oil. Anyone have any thoughts on alternatives that could be used instead?

    • In beauty products, I almost always choose shea butter but some other options are cocoa butter, beef tallow, or lard depending on the application and how soft you need the end product to be. The best part about having a whole book of tried-and-true recipes is that you can experiment like crazy. 🙂

  • You’ve convinced me to try it! I’ve tried a lot of homemade recipes that have flopped so I was leery on spending $25 on an ebook. I’m trying to find something, anything that’s good for oily hair that doesn’t contain a bunch of chemicals and leave my hair feeling like straw or like the residue hasn’t rinsed out.

  • When will you be offering the Sweet Orange and Honey Shampoo in your shop, and will it be in a glass bottle? Essential oils probably do better in glass, but I am a bit afraid of that in the shower. I wish someone would invent glass-lined plastic bottles. I love your blog!

  • I tried the link to buy the ebook but the link is down. Can you repost it. I am interested in the shampoo, conditioner and body butter recipes.

    • Thank you so much for letting me know Jennifer! You just helped to fix a big error for me and the Mommypotamus. 🙂 It’s working now, and I can’t wait for you to try some of the recipes. The recipes from this book are still the only ones I use besides my DIY healing skin balm. They ROCK.

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