As much as we try to understand all the ingredients we consume, nothing beats the homemade option where you get to handpick the ingredients yourself.
Here is a quick shampoo and conditioner recipe, using everyday ingredients, that are easy on the environment and your bank account.
Firstly get yourself some containers. Muji has a great range of refill bottles to choose from (pictured above). Avoid glass as this could be a bit of a disaster in the shower if you dropped it.
Shampoo: This shampoo is a simple Bicarb Soda mix, which will cleanse your hair thoroughly by removing layers of dirt and grime.
Ingredients: bicarb soda – that’s it!
Method: Measure the volume of your container by filling it with water and emptying it into a measuring jug. Your mixture should be 1 part bicarb soda with 3 parts water so add the appropriate amounts of bicarb soda to your water. Mix well and pour into your bottle (you will need a spouted jug or a funnel) and make sure you pour while the bicarb hasn’t settled to the bottom.
Note: The bicarb soda will settle to the bottom of the container, but just give it a good shake before each use and you’re good to go.
Conditioner: This conditioner is a vinegar based recipe with a hint of natural fragrance.
Ingredients: hot water, apple cider vinegar, herbal tea bag (your choice – I used peppermint), rosemary.
Method: Your mixture should be 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts hot water. Work out the volume of your container as per the shampoo by filling it up with water and emptying it into a measuring jug. Divide the volume by 5 and you will get your apple cider vinegar measurement and x4 that amount is the water you will need. Boil water, add the tea bag and leave to brew for 10 minutes. Remove tea bag and add vinegar. Pour into container. Measure a sprig of rosemary that will fit inside and insert into the mixture.
And there you have it, natural, eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner!