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Homemade Natural Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe - Great for Troubled Scalps and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Natural Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

July 8, 2014

Homemade Natural Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe - Great for Troubled Scalps and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Looking to kick your commercial shampoo that contains sulfates and parabens? Then you’ll love my natural rosemary mint shampoo recipe. This all natural homemade shampoo recipe is suited for dry to normal hair and is an excellent alternative if you suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis or other stubborn skin and scalp ailments. Unlike traditional shampoos, this natural shampoo is a cream shampoo and a small amount will go a long way. Use it as often as you like and share some with your favorite pooch too!

Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe

Natural Cream Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon


4 oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap (or organic unscented Castille Soap)
.3 oz. refined shea butter
.3 oz. liquid lecithin
.25 oz. argan oil
.2 oz. macadamia nut oil
.15 oz. neem oil
2.5 ml rosemary essential oil
2 ml peppermint essential oil


Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter in a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power in the microwave or a double boiler just until melted then weigh out the soy lecithin and stir into the melted shea butter. Weigh out the liquid soap, macadamia nut oil, argan oil and neem oil and stir into the shea butter and soy lecithin.

How to Make Natural Homemade Cream Shampoo

Now using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and the essential oils. Mix well and set aside to cool completely. You can hasten this process by placing the container in the refrigerator. Once the shampoo has cooled and thickened whisk with a fork until the consistency of the natural cream shampoo is smooth then spoon into your container of choice.

To use simply scoop a small amount into your hands and massage onto wet hair then rinse. Follow with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse made from equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Follow with your favorite conditioner if desired.

For your furry friends, use this shampoo up to once a week on your dog’s coat to gently cleanse his coat and calm skin irritations.

For more natural homemade shampoo recipes as well as homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you never miss a post!


  • Deidre D

    July 8, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I’m just curious what role the lecithin plays in this recipe. Emulsifier? Could it be omitted? I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      July 9, 2014 at 12:21 am

      It’s an emulsifier and conditioning agent. Without it you’ll get a liquid soap that separates from the other ingredients. It’s what makes this a cream shampoo and gives it a longer shelf life. Hope this helps.

  • Irene

    July 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Hello! will thank you for a super great shampoo, made ​​it today and tested it out.

  • Zylo

    July 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I’ve never heard of cream shampoo before. This is fascinating.

  • [email protected]

    July 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This shampoo must smell amazing! I love the pot you made for it, too!

  • Angela Flingos

    July 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I am definitely going to make this specifically for my dog. She is an English Pointer with very sensitive skin. I thinks will be soothing for her.
    Thanks for the recipe

  • Deidre D

    July 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you! Did you use the liquid lecithin or powder?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      July 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      The liquid.

  • Roxan

    July 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Hi Rebecca, Can you use xanthan gum to thicken instead?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      July 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I’ve not worked with xanthan gum. The soy lecithin provides multiple properties to this recipe and I don’t know how a substitution would change the recipe and final performance of the product.

    2. Lisa G

      July 11, 2014 at 8:22 am

      If you try using xanthan gum, Roxan, please repost how it worked! I am allergic to soy & would love to try this if it works well!!

      1. Sarah F

        June 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        I realize that this question was asked a year ago but I have the same issue. I have a soy allergy too. I talked to my local grocery store who stocks liquid soy lecithin in the baking aisle. It’s used to soften and extend the shelf life of bread and adds more nutrition. They were able to order sunflower lecithin and keep it in stock. Apparently, there are a lot of people in my area avoiding soy or allergic to it. It substitutes perfectly!

  • Claudia

    July 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

    My problem with using recipes like these is that my hair ends up dull — it looks and feels dirty. I’ve read you can rinse with vinegar to offset that, but I am allergic to it, and that’s starting to be too much work, anyhow.

    Is there a way to make shampoo at home that leaves your hair shiny and clean-looking? Thanks!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      July 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

      I actually don’t use a vinegar rinse with this one and my hair is shiny after. I just follow with my favorite conditioner.

      1. Chris

        July 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        do you also have a conditioner recipe?

        1. Rebecca D. Dillon

          February 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

          I do not.

        2. Sarah F

          July 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm

          A great deep conditioner I’ve used is mayonnaise. Let it sit for 1/2 an hour. Rinse off with cold water

      2. Sarah F

        July 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        I’ve also found it doesn’t need conditioner. Ive been using this for the last2 months and it started out a bit dull but then the shine is back. I went from regular shampoo to this. I think that it was sticking to the gunk on my hair. It has cured my dermatitis too! I tried no poo for 9 months last year and it always left my hair loking oily and dull. An oxymoron but strangely true. I had to go back to regular shampoo even though it my scalp worse.

    2. Sabrina S.

      October 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Rebecca, you need the acid in the vinegar to close the hair shaft. You can also use lemon juice or citric acid powder (added to water) to achieve the acidity. I don’t have the exact amounts, as many people have their own ratios the recommend. Google it and you will find LOTS of info!

      1. Sabrina S.

        October 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Sorry, I meant Claudia! I obviously can’t remember who I am replying to! ;o)

        1. Sarah F

          July 7, 2015 at 11:57 pm

          You do need a vinegar rinse if you have high to normal porosity of hair.This has nothing to do with normal, dry or oily and nothing to do with straight vs curly. If you were to look at your hair under a microscope how much of the shaft is open?. To test to see if you have low porosity, regular, or hight porosity hair put a few spare strands in water. If, after 5 minutes it is still sitting on top of the water, you have low porosity hair, aka closed shaft. In the middle of the water you have normal hair aka open shaft. If it has sunk you have high porosity aka super open shaft. No poo works really well for normal and high porosity hair types but for someone with low porosity hair this shampoo recipe is the ticket.

  • Cathy

    July 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe Rebecca. I still have few doubts if this can really be a great replacement to a regular shampoo. But it definitely looks worth a try.

  • Oggipungo

    July 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Not sure I correctly understand the quantity that I have to convert in grammes. Eg.
    with .25 oz. argan oil do you mean 0,25 oz that is 70,9 gr or 25 oz that is 709 grammes?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      . 25 oz. is 1/4 oz an ounce. In a conversion calc you’d enter in . 25 oz.

  • Marc

    July 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Question about the shea butter since I’ve never bought it before. You mentioned buying refined but noticed many unrefined choices on amazon. What’s the difference? Thanks

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Refined has the fragrance and other impurities removed. It’s also often less grainy as it cools.

  • Cori

    August 18, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Can you use solid glycerin instead of castille soap? Also, what would be the most appropriate way to store the shampoo and what’s its shelf life?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      August 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      No. Glycerin cannot be substituted for the soap. Without the soap there is no lather, you’re just rubbing glycerin on your hair. The shelf life will always be the same as the product with the shortest shelf life that you are using.

      1. Linda

        November 18, 2014 at 2:24 pm

        Then with the ingredients you are using, how long is the shelf life?

        1. Rebecca D. Dillon

          February 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm

          The shelf life will always be the same as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. The lecithin can extend the shelf life of oils.

  • Anh

    September 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I’ve attempted this recipe 3 times today; each time, the mixture didn’t emulsify. I also couldn’t get it to thicken up at all. I am using powdered soy lecithin. Do you think this could be related to my emulsification problem?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      It has to be the powdered soy lecithin. I have not attempted it with the powder at all and am not sure how much powder would be needed to equal the liquid or if they can be swapped in the same way.

  • spa in a bag

    September 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Hello can i have the measurement again in grams as tried to make it and turned out all runny please help :)) Pauline

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      You can use an online calc that converts from oz. to grams for you. It should thicken up in a day but may take longer if it’s warm in your area.

      1. spa in a bag

        October 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

        thank you Rebecca is it .3 oz and so on or 3oz confused LOL not hard with my head .

        1. Rebecca D. Dillon

          October 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

          Yes, the amounts are .3 oz. (1/3 of an oz.) not 3 oz.

      2. spa in a bag

        October 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

        hello ,9 oz off all the oils together is that right ?? lol

        1. Rebecca D. Dillon

          November 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

          The total weight of the final product is just over 5 oz.

  • Tammy

    November 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    I was so excited to try this recipe for my dog. I followed the directions precisely –I used the liquid lecithin but my mixture remains on the thin side even refrigerated. Will it thicken more over time, like a day or two? I was really hoping to get the stiffer consistency as pictured. Does the temperature of the shea butter before adding the lecithin matter? For instance, maybe it was too hot or not hot enough? Does the shea butter/lecithin mixture need to be hot or cooler before adding in the remaining ingredients? Maybe more lecithin??? I would love for this to be a success. Any thoughts?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Verify first you’ve weighed everything correctly – the final product should weigh just over 5 oz. I know sometimes ingredients from different manufacturers can make small differences in handmade products however it should thicken up with no issue. If your house is warm it could take two days otherwise it should thicken completely within a day. I didn’t test the temps of my shea butter but it should thicken regardless.

  • Cassie

    November 8, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Wouldn’t all that shea buttter and argan oil make my hair really greasy? My hair tends to get oily at the roots with almost dry ends. Is there any way to alter this recipe to cater for oily hair?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      This does not make your hair oily or greasy. It would work fine for your combination hair.

  • Marilyn

    January 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Looks real interesting. I just made some with the Dr B and unrefined she’s butter. No emulsifier. The only light oil I had was sweet almond oil and jojoba and I did have the Rosemary and peppermint EO’s. Made the same quantity. Whipped up great. I can’t wait to try it. Smells great. now whether to use a cider vinegar rinse or not. Can I just use my regular conditioner?
    I really need to get off of sulfates and parabens and all commercial products altogether….not doing me any favors. I would love to make my own shampoo and conditioner some day.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      I always used my regular conditioner afterwards with no issues. Right now I’m using Renpure cleansing conditioner in lieu of shampoo with my new hair mask recipe as needed.

  • Marilyn

    January 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Oops I meant Shea butter…..also I hope the peppermint doesn’t strip my color. Could I substitute the peppermint for tea tree or something else?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Yes, you could sub the eo for one that suits your needs.

  • Ami

    January 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    You cannot use soy lechithin granules???

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 8, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      I haven’t tested it with the powder so I can’t tell you if it will or will not work the same.

  • Katrina

    February 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I made this using Xantham Gum instead of the Soy Lecathin and it still worked out perfectly!! Just used about 1/4 tsp of the gum. This gave me a creamy and whipped looking shampoo.

  • April G

    February 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Is there any thing else that could be used instead of Shea butter? Every time I use products with Shea butter, I itch all over. Thank you.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Sure. You could sub another butter like mango, cocoa or kokum butter.

  • barbora

    March 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Hi, please help me…how to get it creamy? I have a ,,lotion” consistency…even though I whisk it with kitchen blender, kitchen whisk, fork…put it to freezer and whisked it…nothing. It look so beautiful on your picture. As well I had problem with soya lecithin…it smells sooo bad, even if I put more essential oils.thanks for helping

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      I wouldn’t freeze this one. The fridge is fine. It does take a bit for it fully thicken. Some recipes with emulsifying ingredients I’ve made can take up to two days to reach final consistency. Did you weigh all the ingredients except the eo’s? I’m not sure about it smelling bad? Maybe the soy lecithin was bad?

  • gayleph

    April 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Instead of .25 oz. argan oil, .2 oz. macadamia nut oil and .15 oz. neem oil, can I just use .6oz of almond oil or jojoba oil and have similar results? I’m not a fan of argan oil, I find it heavy in my hair compared to other oils.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Yes, you swap carrier oils for ones that better suit your hair type, however the neem oil I’d keep as it has many lovely benefits for both your hair and scalp.

  • Jessica Nusz

    April 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    is this shampoo good for colored hair? I’m looking for shampoo that is good for colored hair and that won’t break my wallet.

  • Sheila K

    May 8, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I made this cream shampoo and it turned out great. I like it for my hair, but I absolutely love it for washing my body.

  • courtney

    May 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Love the shampoo ingredients!! Can you freeze this shampoo in ice trays to ensure a longer shelf life? I make my own shampoo already but I would like to use a second shampoo to mix things up.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      May 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      I’ve never tried freezing natural products like this. You could keep it in the fridge but it lasts a while on it’s own and should keep 6-12 months.

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