Natural Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

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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’s Soap Delicatessen


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.

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Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.


  1. Deidre D says

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

    • 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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

  6. Deidre D says

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

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

    • 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.

    • 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!!

      • 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!

  8. 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!

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

      • do you also have a conditioner recipe?

      • 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.

    • Sabrina S. says

      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!

      • Sabrina S. says

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

        • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Oggipungo says

    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?

  11. 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

  12. 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?

    • 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.

  13. 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?

    • 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.

  14. spa in a bag says

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

  15. 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?

    • 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. You cannot use soy lechithin granules???

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

    • 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?

  23. 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.

  24. Jessica Nusz says

    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.

  25. Sheila K says

    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.

  26. courtney says

    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.

    • 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.