How to Make Organic "Sleepy" Baby Shampoo

How to Make Organic Baby Shampoo

This recipe uses Castille soap flakes and lavender essential oil. It is gentle enough to use on infants but can also be used by the rest of the family and works as well as shampoos bought at the store. To make soaps truly from scratch you would need lye and other ingredients but it also take a lot more care in measuring and making the soap to be gentle enough for baby. A quick and easy way to get around this is to use Castille soap which is usually unscented and made from pure vegetable oils instead of animal fat or glycerin. Many homemade organic soaps are made using Castille soap.

Directions to Make Homemade Organic Baby Shampoo

  1. Bring 12 oz of distilled water to a boil, then allow to cool for about 10 minutes. 
  2. Pour into a glass bowl and add 4 tablespoons of Castille soap flakes. Stir until dissolved. 
  3. Add 1 or 2 drops of pure essential lavender oil (make sure it is real essential oil and not just a lavender fragrance oil). Stir until blended. 
  4. Pour carefully (using a funnel is best) into a pump or squeeze container (can be obtained at dollar stores) for easy dispensing.

This soap will not lather up like store bought shampoos, and it is not necessary that it does. It will still clean just as well. Only a small amount is needed, about a dime size drop for your baby and a little more for your own hair.

Remember to do a skin test before using any soap with an essential oil in it that you haven't used before. Essential oils, though pure ingredients, can be potential allergens, and need to be tested before use.
You can optionally leave out the lavender oil, for an unscented baby wash, or use another scent. Another scent will not work like lavender does at calming and relaxing your baby for night-time, however.

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