How to Make Shampoo Without Sodium Sulfate

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Sodium laurel sulfate, a cosmetic chemical, finds its way into commercially produced shampoos, soaps and other beauty products.When it comes to living a green lifestyle, you may want to eliminate the use of these kind of materials. Making your own shampoo without using sodium sulfate, or other harmful chemicals, provides you with a crafty endeavor that gives you control of your beauty and hygiene regimen.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. polysorbate 20
  • 2 cups floral hydrosol
  • 2-qt. mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • 20-oz. bottle
  • Add the vegetable glycerin, oils and polysorbate 20 to the bowl.

  • Stir in the floral hydrosol, which is a scented herbal water. This ingredient, like the others in the recipe, can be obtained from a craft or hobby supply shop.

  • Microwave the bowl on high for four minutes to heat the solution evenly.

  • Beat the heated mixture with an electric hand mixer for five minutes. It will thicken into a gel-like substance as it cools.

  • Pour the homemade shampoo into the bottle. Leave the cap off of it while it cools to room temperature.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to enhance the scent of this homemade shampoo and body wash.

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