Can Castile Soap Replace Your Shampoo?

The quick answer is, YES! Castile soap is a great alternative to chemical-laden traditional shampoos. Castile soap is a gentle, biodegradable, non-toxic vegetable soap derived from Olive Oil, lye and water it’s a perfect base 4 DIY hair and skin care needs.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To balance out the pH level in Castel soap, rinse the hair with an apple cider vinegar and water mix after washing. Be sure to wash and use the apple cider vinegar mix into separate steps. Never mix your Castile soap with your apple cider vinegar or you could end up with a big mess in your hair.

  • Castile soap is very potent! Always mix it with water before applying it to your hair. I like to add about 1 teaspoon of Castile soap with 3 cups of filtered water. 
  • Like most soaps, Castile soap’s pH level can cause the hair cuticle to open thereby releasing hair dye from color treated hair. If you want to maintain the longevity of your freshly dyed hair, Castile soap may not be for you.
  • Castile soap isn’t for everyone. Some people love it others hate it. I highly suggest diluting your Castile soap concoction with varying levels of soap to water ratios to find out what works best for your hair. Experiment. Have fun. Remember, you can always go back to using your favorite sulfate-free shampoo.


    • 2 ounces Dr. Bronner’s Unscented

      Pure Castile Soap ( I use the lavender scented one)

    • 4 ounces water infused with: rosemary or your favorite herbs. I sometimes at Thyme

    • 1/4 teaspoon tamanu oil/ jojoba oil

    • 10 drops tea tree oil

    • 15 to 20 drops your favorite essential oil for aromatherapy benefits. If I’m not using the lavender Castile soap, I like to use Tangerine essential oil.

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    Grab a pot and fill it with water and infuse the herbs into the water with heat, and then add all the oils. Once the oils and herbs are infused with the water put the water into a bottle and add the soap and voila homemade shampoo. Just to be safe, keep the shampoo in the fridge to prevent microbial growth and to make the shelf life longer.

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