A super simple and gentle shampoo and body wash for babies and even adults. I use this same formula as my body wash, too! It is non-toxic, sulfate and paraben free, and gentle on that brand new skin.
To get a shampoo like this in the store, you’d have to pay a good $10 or $15 bucks for 12 ounces (see the cost breakdown below) because the ingredients I suggest are so pure and of excellent quality. It took me a few times to adjust the amount of oil in it, which was amusing because my kids’ hair was quite greasy and looked pretty gross! (Maybe one day my kids will start a blog about being a blogger’s kid!) Plus, the extra oil coated all their bathtub toys and the tub and made everything slippery. So, now you won’t have to go through the same process since this recipe has been tested and used in official family laboratories and won’t make your bathtub a mini ice-skating rink!
I am so happy with this recipe because it’s so safe and eliminates the need for lotion after baths because the oils and aloe vera stay on precious skin and keep it so soft. For more homemade skin care, check out my organic lotion, my all-natural beauty regimen, diaper rash cream, baking soda body scrub, natural deodorant, and my organic hair care regimen with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
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Note: (This recipe is for a 12 oz. bottle. For a larger bottle, like 16 oz. just increase the oils by a 1/2 teaspoon or so to your liking (for a body wash, but not for shampoo). For even larger, like 24 oz., double the recipe. For 32 oz., increase the recipe 2 1/2 times).
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – Aloe Vera Baby Mild (unscented) (buy here) (Never heard of Dr. Bronner’s? Read my post about it here.)
- Optional: for just Body Wash – add 2 tablespoons oil of your choice (I chose Sweet Almond Oil (buy here)) because I already have the organic kind, but olive oil right out of your pantry will work, so will jojoba, Calendula, etc.). Omit or lessen the amount of oil to a tablespoon or less if using for just shampoo as it will make the hair oily. I omit the oil when I’m feeling lazy, and it is still moisturizing because castile soap is SO gentle.
- Optional: 1 tablespoon pure, organic aloe vera gel (pure aloe vera gel) or Vitamin E Oil (buy here) (for added moisture without the oiliness), and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (like lavender (buy here)) for fragrance (but I would use very little to make it as gentle as possible)
Fill the bottle (I used an empty baby shampoo bottle but if you add essential oils, the plastic will break down eventually, so glass is best) with all the ingredients, then fill the rest very slowly with water (the soap will really suds up if you fill it quickly). Or, you can fill it with 1 cup water first, then add the ingredients, then slowly fill the bottle with water as needed.
A note about tear-free: Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild is very mild, but not tear free. So, that’s why this recipe is so diluted, which I have found makes it essentially tear-free and it still suds up on their hair and skin very well.We use this on our three-year-old and one-year-old and neither have complained about it burning their eyes (and it does get into their eyes sometimes). I would recommend being careful the first few times to not let it get in their eyes and see how it works for you.
Here is your free printable to smack on the front of the bottle so you never have to look up the recipe again! I use packing tape and cover the paper completely and it keeps it almost 100% dry.
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – $0.48/an ounce and you need 2 ounces – $0.97
- Sweet Almond Oil – $0.88/an ounce you need 1 ounce – $0.88 or use olive oil from your pantry and it’s basically free!
- Aloe Vera Gel – $2/an ounce and you need .5 oz for a tablespoon – $1.00 OR Vitamin E Oil – $2.48/an ounce and you need .5 oz for a tablespoon $1.24
TOTAL: $2.82 for 12 ounces! Way cheaper than a $10 bottle at the store and it’s totally pure and non-toxic.