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To wake up your scalp and your senses, try tea tree and peppermint oil!
This one's my personal favorite, and the one I use daily. It's so refreshing!

Mix all ingredients, then add 1/4 cup distilled water
Store in a bottle. Use as you would any shampoo, rinse well.

Firstly, thanks for this instructable scoochmaroo, it's been very eye-opening for me :) Secondly, I have a question about the water...do you know if it's OK to use deionised water instead of distilled? I bought a big container of deionised after a shop assistant assured me they were the same, only to get home and google it to find that actually, they are slightly different. Do you have any idea if it will do the job? Cheers R
scoochmaroo (author)  rocketboyroger5 years ago
De-ionized water is great. Go for it!
...also, do you think this is suitable for using as hand wash...after all, it's got the tea tree oil's antiseptic qualities :)
scoochmaroo (author)  rocketboyroger5 years ago
I use this as my everything wash. Tea tree oil is great for my acne-prone skin!
That's brilliant! I am planning to use it the same way (I've just refilled all my hand wash dispensers and shower gel bottle with a batch) It just smells so damn nice :D Thanks again
Excellent! Thanks for letting me know :D
liam72 years ago

The amount of each ingredient used, does it not depend on how many oz bottle your trying to fill?
suziequtest2 years ago
Thanks so much for this! I have a question, I have castor oil on hand, could I use that instead of jojoba oil? I've heard its good for thickening and growing hair. Also peppermint gives me a headache so I was wondering if I could use any essential oil or if peppermint oil does something specific in the shampoo.
dllozo4 years ago
Wondering if I'm being overly-nervous about using tea tree oil? I already use it daily in my face wash and I've added some to witch hazel as a daily toner/astringent. However I worry about using it was a body wash/shampoo since I've read that it's toxic to cats. Do you think I need to worry at such a low concentration? Thank you so much for this post - really helping me in my quest to reduce waste!
most essential oils are toxic to pets.. and some to humans.. peppermint can kill you if you ingest as little as a teaspoon. It is just very concentrated. I don't think you will cause any problems in such a low concentration, but i'm not sure.. What I would be more concerned about as far as your own health is concerned, is that tea tree is a very strong anti-bacterial, and the main reason you never use tea tree for internal uses is that it will destroy your intestinal flora, and other "good bacteria". Typically, for this reason, sustained, regular use of tree is is avoided, because even our externals need symbiotic bacteria to keep us healthy, and that as I understand it, the oils and it's anti-bacterial properties can either penetrate your skin, if subjected to it enough, or otherwise upset the balance of your symbiotic micro-organisms. So, they say to limit the use of tea tree oil, so as not to cause your systems to become unbalanced.. oh!, and i think the main concern with the cats would be them drinking the water in the bottom of the tub, which would have the tea tree residue in it, or rubbing on you while you were still wet with it, and then cleaning themselves.. So, at least the cat concerns could be minimized by keeping them away from it. All of that said, I sue tea tree oil for various things when needed, and I have cats and neither of them has shown any symptoms over the last few years that I would attribute to contact with tea tree.. hope that helps
Thanks for the instructions! Quick q: can I use olive oil versus jojoba oil? How much of a difference will that make?
a better substitution for the jojoba oil would be grapeseed oil. It is really light and won't clog pores or cause your skin to break-out. It is suitable for any skin or scalp type, is easy to find, and useful in many homemade conditioners and lotions..
frogsocks4 years ago
Thanks for this article Scooch (I hope you don't mind if I call you Scooch)! Quick question about this recipe. Do you mix all of the non-water ingredients, then add 1/4 cup water or do you mix all of the ingredients listed then add an additional 1/4 cup of water? Basically, do you use 1/4 or 1/2 cup water total!

I tried it with 1/2 cup and it's really watery, although I suspect that it will still be pretty watery even with 1/4 cup. Thanks!
oldermommy4 years ago
could you add glycerine to "thicken" it up?
Guzzii4 years ago
When you are using your natural shampoos, are you also using a conditioner, or is the shampoo fine on it's own? Thanks!