Caution: This shampoo will lighten your hair.

You will need:

Castile soap

Chamomile flowers

Honey (raw is best)


Lavender essential oil

Geranium essential oil

Coconut oil


Bring about a cup or so of water to a boil. Add the flowers and let them simmer at a gentle boil. The water will turn brown, like tea. The more flowers you use, the stronger the “tea” will be. Add a tablespoon or so of honey. (I’m a very by-guess-and-by-gosh type of person and usually I don’t use exact measurements; add what works for you). The honey and the chamomile are what possess the lightening properties. After they’ve simmered in the water at least 20 minutes, remove the flowers if you like (I leave them in but most people don’t like to). With the water still boiling, add half a bar or more of grated castile soap. I use Kirk’s castile soap, as I really love coconut oil but any kind will work. Let the soap dissolve into the “tea”. Once it is all melted, turn off the heat. At this time I add a teaspoon of coconut oil and 5-10 drops of geranium oil and 3-5 drops of lavender oil to the soap. Geranium oil is fabulous for the hair and skin and so is lavender. Allow to cool and then transfer to whatever container you will keep the soap in. It can be used for hair, body, handwashing and whatever else you’d like to use it for. It can also be added to your regular shampoo.

NOTES: The soap/shampoo will not be like regular liquid soap or shampoo. For one, it’s dark brown and it’s usually much runnier. If you would like it to be more gel-like, use more castile soap or add glycerin. If it is too gel-like, add more water and shake well. You can also omit the soap and oil and use the “tea” you’ve made as a rinse. It will bring out natural highlights and make your hair healthy and shiny. It does work; I lightened my son’s hair by accident. :)

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