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Natural shampoo recipe: DIY Soap Nuts Shampoo Chemicals free

I am so excited to finally share with you this 100% natural shampoo recipe, chemicals free, obtained from soap nuts, the same soap nuts you may buy to do your laundry. I’ve been trying it for the past month and  I can tell you it leaves my hair strong, thick, shiny, and most of all soft!  I do not even need to use conditioner any longer :D! Pls keep in mind that I have thin and straight hair, not frizzy at all…if you’re on the curly side, you may still need to use conditioner 😉 Check out the video-tutorial below for further instructions  😉

Make a little investment that it will last for months. You can even use at least twice or three times the soap nuts before placing them into your compost bin.

First of all, probably you are astonished of what this natural shampoo recipe contains: soap nuts, also known as soapberry.

noci saponarie small These washing nuts, usually used as a laundry cleaner contain ‘Saponins’, which are released as soon as the soap nuts get in contact with water, creating a mild suds, very similar to soap.


People in India and Nepal have been using them for hundreds of years to do their laundry, therefore why can’t you make your own shampoo and body wash with soap nuts as well? 😉

Soap nuts are naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal, allergen free and very gentle on the skin and scalp.

soap nuts shampoo I’ve decided to share with you 2 versions: the basic one, super easy to make for those of you who wish to use a natural alternative without adding other ingredients and the shampoo like consistency, a rich version of the basic one for those of you who would like to experiment a natural shampoo with the appearance of a conventional shampoo. 



The basic version is not as thick as conventional shampoos, nor does it lather in the same manner, but rest assured that it will leave your hair naturally clean.

soap nuts shampoo basic version What I love about the basic version of this natural shampoo recipe is that it leaves my hair soft & shiny and that I finally could give up my conditioner.


*if you do not use preservative, your shampoo will last 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature and 3 to 5 weeks if refrigerated.

*you may add essential oils to increase scalp&hair health (around 40 gtt per 250 ml ) remembering to shake it well before using it.

I personally prefer to add the essential oils directly in the quantity of shampoo I am using ( around 2-3 gtt per half glass).

shampoo like consistency For the shampoo like consistency recipe I took inspiration from an italian forum “L’angolo di Lola”. I really love it because it has a more consistent texture therefore you get to use less shampoo and because it is enriched with inulin (conditioner),  rice proteins (that will add volume to your hair) and glycerin (it will moisturize your hair) which will add more texture and volume to your hair (should you need it ;))

Just to give you an idea on which essential oils to use: rosemary, lavender, lemon and sage essential oils are the best for greasy hair, while tea tree essential oil works miracles with seborrheic dermatitis.

 You’ll find it pretty strange to use a shampoo that does not lather (it does lather but only if you shake the bottle)  but I can assure you, you will be astonished by the result!

Always remember that a little goes a long way!  You can also use this on kids, but beware to keep it away from eyes because it will sting a little like any soap does.

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47 Responses to Natural shampoo recipe: DIY Soap Nuts Shampoo Chemicals free

  1. itube0033 says:

    Another lovely video! I’ll try it for sure!

  2. Iuliania Dmi says:

    hello! thanks for recipe! I also make homemade shampoos for myself. I suppose you need more accurate scales for making cosmetics)

  3. Ros Ina says:

    Tuscany looks beautiful this time of year!!! Thank you for sharing the shampoo recipe. I can’t wait to make it for myself. I think I might add lavender oil to it. Thanks again, Rosina

  4. BeautyFoodTips says:

    😉 glad you liked it! I’d love to know how & if it works for you too :D, xxx

  5. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Thanks for stopping by Iuliania! pls feel free to share with us your suggestions, I am a self-taught and always willing to learn more & more…I do not have the presumption to know everything, therefore I’d absolutely love to have constructive criticism and opinions. I’m doing my best to simplify my recipes so that they are accessible to most of the people and always try to be as accurate as I can :))

  6. BeautyFoodTips says:

    helloooo Ros Ina :)) I will add on my blog post (available online soon ) some suggestions for the essential oils (according to the hair type). Lavender oil is great for its lenitive properties for sensitive scalp, not to speak about its awesome perfume.. :))

  7. Amani Kafele says:

    Where do u get soap nuts from and rice protein?

  8. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Hi Amani, you can get soap nuts from a lot of websites online (just try to google it, I do not know where you are from so that I can help you) or very often you can find it also in stores selling natural articles. Rice protein or phytokeratine can be found in online shops selling cosmetic ingredients like makingcosmetics. com. hope this helps you 🙂

  9. Lippy lash says:

    Lovely video and I might have to try this shampoo!

  10. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Thanks Lippy for stopping by! 😉 you’ve got nothing to lose, try it..if you do not like it you may use it as a showergel 😉 it’s 100% natural and not aggressive at all 🙂

  11. Clara says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Love the idea of essential oils in shampoo!

  12. Maria Mostri says:

    Hello,I have not rice proteins and inulin, can I add keratin or is it useless?

  13. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Hi Maria, you can absolutely use keratin or phytokeratin. Use aroung 1g per 100 g of shampoo. If the hair results too voluminous or dry-like with this percentage, you may try 0.5g per 100 g. I enjoy changing percentages to see which is the best result for my hair 🙂

  14. Ruby Feline says:

    I’ve been wanting to try soap nuts for ages :). Your videos are so beautiful, and Elba too.

  15. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Thank you!! 😀 let me know if the results from using soap nuts are the ones you expected ;))

  16. Anna Ann says:

    Bellissimo shampoo! Quanto bisogna usarne per un lavaggio in media? 🙂

  17. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Ciao Anna! Grazie, è veramente delicato come shampoo 🙂 per la quantità è molto soggettivo direi! Bisogna fare delle prove, io personalmente uso un mezzo – 3 quarti di bicchiere, ma ho i capelli lunghi (arrivano a metà schiena). Dipende anche da quanto sporchi (grassi) sono i capelli, a volte faccio un solo passaggio, altre 2. Cmq sia si risparmia sempre un sacco e la morbidezza dei capelli da tanta soddisfazione 😉

  18. Amani Kafele says:

    Just curious I never heard of insulin so what would be the benefits to having this in the shampoo

  19. Amani Kafele says:

    Yes that was a typo…thanks for the info

  20. lakshmi says:

    i am unable to find rice protein. can it be substituted by whey protein?

    • beautyfoodtipslya says:

      Hey Lakshmi, you may substitute it with either wheat hydrolyzed protein or silk hydrolyzed protein! xoxox, Rozalia

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  22. D3NNI5HITA says:

    Where can I find those soap nuts here in the US?? Do you think they will sell them in Whole Foods Stores?? +BeautyFoodTips

  23. praba says:

    I really love ur blog. Wanted to try your soapnut shampoo. But not able to get all the ingredients in India. Can I just add preservative alone to soapnut liquid to extend its shelf life? What exactly is this preservative? Can I use food preservatives? Please help..

    • beautyfoodtipslya says:

      Hi Praba, you may avoid adding all of the other ingredients, as for the preservatives you may use food preservatives, the most known are sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate which works at a pH of 4.5 -5.5, the ideal pH for your shampoo too. Let me know if I can be of further help. Take care, Rozalia

  24. k.h. says:

    Hi there
    I will ask to you do not know how to obtain it.

    About inulin
    Do it have a formal name? (Agave Inulin, Stearoyl Inulin etc.)

    About Inulin and rice protein
    Is there a substitute?
    (Thing which is easy to obtain )

  25. Chris Johnson says:

    Do you wash as with regular shampoo, or do you apply it an leave it on for
    a bit before rinsing? I have been using Shikakai powder to make a hair
    cleanser but you have to leave it in about 20 minutes before rinsing, so
    I’m finding it’s not very practical for me. Thank you!

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  27. RealsleepyheadzzZZ says:

    and how do you use it? just like regular shampoo, wash and go? l heard it
    has to be kept on the head for 15min to work properly? and does it sting
    your eyes? thanks 🙂 l loooove your channel by the way, subscribed today
    and watching all the vids non stop 🙂 like a marathon 🙂

  28. kalps karunakaran says:

    I just subscribed to your channel. You are such a warm person, so glad I
    found you. I am sensitive to fragrance….was wondering if this soap
    solution has any smell to it. Thank you for the video.

  29. Leneva Love says:

    Hi, A great video. What is the preservative you used .

  30. I am writing from Nepal we are running a cargo company and use to ship soap nuts to many destinations like Australia, USA etc. If some one needs such soap nuts from Nepal we can arrange Please contact us

  31. Denise says:

    I made the shampoo and put lavendar oil. Tonight after washing and drying it felt like there was a residue. Tonight at work (light in my bathroom not good) I looked close and I have what looks like flakes. Is it possible I’m using too much or it’s not rinsing out? Today I did a vinegat rinse after I shampooed too ? Thoughts?

    • beautyfoodtipslya says:

      Hi there, the 1st thing it comes to mind is that you are not rinsing well. Anyway the lavender oil has no influence on the shampoo..& certainly it does not create dandruff :)) If by vinegar rinse you mean water and a small quantity of vinegar, that’s great for the hair..I’m always using it.

  32. Toàn Trần Lệnh says:

    so good, 🙂 use guide more than formula DIY :xxx LOVE U

  33. Christina says:

    Can you re-use the soap nuts after they steeped in the water? If so, how many times to you recommend?

    • beautyfoodtipslya says:

      Hi Christina, yes, you may use them a couple of times..make sure to store them in the freezer in between. The more you re-use them less saponins they will have… Hugs, Rozalia

  34. Monica says:

    Hello Rozalia! Thank you so much for a wonderful site, really like it! I’ve just made the simple shampoo (soap nuts and distilled water only). I noticed in your instructions not to use too much. How much do I use? The same as commercial shampoo? I have thick, shoulder length hair. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • beautyfoodtipslya says:

      Hi Monica, you have to see which is the quantity that works on your hair..it is not aggressive as commercial shampoos usually are, therefore pls feel free to experiment to find out which is the right quantity to wash your hair 🙂 hugs,Rozalia

  35. Anne Sofie Hoel says:

    Perfect video +BeautyFoodTips Looks like you’re in Italy, where are you
    placed? 🙂

  36. james Superstars says:

    can u please tell me the preservatives u used thank you

  37. Lulastic Hippyshake says:

    Awesome 😀 We sue soapnuts for everything -dishwashing, laundry,
    handwashing and hair!

  38. Conchi Navarro says:

    Hi from Spain Rozalia. Love to see you on the videos. Just finished this
    recipe of shampoo but I have used potassium sorbato instead as
    preservative. The question is that the ph is 6. How bad is that? How can I
    lower it? Thanks.

  39. jlynn39 says:

    Hello from Canada! 🙂 Your video is wonderful. I’m looking for an alternative to commercial shampoo, whether it’s organic or not, and forgot I actually have soap nuts in my laundry room. I’m anxious to see how they works and will let you know what I think in the coming weeks. Thanks for sharing!

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