We all want clean hair, but what if you're a vegan who objects to the use of animal products? This can be a problem, since traditional soap bases usually rely on animal fat. Luckily, there's always soaproot to fall back on. Soaproot comes from a plant called Saponaria, which is a member of the carnation family, whose flowers bloom only at night. The roots of the Saponaria plant can be crushed, producing a natural vegan alternative to soap – one which has been used for hundreds of years! Below is an easy recipe for making your own homemade vegan shampoo using this wonderful soapwort.

Things You Will Need

Your will need 1 1/2 tablespoons of crushed soapwort root, 2 cups of water, a paper coffee filter, and the essential oil of your choice.

Step 1

First, you will need to gather all of your ingredients. You will need 1 1/2 tablespoons of crushed soapwort root, which is the hardest ingrediant to find. This can usually be bought from your local health food store, but if you can't find it there you can definitely find it online.

You can pick any essential oil that's safe for your hair, but some recommended essential oils are rosemary, lavender, lemon, clary sage, or carrot oil. Rosemary is the best choice if your hair is thin or fine. Lavender is good for most hair types, but especially dry or brittle hair. If you want to brighten your natural hair color, lemon is good for blondes, sage is good for brunettes, and carrot is perfect for redheads.

You can use any water, but spring water is usually best since it contains the least impurities.

Step 2

Take your 1 1/2 tablespoons of crushed soapwort, and put it into a big glass bowl.

Step 3

Boil 2 cups of water. Pour the boiling water over the soapwort root. Allow this to sit and diffuse for 1 hour.

Step 4

Carefully take the liquid, and strain it through a paper coffee filter in order to remove the remaining soapwort. You can use any good strainer for this task if you prefer.

Step 5

Next, add approximately 30 drops of the essential oil (more or less depending on your preference). Stir this well so that the oil is evenly distributed.

Step 6

Your shampoo is read for storage. Pour it into a container of your choice, and keep it closed and protected from heat and light. Because it is completely natural and without any artificial preservatives, you should try to use it within 7 days, or store it in the refrigerator for later use. Shake well before using it in order to redistribute the oil.

You will have to use a larger amount than most store bought shampoos. About 3 tablespoons should be used each time you shampoo.


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