Sizzling Summer Hair: Argan Oil Shampoo

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:15 minutes
  • Yields:Two 4 oz. bottles

Sunshine, ocean water and hotter temperatures are great for lifting your mood, but unfortunately they can be less than ideal for your locks. To help you achieve healthy, summer-ready hair, we’re rolling out a series of tutorials this week to rejuvenate and refresh your mane.

This Argan Oil shampoo is particularly loving to your hair and scalp. Argan Oil has long been used as an additive to hair products because of its high content of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. The addition of Nettle and Carrot Extract provide some extra strand-nourishing power.

Check out the other tutorials in this series: Argan Oil Conditioner and Pink Sea Salt Beach Spray

What You’ll Need:

5 oz. distilled water

2.1 oz. Potassium Cocoate

.2 oz. Liquid Crothix

.2 oz. Crothix Pastilles

.2 oz. Coconut Lemongrass Fragrance Oil

.1 oz. (3 mL) Carrot Extract

.1 oz. (3 mL) Nettle Extract

.2 oz. (6 mL) Argan Oil

.1 oz. (3 mL) Optiphen ND

2 Brushed Aluminum Bottles with Pump Top

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EQUIPMENT PREP: Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be absolutely 100% free of germs, bacteria, microbes or anything so be safe and bleach water all your utensils.

ONE: Measure the distilled water into a disinfected heatsafe container. Heat the water in the microwave on 1 minute bursts until it reaches 150 degrees F.

TWO: In a second disinfected container, combine and heat the Potassium Cocoate, Argan Oil, Liquid Crothix and Crothix Pastilles. Heat until the mixture reaches 150 degrees F.

THREE: Add the water to the oils. Stir or stick blend for 15 – 20 seconds to combine.

FOUR: Once the temperature drops below 140 degrees F, add the Coconut Lemongrass Fragrance Oil, Optiphen ND and Carrot and Nettle Extracts. You can use a scale and measure in ounces, or use droppers to measure in milliliters (we found using droppers and measuring in milliliters was easier since the amounts are so small).  Stir to combine.

FIVE: Pour into bottles and leave uncovered overnight.

Your shampoo is ready to use!

41 Responses to “Sizzling Summer Hair: Argan Oil Shampoo”

  1. Heather says:

    Silly question I know, what type of directions for use? Will this lather like a traditional shampoo or more like a shampoo bar or cleansing conditioner? Any feedback from testers? Can’t wait to try this thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Heather!

      This shampoo does lather well! It does not lather quite as much as a store bought shampoo that contains SLS, but it does lather more than a shampoo bar. I found that it washed my hair well, but was more on the gentle side. I hope this helps :) If you have any more questions, let me know!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Dawnia says:

        Just wondering, is this gentle enough for small children, babies??

        • Amanda says:

          Hi Dawnia!

          Personally I found this shampoo to be very gentle, so while we did not test it on small children or babies, I imagine it would be fine :). Let us know if you give it a try!

          -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Yay! I can’t wait to make this! I just need the liquid Crothix. I have the pastilles. Is there anyway to sub pastilles and FCO for the liquid Crothix, since that’s what the ingredients are? Also, could you use BTMS50 for the pastilles??
    Sorry, I just had an idea, love to sub stuff!! Thanks!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Dawnia!

      I wouldn’t recommend subbing out the crothix pastilles for BTMS-50, because the pastilles are meant to thicken the mixture, while BTMS-50 is an emulsifier, and will not thicken. If you wanted to add some BTMS-50 for a conditioning effect, you could :) Using FCO will react differently, but you could make a small test batch and see what you think!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. Oops! Forgot, the list of things on sale doesn’t come up.
    Thanks Again!

  4. Michelle says:

    This looks great. Thanks.

  5. Merryn Oliveira says:

    Um – the web link is empty – there are no products listed on this page.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Merryn!

      Sorry about that little glitch! The link should be working just fine now :) Let me know if you have any more problems with it.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Dawnia says:

    I still can’t get to the list of things on sale either!! Please fix it fast, since the sale ends tomorrow! I’m holding off on ordering til I see the whole list!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Dawnia!

      We looked into it, and the link should be working correctly now. Let me know if you are still having any problems :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. Sly says:

    This looks like a great recipe – Thank you!!
    1) can I sub the .2 oz. Liquid Crothix with more Crothix Pastilles?
    2) Is there anything else the will work in place of the Potassium Cocoate?
    I would like to try a test sample of this shampoo this weekend, but don’t have those 2 items.
    Thanks for your help!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Sly!

      We found that the mixture of both the pastilles and liquid gave the best texture, but you could certainly make a small test batch to see what you think! Regarding the Potassium Cocoate, you could try substituting it with the Liquid Castile Soap Base, or the Liquid Soap Concentrate Base. My concern would be that the Castile Liquid Soap may not lather very well in hair, while the Liquid Soap Concentrate may be a little harsh. Potassium Cocoate is a really nice in between :)

      Natural Castile Liquid Soap Base:

      Liquid Soap Concentrate Base:

      Let me know if you have any more questions :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Sly says:

        Thank you so much for the extra information!!! (Sometimes it’s hard to know what each ingredient does exactly!!)

        I think I will wait till I can get all the ingredients in my next order.

  8. Christine says:

    Love your tutorials and useful info. Could you tell me the ph for this shampoo? I’d like a recipe with a ph if @ 6.5. Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Christine!

      This shampoo has a pH level closer to 8, so it’s a little higher than what you are looking for. I found that this shampoo felt great, my hair loved it :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  9. Christine says:

    Me, again–can I add SLSA to increase the lather without affecting the benefits of the shampoo? Also, in the description for Optiphen ND, it says to use in products whose ph is lower than 6. If this shampoo’s ph is lower than 6, will the oils separate? If not, why not? Sorry for all the questions! I appreciate your feedback on this.

  10. Angie says:

    Hi Amanda:

    I have been using the shampoo base from Brambleberry for a lot time and have been very successful, adding Rosemary and Mint, as the receipt of Anne Marie, but I would like to know if I add the EOs added in your formulation above (Argan, Carrot Seed and Nettle) to have the same results using the shampoo base.

    Thank you!!!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Angie!

      I find that this recipe is more gentle and moisturizing than the Shampoo Base. If you’d like to add essential oils to this recipe you certainly could, although it has a different feel than the shampoo base :). Another option would be to add the extracts into the shampoo base!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  11. Glenda says:

    This shampoo was fun to make, smells great but sadly doesn’t work in my hair, at all. I feel like I haven’t washed my hair for days. My hair is “normal” (neither dry nor oily) so I was surprised at the texture I ended up with. We have hard water so that may contribute to the lack of suds, too. I will try again with a vinegar rinse.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Glenda!

      I’m sorry this shampoo did not work well for your hair. My hair is on the dry to normal side, and I enjoyed the shampoo, but I do personally like a more gentle shampoo. If you try it with a vinegar rinse, I would love to know how that worked for you!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  12. Glenda says:

    Epic fail. My hair feels as if I didn’t wash it. This would be great for someone with very dry hair.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Glenda!

      Thanks for the feedback regarding this shampoo. It certainly is a more moisturizing shampoo, and would work well for dry, or dry/normal hair.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  13. Olivia says:

    Is this safe on color treated hair?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Olivia!

      I have color treated hair, and it wad fine for me :). You may want to test a small portion of your hair before using if you want to be extra safe!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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  15. Teresa says:

    I just tried this recipe today and it turned out wonderful!!! Very Conditioning Shampoo!!! My adult sons also tested it and loved it!!!

  16. Tara Rufo says:

    If we leave the container uncovered for a few hours or even over night how can we ensure it still remains sanitary/disinfected? Sounds like a silly question, but I worry about these things. I live in an older house that seems to collect dust more easily, plus I also have pets (they aren’t allowed in my soaping room,but I still worry!)

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Tara!

      This recipe has a preservative in it, so it will help prevent any mold or bacteria from forming!

      If you’re worried about dust or pet hair (which somehow manages to get on everything!) you can put it in a cupboard. We just recommend leaving it uncovered so it will cool and not form condensation. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  17. Holly says:

    I just made this recipe, and I am very happy with it!! However, how would one adapt this for those with oily or curly hair? I assume you would change the additional ingredients? Any advice?
    Thank you so much in advance!!

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Holly!

      We found that this formula works best for all hair types, but especially drier hair.

      I’m not exactly sure how to tweak this for oily hair, but we will consider it for a future blog post. If you find anything that works, please let us know!

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Holly says:

        Thank you Ms. Kelsey, I will see what I can come up with. I am thinking to switch from Carrot extract, perhaps and substitute more water/soap combo for that. I honestly have no idea!! :)


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