How to Make Soap Nut Shampoo Recipe

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Learn how to make a soap nut shampoo recipe. This is an easy natural recipe that is excellent for dry or frizzy hair. It's all natural and gentle on your hair and skin.

Soap nuts are actually the shell of a berry. They have natural soap called saponin in them. This soap is high in vitamins to nourish your hair.

I added lavender essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, and lemon essential oil for scent and for their therapeutic benefits. You can use other essential oils, and I have some suggestions in my soap nut shampoo recipe.

You will need:

In a small pan, combine 2 cups of water and the soap berries. Bring to a boil on high head. Then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes. Then add the other cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Then remove the soap berries. Add the essential oils and preservative if you are using it. Pour into a squeeze bottle.

Apply to wet hair and work into your hair and scalp. Let sit for 5 minutes and rinse. It can cause eye irritation, so be careful not to let it get in your eyes. This will last for 1 week without a preservative. You can also place it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Geoguard ECT will make it shelf stable for up to 9 months.


  • 5 soap nuts
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 drops essential oils
  • 144 drops Geoguard ECT (optional)

Place the soap nuts and 2 cups of the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Cover the pan to prevent water loss.
Add the other cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit until cool.
Remove the soap nuts and set aside. Add essential oils to the soap nut shampoo recipe.
Suggested materials:
  • Soap nuts
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
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