organic alternative to shampoo & body wash


as you all know if you follow my blog, i have been shampoo and conditioner free for almost 9 months now!

for those of you who appreciate organic body care instead of slathering your skin with chemicals, i have come up with a gentle alternative! also, for those that aren’t too keen on completely going ‘poo-less, this can be used as a shampoo alternative as well. WIN! the organic oils will strip away dirt and grease like none other!

what i used:

  • dr. bronner’s liquid soap, 8 oz from official website for about $8 (any fragrance you like)
  • pura d’or organic argan oil (optional yet suggested!!)- snagged on grupon for $24…. you could use extra virgin olive oil, too, if you have that!
  • squeezy bottle from walmart – under $1
  • water from the sink (bottled/distilled water might be preferred, especially if you have hard water)


(detailed instructions below)

soap mixture

1. fill 4/5 of the squeezy bottle with warm water from the sink (or more if you’re already no-‘poo)

2. fill the remaining 1/5 of the bottle with liquid soap (for those who are ‘poo less, use less! i definitely use less…about 1:8 soap to water mix)

3. (optional yet HIGHLY suggested) add 10-12 pumps of argan oil for added moisture for your skin and extra moisture/shine for your scalp/hair (OR about a teaspoon of olive oil!)

4. gently shake

5. use directly on scalp for shampoo (a small amount goes a looooong way); put on loofa/washcloth for body wash.

*6. if you need/want to, follow up with putting some organic coconut oil or argan oil on your hair, focusing on the ends. it helps frizz and dryness 🙂

hair length(hair’s still damp, but you can see it’s almost down to my belly button now! woohoo!!)

IF YOU HAVE HARD WATER: the minerals in the hard water WILL react to the castile soap and leave a soap scum on your hair/skin. you HAVE to mix castile soap with distilled water. some people have found that their water is really hard and they have to rinse with distilled as well. i have hard water and mixing with distilled/rinsing with shower water worked for me. if your hair looks dull, feels heavy/waxy/gross after using this mix, chances are you have hard water.

how to fix the hard water problem if you’ve already got the nasty hair: double rinse with ACV (1 tablespoon acv mixed with 1 cup distilled water). rinse once, let it sit a few minutes, wash/gently massage out & repeat. that should take care of the soap scum issue 🙂

UPDATE: i had my boyfriend use the citrus mix (i made sure to not emasculate him too much with my rose one haha) and he said it cleaned his hair better than store-bought shampoo. he did use conditioner afterward because his hair was SO squeaky clean that it was dry feeling. he used about a 1:6 ratio of soap to water.  for me, the soap/water mixture alone was really drying, even with 1:6 ratio of soap to water.  i’ve switched to 1:8 and it feels so much better! and if you choose to add oil like i did, it will add moisture for your scalp and skin.



156 thoughts on “organic alternative to shampoo & body wash

  1. I have recently started no poo thanks to your blog I found through pintrest. My hair was damaged because I was using baking soda mixed with shampoo to wash with then regular conditioner to follow with. I started using the baking soda because all store bought shampoo and conditioners were leaving my hair greasy and waxing feeling, plus I have well water with iron in it, and the only way to get my hair clean feeling was mixing the baking soda with the shampoo. After a few months of this method, my hair felt clean but I started to notice my hair breaking. I then found out from your blog I was actually CLARIFYING everytime I washed my hair and therefore destroying my hair. So after finding your blog I started with the baking soda and acv routine and my hair was falling out worse and I got dry scalp. (I believe my hair can’t take anymore baking soda since I was using it improperly before and never conditioned with acv to get ph back to normal) I did do the coconut oil mask and had to wash 3x with the Dr Bronners Castile soap followed by acv to get it all out. I still see hair falling out everywhere but my hair isn’t as dry. I only recently started no poo 2 weeks ago. My questions to you is, is Dr Bronners Castile soap considered no poo and is it just as drying as baking soda? I realized it was the only thing that removed the coconut oil and I am worried it will dry out and damage my hair even more similar to me using the baking soda. I do rinse with the acv as well everytime. Also, if using the Dr Bronners Castile soap is it safe to use regularly, and would you recommend their Fair Trade citrus conditioning rinse or acv to condition with? I am just trying to find a method that can clean my hair without overdrying and making my hair brittle. I don’t plan on using store bought shampoo or conditioner ever again I really want to make this no poo method work especially now that I’ve learned so much though your blogs. Thank you.

  2. Sorry.. another question… I’m addicted to coconut oil. Could I use that instead of olive oil or is it better just to put it in after my shower??

  3. Hey!! I’m going to convert chemical free in Jan!!!! And I seen another site saying that you could use brewed green tea instead of water.. but I trust your thoughts more!! I was just wondering what was your thoughts about that. 🙂

  4. Do you have any suggestions to guard against “lifeguard hair”? I try to keep it out of the chorine as much as possible and rinse it as soon as I get out but do you have any like “hair sunscreen” ideas?

  5. I just wanted to share my experience with this method (for shampoo)- maybe it will help somebody out! I used the lavender scented Dr bronners (diluted about 1:5 ish) and my hair was waxy and horrible. I have soft water and I became very discouraged because I am sensitive to baking soda so I do not like using that method. I recently bought unscented Dr bronners ( the baby-mild one) and I have had NO problems- my hair looks great! I am still using about a 1:5-6 ish dilution so I think my hair just needed something really mild. For the people that said they had soft water and still had a waxy feeling to their hair, I hope this will help!

  6. Not entirely sure how I missed this before!

    I started No Poo on the 10th and did the Castille Soap Clarifying. I tend to have a dry scalp this time of year which made me a bit afraid of baking soda, so I put just enough castille soap in the bottom of my squeeze bottle to cover it and filled the rest up with water. I used this on the 15th (having rinsed with water and ACV rinse on the length of my hair once in between). Today I have the dreaded white flakes and an itchy scalp!

    Do you think adding the oil would help or should I use a different “shampoo?” Any advice would be appreciated!


  7. hey alex! So, last saturday i had a dance so i got my hair done. they used A LOT of products. then on sunday, i washed my hair for the first time ever with castile soap, and my hair feels a little bit waxy. i don’t have hard water (i have a water softener), but i mixed my soap with distilled water just to be on the safe side. however i didn’t mix my acv with distilled water because i didn’t have enough at the time.
    do you think i should clarify and deep condition, or try double rinsing with acv? im not sure if the waxy feeling is from all the products or maybe because i have harder water than i thought /:

    1. also i forgot to mention, i’m already no poo and clarified when i started, about 3 months ago. i was alternating between the bs/acv and low poo shea moisture shampoo based on what my hair felt like.
      thank you! 🙂

  8. Hey I love your blog! I get sunburned really easily and I was just wondering if you had any chemical free sunscreens!

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