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Coconut Milk Shampoo

Making your own shampoo is simple enough to take only a few minutes of your time. Depending on the type of shampoo and conditioner you use, making your own shampoo can be an excellent cost saver as well.

Supplies

Small Bottle

Castile Soap

Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Essential Oils

You will need a small bottle (I use a 4 ounce bottle) to put your shampoo in. I use plastic because we have small children that drop everything. If we had no children I would use a glass jar with a pump. The bottles we use have a small opening. Homemade shampoo is thinner than commercial shampoo because it has no thickeners in it, just simple ingredients.

The soap portion of homemade shampoo is Castile soap. You can purchase Castile soap on line or at your local whole foods market. I make my own Castile soap and it reduces the cost greatly. I spend around $20 to make a gallon and the market price is around $50 to $60 for a gallon. That being said, making Castile soap is tricky and I am still learning.

The moisturizing portion of homemade coconut milk shampoo is coconut milk. I use organic coconut milk, but you don’t have to use organic. However, you do need to use unsweetened coconut milk. I purchase small cans of coconut milk so there is no waste. If you only have access to larger cans use the excess to cook with; coconut milk is great on chicken and a tasty replacement milk in baking. Before you open the can be sure to shake it vigorously as this will mix in the thick parts if your milk has been sitting on a shelf for any length of time. Shaking will make it pour more easily into your bottle eliminating the need to mix in a separate bowl.

It is not necessary; but nice to use essential oils for scent and health properties. I like to use Rosemary because it is good for the scalp and hair growth. Lavender is a great scent for calming. Or if you want an energizing effect use citrus oils. If you have little ones that are in public school or enjoy running in the woods, Tea Tree oil is a great lice and tick deterrent. I get my essential oils from the Now company. They are a little more expensive; but, they are all food grade, safe, and they are a pure product. With essential oils usually you get what you pay for; if it is a very cheap product than it is likely not a pure product. I typically go with the rule that if I could not safely eat it than I don’t want it on my kid’s skin. Your skin is a porous pathway to the inside of your body.   

Mixing

2 ounces of Castile soap

2 ounces of coconut milk

15-20 drops of essential oils

This recipe is very basic, just half soap and half coconut milk. I mix mine right in the bottle so there are no extra dishes. If you have dry hair a little more coconut milk will be more moisturizing; if you have oily hair cut back on the coconut milk and add more Castile soap. Add the essential oils in stages with shaking in between so you can get the level of scent that you want.

You will not have to use conditioner with this shampoo, it is very moisturizing and does not strip all of the natural oils out of your hair. We noticed after using it for a while that every head in the house had a much fuller head of hair and healthier scalps. I recommend making it as you need it because the ingredients are all natural with no preservatives so it will have a shelf life. This is why we use a 4 ounce bottle versus a larger container. It only takes a few minutes to mix so it’s not any trouble to make it as you need it. If you have excess put it in the refrigerator to store it a little longer. I like to use ours within a one to two week window. With five people in the house that is never an issue. If you have less people you may consider using a smaller container. The homemade shampoo is well worth the effort for your health. Having control of what goes into your personal care products is a beautiful thing.  

Milk Storage for Everyday Use and Soap Making

The reliability of milk when you are getting that milk from your animal is vastly different than purchasing it from the store. Most animals have a peak in milk production for a time after giving birth and that production wanes as time goes on. When milking your goat or cow you will come to a point where you question the efforts put toward milking. At some point your nanny or cow will need to be “refreshed” or  bred again. There may be a point in your food pursuits that you will find yourself out of milk. If you have a freezer you can store that milk for later use. Here are a few tips that were gleaned from my doing things the “wrong” way before I figured out some more effective methods of milk storage. And as with all things; this is only one way to store milk, there are better ways out there.

Refrigerator Storage for Everyday Use

For refrigerator storage and regular usage of milk I have found wide mouth mason jars to be the most effective milk storage method. Glass cleans well and the wide mouth jars are much easier to wash than the regular mouth jars. I try not to use very much plastic because of the health hazards involved with plastic. You need to be conscientious about rotation of your milk in the refrigerator. Develop a system for rotation so you are always using up the oldest milk first. I also use my excess milk to make hard cheese that I wax and store in the cellar for hard times. Glass in the refrigerator is a good option; however, the freezer is very different. Just think back to basic science; liquid expands when it gets cold and glass gets brittle when its frozen.

Freezing Milk for Soap and Lotion

I hate being mid winter, without an animal in milk, and a strong desire to make some soap. So I freeze some of my goat milk to save  for making soap and lotion. For cold process soap, having milk that is partially frozen is beneficial to the outcome of your soap so I like to have it frozen anyway. There are times when you may not be able to drink your goat’s milk. If your goat has issues with a worm overload and you have to medicate the goat you will need to withhold milk for seven to ten days. Rather than throwing the milk out you can save it for soap and lotion. Milking is a lot of work to have to throw out the results of that work.

I try to use as little plastic as possible so I store my frozen milk in aluminum foil. To do this you must use a two step process. I measure out the amount I need for my soap recipe and pour it in to metal bread pans and put them into the freezer. The metal bread pans are somewhat pliable making the removal of the milk cubes easier. Once they are frozen solid I wrap the frozen milk in aluminum foil and place it back into the freezer for later use.