DIY Kauai Coconut Shampoo

December 11, 2014 3:54 pm


Okay, so my co-worker/ hair guru might kill me for making my own shampoo, but hey… if it works it works!

On my recent escape to Kauai I was hungry to soak up as much of the island as possible. I ate loads of island grow fruits, swam in the ocean, and generally tried to allow the beautiful Hawaiian air to enter every single cell of my body.
But I still wanted more (typical island behaviour.)


I decided to try a recipe to soak up even more Kauai, this time through my hair! Using fresh local coconut milk, a touch of vitamin E,  and my absolute favourite organic Dr.Bronner’s Lavender castile soap (I’m weirdly obsessed with this stuff), I made my own shampoo.
This all seems a bit too hippie/west coast, but I swear…it worked! It took less than 5 minutes to make, and my hair was silky smooth. dreamcreate-coconut-shampoo-diy5

I’ve started making it at home in Canada now, with store bought coconut milk, and it’s just as good. I also find my usually knotted hair has way fewer knots and I can go an extra day without shampooing. So if you want to experience a little touch of island life with me here’s my recipe!


1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castile soap (I depend on Dr.Bronner’s in Lavender, which is also the most insanely good household cleaner)
1 tsp oil (I’ve tried vitamin E and jojoba which both work well)
10-20 drops essential oil of your choice (since I used the lavender castile soap I skipped this step)


I’ve found this shampoo lasts about 2 weeks, so I’m not sure about a shelf life beyond that point. If you’re worried about the coconut milk going bad, just make half the amount.
I also use this stuff as body wash,  it works great and smells so nice!dreamcreate-coconut-shampoo-diy6

dreamcreate-coconut-shampoo-diy-1So what do you guys think? Way to hippie, or just easy and natural enough to be awesome?!




  • So up my hippie alley! I am totally going to try this, love love sounds delicious xx

  • You might lose brownie points from your hair guru but you GAIN brownie points from this girl! Definitely sharing with our community!

    ps….you have also pleasantly surprised me with your castille love <3

    See you soon! <3

    • Alana

      OMG are you a fellow castile soap lover? Once I start talking about that stuff it gets embarrassing…
      Can I redeem those brownie points at Green Kiss? 😉

      Thanks for leaving me a message lovely, see you soon!!

  • Thanks for sharing this!

    I’ve been making my own deodorant using coconut oil and baking soda for the past couple years – I didn’t like the idea of the chemicals in commercial deodorant, but I’ve also found that the “natural” deodorants from the store generally don’t work AT ALL. My homemade stuff takes 30 seconds to make, smells great, lasts LONGER than the commercial type, and it’s healthier too! Win-win-win.

    Coconut is kind of amazing 🙂

  • Nadia

    Can’t wait to try it. I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I use the peppermint one with olive oil and Epsom salt to make a body scrub.

    • Alana

      Hey Nadia! I love your body scrub recipe, I’m going to have to try it myself! I love finding other Dr.Bronners enthusiasts, it’s just so good at everything.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      xo Alana

  • Genevieve

    love your ideas!

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