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All you need are two ingredients to make the best shampoo ever.  It lathers wonderfully, has a lovely perfume-free fragrance and rinses clean.  It also makes a fabulous body wash.  I love it for my kids because I don’t have to worry about the toxic chemicals that are in the supposedly-natural “baby shampoos” out there.  The recipe was adapted from One Good Thing by Jillee.

Coconut Lavender Shampoo
1 part coconut milk
1 part castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap)
optional: a few drops of almond oil, jojoba oil or your favourite essential oil

Mix all in a bottle.  If you used plain castile soap but want a lavender fragrance, use lavender essential oil.  You can keep the bottle in your shower, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.  Shake before using each time.  I found mine kept well for 7 days.

David Suzuki has an excellent article on the harmful chemicals in personal care products on his website here.  There is a link for a printable pocket guide to keep in your wallet and take shopping.  Handy!

I haven’t made homemade hair conditioner yet, but I very much like and recommend vegan and biodegradable conditioners by Live Clean and Desert Essence.   Both these products claim they are free of: parabens (suspected of messing with our hormones and causing cancer), Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (petroleum-derived irritant), phosphates (additive that negatively impacts aquatic life) and animal testing (cruel and utterly unnecessary).   So hurray for personal care products that are safe and effective.  And they are reasonably priced too!