Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Make Your Own DIY Shampoo

Published on Oct 01, 2013 in Facts

The world of DIY cosmetics is growing in leaps and bounds. This is because with the advent of the internet and sites like Youtube and online forums. There are so many ways to create your own blend of shampoo or body cream.  It makes you wonder why you would ever buy a bottle of shampoo ever again! But the truth of the matter is that although DIY shampoo and soap can be cheaper they are not always as good as the big brand soaps. There is the element of quality control and the recipe that comes into play. Companies manufacturing shampoos have done their homework and know exactly what it takes to create a shampoo that works. We have even written our own DIY shampoo and face serum tutorials. They can be fun to make but they aren’t without risks. DIY shampoo can sometimes leave you worse off. It is best to do your homework before you decide to go down the DIY path. I have laid out 5 reasons why you maybe shouldn’t make your own DIY shampoo.

1) Quality of Ingredients

Your shampoo is only as good as the ingredients it contains. Although you may think that all essential oils are the same this is not always the case. It comes down to the source. Some essential oils are purer than others. When you buy from a reputable cosmetics company you can rest easy knowing they are using the purest and best essential oil they can find. The bottle of essential oil you get a Walmart may be cheaper but you get what you pay for. These more affordable brand of oils’ therapeutic qualities can differ slightly, even within different strains of the same plant grown in different locations. The less quality oil will lack some of the therapeutic properties found in other purer version. So your shampoo may smell the same but it may not be as helpful.  It comes down to synergy and balance to create a cosmetic that works amazing.

2) Synergy



As discussed above, synergy plays a key role in any effective therapeutic formula. The definition of synergy is: The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; What this means is, if you take the correct quantity of A, B, and C and mix them together, as long as all factors align the resulting formula of ABC is much more effective than using A, B, or C on its own. This is the basis for all recipes. When you mix every ingredient in its proper measurement you are left with something delicious that is more than the sum of its parts. When you mix your own DIY shampoo you run the risk of jeopardizing synergy that could lead to a shampoo that doesn’t work. Cosmetic companies do their homework and employ scientists that will find the perfect balance of ingredients to produce specific results. Although you may have all the correct elements you may not get the results you desire.

3) Balance

Much like synergy, balance is the key to a quality product. In order to effectively produce a formula it is dire that you have the correct quantity of each ingredient. A slight variation can result in a complete imbalance. What this means is that there is a chance that if you have the wrong balance of ingredients you can do more harm than good. Essential oils and other elements react with each other in different ways. Moreover, A small difference in quantity can spoil the whole batch. You can think of it like baking. Baking is a science that requires you to have exact proportions. Not only that timing is important as well When to mix which ingredients with each other etc… Another important thing to note is that if the formula doesn’t balance well with the ingredients already contained in the shampoo, you will ultimately be wasting your time.

4) Quantity

Read your shampoo ingredients carefully..

Read your shampoo ingredients carefully..

Too much or too little of an ingredient can spoil the whole meal. When it comes to cosmetics you are dealing with different variables. If you are unfamiliar with an ingredient you may feel the need to add more than needed. This is why I recommend you leave it to the professionals. There is no doubt that most of the people in the DIY shampoo community have done their research. The thing is that they can be offering a shampoo that works well for them and using specific quantities that work with their body chemistry. This is something to be aware of both from the side of effectiveness and the side of possible toxicity.

5) Limits

Many people have asked if they added only one of the ingredients if that would help. Selecting any ingredient with therapeutic properties and adding it independently to a compatible base can harbor the individual benefits. This by no means compares to the power of a quality synergy blend. Bottom-line if you want the best bang for your buck shelling out a couple of dollars for shampoo may be your best bet. There is no denying that adding a bit of tea tree or argan oil can benefit your hair. However cosmetic manufactures tailor make their shampoos to give your hair a full clean. Adding that one essential oil may only give you a percentage of the benefits a proper shampoo could.

When dealing with your health, playing scientists by attempting to enhance manufactured cosmetics is something you may not want to start to experiment with. Make sure the product you’re using has a formula proven to be effective.