Citrus + Chamomile Soapnut Shampoo

Posted on 13 November 2015
Author:Emilia Obiekea

Soap nuts are a great cleansing fruit. Produces a lot of suds so it reminds you of traditional soaps. They are able to do this because they are a saponin. The fruit pulp is what creates the suds.
This is a great cleansing recipe for those with skin sensitivity and scalp issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Check it out.

Citrus + Chamomile Soapnut Shampoo


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Mesh strainer
A pot
1 muslin bag
 1 dye applicator bottle

1-2 ice trays



6 seedless soap nuts
4 cups of distilled water
1 peel of a whole lemon or lime
1 tablespoon of horsetail
2 tablespoons of chamomile
1 tablespoon of coconut nectar *great vegan humectant



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  • Add the following to a muslin bag: soap nuts, citrus fruit peel, chamomile, horsetail
  • Put the bag in a pot of distilled water. Bring it to a boil.  
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer for approx 30 minutes. *Do not cover. It can boil over due to bubbles.
  • Turn off heat, let it cool and strain well.
  • Stir in coconut nectar and it's ready for use.



  • Pour 2-4 oz into a dye applicator bottle. 
  • Apply directly to scalp. Massage well for a few minutes. Rinse well.
  • Follow up with a rinse out conditioner and the rest of your regimen.


    Store for next time
    • Pour the remaining sudsy infused water in an ice cube tray.
    • Freeze and store in freezer bags.
    • When ready to cleanse your hair just get a few cubes out, let them thaw and use as normal.

      Give it a try and share your experience in the comment section.
      Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Be sure you do not have an allergy to any of the ingredients. It is always suggested to do a test patch prior to full use of any new product. If you have questions or concerns consult a physician.

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