No More Poo

**UPDATE** Sept. 20, 2015 — I wanted to let my readers know of my recent problem with this recipe. A few weeks ago my hair started getting sticky. And by sticky I mean it felt like I conditioned with honey and then never rinsed it out.  I had been using this ‘no poo’ for over a month and was severely disappointed because I was worried I was going to have to switch back to a regular shampoo again.

I started doing some research and realized that not every hair type reacts well to honey, olive oil — which I used both in this recipe. I started thinking, “I have oily hair, why am I adding extra moisturizers?” So I remade the recipe just a bit different and for the past couple weeks I’ve been having fabulous results again.

Keep in mind that every hair needs a different type of nurture. So feel free to experiment with the recipe below as well as the recipe updates I list. Do what feels right for your hair.

Here is what I did differently:

  • I took out the honey and olive oil completely
  • I lower the amount of water to 1 cup
  • I upped the amount of Castile soap to 1 cup
  • and I added a drop of vitamin E oil in for some moisturization.ORIGINAL POST: Aug. 21, 2015

For about two years now I have been unsuccessfully trying to go ‘no poo.’ Before your imagination goes to places I’m not comfortable writing about, the no poo method refers to the idea of washing one’s hair without using shampoo.

Shampoo is full of chemicals, and as I’ve stated before in my blogs, I am trying to eliminate chemicals from my home. Although I’ve found numerous substitutes for other household items — such as vinegar instead of bleach — it was hard to give up shampoo.

After lots of online research I found many other bloggers talking about how great baking soda works for washing hair. I was so excited to try it and it worked — for about 2 weeks. After a couple weeks, the oil would build up so much in my hair that it almost looked as though my hair was constantly wet. I’d break down and shampoo.

The funny thing about shampoo is it actually makes your body produce more oil because it strips away all of the oil — even the needed oils. Then your body overcompensates and produces more oil and at a faster rate. So each time I’d cave and go back to shampoo, I would naturally start producing more oil.

About a month ago I stumbled upon a coconut milk based no-poo recipe. I bought all the ingredients about a week later. Now, after using it for three weeks, I am positive I have found my solution.

It smells great, my hair feels and looks healthy and I no longer feel as though I need to wear a hat.


Coconut Milk ‘No Poo’


  • ⅓ cup Castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon oil (can be olive, almond or avocado — I used olive)
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 20-30 drops of essential oil — (I’d recommend lemon or lavender for normal or oily hair and rosemary for dry or dandruffy hair)
  • Vitamin E (Optional — this will not only be healthy for your hair but will act as a natural preservative for the coconut milk; I didn’t add this to mine)



  1. Heat water to nearly boiling
  2. Dissolve honey in the water
  3. Pour into chosen shampoo container (an old shampoo bottle would work great, otherwise an old salad dressing bottle could work)
  4. Add Castile soap, oil, coconut milk and essential oil to bottle
  5. Swirl gently — shaking will cause it to foam up and spill over

Note: Before each use, gently swirl — the ingredients will separate.

4 Responses

  1. Ben Hanson

    I’ve been using Bronner’s castile soap as an all-purpose body wash and shampoo for the past 3-4 years… all by itself. It lathers great and rinses clean (although it doesn’t leave your wet hair feeling all that soft, it does dry soft). If you’re feeling lazy, give it a try. You might not need to hassle with the added ingredients.

    1. kristinkirtz

      I actually just tried that on Monday! And I agree it works great. I do like the added benefits for my hair when using honey and coconut milk though. But either way it is way better for your hair than using shampoo 🙂

  2. JTaylor

    You Do realize that there are still “chemicals” in your mix ,,,,right?

    The soap contains Sodium Hydroxide(Lye).
    During the heating phase of making this the oils and sugars are probably undergoing some polymerization creating other chemicals that are close to the polymers found in off the shelf products. BTW, the sugars and oils are also technically speaking “chemicals”. It’s just that they aren’t being named by their chemical names.

    You mention vinegar in your article…dilute ascetic acid(3% normally).
    How about that baking soda? Sodium Bicarbonate.
    trying to get away from “chemicals” is just not realizing that everything is a chemical.

    1. kristinkirtz

      That is a good point! I guess what I should be saying is “natural” instead of chemical free. Like you say, not all chemicals are bad!

      I am by no means an expert on any of this 🙂 Just trying to live a bit more healthy.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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