Homemade All Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo

homemade baby shampoo

My interest in nontoxic products started with my son. I have mentioned before how just fresh from the hospital, in the haze of no sleep and hour long nursing sessions something clicked in me, the products I used for personal care had toxins in them.

Almost immediately I threw everything out, and replaced them with more natural products but still store bought. Don’t get me wrong, some of those are way better, but can be pricey. So it was only natural that I started to look into making most of my own products.

What’s really wrong with conventional baby products?

Here are a couple of examples of the ingredients found in conventional products:

  • Quaternium 10 and 15: They are a group of chemicals used as preservatives, and are formaldehyde releasers. Although little evidence has been collected, they are suspected carcinogens. (source)
  • Parabens: A family of preservativhttp://naturallymindful.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=504&action=edites. Endocrine disruptors. (source)
  • PEGs: a Family of emulsifiers and cleansing agents. They open up the pores allowing toxins to enter the skin easily.  (source)

For further information click here to read 6 ingredients to avoid in baby products, and here for 10 chemicals to avoid in beauty products.

Now, let’s talk cost

This recipe uses 6 oz of Dr. Bronner’s Baby-Mild Castille soap. I buy this 32 oz bottle at $13.03, which means the cost of 6 oz is $2.44, the rest of the ingredients come to pennies for the amount used as well. I don’t know you but natural, safe, and cheap sounds really good to me!

Homemade All Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo

This recipe combines the calming effects of chamomile and the gentleness of pure castille soap, making it gentle enough for even newborns.

  • 6 oz Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid castille soap (where to buy)
  • 1 tsp herbal infused oil. I used calendula and chamomile (find them here) see tutorial for infused oil here.
  • 10 drops of pure chamomile essential oil (find it here)

Using a clean container (such as these) and a small funnel (like these), add all ingredients. Shake gently before each use.

To use:

This recipe can be use as is, or you can dilute a squirt in a small amount of water in a small bowl with each use. Which is what I used to when my son was a small baby.



Shelf life: 6 months.


About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.


  1. my 9 month old has sensitive skin. you think the oils will make it worse?

    • Naturally Mindful says:

      It’s possible. My son had eczema early on and even essential oils would aggravate his skin. You can skip the essential and just use the castille soap and herb infused oil. If you find even that being to harsh on your baby’s skin try diluting the castille soap with some water. Hope that helps!

  2. There are a number of essential oils that help with eczema, I’ve had issues with it throughout my adult life and essential oils have helped. You have to really research the product though, because there’s no regulation on them and many use synthetic fragrances and/or other oils as fillers. Look for certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. I recommend the brand doTerra. They have worked well with my eczema and are so pure you can ingest them. Each batch is also tested 12 different ways by a 3rd party company. It’s a great product for safety and sensitive children

  3. I’m so happy to see this! I have been so frustrated with trying to find better products for my son. Thank you

  4. Can I just use the Castile soap by itself, would it be too drying for a newborn?

    • Hi Melissa. It may. You can certainly use just castille soap but I suggest diluting in in a small amount a water. I forgot to mention this in my post before, I just added a little note on this.

  5. Could you sub different essential oils like lavender or tea tree?

    • Hi Meighan. Yes, absolutely. I’m not so sure I’d personally use tea tree in this shampoo but lavender would be wonderful it could be a great night time bath.

  6. I also have Dr Bronner’s baby soap, but one suggestion is, be careful not to get it in the baby’s eyes. It burns.

  7. Thanks so much for this recipe! I just shared it on my blog.


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