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How To Make Your Own Tea Tree Shampoo

How To Make Your Own Tea Tree Shampoo

Tea Tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a concentrated oil from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia; a tree native to Australia. It was introduced to the Western world by Captain James Cook in 1732. Since then it has been used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and as an analgesic for sore muscles. It is still one of the most popular essential oils today. As well as its many medicinal benefits, Tea Tree oil also has a number of benefits for your hair including:

1. Tea Tree Oil Eliminates Dandruff

This condition is often caused by a dry scalp. Because Tea Tree oil moisturizes the scalp and hair, it helps you control dandruff.

2. Tea Tree Oil Helps To Strengthen Hair

Natural Tea Tree oil shampoo will ensure that your hair follicles do not get clogged with harsh chemicals that that can make your hair dry and brittle.



The main reason to take the time to make your own Tea Tree oil shampoo is because you can be sure it contains only natural ingredients. Most store-bought shampoos contain harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals that can be harmful for your hair and skin. For example:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: this agent gives your shampoo its foaming effects but can be harsh on your hair. 
  • Amodimethicone: this polymer seals in moisture and makes your hair feel smooth after conditioning. However, it can prevent the scalp from breathing, resulting in a thinning of your hair.
  • DEA (diethanolamine): this foaming agent is a known carcinogen and can also result in skin and eye irritation.

As well as protecting your scalp and hair from harsh chemicals, when you make your own shampoo, you can create a balanced blend that will suit your own particular hair type. 


For each recipe, combine the ingredients in a jar, screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously until they are thoroughly mixed. Store in a cool place, preferably in a dark glass container.

For Dry/Damaged Hair

For Oily Hair

For Fine Hair

Note: Store in fridge. Shelf life: 1 week

Always shake the shampoo you’ve created well before using. Although it may not create the foamy lather that you are used to with store-bought shampoos, you can rest assured that your homemade shampoo is not only keeping your hair clean and healthy, it is also protecting you from the harmful chemicals found in many manufactured personal hygiene products.


*This information is provided as a courtesy to our customers. Please exercise proper safety when working with essential oils and use them at your own risk. For those new to essential oils, we recommend consulting a certified aromatherapist for individual guidelines as we do not know what conditions, medications and allergies you may have and want to be certain our customers are safe.


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8 Responses

Edens Garden

July 23, 2018

Hi Tamie! If this is too much, we recommend halving or quartering the recipe.


July 23, 2018

I see that it only has a 1 week shelf-life. A cup of shampoo can go a long way. Unless you have a large family, it seems you should cut this recipe way down.

Edens Garden

May 30, 2018

Hi Cristy! Yes, we recommend storing in the fridge.


May 30, 2018

Do these three recipes have to stored in the fridge?

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Heidi! Castile soap doesn’t always do well in hard water, but you may try it.


January 17, 2018

Can you use unscented Castile soap as a shampoo base?

Edens Garden

December 04, 2017

Hi Heidi! Shampoo base is difficult to make, and best bought if you’re a beginner formulator. We purchased ours on Amazon


December 04, 2017

This maybe a silly question.. but what would be a Shampoo Base? Is this something that can be made as well or purchased>