Monika Baptista

Monika is a mom to 3 little lovebugs living in sunny Southern California. She loves to laugh, write, craft, play and try new DIY projects. She started Life With Lovebugs as a way to share all of her household tips, recipes and playtime activities with other moms. Today the site has grown to be a resource for moms that she never imagined possible! In her spare time, she enjoys making items to sell in her online shop The Lovebug Collection.


  1. Ashley Chassereau Parks
    March 3, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Wow!! What a great idea! I’ve started making my own laundry soap and have wanted to start making my own shampoo (not only is it healthier… but probably costs less too)! I didn’t know where to start…. this is a great help! Thank you for posting!

    • Monika B.
      March 3, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

      I make laundry soap too! There’s such a great sense of accomplishment when you make useful items yourself. Thanks for visiting my site! -Monika

  2. laurie damrose
    March 4, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I will try this !Great idea.

  3. lisa
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Does the vinegar leave an odor in your hair?

    • Monika B.
      March 4, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

      There is a light scent of the vinegar when I get out of the shower, but as my hair dries I can’t smell it anymore. I’ve been experimenting with making scented vinegar, so I’ll let you know if I have any luck! -Monika

  4. Bev @ The Make Your Own Zone
    March 4, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    Your hair looks wonderful and shiny in the picture. I’ve been rather curious about a homemade shampoo with castile soap but haven’t been brave enough to try it yet. I read something that the ph is too high in castille soap and it will dry your hair, but the more I checked into that it sounds like if you dilute the soap (like you did) then you’re OK and it’s not so drying. Pinned your recipe and will work up my courage :)

    • Monika B.
      March 4, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

      Yes, if you don’t dilute the soap it would be much to drying. If you have dry hair, be sure to use the apple cider vinegar rinse. It help to balance the ph. -Monika

  5. Jessica Snow
    March 5, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Your hair looks great. I have very greasy hair to begin with so I wouldn’t try to the baking soda one. I will try this though. Thanks for the tips!

  6. ne-knopka
    March 7, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    Great idea!

  7. ne-knopka
    March 7, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    Like to try this

  8. Janette
    October 30, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Hi there! Thanks so much for the great looking recipe. I enjoy homemade things and also think this could save money on shampoo, especially because I prefer to buy organic shampoo when possible. I am just wondering if you have any recommendations about where to purchase the ingredients? Do they have these at the supermarket, or do you need to go to a health food store?

    • Monika Monika
      October 31, 2013 @ 9:43 am

      Hi Janette! The castile soap and grapeseed oil I have seen at some Targets and Walmarts but I have never seen essential oils anywhere but a health food store. You can also get all of the ingredients on Amazon. I hope that helps! -Monika

  9. Diana M.
    December 6, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Do we need to use all the herbs in the list for our hair type? I also have dermatitis and would like to know if I need to combine all the herbs in both lists together or just lick a few?

    • Monika Monika
      December 6, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

      No, you don’t have to use all of them. I only add Rosemary & Peppermint to my shampoo since I have oily hair. Just a pick a few, hope that helps! -monika

  10. Jordan
    February 6, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    When you say “1/4 c castile” is that 1/4 c of soap shavings or 1/4 c liquid castile?

    • Monika Monika
      February 7, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

      I use a 1/4c of liquid castile soap. -Monika

  11. amy
    March 23, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    If you dont have grapeseed oil what can you use in its place?

    • Monika Monika
      March 24, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

      I like to use grapeseed oil because it’s light. I have tried not adding it, but my hair ends up dry. Almond oil, or jojoba would probably work. I wouldn’t use olive oil, its too heavy. Hope that helps! -Monika

  12. Jen
    March 27, 2014 @ 9:51 am

    One thing that confuses me with DIY recipes using essential oils: When you say 15-20 drops is that the sum total of all oils – as in 5 drops of four different kinds of oils which totals 20 – or does that mean 15-20 drops of each individual oil?

    Most of the recipes I’ve come across do not clearly state one way or the other. I guess most people already know, but I’ve just started trying to detoxify my life and have ominous visions of folicular nightmares if I err (plus it gets too doggone expensive to toss and redo ;o)

    • Monika Monika
      April 1, 2014 @ 10:41 am

      I can see how that would be confusing! :) I use 15 drops of each essential oil. -monika

  13. Brooke
    June 20, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    Hi there! I saw your recipe and it sounded wonderful so I decided to try it! it’s only my 4th day and I know there’s an adjustment period but my hair feels like there’s a residue in it. I’m rinsing as thoroughly as I can but I am thinking I’m usisng too much shampoo. how much would you recommend using and would you suggest to comb the Apple cider vinegar through your hair?

    • Monika Monika
      June 22, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

      I’m not sure of the exact measurement because I just squirt a little from the squeeze bottle. Maybe 1 tbsp? And yes, I do comb the ACV through my hair when I do the rinse. The ACV should be removing the residue, but if its really bad you can try adding baking soda to your shampoo to help. You can either add it to the actual shampoo mixture, or you can lather up your hair then take about 1 tsp of baking soda and work it into the roots, then rinse.

  14. Snegurochka
    August 30, 2014 @ 5:55 am

    How often do you use this shampoo/ACV? Do you use it as “no-poo” method or instead of regular shampoo as often as needed? I have very fine, thin hair and wash every day. I want to swich to something natural for a health of my hair. Thank you for the recipe, its sound very good and I would like to try :).

    • Monika Monika
      September 3, 2014 @ 8:10 am

      I use this daily, and once a week I use a store bought clarifying shampoo. I haven’t figured out a homemade clarifying treatment yet, but I’ll be doing that soon! -Monika

  15. Kelly
    February 18, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

    I make a very similar shampoo and pour it into an empty foaming handsoap bottle. It pumps out in a frothy fluff and works great. I will definitely try your recipe next!

  16. Joanne
    October 6, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

    Hi! In your update you said you used essential oils in the place of steeping herbs. I would like to use this method as I don’t really have the patience for steeping ;). How much oil did you use in replacement of the herbs? And I assume this was in addition to the oils you already have in the recipe? I would think that too many oils would make it oily…? But I’ve never made my own shampoo/conditioner so I have no idea… But I LOVE essential oils. (Ex: would you use 10-15 drops of Rosemary in addition to 10-15 drops of peppermint?)

  17. carolyn
    January 10, 2016 @ 6:48 pm

    My hair feels great, but it almost looks wet. Maybe from the coconut oil in the soap. I have really fine, thin hair. Anything you can recommend to make it look less greasy.

    • Monika Monika
      January 21, 2016 @ 8:41 am

      If my hair gets too oily I usually use a face powder brush to apply
      arrowroot powder to the roots. I apply it at night and by morning my hair is back to normal. If you have dark hair and want to use it during the day, you can add cocoa powder to the arrowroot so that it’s less noticeable. Hope that helps! -monika