Adding Scent to Homemade Shampoo

Scent can excite or relax our senses, and have a strong link to memory. Besides all that, the right scent can also have a magical effect in the romantic areas of your life. Adding scents to everyday, personal products, such as homemade shampoo, is a creative and simple way to involve fragrance blends in your life.

One of the best areas to add a light scent to is in the hair. Hair has a natural tendency to retain fragrance, as anyone who has ever sniffed their tresses after sitting in front of a smoky campfire knows. As long as you're certain about the scent you're adding, it's a breeze to make your own fragrant, homemade shampoo.

The quickest way to make scented shampoo only requires two ingredients. Buy a bottle of your favorite, unscented shampoo and add a few drops your favorite perfume. Mix the scent into the shampoo and check the overall fragrance. Add more perfume if needed. Remember to only use a little perfume at a time, since it is easier to add more fragrance than it is to remove too much.

If you want to try creating your own, unique scent blend, make sure to use the proper products. Herbal infusions, essential oils and fragrant oils are the most commonly used agents. Never use extracts, such as vanilla extract. These products are meant for baking, not for perfume creation and tend to do nothing for your hair.

The most popular scents for homemade shampoo include rosemary, rose, jasmine, vanilla, lilac, lavender, sandalwood and lemon. The most popular light secondary scents include orange, sage, chamomile, peppermint, cedar and basic musk. However, there are many more selections you can play with, including lime, grapefruit, strawberry, ylang ylang, basil, ginger and eucalyptus.

To create around two cups of soothing homemade shampoo that helps your hair and calms your senses, start with rosemary infused water. Add your soap, six drops of lavender essential oil, two drops of vanilla essential oil and two drops of sandalwood essential oil. Gently mix shampoo together and store in a lidded container.

For around two cups of an eye-opening homemade shampoo, mix your water with the soap. Add four drops of peppermint essential oil, two drops lemon essential oil and two drops grapefruit essential oil. Gently mix shampoo together and store in a lidded container.

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