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Lush Big Shampoo

March 23, 2016

I have loved Lush products since I was a little girl. Lip scrubs and bath bombs. Deodorant and shampoo bars. Mmm…just think of the scents when you enter the store. I love it! You know what I love more? Our very own homemade Lush Big Shampoo.


What shampoo do you use? For a while now, I have been using the squeaky clean shampoo bar. I was totally obsessed—hence the “was”. With tea tree and rosemary essential oils and hints of violets, I was told from the very second I set my eyes on one in stores. The smell of squeaky clean reminds me of baby violets perfume which I grew up using. It takes me back to my childhood days!



Or, better said, took me back to. When I went to Lush at Millennia Mall during the holidays to buy my wife’s favorite shampoo bar called Scenic, the bearer of bad news informed me that Squeaky Clean had just been discontinued a few weeks prior. I was absolutely devastated! Even that is an understatement. She quickly found a solution for me, Big Shampoo. I saw the price tag of $26 for a small bottle and was hesitant to purchase it because I had never tried it before. She offered me a small sample {super groovy, right?} and told me to take it home, try it out and see how I like it.


Well, truth be told, I loved it! The coarse sea salt not only exfoliated my scalp but was soothing. The smell of lime and flowers in my hair hours after having washed my hair was relaxing. Best of all, my hair stayed conditioned without applying conditioner after use. Big Shampoo was basically like an all-in-one except it actually worked unlike Pert and other weird stuff. I considered purchasing it in stores yet still hesitant to do so because of the price being so high and size being so small. I mean, what are you spent $26 on a bottle of shampoo smaller than the palm of your hand? I know, right? Super skeptical.


As a crunchy littler homemaker would, I went on Lush’s website to read through the ingredients of Big Shampoo.  Surprisingly enough, there were very few ingredients {some were still questionable} this made it easier to recreate.



As I used my last few drops of my shampoo sample, I noticed that my wife’s scenic shampoo bar was running low, too. I told her my idea about developing a copycat recipe of Lush Big Shampoo and she was on board.


We had basically all of the materials for the exception of coarse sea salt. We went out and bought some and came home eager to start planning. We tested a few samples and have finally come up with a solid recipe for a wonderful copycat Lush Big Shampoo . I think it would be safe to say that our recipe is even better. Let’s keep it our little secret. It’s everything I have wanted and more from a shampoo!


With history of psoriasis on my scalp, I need the best of the best stuff to wash my hair. I have super oily hair and sweat lots during my workouts on a daily basis and I basically have been washing my hair every single day for years. With our Lush Big Shampoo, I don’t have to do that anymore—obviously if I’ve killed my workout I will wash my hair out. I don’t even have to use conditioner because the coconut oil inside moisturizes my hair from root to tip. As long as I rinse my hair with cold water at the end of my shower, the hair follicles and cuticles seal keeping my hair tamed all day.



The baking soda I added to smooth my scalp and, in turn, makes my hair really soft. The essential oils we chose work to strengthen, protect and enhance the overall health of our hair. I went a little bit overboard with the castile soap (feel free to use less) because I wanted my shampoo to still have suds just as store-bought shampoo has.


The original Lush Big Shampoo didn’t have nearly as much suds as I would typically like so I made sure that my homemade version does. That’s the thing about crunchy beauty products and making everything yourself homemade…You can customize everything in anyway if you want to tailor to your wants and needs, just like I’ve done with our family’s new favorite homemade Big Shampoo.


Have you gone crunchy or are you still buying store-bought shampoo and conditioner? I don’t think I’ll ever go back to buying shampoo bars or shampoo period now that my wife and I have come up with the perfect copycat lush big shampoo. I loved having a shampoo bar but I always missed having something a bit more liquid to really get in the grooves. Our new shampoo has wonderful wholesome ingredients that are detoxifying and infuse hair with the vitamins and minerals it needs. I poured our first batch into an empty Lush container but my second batch didn’t fit because the container was too small so I put it in a wide-mouth ball mason jar leaving just enough airspace to throw in a mini scooper to measure out the right amount of shampoo each time we shower. How cool is that? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!



My routine is to open up the mason jar and scoop the perfect sampling of my Big Shampoo into my hand to lather up my hair and let it soak in all of the nutrients. As long as I’m not traveling in a really cold place, I make sure not to forget bringing along a small mason jar of Big Shampoo and to add the final touches of a cold water rinse when I’m done. I can bet you money that the cold water is what leaves my hair even more silky smooth than before.


Test out and let me know. Always remember that you can tweak the recipe to your liking and switch out any ingredients for some you’d rather use than others. We truly hope you enjoy! This is definitely a family favorite for us and we’d love to hear if this works out just as swell for you.


Want to see a recipe for something sold in stores but don’t see it on my blog? Shoot me an email to eHealed@gmail.com or leave me a comment below.





Lush Big Shampoo


Your hair will stay well conditioned without applying conditioner after using our Lush Big Shampoo infused with essential oils, sea salt & more.



Prep time:  2 mins

Cook time:  3 mins

Total time:  5 mins

Makes: 8-10 oz








Essential Oils





  1. Bring coconut oil to room temperature. Juice lemons.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice and castile soap. Mix in the sea salt and add the baking soda. Whisk together as you add essential oils.

  3. Pour into an empty Lush container or mason jar. Store in your shower (preferably with a scooper).



  • All essential oils are interchangeable.

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