Soap Nuts Shampoo Recipe and a Giveaway

Soap Nuts Shampoo

**Here are the winners:**

  • Barbara says, “I’ve never heard of these, but I’d love to try them. Thanks for the giveaway.”
  • Dee W. says, “Would love to try. Maybe we should plant some of these on our farm.”
  • Abi says, “I “like” Nutz 4 soap on fb!”
  • RB says, “Ohhhhh, I would love to win the soap nuts! I have heard a lot about them on my GFCF boards, but they are pricey on Amazon so I would love to try b4 I buy :) Thanks for this neat giveaway opp!”
  • VickiRae L. says, “I never knew of soap nuts, so nifty. I already make my own laundry soap so it would be nice to make my shampoo too.”
  • Margarita says, “Would love to try this, I recently found two recipes for making shampoo and conditioner with coconut oil and sweet almond oil, so trying new natural ways to clean my hair and my son’s will give more options. I had my thyroid removed in Oct, and was having issues with breakage and loss, first I stopped shampooing so much, then switched to natural cleansers, and then started taking Krill oil. Now my hair is starting to thicken and grow!”
  • Sharon says, “I’d love to try this! thanks!!”
  • Michelle M. says, “I’ve tried soap nuts for laundry but not shampoo yet, what a great idea!”
  • Angela says, “I would be interested in trying these. Thanks for introducing me to them!”
  • Lindsay T. says, “Would love to try this”

All winners have been notified via email with further instructions.  Stay tuned to The Thrifty Mama for upcoming giveaways!

Many people know that Soap Nuts are a a great eco-friendly alternative to laundry detergent. But did you know that you can make your own shampoo and body wash with soap nuts as well?

Here’s a really easy recipe for Soap Nuts Shampoo.

Ingredients:

  • 8 Soap Nuts (without the seeds) in a cloth bag
  • 4-5 cups of water

Directions:

Bring water and Soap Nuts to a boil in a medium sauce pan (usually your order of soap nuts comes with a bag).  Reduce heat and simmer for about twenty minutes, and then remove from heat. Let cool, and then squeeze the bag of soap nuts creating suds (make sure they are no longer hot!).  Rinse and squeeze again.  Repeat this for as many times as you like.

Soap Nuts Pieces

Aren’t these little babies beautiful? When choosing soap nuts, it’s important that you order pieces without the seeds. This is because you pay per pound when buying soap nuts, and the seeds are what weigh the most. The seeds can actually discolor your clothes too if you use these as a laundry detergent, so remove seeds if you find any.

Soap Nuts Soaking for Shampoo

Pour your liquid into an old shampoo bottle or some other squeeze bottle.  I used an old California Baby bottle that we had on hand.  Use a little on your hair when showering, and you can even use this as a body wash. Just keep in mind that this will not have the thick and sudsy consistency that you are used to in shampoos. And a little goes a long way!  You can also use this on babies and kids, but just keep it away from eyes because it will burn a little like soap does.

For a leave-in conditioner I recommend either coconut oil or Bhringaraj Oil (this one promotes hair growth and strengthening). Just don’t use too much, if any, oil in your hair for a few weeks while your hair adjusts.  Your hair is used to over-producing oil because of shampoos and chemicals that strip the hair.  When using a natural product, your hair will have to adjust to not producing as much oil.

Even after all of this, my soap nuts still have enough life in them to clean some laundry. I received these soap nuts to try out from Nuts 4 Soap, and they also want to give some away to my readers.

10 winners will each win a sample pack of Soap Nuts.

Here’s how to enter:

1.  Just leave a comment here on this post. That’s it!

For Extra Entries:

2. Tweet about this giveaway, 3. like Nutz 4 Soap on Facebook or 4. Blog about this giveaway and leave an extra comment for each one you do. Be sure to link to where you blogged or tweeted.  Optional Tweet:

Want to make your own eco-friendly shampoo with Soap Nuts? Enter to win: http://bit.ly/fGwOb9 #soapnuts @CrystalECollins

Please be sure to read all giveaway guidelines and disclosures before entering. Giveaway ends March 11, 2011 at 9pm EST.

194 Comments:
  1. I would love to try these, I have heard so many good things about them!

  2. I never knew of soap nuts, so nifty. I already make my own laundry soap so it would be nice to make my shampoo too.

  3. I’d like to try this, but what are the benefits of soap nuts v. regular soap???

  4. We love soap nut but have not used them for hair or body wash. can’t wait to try it.

  5. I have been using baking soda. I may have to try this. I also use it to lanolize my longies

  6. That sounds terrific, would love to give them a try :)

  7. I have never heard of these but would love to try!!

  8. I have never heard of these before. I would love to give them a try!

  9. I would love to win, I have never heard of soap nuts, totally neat.

  10. That is really cool. I have some, I think I’ll try it! Thanks!

  11. Thanks, I’d never heard of soap nuts but would love to try them !

  12. Very interesting. It’s worth a try. We did start our summer garden already, thanks to you!

  13. I’ve been wanting to try these, just haven’t gotten any yet.

  14. I have 3 boys, so I could use some more laundry soap. Thanks for the chance to win a sample!

  15. I’ve had my eye on soap nuts ever since I was cloth diapering my daughter. Never tried any, though I’d love to! Thanks!

  16. I’ve never even heard of soap nuts before! Now I hope I win because I would love to try some!

  17. How neat! I have never heard of these. Tks.

  18. I’m game…this is new to me!

  19. What a great idea and one that I would be willing to try! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. i’d love to win these! i’ve been curious about them for a while!

  21. and i, like, totally, like, Liked Nutz 4 Soap on, like, Facebook!

  22. I have been wanting to try soap nuts for a very long time! Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

  23. Ohhhhh, I would love to win the soap nuts! I have heard a lot about them on my GFCF boards, but they are pricey on Amazon so I would love to try b4 I buy :)
    Thanks for this neat giveaway opp!
    ~RB
    Homeschooling warrior momma to 4 sweet blessings

  24. I would love to try this out. Sounds like a great thing.

  25. Fantastic!! I would love to try something like this! On my way to being chemical free when it comes to soaps, etc and this would be a wonderful opportunity. Thanks!!

  26. I have been interested in soap nuts for a long time and would love to try them out!

  27. Would love to try this, I recently found two recipes for making shampoo and conditioner with coconut oil and sweet almond oil, so trying new natural ways to clean my hair and my son’s will give more options. I had my thyroid removed in Oct, and was having issues with breakage and loss, first I stopped shampooing so much, then switched to natural cleansers, and then started taking Krill oil. Now my hair is starting to thicken and grow!

  28. These sound great and I would love to try them!

  29. would love to win some of these!
    Thanks so much!

  30. Pick us! We make our own laundry soap but would love to make our own shampoo too!

  31. I only recently heard of soap nuts and was intrigued. I am so glad that you put in a recipe…..I really want to give it a try!

  32. i would love try something natural on my so long hairs and tons of laundry

  33. I have been wanting to try this for awhile now.

  34. I tried the vinegar approach a few years ago and got discouraged. I would love to get some of these soap nuts and give it another go. My hair/scalp is so oily every morning that I have to wash it. I am so curious about what my hair would be like after the detox period!

  35. I would love to try this–thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Never heard of soap nuts but would love to try to make the shampoo.

  37. I’ve never heard of soap nuts before either. Sounds cool!

  38. Is soap nuts only sold online? This is cool, I never seen this before, and would like to try it, and see if it smells good :).

  39. I never thought of making shampoo from soap nuts; how neat! Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. I have never heard of this, but my interest is peeked. How can I enter the drawing to try this in my home?

  41. I have never heard of this, but my interest is peeked. How can I enter the drawing to try this in my home?

  42. I have never heard of this, but my interest is peeked. How can I enter the drawing to try this in my home?

  43. This sounds neat. I would love the chance to try it with out having to invest in it right away. Thanks for the raffle entrance.

  44. I have never heard of soapnuts. I would love to see the tree that grows soapnuts. I have made my own laundry detergent from borax, washing soda, and Dr. Bronner’s baby mild soap. I love it and it saves me money. The soapnuts would be fun to try, but I would definitely need instructions. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  45. I never heard of these and would love to try them.

  46. Oh I have never heard of these but would love to try them :D
    Thank you for posting this and offering a sample.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Smiles
    Tanya

  47. Interesting. I would like to try this. Where are they grown?

  48. Sounds like a great way to clean and Liked them on FB!

  49. I would love to make my own shampoo! Very cool. Had never heard of
    “soap nuts.”

  50. I’ve tried soap nuts for laundry but not shampoo yet, what a great idea!

  51. Wow I never heard of these. I would love to try this.
    Thanks
    Olga

  52. I’ve heard of soap nuts, but have never used them. Would love a free sample! :-)

  53. I’ve been experienting with making my own shampoo – this seems much easier!! I’d love to try it out!!

  54. I would be interested in trying these. Thanks for introducing me to them!

  55. This sounds very interesting… I’ve never heard of soap nuts before. I’d love to try it!

  56. I have always wanted to try soap nuts. I think I will for sure now!

  57. I tried soap nuts a long time ago for our laundry but never ordered more. I would love to try them out again for our personal needs.

  58. We make our own laundry soap, but never heard of soap nuts. Very cool!

  59. This sounds very interesting! I would love to try it!

  60. I haven’t heard of these before this! Thanks for this giveaway and the info about these nutz!

  61. I’m a mom of kids with eczema and other skin problems. I would LOVE to try this!

  62. These are very interesting. And although I have heard a lot about them recently, I never knew where to buy them. I would love to try some and see how they work for us.

  63. A friend of mine was just telling me about these…I thought she was talking about people who were crazy about soap operas!!! I would love to give them a try!

  64. This is such a cool and ecofriendly idea. I would love to try this.

  65. I have never heard of soap nuts, but I would love to give it a try!

  66. I love soap nuts! I’d love to hear details about whether this “shampoo” worked for you. I’ve tried baking soda, but it just doesn’t cut it for my oily, flaky scalp.

  67. I’ve been intrigued since you first posted about soap nuts. I’d love to try them!

  68. I hadn’t heard of these before, but I’d love to try them!

  69. Never heard of these…..interesting indeed.

    Tasha

  70. I would love to win these. I heard they were good for hair loss which I am experiencing thinning now. Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Looks like another awesome thing to try!

  72. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I would be thrilled to try these out! I especially love your how-to posts. I’ve been inspired to try or make many “greener” products from reading your blog. Thank you!!!

  73. I am excited to this product,wow.
    we use soap nuts(kunkudu) for hair wash in India,now a days people are using shampoos, but still soap nuts are widely used. you can find kunkudu shampoos from health stores here.careful with soap nuts, it hurts a lot so close your eyes, while using (my mom used to say it will clean the eye, eye will be red for an hour or so, if it is concentrated).soap nuts won’t lather like shampoos, once the hair is clean it lathers like baby shampoos.

  74. I’ve never heard of these, but I’d love to try them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Would love to try these – am just starting to make my own laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and bath soap. THanks, Cy

  76. I’ve been looking for recipes for homemade laundry detergent and would LOVE to try this!!

  77. would love to win these, thank you very much. Anna

  78. Ive never even heard of this, but would love to try it!!

  79. This is a great idea. I’m going to try it even if we don’t win the giveaway.

  80. Wow – never heard of these ! anxious to try – thanks for the opportunity !

  81. oh, I pray I win a free sample of soap nuts! It sounbds so interesting!

  82. “Liked” Nutz4Soap on facebook as well!!

  83. I’ve been wanting to try soapnuts, so this would be a good chance to.

  84. I’ve been interested in trying soap nuts for a while now. Thanks!

  85. I am intrigued by this natural way of cleansing.

  86. I’ve been trying out various kinds of homemade shampoos – still looking for one that works well for me. I’d love to experiment with these!

  87. I’ve been trying to become more natural in everything we do, especially for my kids. Would love to win!

  88. This amazes me!! I have 5 kids and would love to incorporate these into our household!!!

  89. I have begun pricing them. Deffinantly something I want to do in our home. Thank you for letting us know about this.

  90. Thanks , ThriftyMama! I have tried to comment the blog but I keep having a java script error. Anyhow, I have been wanting to try this and now have every reason to!

  91. Yay! I updated Java so maybe that will help <3

  92. WOW! This is awesome! If I don’t win I am thinking that I will have to make a purchase. :)

  93. I cannot wait to try this! I have been looking for a good and NATURAL way to make shampoo and body wash!! Thank you so much for posting! :)

  94. Would love to try these. I have never heard of soap nuts. I have made laundry detergent many times, would be interesting to try something new!

  95. I have heard so much about that and I would LOVE to try them myself!

  96. ooh, my tight budget and natural self would LOVE this!

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