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How to Make Homemade Conditioner

I’ll always remember the first time I used coconut milk conditioner on my hair. My mom made a rare splurge and bought luxury coconut milk shampoo and conditioner, and I was in love. It teleported me to a tropical oasis of shiny, frizz-free, nourished hair. 

Unsurprisingly, my fondness for coconut milk conditioner inspired this easy homemade conditioner recipe. Pickup some extra coconut milk at the store, and a few natural beauty ingredients, and you’ll be on your way to the luscious tropical conditioner of your dreams. 

Toxins Found in Store-Bought Shampoos and Conditioners

If you’ve spent much time on our site, you’ve likely noticed a pattern. Our all-natural recipes require only a few simple ingredients to cleanse, nourish, moisturize, texturize, and protect your hair. Store-bought hair care products on the other hand, are full of hard-to-pronounce ingredients and preservatives. 

There’s a reason for this. Many of the added ingredients in store-bought hair products are simply more cost-effective than wholesome ingredients. 

Preservatives, like Paraben, are found in most store-bought hair products. These extend shelf life; they prevent bacteria from building up and account for how we became accustomed to the idea that shampoo and conditioner should virtually never “expire.” 

The reality is, the ingredients in conditioner expire in their natural state, and should simply be replaced routinely. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—living a sustainable, toxin-free life can be a lot of work. 

However, once you try this fragrant DIY conditioner, you’ll never want to go back to the fake stuff. 


  • 8 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil
  • 2 teaspoons jojoba oil
  • essential oils of choice
  • ½ cup distilled water

How to Make Homemade Conditioner 

  1. Gather your ingredients. 
  2. Add coconut milk, melted coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, and distilled water to a large jar, preferably with a soap dispenser. (We love these glass conditioner bottles.) 
  3. Mix thoroughly—seal the jar and give the conditioner a thorough shake. (Like you’re mixing your favorite cocktail!)
  4. Add in essential oils of your choice—I chose lavender for its enchanting fragrance. Shake thoroughly. 

Tips for Making Homemade Conditioner

What can I replace coconut oil with?

Glycerin can be found in most natural beauty sections and works as a great substitute for coconut oil in this recipe. 

How should I store my homemade conditioner? 

Store this conditioner recipe in the fridge and use it within two weeks. 

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