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HOMEMADE ORGANIC SHAMPOO FOR DOGS (Need some help)

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Cocker_Spaniel, Jun 10, 2018.


  1. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all! :)
    I am currently in the process of trying to put together a great natural shampoo for my dog, after narrowing it down to 8 ingredients (listed below) I would really love for some help and guidance before I go ahead and put it all together.

    Here are a few of my questions:
    1) I am mostly worried about the pH of the finished shampoo as I am unsure whether this all adds up to be neutral, does anybody know if this is looking too acidic or too alkaline? If so, how can I fix that?
    2) Are there any ingredients here that you would remove?
    3) Are there any ingredients you would consider adding?
    4) Anything else you would like to add or any experiences you have had with homemade shampoos:)


    So, after tons of research, I have come up with the following ingredients to create the shampoo:

    • Distilled/purified water
    • Colloidal oatmeal
    • Organic coconut oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)
    • Organic neem seed oil (100% pure, raw)
    • Organic olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)
    • Organic aloe juice/gel (100% pure, no nasties)
    • Organic lavender oil
    • Organic rosemary oil
    I am also considering adding organic shea butter to the mix but I am yet to research it further, so any ideas on that would also be great!

    *** My main agenda for this is to eliminate and avoid all of the harsh chemicals and toxins found in commercial dog shampoos. I am also hoping that this will promote great health for her skin and coat. After finding out about all of the cons of commercial dog shampoos/conditioners I am very excited and eager to move away from them ***

    Thanks guys!

    Edit - I also posted this in Health and Nutrition as I wasn't sure where was best to put it.
     
  2. MontyMaude

    MontyMaude PetForums VIP

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    I'm no expert but surely if it's mainly all oils then it's just going to make the coat greasy and not rinse out? I have used this company's shampoos and they were ok, but supposedly very 'natural' https://www.dogwoodgrooming.co.uk/products.php
     
  3. SusieRainbow

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    I think you need to research very carefully which essential oils are safe for use in dogs. Consult a qualified aromatherapist who will have access to this information.
    And yes, I agree, I can't see anything here that would act as an actual cleansing agent / shampoo base.
     
  4. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    From my research lavender and rosemary oils are safe and very beneficial, as long as your individual pet takes to them and is comfortable with them.
    Many sources recommend castile soap, perhaps that would be worth looking into more as it would act as a cleaning agent.
     
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    So what will the lavender and rosemary oils be if not essential oils ? EOs ( certain ones ) are ok for pet use if very well diluted.
    This is why I advise you to consult a qualified aromatherapist who will have acces to this information.The Castile soap should be OK, I know it's sold as suitable for washing pets.
     
  6. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    So sorry, I've edited my comment now haha! What I was trying to say was that I wouldn't be using them as undiluted essential oils!! And also was meant that I've seen a lot of information online advising people to directly apply essential oils (having not diluted them) to a dog's fur as they are, which is of course a very bad idea! But yes, if applied correctly with a good brand lavender and rosemary will be fine and each come with their own benefits. I personally love essential oils for myself and so I often visit a small shop in my town to pick some up so I can chat with the lady there and we frequently discuss what I should and should not use around the pooch :)

    Excuse the slow replies, when I press "post reply" it says that I am unable to reply due to spam etc. I am new here, do you know why this might be?
     
  7. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    MontyMaude, I would agree, it is looking very oily which could certainly compromise the quality of the shampoo.
    I think I may have to prioritise on which oils will be best, although I have seen a few "natural" brands/vets online who work with several of these altogether so it's a tricky one :/ But you are right, I would only look to have small amounts of each/any oil anywhos as they can get out of hand.
    Oooo thankyou - I shall go take at look at what they are using now.
    Did you find it to have changed the way that your dogs fur looked/felt or not really?
     
  8. SusieRainbow

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    No, I don't know why that would be , very strange ! Hopefully a blip that will sort itself out.
    Let us know how you get on with your shampoo making , I love dabbling with lotions and potions and spend half my life in Holland and Barratt !
     
  9. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    It eventually lets me reply at least lol, it wouldn't allow me to post any reply to MontyMaude but it did eventually when I removed the quote part.
    I will do :) As do I! I think that once I figure out the pH I am going to try out a few ingredients and see how they work and change things around if needs be, all I am hoping for is a positive change in her coat as well as something that can do the job when she is very mucky after a muddy walk - which is where castile soap may be necessary.
     
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  10. Rafa

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    Dogs have oils naturally in their skin.

    Too much bathing strips those oils.

    I would say only bathe your dog if you have to. My JR has had 3 baths in 9 years.

    She smells basically of fresh air and looks very white.
     
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    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Rafa,
    That is very true and I would love to be able to bath her much less than what I currently do but unfortunately it is a common occasion for her to get really muddy and very dirty, today for example we took her to a great place which was ever so dry but she came home black and brown from the walk, she could have easily avoided this but being a typical spaniel she truly loves getting dirty and will go out her way to find any source of muck that she can play and lie down in so sometimes it isn't an option which is not good when it comes to her coat!
    But thankfully as dryer seasons approach there will be far less opportunities for her to get too dirty which I'm looking forward too!!
     
  12. MontyMaude

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    To be honest, I don't like the Dogwood shampoos as they seem to leave my two with a slight smell of sulphur/rotten eggs about them, I favour the John Paul Oatmeal shampoo which leaves them clean and fresh, I only bath them when they have either rolled in poo or rubbed under my husbands truck and he will come out black and greasy, but if they have just gotten dirty on a walk or in the garden then they just get rinsed under the shower as constant shampooing will strip the coat and possibly lead to skin issues, if your dog is only getting a bit grotty/dusty I would personally would just rinse her with water as it's far kinder to the skin, also just as an observation, if you are trying to be 'natural' why would you want to add a fragrance, as dogs senses of smell are so acute I wouldn't if given a choice bombard them with essential oils as they won't be aiding the dog in any way, as they really don't seem to care how they smell.
     
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