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Soap nuts are a great cleansing fruit. The fruit pulp creates suds that result in gentle, effective cleansing, body and shine!  This is a great cleansing recipe for those with skin sensitivity and scalp issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Check it out!


  • Mesh strainer 
  • A pot 
  • 1 muslin bag 
  • 1 dye applicator bottle 
  • 1-2 ice trays  


  • 6 seedless soap nuts 
  • 4 cups of distilled water 
  • 1 peel of a whole lemon or lime 
  • 1 tablespoon of horsetail 
  • 2 tablespoons of chamomile 
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut nectar *great vegan humectant 


  1. Add the following to a muslin bag: soap nuts, citrus fruit peel, chamomile, horsetail
  2. Put the bag in a pot of distilled water. Bring it to a boil. 
  3. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for approx 30 minutes. *Do not cover. It can boil over due to bubbles. 
  4. Turn off heat, let it cool and strain well.
  5. Stir in coconut nectar and it's ready for use. 


  1. Pour 2-4 oz into a dye applicator bottle. 
  2. Apply directly to scalp. Massage well for a few minutes. Rinse well.
  3. Follow up with a rinse out conditioner and the rest of your regimen. 

Store for next time

  1. Pour the remaining sudsy infused water in an ice cube tray. 
  2. Freeze and store in freezer bags. 
  3. When ready to cleanse your hair just get a few cubes out, let them thaw and use as normal. 

Give it a try and share your experience in the comment section.


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Be sure you do not have an allergy to any of the ingredients. It is always suggested to do a test patch prior to full use of any new product. If you have questions or concerns consult a physician.

This article was written by Emilia Obiekea of and published on CurlyNikki.