Make Your Own Coconut Milk

I was talking to a class yesterday about coconut milk shampoo and thought I would make some again. Coconut Milk Shampoo is the ONLY homemade shampoo that I have found to work decently with a bit of lather.

When I first tried it, I used a can of coconut milk but have heard on Wellness Mama that making your own coconut milk makes it work better plus you have some to drink too!!

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So not wasting anytime whatsoever, I just read the blog post, saw that I had unsweetened coconut in the cupboard and made it. Yep that simple, easy peasy!!! And seriously you can buy a bag of organic coconut for about $2-3 and make a couple batches, that is some cheap coconut milk. If I buy a container of coconut milk in the store it costs $3.50-$4.00 and usually has carrageenan and other stuff. 😦

There is a bonus to this milk recipe that was found in the comment section of Wellness Mama’s post – you can make coconut flour with what’s left after squeezing the shredded coconut out – woohoo!

Recipe for Homemade Coconut Milk

1.5-2 cups of organic unsweetened shredded coconut

4 cups of hot water

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Heat your water up but do not boil it, just hot to the touch. No you can’t just use hot water from the tap. This will take two minutes to do. Put water in a blender or if you are lucky, a vitamix and add the coconut. You do not want this to be super full otherwise it will make a gigantic mess when you turn it on!!! If you have to, do it in two batches.

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Place a towel over the top (just in case) and turn on low then high for a few minutes until blended.

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Pour through a very fine mesh strainer and press the pulp as you do it.

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At the very end I added the pulp back into the blender with a bit of the milk and blended again and poured back through the strainer into a quart jar. If it seems to still have pieces of coconut, you can pour through cheesecloth or butter muslin.

Look how creamy it looks! Oooooohhhh yum.

 

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Now I love this stuff plain as is but you can add some vanilla or stevia or honey or maple syrup…whatever your little heart desires. ❤

OK so now refrigerate it and it will keep 3-4 days. The next day you will see a thick layer on the top, that is the cream – the fat – the good stuff!!! So if you are going to make the shampoo, mix the milk well first so you get some of that fat in your shampoo.

Recipe for Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo

adapted from Katie at Wellness Mama

  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap like Dr. Bronners
  • 20 drops of essential oils – your choice (try peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)
  • For dry hair: add ½- 1 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Homemade Shampoo

  1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
  6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

I hope you enjoy this post! Please share with friends 🙂

Anne-Marie

 

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