Organic Jojoba and Rosemary Shampoo for the Pup

So while on our journey to detoxing our cosmetics and home products, we naturally also started to think about what products we use on and around our most beloved little Ziggy. She is the light of our lives, our fur baby and we want her to be as happy and healthy as possible!

Imagine our surprise to learn that pet cosmetics aren’t even regulated in the EU-that’s right, there is no such category for cosmetics as ‘pet’s personal care’ so manufacturers of these products do not have to follow any rules. When we checked the ingredient list…it did not make us happy. Your dog’s skin is her largest organ and anything you use on her skin and coat can be absorbed into the body. So you want to avoid bathing your dog with anything that might be toxic.

We were using a dog shampoo we had bought at a pet store labelled ‘mild’, and ‘natural’. Some of the worst ingredients in it were:

  • Benzyl-hemiformal – a formaldehyde releasing chemical – skin sensitising, allergen and carcinogen
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine – a synthetic surfactant associated with skin irritation and allergic reactions. 
  • PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate – a known skin irritant, but even worse- it is a “penetration enhancer” – meaning it’s a carrier for other chemicals, helping them cross through the skin and into the bloodstream.this ingredient can slo be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane and Ethylene oxide (both carcinogens)
  • Sodium hydroxide – a highly caustic and reactive inorganic base. Irritant and organ system toxicity.
  • ‘Parfum’ – immune toxicity, allergen, respiratory issues

We did not want these ingredients anywhere near our pup!

At first (and I hate to admit it, because I now know how bad this is), we started using ‘organic’ human shampoo on her. First of all the ‘organic’ human shampoo was not much better than the dog shampoo even though it also claims to be ‘natural’, ‘SLS free’ etc.

Second of all, I learnt soon after that the pH of dog’s skin is higher than human skin, and so products designed for us are too acidic. So… we decided to make our own.

‘Make your own?’, you cry! That sounds complicated! ‘That sounds like far too much work!’.

Believe me, we are not DIYers- we struggle to find time to keep up with the basics of life but I can assure you, this will take 5 mins to make and no hassle at all! And it works like a charm! The great thing about Castille soap is it has absolutely no nasties and it has a high pH, which is much gentler on dog’s skin. Ziggy loved it as you can see:

Mmmm…soooooo nice and warm.

The recipe


  • 250ml organic castille soap – like this one
  • 15ml organic jojoba oil – like this one
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil (100% pure, therapeutic grade only) – available at wholesale price here
  • 300ml amber glass pump bottle – like this one


  • Add the rosemary essential oil or other essential oil of your choice* to the bottle
  • Follow with the jojoba oil, and shake to mix
  • Top up with Castille soap, leaving a small gap in the neck for further mixing
  • Shake thoroughly, and cap
  • Use, rinse and repeat!
Ooh yeah….rub just there…
Smells nice!
I love you Mummy….

*That are safe for use on dogs-if you are new to essential oils, check with your vet.

Note: Check with your vet first before using on puppies <10 weeks, pregnant dogs and dogs with any specific diseases or conditions and/or who are on any medication.

For more info on Essential Oils click here

Jess from Wholistic Living

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