Homemade Coconut Lavender Conditioner

After doing this post on homemade coconut milk shampoo, we had some requests for a conditioner to go along with it, so here you go! Coconut oil is actually an excellent conditioner on its own, but I decided to add a couple extra ingredients into the mix for some added hair benefits, as well as lavender oil for scent! This conditioner is very, very moisturizing, so you only need a tiny bit — and it will last you a long time. It also smells like pure bliss. So without further ado, here is your recipe for homemade coconut lavender conditioner!

What you need:
1 cup coconut oil (get organic if you can!)
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Homemade coconut lavender conditioner

You’ll also need a food mixer, as well as a container to store your conditioner — I used a small mason jar. All of the ingredients can be purchased at most health food stores, like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

What you do:
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on high for about 8 minutes. Transfer into a container and you’re all set! Because coconut oil melts in high temperatures, those who live in warmth may want to store this in the refrigerator, but there is nothing wrong with using this conditioner in liquid form! This mixture should stay fresh until the coconut oil reaches its expiration date.

Homemade coconut conditioner

To use:
Apply a TINY amount of the conditioner to wet hair (after shampooing and rinsing, of course!). You really only need a tiny bit to get the job done! Start at your ends, then jump to the section right below your ears, working into hair in a downward motion. You can apply any remaining oil to the hair that surrounds your face if necessary, but avoid using this near the top of your head. This mixture is made purely out of oils, so it can make your hair appear greasy if you use too much. I used a nickel-sized amount, and my hair is very long. Leave in for about 2-5 minutes, and then rinse.

Once your hair is dry, if you find that you’ve used too much, just use a bit of dry shampoo to soak up some of the oil! :)

*Bonus: Before you get out of the shower, apply the conditioner to your arms and legs – this mixture doubles as an incredibly moisturizing lotion!*

Homemade coconut lavender conditioner ingredients

Photos by Jana and Brigette

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10 years ago

Great post!

And thank you for being precise with the measurements!

10 years ago

Thanks for posting.
Man, I LOVE coconut!
Can’t wait to try this.


10 years ago
10 years ago

Someone try this yet? I’m curious how it works….

10 years ago

This looks like a great recipe. I’m always looking for natural products to use for beauty and hair.

10 years ago

Cheers! :)

10 years ago

I love this! I have all these products in my medicine cabinet already. Thank you Jana & Brigette!

10 years ago

I absolutely love the shampoo to this. I tried it for the first time today and I will admit that as my hair was drying it felt a little oily and after my hair dried, it’s like my hair adsorbed the oil. It now looks super healthy and there’s no fly aways- and my hair is super thick- and to top it off, nothing makes me feel better about myself than using natural products. On a side note, I ended up using a lavender scented castile soap instead of the regular and it smells amazing! On the conditioner, though I think I’m going to swap out the jojoba oil for shea butter! Can’t wait (:

10 years ago

I just made this, and I have to say, I love it! I am a year round swimmer, and it is hard to keep my long hair soft and pretty. After using this conditioner my hair is like silk. Now I don’t have to worry about killing my long blonde hair! And definitely don’t use more than a small dollop, it is definitely enough.

10 years ago

I love this recipe! I made a half batch last night and tried it out. I unfortunately used way too much on my hair so I had to hop back in the shower and fix it with a little of the coconut milk shampoo. I adore all of the homemade and beauty diy’s! Stay lovely, ladies!

10 years ago

I just made this today! Yay! Thanks, ladies.

10 years ago

Can I make it and freeze for later? Or can I freeze coconut milk that will be leftover for next batch? Got a feeling I will love it. I could share some if you think freezing would damage it. I hate waste!

10 years ago

Does anybody know how this works on African-American hair? I love putting coconut oil in my hair, and I’m curious as to whether this would still get the job done.

10 years ago

Britt- My boss is African- American and she spoke wonders of Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil in hair products. She’s not too sure about the lavender essential oil, but jojoba and vitamin e oil are great.

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10 years ago

Hi! hope everyone’s having a great day. I tried this conditioner out last night and my hair is still looks and feels too greasy. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks!!

Peace and love, P

10 years ago

Just as a suggestion to those of you having trouble with it being too greasy, use this first and then shampoo.
I have been using coconut oil for a while now to condition (along with using it as my face moisturizer). I just smooth it into my hair from root to end and comb through. Use enough so that it looks wet. Leave it in 10min to half hour and then shampoo out. As i rinse the shampoo out i comb my hair as its long and fine so can tangle easy. This method makes my hair so sleek and shiny and i don’t need to wash it as often as using bought conditioner. And it leaves no grease or residues in your hair. I would like to try the above oils mixture as it sounds nice

2 months ago
Reply to  Sonya

fyi coconut oil should not be used on the face as it is highly comedogenic ( clogs pores ) however it is great for the body

Michelle Patterson
10 years ago

I bet this smells divine! Can’t wait to try it out! #oils4everyone

10 years ago

Question for Sonya if you are still around: do you put the coconut oil on your hair when it’s dry? I, too, have fine hair. I tried this recipe after using store bought shampoo but found my hair impossible to comb. Ouch! I even combed it in the shower with the conditioner still on my hair. Any suggestions? I don’t want to give up just yet. Thx!

10 years ago

So nice!! I love it. <3

10 years ago

I just made this today and used it, omg.s i love it!!!!
My hair is so curly and no frizz !!!!)))
Thank you so much !!!!!
I used the conditioner as my shaving cream, my legs so smooth :~)

10 years ago

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas for me… I used this last night for the first time, after the coconut milk shampoo (which feels wonderful to wash with!). However – I have super fine hair and lots of it, a little below shoulder length. It has always been extremely knotty and unfortunately, it was worse than ever after using this. I found I had to use more than recommended just in order to get it into my tangeld mess of hair. Consequently, I have that greasy/looks-unwashed thing going on today. And it’s still knotty! I like Sonya’s idea of conditioning first and washing second, so will try that. But also interested to hear how others with similar hair types approach the conditioning issue. Thanks a lot :)

10 years ago

Love these ingredients! I just made this and am looking to use it more as a lotion. The end result of the batch you made seems to be a lot thicker then mine. I used coconut oil that is specifically made for hair and skin… could that be why mine is more a liquid substance?

10 years ago

I just made this, and really like it. It seems to leave my hair softer and shinier than using only coconut oil. I live in a warm climate, so it is in liquid form, which I think allows a little bit to go further. I use it before I shampoo. If I use it after, my hair is too oily. I massage some into my scalp, run my oily fingers through my hair, and clip my hair up for a few hours before I shampoo. I had an itchy scalp before, but no more.

9 years ago

I made this, really like it ;) I did what another commenter suggested and use it on dry hair before shampoo, about half a tsp, and leave it on for about an hour. I love using coconut oil, and the extra goodies in this make it seem even more angelic :)