All Natural DIY | Shower Essentials
I started making all of my own shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, facial serum & hair detangler last year with super basic household products!
I’ve also gotten to a place with my hair where I only have to wash it 2-3 times a month. It just doesn’t get oily anymore, likely because I’m not washing it with damaging ingredients like sulfates, parabens or other carcinogens. If you have super thick hair like me, washing it is quite a production & it takes like 9 hours to fully dry, so washing it as infrequently as possible is a plus!
*A great way to check on what ingredients are in your products & what kind of harm they can cause is the Think Dirty app. This is something I use constantly — it’s so helpful & informative!
Ultimately what I’ve found is that the easiest way to avoid the bad stuff & know exactly what’s in a product is to just make your own :)
What You’ll Need
You’ll need some amber glass bottles + funnels. I recommend purchasing these in person at a grocery or craft store, but if you can’t find them anywhere, there are plenty of mindful shops online (particularly Etsy) that ship with recycled materials! But if you’re in a bind, I linked ones on Amazon. These bottles will last for years & be a much more sustainable option than frequently purchasing shampoo + conditioner at the store in plastic bottles!
For essential oils, I use Vitruvi.
My custom facial serum comes from them as well — you can take the quiz that chooses your oils based on your skin type here!
I also have a discount code for $10 off your order at Vitruvi if you decide to get anything! (You just add your email, then get a $10 credit. Super easy!)
Recipes are below ↓
1/2 cup baking soda
1 & 1/2 cups purified water
10 drops lavender essential oil (or EO of choice)
clean shampoo bottle
Place the baking soda in the bottle.
Add the purified water. Shake well.
Add the lavender. Shake again making sure all ingredients are well blended.
Gently massage a dollop or two into the hair and scalp.
2 cups water
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
20 drops of essential oils
Oils to use for hair types:
Rosemary or sage essential oils for all types of hair
Lemon, bergamot, or tea tree essential oils for oily hair
Lavender, sandalwood or geranium essential oils for dry hair
Mix ingredients together in 8oz spray bottle
Shake bottle before using and then spray hair
Leave in hair for 5 minutes then rinse.
2 TBSP Baking powder
2 TBSP cornstarch or arrowroot powder (for lighter hair colors)
OR 2 tablespoons cocoa or cinnamon powder (for darker hair colors)
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl or glass container with a lid.
Sprinkle the mixture onto scalp & run it through your hair with hands. Or use a clean makeup brush to apply to roots. Brush it through to blend in.
6–8 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1–1½ ounces purified or distilled water
2 ounce glass spray bottle
Place the lavender & rosemary oil drops into the glass bottle.
Add apple cider vinegar & water.
Cap the bottle tightly & shake well.
Ready to use! Spray hair after showering / before brushing your hair.
That’s it! Let me know if you make any of these :)
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