DIY Toxin-Free Dry Shampoo


One of the main reasons we started using essential oils almost eight years ago was to save money - we were learning about all the chemicals and toxins in our food, household products, and personal care items. We were beyond broke 24 year olds, with a baby, a brand new chiropractic office, and a mama who just left her full time teaching job to be home. Looking at all the “natural” alternatives on the store shelves, I was overwhelmed by prices and lists of chemical names. I ventured into making my own versions with inexpensive things I knew were safe and effective, and essential oils fit that bill! Dry shampoo is a mama life-saver. I love using it to give my pixie cut some texture, and it keeps my hair looking great between showers and washes. Unfortunately, conventional dry shampoo is packed with totally unnecessary toxins (check yours out on the Think Dirty app!) and adds an equally unnecessary expense to the personal care shopping list. DIY dry shampoo has been as staple for me, and I think you’ll love it too! The essential oils included are awesome for healthy scalp and hair. Happy mixing!


DIY Dry Shampoo:

1 8 oz mason jar

1 makeup jar with sifter

1/2 cup arrowroot powder

1 tbsp to 1/4 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder

4-6 drops each: Lavender, Rosemary, and Cedarwood  


Mix arrowroot powder and oils in the 8oz mason jar, then add cacao powder one tablespoon at a time till the color is a good fit for your hair color. It doesn’t need to be dark! For blonde and lights brown hair, a tablespoon or two is plenty. 


Add some of your dry shampoo to a make up sifter jar (mine is this one from Amazon!) The sifter jar is not necessary, but having the lid to reduce how much powder comes out is totally worth it, and it’s reusable for every batch you make!


Another non-necessity, but totally fun - label your dry shampoo with a retro embossing label maker!