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Homemade Dry Shampoo- Final Post of Thin Hair Solutions

Alrighty guys, we’re back for one more day of thin hair solutions and today we are going to talk about my newest discovery… homemade dry shampoo powder!!

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I’m sure you have seen all the dry shampoos on the market, and maybe you have even tried some of them. It’s a pretty cool idea to have a product that can absorb grease and odor without needing to suds up. These products are also great for adding body and volume to wilting hair. But, as with most body products, I am a huge skeptic of the safety of the ingredients used. I also hate spending money on something I can make myself for so much less!

So I searched the internet for recipes and found a lot of different varieties. Today I’m going to give you a recipe for the most basic form of homemade dry shampoo. You can play with it and try adding different ingredients or substituting different things, so have fun!

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Cornstarch

Baking Soda

Essential Oil

Fill a small jar or shaker (I use a salt shaker) most of the way with cornstarch. I do a lot of eyeballing. Like, I eyeball everything. So if you need specific measurements… let’s just say 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. 

Then you are going to add your baking soda. Again, I eyeball. I just fill the jar the rest of the way. It’s probably around 1.5 tablespoons.

Now, add your Young Living essential oils. You can totally tweak this to your liking. If you check out my last post on sea salt spray you can find some good suggestions on specific oils and what they do for your hair/scalp. I use lavender, tea tree, grapefruit, and clary sage in mine. It smells so good!!

Now that all your ingredients are added, simply cover and shake to blend it all together. 

To use, either sprinkle from a shaker or use a makeup brush to brush through greasy roots. Just a light sprinkling of powder will do and you can use your fingers to work through your roots and onto your scalp to absorb the oil. Simply use a hair brush to brush the powder out and you are ready to go!! 

It is amazing how this powder instantly soaks up the oil, the baking soda deodorizes, and the essential oils soothe the scalp and add shine to your hair. It seems to good to be true, but it’s legit!! And as I said earlier, you can totally tweak this recipe and try different ingredients in it. Arrowroot powder is another good powder to soak up the oils, and you can also use some different varieties of clays. There are a LOT of possibilities, so do some research and let me know what you come up with!!

**psssst….. I know a lot of you are super busy and live very full lives, so if finding the time to try this recipe is a little out of reach for you, I do sell this product in my etsy store. Check it out here**

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Peppermint Chocolate Soap

I finally tried out my peppermint chocolate soap recipe today!! The recipe may need a little tweaking, but overall it was pretty successful.

I’m not going to post my exact recipe because I have spent a lot of time playing with it and making it my own, but you can use any soap recipe you like for this project!

****disclaimer: the rest of this post will contain a lot of confusing soap lingo for those who haven’t entered the (very addicting) world of soap making yet. I will post a thorough tutorial with pictures for making cold process soap in the near future so be expecting it! If you want to get started with soap making now, do an internet search for a cold process soap tutorial as there are many, many, many great instructional soap making blogs***

http://www.soapcalc.net is a great place to start if you don’t have a recipe. You can simply enter in the oils you plan on using, the water percentage you want, and what percentage you want it superfatted at. I wanted this soap to be really rich and moisturizing so I superfatted at 5%.

What specific oils you use will be determined by the recipe you follow, but I made a point to use cocoa butter as one of my oils to make it a really thick and creamy soap as well as give it a deep chocolately scent. 

So once I had warmed up my oils and cooled my lye mixture down I began to blend them with my stick blender until they weren’t quite at trace yet. At that point I added in several handfuls of crushed peppermint leaves I had picked from our garden and dried. 

I blended in the peppermint leaves and then added a large spoonful (probably 2 table spoons) of cocoa powder. That is when the peppermint chocolate soap turned to peppermint fudge soap. Let’s just say a little bit of cocoa goes a long way…. It wasn’t bad or anything, just a LOT of chocolate.

I added about 20 drops of Young Living peppermint essential oil and finished blending to trace.

I poured the mixture into a mold where it will stay insulated with a fleece blanket until I cut it up tomorrow. It’ll need to cure for about a month before I use it.

So my initial observations about this recipe and what I will change next time–

Too much cocoa!! The cocoa butter already gives it a chocolatey scent, the addition of cocoa needs to be small because not only did it make the whole kitchen smell like a fudge shop, but it turned the soap almost black. I was hoping for a light brown color so that wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

Also, next time I think it would look a lot better if I layered and/or swirled with some different colors. I’m thinking it would be really pretty to reserve a portion of soap and add green soap dye to it and then pour that in with the chocolate soap for a green/brown swirl. We’ll see…

So that’s what I have been up to today! That as well as making a few batches of bath bombs and some scrubs that I will be listing on my etsy shop as soon as I have pictures!! 🙂

Thanks for reading! Tomorrow we’ll be talking about how to make easy homemade hair products to add volume to thin hair. I expect all my southern girls to show up!!

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