DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe


I had a crazy, mind blowing moment when I realized how much WASTE there is in the beauty industry. But in my bathroom cabinets especially. It made me feel guilty, angry and then overwhelmed.

So instead of giving into those rollercoaster emotions I decided to make some changes. I was already switching out products that had chemicals and using cleaner ones, but that wasn’t enough. I decided to make my own. That was a few years ago, and I FINALLY finished up the last of my dry shampoo!

When I made this batch a million years ago, I put it in an empty glass storage container and didn’t think anything of it.

But all of a sudden I’m needing these little food containers more and more (little baby is slowly taking over all my things). So when I finished up the last of the cinnamon from Trader Joe’s (TJs is LIFE, btw), I cleaned the jar (and used Lemon essential oil to take off the sticky residue from the old label), threw a new label on there and BAM. Good as new and ready for a new batch of dry shampoo!

The spice container is awesome since 1. I didn’t have to buy MORE STUFF #usewhatyouhave and 2. the dry shampoo sprinkles out the top and so you don’t need anything else to apply it!

This may seem like such a small step, but not only am I not creating more waste (arrow root, baking soda and cocoa powder are all bought in bulk), I’m using what I have. Repurposing what would have gone in the recycling bin.

So, friends, here is my sustainable(ish) dry shampoo secret!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch or organic cornstarch (I prefer arrowroot powder, but you can use either!)

  • add in 2 Tablespoons cacao powder if you’re a brunette or 2 tablespoons powdered hibiscus flower or turmeric if you’re a redhead

  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (this is optional. Usually, instead of adding in the oils to my dry shampoo, I’ll make a “healthy hair” spray with the oils and spray that on my scalp. Once that’s dry, I’ll use the dry shampoo. This will keep your head from itching later on!)

  • shake onto scalp + massage in

Some good essential oils to add into your Healthy Hair Spray:

  • Lavender promotes hair growth

  • Rosemary is great for hair thickness and growth

  • Roman Chamomile adds shine and softness while soothing the scalp

  • Cedarwood stimulates hair follicles and helps with circulation and growth

  • Clary Sage reduces inflammation and regulates oil production (but I wouldn’t use if pregnant!)

  • Lemongrass is a deodorizer and cleanser and can soothe an itchy or irritated scalp and help with dandruff

  • Peppermint helps stimulate the scalp and can treat dandruff as well as lice and also stimulates hair growth (be cautious with this oil if breastfeeding)


Please note that I only use (and can vouch for) Young Living Essential Oils. I have used YL since I was just a kid and completely trust their products. If you want to learn more you can check out my whole page about YL here.

And if you don’t have access to buying these ingredients in bulk (because the -ish is real and not all cities have refill stations!), you can find them here:

handheld label maker:

organic cacao powder:

all natural baking soda:

organic arrowroot powder: