Rosemary is a common culinary herb that is also a lovely addition to a variety of cosmetics. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
When used on the scalp, rosemary essential oil improves circulation and nerve growth to help boost the overall health of hair. It is said to reduce hair loss, promote hair growth, and prevent premature graying. It may also ease dry, itchy scalp and dandruff.
Cacao is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that are beneficial to the health of hair and scalp. Clay is cleansing and helps to get rid of dead skin and toxins. Arrowroot powder and baking soda freshen hair and reduce greasiness.
This dry shampoo naturally removes excess oil and dirt build up to keep hair fresh and manageable between washes. The powder absorbs once applied and will leave hair lightly scented of rosemary. It is a great option for camping trips, outdoor festivals, and long road trips to keep your hair looking and smelling good.
- 3 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- 3 Tbsp green clay*
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
This recipe makes about a half cup (4 oz) of shampoo powder
*Those with lighter hair colors may want to substitute kaolin or calcium bentonite clay to lighten the color of this shampoo powder
Combine ingredients in a small bowl and use a fork to mix until the powder is well combined. Store in a shaker top bottle.
To use: Shake or sprinkle onto scalp and work through hair with fingers. Brush or shake hair well to remove excess powder. You can put a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes from powdery residue, or just apply the powder before getting dressed.
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Singh, Manisha, Agarwal, Shriya, Agarwal, Mugdha, and R, Rachana. “Benefits of Theobroma cacao and Its Phytocompounds as Cosmeceuticals.” Plant-derived Bioactives, 2020. pp. 509-521. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341289596_Benefits_of_Theobroma_cacao_and_Its_Phytocompounds_as_Cosmeceuticals