DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Nourishing Herbal Dry Shampoo

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Nourishing Herbal Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a staple in my beauty cabinet. I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week, so dry shampoo is a savior on days in between washing. My hair is naturally very straight, smooth and overall pretty oily at the roots. For this reason, dry shampoo works wonders for me. Not only does it soak up excess oil, but it also gives my hair some texture and much needed body. I highly recommend it for people like me with very straight and smooth hair. I’m super excited to be partnering with one of my favorite brands, Mountain Rose Herbs, on this post. MRH is an amazing resource for all things natural beauty, as well as bulk herbs and spices.

This DIY Dry Shampoo recipe includes nourishing herbs to sooth your scalp and enhance your hair. I’ve included a variation for dry/sensitive/dandruff-prone scalps and one for more oily scalps. If you are brunette, or have darker roots/hair, I recommend adding cacao powder for a darker colored hair powder that will blend in with the natural tones of your hair. I’ve specially crafted 2 scent options for this recipe, but I also encourage you to play around with mixing scents or if you have a blend you love to use that. These powder containers from MRH are great for storing your finished dry shampoo, and can be customized with personal labels for the perfect holiday gift idea. You can also use small mason jars if you prefer.

Here are some of the ingredients featured in the recipe and their benefits:

Arrowroot Powder: Soaks up excess oil on scalp and hair without over drying. Used over cornstarch because arrowroot is harvested without the use of harsh chemicals or high heat. It is also loaded with beneficial nutrients for the skin.

Fuller’s Earth Clay: Fuller’s earth also absorbs excess oil and has astringent properties. It helps to regulate the production of oil and sebum by the hair follicles. Rich in minerals calcium, silica, iron, quartz and magnesium.

Yarrow Leaf & Flower Powder: Yarrow is a nourishing herb with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties. It’s a great herbal remedy for treating scalp conditions that may stunt hair growth. It leaves hair feeling soft and manageable.

Horsetail Powder: Promotes hair growth. Works especially well for scalp conditions such as dandruff, sensitive skin, inflammation, itchiness and dermatitis.

Oatstraw Powder: A good source of silica and magnesium which promote scalp health and hair growth.

[This post is sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Wu Haus Dry Shampoo
[Makes 4 bottles]

Shampoo Base:
2 cups arrowroot powder
2 cups Fuller’s earth clay
1/4 cup yarrow leaf & flower OR horsetail powder
2 Tablespoons oatstraw powder
Optional: For dark colored hair or roots, add 1/2 cup cacao powder.
[Note: Use Yarrow leaf for oily scalp, and use horsetail for dry, itchy or sensitive scalp.]

2 Scent Options-

Option 1:
6 drops sandalwood essential oil
5 drops patchouli essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops myrrh essential oil

Option 2:
7 drops palmarosa essential oil
5 drops geranium essential oil
4 drops palo santo essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all powders for the base together. In a separate small bowl, mix together essential oils. Add essential oils to powder, and whisk well to remove any clumps.



Chloe - 1:03 am

Are these essentials (I am interested in myrrh, patchouli and sandalwood) ok to be in contact with the skin without carrier oil?
Thank you!
I discovered your website not so long ago and love it ! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Amanda - 7:30 pm

Hi! Where did you buy the containers you put it in? It looks like a talcum powder type of lid? I find the hardest aspect of DIY dry shampoo is application

alison wu - 9:21 pm

Hi! These ones are from Mountain Rose Herbs. XO


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