So today for the first time, I employed a completely chemical free shower routine.
I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible about DIY products, but I’ve got to say, as far as make-it-yourself cosmetics go, there are A LOT of duds out there. Today I tried a LUSH dupe for their incredible Big shampoo. To be perfectly honest, it smelled rough, but the basic formula seemed pretty close so I’m going to mark it down as in the ‘Will Try Again’ column.
The recipe is as follows:
14 Tbs. Course Ground Sea Salt
1 Cup Unscented Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
3 Tbs. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbs. Sweet almond oil
1 Tbs. Castor Oil (This stuff smells FAR from pleasant, so add extra essential oils if needed)
5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
5 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
(Note: Essential oils can be changed, I use the rosemary oil for additional volumizing properties)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and place in tightly sealed container.
Next I tried a whipped shea butter and coconut oil conditioner. Once again, the smell wasn’t that sumptuous fragrance that I want my locks to exude, so it will also be going down in the ‘Try and Try Again’. This one was actually pretty nice because it came out almost like a conditioning bar, and my hair actually felt incredibly soft after. It was more like a deep conditioning treatment, but I made a few variations from the original recipe.
Shea Butter & Coconut Conditioning Bar
2 Tbs. Shea Butter (Melted)
1 Tbs. Coconut Oil (Melted)
1 Tbs. Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tbs. Honey
5 drops each of peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus oil
Directions: Mix ingredients together, place in small soap mold or container. Freeze mixture until it becomes a solid.
Because my hair is still wet and I haven’t had a chance to style it, I can’t get a full read on the results of my first run of homemade products. I smell like the inside of a spice cabinet, which isn’t the worst thing, but hopefully I can attain the ever-elusive mermaid locks I’m searching for. Will update soon! Thanks for tuning in.