Photo: How to make dry shampoo (that's also body, baby and shoe powder)

Sprinkle this recipe onto your hair, massage into your scalp and brush it through. (Credit: Shannon Ruth Dionne Photography)

Before you could buy dry shampoo, many people used baby powder. But that contains talc and fragrance...

Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance) is one of our Dirty Dozen ingredients to avoid. It's any mixture of smelly ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics. And they stink!

Talc is a made of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Once it also contained asbestos! It has two human health concerns:

The good news? You don't need either!

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Dry shampoo recipe

This recipe has at least four uses. It absorbs excess moisture, prevents chaffing and soothes skin. (For external use only. Avoid inhaling.)

Time needed: five minutes
Shelf life: approximately six months

62.5 ml (1/4 cup) cornstarch
62.5 ml (1/4 cup) arrowroot powder
15 ml (1 Tbsp) white clay (found at health food stores)
Optional: 6 drops of essential oils

  • For dry shampoo: Try lavender, rosemary or ylang ylang essential oils. Brunettes can add 5 ml (1 tsp) fair trade organic cocoa powder.
  • For baby powder: Add 3 drops of sweet orange, 2 drops of ylang ylang and 1 drop of geranium essential oil.
  • For athletic gear: Try antibacterial and antifungal essential oils such as tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus.

Mix ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container.

How to apply:

  1. Dry shampoo: If you're keen to shampoo less, apply mixture to oily parts of your scalp with an old makeup brush. Comb through.
  2. Body powder: Sprinkle between toes and under arms.
  3. For babies: Ingredients are non-toxic and food grade. To avoid risk of inhalation, dab on babies, do not sprinkle. Note: Cloth diapers made from organic cotton, hemp or wool allow the skin to breathe. This reduces the need for creams, salves, etc. Plastic disposables are more likely to cause diaper rash.
  4. Athletic gear: Add to running shoes, hockey gloves, etc.

What will you try this recipe? Share your review in the comments below.

Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

August 30, 2016

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Dec 11, 2016
1:49 PM

Hi there, would bentonite clay work in place of white clay? Thanks

Sep 08, 2016
12:53 PM

I was interested in the white clay (which I believe is largely a composite of silica and aluminum) component and was wondering if the same potential health issues with having aluminum in products such antiperspirants (and food utensils/containers) would not also hold true for the cosmetic/hygiene product of this recipe. Thanks.

Sep 06, 2016
2:50 PM

There is nothing “essential” about essential oils Some are not benign substances. They are not found in nature. Why are being included? Their use may result in serious skins problems for some people.

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