DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

DYI Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

No poo, it seemed like the way to go.

People reveled in the amazing benefits of washing your hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. One of my friends even embraced only using water.

I jumped on the bandwagon years ago. At first it was amazing, I loved how my hair felt. It was less greasy and full of body, which is saying a lot for my straight, oil prone hair and scalp.

Sadly I was soon I was left with split ends from the top of my head to the roots. It took my hair over two years to recover from the damage. My friend Kristen over at Smithspirations wrote about her experience which mirrors mine.

I ditched “no-poo” for natural shampoo and slowly saw my hair recover. A couple years later I jumped back on the no-poo movement, this time with a twist.

I tried washing my hair with honey, tea, and eggs… yes you read that right, eggs. Just ask my friend who’s fiance met me for the first time when I admitted to having “scrambled” eggs in my hair. (Side note I still wash my hair with eggs once or twice a month.)

It was also around that time that I discovered the wonderful world of dry shampoo, thanks to the awesome Beth of Red and Honey.

This is the time is where the alternate title for this post comes into play, I could have titled it, “Hi, my name is Katie Mae and I wash my hair with chocolate.” 

Do I sound a bit crazy yet? I you already knew I brushed my teeth with dirt so, tried washing my hair with eggs, so should chocolate really surprise you? If you didn’t think I was a crazy, crunchy lady before…. 😉

This simple DIY two ingredient dry shampoo is made with just arrowroot and cocoa powder. You mix them together, dab on your hair, brush, and move on with your day.

I agree that our hair needs a break from daily washing. Thanks to dry shampoo I am able to shower every other day and use the dry shampoo to liven up my hair a bit on the off days.

The base is arrowroot powder, cocoa powder is added to preference. The recipe below has the amount of cocoa powder that matches my light brown hair. Use more or less for your preference.

DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder (more or less to fit your hair color)

Add both to a small jar. Screw on the lid and shake well. Allow the shampoo to settle before opening.

Methods of application:

  • Pinch with your fingers and sprinkle on. Brush your hair to spread the dry shampoo evenly.
  • Makeup Brush- Dip the brush in a jar, tap gently to remove access. Brush across your hair starting at the roots, covering any oily spot. Brush with your hair with your regular hair brush spread the shampoo evenly.

DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo 2

Have you used dry shampoo before?

Easy DIY Toothpowder


Easy DIY

What would you say if I told you I gave up toothpaste 6 years ago?

You might look at me like I was a crazy person and then try to sneak a peek to see if there were any teeth in my mouth. Or you might back away to avoid the expected bad breath.

Perhaps I should clarify a bit. I didn’t give up brushing my teeth, I just gave up conventional toothpaste.

Most of the ingredients in conventional pastes make me shudder. Even “natural” ones tend to have

Even “natural” ones tend to have glycerin which coats your teeth, preventing them from being able to heal themselves through remineralization.  (Wellness Mama has an excellent article about remineralization.)

I am a DIYer, I was making my own things long before I knew it was the cool thing to do. It all started with my “tooth soap“, and then evolved into making deodorant, lotion, and cleaners.

I always get the itch to create new things so when I saw BHS’s toothpaste recipe featuring bentonite clay a few years ago I knew it was time to experiment again, that is how this easy DIY toothpowder was born.

Head over to Bulk Herb Store to learn how to make your own easy DIY toothpowder

Easy DIY



Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay

Brush your teeth with dirt they say… it’s good for them!

Hum,  dirt = clean, now that’s a thought.

When I first told people I make my own toothpaste they were surprised. Then I told them I now brush my teeth with dirt, oh they loved that one! Sometimes people think it’s cool but most of the time they think I’m nuts. Like I didn’t know that already….

I’ve been making my own toothpaste for many years now. I started with a coconut oil based one about 6 years ago. I have happy with it’s results overall, but I was looking for a little something more. As I started looking I read Bulk Herb Store’s Toothpaste recipe, I was intrigued. I immediately started experimenting with new recipes. I would think I found one I loved and then I would ditch it for another one. I was determined to create a blend with coconut oil and bentonite clay. I even had a post all ready to go two years ago, but it didn’t save… Then my friend Liz told me that while she loved it, her hubby didn’t like using it.  I was so frustrated that I took a step back.


That actually ended up being a good thing.  I got a couple tubes of Earthpaste in the mail for free and discovered a whole new world. 😉 Honestly, though, it made me realize that I was overthinking my recipe and adding two many ingredients. Guess which was the first to go? My beloved coconut oil. I already oil pull most mornings, plus it just wasn’t blending right with the clay so I cut it out. It also gave me a chance to create a toothpowder.

I LOVE Earthpaste, but my budget doesn’t allow me to keep more than a tube or two on hand in case I run out of my homemade version.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay

I get chills when I think about using a tube of “Insert Name Here” toothpaste from the store. I used to love that beautiful swirl of white, green and red, ahem… no name calling. We use or at least should be using toothpaste twice a day 365(6) days a year. With something that we use as frequently as that we need to take care.

Really let’s be honest here, how many of swallowed toothpaste growing up?  Yes, you over there get your hand up I just watched you  squeeze some in and swallow. Life with kids right? There are warning labels on toothpaste telling you to call poison on control if swallowed. Which happens, every. single. day. if you have kiddos.

Why not give them something that is safe to eat since it’s inevitable? That’s what is so great about this toothpaste, even though I don’t suggest eating it, you can. If you have concerns about using essential oils feel free to leave it out or use an organic extract. I personally am comfortable with the minimal amount used, they are high quality and extremely diluted.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste

  • 4-6 TBS purified or distilled water
  • 3 TBS bentonite clay
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp powdered stevia (or about 10 drops of liquid stevia)
  • 1/4 tsp charcoal (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp real salt
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (peppermint, clove, lemon, or orange) (ask me my favourite brands)
  • GoToob or small glass jar

Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl using a plastic or wooden spoon. You never want your clay to touch metal.

Add the essential oils and stir again.

Add one tablespoon of water at a time, stir until you reach the consistency you desire. Spoon into a GoToob or small glass jar.


Homemade and Natural Bug Bite Stick

Homemade and Natural Bug Bite Stick-

Summer days are here at last! There are lighting bugs to be caught, vegetables to be harvested, berries to be picked, and BBQs to attend.  Kids young and old have the itch to spend as much time outside as possible.

Speaking of itching, with summer comes hand-in-hand with bugs. Even with homemade bug repellent. Even with homemade bug repellent, somehow you still get a bite or two. To easily and inexpensively relieve the itch, pick a plantain leaf (one that you know has not been sprayed), chew it up, and place it on the bite. However, this is messy and not everyone has plantain around, so this only works for some people.

Let me introduce the “bug bite stick”. It is a simple salve made from plantain, echinacea, and lavender, stored in a chapstick tube. Join me at Traditional Cooking School to learn how to make it!

Simple Herbal Muscle Rub

Simple Herbal Muscle Rub-

Have you been lifting heavy things recently? Maybe trying out a new work our routine? If you have, it’s likely that you have experienced sore muscles.

I used to be an avid hiker when I lived in Mexico. Now that I live in the Central Valley of California there is nothing but flat land. A few weeks ago I met up with some friends to go hiking near the coast. My once toned muscles were in pain the next day!

Even people who have desk jobs feel the strain and tension in their back and neck from a day at a computer or doing paper work.

You are in pain, you want to sooth the ache so you can function like a normal person again. What do you do? Do you reach for the tube of muscle rub full of questionable ingredients? You could do that, or you could make a simple rub that heals the body with God given herbs. One way I like to ease the ache is to use an arnica tincture, another way is to make your own muscle rub. Join me over at Traditional Cooking School to learn how!