by Cassandre of Cassandrebeccai.com
I remember the days when my mom would treat us to some fried plantain (bannan peze) and all kinds of good Haitian home cooking. Her food was always so good, no matter what it was, but there was always one problem. The scent of the cooked foods would always linger on our clothes and in our hair. Now that I’m the one cooking for my family, I find that cooked food scent seems to linger even more aggressively than it used to. While my husband says he’s never experienced any food‑y or musty smells from my hair, after frequent cooking and 2 weeks of unwashed tresses, my hair could use some help in the scent department.
If you’re like me and enjoy scented goods and would love to add some to your haircare arsenal, then look no further! I’ve got a few DIY natural hair fragrances that will knock your socks off (in a good way) and act as the perfect sealant or moisturizer for your hair!
Just a note: essential oils are pretty expensive, so I suggest not buying a whole bunch at once if you’re on a tight budget. If you’re not too much into DIY product making then skip getting all the smell-good absolutes and essential oils and invest your dime in vanilla essential oil. I personally don’t think anyone can go wrong with the calm and soothing scent of vanilla. I love it! You have to watch out though; you may lead a line of people behind you looking to catch of whiff.
Vanilla Lavender Oil
Flowery scents spell mature when it comes to fragrances, but you never want to overdo it or else you can end up with serious fragrance overload that can spawn a migraine headache. Here’s a simple floral mix with a lavender and vanilla.
10 drops of vanilla oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
2 ounces jojoba oil
Vanilla Mint Oil
The vanilla in this mix adds a warm balance to the poignant scent of peppermint. I personally prefer using this combo directly on my scalp (because it tingles) and then rinsing off with water as a simple refresher for my hair.
15 drops vanilla oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
2 oz jojoba oil
Vanilla Orange Oil
If you feel rejuvenated and refreshed by the scent of fresh oranges than you’ll love this simple combo of vanilla and orange sweet essential oil.
10 drops Orange oil
10 drops vanilla oil
2 ounces jojoba oil
Rose + Jasmine Moisturizing Spray
If you much prefer a water spray type option check out this jasmine and rose water mix below.
4 oz rose water
10–20 drops jasmine oil
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
Shake well before each use and store in the refrigerator.
Note: I use scented oils as sealants. With the base being jojoba oil, it makes my hair extra shiny which is a huge plus.
What’s your favorite DIY hair perfume recipe?