Just the Essentials + Dry Shampoo Recipe & Giveaway


Spring is awakening my senses and I’ve found myself at the start of my yearly ritual of a self-care spring refresh. While others are swapping out pillows and cleaning grout, I’m doing the same things, but with my body. Sure, I’ll get to the home refresh later, but right now, it’s me first. Adina Grigore’s new book, Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health and Detox Your Life, arrived in my life at the perfect time.

Adina is the founder and CEO of the all-natural, sustainable skin-care line, S.W. Basics and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She’s also somewhat of a renaissance woman, having actively worked in the wellness field as a holistic nutritionist, personal trainer and workshop coordinator. In short, Adina has some serious credentials.

The thing I love about her book is the super-friendly, accessible approach to a topic that can veer into dry commentary and instruction. Just the Essentials keeps it real and gives the basics, plus benefits of each essential oil used in the book. Adina’s history of plant-based beauty was a great refresher course for me and certainly a must-read chapter for anyone considering upping their self-care game as the season transitions. For example, did you know cinnamon oil can be used to ease headache (even migraine) pains?

Today we’re sharing a well-worth-making dry shampoo recipe from Adina’s book, which I just happen to be wearing today (and probably every other day for the rest of my life). Most moms out there are probably familiar with every dirty hair hack out there — I know I am, but I’m permanently moving to this recipe because it not only works, but I get to smell a little like a Peppermint Patty every day! We’re also lucky to be giving away a copy of the book and S.W. Basics skin care kit. (Thanks Adina!) To enter the giveaway, click through for the details after the recipe.

P.S. If the book cover design looks familiar to you, it probably is! The designer, Libby VanderPloeg, is one of our favorite illustrators and the artist behind our awesome In the Company of Women tote bag and promotional materials. Libby also is the illustrator of our Design Icon and Style Icon series. Take a peek at the video Libby made for the book launch. You’ll love it!

Adina’s products are available at Target and on the S.W. Basics website. —Caitlin

Photography courtesy of Adina Grigore

Choco Mint Dry Shampoo

Choco-Mint Dry Shampoo


For Blonde/White Hair:

  • 4 tablespoons arrowroot powder or corn starch

For Light Brown Hair

  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder or corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

For Brown/Black Hair

  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or corn starch
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder

Add this ingredient for all hair colors:

  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil


Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and then transfer into a small glass jar. Sprinkle as much or little as necessary directly onto your scalp, using circular motions to rub it in. (Really dig in there, so the peppermint has a chance to work its magic.) This can be a bit messy while you’re using it, so consider stepping in the tub and applying it before getting dressed.

Store in an airtight jar or container for up to 2 years (Hallelujah!), though you may need to refresh the peppermint oil as it loses its potency. The number of uses from this recipe should be around 12, but this number can vary depending on the amount of hair you have and how oily it is.

***Giveaway Instructions***

Our giveaway prize package includes the Just the Essentials book, plus a selection of  S.W. Basics products, including two of their new Functional Fragrances! The S.W. Basics products that are included are Rosewater SprayJojoba OilGeranium Salve and a Cosmetics Bag illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg.

To enter this giveaway, visit the S.W. Basics website and choose an ingredient or product that you’d love to try. Share it in the comments section below! We’ll pick a winner on Monday, March at 12pm. Good luck!

  1. Stina says:

    Omg, i want to try everything! But most of all the rosewater spray. Love the design as well. Thanks for this discovery

  2. Aimee says:

    The rosewater spray seems like a nice product to try

  3. Lyn says:

    the mini kit, why not try them all?

  4. Conceição Silva says:

    The cream, i would like to try.

  5. Carolyn says:

    I have to try the jojoba oil! Not only does it sound fun but it has amazing benefits as well! I’m a huge supporter and user of all-natural beauty products.

  6. Bre says:

    I would go for the Full Mini Kit.

  7. Analu says:

    I would love to try the oil serum! I know turmeric is amazing for inflammation and the coffee oil sounds amazing for a tired face. https://store.swbasicsofbk.com/collections/face/products/oil-serum

  8. Jackie says:

    Would love to try the oil serum!

  9. glenda says:

    The full mini kit!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Jojoba oil! Have heard great things about it :)

  11. M.K. says:

    I switched to all natural ingredient product for my face about two years ago and its made such a difference. I’d love to try the oil serum. I’ve been looking for an oil that I can apply for overnight hydration and this one seems to fit the bill.

  12. Diane says:

    I would love the mini kit!

  13. Annaliese says:

    I would love to try her Exfoliant! The whole line looks amazing!

  14. Kaitlin says:

    My winter dry skin has been worse than usual this year so I’d love to try the cream!

  15. Laurel says:

    the hibiscus mask sounds perfect!

  16. Mary says:

    So many lovely products to choose from. Would love to start with the Hibiscus Mask.

  17. Michelle says:

    Mmm rose water ❤️

  18. Lucia says:

    The Oil Serum sounds like magic my skin desperately needs! I’d love love love to try it.

  19. sarah k says:

    The Organic Lip Balm is one of the items I would like to try.

  20. coral says:

    I’d love to try the facial cream and cleanser! And the jojoba oil.

  21. Michelle says:

    I want to start with the moisturizing Cream. I live in Colorado and, although I wouldn’t live anywhere else, the dry climate is not so kind to my skin. I read the reviews and I’m very intrigued. Thanks for sharing and, especially, thanks for the giveaway!!

  22. May says:

    Would love to try to the rosewater spray :)

  23. Emily says:

    I would love to try the toner! My skin is pretty sensitive, but still benefits from good prepping. I figure this would fit the bill!

  24. Molly says:

    I haven’t tried any of their products yet, so the full mini kit of face products sounds like a great place to start!

  25. Jan says:

    Definitely would love to try the mini kit to sample a bit of everything since I need new and natural products!

  26. Elisabeth says:

    Hard to choose between the oil serum and the rosewater. Do I have to pick one?

  27. Amber says:

    I really want to try Hibiscus Mask – and will definitely be trying out this recipe.

  28. Kelsey says:

    I would love to try the lavender hydrosol!

  29. Ashley says:

    I’ve been curious about cleansing oils for a while, so I’d love to try the oil serum!

  30. Jeanette R. says:

    The cream with shea butter and coconut oil!

  31. Maria says:

    The mini kit, since it’s tough to just choose one!

  32. Andie D says:

    I want to try the oil serum and the exfoliant! Thanks for the chance.

  33. chelsea w says:

    I would like to try the cream. I feel like I use skincare products that just have too many ingredients. This would be great to try.

  34. Kathrin D says:

    I would love to try the exfoliant and the lib balm for starters. Everything looks great.

  35. Jill says:

    I’d go for the full mini kit so I could experiment a bit. Love the look of this book!

  36. Mahdi Martin says:

    I would love to try the cream scrub. I tend to get very dry skin on my arms, legs, elbows, feet and face. Basically my whole body.

  37. Evie says:

    The fact that the lip balm is packaged as a flight, makes me feel giddy, like that first sip of wine at a wine bar, in the company of great friends.
    Please do consider me for the giveaway.

  38. Sarah says:

    I’d love to try the Hibiscus Mask! It sounds lovely and luxurious, and I love that a portion of proceed for that product are donated to Keep a Breast, an organization for breast cancer prevention/education.

  39. Colleen says:

    Over 50 and love all things “oil.” After looking through the goods – my hand reaches towards “Oil Serum” no thinking involved. Beautiful, simple products.

  40. ashley says:

    I’d love to try their toner or rosewater spray :)

  41. Catherine says:

    I love trying new face masks! The Hibiscus mask sounds amazing.

  42. Sue says:

    These products look fantastic. I’d try all of them, but especially the Cream. I live at 7,000 feet, and the altitude and dry air really do a number on my skin.

  43. Rebecca says:

    Oohhh, I think the hibiscus mask sounds amazing!!

  44. Ariane says:

    The hibiscus mask looks fantastic!

  45. Clara says:

    The lavender hydrosol sounds heavenly, but if I have to pick one, I’d go for the oil serum. I’m at that stage in life where my skin needs all the moisture it can get, and the ingredients sound just right.

  46. Sofia says:

    I’d love to try the Rosewater, it looks perfect for my dry skin!

  47. cece says:

    The functional fragrances look amazing!

  48. jessicac says:

    Would love to try the cream scrub. My skin really needs it!


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