DIYThe Beauty of Self-Care

Just the Essentials + Dry Shampoo Recipe & Giveaway

by Caitlin Kelch


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!

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