Our continuous snowfall the other day here in cottage country was just beautiful, but I must admit, a small part of me was missing the warmth of the sun and sand back in Trujiilo, Honduras, as I watched the grass and trees change from green to white. This is only my second winter up here in the great white north, but I have been told by weathered winterers (I totally made that word up!) that February is typically the most difficult month…maybe because it is right smack dab in the middle of winter? Do you agree?
Anywho, in an attempt to bring back the beach, I felt a mermaid hair spritz infused with essential oils was in order. This lovely hair spritz uses only natural, toxin-free ingredients and adds in Young Living’s beautiful essential oils. Before I really understood the negative effects toxins have on our bodies and that the word, ‘Fragrance’, in an ingredient list can include up to 3,000 toxins alone, I was using a store-bought spritz to give my hair an exotic beach wave. To be honest, I wasn’t even happy with it because every brand I smelled on the store shelf, including the one I purchased, had a strong, perfume smell that was way too overpowering. I was so happy to find a DIY recipe (compliments of my friend Jess over at Glow-Fit) that I could modify a bit and make my own. So here it is:
Mermaid Hair Spritz
1. Boil 3/4 c of distilled water & then add 1TBsp of epsom salt and 1/2 tspn of Himalayan rock salt. Stir until dissolved.
2. Let the water cool to room temperature.
3. Add Young Living Lavender Mint conditioner (1 good squirt) OR add 1/2 tspn of avocado or sweet almond oil
4. Add 4 squirts or 1 tspn of aloe vera
5. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oils. I use 5 drops of Geranium, 3 drops of Northern Lights Black Spruce and 2 drops of Lavender.
6. Shake well!
The salts in this recipe will give your hair that textured feeling the ocean gifts without leaving it crunchy, which I love because I have really fine, thin hair. This is a lovely way to add volume. Regarding the aloe vera, I use raw aloe vera gel like this one. The aloe will just really condition your locks and help prevent the salt from totally drying them out. Now for the fun part – adding your essential oils. I personally use and recommend Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils as they are the pioneer in the essential oil industry and ensure a superior pure, product with their rigorous Seed to Seal process. Open this video in a new tab if you want to learn more about the process.
Anywho, today I combined Geranium, Northern Lights Black Spruce (Canadian grown!!!) and Lavender to help bring me to a balanced emotional state. Geranium is a sweet-smelling essential oil that promotes hormonal balance and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. I love combining it with Northern Lights Black Spruce’s (NLBS), strong woodsy aroma so I am left with something not too sweet and not too masculine. To top it off, I added Lavender because who doesn’t love it’s beautiful aroma and enjoy it’s calming effect!? To create a more tropical scent, you could ditch the NLBS and Geranium and use a citrus oil like orange or grapefruit combined with sacred sandalwood!
Be sure to comment below if you make up your own! I would love to hear what you think!