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  1. I’m so excited that I have everything to make this rinse with (except for the borax – I don’t use it). Lavender and rosemary are my absolute hands-down favorite scents! To have a cloud of that scent wafting around my head all day would be heavenly: invigorating and relaxing all at the same time. And I might add that anything that counteracts gray hair and memory lapses is o.k. by me! How long will it keep in the fridge, btw?

    • [email protected]

      Yay! I’m so excited to hear how it turns out for you. And don’t worry about the borax – again, I’ve made these a million times, and this was the first time I ever used it. It did make my hair softer, but it’s perfectly fine without it, too.

      If you really want the lavender smell, add more than half a cup (there’s no “too much” here, really). You can keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks (but you’ll go through it way faster than that)! The ACV should keep things really fresh for quite some time. But if, for some odd reason, it gets a weird film on the top, that’s when you should toss it.

      Yay again! I can’t wait! Have fun!

      • I made a batch of this hair rinse early in the week but didn’t try it until just before the busy weekend. I kept the jar of “hair tea” in the fridge, so let’s just say it was extra refreshing when I poured it over my head! I don’t really have oily hair issues (opposite really) but I had to try it for the lovely scent. It did make my hair soft though, and it smelled fantastic. I gave some to my hubby to use and he really liked it (and wanted me to be sure and let you know that)! Since the rosemary is so strong, he didn’t smell like flowers either, just herbs. I put the rest of it in a spray bottle and that’s made it really easy to use.

        • [email protected]

          This. Is. The. Best. Story. EVER. I LOVE that your hubby used it, too! I make Fiance try stuff once in a while, but he’s yet to put anything I’ve made on his hair. I’m going to have to tell him your man is beating him. There’s motivation for you!

  2. Kim

    I dont know HOW I missed this one!
    PS – thought you might be interested in this website

    • [email protected]

      I love this site! Except one time I was looking something up and saw that they gave a lower score for aloe vera, and thought that was a little odd.

  3. Oooh…I’ve been dying for a good hair rinse. Ever since the Bed Head Shampoo/Conditioner Incident.

    I may need to try this one.

    • [email protected]

      Y’know, if you don’t want to go through all the fuss of steeping herbs and need a quick fix, you could just use a rinse of about 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar to about 5 cups of water (adjust however you see fit). It’ll fix you up in no time. (And I PROMISE you won’t smell like vinegar after it dries. Pinky swear.)

  4. Can you use fresh rosemary and lavender? I’ve got both growing in the yard and would like to do this tonight.

    • [email protected]

      Absolutely, you can use fresh. You just might need to use a little more than what the recipe calls for. The important thing is to let it set in the water for a good bit. Good luck! Let me know how it goes for you. PS – SO jealous about the fresh lavender!

      • I’m going to pick some right now! Yay!
        And the lavender smells so good! I love it when the kids brush against it when they’re playing. The whole yard smells good!

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          I am fighting this deep, deep desire to come to your house and take a picture of kids running through lavender. The only thing that could make that more precious is a baby puppy.

  5. Rosemary and Lavender are the best! I use natural hair products in my hair and I recently started shampooing with Castille Soap and then using Rosemary conditioner and Lavender as my deep conditioner. Rosemary also helps promote hair growth and thickens hair. It might just be in my head, but my hair has grown a lot in the last 6 months and everyone always makes comments about how my hair looks healthy…. its thanks to these ingredients.

    I will have to try this recipe.

  6. Andrew

    hello again, after reading pretty much every recipe you have posted onto your blog, you have inspired me to FINALLY go all natural! :D only thing i wont be going natural is hair dying haha but hey.

  7. Annabel

    I would love to try this recipe but I have no idea where to buy dried lavender or rosemary. :/ Where did you get yours?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Actually, you can find dried rosemary at any grocery store in the spice aisle. But I get mine from a local natural foods store, where I can buy it in bulk. That also happens to be where I get my dried lavender.

      Not sure if they have lavender and Whole Foods, but definitely try a local natural foods store – if you have any. If not, you can get it (and SO many other awesome things) from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com

      If you don’t want to use dried lavender, you could always just use a little (more) lavender essential oil – if you have that (which you can get at Mountain Rose Herbs or at http://www.iherb.com or even Whole Foods).

      Good luck!

  8. Ayla282

    I know this is a really old post, but I’m on my 3rd week of no ‘poo and this rinse and I am SO ecstatic with the results!!  I wash my hair daily or every other day with the baking soda mixture you mentioned in another post, and then use this rinse slightly modified with hibiscus because I’m a redhead and wouldn’t mind some extra depth to my color (I always rinse with water afterwards though, because I don’t want the hibiscus to stain anything). 
    Once or twice I’ve washed my hair with honey when I had time to stand under the hot water long enough for it to rinse out, and I will definitely be doing this more often!! 
    My hair has never been happier!  It’s luscious and soft and shiny growing!  which for me feels miraculous because my hair seemed to grow at a snail’s pace, but just after 3 weeks I’m already noticing a difference!  mostly in the crazy flyaway baby hairs at the top of my scalp, they have multiplied like crazy (which is annoying, because I looked like I had a little fluffy mohawk for a while), but now they’re reaching ugly shaggy layers status as they grow out.  hopefully they’ll keep growing and make my hair thicker (I have very fine hair, wouldn’t mind more of it growing in…).

    so thank you so much for your ideas and willingness to guinea pig yourself.  have you tried washing your hair with honey?  It is incredible.

  9. Taylorkorrin

    Where do you get borax? I am going poo free and need some help with the oiliness of my hair!!

    • Zi

      If you’re still looking (I realize it’s been a year!), I find borax in the laundry section of the grocery store. I use it to make laundry powder for cleaning my clothes.

  10. Caitlin

    So I was wondering do you ALWAYS store this in the fridge? Like should I not keep this in my shower if I use it frequently?

  11. Is it necessary to put it in a glass container?

  12. Saja

    Can I use rosewater instead of the distilled water?

  13. Claudia

    Quick question… Does it have to sit in the fridge when not in use?

  14. is this color safe? I’m guessing not because of the vinegar, but I really want to try it once my color fades.

    • Elle

      Vinegar actually helps seal the cuticle which seals in color-so it’s good for it! It will help the color stay brighter and last longer

  15. Zi

    I have some oils on hand, but not dried flowers at the moment (plan to try them as soon as I can, though!). Is it possible to use just the oils in this? I imagine that would remove the need for steeping. I’m not sure how many drops of oil to use for this, though. Any thoughts?


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