I’m talking about that empty tub you just swiped that last bit of shea butter (or any product for that matter) out of!
Old containers come in handy if you like to experiment by mixing and making your own products!
I have saved the clear containers from Shea Moisture products and made my own shea butter mixes. I like doing this because you can make small quantities and mix different varieties of oils and essential oils in them and even fragrance oils! My mood always changes—some days I like to smell florally and some days I may like to smell like a bakery lol Also, some times the scents from the essential oils can be overpowering and don’t mix well with my fragrance oils. That’s why I like to keep several containers and make small batches.
here’s my fav thing to re-use….empty mini spray bottles from Bath and Body Works! Yes, these are the best! They are the perfect size and you can travel with them! They also spray in a very light, thin mist so you aren’t like drenching your head and getting your mixture all over the place.I LOVE using these to may different spritzer mixes, as I refer to them. I use the sprays EVERY time I re-twist my hair to style for moisture (water is the ONLY thing that provides moisture). I also make sure I spray my scalp as well since I use a lot of essential oils and this way I can get those benefits every other night or so.
Here’s a few things I have mixed and matched, I am sure there are other great liquids you could mix as well, I’m taking suggestions! Remember, I don’t like to mix more than 3-5 ingredients at a time so that each ingredient can be effective. You can play around with the quantity of each ingredient but make sure the majority is water (like 80-90%) and you only use no more than 5-10 drops each for the essential oils:
- Water (ALWAYS!! This is the base ingredient for all my spritzers)
- Glycerin — humectant; makes hair SUPER soft
- Aloe juice — humectant
- Grape seed or Sweet almond oil — Use only light oils since oil and water don’t mix. You’ll have to be sure to shake the bottle vigorously before each spritzing to make sure you get the oil through the nozzle before it separates (hope that made sense).
- Essentials Oils – I currently own peppermint, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme, myrtle, lavender, tea tree (these benefit the scalp more than anything)
- Witch Hazel — I just started adding this! This helps “refresh” your hair and scalp as it is astringent. This is good to neutralize oily hair/scalp as well so I would only use this in a mixture if you already have a lot of oily product in your hair i.e. that day you were a bit heavy handed lol. Focus this on your scalp more than your hair. Also, I would make sure you get a pure, alcohol free kind. I am a HUGE Thayer’s fan :o)
What do you have in your spritzer mixer?!