I get so excited when I can make something for our home, or personal use, that’s easy, low tox (or no tox), and works!

And here is one of those DIY recipes that I’m jumping for joy over – home made hairspray. I nearly choke when spraying store bought hair sprays, so I love this recipe for so many reasons.
As my hair is very fine, it needs ‘help’ to give it a bit of ‘body’, get it into shape, and stay there. And, when spraying, I often miss my hair and hit my face, however with this hair spray, it doesn’t matter – yay!


  • 1 cup filtered, purified or distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (I used raw sugar but you could use coconut sugar or almost any sugar)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oils (see below for suggestions)
  • 1 tablespoon of vodka (acts as a preservative – leave out if you like)
  • glass spray bottle (with a fine mist spray)


  1. Boil the water and add the sugar to completely dissolve.
  2. Remove from the heat when dissolved.
  3. Add the vodka (if using) and stir.
  4. Add essential oils to the spray bottle.
  5. When the mixture has cooled, pour into the spray bottle (a funnel is handy here).
  6. Shake to mix.
  7. Store in a dark environment.
  8. Shake before each use.

Essential oil suggestions:

  1. Rosemary
  2. Lavender
  3. Geranium
  4. Peppermint
  5. Clary sage
  6. Lime / Lemon / Bergamot*


  1. If not using vodka, the shelf life will be about 3-4 weeks.
  2. Some oils, particularly citrus* are photosensitive and may react with your hair or lighten it if exposed to UV rays.
  3. You can start with less sugar if you like, or use more sugar if you want a stronger hold – it’s always good to experiment to see what works best for you.