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DIY Homemade Scalp Tonic Recipe

February 16, 2014

Natural Homemade Scalp Tonic Recipe - Balances and Restores Your Scalp From the Effects of Cream Shampoos and Styling Products - A Toner for Your Scalp!

I’ve always kind of jumped around from product to product when it came to shampoo and conditioners. Some worked great for a while and then they stopped or I need more love in the winter than the summer. So I have tried a lot of different hair care products, but never found that one that was simply perfect.

Since joining Birchbox last year, however, I’ve had the opportunity to discover a lot of great new beauty and hair care products that I had never even heard of prior. One of those products happened to be Uniq One All in One Shampoo & Balm – a low foaming, cream based sulfate free shampoo. I use it regularly now in conjunction with the All in One Hair Treatment to fight frizz and am completely in love. I have long, fine, straight hair that has gotten a lot coarser and drier as I’ve gotten older and these two products really seem to do the trick consistently. After two weeks I also lost significantly less hair would I would brush it. The only drawback, and I imagine this would also happen with other cream based shampoos like Wen, is that if your scalp tends to get oily it can become bothersome. Since there are no harsh cleansers washing away the oils on your scalp, I found that eventually my scalp got itchy and annoying. I tried to fix it by going back to regular shampoo occasionally but then it would strip my hair and reverse what I’d gained by using a cream shampoo.

So rather than repeating the pattern of switching out with new products over and over, I thought I’d try a toner – for my scalp! Within two days my scalp felt balanced again and no longer itched. I simply applied it to my scalp and massaged it in after shampooing, rinsed, then applied styling products as usual. Not only does it work, but it’s simple to make. And because of the natural properties of the essential oils, you’ll also find this one helpful at keeping dandruff away as well.

Natural DIY Scalp Tonic Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon


4 fluid ounces witch hazel
12 drops rosemary essential oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops tea tree oil


In a 4 oz. or larger container – I used a spray bottle for ease of application – combine the witch hazel and essential oils. Shake well to mix. Apply and massage into scalp as needed up to once a day after shampooing, let sit for a  minute or two, then rinse. Apply conditioner if desired.

In addition to keeping your scalp squeaky clean and balanced, you’ll find you can also use this toner on your face when you are experiencing acne breakouts or to help balance oily skin. It’s also great for guys who are prone to back acne. And if you prepare this in a spray bottle – or a glass bottle with a fingertip mister – it makes it super simple to apply wherever you need it.


  • Clare

    February 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Ooh! I’m bookmarking this to try. Thank you!

  • amy

    February 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    My daughter is in major need of something like this right now. Thanks for posting! Also, I don’t get Birchbox, but I do subscribe to Ipsy, which I love (I’m way more into makeup than the skincare stuff in Birchbox).

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I get ipsy too. 😉 I like them both for different reasons. Hope this helps your daughter, too!

  • Grace

    June 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I am wondering if this isn’t super drying to hair/scalp? Tea-tree really strips my hair/scalp. I know you can condition after but this recipe looks like it would cause more itching because of the drying ingredients. PS i have seb dermatitis so I really have to be careful. Thanks for any comments.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      I used it for several weeks and it did not dry my scalp out at all.

  • mollie

    January 22, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Would this help with balancing pH for dandruff? Just curious. Thanks!

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