Frugal & Oily DIY: Coconut and Essential Oil Hair Mask

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Give Your Scalp and Hair Some Love!

Fall is finally here and the weather is slowly but surely changing. Cue the pumpkin spice lattes, comfy sweaters, and dry skin. Dry skin hit me a little faster this year so I decided the weekend was the perfect time to try out a DIY hair mask. I googled my little heart out and then came up with my own simple DIY recipe with items I had on hand.

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How I Made my Hair Mask

I grabbed a jar of organic coconut oil (I buy mine at Aldi), took a big spoon, and plopped some in a microwave and oil-safe bowl. I heated it for about 30 seconds to get it to liquid form. Fractionated coconut oil would remove this step. I then added several drops of Tea Tree essential oil.

I use Young Living oils. You can see more about why I love YL and choose them over other brands on my More on Oils page.

It is important to note that if you are new to essential oils or have never tried a particular oil do not apply it to your skin without diluting it first.

I chose tea tree oil for my hair mask both for its cleansing properties and the added shine it can give your hair. It also has a very refreshing scent. I added a few drops of tea tree oil in my vanilla copaiba shampoo right after purchasing and use it diluted in my kids’ shampoo as well. Last-minute I also decided to add in a couple of drops of lavender simply because it is my favorite oil and if you follow me on Instagram #irunonlavender.

Hair Mask Application

I applied the oil directly to my scalp and combed through my hair with my fingers. In the future, I would consider buying an applicator brush to make it easier to apply the hair mask. I also dye my hair so I would be sure to get regular use out of the brush.

After applying the mask roots to ends and massaging into my scalp (I even used it on my forehead and eyebrows to soothe my dry skin) I clipped my hair back for 15 to 20 minutes and went back to typing up my next Monday Meal Plan post.

After waiting I rinsed my hair in the shower, washed with vanilla copaiba shampoo and conditioner, then allowed my hair to air dry. It feels so soft and luxurious and my dry skin feels soothed. Then I poured the remaining hair mask oil in this glass jar for future use. I will definitely try this again!

A Frugal & Oily DIY: Laundry Scent Booster

In the past, between my sensitive skin and our oldest child’s eczema, I thought we were stuck using unscented “free and clear” laundry detergents. The clothes were clean but didn’t really smell like it. In fact, they didn’t really smell like anything unless they had a strong, bad smell prior to laundering. Then it was just a faint, bad smell. It never occurred to me to use or make a laundry scent booster. The scent was bad, right?

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Then I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living last year. In March I took advantage of the monthly Essential Rewards promo and stocked up on the rest of the Thieves line- laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and more household cleaner.

thieves laundry soap

I use Thieves toothpaste now as well. I love using Thieves laundry detergent so much more than the unscented free and clear alternatives. My clothes are clean and I understand all the ingredients. Plus, one bottle goes a long ways, even if it isn’t diluted.

But sometimes the laundry still needs a little something extra to take care of the smell. I have a husband who works outside all the time and two kids who play hard. Laundry can have a bit of a funk. I did some Googling last month and found several DIY laundry scent booster recipes and knew I just had to try one. The only problem was what container would I use to store it once it was mixed?

Laundry Scent Booster DIY

For a few weeks, I made small batches and left them in a stainless mug on the laundry room shelf. We try not to buy a lot of glass after our son’s accident this summer and stainless steel is a little more than I wanted to pay for this little project. Then I found this little bamboo saltbox on Amazon. I double-checked it was an acceptable vessel for a product mixed with an essential order, then added it to my cart.

How to make your own DIY Laundry Scent Booster:

Items Needed:

  1. Unscented, All Natural Epsom Salt (I got mine at Dollar Tree!)
  2. A sealable container (preferably glass, stainless, or bamboo like this one)
  3. An essential oil of your choice (think Citrus Fresh, Purification, lemon)
  4. Bowl and spoon for mixing


  1. Measure enough Epsom salt to fill your container. Pour into the bowl.

2. Add several drops of essential oil of your choice. I used Citrus Fresh.

3. Stir until oil is well blended into the salt.

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4. Pour into saltbox. I use the second scooper from the Thieves dishwasher detergent to add my laundry scent booster to the wash.

laundry scent booster

It’s Frugal, Oily, and EASY!

The total cost on this little project is less than $10! That’s right! $10. I paid $6.99 for the saltbox and $1 for the epsom salt. As a bonus, this project was both frugal AND sustainable; when this runs out I still have plenty of salt left and I will reuse the saltbox. I repurposed a scoop and the Citrus Fresh was free in the August Essential Reward promo! Not on Essential Rewards? Check out the More on Oils page to see why I use Young Living and feel free to contact me if you have any questions! This one is a winner in my book!