Sweet Orange Cocoa Dry Shampoo for Dark Colored Hair
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Hands on time: 15 mins
  • Makes: 4 ounces
Sweet Orange Cocoa Dry Shampoo for Dark Colored Hair

A homemade dry shampoo recipe for dark colored hair that's made with arrowroot powder, cocoa powder and sweet orange essential oil.


48 drops Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential Oil 0.5 fl. oz.
4-ounce Aura Cacia Amber Wide Mouth Jar with Writable Label 4 oz.
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder


1. Into a small mixing bowl, measure arrowroot powder. Sprinkle powder with sweet orange essential oil, then use a spoon to stir until well mixed. Transfer to glass jar.

2. To use, part dry hair in sections over scalp and lightly apply dry shampoo to roots using a large make up brush. Use a wooden comb or bristle hair brush to distribute throughout hair and brush clean.

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Jola L

February 7, 2019 - 4:16pm

I made this recipe with baking soda and cocoa, and it worked well. Aa for essential oils, rosemary is always good for it energizes the follicles and promotes growth and tea tree oil is great for greasy hair.
Btw, in your recipe…the tablespoon of cocoa is missing in the stepwise instructions.

Susan Everett B

March 14, 2018 - 7:32pm

Also, one other comment: is it possible to get your IT people to write a program for printable recipes? Thanks!

Susan Everett B

March 14, 2018 - 7:30pm

I like the thought of this recipe and will likely try it in the next few days. I have to get a good source of arrowroot powder first.
My only thought is that 48 drops of Essential Oil is a lot! But then, a quarter cup of arrowroot powder is a lot of material. I will experiment a bit and see what scent level is right for me. I’m looking forward to trying this for two reasons: 1) it is not full of harmful chemicals, and 2) it is not an aerosol.
Thank you!

AnnMarie B

February 22, 2018 - 12:21am

What would someone with red/ auburn hair use?

Charlynn Avery

February 22, 2018 - 10:53am

Hi AnnMarie - Take a look at my comment to Karla.  If your hair is light red/auburn you would proceed without much cocoa, but if you have darker red/auburn hair, give this recipe a try and see how it works for you.  The wonderful thing about DIY recipes is that they are very customizable!  Let us know how it works.

Karla S 40420455

February 21, 2018 - 10:33am

What would someone with light colored hair use??

Charlynn Avery

February 22, 2018 - 10:51am

Hi Karla - great question!  With light hair you can either leave the cocoa out completely and use more arrowroot to make up the difference, or add just enough to make it blend a bit with your hair color.  A dry shampoo doesn’t have to match color - it just needs to absorb oil and then can be brushed out.  Typically with dark hair, it can make the darkness appear dull or create a greying effect, which is why the cocoa is suggested in this recipe.

Jennifer Hernandez

February 19, 2018 - 9:10am

I really like this recipe with the sweet orange essential oil. I can’t wait to go home and make a batch.  It is hard for me to use some of the other lighter colored dry shampoos as it makes my dark hair look really dull.

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