Grapefruit and Rosemary Clarifying Hair Rinse

Lemons have the hair lightening reputation and oranges get the credit for high vitamin C content, but turns out that grapefruit provide both of those things. As I've mentioned before, here and here, it's the citric acid in lemons that's responsible for the hair lightening. So, pretty much any citrus fruit will do the trick. Vitamin C is found in tons of fruits and vegetables and is great for rebuilding collagen in the skin, plus when you eat it, it's great for joints and the sensitive tissue that makes up the lungs. In addition to that, grapefruit is great for clarifying probably because it's slightly acidic. One thing I noticed is that grapefruit juice is a way better detangler than lemon juice. It leaves hair less dry, that might just be me. 

Rosemary is a well-known holistic remedy for hair loss. If it can stop or slow down hair loss just think of what it can do for those of us who are just enthusiasts. "rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels and, in turn, stimulates hair follicles into producing new hair growth." I found that bit of information over on LIVESTRONG. I'm not using rosemary oil specifically because I have the plant right outside. If you were to use the oil, just a few drops would do it, which is about how much can be found in a few stems of fresh rosemary. 

Mint, spearmint, actually. I only added this in because I have so much mint growing. In my research I found out that it can actually stop hair growth when you drink it in a tea, not the hair growth on your head, but in places women don't really want to grow hair, like the face and chest. It's actually really interesting how this whole thing came about and it's a pretty recent discovery. I guess Turkish men were complaining about their reducing libidos and the doctors noticed that the men we're all drinking spearmint tea, which was reducing the male hormone, Androgen. So, they applied this same principle to women and it was effective in lowering the same hormone in them, too. My favorite resource for this info was from this video

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 springs of rosemary
  • 2 springs of spearmint - optional
  • Grapefruit juice - fresh, I used the juice from half of a grapefruit


  • Bring water to a boil and add in herbs. Put a lid on the pot and let the herbs steep for 15 minutes. 
  • Juice your grapefruit and mix the two together when the herbal tea has come down to lukewarm
  • Rinse over wet hair. I left mine in for an hour to get the lightening effects. You can leave it in for 15-20 minutes, or just run it over your hair if you're in a hurry. 
  • Shampoo after. 

Most Popular in April

I woke up this morning and I was like, "There is something I'm supposed to do today. Something I always do." Most popular in ..., duh. It occurred to me about mid-day, but I have like four projects going at once right now. So I thought, "Eh, later." Now it's 11:14 pm and I just remembered again. In addition to the four projects, it was a super eventful day. So, much information rolling in. I don't know if anyone else is having this experience. I feel like I came upon so many epiphanies. 

Also today, I was walking my dogs to the bluffs like I do every day (ok, most days) and there was some kind of photoshoot going on. It looked pretty official. The funny thing was I looked at my camera before I left the house and decided to opt for my headphones and Growlers playlist instead because I just needed to zone out instead of trying to juggle cameras, dogs and ideas, as always. So, instead of gawking and practicing my street photography skills, I sat quietly looking out on the ocean, closing my eyes as appropriate. I think I made the right choice. I am going to have to bring my camera one of these days, but it'll probably be better without dogs so I can focus on pictures. 

At any rate, life's been grand, for the most part and my first product in print is coming out this month.

Also, the blog's beauty section was way popular this month. In addition to Most Popular in November, of all things. What was so great in November? I guess I'll never know. 

1. Homemade Deodorant

4. Balancing and Brightening Grapefruit and Pink Salt Scrub

Life Lately

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Obviously, spring cleaning is completely lost on me. My organizing looks something like this. It's not really my fault, my least favorite family members have been making their presence known. I guess it's not entirely their fault that they have nothing better to do. It's mostly pathetic for them, but still annoying. The proverbial 'they' say that those who annoy you are supposed to teach you something about yourself and they have. Boy, have they. Short story: Probably don't give a shit about the opinions of people who you would never be like, ever, in life, for any reason. I don't love airing dirty laundry, but it's not so much laundry as it is, well, a disgusting need, I've been forced to witness, to satisfy some childhood deficiency. Which is why I've chosen to move on, basically out of fear of letting the rage eat me up and turn me into whatever they are, more than twice my age and no wisdom to show. So, I'm feeling kind of angsty, but not without cause, not without cause, my friend. 

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the free spirited

At any rate, this blog is about me. And I am in a magazine. It comes out next month. It's called Willow and Sage and I'm actually a huge fan. There are so many good recipes I'm excited to make at home, plus some of you are going to get to read my recipe, off the blog no less. This is my first time in print and a whole 2 full-sized pages just for me. Someday, I'll be gracing covers, mark my words. :)

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So, I can technically walk to the beach from where I live, but it's a beast of a walk. The way down is really nice. The way back up, not as much. I found some tree trunks and drove back to pick them up and a woman jogging stopped to help me. I'd like to say I wasn't jealous she could run it and I gripe about having to walk it, but that would be a lie.

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For some reason I'm not great at taking pictures of the ocean. I think I'm going to get on YouTube to figure it out. Maybe it's something about the reflections. I'll bet I need to adjust white balance to compensate for the sun's glare. I'll work it out. 

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the free spirited

I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to pick these, which I don't understand because it's not like I'm just vandalizing. I'll grow these for years to come, growing more and more succulents, forever. Why can't I just live my life? ... so many rules. 

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And this is an old picture of Russell, from when I lived in Flagstaff. This picture is about five years old and perfectly demonstrates why I don't live in the mountains anymore. I just thought it was so adorable that he wanted to lie down in the snow. He definitely loves the cold and can't deal with heat. I have no idea what breed he is, but some kind that has a heavy, waterproof coat and loves to lie down in snow. I welcome anyone's insights. 

Balancing and Brightening Grapefruit and Pink Salt Scrub

Ok, so I like to make things out of stuff that would normally go to waste. If you're venturing to do the same, grapefruit rind is as good a place to start as any. It's loaded with vitamin C, which helps to rebuild collagen, which keeps skin elastic. The same vitamin can also help to reduce dark spots on the skin. So, it's like a whole thing, just a bunch of stuff you want for your skin, brighter, tighter and more even tones. Everyone wants that stuff. 

Grapefruit also has bromelian and alpha hydroxy acids, which both act as chemical exfoliants. Not chemical as in synthetic, obviously, but chemical vs. granular, like salt. This clears off dead skin leaving skin brighter and healthier looking. Not only that the bromelain cleanses skin. So, you can use the inside of the peel as a cleanser. It won't remove heavy makeup, but it will make a great post workout skin refresher, and it smells great. 

Himalayan salt is awesome for balancing skin because of its high mineral content. It also contains electrolytes needed to keep skin hydrated in a long term way. So, while it might seem counter-intuitive, or that the salt can actually dry your skin, it really has the opposite effect. The salt is also super detoxifying. Make sure to let this scrub sit on your skin, or scrub until it dissolves so you make sure not to waste your pink salt.  

Here's what you'll need: 

  • 2/3 cup Himalayan salt - I used the rock salt
  • 1/2 the peel of a large grapefruit


  • With scissors or a knife chop up the grapefruit rind and add it in to your food processor with the Himalayan salt. 
  • It's ok if the salt doesn't dissolve completely, but the peel should get pretty fine. 
  • Put the scrub in a glass container. Sometimes more acidic products can leach from metal and plastic. So, glass is really best.
  • Apply to damp skin and scrub in thoroughly. You'll want the salt to dissolve, so you don't waste any. It can be kind of expensive. 

Pink Grapefruit Soda

I almost hesitate to make simple syrup because I know it won't last a week. I don't really drink normal soda very often, but when I do it's always kind of harsh. Sorry soda. And it's not even customizable. What's that about? If you haven't made simple syrup or homemade soda before, your life is about to change. 

I should also mention this whole week will basically be dedicated to all the stuff you can make out of grapefruit and the rind. I just have so many around. I don't have a choice. It's nature's fault. I'm determined to make something out of all of the parts of the fruit. I was kind of upset about not making an Earth Day post, but then I realized, here at The Free Spirited, pretty much every day is Earth Day. And proud of it. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Juice from one large grapefruit about 3/4 cup
  • Sparkling mineral water
  • ice


  • In a medium sauce pan mix sugar and grapefruit juice.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes until the mix thickens and all the sugar dissolves.
  • Set the syrup aside to cool. 
  • In a glass add ice and about a cup of sparkling water.
  • Add 2-4 tablespoons of syrup and stir well.