Take The Funk Out Of Fermented Rice Water

By this point, I’m sure most of us have heard about the benefits of rice water. Let’s talk about something that seems to get dismissed…the smell. 

The longer you let it ferment, the worse it gets. I know that a lot of people subtly mention how bad it smells, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Rice water that’s only been fermenting for 24 hours doesn’t smell that bad to me, but anything longer than that smells like puke. I let my rice ferment for 48 hours, and the scent almost made my nose fall off. In order to help keep your nose on your face, I’ll share some of my favorite rice water recipes. You’ll thank me later.

As a side note, you don’t have to only use oils if you don’t want to. Sometimes I use tea and have a combined tea rinse and rice water rinse. Just make the tea and mix it with your fermented rice water, then add the oils. Another way to use the tea is to just put the tea bag inside the rice water and let it brew.

These are great natural hair loss remedies because both tea and rice water can help reduce shedding and breakage. While this is a natural hair powerhouse, I would suggest that you do this no sooner than an hour before you wash your hair or else it might be too potent.

Flower Power

Imagine yourself in a flowery meadow instead of a rotten rice marsh. Floral essential oils can make the scent disappear ( or at least hide it) to give you a more pleasant experience.

  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang Oil

  • 8 drops Jasmine Oil

  • 8 drops Lavender Oil

  • 5 drops Chamomile Oil


Citrus Zest

Nothing beats the invigorating smell of fruit when you’re trying to cover up a stench. The good thing about citrus oil is that it gives you a refreshing scent and an energy boost! I don’t know about you, but I’ve had wash days that were draining! Time seemed to move at a snail’s pace and my energy was always low. If you need a little pick-me-up during your wash day, this rice water recipe is for you!

  • 6 drops of Lemon Oil

  • 5 drops of Orange Oil

  • 2 drops of Lime Oil


Sweet Water

This is my favorite blend, but it is slightly unorthodox. It only uses two ingredients: cassia (cinnamon) oil and vanilla extract. This blend reminds me of rice pudding, and it might remind you of some sweets as well.

While cassia oil has a lot of benefits for natural hair, the vanilla extract doesn’t really do anything unless you have pure vanilla extract. So if you want the maximum benefits, use pure vanilla extract.

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 5 drops of cassia oil

I hope you try these fermented rice water recipes and that they make your wash days less funky. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather smell these than plain 2-day old fermented rice water. Let me know if you tried any of these, or list your own scent boosters.

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