Fermented Rice Rinse

  • Author: Ibby Hartley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 hours
  • Total Time: 13 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Edible Beauty
  • Method: Combine
  • Cuisine: Homemade Beauty Products


This recipe is adapted from various articles I read online. There is a range of preparation recommendations but I’ve found that the following has the best results. Historically, rice water has been used by women in Japan for centuries for skin and hair health. The Yao women from Hangluo, China also use a fermented rice wash for their hair. I use Shirakiku Calrose Rice (Extra Fancy) because it seems to give me the best results and thickest consistency.




  • Fill a gallon pot with water and add approx 2 cups of rice. Cover and let simmer for about 30 mins. Remove rice and now milky water from heat and strain into a large bowl (I use a bowl with a little spout because it makes pouring easier). Reserve ¾ of the cooked rice for eating 🙂
  • Separate the remaining rice and rice water into glass containers. Cover and let sit at room temp for 12-24 hours. Leaving some rice in with the water will help speed up the fermentation process.
  • After 12-24 hours strain fully and refrigerate! How long you choose to keep your fermented solution is up to you. I keep for about 2 weeks.
  • When I shower, I put the fermented rice wash into a condiment bottle I got from Smart and Final for easy application (would love to upgrade to this set of bottles + funnel, my bday is in September 😉 ). I use the wash every time I shampoo and condition my hair.

Keywords: japanese hair rinse, rice rinse recipe, diy, rice