Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Simple Body Care
Now I haven't tried many simple, homemade recipes for body care, but I am definitely intrigued. The thought of not putting chemicals on my body is certainly motivating. The thought of saving money on bunches of beauty products is definitely motivating. And any opportunity that I can find to reduce my environmental impact by not buying more plastic bottles of stuff is clearly motivating. Not to mention the aesthetic and creative pleasures of making something all by yourself for yourself. That's empowering and cool.
Can you imagine never using shampoo again? Apparently there is a "no 'poo" movement that is growing, and the participants promise that their hair is healthier, shinier, and more beautiful that ever. Here are two links for you to read how to try it for yourself. You simply start using only baking soda on your scalp and some apple cider vinegar on your ends. Another article suggests just using a washcloth on your wet hair to wipe the oil from the scalp down to the ends...100 strokes on both sides of your head. I definitely want to try these methods and get free of the shampoo chains....I swore off conditioner a few years ago along with all those fancy shower gels and lotions. I am just using a bottle of Aubrey Organics shampoo and a bar of locally made soap when I shower...and then I use Dr. Bronner's and Sun Dog's Magic Organic Lotion.
I also found a another website today with recipes for making your own deodorant and toothpaste! I have tried every natural deodorant on the market (not really, but it feels that way :), and I would just love to begin making my own. There is something so nurturing and real about making homemade concoctions for your family. After recently using Jason's brand of deodorant (in which I ended up smelling WORSE than usual) and also giving up on my deodorant stone, I started using this and it's worked the best of anything "natural" to prevent stinkage. Since that recipe calls for baking soda (which is the basis for the one I use), I might as well give it a go. And I am tired of spending about $6 for a tube of Tom's toothpaste so this will definitely be a money-saver for me as prices seem to keep going up and up.
So although my products of choice already seem pretty basic to me, making-my-own seems like a fun experiment...and I am always up for an adventure no matter how small it may be :).
What simple body-care products do you use? Any recipes of your own to share?
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