For about a week, I have not used shampoo or conditioner! I tried the “no poo” method two summers ago, kept it up for a mere 2 weeks, then quit. It was working but I got lazy and switched back. I still don’t have it down to an exact science yet, but it’s going good so far. In my shower I now have two spray bottles (need to invest in better ones). One is filled with a baking soda and water mixture and the other is a combination of apple cider vinegar and water. I don’t think I have the ratio right so I will have to try again the next batch. Here is the link to the website that inspired me.
There are healthier and cheaper alternatives out there for everything- We live in such a consumeristic society where the norm is to throw away and buy, throw away and buy. Honestly, I’m not so concerned with “being green” or saving the planet, I just want to break away from this society that holds materialism in high standards. I love being creative and coming up with ways to recycle and refurbish old things. Making your own products (shampoo, deodorant etc..) is easy, saves you a lot of money (including the gas you’d spend to go out to purchase them), and is healthier- no chemicals or toxins. To me it seems like a win win.
Update: I’m kicking myself for not sticking with this earlier. I don’t have to wash my hair everyday and it feels so silky!! Before if I missed a day of washing, it would get really oily.. Today was day two without and it was completely fine- will see how tomorrow goes!
Today was the day I was dreading. As previously stated, as I run out of products, they’ll be replaced with natural alternatives. So today I ran out of deodorant. Womp womp. Most of the recipes circulating online are fairly similar, the one I chose was from the Cheap Like Me blog-
At Fresh Market, I picked up:
Coconut Oil (refined)
Tea Tree Oil
In a pan over low heat, melt 5 T of coconut oil. Remove from burner, then mix in 1/4 C corn starch and 1/4 C baking powder. Stir until it’s completely smooth and then add in your desired amount of tea tree oil. (I accidentally poured too much- probably about 10 drops, woops.) Some other recipes also call for lavender oil! Fresh market didn’t have it and I didn’t feel like driving around looking.
I poured the mixture into an old container and then popped it into the fridge to harden. (Where it remains as I’m writing this.)
Tomorrow will be the test of truth. Will report back soon.
So this really works. I was initially very shocked, but it has been 10 days and no problems.
The only thing, is that now it is getting hot in the apartment, and we have yet to turn on the air, it melts when left out… I might have to tweak the recipe. I’ve been keeping it in the fridge though and it’s been working out.
Thinking about creating any kind of time line to have all these goals completed by is a bit daunting- so I won’t do that. I will simply work everyday, making little changes until I get there.
1. Make most all of my products- cleaning products, makeup, skincare, haircare. I read somewhere that an easy way to go about this without getting overwhelmed, is to take it one step at a time. Don’t throw out everything- When you’ve run out of one thing, simply replace it with your alternative.
2. Be a better grocery shopper: Don’t ever throw out any food again/eat healthy and cheap
3. Have a closet that works for me rather than against.
4. Stop unnecessary spending.
5. Donate/sell/get rid of anything I don’t absolutely need.
6. Save and invest as much money possible.
There they are. I know that there are more, so when they finally come to me I will write them down.
So I figured I’d start off by stating what I have in mind for this blog and then try to write down some feasible goals.
[Some background] For as long as I can remember, I’ve been trying to downsize my life. When I say “downsize my life,” I’m talking about getting rid of unnecessary crap that found it’s way into my room. In my earlier years, it wasn’t so much about living simply, but rather, having a clean and uncluttered space. Now, I have realized that a minimalistic life is what I want. I waste so much money on clothes/beauty products/random things that ultimately mean nothing. I believe in quality over quantity- If you have fewer things that all serve a purpose, those things are of greater value. If that makes any sense…
Currently, I am living in a two bedroom apartment with my roommate and two cats. I will be graduating soon from college and then moving off to another state to pursue my masters. I am very excited for this upcoming move- I see it as a clean slate to really help me get going with this new lifestyle. Ok, so.. goals. OH, in addition to the whole minimalism thing, I also want to slowly incorporate some other healthy and positive choices into my daily life- for example… skin care and makeup. I would love to be able to make my own products or at least search out products that are all natural. To live without chemicals would be awesome. I also just like being super self-sufficient!
1. Living Space
4. Skin Care
Ok sorry these are topics not goals.. I’ll get to goals a bit later!