Going Shampoo-less.

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!

What’s the Deo?

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:
Corn Starch
Baking Soda
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.