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The Shampoo v. “No-poo” Compromise

I’ve been on the crunchy lifestyle bandwagon for a while now. My mission to live a sustainable lifestyle has taken some unexpected turns. One of my favorite things to do has been replacing my beauty items with sustainable, homemade versions. In fact, I have a batch of homemade body butter cooling in the kitchen right now.

I’ve tried the so-called “no-poo” method (i.e. baking soda and water as a replacement for shampoo). Can I just take a moment to say what a horrible name that is!?! Okay, end rant. I tried the standard baking soda and water shampoo replacement method. Long story short, for whatever reason, this method did not work for me. I can’t pin the failure on the water, my hair type or the environment, or just the plain fact that it doesn’t work. My hair just felt thick and dirty, never that fresh and clean feeling. However, my fellow sustainable bloggers swear by it. It just did not work for me.

This failure spurred a desire to fix it. I could not simply go back to shampoo. I had to find some answer to a healthier method to cleanse my hair than the chemical-laden cocktail that was sold at the store. Organic versions are better, yet expensive and still don’t fix the problem of using detergent on my hair.

I am advocating against washing your hair with conventional shampoo. Why? Here are my reasons:

  • Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils and moisture. Our hair actually produces its own natural oil which acts as a conditioner and moisturizer;
  • Conventional shampoo is toxic, see an article here; I don’t want to spread toxic chemicals that are known carcinogens onto my scalp each and every day;
  • It’s unnecessary. Before 1930, we didn’t even have what we now know as shampoo.

I have now been washing my hair with my “compromise” method for a few months. To be perfectly honest, I was skeptical and not sure if I would stick this one out. I think the method I have designed is a nice compromise between using organic shampoo and the baking soda method.

This method does take some getting used to. You will more than likely go through a bit of a greasy phase. If you experience this, have no fear, there is a natural dry shampoo method found here. Use this dry shampoo during the transition phase.

This is my compromise recipe:

Shampoo

  1. Fill and 8 ounce squeezable bottle with water, leaving some room at the top. You can also re-use an old shampoo bottle or any other suitable container.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of organic shampoo. I use this kind.
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.
  5. Now shake to combine.

To use:

  • In the shower, I wet my hair thoroughly and massage my scalp to loosen any oil or dirt
  • Next, I squeeze my alternative solution onto my roots and scrub, scrub, scrub
  • I wash my face, allowing the mixture to remain on my hair for a few minutes
  • Then, rinse while massaging my scalp.
  • I’m still working on an alternative to conditioner … so stay tuned.
  • I then use my homemade body wash.

Let me know how this works for you! Everyone’s hair is different, so tweak the recipe as needed.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

5 things I’ve been loving lately

Me, on a hike with my family at Castle Rock.

Me, on a hike with my family at Castle Rock.

Life catches up with us … sometimes, it feels like life is moving in fast-forward. At least for me. If you’re busy … you know what I’m talking about. But it’s OKAY! We can still be healthy and green even when life is spinning out of control. It takes a little discipline and the drive to be healthy, but with a little effort, we can reap what we sow.  Below is a list of the five things I have been loving during the whirlwind I call “my life.”

#1 – Book stores!

I don’t know about where you live, but where I live the local book stores are meeting their end and succumbing to the digital era. It is unfortunate to watch one of the great legacy’s of our  time whither and die, but I suppose it is a part of the cycle of life.

I have an absolute love for collecting books … I may do a little more collecting than reading, but who is keeping score? In my collecting spirit I took advantage of an offer from one of my friends to meet her at one of the book stores that is closing in our area for their 50% sale. I picked up some wonderful books about gardening and herbal medicines. I am very excited to add them to my collection. I have always fancied myself as an apothecary…

At any rate … go check out your local book store and find some great deals on books about subjects you want to learn more about.

2. Homemade deodorant!

Okay, so people look at me sideways when I tell them I make my own deodorant and that I am wearing it at the present moment. I think they are wondering if I smell and if they should take a step back. To be honest, I was apprehensive at first, but I was sick of using the commercial stuff that I knew was slowly poisoning me … I got to the point where I would rather smell bad than die. Logical, right?

So I saw this post for Primal Pit Paste … so I began reading about it. It looked like it would work, so I read the ingredients and was shocked when I realized I had all the ingredients in my pantry. And in my apothecary spirit I skipped to my kitchen to begin creating. I whipped up a small batch, poured it into an old deodorant container and began using it. I loved it so much I made some for my Sugar. And he loves it! In fact – the dark marks under his arms have disappeared (which I think were caused by the toxins in the commercial deodorant).

Honestly, I’m hooked. I’m going to be making some more for a friend soon – can’t wait for her to try it out!

3. Taking my supplements!

I don’t know about you, but I am the worst about taking my supplements. I don’t know if it just the pure rebellion bubbling up … but I always “forget.” In fact, I just now realized that I have two maca and a vitamin B complex in my pocket as I type this. Yes, I just took them out of my pocket and swallowed them. (Good girl!) When I do take them, I feel so much better.

Truth is … most of us are deficient in the nutrients we truly need from our diets. For me I like taking vitamins B and D, evening primrose oil, maca, spirulina, flax oil, safflower oil and borage  oil. Consult with your local homeopath or doctor about what supplements are right for you. Every body is different.

4. Information on Facebook!

Recently I have liked the following pages to keep me up-to-date on the happenings of our world:

  • NPR
  • Oh She Glows
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • DIY Natural
  • Wellness Mama
  • Rural Spin

And I have liked some our local businesses such as co-ops and raw food chefs. Check it out … there is a world of knowledge to be had!

5. Down time!

Wait, what? What is this so-called downtime?

I know, I know … I know. It is truly the last thing a type-A, busy college student, who is working has time for. However, we are animals, not machines. If we don’t take the time to rest and relax, we’re gonna break, and we’re gonna break hard!

In the interest of living past my 30’s I have decided that taking some down time is a good thing. So – what have I been doing in this down time?

  1. Writing this blog … I know, it’s been a while. 
  2. Joined a book club to re-learn the love of reading that college has destroyed.
  3. Naps
  4. Going outside … just to love the outside a little more. Nature is truly beautiful. If you want your mind blown about nature watch “Fractals” you will never look at a cloud or a tree the same. 🙂
  5. Talking to my loved ones … I know a lot of people might do this frequently, but I don’t live near my family, and I don’t have any time to talk that isn’t between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. It’s just nice to connect with the people you love the most and hear what is going on their lives.

What things have you been loving lately?

Until next time, I send you peace love and good energy!

~Sharon

 

Eco Emi January 2013 – Unboxing

Check out what I got in this month’s Eco Emi box!

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy!

~Sharon

Eco Emi December 2012 – Unboxing

Here’s a long-ish video I shot yesterday showing you the samples in my Eco Emi box. Eco Emi is a monthly subscription service that sends you samples of food, make-up, lotion and other goodies. It’s a service that highlights the many earth-friendly products that are available out there that you may never have heard of … or some that you already love. In any event … I love getting a monthly package full of healthy goodies. So check out my dorky video linked below … I’m no youtube sensation … this is purely for those that are interested in discovering new products.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy!

~Sharon