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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:17 PM

What kind of shampoo and body-care products do you use?

There are many inexpensive items out there, but they tend to be loaded with awful chemicals, and/or be produced in ways harmful to the environment, are tested on animals, etc.

So, what do you use? What lasts long, cleans well, and is ethically sound?



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Reply What kind of shampoo and body-care products do you use? (Original post)
Flaxbee Jan 2013 OP
Betsy Ross Jan 2013 #1
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #2
Viva_La_Revolution Jan 2013 #4
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #3
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #7
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #14
cbayer Jan 2013 #5
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #8
cbayer Jan 2013 #10
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #12
cbayer Jan 2013 #13
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2013 #34
silverweb Mar 2013 #37
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2013 #38
silverweb Mar 2013 #39
stopwastingmymoney Jan 2013 #6
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #9
cbayer Jan 2013 #11
The empressof all Jan 2013 #15
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #16
The empressof all Jan 2013 #18
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #20
The empressof all Jan 2013 #22
kcass1954 Jan 2013 #17
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #19
TxRider Jan 2013 #21
athena Jan 2013 #23
cbayer Jan 2013 #24
Flaxbee Feb 2013 #26
mzteris Feb 2013 #25
Flaxbee Feb 2013 #28
mzteris Feb 2013 #31
meeshrox Feb 2013 #27
Flaxbee Feb 2013 #29
meeshrox Feb 2013 #30
greymattermom Mar 2013 #35
i am me. i am free. Feb 2013 #32
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2013 #33
LiberalEsto Mar 2013 #36
silverweb Mar 2013 #40
Flaxbee Apr 2013 #41
silverweb Apr 2013 #42
MADem Jul 2013 #49
silverweb Jul 2013 #50
MADem Jul 2013 #51
ConcernedCanuk Apr 2013 #43
sue4e3 Jul 2013 #45
ConcernedCanuk Jul 2013 #46
ConcernedCanuk Jul 2013 #47
Shankapotomus Jul 2013 #44
RoccoR5955 Jul 2013 #48
Flaxbee Jul 2013 #52
laundry_queen Jul 2013 #53
silverweb Aug 2013 #54
RebelOne Aug 2013 #55
lunasun Sep 2013 #56

Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:23 PM

1. Baking soda was the talk of the town last year.

Easy to rinse out with lemon or vinegar.

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Response to Betsy Ross (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:30 PM

2. Really? Just plop it on your head and rinse? See, even though I am definitely a frugal at heart,

I also like some of the sensory pleasures of nice-smelling products. I think simple baking soda might wither my soul.

Lol. But I'm not entirely kidding.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:41 PM

4. dry rub

it absorbs oils and lifts out the dirt so you can rinse clean. but it does smell like nothing.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:30 PM

3. I am not sure about the ethics of these products,

but I almost always buy Sauve personal care products. They are usually cheaper than the name brands, and I have not had anything that did not do the job required.

I think the only times I use other products is when they are on sale at a really good price.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:46 PM

7. Suave is owned by Unilever...

and they're not great.

St. Ives used to be good, but they're also now owned by Unilever. They say that "finished products" aren't animal tested, but that doesn't mean ingredients aren't.

I found a nice bottle of Banana shampoo at The Body Shop. A little $$ ($10 for 8 ounces) so not entirely frugal, but it smells great and they're totally for fair-trade, reducing their impact on the environment, cruelty-free, etc. I want to be frugal (and really, a small dollop of shampoo is all you need to clean) but I also don't want to compromise my beliefs.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:42 PM

14. I appreciate your commitment

and I try to do that too. But there have been so many disappointments over the years where I find out that this ethical company isn't really ethical, or that company doesn't animal test but does other unethical things. I don't make that the primary reason to buy or not anymore. I don't know that we can trust any of them anymore. I know, sad.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 11:37 AM

5. A friend turned me on to Black Africa Soap from Whole Foods.

I like it. It comes in two *flavors* - one citrus, one minty. You can use it for everything - hair and body.

I'm not saying it's the best soap ever, but I am happy with it.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:48 PM

8. That sounds like shampoo/soap bars from Lush

I hadn't paid much attention to Whole Foods (the closest one is something like 50 miles away) but now it seems their CEO is an asshat.

Lush has terrific products: http://www.lushusa.com/Emotional-Brilliance/emotional-brilliance,en_US,sc.html?gclid=CPST6IzW8rQCFcqY4Aod1A0Atg

I haven't used a product of theirs in ages and it's something I'd have to mail order, which is a bummer b/c I like to smell products before I buy them... but still, I like the solid shampoos, etc. -- makes traveling much easier.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:51 PM

12. cool! thanks - yes, Lush is quite $$, but I don't know how long they last

If a soap bar lasts months, it might be worth it.

I was in St. Petersburg, Russia about 5 years ago and there was a really nice "Lush" store there - it looked like fun stuff (shampoo bars have always intrigued me, for some reason).

I've also considered using Dr. Bronner's stuff, but they recommend using one of their conditioners after using their 'all purpose' soap on your hair -- I might try their Almond soap just because I've heard so many good things about the versatility of Dr. Bronner's...

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:54 PM

13. Dr. Bronner's... now there's a blast from the past.

I have never used a solid shampoo and it doesn't really appeal to me.

Let me know if you get a chance to use the Africa Black soap and what you think of it.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 09:50 PM

34. Dr. Bronner's peppermint in the summer - Snow in a bottle! n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #34)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 05:58 PM

37. Or just to wake up!

Last edited Thu Mar 28, 2013, 03:18 PM - Edit history (1)

And 1 tablespoon in half a gallon of water is an effective garden pesticide.

I love Dr. Bronner's. It's a little pricey, but I can refill my old bottles at the co-op and it's good for pretty much everything. The other fragrances are nice, too.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #37)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 02:56 PM

38. They sell it by the gallon at Vitacost

Gallons cost $53.99 and qualify for free shipping. That's $13.50 per quart, so it might be cheaper than your co-op, or not! They have some scents available in the quart size ($15.29) that I've never seen available in stores. If you've never bought from Vitacost, here's a $10 off $30 coupon. They have some other products like lip balm and an all purpose cleaner with fir and spruce oil that I'd like to try.

https://www.vitacostrewards.com/3H820Z

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #38)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 03:20 PM

39. Wow, thank you!

That's awesome! I do a lot of shopping on line and always love a good new source.



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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:16 PM

6. Trader Joes


They have a nice oatmeal soap and the shampoos and conditioners are pretty cheap.

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:49 PM

9. Huh. I always forget about TJ's because we don't have one nearby..

I'll check them out online.

Thanks for reminding me!

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:56 PM

11. I have found that buying TJ's products online is super expensive.

The prices are often twice what they are in the store.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:25 AM

15. I like the Black African Soap too

I use Dr Woods Brand. The smell is different..but not unpleasant at all. It's a liquid which I prefer.

http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Woods-Vision-Organic-Butter/dp/B000WUD83E/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1358698875&sr=8-18&keywords=black+african+soap

Husband uses Dr Bronners or the Tea tree soap from Trader Joes

He uses Jason Tea tree on his hair because he has psoriasis and it helps.

I'm addicted to expensive hair products and use Wen on my hair. It's my one great splurge on myself

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 05:15 PM

16. Do you think the Wen products are better, or do you just enjoy them?



I am a firm believer in sensory appreciation, too - not just effectiveness, so if the Wen products are a luxury you love, that's wonderful.

I first became acquainted with the Wen brand watching "Flipping Out" with Jeff Lewis, or whatever his sequel show is (Interior Therapy, I think it is) because Lewis was doing Chaz Dean's LA flagship salon...

I'm gonna try The Body Shop's Banana shampoo. Will check out the Black African soap, too.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 07:31 PM

18. I have very fine hard to manage fly away type hair

Wen is the only product that I have found that gives my hair some texture and body. I use to have to wash it every day now I can go as long as three days with it still looking clean and shiny. I think with Wen it's a you have to try it to see if it works for you. My sister didn't like it because you don't get a lather when you wash so she never felt her hair was getting clean. The trick with the wen is that you really do need to follow the instructions and wash it then rinse and repeat. Honestly, I don't find the smell of the product that extraordinary...well maybe the pumpkin ginger one. But I'm hooked and use his voluming hair spray, styling cream and revitalizer spray as well. I tried his body soaps but Meh...wasn't that impressed with those.

I watch Jeff Lewis and laughed when I saw Chaz on there. They seem like such different types of characters.

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #18)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:23 PM

20. Huh. My hair is fine (but there is a lot of it) and I have an oily scalp; I HATE having to wash and

style every day. Maybe I'll give it a whirl if I have room to splurge one of these days.

I find Jeff Lewis funny sometimes and a total asshole the next. He's apparently suing Jenni because she has a book coming out and he's afraid she's telling personal secrets, or something like that. He's asked a judge for an injunction against publication.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:29 PM

22. Your hair sounds just like mine

It's fine in texture but I have a lot of it. I have given up the long hair years ago and have accepted that it just looks better kept short.

Try the Wen. I use the Lavender the most as I have found it gives me the most body. The best prices are on QVC and if you can buy it when it's on special you'll save even more. It is expensive though but for me it's my one big personal splurge.

Every June they sell Gallon Size jugs for about 160.00 I usually get one of those and then supplement with a bottle of a different "flavor" here and there. I do like the seasonal scents especially the pumpkin.

As far as Jeff Lewis and Jenni goes...I think that's a bit of a publicity stunt to be honest. I have liked them less and less over the years. He's a bully and it bothers me that people find his nasty ass treatment of others funny...(me included btw) I can't warm up to her that much either. Yet I continue to keep in on the DVR rotation. I did develop much respect for Chaz Dean though in his interactions with Jeff...He didn't put up with his schtick. In fairness, I do love Jeff's design esthetics's though. I'd love to live in one of his houses. They are simple, clean and well thought out.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 07:07 PM

17. I use olive oil soap from Kiss My Face.

I tried it last year because it was on sale in my grocery store, and it was free after coupons. The cheap price got me to try it, but I love it. My skin feels great, and the soap doesn't "melt" in the shower.

Here's the one I use - it has just three ingredients, and I can pronounce all of them!

http://www.kissmyface.com/natural-face-care/item/11/Pure-Olive-Oil-Bar-Soap

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Response to kcass1954 (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:21 PM

19. that sounds excellent. I usually like the smell of olive-oil products.

Thanks!

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:29 AM

21. Hmm.

I use pert on my hair, and ivory soap bars. A bottle of pert about every 6 months, and a bar of soap about every month.

No idea what chemicals or testing are involved with them...

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:24 PM

23. I use a shampoo bar.

I have curly hair that's difficult to tame. For years, I had been using no shampoo but a ton of conditioner on my hair. I've recently switched to using the J.R. Liggett shampoo bar. I follow that up with a tiny amount of Alba leave-in conditioner. These are both available at Whole Foods. I'm planning to try replacing the conditioner with a dilute solution of apple-cider vinegar.

The cosmetics industry has brainwashed us to believe we need not only shampoo and conditioner, but also a face wash, a body wash, and body lotion. All come in plastic bottles, which are unlikely to be recycled even if they are marked with a recycling code of 1 or 2. Did you know that putting something recyclable in the recycling bin does not ensure that it will actually get recycled? I learned that by reading "Plastic Free" by Beth Terry. If you care about the environment, I can definitely recommend that book. It has changed my life.

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Response to athena (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:28 PM

24. I agree with you about us having been brainwashed into thinking that we need

a different product for each part of our body.

Soap is basically soap.

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Response to athena (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:03 PM

26. I know, about plastics. I'm planning on making my own laundry detergent, and doing other things

that I can to reduce my plastic consumption.

And I might try the baking soda "shampoo" / vinegar rinse ...

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:15 AM

25. My daughter

who probably has more hair than everyone in this thread put together - and each strand could work like dental floss (no joke, one of her friends tried that once as a joke and it worked). It grows super fast, too (from just above shoulders to the middle of her back in just a very few months. I know, seems impossible but it does. (Sometimes I think she's an alien. . . )

Anyway - she tried EVERYTHING. She used to work at a top end salon as a Business mgr in charge of product sales years ago - so she had the opportunity to try every expensive item - very expensive - in the book.

It used to take FOREVER for her hair to dry. And let's not even talk about combing it out! (YIKES!) Body depended on how long it was (shoulder length, some) any longer and is was straight. Roll it, whatever, and it would fall out in short hours.

Now she does the "baking soda wash" and the vinegar rinse.

Her hair combs out easily and drys in nothing flat. It's shiny and has body and lasts stays looking great for days.

She swears she'll NEVER go back to shampoos and conditioners. Maybe there's not that flowery smell you like, but there's always lotions for your body, perfume, or cologne.

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Response to mzteris (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:44 PM

28. wow - glad she found something that worked for her!

is her hair oily at all? Mine is, quite a bit, so I hesitate to try the baking soda wash... though I imagine in the long run it would help balance out my hair/scalp.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #28)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 08:39 PM

31. I don't know.

It never really was before when she was a teen, so I doubt it is now.

But the baking soda/vinegar combination helps the PH balance of the scalp and hair (or something like that).

She DID say that it took a week or two to get your hair/head "used to it". So there were some negative results at first but she stuck with it and loves it.

The other best part? Vinegar and bkg soda are CHEAP!!!

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:19 PM

27. Anything unscented...

not only for the reduced chemicals, but I get migraines from most anything scented.

Edited to add:
Now that I'm home I can see what I have in the bathroom...Earth Science Fragrance Free shampoo and conditioner.

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Response to meeshrox (Reply #27)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:44 PM

29. do you order Earth Science online?

or do your local stores have it?

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #29)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 05:21 PM

30. If I think far enough ahead, I can order it on Amazon for pretty cheap

but my local hippie food store has it for much more $$$. I contemplated ordering the big gallon-size jugs but haven't broken down to pay $60 for the duo!

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Response to meeshrox (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 08:04 AM

35. migraines and plastic

You may be interested to know this. I'm a world famous migraine researcher and have recently found a link between the estrogen-like compounds in plastics and migraine.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2013, 02:19 AM

33. Shea Moisture products on my hair

Last edited Thu Mar 21, 2013, 09:53 PM - Edit history (1)

I have fine curly hair and decided to go the natural way - no parabens, silicones, etc. I only wash my hair 2x a week, so even though the stuff isn't as cheap as Suave, it lasts a long time. I've found Walgreens to be the cheapest.

I use Dr. Woods Black Soap on my face. I order it from Vitacost.

I use Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy shower gels. I usually get them as gifts and they're on sale a lot. They're highly scented, so a little goes a long way. They aren't tested on animals. I also use Shikai shower gels that I order from Vitacost.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 07:19 PM

36. I need to use fragrance-free stuff

I use generic Cetaphil bar soap and liquid hand soap (which is a great makeup remover that doesn't sting the eyes), and Trader Joe's Nourish shampoo. And even though Paul Mitchell Original leave-in conditioner is slightly scented, I'm able to tolerate it.

I have no idea if these are ethically sound, but I have little choice, since almost any other products make me itch, make my eyes puffy, and/or give me headaches.

I also use Trader Joe's powdered laundry detergent, and no fabric softener, because the fragrances and chemicals make me ill.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 06:09 PM

40. Are you including oral care here?

I haven't bought a tube of toothpaste in a couple of years. Instead, I use 50-50 salt-baking soda with peppermint essential oil mixed in. Works just fine, also as a rinse, and the savings are substantial.

If you want fluoride, one of the commercial fluoride rinses will take care of the lack of it in the cleansing powder.

On edit: I've also seen a recipe for a paste version, mixing coconut oil and baking soda into an appropriate blend, and adding the essential oil as desired (maybe clove or cinnamon oil instead of mint?).

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Response to silverweb (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 07:59 PM

41. interesting! I've been considering making my own toothpaste, and have been

looking for a natural deodorant that isn't $$$$ ... might make my own.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #41)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:03 PM

42. I've seen a few "recipes" for homemade deodorant.

Virtually all of them are based on a blend of cornstarch (for its drying and soothing properties) and baking soda (for its deodorant properties) and fragrance. If you do a search, you'll come up quickly with a few variations on that theme.

I've been using a commercial antiperspirant only when necessary (not daily, especially since I work at home) and a simple dusting of the 50-50 powder blend above the rest of the time.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #42)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 09:30 PM

49. What I heard is that you first "condition" the skin with lemon juice or vinegar, to get the PH right

let it dry, and then use the baking soda/cornstarch combo (with a scent mixed in if you'd like).

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Response to MADem (Reply #49)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 01:23 AM

50. I hadn't heard that before.

Very interesting. I already use a diluted cider vinegar rinse on my hair, might as well include a squirt to the pits. lol

FWIW, I also tried the "paste" version of the salt/baking soda tooth cleaner by adding some coconut oil to the powder mix. It's much, much nicer -- better than brushing with the powder form and completely customizable in terms of consistency and flavoring. I'll never buy commercial toothpaste again.

Still using up the last of my huge bottle of shampoo, then will be trying the baking soda/castile approach, with the usual vinegar rinse.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #50)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:29 AM

51. Ancient Persian secret!!!

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/natural-beauty-fashion/photos/5-deodorant-alternatives/lemon-juice

A little corn starch in your baking soda makes everything smoother as well...

Of course, in the Middle East and southwest asia, hair removal is a big thing for both men and women, so ya don't want any hairy pits 'trappin' the stank' as it were...!

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2013, 10:31 PM

43. Almost none.

 

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My body and breathing apparatus have a real problem with most chemicals, cleaning fluids and soap.

I use the mildest shampoo I can find, and then just use the residual shampoo to wash the rest of my body.

So I get clean, but I don't smell "pretty" - I just smell like me.

Have never had a girl complain about my body odor using this regimen.

I'm a mechanic, a clean one mind you, wearing gloves whenever possible.

But when I need soap, Ivory is the only one that gives me no problems.

Laundry-wise, unscented Tide gives me no problems.

Dats about it.

CC

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Response to ConcernedCanuk (Reply #43)

Tue Jul 9, 2013, 12:11 PM

45. Must be a mechanic thing

My husband prefers ivory and tide also.

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Response to sue4e3 (Reply #45)

Tue Jul 9, 2013, 01:38 PM

46. nope - it's a WISE mechanic's thing. Very few out there . .

 

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At 62, looking at my hands you would never know I am a mechanic.

Most mechanics ruin their hands washing in scrubby unhealthy "hand cleaners" - kerosene or even gasoline. Most of these hand cleansers contain a high percentage of kerosene (I read labels) - yes I've used them, but rarely.

I've known mechanics where there hands were permanently stained, and partially crippled before the age of 30 because of their lack of attention to their hands, which, by the way - is the way they make their living.

I also used what is called a "barrier cream" to prevent the toxins, especially from used oil entering my pores.

And gloves whenever possible.

When I was working full-time - I would wash the grease/oil etc. off my hands many times in a work day.

43 years after I started in this trade - Me, and my hands, are happy I did so.

I can still play the piano beautifully - no stains on the keys.

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Response to sue4e3 (Reply #45)

Tue Jul 9, 2013, 01:52 PM

47. I furgot sumthing - WELCOME TO DU!

 

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There's many wise people in here -

just takes awhile to figure out which ones.

And if you peek around, you'll see my posts in gardening, frugal and energy efficient group and other such related groups like environment and energy -

but traffic/response is slow there in those groups, - not faulting them, just an observation.

If you have a question or comment that is not political - the Lounge is the place to be.

My ten years on DU helped me to learn this.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2013, 08:30 AM

44. Here is a simple recipe

for organic, homemade shampoo:

http://wellnessmama.com/3701/how-to-make-natural-shampoo-easy-recipe/

I'm sure there are others online.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 02:35 PM

48. I have used Dr. Bronner's for EVERYTHING

for more than thirty years.
It's the ONLY soap that I will ever use!

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 06:28 PM

52. Replying to my own thread to tell you I've found a fantastic deodorant. Fantastic.

And it's not that $$; it's unisex, unscented, and worked while I've planted flowers in 100+ degree / 70%+ humidity days, spent long days flying to and fro, almost every situation.

The brand is "Jungleman", and I found it on Amazon. I'd researched many, lots of the ones for women were heavily scented and quite $$$.

This one was $6 for 3 oz. of product. It arrived a little melty (they add a cooling thingy to the shipping, but I was gone for a few days and it sat in my mailbox for 72+ hours) but I smoothed the product back into the applicator and it firmed / shaped right up.

It seems there is significantly more product in the applicator, too -- everything you buy at the store now seems to have very little actual product - I think this will last me for quite a while. So while I'd never pay $6 for a drug store brand, and wouldn't pay upwards of $15-20 for the "beauty" brands, I have no problem buying this for $6 when I know I'm not poisoning myself.

These are the ingredients: Corn starch, sustainable palm oil from non-peatlands, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and tea tree oil.

http://www.amazon.com/Jungleman-All-Natural-Deodorant-Unscented-Ounce/dp/B007FXZZWI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373581409&sr=8-1&keywords=jungleman+deodorant

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Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:51 PM

53. This is a particular weakness of mine

I don't buy as much 'natural' stuff as I should. And I like strong smelling stuff. So for shampoo it's generally conventional stuff - usually Dove since that works best for my sensitive scalp. I tried a shampoo bar once (homemade by a small online soap business) and it did NOT work for my hair. LOL, it was awful. Put it this way - I know what to try when I decide to put dreads in my naturally straight and fine hair.

I used to buy homemade cold-processed soaps (from the same place that made the shampoo bar) and used them almost exclusively. However, they didn't work well for my kids so now I buy them Dove, and I use whatever - the homemade soaps are pricey and I am now a single parent so money is tight - so if I have a bit extra in my paypal account, then I'll splurge. There's a new brand I found in our local organic food store and it's very pricey, but one bar lasts a long time and it's very smelly - I LOVE smelly soaps (it's scented with essential oils and all ingredients are fair-trade). It's called the Sweet Leaf Bath Co (www.sweetleafbath.com). Again, really pricey but I love that it's fair trade (and smelly!) The patchouli bar is my favorite.

I like smelly body wash too, but I tend towards conventional stuff because of the stronger scents. I'm going to start trying some homemade ones off of Etsy and see if I can find some nice ones.

For perfume, I found a nice 'natural' perfume. It's called Ganesha's Garden Solid perfume and you can get it at www.betweenheavenandearth.ca. My current favorite is 'India' but I like patchouli too. They have a lot of scents I'd like to try. The cool thing about this perfume is it comes in a pretty container that you will want to reuse.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 03:24 AM

54. Shampoo update.

Finally used up the last of my giant bottle of shampoo last week. Time to try baking soda! I've read several different baking soda shampoo recipes -- from very basic (rub baking soda into wet hair) to elaborate preparations including oils, soaps, herbs, and fragrances.

My own concoction is quite simple. You'll need
(1) A suitable plastic bottle. Recommend an empty dish detergent bottle with a push-stop dispenser cap (i.e., Palmolive Dish Liquid) in a size comfortable to hold in one wet hand.
(2) Baking soda.
(3) Water.
(4) Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap in your choice of fragrance.

Blend baking soda and water into a thick but pourable consistency, and fill the bottle about 3/4 full with that. Then fill the bottle the rest of the way with the Dr. Bronner's liquid soap. Close and turn the bottle several times to blend the solution well.

Squirt some of your new shampoo on wet hair and massage in as usual. Rinse well, and finish off with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse. Hair will dry clean and silky soft.

Dr. Bronner's now has a conditioning hair rinse made with organic South Asian shikakai that I'd love to try, but I haven't found it locally yet. Meanwhile, the apple cider vinegar rinse is doing a perfectly fine (and cheaper) job.

Inexpensive, natural, eco-friendly, and very, very effective!

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Sat Aug 31, 2013, 11:39 AM

55. Whatever is on sale. I don't buy anything that is tested on animals. n/t

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