5:30 am - 5:32 am SHOWER: Baking soda paste to clean hair. Homemade soap to wash body. Rinse with cold water. Turn off shower. Spray shower with homemade shower spray (lemon juice, water, and peroxide).
5:32am-5:36am Towel dry, comb hair, brush teeth with baking soda, apply deodorant (homemade or Tom's - more on this later), wipe down sink and counter top. DONE!
OK, let's talk deodorant. A couple of years ago I tried making my own deodorant and loved it! BUT after a few weeks my armpits would break out in a rash. Since that time I've tried Tom's and Kiss My Face deodorant which I alternate with my homemade stuff. I've noticed that the Tom's deodorant actually smells like b.o. ...not exactly what I was looking for. The patchouli-scented Kiss My Face works well. But even these natural deodorants cause my pits to itch after awhile, especially after shaving. So after reading a post about a woman that had not only gave up shampoo but also deodorantI thought, "Why not?" I now alternate between 2 days off...meaning NO deodorant and one day with my deodorant. I avoid deodorant on shaving day. Guess what? I survived two days of high humidity and heat WITHOUT deodorant and I wasn't stinky! By the third day though, I knew it was time for a little help from my deodorant. ;)
We've all heard that Carmex lip balm is addictive, meaning once it's applied to the lips, the lips become dependent on the Carmex to provide lubrication. I don't know how much truth there is to that but I do know that our bodies would make natural oils if we allow them too. I believe that all the junk we put on our bodies is telling our bodies to shut down it's own natural defenses. Once we eliminate all the toxins, both external and internal toxins, our bodies will find it's balance. Yes, I'll forever use hand lotion after washing my hands but I use homemade lotion. I also don't use as much lotion as I used to.
The following link, http://www.healthfoodemporium.com/index_dangerous-ingredients.php , lists the ingredients that should be avoided. Parabens, petroleum, fragrances (found in EVERYTHING! Common sense tells me this isn't good for allergies, asthma, and skin disorders such as eczema), Sodium Laurel Sulfate, and many more. Watch out for deceptive names and labels. Companies spend a lot of money to make their products look good....and fool the consumer. Just because the bottle claims to be "natural" doesn't mean it is. Check out what is in your favorite products at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Although I may sound like a fanatic, there are still times, such as when I'm out of baking soda or castile soap, that I reach for my daughter's (she thinks I'm nuts) Herbal Essence shampoo (I don't think there is anything herbal about it). It's about baby steps and becoming an educated and conscientious consumer.
So, would you like to join the No Poo Challenge now? :) I'll be spending the next month using baking soda in place of shampoo, a hair rinse of diluted lemon juice (once a week) and skipping deodorant (most of the time). I'd love for you to join me. Better yet, I'd love if you'd write a guest post on Everyday Notions about your no poo experience! Let me know if you are interested.