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March 22, 2017

19 Personal Care Products I Use or Like

By Mark Sisson
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Body care products on wooden table over gray backgroundA few years ago, I wrote a long post listing cosmetics, soaps, and other personal products made with healthy, non-toxic ingredients. It’s a sad thing when you basically have to assume the worst about the average product designed to be slathered all over the largest organ of your body—your skin. But that’s the situation in which we find ourselves now.

Today’s post is an update of sorts. What products am I using? Which ones have I used? And are there any others that I can safely recommend? It won’t be as comprehensive as the last one. It will be more personal.

In fact, let’s just go through an average day and week of personal product use. I’m pretty spartan, as you’ll see. I’ll also include other products I like (but might not always use) where applicable.

I wake up and brush my teeth. I don’t use toothpaste usually, just a swish of hydrogen peroxide while brushing. For guests and those times I do feel like toothpaste, I’ll use something like Squigle Tooth Builder or Claybrite. Squigle uses xylitol to discourage pathogens from setting up shop and adds minerals that presumably aid in re-mineralization. Claybrite also uses xylitol but throws in mineral-rich clay.

I take a shower. Most of my showers are water only. Maybe I’ll wash the armpits and other hidden regions if the situation calls for it, using AOBiome’s Mother Dirt Face and Body Cleanser (if I’m not very dirty) or Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap (if I am). Mother Dirt Face and Body Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that doesn’t destroy your precious skin biome. Dr. Bronner is that soap that comes in the crazy bottle featuring a veritable infographic. Both use inoffensive ingredients.

I spend so much time in the ocean or my saltwater pool and hot tub that I’m not ever really “filthy” enough to require a full-body scrub down. As long as you’re not just sitting in your own filth for days on end, you can get away with going easy on the soap.

About once a week I’ll shampoo my hair with AOBiome’s Mother Dirt Shampoo. Like the body wash, the stuff is designed to cleanse without negatively impacting the live surface bacteria living on your scalp. It actually supports your native skin bacteria, helps it do its job. Each ingredient was hand-picked and independently verified not to destroy the skin biome.

The next two bits will draw gasps of disbelief. That’s okay.

Next, I shave. Do I dip an oak-handled lathering brush into a mason jar of bespoke artisanal shaving cream? Do I slather on the Primal Kitchen avocado oil? Does it involve coconut? Pastured egg white meringue, perhaps?

Nope (although I do use the avocado oil for something which I’ll get to later). I use good ol’ Gillette Foamy, the same stuff I’ve used since I was 14 years old. Old habits die hard, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Don’t obsess over everything. Nothing—and no one—in this life is pristine.

Then I apply a little Bleu de Chanel deodorant under my arms. It provides enough fragrance that I never have to use cologne. I’ve also used Primal Pit Paste and Schmidt’s. Both work well and have great ingredients—and I have them both in my medicine cabinet—but i’m just so used to the Chanel. Once, when I was camping, forgot my deodorant, and really needed it, I mixed equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Worked great, albeit messily.

And finally, a couple times a week I’ll spray myself all over with the Mother Dirt Mist and Live Probiotic Body Spray, which colonizes your body with the same ammonia-consuming bacteria abundant in soil and fresh water. Ammonia is the smelly byproduct of skin bacteria. It’s what makes us stink. Back when the product was just coming out, a NY Times writer tried it for a few weeks, foregoing soap, shampoo, and deodorant entirely. Her skin improved. Since she was no longer washing away natural oils, she was more moisturized than before. She had a smell, but not a bad one. Just a “natural” one. 

Another benefit of using this spray is that the bacteria convert ammonia into nitric oxide, which our body uses for endothelial health and general vascular function. More nitric oxide, better blood flow. I’ve noticed a definite effect.

To style my hair, I don’t really do a whole lot. I find that the constant exposure to salt water really helps my hair stay manageable sans product (beach hair is best hair). If anything, I might tousle it with a little avocado oil and towel dry it. Once every few days I’ll use a tea tree oil gel.

Another “hair product” I do endorse is collagen powder. Ever since I started taking 20-40 grams of collagen every day to help heal my Achilles tendinitis, I noticed a strange but welcome side effect: stronger, thicker hair.

If I’m spending a long time in the sun and need sunblock, I use Epicurean. It contains zinc oxide, a physical barrier to UVB and UVA (for when you’ve had enough of each). If you’re going to use sunblock, just pick one that uses zinc. They don’t exactly rub in and disappear like typical sunblocks, which is why they’re so much safer.

At night, before bed and after my swim and sauna, I’ll rub some Primal Kitchen avocado oil on my skin. I swim and sauna (yep, that’s a verb) every night but rub the oil probably every other night.

I don’t wear makeup. From the women in my life who do, I’ve seen a lot of Dr. Hauschka and 100% Pure products. Both look so clean you could probably make salad dressing out of them.

I’ve also heard good things about Feather Eagle Sky skincare products and oils.

As you can see, I’m not big on personal care products. I use what I like, and I tend to use them sparingly. But I know many readers have been curious, and many of you are probably experts in your own right, so let’s hear it:

What do you use?

What do you endorse?

What’s missing from my list?

Thanks for reading, everyone. Take care!

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grey
2 months 6 days ago

I wouldn’t want to be the guy who starts the discussion after that. Going to go roll in the mud and think this over.

Liz
2 months 6 days ago
Within the past year I’ve stopped wearing makeup, and it’s been a real game changer. I wasn’t a huge makeup user before, but I love how much time and money it’s freed up, not to mention how much better my skin feels now that I’m not using it every day! The minimalist in me really appreciates getting rid of things that I once thought were an essential part of my daily routine. For special occasions (which are weddings, fancy meals out, etc) I have a blush and a mascara that I use from Beauty Counter. I use coconut oil for… Read more »
Nicole Sudhoff
Nicole Sudhoff
2 months 6 days ago

I love (and love so much I even consult for) Beautycounter!! The sunscreen is phenomenal, made with zinc, and smells great with essential oils.

Liz
2 months 6 days ago

I had no idea they had a sunscreen! Thanks for the tip – I’ve been meaning to do some research on that now that there’s more daylight here and I’m spending more time outside.

Meghan Bronkema
2 months 6 days ago

I’m also a huge fan of Beautycounter. I have slowly converted my products to more natural, but I struggled with make up- in past years the make up was definitely of an inferior quality. Beautycounter does a phenomenal job with quality and ingredients

Suzan
Suzan
2 months 6 days ago

Here’s my take on personal care products after years of experimentation: I’ve used both Dr. Bronner’s and Carolina Castile Soap, and Carolina Castile is a higher quality product, imo. I use Eco-Dent Tooth Powder – the Anise flavor. Nice taste, and no toxic fillers or fluoride. Acure Organics and Andalou Naturals make pretty good shampoo and other “beauty” products with a minimum of synthetic fillers. Rejuva Minerals, Jane Iredale and Mineral Fusion make decent low-toxin makeup. We always have Almond oil and Jojoba oil on hand – great multi-taskers. 🙂

Laura
Laura
2 months 6 days ago

Are your worried about cavities due to no fluoride in the toothpaste?

Rachel Jarreau
Rachel Jarreau
2 months 6 days ago

There is plenty of research to suggest that fluoride is harmful rather than helpful for teeth. If you’re worried about cavities, a diet high in minerals from bone broth and other bio-available sources is the best thing. You can also brush with mineralized clays and tooth powders to help the body rebuild enamel. Check out Ramiel Nagel’s “Cure Tooth Decay” for more information, or just about anything on the Weston Price Association website.

meditatress
2 months 6 days ago

I agree, Rachel. I am a dentist in California. No studies conclusively validate use of topical fluoride to prevent decay. Fluoride is quite toxic. Weston A. Price was a dentist and I have found his research trustworthy. Parenteral use of fluoride during pregnancy has been shown to create enamel less prone to decay for the infant; not worth the exposure, imo.

Susan
Susan
2 months 6 days ago

Dentist here- no sugar and half decent brushing and flossing= no cavities

Suzan
Suzan
2 months 6 days ago

No, I don’t worry about cavities. I stopped using fluoride a long time ago, and haven’t had a cavity since. Fluoride is a neurotoxin.

Matt B
Matt B
2 months 4 days ago

Exactly. The Lancet has classified fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin which is especially harmful if ingested. There’s no reason whatsoever to be using products containing it. There’s a reason it’s banned in Europe.

b2curious
b2curious
2 months 1 day ago
Fluoride is banned in a few countries in Europe. Many of the rest found it difficult to implement and opted to add fluoride to salt and/or milk. As far as fluoride being a classified as a neurotoxin, a meta-analysis of studies, primarily from China show that children exposed to high levels of fluoride in drinking water had lower IQs. Mind you, China is one of the places that does NOT add fluoride to the drinking water, due to naturally occurring high levels of fluoride in the water. That just shows that very high levels of fluoride is bad for the… Read more »
Steve
2 months 5 days ago
I’m so split on the fluoride issue. Lots of research suggests it’s toxic, others say it doesn’t help oral health. But I still can’t get over the fact that I had very few cavities until I moved to a city that doesn’t fluoridate their water. After a few years there, my mouth was full of cavities, including one tooth that cracked practically in half (chunks of tooth fell into my mouth. I still don’t know how it is that they didn’t have to pull it), and another that went nearly to the root. This, with a diet that contains almost… Read more »
Matt B
Matt B
2 months 4 days ago

Could it be a vitamin D3 issue? Sufficient D3 intake will do far more for your teeth that fluoride ever could.

Steve
2 months 4 days ago
That’s a VERY good question, and one that I hadn’t considered. Not only did I move from a city that fluoridated the water to one that didn’t, but it was also a move form the sunniest city in Canada (year round sunshine, even in the cold of winter), to the least sunny city in Canada (almost constant cloud cover from late-Sept to mid-June). I wasn’t supplementing with D3 in the winter until 3 or 4 years ago, so that could very well have been the issue. I moved back to my home town two years ago, and they stopped fluoridating… Read more »
crcrcr
crcrcr
2 months 4 days ago

The FDA has approved fluoride as a treatment for sensitive teeth. Prescribing it for caries prevention is off-label.

We avoid fluoride at all costs and my kids and I have had virtually no cavities, and what we have had are all occlusal due to simply having very deep pits.

Diet and homecare are what matter the most. Flossing will literally make or break your oral health. Fluoride is not a miracle cure.

T.J.
2 months 4 days ago

Some additional info on fluoride for those interested: http://fluoridealert.org

Shary
Shary
2 months 6 days ago
I stopped wearing makeup many years ago, mainly because I had to be at work at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. My skin is much healthier without all that gunk on it. My showers are usually just water with soap only for the pits and private areas, but I do have to shampoo every other day because my hair is naturally very oily. I’ve never figured out how to get rid of that problem so I just live with it. I like Garnier Fructis Pure Clean. It’s not chemical-free but my hair and scalp seem to like it, which… Read more »
Karen
Karen
2 months 5 days ago

Shary,
I have pretty oily hair too and I use Chagrin Valley Soap’s mud and clay shampoo bar. It took a couple of weeks for my hair to get used to it, but now it’s the only thing I’ll use. I also do an apple cider vinegar rinse to help with tangles after I wash.

crcrcr
crcrcr
2 months 4 days ago

Stop washing. Use a natural bristle brush to distribute natural oils down to the ends. Avoid overly stimulating your scalp for about a week. Eventually it will slow down oil production naturally. At that point, you can then start shampooing once a week or as needed without turning into a grease pit 24 hours after washing.

claire
claire
19 days 20 hours ago

Agree 100% with this comment. I bought a boar bristle brush, stopped washing frequently and reduced shampooing to once every 5 days or so. I can sometimes stretch it to a week.

Mallory
Mallory
2 months 1 day ago
See my comment on Rye Flour Shampoo, it’s my favorite and I’ve tried quite a few things! Also, if you stop stripping your scalp of the oils it is producing every other day, it will stop creating so much oil. It will take a couple weeks of greasier-than-ideal hair but it’s worth it in the end! I agree with crcrcr about the boar bristle hairbrush–I use one to distribute the healthy “sebum” oil on my scalp down to the more dry/damaged ends of my hair. I usually do this on day 2 or 3 hair and right before hopping in… Read more »
Rambler
Rambler
2 months 6 days ago

I spent a loooooong time one day in the shampoo/conditioner section at Whole Foods reading all of the ingredients lists and looking up things that I didn’t know what they were. I finally settled on Everyday Shea shampoo and conditioner as the one with the fewest (and safest) unpronounceable/not-obvious ingredients. The stuff works as well for me as most chemical-laden ones.

For toothpaste, I really liked the Neem tooth powder, but I can’t find it anywhere anymore, I think they may have stopped making it. Now I use Earth Paste.

chris
chris
2 months 6 days ago

Neem is on amazon in powder or paste.

Neanderchow
2 months 5 days ago

Earthpaste rocks. I like cinnamon.

Peter
Peter
2 months 6 days ago

Ever since I started taking cold showers a few years ago, I find I don’t need deodorant anymore. Why I don’t know

Joanne
Joanne
2 months 5 days ago

I can second this. A few years ago I started taking showers where the water temp felt neutral or just-warm (for winter), instead of hot, and noticed not long after that I needed to use deodorant less often. I’m guessing it has something to do with not stressing or killing off the ‘good’ bacteria on the skin

Jen
Jen
2 months 6 days ago

I use jojoba oil like Mark uses avocado oil. It’s the only oil I can use on my skin in any real amount, but I’d love to try avocado oil on my hair. I’ve found Jane Iredale is great for cosmetics. Just ordered the Mother Dirt products last week. I’m anxious to see how they work!

Marianne Skarupa
Marianne Skarupa
2 months 6 days ago

Year round warm weather dressing requires daily shaving for me, which can cause dryness. Apricot kernel oil is wonderful. No aroma, not greasy. Skin feels like silk. Definitely husband approved.

Rebecca
Rebecca
2 months 6 days ago
I use castor oil and rose hip seed oil for everything…moisturizing, oil cleansing (when needed), hair mask, under eye serum for dark circles, dark spot treatment, after sun moisture. I make my own soap for the household, either 100% coconut oil or olive oil. I make a moisturizing version for the shower and a stronger version for laundry. Here’s the best (and easiest) deodorant recipe that I have come up with: one pinch of baking soda and a splash of vodka…rub together in hands and apply to pits. Dries fast and works for days if you don’t wash it off.… Read more »
grey
grey
2 months 6 days ago

I knew there was a use for vodka. Gonna try this.

Candace
2 months 6 days ago

I am a big fan of Araza Natural Beauty’s make-up, specifically their foundations and concealer.

Candace
2 months 6 days ago

I am a big fan of Araza Natural Beauty makeup. Specifically their foundations and concealer.

Kathy
Kathy
2 months 6 days ago

I got creeped out by the aluminum in antiperspirants, not to mention the overly powerful perfumes, so years ago I read up on alternatives. I ended up with alcohol. I keep a tiny squirt bottle handy for emergency hand sanitation (a family member who’s immune-compromised makes that necessary) so on the rare days when one alcohol application doesn’t last long enough I can reapply under my shirt. I’m not a rampant shaver, either, and it works fine anyway.

Adam
Adam
2 months 6 days ago

For deodorant, I use magnesium oil—a spray of magnesium chloride. An 8 oz. spray bottle is about $8 and last 6 months or longer.

For toothpaste, Nature’s Gate brand. Mouthwash, like Mark, just a little bit of hydrogen peroxide and water.

As an aftershave, I use hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and wipe my face.

Shampoo, I use a small of amount of Dr. Bronner’s plus about a teaspoon of baking soda and mix with water and pour over my wet head.

My skin bacteria will have to fend for themselves. Those products are too expensive for me.

Steve
2 months 5 days ago

Agreed on the price of the AO Biome!! I want to try it, buy I’m looking at over $100 per tiny bottle, once the exchange rate and shipping are factored in. You’d think they’d try to lower the price. They’d have a much larger market at a third of the price.

Joseph
Joseph
2 months 6 days ago

My two go-to products are Now Xyliwhite toothpaste (platinum mint) and Kirk’s Castile bar soap (original). I really like the subtle scent of Kirk’s, and even use it to wash my hair every few days..eliminating my need for shampoo.

Julie Hogan
2 months 6 days ago

I’m a big fan of the Primally Pure skincare products and their delightful deodorant, too. Like some of the brands mentioned above, you could technically eat these products. Through the blog No More Dirty Looks (now dormant) I found many cosmetic products that were squeaky clean and enjoy the way they work and persist (no reapplying!). I have not found a clean mascara, though, and am still looking. For everything else (skin, hair, eye makeup removal, scrubs, etc.), I’m all about the coconut. Oh, and I’m loving diatomaceous earth for scrubs. The end.

Trisha
Trisha
2 months 6 days ago

Try Beauty Counter and / or 100% Pure mascaras. Both are clean and pretty good. I prefer the Beauty Counter because it seems to make my lashes more visible. For occasional use (like a fancy party) I’ll use Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara for extra drama/fake lash look (pretty sure they score a 2 on EWG’s database so not too bad).

barry
barry
2 months 6 days ago

Definitely going to get me that probiotic spray. I knew they made it but didn’t know where to buy it. I’m obsessed with probiotics. I take probiotic capsules everyday, I eat fermented vegetables and drink homemade raw kefir everyday, and I dump a probiotic capsule in coconut oil and swish it in my mouth everyday. Probiotics for skin? Hell yeah!

Chris
Chris
2 months 6 days ago

Have you noticed any significant changes since doing this? Morning breath? etc?

chris
chris
2 months 6 days ago

Yes, do tell what you have found using all the probiotics please

barry
barry
2 months 5 days ago

Yeah in regards to swishing probiotics in my mouth I can tell a big difference. It really improves the health of my gums. As far as better breath maybe slightly. However what really improves breath is coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil (or orange, tea tree, or any other essential oil of your choosing).

Diane Jarecki
2 months 6 days ago
I use a bar shampoo from Purple Prairie Organics for soap and shampoo. I used to use JR Liggett’s, but where I bought it the price doubled so I switched. My deodorant is Nature’s Gate Organic Deodorant Sticks. I just use coconut oil or jojoba oil for conditioner and moisturizer, and I’ve started to make my own toothpaste with baking soda, coconut oil, and diatomaceous earth and essential oils. I’m going to start making my own deodorant next. I also don’t use many personal products, and when I do I’m a stickler for natural and organic ingredients. I also don’t… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
2 months 6 days ago

I love Rocky Mountain Soap Company. They’re a Canadian company, unfortunately they don’t have any stores in the US, but I order online. We usually end up in BC or Alberta for vacations every other year or so, too, so I stock up sometimes.

Laura
Laura
2 months 6 days ago
I’ve been using Acure Organics products for several years and am so pleased with them. They’re affordable, made with clean ingredients, and work well. I especially like the sensitive skin lotion and body wash, though the scented products have never bothered me. I use Acure shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and scrub. My partner uses their cream cleanser and his face looks a lot better. 100% Pure products are EXPENSIVE. I’ve only used their mascara and liked it okay, but I couldn’t continue to justify spending $25 on mascara that wasn’t great. I recently purchased Ecco Bella mascara for $16… Read more »
Suzan
Suzan
2 months 6 days ago

I don’t think 100% Pure products are worth the money. Mineral Fusion has some pretty good products and they’re fairly cheap on Amazon. Acure is a great brand, and Thrive Market sells it, yay.

Kimberly Robinson
Kimberly Robinson
2 months 5 days ago

Check out Honeybee Gardens. Half the price and just as clean.

Ashley
Ashley
2 months 6 days ago

You’ve probably mentioned this before in another post, but do you use a shower filter? And if you do, what kind?

Suzan
Suzan
2 months 6 days ago

We use Berkey Water Filters and Berkey Shower Filters. Work great!

Beth
Beth
2 months 6 days ago
I’ve been oil cleansing my face for over a year now with argon oil. And after my shower I apply more. It has really kept my skin clean and smooth. I tried both coconut oil & sweet almond oil, but neither worked as well for me. I think it’s personal; I gave the sweet almond oil to a friend & she liked it so much she’s on her second bottle. For shampoo I like beauty counter. I wish I were close enough to salt water to dip in there often, but beach hair doesn’t seem to be my birthright. I… Read more »
K S
K S
2 months 5 days ago

Alba Botanica Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. I’ve been using this stuff for years, it’s available fragrance free, and is about 5.99-9.99 a 4 oz bottle. (depending on where you buy. I usually buy on Amazon, ebay, or swansonvitamins, depending who is cheapest). You have to read the ingredients, only some of their sunscreens are made with physical blockers, the rest are all chemical blockers

coachktb
2 months 6 days ago
For teeth and face: Olive oil. Griffin remedy shampoos, Acure and Desert Essence conditioners, Kiss my Face plain Olive Oil soap, Bronners Lavender, Everyday Coconut body lotion, Mag spray deodorant with some essential oils of lavender and tea tree added, mineral makeup, ghee in a tube as my lip balm. I used to be a MAJOR product lover, but the chemicals finally took a toll when I turned 30. Switching to very minimal and simple is SO easy and has saved SO much money. Not to mention I have basically no toxic burden compared to when I was younger.
Elizabeth Resnick
2 months 6 days ago
Loving hearing about personal care from a guy’s point of view! And great list of products. I have done the baking soda/coconut oil deodorant thing myself. Even wrote a few blog posts on it. Works like a charm but can be a bit irritating sometimes. Not good when you decide to ride a mechanical bull on the beach. But that’s another story! I can totally vouch for 100% Pure Cosmetics, and also like Annmarie Skincare. I love personal care products, and I’m always trying new things, but if you are trying to simplify things a jar a coconut oil goes… Read more »
Julia
Julia
2 months 5 days ago

Are you talking about ingesting the collagen or using it topically? Or both?

Susan Slattery
2 months 6 days ago

Mother Dirt Foaming Face + Body Cleanser–YES. I love that stuff. I am loathe to wash my hair and only bath about twice per week. I wash my hair about twice a month. I live in the northeast, and for the first time in forever, no dry cracking hands or flaky shins… my skin is GOOD on Mother Dirt! I also use the AO+ Mist, but in the hidden parts. Stopped wearing most makeup too, but I have started putting castor oil on my eyelashes. I am going to try the collagen powder you recommend.

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
2 months 6 days ago

A quality straight razor and brush, along with a shaving soap made from tallow. Can’t recommend this enough. Learn how to use it, and it’ll give you a lifetime of smooth shaving. The only side-effect I’ve found is a marked increase in chest hair.

Steve
2 months 5 days ago

I stopped shaving altogether 7 years ago. I love the beard, and can’t ever see myself getting rid of it. But sometimes I truly miss the ritual of lathering up the hot soap on a badger hair brush, and the feeling as you slather it on your face on a cool morning.

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
2 months 5 days ago

I maintain a short beard to keep my face protected Fromm the elements, but keep my neck clean. Otherwise it itches.

Kritische Stimme
Kritische Stimme
2 months 6 days ago

Just asking: Do you get any money for recommending these products?

Steve
2 months 5 days ago

I would guess that he does. At least the ones on Amazon. But I also get the feeling that Mark doesn’t recommend something unless he truly believes in it. If it wasn’t such a pain to order from the States, I would have any problem supporting his work here by ordering through his links.

Steve
2 months 5 days ago

I meant “wouldn’t have any problem…”

Kritische Stimme
Kritische Stimme
2 months 5 days ago

It would be fair to mention it!

OctoberAmy
2 months 6 days ago
I searched high and low for an anti-perspirant/deodorant with aluminum and that wasn’t sticky. I finally found (and love) Tropical Traditions (.com) roll-on. It’s just pure coconut oil with essential oils for fragrance, and I think it has grape seed extract for a preservative, if memory serves. I buy 6 bottles at a time and then don’t have to think about it for a year or so. Plain baking soda works fine for tooth brushing, I don’t think we need fluoride if we eat low carb and no sugar. South of France plain old milled bar soap for washing, (I… Read more »
OctoberAmy
2 months 6 days ago

I meant “without aluminum “. ?

Nocona
Nocona
2 months 5 days ago

Thanks for the heads up on SoftStar shoes. I checked them out. Awesome, and I live in Oregon too! I’m finished with 5-fingers…a pain to get on and off.

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
2 months 4 days ago

I concur about SoftStar shoes, if you have a problem with your feet stinking, just stop putting them in plastic for hours and let them breathe! There are so confortable I’m still not ever them and it’s been 2 years now!

April Walters
2 months 6 days ago

Native Deodorant is hands down the best natural deodorant I’ve been able to find. I made my own for a while and have tried a zillion other store brands. Even my husband switched. They offer a variety of good scents but best of all, one daily application gets the job done for the entire day no matter the circumstances.

Amanda
Amanda
2 months 6 days ago
I love a brand of soap called Goat Milk Stuff. Family owned/operated – they use saponified goat millk instead of glycerin as a base. Natural colorants and wonderful scents (or unscented). They make specialty soap bars as well for hunting, natural bug repellent, rashes, etc. I find it makes my skin softer when I use it, though I don’t scrub down every day (usually just the pits and nether regions). I use these soaps to shave. I really like EO Products for hair care. I still can’t really go more than a day or two without washing it (the no-poo… Read more »
Elle Fukui
Elle Fukui
2 months 6 days ago

Does anyone have shampoo recommendations for dandruff-prone hair? I’ve tried the acv + baking soda, Morocco method, and just shampooing less but still nothing agrees with my scalp. Right now I’m using 100% pure kelp + mint shampoo, and I like it but I still have to wash my hair 3 times/week to wash out flakes in my hair, and ideally I’d like to cut down the hair-washing (because I’m a busy gal!)

Steve
2 months 5 days ago
I often rub some of my beard oil into my hair, while it’s still damp from the shower, and it seems to help a lot. It’s actually a very old method of maintaining your hair. It’s mentioned in the Bible, and other religious texts. I doubt you’d want to smell like the beard oil scents, but you can buy unscented, or make your own. Jojoba oil is usually the base, mixed with sweet almond, coconut, or any number of other oils. You don’t want a lot, though. Just a small dab, or it won’t get absorbed, and it’ll end up… Read more »
Steve
2 months 5 days ago

It helps to moisturise the scalp, as well as the hair.

Mallory
Mallory
2 months 14 hours ago
Rye Flour is the best (and simplest) form of shampoo I’ve tried! It truly cleans my scalp and hair without stripping it. It’s PH-Balanced (unlike baking soda) and it’s cheap! Use a fine-mesh sifter to strain out the larger particles. Then just make a paste with the flour + water each time you want to use it. I store the sifted, dry rye flour in a container and just shake up the amount needed with water in a small, lidded container each time I use it. You can add as much or as little water as you like to create… Read more »
brandon
brandon
2 months 6 days ago

I’ve had great results with this set of products:
Toothpaste – baking soda or http://www.earthpaste.com. Add hydrogen peroxide into waterpic if gums feel swollen
shampoo – none or baking soda/ACV or dr. bronners
soap – none or dr. bronners
deodorant – none or http://www.junglemannaturals.com/ or http://www.herbancowboy.com/
shave – electric
body and hair – shea butter / coconut oil (and a good haircut)

Scott Belanger
Scott Belanger
2 months 6 days ago

Try a good squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice on hair/scalp while in the shower maybe once a week to cleanse – it works and it’s cheap and all natural

Scott Belanger
Scott Belanger
2 months 6 days ago
In a double boiler, melt the 4 tbs of coconut oil. Or… if you are like me and don’t have a double boiler, you can simply stick a jar in a pot filled with shallow water, set the burner on medium-low, and put the coconut oil in the jar for it to melt (be sure not to get water in the jar). After the coconut oil is melted, remove the jar from the pot, wipe the water off the bottom, and set it on the counter. Next, add all of the other ingredients using a plastic or wooden spoon since… Read more »
Amie
2 months 5 days ago

What are the other ingredients?

Scott Belanger
Scott Belanger
2 months 5 days ago

4 tbs coconut oil
3 tbs sesame oil
4 tsp bentonite clay
4 tsp calcium magnesium powder
3 tbs baking soda
15 drops essential oils (I do 3 drops each of peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, clove, and myrrh)
12 drops trace minerals

Jed
2 months 6 days ago

Primal Derma is tallow based skincare with wildcrafted essential oils. Great product. primalderma.com

John
2 months 6 days ago

+1 on Feather Eagle Sky
Another brand my wife and I love is Living Libations

Nicole
Nicole
2 months 6 days ago

My list includes Uncle Harry’s fluoride-free toothpaste (and mouthwash when I can handle the burn!), Dr, Bronner’s castile soap or bar soaps from farmer’s markets, and Primal Pit Paste or Crystal Ally Spray Deodorant. I absolutely love everything I’ve tried from the Simply Divine skin care line. I’m minimalist with make-up but do like Red Apple Lipstick, especially their amazing lip balm.

Jennifer
Jennifer
2 months 6 days ago

I would LOVE to read the article from your wife….to help us women out. Pretty please 🙂

Jennifer
Jennifer
2 months 6 days ago

Oops….meant to say “same article from your wife”

Julia
Julia
2 months 5 days ago

I agree and wonder if she highlights/colors her hair? I do both, and would like a perspective on the products she would recommend…

Greek Grok
Greek Grok
2 months 6 days ago

Do you have any product suggestions for people with eczema? I know personally I have to immediately put on some sort of moisturizing cream after any part of my skin gets wet to prevent it from drying out (particularly after showering or washing your hands). The only problem is a lot of the “moisturizing creams” out there have a ton of problematic ingredients, even including the “National Eczema Association” approved products. I’ve use CeraVe and some others but are there any other better suggestions?

Suzan
Suzan
2 months 6 days ago

Pure oils, like almond, avocado and jojoba are kind to the skin. Emu oil is good as well.

Greek Grok
Greek Grok
2 months 4 days ago

Do you have any specific products to recommend? I always have some avocado oil around so I can try that. Does it just absorb into your skin or does it stay oily on your skin?

Pi_Beta
Pi_Beta
2 months 3 days ago

Hi Greek, I have had very good luck with jojoba oil mixed with shea butter and a dab of water (only a drop, just enough to mix the two and make it easier to use and spread).
I don’t know how “good” it is but I’ve had good luck with Burt’s Bee honey and grapeseed hand cream.

Gypsyrozbud
2 months 5 days ago

Try the diet approach. After cutting out sugar and grains and incorporating lots of coconut oil ( low carb-hi fat diet) my eczema of 40 years has miraculously disappeared!!!!

Greek Grok
Greek Grok
2 months 4 days ago

Thanks Gypsyrozbud. I’ve actually been pretty good on the diet for a while and although it does help, it definitely did not completely eliminate my eczema. What seemed to help the most was infrequently wetting my hands and always making sure to have a cream on hand. While my eczema has been under control for over a year now it has never “fully gone away”.

Kim
Kim
2 months 4 days ago

In addition to the diet and pure oils suggestions, you can try a company called Naples Soap Co. They have a line of natural products specifically for eczema.

Greek Grok
Greek Grok
2 months 4 days ago

Thank you Kim, I will definitely look into them!

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
2 months 4 days ago

I would recommend you try a shower filter. I don’t have eczema but my husband has, and even though he eats really badly, it still helped him significantly. Good luck!

Debo
Debo
1 month 24 days ago

Couldn’t agree more about the shower filter. The chlorine in the water is horrible for the skin and body. Additionally, I started realizing that in some cases the eczema could be caused by a fungus/virus in or just under the skin so I rotate a colloidal silver gel into the rotation to help kill anything that might be causing problems. Still early, but seems to be helping.

Matt
Matt
2 months 6 days ago

Anyone know if Tom’s products are a good alternative? I’ve used their deodorant and they claim to be a healthy line but I’m not super knowledgeable about all of their ingredients.

Gypsyrozbud
2 months 5 days ago

Toms toothpaste contains sodium laurel sulphate(dish soap). I use Jason toothpaste when I can’t make my own.

Debo
Debo
1 month 24 days ago

Agreed, if memory serves, most of the Tom’s choices also still contain fluoride, which is a big no no in my book.

Andrew Mencher
Andrew Mencher
2 months 6 days ago

I have had some skin issues throughout my adult life. Going Primal helped, but did not cure. I have found that Dessert Essence Tea Tree Oil face soap, Jason’s Tea Tree Oil Body Wash and Nature’s Gate Tea Tree and Sea Buckthorn shampoo have been natural and effective cleansers.

Thaddeus
2 months 6 days ago
Thanks for the great Article Mark. Essential oils for deodorant – vanilla and sandalwood. I shave my head, so no shampoo or soap. Dr. Bronners in the shower for the nether regions. Shave by using just a wet razor after a shower. I dont shave my whole face, since I have a beard, I just trim that with a beard trimmer. Magnesium Oil after the sauna at night. Toothpaste is described in my blog, but it’s a powder based on bentonite clay, baking soda, magnesium powder, calcium powder. Dentist says it’s working perfect. Peppermint essential oil for breath freshener if… Read more »
Steve
2 months 5 days ago

I’m interested to know more about this toothpaste. Where’s your blog? Clicking your name takes me to a GoDaddy page saying the URL has been “parked”

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
2 months 6 days ago

I *personally* don’t *care* but thanks for sharing. 😉

Andrew Specht
Andrew Specht
2 months 6 days ago

Check out third rock sunblock excellent stuff so clean you could eat it and it actually can help heal your skin besides being a great sunblock

Mary Alice
Mary Alice
2 months 6 days ago

Alpine Pure Oil by TellurideGlow for face, body and soul is amazing for natural skin hydration and has built-in aromatherapy that is to die for.

Bibi
2 months 6 days ago

Definitely Magnesium Oil as a deodorant. Warning: do NOT use directly after shaving armpits. On any irritated or broken skin it stings and itches and you’ll only end up scratching your armpits all day (and look like a monkey). The other half has also tried it but gets the itching no matter what and had to give it up.
Rose Hip Oil disappears into the skin real nice and quick and doesn’t leave an oily feeling.
Generally, when it comes to skin and hair care, less tends to work better. It’s also cheaper 🙂

Kimberly Robinson
Kimberly Robinson
2 months 5 days ago

I do love 100 % Pure products but recently discovered Honeybee Gardens, which is just as clean, highly rated by the EWG and costs half as much. Plus I like the idea of supporting a company based in my home state.

Marge Fiore
Marge Fiore
2 months 5 days ago

I saw at least one mention of the EWG in the comments… The Environmental Working Group publishes an analysis of the toxicity of ingredients in personal care products. Me personally, I go simple. I use unscented olive oil soap (Kiss My Face, usually), and coconut oil for moisturizing and tooth care. For cleaning the house I use baking soda. I would like to just mention that fragrances in skin care products are generally irritating to your skin…

Patrick
Patrick
2 months 5 days ago
I have been washing my hair with an egg yolk or two, depending on how long it is, for years. I will often put a drop or two of olive oil and a drop of rosemary, lavender, and geranium essential oil. It has been far better than any commercial product I have used. I sometimes rinse out the yolk with a quart of water and a tablespoon or two of ACV. Since I started using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for my teeth I have had countless comments on my white teeth. If I have a craving for toothpaste I… Read more »
Shel
Shel
2 months 5 days ago

Yes! My thoughts exactly, especially with the peppermint soap in the nether regions-ouch!

Geranium
Geranium
2 months 5 days ago

I do oil pulling/swishing with coconut oil about 5 mornings a week. Follow with baking soda in very warm water rinse. I have not had plaque build up since doing this for the past 4 years.

At night I wash my face with a very warm wash rag (only water). Then I apply Vitamin E oil.

Steve
2 months 5 days ago
Great list! I’ve wanted to try that AO Biome for years! Unfortunately, I’m looking at roughly $100 per bottle, once the exchange rate, and shipping are factored in. I’m thinking the lack of good bacteria from my daily shampooing could be contributing to my eczema. It completely disappears in the summer, when I’m in the garden every day, and in the woods or lake on weekends. I’m an electrician, so I have to shampoo every day on weekdays. On weekends, I just use water unless I’ve done something that requires shampoo. When vacation time comes around (and during extended periods… Read more »
Srinivas Kari
2 months 5 days ago

All this stuff is expensive in India. The toothpaste (Zion Health Claybrite Extra Strength Toothpaste, 3.2 Ounce) costs Rs 1710/- on Amazon India. Very frustrating.
Cost of goods and services as a percentage of income is high in India. Need to be rich to afford these things.

Sasha
Sasha
2 months 5 days ago

I’ve been using this in India for the last 2 years and love it:
http://www.amazon.in/Sri-Ayurveda-Tooth-Paste-100gm/dp/B01H77CLA0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490271149&sr=8-1&keywords=sudanta+toothpaste
and it’s great!! Safe ingredients and very reasonably priced.:

Alan
Alan
2 months 5 days ago

Great article and good information. I already use a number of the products you suggest, but not the Chanel deodorant ;-). What do you use as an aftershave?

Steve
2 months 5 days ago
Thanks so much for this post. For over five years I’ve done water-only showers with no products. Once you get past the first couple of weeks, you’ll realize you should have done it long ago. Sometimes I use a rinse of apple cider vinegar and water in the shower. I’ve made toothpaste from coconut oil and peppermint oil but didn’t really like it so I’m going to try the hydrogen peroxide. For deodorant, I mix equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder with a bit of coconut oil to bind it and some essential oils. I like cedar wood. It… Read more »
Steve
2 months 2 days ago

Cedar is supposed to be antibacterial and antifungal, which it’s such a popular wood for outdoor furniture, so this makes sense. I’ll have to give it a try.

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