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    I've gone 100% without soap/shampoo/face wash/deodorant/conditioner/any product/etc... for 3 months now and am very happy with the results. This is the first winter in which my skin hasn't started peeling off. Ironically my skin is softer and less dry after stopping moisturizer use. My armpits and private areas don't smell bad anymore after a long day. My face no longer progresses from dry/scaly to extra-oily over the course of a day. My hair doesn't get oily and gross anymore, it sort of stays in this perpetual slightly moist state that is easy to style.

    If you haven't tried this you need to! My biggest concern was odor but that turned out to be a non-issue. If anything, I smell better now that the oil glands aren't working in overdrive.

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    I worked in a few sewer plants back in the 90s, and one thing I noticed is that it smells horrible at first, but after about 20 minutes or so, you don't smell anything anymore.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by counterpuncher View Post
      I worked in a few sewer plants back in the 90s, and one thing I noticed is that it smells horrible at first, but after about 20 minutes or so, you don't smell anything anymore.
      I had a similar experience working in a fish factory.
      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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      • #4
        lol snipe if you must but my skin was not reacting well to daily soap, shampoo, and facial wash. It would be dry after washing, and then be covered in oil by the end of the day. the first week wasn't so great, everything was just super oily, but after about 2 weeks my skin adapted and totally changed for the better. My little sister who would always rag on me for having BO now says I don't smell bad anymore, and she never says anything nice to me ever.
        Last edited by dizzyorange; 12-19-2012, 07:56 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
          lol snipe if you must but I don't think I'm the only one who's tried this to good effect.
          I didn't mean to snipe. I think some do perfectly fine w/o personal care products. I like to limit my use too, sometimes I do fine w/o them and sometimes I do not. I have no idea why.
          Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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          • #6
            I tried the whole no poo thing back when I had long hair and it was a greasy miserable flop. Now that I have short hair, I've tried it again and it works brilliantly. I just wash my hair once a week with an all natural coconut milk based conditioner. I have had long and short hair many times over the years and this is the first time I have ever had short hair that I can just run a comb through in the morning and be ready to go. It doesn't argue with me and stand up in a thousand different directions.

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            • #7
              No soap, no shampoo here.

              Washing hands doesn't require all this "anti-bacterial" crap. Rubbing with water does it just fine, and I've heard it has the same effect in terms of getting rid of bacteria.

              And now I can go 24 hours without a shower, without my hair looking extremely oily.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                I just wash my hair once a week with an all natural coconut milk based conditioner.
                A name?

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                • #9
                  I stopped using most soaps a few months ago and really dig it. Now I just use a bar of coconut oil soap for the 'pits and bits' in the shower each day and hit my hair with it once every week or so. I also make my own deodorant using coconut oil, arrow root powder, baking soda, and essential oils, and have never had better smelling, drier pits, also, it's cheaper and doesn't give me any allergic reactions.

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                  • #10
                    Wanna go extreme? Don't wash yourself too, water dries you up.
                    Deodorant is a must, though..
                    Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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                    • #11
                      I am no poo unless i've spent the weekend in the workshop, water just doesn't work then.

                      I use a crystal deodorant, kills the bacteria that produce body odor instead of masking the smell or stopping sweat being produced.
                      Much prefer smelling neutral than like some of the clouds of chemicals that other waft around behind them

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                      • #12
                        I'm glad it works for you, I love my frou frou shampoos and scented dr bronners, so I'll pass.
                        F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                        "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                        • #13
                          Eh, I have to wash my hair with shampoo once every couple of weeks even though I keep a 1/4 inch buzz, it's just too hard to get scalp build up off any other way and I end up with plenty of dead skin soaked in oil on top of my head that itches like mad. I usually shampoo just after cutting my hair every couple weeks.

                          Soap, I've always used soap and always will too... but, I only shower every 2-3 days, sometimes just once a week if I haven't sweat much. I've always been that way. I do the "ball test" I put my hand between my testicles and inner thigh and squeeze my legs together for a couple of seconds then sniff my hand, if it's funky it's time to shower, if not then I'm good.
                          -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ryanmercer View Post
                            I do the "ball test" I put my hand between my testicles and inner thigh and squeeze my legs together for a couple of seconds then sniff my hand, if it's funky it's time to shower, if not then I'm good.
                            ha ha i love the honesty of these forums!

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                            • #15
                              Haha I had this discussion at work once, got pulled aside by management and was told it could be seen as sexual harassment... yes, sniffing my body to see if I need a shower is clearly sexual harassment.
                              -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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