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    Hi everyone,

    A lot of people say ''don't use any soap or any product on your body!''

    But then there are people who say ''I used this amazing all-natural ingredient soap on my face/skin/body, and my blemishes/acne/complexion has cleared right up!''

    It really frustrates me, because how do I know which course of action to take? And after how long should I make a decision about whether it works or not?

    I've been debating whether or not to start using a specific soap for my face (gasp!). I did some research, and two reasonably common ones used are African Black Soap, and Turmeric Soap. They're both fairly cheap on Amazon, but I don't know which to get, or even if I should get them.

    If anyone has any experience with either of these soaps, or any other soap, I'd really appreciate your input!

    Thanks!

    Traveller.

    P.S there's also a Turmeric Acne Cream. Anyone know anything about that?

  • #2
    My take on whenever I hear two different sides to something is to try it out for myself. I like to use natural based ingredient soaps because it relaxes me and I like the mild after smell. I've read and heard about going soapless and poo-less but I really prefer a natural mild soap. I don't really get body odor. I just enjoy the feeling of natural soaps.

    I'm sure there are some herbal extracts based creams/mixtures that ancestors used to clean the skin etc. Especially for this day and age there may be some out there that our skin could really benefit from because of all the toxins in our environment.
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    • #3
      i use handmade soap. i don't think it's a miracle cure-all, i just don't feel clean without suds and handmade is natural and doesn't make my skin crack and bleed
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      • #4
        I use handmade natural soap, I am lucky, I can get lovely handmade soap with essential oils from the farmers market - I usually get bog myrtle soap. But when my mother visits she always brings me some of her soap that she makes herself, just oil plus garden herbs plus lye. At the moment I am using her seaweed and olive oil soap. It's a bit greasy where the lye has not entirely reacted (or she didnt use enough?) but its lovely. The best she ever did was unfragranced made with tallow that she rendered herself.

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        • #5
          i stopped using facial cleansers about a year ago and stopped needing moisturizer. i steam my face a few times per week and oil cleanse then. my face looks great.

          i use dr. bonner's on my lady bits, but don't use soap on the rest of me.
          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

          Ernest Hemingway

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          • #6
            I use soap, but not shampoo. My wife is allergic to most soaps and shampoos, so what we have in the house is always very natural, or European, as they ban pretty much everything she's allergic to.

            However, I try not to overdo it with the hot water or the soap, as the natural oils your skin puts out are there for a reason. You want to be clean, but you don't want to wash away all the protective oil your skin produces. Your skin will dry and crack, or over-compensate and start putting out tons of oil to make up for the lack of it.

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            • #7
              Honestly, I use Ivory. Hippie/natural/etc. soaps leave me feeling like I haven't bathed. More conventional soaps either give me a rash or make my skin feel tight and dry. I'm sure someone has info on Ivory that makes it the worst soap on the planet, but it works for me.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by noodletoy View Post
                i stopped using facial cleansers about a year ago and stopped needing moisturizer. i steam my face a few times per week and oil cleanse then. my face looks great.

                i use dr. bonner's on my lady bits, but don't use soap on the rest of me.
                +1 For Dr. Bronner's, it's great stuff. I wish I had started using it sooner, I feel like I didn't know what clean was before I started using it. My skin seems healthier than it's ever been since I started using it too.

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                • #9
                  what the hell, no shampoo? I have very oily skin, which gives me very oily hair, and I can't imagine NOT shampooing my hair....I understand you don't want to wash away oils and all that, but what about those areas of the body that get really funky!!! No soap?!?!?!? Help me understand, this is the first time I've seen a discussion about this......

                  of course, way back in the day, when soap type products weren't around, what did people do??????

                  Hmmmmm..............
                  Last edited by Barnyard; 06-27-2013, 04:18 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Barnyard View Post
                    what the hell, no shampoo? I have very oily skin, which gives me very oily hair, and I can't imagine NOT shampooing my hair....I understand you don't want to wash away oils and all that, but what about those areas of the body that get really funky!!! No soap?!?!?!? Help me understand, this is the first time I've seen a discussion about this......

                    of course, way back in the day, when soap type products weren't around, what did people do??????

                    Hmmmmm..............
                    Modern body care bars, lotions, potions, creams, scrubs, washes, sprays, yaddah yaddah - these are to real body care what the CW SAD is to food. I have sensitive skin and always have - most of it gives me burning skin and rashes, hence I had to turn to European, health food store, and cottage industry small-batch stuff twenty years ago. Most of it is (the drug store, supermarket, Bath and Body Works, Avon, etc, types) junk, and actually ages, dries out, strips, blocks pores, inflames, and poisons your skin. From the chemical-industrial stuff, I went to health food store grade stuff, and from there am now going even more minimalist as I get even more Primal because my skin gets healthier as the rest of me does, and I find that all I really need is baking soda, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, simple powder, and the occasional use of a nice clean bar of simple soap.

                    As to soap, that is an as-needed thing. I can get along without it much longer than my brother, who is an industrial machinist and the industrial oils won't come off without help, so if you really need and or like it, hey.

                    As to shampoo, I used to have incredibly greasy skin and hair (twice a day hair wash and lunchtime additional face wash, anyone?), like you, so I do understand, and I am here to tell you that you are causing at least 50% of the problem yourself by using detergents. I have been there... Yes, naturally oily skin absolutely does exist, so that is not the issue. The issue is getting oily skin to not overproduce even more, or even to dial back. It can be done - I did it, although the process is decently slow.
                    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                      Honestly, I use Ivory. Hippie/natural/etc. soaps leave me feeling like I haven't bathed. More conventional soaps either give me a rash or make my skin feel tight and dry. I'm sure someone has info on Ivory that makes it the worst soap on the planet, but it works for me.
                      Ditto. I like ivory. Right now I use shampoo but I'm seriously considering trying to go without.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                        Modern body care bars, lotions, potions, creams, scrubs, washes, sprays, yaddah yaddah - these are to real body care what the CW SAD is to food. I have sensitive skin and always have - most of it gives me burning skin and rashes, hence I had to turn to European, health food store, and cottage industry small-batch stuff twenty years ago. Most of it is (the drug store, supermarket, Bath and Body Works, Avon, etc, types) junk, and actually ages, dries out, strips, blocks pores, inflames, and poisons your skin. From the chemical-industrial stuff, I went to health food store grade stuff, and from there am now going even more minimalist as I get even more Primal because my skin gets healthier as the rest of me does, and I find that all I really need is baking soda, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, simple powder, and the occasional use of a nice clean bar of simple soap.

                        As to soap, that is an as-needed thing. I can get along without it much longer than my brother, who is an industrial machinist and the industrial oils won't come off without help, so if you really need and or like it, hey.

                        As to shampoo, I used to have incredibly greasy skin and hair (twice a day hair wash and lunchtime additional face wash, anyone?), like you, so I do understand, and I am here to tell you that you are causing at least 50% of the problem yourself by using detergents. I have been there... Yes, naturally oily skin absolutely does exist, so that is not the issue. The issue is getting oily skin to not overproduce even more, or even to dial back. It can be done - I did it, although the process is decently slow.
                        Thanks for the reply....but I don't and never have had any of the issues you are talking about....I have acne, and some rosacea, which has vastly improved since I went primal....but I still have greasy hair if I don't wash it once a day! And I wouldn't even know where to begin with baking soda, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, simple powder, and the occasional use of a nice clean bar of simple soap (ok I know how to use the soap, but the other items for cleaning my body?). I'm still confused...
                        The life I have today is far better than I deserve.......

                        M, 58, 6'0
                        SW - 192
                        CW - 180
                        GW - 165-170

                        Current addiction: ice cream (and sugar in general).....doing battle with it!

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                        • #13
                          Hey barnyard!

                          The coconut oil is used in place of body lotion to moisturize skin.
                          The powder gets dusted under the boobies and anywhere I tend to sweat.
                          The baking soda goes into my palm and then gets rubbed everywhere on my wet head, as it replaces shampoo completely. Some folks make a wet paste out of it first, but I don't.
                          The apple cider vinegar gets dumped on my noggin from a squirt bottle after the head wash with the baking soda, and it replaces conditioner, which you probably do not use anyway, but it totally clears my dandruff.

                          I do still use a natural deo, just for full disclosure, and have a perfume tray as well, which gets so little use that some of my bottles are now no longer sold by L'Occitane (my favorite perfumer).

                          There are a number of threads here on the MDA that deal specifically with natural stuff, acv and baking soda shampoo, and all that. Do a search - the commentary will floor you. That is how I came to do baking soda for shampoo - I am now nearing the 1 year mark for being "no-poo", which is what shampoo-less gets called, and I honestly couldn't be happier with the results.
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • #14
                            I use this one from Naturoli (I also use their soap nuts for laundry).

                            https://store.naturoli.com/product.p...cat=279&page=1

                            I also use Dr. Bronners for my face and various natural soaps from my grocery co-op.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                              Hey barnyard!

                              The coconut oil is used in place of body lotion to moisturize skin.
                              The powder gets dusted under the boobies and anywhere I tend to sweat.
                              The baking soda goes into my palm and then gets rubbed everywhere on my wet head, as it replaces shampoo completely. Some folks make a wet paste out of it first, but I don't.
                              The apple cider vinegar gets dumped on my noggin from a squirt bottle after the head wash with the baking soda, and it replaces conditioner, which you probably do not use anyway, but it totally clears my dandruff.

                              I do still use a natural deo, just for full disclosure, and have a perfume tray as well, which gets so little use that some of my bottles are now no longer sold by L'Occitane (my favorite perfumer).

                              There are a number of threads here on the MDA that deal specifically with natural stuff, acv and baking soda shampoo, and all that. Do a search - the commentary will floor you. That is how I came to do baking soda for shampoo - I am now nearing the 1 year mark for being "no-poo", which is what shampoo-less gets called, and I honestly couldn't be happier with the results.
                              Crabbcakes, thanks for the education!!! I will do that search and check it out.....still laughing at "no-poo".......
                              The life I have today is far better than I deserve.......

                              M, 58, 6'0
                              SW - 192
                              CW - 180
                              GW - 165-170

                              Current addiction: ice cream (and sugar in general).....doing battle with it!

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