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    I've long heard that using conventional soaps and shampoos might increase our risk of developing cancer.


    Would you guys please shed some light on this--even discount the cancer-claim, if possible--and suggest healthier alternatives if you know of any?


    My apologies if this has already been covered in a previous discussion. After having browsed through the "hot tags," I didn't find it anywhere.


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    2 other threads discussing this:

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...cs-Lotions-etc.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Laundry

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      There's a thread titled Primal Laundry that gets into a lot of this type of thing. I always like to check products at the Environmental Working Group site:


      http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/


      Kind of like food, I would say the less ingredients the better!

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        I don't know about the cancer claim, but I use soapnuts for washing my hair, because they are actually superior to any commercial shampoo I've ever tried. Here's the recipe I use:


        http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...e&articleid=95

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          I wash my face and body with water. (I do use soap on my hands.) Sometimes I use a bit of baking soda to exfoliate. My skin is so much better than it was when I used soap. I also put rooibos and then coconut oil on my face and anywhere else I feel needs a bit of extra moisture.


          The absolute best my skin ever felt was when I actually used olive or coconut oil in the shower along with exfoliating gloves. But it turns out the shower drain didn't love the oil as much as my skin did so I had to give that up.


          I wash my (long, worn up) hair every 2 weeks right now, though every 1.5 weeks would probably be better. I use baking soda or eggs to wash (keep the water lukewarm or you'll have a scramble on your head!) and a 1:1 white vinegar/water rinse. If my hair were short, I'd probably just see where a daily water scrub would get me.


          I've recently dropped toothpaste as well and just brush with water now.


          Still using anti-perspirant, though, at least on workdays.

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            I use coconut oil in the shower and it works so well! Makes my skin beautiful and super soft. I don't rinse it off... so I don't get the shower drain clogged... but I apply it wet with my hair tied up (so it doesn't get greasy) and pat myself dry with a towel. It as completely cured my acne! Things that say oil free make me laugh.

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              Thanks to you all. Great suggestions!

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                hfox, here is the original topic for more information:


                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...giene-Products

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                  tin foil girl - i just found out that baking soda works just as well, if not better, than any anti-perspirant/deoderant out there. Just grab some, throw it underarm, rub it in a little and viola! no smell, very little sweat.


                  its amazing. i feel like ive discovered the holy grail of underarm care!

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                    as for soaps.... i agree that most of the time, no soap is the best soap. BUT, when you are absolutely filthy and really need a good clean, nothing comes close to Dr. Bronners. Its cheap, amazingly effective, made from hemp oil, and the company is pretty legit too. just have to ignore not-so-subtle, pan-denominational proselytizing on the label.

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                      I love using coconut oil on my face and now use it exclusively, it has really balanced the oils that my face produces and I dont have a greasy face anymore. I rub it in before i get in the shower and use a face cloth to remove the excess, and before bed i just rub it it in. I like making a salt scrub with sweet almond oil as an exfoliant.

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                        I use dr. bronners soaps.


                        INGREDIENTS: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut, Organic Palm and Organic Olive Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

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                          Yep. Good stuff. It's what I use for soap.

                          Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                          Current weight: 199
                          Goal: 145

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                            I bought Dr.Bronners a few months ago, but being so used to the lather of regular soap, the lack of lather in Dr.Bronner's was a tad disconcerting.


                            @Chaosthetic and sbhar: Do you dilute it in a gallon of water as indicated on the bottle? I tried using it directly on my skin.

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                              I thought I'd comment as I'm a soap maker. I haven't bought commercial soap or shampoo for years now due to problems with the commercial products I was experiencing. Most of what people think of or buy as "soap" isn't soap, it's "deoderant bar" or "beauty bar". Those things aren't soap and can't legally be marketed as soap. Your best bet is to find a soap maker at a local farmer's market or through sites like Local Harvest or Etsy. Even many commercial real soaps have the glycerin pressed out of them which can lead to dry skin for you (glycerin naturally occurs in soap and is very moisturizing for the skin). Look for cold process soap (you can ask the soapmaker) and if it smells really smelly, steer away from it as it's mostlikely scented with an artificial scent (= bad & full of petrochemicals). You can always make it for yourself, too, which isn't rocket science. That way you can choose the oils you want in the soap & that's just awesome. Check out The Soapmaker's Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch for how-to and recipes. She has an excellent shampoo bar recipe, too.

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