Shampoo: Suave, Pantene
Deodorant: Adidas, Lady Speed Stick, Arrid
Once I run out of my toothpaste and deodorant I'll switch over to Tom's. For soap I'll keep an eye out for homemade stuff. Not sure about shampoo though...my hair is wimpy and light and is almost always lacking volume. If the shampoo I use is too strong it strips it and makes it dry and yucky, but if it's too weak it gets greasy and weighted down. My skin's also a pain -- greasy and acne prone, especially in the summer it seems.
Speaking of soap, does anyone know of good handsoap that won't dry my hands out? I'm an art student so washing my hands is a frequent thing - I'd rather not have toxic materials sitting on my hands all day - and that can lead to dry skin, especially in the winter.
I think this is what you were looking for:
And maybe these, too:
I do "no poo" for my hair.
For soap I use: Mysore Sandalwood Soap that I buy at an Indian Market: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysore_Sandal_Soap
For everything else, Here's what I use:
8 tablespoons baking soda
8 tablespoons sea salt, not iodized
20 drops orange blossom essential oils
1.Mix ingredients in a jar.
2.Dip damp toothbrush into mixture and brush your teeth for 2 minutes.
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
10-20 drops tea tree oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil (find it at health food stores -it's solid at room temp.)
1.Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
2.Smash into empty deoderant container and smooth over.
3. Let it sit 1 day to become solid again.
4. Use with a lighter hand than you would with normal stick deodorant, especially the first couple of days or it'll drop little balls on your bathroom rug. Used correctly, this stuff is invisible and lasts for ages, as it works with a very light layer. You should not be able to see it once applied.
Shampoo - Burt's Bees shampoo bar - but now I'm experimenting with no shampoo (day #4)
Deodorant - Tom's of Maine - aluminum free - no more stained shirts
Soap - Tom's of Maine
Tootpaste - Tom's of Maine - fluoride free version
Shaving Cream - Don't use - I shave after my shower using water only.
I selected these products because:
1) I can pronounce all of the ingredients
2) Minimal packaging - no plastic bottles (I really hate plastic bottles)
3) I can find them locally and they're affordable-ish
@Primal_Pebble: My mum is allergic to any soap other than Mysore Sandal. When she visits me in the US, she makes sure that she has a stash of these. But she used Shampoo for the hair. What difference did you notice on using this soap for your hair? I'm intrigued, I might actually have a bar at home.
I didn't use the Mysore soap in my hair. I use it for my body only. I do No Poo which is a baking soda and vinegar based regimen.
I used to be San Francisco's largest consumer of Body Shop products, particularly their Vit E face creams and "Body Butter", because my skin tends to be dry.
When I ran out of both a couple of weeks ago, I started using CO in place of both (on my face, I apply, then blot it a little bit with a towel).
My skin feels great (and the boy says it smells great); and I'm saving a metric ton of money.
Haven't figured out how to get it to work as a hair conditioner, though. Any thoughts?