I'm loving natural soaps made out of coconut/olive oil and a little fragrance. Right now I'm using a great chocolate-and-anise bar.
I still wash my face with a mild antibacterial soap. I stopped soaping my (short) hair altogether a year ago, but of course I still rinse and scrub my scalp with my finertips/nails.
Toothpaste is whatever looks most natural to me at the time.
It all seems to be working out.
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Healthy Bucket List:
- Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
- Hike the Appalachian Trail
- Do a real pull-up
- Run a 5k
- Be "Hot For Training Camp"
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i've tried no-poo and washing infrequently. what works for my hair is to wash it every other day with giovanni triple treat shampoo, blot dry, and put a little leave-in conditioner on the ends, then let it dry naturally. if the humidity is high, my hair will form lovely loose spirals. otherwise, it's wavy with a golden sheen. shower water temperature is usually what makes me happy, not what's best for me. cold water would be preferable for my hair, that increases the wavy-golden look. but i like comfortably warm water so that's what i use.
as for my skin, i usually only wash it with water and a washcloth. i still shave where ever/whenever i like because i'm not a cavelady and some body parts just feel better smooth. i have very dry skin and i'm in a semi-arid climate, so i rub my skin post-shower with coconut oil.
teeth are brushed with a toothbrush (no sticks or bones here) and a homemade tooth powder: xylitol and calcium carbonate mixed. it tastes like powdered sugar. deodorant is coconut oil+baking soda+tea tree oil. maybe if i gave up sugar 100%, as well as the chocolate, dairy, and rare coffee i would not smell. but i don't want to, so i use the homemade pit paste.
my ocd says that when i feel dirty i need soap to feel clean again. so. you know. bubbles!
re; hand washing, i need hand soap or else my hands feel grimy. if i still made soap i'm cook up a bucket of liquid soap and use that at will. but i'm lazy
yeah you are
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
I had a realization recently that helped me out with a bit of sweat rash on my thighs.
First of all, just water is enough to remove minerals left from sweat or dirt if you played in the mud. The only aspect of cleanliness that we use soap for is to kill bacteria.
Now even with people's obsession with soap, tons of people have acne, sweat rash, athlete's foot, jock itch, candida, etc. What are these issues but bacteria that is allowed to live on the skin?
So, soap with our bath is not doing the job when it comes to removing bacteria that we want to kill. I used a saav (I know I am spelling that wrong) of coconut oil, oregano oil, tea tree oil, and a few other ingredients. Essentially, it's a topical anti-bacterial cream. I had bought this a while ago to solve a little athlete's foot. This thing eliminated the sweat rash almost in one night. I used it on other areas of my skin too, and it looks fantastic.
My realization is to mostly just use soapless showers for removing the dirt/sweat/debri, and to use topical oils for killing the bacteria.
i've wanted to develop a topical probiotic for years now. i haven't for a few reasons, namely that i lack a microbiology lab. it would be possible to just slap a few common probiotics into a homemade lotion which have the right properties to be a sufficient growing medium and then sell it, because people seem to think that Lactobacilli have magical properties. but to do it properly, i would want to figure out which bacteria (in addition to the typical food-born e. coli, salmonella, etc.) i'd want to kill, and then i'd have to determine which bacteria can live on skin AND would be able to make life hell for those pathogens. if i just wanted to make it pseudo-scientific, i could slap some L. reuteri into a growing medium and sell it as lotion, but there's no proof that L. reuteri have the same properties topically as they do in intestines. after isolating the correct "beneficial skin bacteria," the next step would be to actually determine if it can live on skin in the medium, and if it actually has the intended results of reducing pathogens on skin.
anyway, that's my dream of how to keep skin clean. for now, i just use hot water and a fresh wash cloth. sometimes i use tea tree oil on abrasions or rashes that look abnormal.
(btw, many of the skin issues you mentioned are actually caused by yeast, not bacteria)
So you want to create a batch of bacteria to displace the bad bacteria and potentially make life difficult for the fungi? Interesting.
yes, indeed. i've wanted to do this for a few years. i think there are some patents out on such an idea, but i don't remember which bacteria are included in the patents. i could see it being used in conjunction with some anti-bacterial essential oils to combat MRSA and the like. I'd also like to classify essential oils by the types of bacteria they kill (gram positive vs. gram negative would be a start), but most websites about essential oils usually say no more than "studies show that XX kills bad stuff" without any references to explain the specifics.