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24 Jun

Pooh-Poohing the ‘Poo

Modern life presents endless deviations from our primal beginnings. Some clearly have no place in the success of our species (e.g. Ding Dongs). Others may present unprecedented, welcome benefits (e.g. year round access to a veritable cornucopia of Primal goodies like macadamia nuts – my personal favorite). Finally, there are those “additions,” current customs really, that feel idiosyncratic but relatively innocuous. The contemporary obsession with hair might qualify for this eccentric but harmless category – or maybe not. What about the goop we slather on our noggins? Is it another case of sanitizing ourselves into an unhealthy existence? Will I become an eternal greaseball without my daily indulgence in froth and foam? There’s a movement afoot – “poo-less,” as it’s often called – that has something to say about it. Kicking the suds habit, poo-less advocates suggest, not only allows for less toxic, less expensive living but opens the door to a better head of hair itself.

Even the most committed product junkie has to admit that our culture’s fixation on perfect tresses has long since morphed into a marketing frenzy. Products and services galore seek to manipulate every hair into strict submission. Somehow it’s never enough though. There’s always another product to fix something else – likely the problem the first one caused. Increasingly, we’re realizing that we pay a bigger price than the receipts would indicate (although they’re nothing to shake a stick at either!). Conventional shampoos are universally riddled with noxious but unregulated chemicals that have been linked to everything from endocrine system disruption to neurological and immune system damage. Among the biggest offenders, according to the Environmental Working Group, include the ubiquitous phthalates (for fragrance), parabens (for preservatives), coal tar (for dyes and dandruff) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (for lather and de-greasing power). Other risky chemicals include 1,4-Dioxane and methylisothiazolinone.

Our bodies take quite a beating for the sake of our hair. (Hey, but that woman in the jungle shower on the commercial looked like she was having fun. I’ll have what she’s having – poisons be damned!

But put aside the toxins for a minute. What about natural, toxin-free shampoos? What’s wrong with them? (First off, some aren’t as natural as they claim.) According to poo-less advocates, though, even the “best” shampoos strip and damage our hair. We feel like greaseballs after a couple days without a wash because our scalps are constantly on overdrive trying to compensate for the persistent dryness caused by – the shampoo! The need for a cascade of other hair products (e.g. the conditioners, the gel, the hair spray, the detanglers, etc.) is the consequence of the shampoo’s initial damage. Talk about digging a hole to use a ladder to wash the basement window!

When you read the stories of the poo-less, I have to say that the anecdotal evidence is pretty convincing. After the initial transition of 2-6 weeks (hint: scarves, bandanas, ponytails), people say they have unprecedented softness, volume, natural shape and style. No more frizzies or fly aways or whatever else plagued them before. Several folks on the forum have shared their experiences, and I’d definitely recommend checking out Richard’s experiment at Free the Animal. The poo-less movement has caught enough media attention that even more conventionally-minded publications have called upon their own staff people to give it a whirl and then share their stories. Although a few folks eventually throw up their hands, the vast majority give it a thumbs up. Many even say it’s the best thing that ever happened to their hair.

So, what does a poo-less routine look like exactly? Although every fan has his/her own take, there seem to be a few common routines. Some people gradually wean themselves off by increasing the number of days between shampoos. Others rinse the roots with warm water and use a little conditioner on the ends. Still others use a hot towel method by stroking their hair repeatedly with a hot, soaked towel to distribute their scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair. A large portion of the poo-less group seems to use some combination of baking soda-water mix as a daily/occasional poo-less wash. Many in this camp then do a vinegar rinse (apple cider being the most commonly mentioned version) to “condition” hair. Another basic kitchen combo used is cornstarch and lemon juice. Simple, cheap and healthy, they say. For those who want something a little more than baking soda, there are specially formulated (and marketed) poo-less products like the well-known Deva line. I know a lot of folks use Dr. Bronner’s as well.

For those of us who don’t want to go poo-less, what Primal perspective is there to be gleaned from these folks’ efforts? Their satisfaction, I think, is a reminder that modern living suggests “needs” that really don’t exist. Our bodies, left to their own devices, really can take care of themselves. There’s something to that natural beauty concept. The truth is, Grok probably wasn’t the stinky, disheveled, unsightly figure many imagine him to have been.

Asking whether we really need shampoo begs the question of whether we really need any of the personal products that line our medicine cabinets. If we ditched the creams, conditioners, gels, cosmetics, deodorants, sprays, and powders for a week, would our lives fall apart? Would anyone else even notice? (Probably not.) Would we eventually get used to the simplified routine? Would we end up enjoying it like the poo-less proponents? One thing’s for sure: we’d probably have a little more money in our pockets and little more time on our hands. As for our bodies, after their transition period is over and the dust finally settles, they’d likely be grateful to get back to doing what they’re built to do.

Have your own poo-less stories or tips you’d like to add? Questions or commentary on going au naturale? Thanks for reading, everybody. Have a great day!

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  1. What about the campfire smell or chlorine? Suggestions Grokophiles.

    Matty wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I found that warm water, then rinse, maybe a couple times…the campfire smell has cleared out.

      For one, my hair is softer, easier to manage than ever before.

      Great post!

      jenella wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • 1 tbsp baking soda, mix with 1 cup water, pour through your hair and then rub around a bit. Rinse with warm water. Baking soda seems to get rid of any smells. You can rinse with apple cider vinegar (again I do 1tbsp per cup water).

      Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • No one has mentioned shaving yet. While going shampoo-less seems perfectly natural and easy, how do you all recommend shaving without some soap? Oils again? what kind?

        SLS wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • I wear a beard, but I do trim the neckline occasionally. I’ve had no trouble using a Mach 3 and very hot water. I go with the grain and don’t pass over the same spot too many times.

          prib81 wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • Coconut oil is all you need for shaving. Rub a lot of it in before shaving. Rinse after shaving and pat dry. Apply a small amount as after shave to moisturize. It helps prevent cuts and nics too.

          Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • I suffered with post shave spots for many years until I discovered that by shaving in the shower there is sufficient water to act as a lubricant and creams and soaps and gels are no longer necessary. I have very hard bristles so if it works for me then I can imagine it working well for pretty much anyone. I have to admit that those times I cannot have a shower and I shave from the sink then it’s a little harder as you need the water running constantly on your face for the best results.

          Grokker wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • Natural aloe vera gel works great for shaving, at least for legs. Might be interesting to get some feedback from some guys. No need to be tied to the tub either. Wet the skin a bit, put AV gel on it, shave away. Finish off with a bit of coconut oil to calm down the skin after. Perfect.

          Daniela wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • I’ve been shaving with olive oil for several months now. Works fine. I just have to wash the towels a little more often. Note: if you try this in the shower, remember that tiny bit of oil goes a looong way. If you use too much you make the tub dangerously slippery for the next person.

          On the plus side, the remaining shampoo that I’m no longer using takes the olive oil right off the tub!

          Bess wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • just use a razor and hot water.

          sam wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • Several companies (anthony, the art of shaving, and sharps to name just a few) make pre-shave oils. The idea is to coat your face with the oil before applying the cream. Many have found that you can shave with the oil alone (as long as you dont have several days growth). With that said, I don’t know what the difference between the shave oils and every day cooking oils are. Someone said they have been shaving with coconut oil. that sounds interesting!

          Dan wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • I have a beard now, but before I stopped shaving I only used shaving cream half a dozen times. You don’t need it. Hot water is good enough.

          If you shower beforehand then the steam will open your pores up and make it easier.

          Bushrat wrote on June 29th, 2010
        • I’m 23 and started shaving pry when I was about 14 or 15… I have always just rubbed a little bit of hot water on my face and ran the blade under it for a sec, then just shave! People always have told me “Oh you have to use shaving cream or you’re gonna cut yourself!”…. bah! No one taught me this I just did it and it worked for me, I think after just a little bit of time it would work for anyone (I rock a beard now and clean shave below the jaw line and after a few times, I can even make a straight line with my Mach3)

          Mlkrone wrote on July 9th, 2010
        • Trader Joes Has an AWESOME moisturizing cream shave called “Shave” in Honey Mango with aloe vera & Vitamin E – good for men or women.
          This stuff makes legs, pits and faces (and I guess anywhere else you might shave) super soft – it is my new fav!

          Annie L wrote on November 30th, 2010
        • Olive oil!

          Robin wrote on January 21st, 2011
        • It’s perfectly possible to shave with just water after your skin is conditioned to it.

          WorBlux wrote on August 30th, 2013
      • I wear a beard as well these days. I haven’t shaved in almost 2 months and people love it. My goal is to go the entire summer but we will see…

        When I do shave again I will have to use the coconut oil technique. I guess I can toss my shaving cream right away.

        Primal Toad wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • people love it? don’t ever go back man! i shaved it off a few years ago and people were like dude your blinding me with that baby face, grow your beard back. if it works stick with it, more natural right?

          mike wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • @ Mike

          Exactly! My mother has always wanted me to grow my head hair out but I always told her no, no, no. I wanted it cut like every 6 weeks. I enjoyed the buzz cut for a few years.

          Ever since I went primal I decided to go all out as much as possible. Not cutting my hair and not shaving has been one of those things…

          My goal is through the end of the summer, but we will see. That is 3 months, lol.

          Primal Toad wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I prefer normal vinegar to over-priced cider vinegar, they both have 5% acetic acid which is all that matters

        mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
        • If you are talking distilled, fitered acetic acid, there is much more to it. Natural ACV is food – the other stuff is a chemical reagent, like refined salt (use sea salt only). If you use natural ACV in food you WILL taste the difference.

          captain mike wrote on September 8th, 2011
      • I’ve also read using 1cup of ACV/ 1cup of water. You think this is too strong?

        Steve wrote on September 8th, 2011
      • Do NOT use baking soda in your hair, at least not on a regular basis! It will strip your hair and make the whole idea of healthier “no-poo” hair obsolete!

        Laura wrote on September 20th, 2012
    • Why would you want to wash out that most glorious of odors, the campfire smell?

      Ann wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • oh, baby……

        captain mike wrote on September 8th, 2011
  2. I went “poo-less” and deodorant less a few weeks back. Other than a little more sweating, I have noticed no side effects, and feel a lot better. Would recommend to all.

    Todd wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • There’s a whole no-poo community on LiveJournal with a bunch of different shampoo/conditioner substitutes. (so if baking soda is too harsh on your hair for example which is something some people have problems with you can switch so omething else like salt…)

      mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
  3. I’ve followed the “no-pooing it” thread on the forums a few times, though I haven’t actually been brave enough to try it. The most I feel comfortable not washing my hair is to skip one day, and by the end of that day it’s looking pretty greasy. I realize it takes a while for your hair to re-regulate it’s oil producing schedule, but it’s not so easy to wait it out when you work in an office environment!

    Hannah wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • To resolve this, just rinse your hair daily in warm water (as warm as you can handle it) and then in cooler water. I also recommend using a wet face cloth to distribute the natural oils from the scalp to the ends. Or, you can try the baking soda/ACV method instead.

      I work in an office as well and if you’re feeling self-conscious about it, just tie it back.

      Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • brushing it a lot with a bristle brush really helps to distribute the oils too. It’s what the medieval babes used to do.

        Robin wrote on January 21st, 2011
    • if ur hair gets a lil greasy at the roots just put a lil baby powder in it …hairstylist use it all the time when they do hair

      sarah wrote on June 28th, 2010
      • and for us dark-haired beauties, instead of baby powder, use cocoa powder…works great and you get a little hint of chocolate fragrance!

        elli wrote on August 20th, 2012
        • Well, I’m sold. Chocolate in my hair? Yes please!

          Kristina wrote on November 6th, 2012
  4. YES! I’ve actually gone without shampoo and soap for about 4 or 5 months now. My hair is great and I don’t have any offensive body-odors on a daily basis. If I plan to sweat a lot on a particular day, I just splash some tea tree oil in my ‘pits and I’m good to go!

    No stink, no chemicals, more money, and more time. I ask you, can it get any better?!

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • tea tree oil… hmmm I’m not so fond of that since it’s a natural non-penicilin based anti-biotic and oversuing it can lead to more anti-biotic resistant microbes.

      Why not go with the Oil Cleansing Method? I use a slightly modified version with olive oil mixed in with my castor oil solution

      mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
      • A lot of folks use baking soda mixed with a bit of your choice of oil for their pits. Personally, I’m au natural, but I’m lucky that I’ve never really had a smell problem. Several folks (e.g. Richard at say after an adjustment, they smell sweeter!

        Tracy Longacre wrote on May 31st, 2011
        • Those mineral salt deodorant sticks work great for me. Thai Crytals is one popular brand…they really work and are truly natural.

          JustAThought wrote on January 24th, 2013
  5. So what about dandruff? I’ve definitely gone long periods with little to no poo-ing, and it never seems to cease unless i’m using some sort of toxic-laden anti dandruff shampoo.

    Bryce wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Just be patient. The dandruff will usually disappear eventually. Give your skin some time to recreate.

      Grok wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • I went ‘poo-less’ almost two years ago, and found that my dandruff did not go away. Someone mentioned using apple cider vinegar, in an article I read online, to get rid of dandruff (in my case to kill some bacteria that I think was causing my dandruff); after two vinegar rinses in four weeks I haven’t seen a flake – going on four months now.

        I do agree that just giving it time will get rid of dandruff in most cases, I just think my case was a bit worse than most.

        John wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to your baking soda…it makes all the difference in the world!

          cajuntam wrote on November 4th, 2011
    • The dandruff is nothing more than the dead skin (our skin sheds naturally) clumping in the excess oiliness of your scalp/hair. I would gradually ween yourself off of using shampoo, and let your body adapt to producing less oil. You’re not likely to encounter dandruff problems that way.

      Mark Rose wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • Actually, things – esp. fungi & yeasts – can live in & off of the dead skin cells. That’s probably why ACV is necessary for some people (good anti-yeast product).

        Grace wrote on June 27th, 2010
    • Also, don’t forget to brush your hair/scalp to loosen up the flakes so you can shake them out. Try using a boar bristle brush.

      Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I discovered vinegar for my dandruff, way back before I ever heard about paleo/primal and it worked wonders. It also makes the hair softer. Dandruff is caused by a fungus we all have but some of us are highly sensitive or allergic so it irritates the scalp cause skin to shed at an accelerated rate.

      I use it at full strength, but most people dilute it. It will sting like hell at the beginning but as your scalp heals it will hurt less and less. Now it doesn’t hurt at all and my scalp feels great for the first time in years.

      At full strength (8%), you wan to be careful not to get any in your eyes. I scrunch up my eyes pour it on liberally, let sit for a minute or so, then rinse off. Be sure to rinse your face quite well before you open your eyes.

      I still very occasionally use a shampoo, perhaps every 9 or 10 days. Vinegar rinse after shampooing as the acid restores the ph left from base shampoo. If I go for more than week without vinegar I can feel the symptoms start to return.

      Sean wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I spray my hair with a little water mixed lavender oil after the vingar rinse so it doesn’t smell. Then when it dries it still smells like lavender and not vinegar

        Tash wrote on January 15th, 2011
      • I went poo-less for a couple of months and loved the results, but then my dandruff came back. Thanks for the vinegar suggestion–now I can give it another try!

        Jacob wrote on July 17th, 2013
  6. This is something I have thinking about lately. Thanks for the post. I think I will take a look at natural ways to do it.

    Jean-Patrick wrote on June 24th, 2010
  7. I’ve been poo-less in about 3month now. Recently I got problems with dandruff wich I can’t seem to get rid off.. I cut my hair wich have helped in the past. I’ve tried apple cider vinegar rinses with some results but I can’t stand the vile smell (it dries and don’t smell but after a while and after I get warm and sweaty the stench re appear).

    I don’t use deodorant either and I can testify that I haven’t had any odor problems! No BO what so ever.

    Mart wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • use normal vinegar, or lemons, etc… but most importantly make sure it is all rinsed off in the shower (i.e. can’t smell it anymore when you’ve still got water running) before stepping out. Use the coldest water possible to rinse.

      mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
    • Have you always not used deodorant or did it take a while when you switched from deodorant to no deodorant to not have BO? I’m trying, but when I raise my armpits, not good. I’ve been putting lavender oil on but it works for only half the day.

      Barbara-Anne wrote on April 23rd, 2012
  8. I rarely use shampoo, so I am convinced to stop that easily. However, soap and deodorant make me a little more uneasy. I shower at least once a day with soap and I notice on days that I forget deodorant, I get pretty ripe. Does your body also begin to regulate this. I love being primal, but I don’t want to stink to high heaven. I know my wife wouldn’t appreciate that either.

    Rick wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • In my experience, it does begin to regulate this, but that doesn’t mean you won’t smell. The good news is that a simple cold shower after you exert yourself particularly hard, to wash off the stink, and maybe some soap on your armpits should take care of it.

      Cullen wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • Or wet a face cloth and give them pits a wipe whenever they need it. :)

        Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I have been using a baking soda solution followed by a vinegar solution on my underarms for 5 months now. No underarm odor at all now — even two days after a shower. When I used soap I had a constant odor that never went away — even immediately after a shower.

      Use the same thing on my hair. No dandruff, not oily and softer than shampoo left it.

      bob r wrote on June 29th, 2010
      • Amazing deodorant that also helps keep you dry: 1/4 cup each corn starch and baking soda, mixed with 4-5 TB coconut oil. Keep it in the fridge when it’s hot out (you’ll have to kind of chip it off and melt it under your arms). Simply amazing. Got this from someone on the Paleo Hacks site.

        Milk of Magnesia is also a great deodorant!

        Tracy wrote on July 8th, 2010
    • Personally I used to shower every other day with soap, as it dries out my skin. My mother did sometimes tell me I smelled. Then I got the idea to stop using soap and wash with just water every day… no comments, and I’m soap-free for 3 years now.

      As for deodorants, I find that they make me perspire MORE. I never really started using them in the first place because of that.

      Anyway, give it a try, and have your wife (or someone else you trust to not lie about it) tell you if you start stinking.

      Sofie wrote on May 23rd, 2011
  9. For the dandruff thing, try rubbing some tea tree oil on your scalp, you can mix it with the vinegar, water or use it straight out of the bottle.

    I’ve been doing the no poo thing since about January. It’s really great cuz I like the low maintenance of it. I just scrub my scalp every other day and comb it out in the shower.

    Ris wrote on June 24th, 2010
  10. I’ve been going without shampoo for a year now. With long hair I thought it would be tough but honestly it was fine. I use an egg now and then if the grease builds up at all. Baking soda works well to get smells out. And apple cider vinegar really makes it shiny.

    For deodorant, absolutely nothing beats coconut oil + baking soda.

    Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Whats the ratio on that coconut and Baking Soda Deodorant?

      Todd wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • I just apply some coconut oil with my fingertips and then dab on baking soda over top. I don’t mix them or measure any amount, just whatever bit you can pick up on a fingertip basically.

        Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • Thanks – I’m going to give this a try! :)

          Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • A simple one to one ratio works to make your own deodorant. i do a 1/4 cup of both coconut oil and baking soda. No need to add anything else.

        Laura wrote on January 12th, 2016
    • Just curious – how do you deal with tangles? i used to have long hair, and I always let it get longer in the winter, but past a certain length my hair seems to really tangle badly, which is why I have to use conditioners. Does your hair tangle as well, or has the tangling decreased as well? Thanks for your input, Kerstin:-)

      Kerstin wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • It used to tangle a LOT when using shampoo and conditioner. I always thought I needed conditioner more than anything else.

        Going without shampoo, I have no tangles at all. Apple cider vinegar rinse does seem to get rid of any as well. Makes the hair shiny and smooth.

        Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • I thought this would be a really big deal because I’ve had waist length hair for years, and back when I shampooed it daily, it was a total rat’s nest and required gobs of conditioner just to get a brush through it. Now I’m down to just a tiny, tiny, bit of shampoo once a week, and hardly ever need conditioner– and my hair now is the longest it has ever been, a few inches past waist. A couple of times during the week, I give my scalp a really good scrub in the shower with just water (lukewarm or cold, not hot), which seems to take care of any grease buildup. Basically, the less I mess with my hair, the happier it seems to be. Extra bonus: now, once I’m a few days out from a shampooing, updos are really, really easy. I have superfine hair that used to shed barettes and ponytail elastics in minutes. Now it has some “grab” to it, and I can put it up with a stick and have it stay all day without the flyaways. YMMV

        Bess wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • I have very thick, very curly, very long hair. I shampoo once a month. In between, I do rinse it, and that seems to be enough. But what I do to prevent tangles is brush it out completely with a paddle brush before I jump in the shower. I also have a big comb in the shower that I comb through my hair while I’m under the water stream. I don’t have a problem with tangles!

          tanya wrote on June 26th, 2011
    • So Kat, how do you keep your hair from becoming greasy? And how do you condition your hair? If I don’t wash my hair after one day it becomes greasy. If I dont use conditioner I can’t comb through it.

      Johnnie Ann wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • It doesn’t get greasy anymore and I can easily comb through it so really just rinsing with water most days is enough.

        The initial transition period of 2-3 weeks can be tough. An egg will cut through all the grease without drying so that will help with the initial build-up. I also recommend using baking soda and apple cider vinegar as needed throughout that period. Apple cider vinegar basically acts like a conditioner, smoothing out the hair and reducing tangles. Try the ACV as conditioner and see if it’s enough to be able to comb your hair now. Then as you go shampoo-less for a few weeks you can rely on that.

        Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • I have to try that egg thing. How does that work, exactly? Do you just scramble an egg and scrub it into your scalp? On wet hair or dry hair? how long do you leave it before rinsing it out?

          Bess wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • For the egg I usually crack it into a cup before getting into the shower. Get your hair fully wet. Then grab the yolk with one hand and smush it around on top of your head. Massage it in and then rinse out in COLD water. You can use the whites too I just don’t find I need to. If you rinse with hot water, you might have some cooked scrambled eggs pieces in your hair.

          Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • Thanks!

          Bess wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • Kat, I think you’re the expert here! I just started using coconut oil before “washing” my hair. I just rinse it and use ACV. My hair is colored (for now), so I didn’t use the baking soda (heard it will strip the color). My hair is still oily after blow drying. It looks wet. I did sprinkle a little baby powder on it and brush it through. That took care of it. Is there anything that I can use in the shower that will take care of that? I’d like to be able to skip the blow drying once in a while.

          Jenny wrote on June 27th, 2010
        • Hi Jenny – I’m not Kat – but would like to chime in. I use coconut oil on my hair overnight all the time. After reading this post, I used 1 T baking soda in 1 C water (I didn’t boil the water but will next time – I have hard water) and the ACV (same ratio) rinse the next morning.

          My hair was perfect and not oily – I think you need the baking soda (or something) to get the oil out, just ACV won’t do it. I researched around re the color treated issue (mine is too) and there are some that say it strips color, others that say it lightens color and others that say there’s no effect at all to color.

          I don’t know so I plan to do the coconut oil overnight and those 2 in the morning maybe once every 2 weeks and see what happens. As everyone is different, so it their hair, their salon’s products, their water, etc – that’s why it’s good to experiment.

          Kelly wrote on June 27th, 2010
        • Kelly,

          Thanks for the response. I’m thinking that I’ll go ahead with the baking soda. It can’t be any worse than the salt that they put in commercial shampoos. It’s even in the stuff for color-treated hair, even though the sodium strips the color.

          Jenny wrote on June 27th, 2010
        • I would try an egg. It cuts the oil while not drying at all. I usually use one egg yolk to get rid of bad greasiness, but you can try a whole egg too.

          Kat wrote on June 28th, 2010
        • you have to watch out when putting oil in your hair – follicles can only absorb so much, if you put too much it’ll stay outside the hair and in addition to being hard to remove will make you look really greasy.

          mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
        • ” I’m thinking that I’ll go ahead with the baking soda. It can’t be any worse than the salt that they put in commercial shampoos ”

          actually, if you are referring to possible hair damage it is worse than washing your hair with salt – some people using baking soda report hair damage, even when diluting the BS, which is why some people prefer to use salt which is not as harsh (but might not be as effective).

          If you’ve ever swimmed in the ocean you’ll know just how good salt is to clean your body.

          mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
    • Dude! Glad I’m not the only one :))) I discovered this after reading that coconut oil was a good deal, deodorant-wise but trying to find something to get rid of the very-slight smell that still happened every once in a while, esp in the crazy heat here… Now all is good, even if it skip a day here and there… From what I see, it doesn’t stop sweating, but it definitely does the de-odor part well!

      Maria wrote on June 30th, 2010
    • But your hair looks really flat and lifeless from the pic.

      Jaques wrote on October 20th, 2010
      • Lifeless? Her hair looks nice. Great volume and shape with a nice shine.

        Brandon wrote on April 17th, 2011
    • How exactly are you using that egg? I have long hair too and am nervous about going poo-less. I’ve always been aware that shampooing too often is bad for my hair, so I often go without for 2-3 weeks but I can’t imagine quitting entirely.
      So yeah, what’s your routine? Your hair looks great in this photo.

      Fran wrote on December 6th, 2011
  11. I’ve been soapless (Shampoo and regular body soap) since Christmas (other than handwashing for food preparation) and I’ve had no issues. I told my co-workers of my plan and told them to tell me if there was any unpleasantness and so far I’ve heard nothing. I even reminded some of them two weeks ago and they had forgotten and noticed no body odor.

    Craig wrote on June 24th, 2010
  12. I’m not poo-less, but I only wash my hair twice a week and I’m working my way to even less. I definitely don’t use soap anymore. I put a light coating of coconut oil all over before I go to bed at night (no, it doesn’t grease the sheets), and then just rinse in the morning shower, and my skin is soft and ready to go. I also switched from an antiperspirant to an organic deodorant and actually smell better than when I was using the super-antiperspirant. Needless to say, I’ll never go back to that. As for completely deodorant-free, though, that’ll take a little to work up to.

    Deanna wrote on June 24th, 2010
  13. after reading the free the animal post on going soapless i gave it a try, that was 6 months ago, this includes deodarent, i didn’t tell my wife for the frist month to see if she would notice, she didn’t, so i told her and she was fine about it, to this day none of my friends know, and no, my armpits, feet and fun parts smell fine, my skin is less dry and i only have to spent 2-3 min in the shower. you don’t need any of that stuff to keep clean, a clean diet and some warm water and you will be fine.

    JUPITER wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I agree; I think a clean diet plays a big part in a lot of things~

      PamS. wrote on July 16th, 2011
  14. I just started using coconut oil with a little grapefruit oil on my hair before showering. It definitely takes something to cut the oil when “washing.” I will be trying the baking soda. I may be moving half of my kitchen up to the bathroom.

    Jenny wrote on June 24th, 2010
  15. I used to only wash my hair with shampoo about once or twice a week, using Dr. Bronner’s shampoo. After reading Richard’s post about going poo-less on Free The Animal I realized that shampoo is probably aptly named and ditched it altogether (in mid January). I don’t put anything in my hair, but shower about every 2-3 days and rub my fingers vigorously through my hair and over my scalp while standing under the water stream to redistribute the oils. Works like a charm. I haven’t told my wife ’cause I don’t want her to fuss about it, but she hasn’t noticed anything amiss. :) I did take about a month for my hair to normalize, and had some excessive dandruff for about two weeks after a week into the experiment. But by a month the dandruff was gone and the hair has been fine ever since.

    I also ditched the soap at the same time, except on my hands.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Similar story here. I haven’t used soap on anything but my hands since late December 2009 – although I did use some super-mild facial cleanser after an intensely chlorine-y pool in May – and I’ve gone up to 2 months without shampoo at a time. Every now and then I use a wee bit, and let the full treatment happen when I get my hair cut, every 6 weeks.

      I still shave nearly daily, using a safety razor and high-end creams/soaps. I am curious about distilling that down to coconut oil, might give that a shot next week.

      On the body, I still use Tom’s of Maine deodorant, and some Gold Bond on the bits, but my skin is in better shape than it’s ever been, general BO is down (pits still ripen in warm weather, hence the deodorant), and my athlete’s foot has essentially disappeared.

      Showers are nice and quick now, too!

      Andy wrote on June 24th, 2010
  16. Here is a great homemade baking soda & coconut oil tutorial:

    It`s the one that got me started. I now just mix cornstarch and baking soda in equal proportions and then add enough liquid coconut oil to get a thick paste, before adding sufficient lavender & tea tree oils until it smells right.

    Phil wrote on June 24th, 2010
  17. Question Mark sais “I know a lot of folks use Dr. Bronner’s as well.”

    Is Dr. Bronner’s good? I use it all the time as my parents got me hooked on it when I was a kid.

    Keefe wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I use Dr. Bronners for a very long time. I diluted it for washing my hair. I use it full strength for shaving. You have to work it out for yourself. It is quite good.

      rik wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Awsome stuff. It’s cheap – give it a try. I’m hooked on the peppermint, but the others are good too.

      captain mike wrote on September 8th, 2011
  18. Been waiting for a post like this as people ask me about it a lot. I for one havent shampooed my hair in over 6 months – and it’s perfectly healthy as far as I can tell.

    Im not even sure why I stopped. Maybe I just realized it was a total waste of money? Don’t wear much deodorant either which always makes for an interesting response! haha

    Anthony wrote on June 24th, 2010
  19. I’m slowly weaning myself off.

    A couple months ago, I started shampooing only every other day. Once my hair was no longer greasy on the second day, I went to three. Now I’m at every four days, and it’s improving much faster.

    I also use only organic shampoos, as I was getting skin reactions to the poison shampoos.

    Mark Rose wrote on June 24th, 2010
  20. I will try the baking soda too. I live in the UK and I have been using the “Simple” and “Naked” brands that don’t have sulphates and parabens. I am not sure what should I be using as a conditioner for the ends… Coconut oil? I will not be able to brush my hair if I don’t apply anything!

    Maria wrote on June 24th, 2010
  21. Forgot to say that I am a personal trainer and I have to have a wash everyday sometimes twice a day!

    Maria wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I was looking for a post like this! I am training for a triathlon and I end up showering usually twice a day and often after swimming in indoor pools. Any suggestions?

      Naomi wrote on May 23rd, 2012
  22. I’m a hairdresser by trade, and shampoo my hair one to two times per week as it stands. I get a lot of strange reaction when I tell my clients this, and much disbelief. After reading this article, I’m convinced I’ll stop shampooing altogether. I consider myself somewhat of a naturalist and hardly see the point in many of the daily “grooming” habits, this being one of them. I absolutely cannot wait to try it out and report my results to my coworkers and clients (though my retails sales would surely diminish if I gave my secret!)!

    Jamie wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • My hairdresser was horrified when I told her :) She keeps trying to convince me to use something “natural” and has mentioned that my hair (or, more correctly, the build-up of sebum(?)) will blunt her scissors!

      I mentioned this to another friend who is also a hairdresser and he said the scissors thing was rubbish.

      Ben wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • I’ll have to agree with the latter stylist. If anything, I’d think the sebum would act as a lubricant!

        Jamie wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • What do you do about styling your hair? My hair has some funky wave going on, which requires product to be either presentably curly or straight. Are there natural alternatives to conventional styling products? Call me shallow, but I can’t bring myself to run around looking like I don’t care enough to take the time to make my hair look attractive. I can handle giving up conventional beauty products everywhere else, but the hair is a tough one for me!

      Liz wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • Try using aloe vera gel. Works great!

        Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
        • You might find that your natural curl will become more manageable. Check out the link listed above ( where the first gal found natural wave she never knew she had.

          Several of my curly clients swear the less frequent they shampoo, the more obedient their hair becomes. Give it a whirl.

          Jamie wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I have very curly hair (Bernadette Peters curly), and while I’ll never consider giving up conditioner (I think anyone who suggests that’s possible must have straight and/or short hair), I recently started making my own gel that works really, really well. I make it by boiling whole flax seeds, straining, and, since by itself it doesn’t have enough hold for my curls, I add various other ingredients. I’ve been playing around with different things, but so far the best combo has been a bit of coconut oil (for moisture) and a tiny bit honey (for hold…too much will make your hair rock hard). I’ve also heard good things about adding epsom salt before boiling, and post straining adding aloe vera and various types of oils.

        There’s a youtube video on how to make it.

        Lena wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • I’m a guy with long very curly hair, and I can say that not only is it possible to live without conditioner, but it’s preferable. As Jamie stated above, going poo-less, and conditioner-less, my hair has become much more manageable – I no longer look like Gene Simmons on a bad hair day.

          John wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • my somewhat wavy hair actually got real curls when I went no-poo

          mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
      • Also, you can make gel if you are so inclined… Mix about a teaspoon of gelatin (notice the “gel” prefix :)))) into a cup of near-boiling water, put it in the fridge to set and leave it there when you’re not using it… The only thing I noticed when using it is that if you don’t sorta distribute it out right (I towel-dry my hair, work it in, lightly re-towel my hair to make sure it hasn’t clumped up) it’ll get hard-ish and will be wet-looking…

        Maria wrote on June 30th, 2010
  23. Boy do I feel a little guilty lol. I just washed my hair last night w/ Organix tea tree mint shamp & cond & used Dove go fresh energize soap & then put on virgen coconut oil in my hair before bed. But after reading this post along w/ some great tips, ( thanks guys 😀 ) It just might be the last time. lol. As for deodorant, baking soda & fresh squeezed lemon juice does the trick. You can make it into a paste & seal it in a container.

    My grandmother taught me this yrs ago. Now I’m starting to apply it. (She was semi primal & lived up to 97 yrs old, never ate out or ate processed foods). I too will have to move some kitchen pantry items to the bathroom lol. This is a great post & timely too. Thanks Mark :)

    madeline wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I wouldn’t feel guilty. I haven’t started any sort of no poo or no soap alternative yet. However, this post has really got me thinking. I just stopped showering twice a day a month or two ago.

      So I have lots of room for improvement. lol But seriously. I do want to start reducing the chemicals I use for daily grooming. I detail cars for a living, so showering after work is a necessary to get rid of the chemicals. However, if I can go no poo and no soap with that job, I can do it for any job.

      Trevor wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • wow, if you get actual engine oil on your hair that’s about the only time you’ll actually need to use shampoo (since its grease/oil-removing powers are so strong). I don’t know about the other chemicals but yes indeed, if you can go no poo and no soap with that job, you can do it for any job.

        mm wrote on August 4th, 2010
  24. If you go pooless, when you get your haircut, do you request that they not wash your hair?

    Michaela wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I have them rinse my hair in water and nothing else to flush out some of the little hairs.

      Aaron Blaisdell wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I let them use whatever. Doesn’t seem to affect anything, as in I don’t have to go through that period of 2-3 weeks of greasiness again. I think one time is not enough to dry out your skin so much that your body thinks it has to make more oil.

      Kat wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • My hairdresser (a man) commented on how nice and healthy my hair was looking so I told him my secret. Of course he’d heard of being poo-free before so understood and hasn’t washed my hair since.

      Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
  25. Witch hazel works amazingly well as a deodorant. I spray it under my arms and can run around after my toddlers in the very hot and humid outdoors for hours without the slightest smell. It doesn’t keep me from sweating, though.

    ceiba wrote on June 24th, 2010
  26. Having hair buzzed short seems to make it easier to transition to no shampoo. Done it back and forth a few times, don’t notice the oil buildup as much. Currently only using shampoo once/week or so, rest of the time just rinsing.

    For deodorant though I dropped the commercial stuff a few years ago. Especially the anti-perspirants. *shudder* Been using Deodorant Crystal since then. Easy, lasts forever, and no crazy chemicals. Love it.

    Zyzzyx wrote on June 24th, 2010
  27. I’m tempted. I’ve always needed to wash my hair every morning to avoid the greasy look. I’ve tried weaning myself off, but day two is always too gross for a work environment. Any “organic” brands that people have found helpful? (EWG doesn’t always tell you about the strong scents/effectiveness)…

    Heather wrote on June 24th, 2010
  28. I’m all about Primal, but I am going to have to draw the line at Primal hygiene. I have to believe that the Groks would have embraced soap and deodorant if they were available (tampons too, for that matter.) I’m all for living a longer and happier life, but if I have to smell “natural” to be natural, I think I’m out.

    Try Wen.

    Seriously, I’m gagging.

    Joanna wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Every try a Diva Cup? SO MUCH better than tampons. Seriously. I loved tampons until I found out exactly what chemicals I was shoving up there. Then I found the Diva Cup (and Moon Cup and Luna) and haven’t looked back yet.

      Katie wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • I really have to second this! I use to swear by tampons (I could never stand the surfoard alternatives). But since getting a mooncup three years ago, I can’t imagine ever having been comfortable with tampons.

        Squirrel Jo wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Ditto – mooncups are awesome, just one small thing to pack, totally reuseable, brilliant!

        Kelda wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • I discovered DivaCup this year, too. Best thing ever.

          Jamie wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • one more for the Diva cup! that thing is out of this world amazing.

        Crystal wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • The Diva Cup changed my life. It is the best thing ever!

          Jessica wrote on June 26th, 2010
      • I bought a mooncup two years ago and used it for a while, but having an overactive bladder and what may have been IC did NOT agree with it. I went back to tampons but I still have the cup. Might try again next time the ol’ fun time rolls around.

        Kristina wrote on November 6th, 2012
    • Amen! I’m keeping my deodorant and shampoo and soap, and toothpaste, and shaving and getting regular haircuts. Primal diet, primal workouts, MODERN HYGEIENE. Damn hippies… 😉

      fixed gear wrote on June 30th, 2010
    • Seems a little odd to put comments like “seriously, I’m gagging” smwhere where a people are doing the thing that makes you gag…

      Either way, it’s not as bad as you think it is, like has been noted by MANY people on here, you don’t “smell natural”… I, for example, use coconut oil+ baking soda for deodorant cuz it works as such… if it didn’t, I agree, I’d prob switch back… not the type of person that would be able to mentally ignore what I would be convinced people are thinking, besides the fact that I just don’t enjoy that smell… Anyways, point of all that is that switching to a more natural way doesn’t mean comprimising anything in the hygiene/freshness sense

      Maria wrote on June 30th, 2010
    • If you wash your hair, it won’t smell.
      You just don’t need the chemical bath to get it clean is all.

      I find that crusty hair smell almost as bad as B.O. I now think it comes from people who never touch their hair in any way. I wash mine for a solid amount of time every time I shower; I just use water and my hands.

      I get hair comments often. It looks and feels great. About 6 months now, no “hair smell”. (I routinely bug friends and girlfriend to smell-check it.)

      On rare occasion, I’ll use some Dr. Bronners on it.

      well wrote on June 9th, 2011
  29. Oh, and anyone else dealing with “color treated” hair? The salons are always pushing the heavy chemical shampoos to help “protect” your hair from fading and environmental stressors. I have highlighted hair, and I don’t know how that will react with the baking powder/lemon/vinegar concoctions…

    Heather wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I have lots of pale blonde (salon created!) highlights in my hair. I was so scared that the baking soda, etc would fry my hair! How silly is that, considering I feel completely comfortable going to the salon for treatment with harsh chemicals every six weeks?! Anyway, after two months without shampoo, my hair is healthy and looking great. I’m even growing out the unnatural highlights because the re-growth looks really good.

      Heidi wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Try henna… it conditions your hair while coloring it and they’ve even got “colorless” henna. It takes a little longer than chemical dyes and it’s a little messier but not by much.

      Katie wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • Have just gone ‘pooless’ in the past two weeks, although I very seldom would use much shampoo anyway, I have severe allergies to all of them! Anyway, now I’m looking at using Henna to color my greys, any advice on where to look for it? What should I be looking for in a good henna?

        Jan B wrote on October 10th, 2014
    • If you use henna, be sure to inform any future stylists that you’ve used it. It causes some funky (and usually very unpleasant) chemical processes when mixed with salon-versions of color.

      Jamie wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • HAHA! I second that one! I put chemical colour on for a “touch up” after a henna. The part with the henna came out a pretty funny colour! I think that was the summer I ended up with a buzz cut

        Peggy wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • And never use those henna kits. They are no better than regular hair coloring kits as they use lower quality henna and chemicals. I have been using body art quality henna for 5 months now and I love it! My hair is stronger and healthier (scalp too!) and since it is 100% natural, I tell people, yes I am a natural redhead!

          Cat wrote on June 26th, 2010
  30. i’ve been no poo and not using soap for about over a week now. now, i didn’t do anything to prep my hair, so i just kinda stopped washing it, so i had a bit of a buildup. i use baking soda to wash it, ACV to rinse, and just did so for the first time this morning, actually.

    and wow, what a difference. i have extremely curly hair, and its back to the tight spirals i had as a kid. its still a little dry, but i am sure that will be cured in time.

    i have had absolutely no issues with going soapless. no smells, no BO. i actually just use a little bit of vinegar in the pits if necessary.

    why did i do it? i really don’t know. but my chronically dry elbows and ankles are gone, and the regular body breakouts i’ve had have disappeared. i feel much better!

    and i swear i was just going to post about this in my primal journal….

    batty wrote on June 24th, 2010
  31. I am now into week 4 of being shampoo free, I have long hair. I think I am still in transition, but I must say, it really has not been that bad. I use the baking soda & ACV routine about every 3rd or 4th day, and I do a few drops of an essential oil in my ACV (rosemary, tea trea, etc).

    I am still using a ‘bit’ of all natural soap but only when and where needed. My skin has been MUCH less dry, no smells, and even in the dry climate I live in I am not needing constant lotion anymore. I dropped deodorant this week and changed toothpastes again (not quite ready to lose that all together, alternating with plain baking soda and a natural salt/soda toothpaste). Right now my bathroom is seriously starting to look like a kitchen, but I could not be happier!

    Erin wrote on June 24th, 2010
  32. Himalaya USA sells chemical free soaps, shampoo, chap sticks etc. The ingredients are mainly natural oils.

    Kishore wrote on June 24th, 2010
  33. I’ve not used shampoo in 10 years, but I have only 2 millimeters long hairs, so that explains a lot.

    I’ve stopped using soap or shower-gels or whatever for 2 years now. Skin is great, not dry, soft. And nobody noticed a thing (trust me, I asked it, more than once).

    I also take almost all my showers as cold as I can. I think my skin likes this better too. And the rush of the cold water, mmmm, great!

    pieter d wrote on June 24th, 2010
  34. Surprised none of the poo-less camp advocate “cold water” somewhere in their philosophy as its said to be healthy for the hair (amongst many other things) to which i can vouch for.

    Also mark, have you personally field tested any of these of just done the research? Are you planning on practicing what you wrote about here?

    Oliver wrote on June 24th, 2010
  35. WOW! I think I’ll finish the transition. I’ve been shampooing less; 2 or 3 times a week. My problem isn’t oil, it’s “straw”. My ends get dry dry dry. I’ve starting to experiment with coconut oil at night, brush through, rinse out next morning. It’s so easy when you’re cooking! Grease the pan, rub excess through hair, on feet…
    So it looks like I need to be patient for a couple weeks or so & my hair should “even out”. This will be sweet if this cures by straw-head!

    Peggy wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • “by” strawhead?? oops, meant “my”

      Peggy wrote on June 24th, 2010
  36. I went ‘poo-less for almost 2 years, and it was at a time when my curly/wavy hair was down to the middle of my back (very Grok!). The first couple of weeks were bad, as I’m prone to scaliness anyway. After I readjusted, my hair had never and has never been so healthy. My hair stylist friend asked what products I use and was shocked when I said ‘tap water’.

    Chris D wrote on June 24th, 2010
  37. Great post Mark. I’ve been using a hand soap that only contains olive oil and sodium chloride for my body and hair for about two years. But I may just bump it up a notch and give this a try!

    Rick wrote on June 24th, 2010
  38. I 100% agree, man. Great Post. ‘Unnatural’ products which cannot be found out in nature have absolutely no place in our personal hygiene.

    I use an all-natural toothpaste, no deodorant (healthy diet and I smell fresh!), and coconut + “antibacterial” soap w/ no more than two- three ingredients, on my body, and hair about daily.

    Clean, Healthy, Sexy, and Strong!


    Jeff Yost.

    JEFF wrote on June 24th, 2010
  39. I have been shampoo and soap free thanks to Richard Nikoley post at free the animal. Is been like 6 months now. Before that post i tried everything to get away from dandruf and regrowth my hair, I must admit i was a product junkie. So as i have tried everything before i give a try to the no poo experience. Firts week was a nigthmare, greesy hair and red scalps and skin lot of dandruf, it took me like 2 months for my hair to readapt.
    But now i feel really good I only wash 1 day a week, almost no dandruff, softer and brigther hair and even hair regrowth. I use clay to wash my hair. Also thanks to that post i make the transition to primal eating and living

    Jorge wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • Me too, regarding Richard’s no-poo post. :)

      While on vacation in the Caribbean I had to use shampoo to get the sea smell out of my hair and soap to get the sunscreen and insect repellent off my skin, but I’m back to being free of all that crap.

      Anyone know of any natural insect repellent recipes that are tried and true?

      Unamused Mouse wrote on June 24th, 2010
      • I have no idea what you mean by washing the “sea smell” out of your hair – mine has none, even after a week in the Atlantic or Gulf or Caribbean – but I can address the other questions!

        Sunscreen = olive oil or coconut oil. They MUST be unrefined (extra virgin) and they have an SPF of about 4, so if you can do 15 minutes in the solstice noon sun before burning, these’ll get you an hour. There are some details on my website. (For instance, re-applying at the end of the hour doesn’t get you another hour. You have to get some shade time to re-build first.)

        And insect repellant – Burt’s Bees makes an excellent one. I also have California Baby and a few small WAHM-made ones, but BB is most accessible and really works. Also, since cutting sugar out of our diets, either we get bitten less or we react less; I’m not sure which, but the itchy legs are way, WAY down here!

        MamaGrok wrote on July 19th, 2010
  40. I stopped using shampoo, conditioner and soap soon after reading Richard’s post at Free the Animal six months ago. I have mid-length, fine blond hair, and it took several weeks for that to normalise; but now it has much more body and never tangles. I use egg white if grease does build up (tends to happen after hair cuts).
    @Jamie: does no shampoo make hair harder to cut?

    No soap was no problem at all – amazingly, I think I’m actually cleaner without it. Water alone is all I seem to need, but I don’t like to go for more than a day without showering.

    For deodorant, I mix baking soda and coconut oil – I just stir in as much baking soda as the oil can absorb.

    Valda Redfern wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I’ve been ‘poo-less for two months now and loving it! I have fine, highlighted, collarbone length, blonde hair. The first month was pretty difficult–one day without shampoo and I was REALLY greasy, but I managed to stick it out. Now I use a baking soda in water solution with an ACV rinse twice a week. I haven’t told anyone for fear of being called a hippie-do-gooder, but have received lots of compliments on the body and health of my hair. Will never shampoo or chemically highlight again!

      Heidi wrote on June 24th, 2010
    • I can’t forsee any reasons why ‘poo-less would present any problems. Except one…that you’d need to see me less or purchase retail from me! I’d be out of a job if this caught on! Maybe a career change wouldn’t be so bad :)

      Jamie wrote on June 25th, 2010

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