One day I was taking a shower and I looked at the ingredient list on my shampoo bottle. I was actually surprised by the length of the list, and the number of ingredients that were foreign to me, which may seem silly because I was putting them on my body and hair for years. I started looking at all of my other hygienic products and came to the conclusion that the majority of my face-washes, shampoos, conditioners, etc. were mainly made up of chemicals that I could not pronounce. I delved into some research about ancient Egyptian health and beauty techniques and traditions as well as Native American beliefs. I read about the use of oils in the ancient Roman and Egyptian skin care, dental care and hair care. I read about a common Native American traditional belief that “cosmetic’ and hygienic products should be edible. This made so much sense to me, because the skin is so porous, anything put on it will be absorbed into the cells and bloodstream. Therefore putting chemicals on it is not an act of health. I also found the idea of using oils for face wash, because I myself have combination skin (some parts dry, others oily, some with acne and some with just plain, old, breakouts), so the thought of putting MORE OIL on that mess seemed a little counterproductive. The research proves valid though, at least for me, the scientific idea that “like dissolves like” (oil dissolves oil) means using an oil to wash my face, dissolves the oil deep in the pores, as well as moisturizes my dry skin.
My Oil Cleanser
1/3 castor oil, 2/3 jojoba oil, a couple drops of lavender essential oil. The castor oil is the oil that’s going to clear out the hardened oils trapped in your pores, the jojoba will help with that, but will also moisturize and the lavender is helpful for anti-aging and clearing skin imperfections.
Make sure your hands are clean, and then take a couple drops of this blend in your fingers and massage it into your face, focusing on trouble spots for a couple minutes (YES, a couple minutes, your skin deserves your time and love), then take a wash cloth that has been run under hot water, wring it out, and hold it over your face to steam (further opening your pores), then use the cloth to exfoliate your skin, remove the oils, and cleanse your face.
I use a mix of 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 water to tone my skin after washing. The fermented and unpasteurized proteins in the vinegar replenish my skin and also close the pores.
I wash my hair only once or twice a week now with a “shampoo”. The days when I don’t sweat that much, I just massage my scalp with my hands and try to work the natural oils from my scalp throughout the rest of my hair. When I do sweat I just hop in the shower and do the same thing, but rinse the excess sweat out with water. The day when I do wash my hair I work a baking soda paste (baking soda and water) into my roots and hair, let it sit for about 3 minutes and then use my face toner to rinse out the baking soda. This cleanses the natural sebum in my hair, and the apple cider vinegar gets all the baking soda out and locks in moisture.
This takes time to build up too. It takes hair time to adjust to washing less, and get over that “greasy hair bump” where maybe one day after washing your hair is already a greasy mess. That greasy hair bump might move to being two days after a wash, eventually three days and so on. Hair isn’t meant to be washed that regularly and especially with the harsh chemicals in most shampoos on the shelves. It is meant for the natural oils the body already produces to moisturize and protect the hair. This method is generally known as the nopoo method.
Aluminum is usually the active ingredient in antiperspirant deodorants which is close to the breast and again the skin is porous (aluminum plugs the pores to stop sweat), it also is a potential agent of transfer of parabens to the lymph nodes around the breast which is something to avoid for breast cancer. Bodies sweat for a reason, they sweat to cool us down and rid the body of toxins, so if we plug up some of the main pores that do this, we are we being unnatural.
1/3 coconut oil, 1/3 baking soda, 1/3 arrowroot powder, 20 drops of essential oil. This is my recipe for homemade deodorant with no aluminum. It gets rid of the body odor, but I still sweat. I also used to get red bumps in my armpit from shaving and from my old deodorant, but now they are gone, and my armpits are happy. I also shave with a stainless steal men’s razor Van Der Hagen. CLEANEST SHAVE of my life!!! Also better for the environment, because stainless steel is biodegradable and because I only have to change the blade every month or so it is a good environmental choice, and ends up being less costly over time, even though the first purchase is probably around $17.
I encourage to do your own research and determine what hygiene products you want to naturalize. Let me know other ideas and methods for hygiene products!!!