Smell like a million bucks.

Product roundup time. A while back I was talking about all the stinky junk that’s sitting on the store shelves, and not in my house. So what’s in my house? I’m glad you asked! This will be a series of two posts, today’s focusing on personal care items, and the next installment will be about other around-the-house stuff. So here’s the play-by-play.

Shampoo: I haven’t used shampoo and conditioner to clean my hair for over a year. It was just such a battle to find a product I could use that not only wouldn’t give me a headache, but also wouldn’t bother Clay – we seem to have different sensitivities to smells. On top of that, shampoo just gets darn expensive. To wash, I now use a baking soda and water solution, and for conditioner I use an apple cider vinegar and water solution. (Get the low-down here) My hair is so healthy, and so manageable. I don’t even need to use styling junk anymore. Although, sometimes I do use a touch of coconut oil to smooth out the few crazy hairs on top. Go easy on the oil, it will make you look greasy fast.
Clay, while very supportive of the things I do around here, isn’t really interested in going this route. He’s been using this Nature Clean Unscented stuff. We use this on the kids as well.

Hand soap: For a long time, we used our shampoo as hand soap as well. Then we found Kiss My Face fragrance free moisture soap, and it has replaced the shampoo in the soap pump. No parabens, (plastic-softening, hormone-disrupting chemicals) or sodium lauryl sulphate (makes things sudsy, but is also really drying on your skin). It’s really nice soap, and (say it with me now) doesn’t stink!

Lotion: I should have one more item pictured in this photo, but I’m not in the mood for a re-do. As far as mainstream lotion goes, we use Aveeno. Don’t spend more on the baby version – it’s the same as the regular one pictured here! Recently I started using coconut oil as a moisturizer, and while it does take a little more time to soak in, it works really well. I like that it’s one ingredient that I can pronounce, and it’s something you can (and should!) eat, so I feel good about it soaking into my body. Another thing we use around here is shea butter, which is amazing, though it can get pretty pricey if you don’t have a sister who brings it straight from Africa for you :)


Deodorant: I don’t even remember how long I’ve been doing this, probably about 9 months. I make my own deodorant out of coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch. It is honestly the absolute best deodorant I have ever used. No chemical laden antiperspirant can compare with how this homemade stuff works! I first read about it here, which gives a great explanation about the ‘why’, and the ‘how’ (recipe) is here. I used to keep it in an old deodorant tube, but it really is easier just to put a little on your fingers. Once a day. No stink. Even in summer. Seriously.

Facial Cleanser: Sorry, no photo for this. I wash my face with oil. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? You can read all about the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) here. It really works. My skin is so happy when I give it a little love.

So there you have it, a nutshell of what goes on my skin. I love being able to find a lot of the ingredients I need for getting clean in my kitchen. I feel so much better about putting stuff on my body that I know is safe to go in my body. I’m no expert, but hopefully the links I provided shed some light, and if you have questions please ask, I like talking about this stuff :)
Hey, does anyone have some insight on toothpaste for me? Most of the ‘natural’ toothpastes are flouride free – what’s so bad about fluoride? I know I could find out if I just looked for info, but if someone out there can inform me, then that’s easier.

And stay tuned for my giveaway coming up! My next post will be my 300th, and I’m gearing up to give away something fun in honour of the occasion :)

7 Responses to “Smell like a million bucks.”

  1. Allie Says:

    Hi Kim!

    I went through a month of intense itching until I realized I was allergic to my new natural laundry soap (go figure), and during that time I was cutting out all commercial body products and doing such things as you have listed to try to discover the problem! My hair just wasn’t happy with the baking soda and ACV, so I am now using natural castille soap on it. Thanks for posting the deodorant recipe, because I’ve been wanting to try something natural for that too, and straight baking soda didn’t make me unstinky!

    Re: flouride, I read that a lot of kids from our generation wound up with flouride poisoning (flourosis) because the CDA pushed it so much. If a person’s drinking water is flouridated, and he uses flouride toothpaste, and he gets the big flouride treatment at the dentist every 6 months or whatever, it can be too much, some say. (I was even given daily flouride drops when I was a kid, in addition to those three things!) But I have been thinking about this too, because I got my daughter some Tom’s of Maine kids’ toothpaste, but it’s flouride-free and I think I should get her flouridated, seeing as the water here on the island isn’t flouridated. Tom’s makes some adult toothpastes that have flouride as well as some that don’t. I hope that helps!


  2. Dana Says:

    I can’t wait to visit! So much to talk about! I love how many good ideas you’ve given me. Will be trying the deodorant.
    I’ve been using my Norwex cloths with just water to wash my face lately and am loving it. Also, no chemicals to clean, just water.
    Where do you buy the nature clean shampoo? Do you pre mix your baking soda shampoo and vinegar conditioner? (guess I could just read the link too).

    PS – You are definitely a good friend. And wouldn’t that be hilarious to pierce Phillip’s ears? :)

  3. Kim Says:

    Allie – Do you use the castile soap regular strength, or do you water it down a bit? Anything for conditioner? I just bought myself some Dr. Bronner’s soap and am wondering what all I can use it for :) Also, thanks for the info on fluoride! I think our water is fluoridated here, so perhaps I’ll do some sleuthing as to a good non-flouride toothpaste for us.

    Dana – I’ve gotten the Nature Clean shampoo at Superstore. The baking soda and vinegar solutions I always just mix up right before I shower – that way the water is nice and warm when you’re putting it on your head…cold is doable, but not really pleasant :)

  4. Allie Says:

    Mine is Dr. Bronner’s too! I use it full-strength, but it is really sudsy and I feel, now that you mention it, like perhaps it would be fine watered down. I shall try. That would be good, because as you know it’s quite expensive! I was given this bottle and it’s going to hurt ($$$) when I have to buy another one, but if I water it down it will last longer :) Also, at the music school where I used to teach, I think this is what was in the bathroom, watered down in a soap pump for hand soap.

    Occasionally I still do the ACV and water mixture for conditioner. I like that on my hair – it just didn’t feel clean washing with only baking soda!

    Have fun. And I’m looking forward to the 300th post! :)

  5. Dana Says:

    Ok – I might try the baking soda shampoo someday… although I’ve been saying that for about a year now :)
    We use Tom’s of Maine toothpaste – strawberry for the kids, mint for us and really like it. I don’t have to worry about Violet swallowing too much of it. It can be expensive – so I try to grab it when it’s on sale at London Drugs. Superstore might have it too.

  6. Lindsay Says:

    ah1 they don’t have real baking soda in Germany!!! So I had to go back to shampoo here. It is really lame. The baking soda here just didn’t work the same. I have been wondering about fluoride lately because of Ivie but haven’t looked into it yet.

  7. Jessica B. Says:

    Is the Kiss My Face handsoap expensive? I find all natural handsoaps expensive.

    I LOVE the idea of the oil facewash! But I use just water, so that is even simpler. I found that using the coconut oil as facecream made my hair greasy, so use Avalon Organics orange facecream.

    I like Tom’s of Maine toothpaste the best of all the natural brands; we buy it at London Drugs on sale too. In our city we get enough flouride in our water.

    I do believe Dr. Bronner’s castille soap is meant to be diluted. One of my favourite books is “The Safe Shopper’s Bible”. Some of the information is older, but I love it. It has a lot of good recipes in it (some of them use castille soap) and there is also information about flouride. I think I had to get it on an interlibrary loan, but now I own it.

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