Monday, April 1, 2013

Ditching Some Chemicals in Skin/Hair Care

Today I was talking to a friend that is reading a book called The Maker's Diet (

I have not read the book, and I'm not saying that it's a good or bad idea, but some of the things she mentioned that she read struck a cord with me. I've often tried to buy organic products for my face such as more natural lotions, and I thought about doing that for my hair but those shampoos were SO expensive. I really do think that we use way too many chemicals in our lives. My Grandma Brooksie was pretty smart in this area. Many years ago and also just a few months ago, she said to use vinegar as a toner (I've read that apple cider vinegar is best) on my face and use EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) for moisturizer. I think when I finish my current product, I'm going to try her way as a more permanent solution. I read several articles that have also suggested jojoba oil as a good moisturizer, and many people have suggested it in forums. Has anybody tried this? I definitely want to take good care of my skin, especially living in Aberdeen where the weather is harsher than in Houston. I could really use a good natural all-over skin (body) moisturizer. I've been told that oils work best. Any recommendations?

For my hair, I am thinking about trying the method suggested in this blog post:

Why I Ditched Shampoo (And How You Can Too!)
She claims that (1) it doesn't make your hair smell like vinegar, (2) it doesn't cause the soap scum buildup in your shower that store-bought shampoos and conditioners cause, and (3) after a period of adjustment, her hair was very healthy and required less washing.

I've tried deodorants without aluminum, but I haven't been very successful. Tom's Of Maine just gave me a red, burning rash and didn't work well! Booo! Since then, I've been afraid to try anything else different. Also, I'm in martial arts and thus, I need a good deodorant. I'm open for suggestions to this as well. Oh, and I need to be able to get it in the UK. :o)

Anyway, I'm still doing some research, and I'd appreciate any feedback or experiences.


  1. Let me know how it goes. Because of my horrible allergies I have to buy everything with no dyes or perfumes. It took me FOREVER to find products with none. I finally found a great company out of Washington that sells everything I need. I would love to save done money if there are better alternatives though! Good luck!

  2. I have never tried anything like this before. Sounds interesting! But there is absolutely no way I'd put oil on my face.

    1. I've never done anything like this either. I've used the EVOO on my face before bed a few times, and surprisingly you wake up with a nice soft face, not an oily one. I think it's probably best to use a really good brand.

  3. I like the idea of that hair treatment. I think I will do that. I'm curious to see the results on my own head.
    A friend of mine read that book years ago. She's fairly "crunchy" and I may be a little jealous. :-)

  4. Hello, I'm reading your blog as we may be getting transferred to Aberdeen. I've found the photos great. I just wanted to let you know that my family has been using for deodorant. It is the absolute most effective thing I've ever tried.

    1/4 c coconut oil (to make it spreadable)
    2 Tbsp Cornstarch or Arrowroot (for moisture)
    2 Tbsp Baking Soda (for the stink)
    A few drops of essential oil, if you want. I like pine, or tea tree, or rose, or lavender.

    Make into a paste. Store in a jar. If you have sensitive skin, this could give you a rash. Try it with less baking soda and using every 2-3 days until your skin acclimates. I had a rash and did this and I can use it just fine now.

    My Hubs uses this, and swears by it. Our stinky teen uses it too (no issues). Since I had my twins my hormones haven't been right and I was so stinky. This is literally the only thing that's worked. It works better than Secret Clinical.

    Good luck!


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