Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

So long for now, no poo May 31, 2009

Filed under: cleaning,frugal living,green living,no poo — razberiswrl @ 3:24 pm
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I lasted exactly SEVEN weeks.  That, in and of itself, is quite interesting.  However, the act of simplifying my life was actually quite complicated.  You know, all the mixing and pouring and shaking and being careful and all that.  It was a huge pain … and it SMELLED BAD.

I dunno.  I just wasn’t into it this morning in the shower.  We had a late night last night seeing Up! and Star Trek with the kids at the drive in.  Didn’t get home until 2 this morning.  Then I had to be up to get ready for work.  I’m just not a morning person in the first place, and throw in less than usual sleep, well, let’s just say it ain’t pretty.

So, I have been thinking for some time about LOW POO.  This is where you use stuff like Burt’s Bees or Kiss My Face or another “all natural” or organic product.  I’ve also been using Burt’s Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Bar for the last month or so to wash my body.  Every day I read the ingredient list: soybean oil, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, peppermint oil, almond seed meal, and rosemary leaf extract.

What’s so bad about that?  Actually, how in the HELL does a bunch of OIL make soap??  I’m honestly wondering if something is left out in that list because every other one of their products has vegetable soap base or something else in it that is maybe questionable like “fragrance.”

Anyway, I plopped that bar right on my head this morning and washed with that, LOL!  Then I used just a touch (srsly, like dime size bloop) of the V05 conditioner I’ve been using on M’s tresses (silicone and silicone derivative free).  My hair looks better than it has in a while.  It’s not big and frizzy and dry and brittle.  It’s quite straight, actually, and soft and smooth.  And it doesn’t itch.  At all.  It itched with shampoo, it itched with baking soda, it itched with applesauce and egg yolks and lemon juice and vinegar and conditioner only … it doesn’t itch right now.  And, while there are a few flakes, it’s not half … not a quarter as bad as it’s been.

I think I’m going to continue this regimen to see what happens.

 

End of week 3, no poo, plus a funny May 2, 2009

Filed under: cleaning,frugal living,green living,no poo — razberiswrl @ 9:45 pm
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I must say, I’m pleased.  My hair doesn’t look any different than it did when I used shampoo, A confirms that I don’t stink … so … looks like I’m on the fast track to coolsville.  I’m still working on confirming whether or not one particular regimen provides consistent results.  I figure 2 more weeks with a baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar will be enough.  Oh, and I added a few drops of tea tree oil to the baking soda wash to see if that would help my scalp.  It didn’t, but it’s stupid to expect immediate results.  I’m not sure if I even added enough or that it actually made it to my scalp, so, yeah, time and experimentation will tell …

OK, the funny:

No poo can be hazardous to your health!  I have been mixing my hair tonics downstairs in the kitchen, and then carting them up to the shower.  Well, since I use 1tb baking soda to 1c water, I naturally use a measuring cup …

Yeah, I dropped that sucker on my FOOT yesterday in the shower!  OWWWIE!!!  Thank goodness pyrex doesn’t break, LOL, that would have been an issue …

Lesson?  Plastic, people.  Plastic.  Ha!!