For so many years, I have been very concerned with the chemicals, antibiotics, and pesticides that I put into my body via my mouth with food and drink, but I really never gave any thought to the chemicals I was putting into my body via my skin with lotions, gels, shampoos, make-up, conditioners, sunscreen etc.
I first started thinking about this when I was swimming a lot and teaching swim lessons as a volunteer. I learned that our skin is like a sponge and will soak up anything that it comes into contact with. We would always tell the little kids before swim lessons to take a nice long shower before entering the pool. That way your skin would absorb as much fresh "clean" water as possible and not let as much yucky chlorine water in. After being in the pool so much (almost everyday), I started feeling ill all the time and actually started having allergies after being in so much chlorine. I eventually had to stop volunteering in the pool.
I do not like the thought of all the dyes, chemicals, artificial, unnecessary man-made things that are put into beauty products being soaked up into my skin and my children's skin. Buying all natural products can be pretty spendy and most of them still contain many artificial ingredients.
So I went on a quest to find true "all natural" inexpensive beauty products. I was very pleased to find that many ingredients I already had in my kitchen can be used as homemade, all natural, good-for-you, beauty products.
Here is a short list of the products I recently started using and have liked the results. Most of my information comes from a fellow mom at passionate homemaking. She has done loads of research and has it all compiled on her site of items she uses, the recipes, and even some cost comparisons.
Lotion: coconut oil ( a little goes a long way)
Shampoo: baking soda and water (so simple and so cheap)
Conditioner: apple cider vinegar and water
Face wash: apple cider vinegar and water
She also has a great recipe for homemade toothpaste that I hope to try in the future.
So we are officially "shampoo-less and I love it! I was a afraid this idea would be a little overboard for my husband (he likes the "all natural" ideas only to a certain degree) but he was totally onboard when I delicately suggested the idea. In my opinion he doesn't really have much say in it anyways...the guy only has a 1/4 inch of hair!
I guess my husband grew up shampoo-less and so he knew exactly what I was talking about. Am I the only person that did not know about this? How come nobody told me? I would have switched over a long time ago had I known.
I am glad I know now and super excited to be able to cross off not one, but four items from my shopping list. I don't know why, but I find such joy and satisfaction in reducing the amount of "stuff" I have to buy at the grocery store. I am slowly trying to cross off items, making more of my own things and shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and face wash are completely gone...forever!