Since I've been working toward an organic, natural lifestyle, I have done my best to research my decisions. With every little piece of information that I seek, I am flooded with realizations about things that were not even on my radar. The latest is beauty products.
As early as my teenage years I heard about animal testing and disgusting additives, but I always associated it with makeup, and I wear little to none on a daily basis. Shampoo, face wash, soap, etc. never even crossed my mind. To me these were necessities for cleanliness, not a function of beauty. Now I realize that these things are full of toxins and dangers which can be quickly absorbed by your skin.
Recently deodorant came up in discussion. My friend Leslie posted this article regarding the effects. It caught my attention since it stated a huge increase in breast cancer and that is very close to home. Sorry to get personal, but I am not a person that can go without. I heard of someone using baby powder and found it quite laughable. I don't think that I could make it from our bathroom to our bedroom without it wearing off, forget about all day. I became frustrated because it is such a necessity for me and decided to ask her what she used instead. Of course she is one of those people that doesn't need deodorant, but one of her friends recommended Crystal. I ordered a stick and will give it a shot tomorrow.
Next up is eliminating my facial skin care regimen. This is another tricky area for me. I am prone to acne and general bad skin. It's not overly sensitive, but I've had reactions to certain brands of face wash. I plan to use coconut oil as my wash and witch hazel as an astringent, if needed. My coworker, Allison, recently switched to washing with coconut oil and loves it. My sister, Jamie, has been using coconut oil instead of lotion and also raves about it. I'm excited to give it a try!
One small step that I've already made is eliminating sulfates in my shampoo. I've done that for years and now it doesn't feel like a big enough step. I'd love to go to no poo or homemade shampoo. Please share any methods or experiences with no poo or homemade shampoo. Any methods that have worked (or not worked) for anyone would be greatly appreciated.