A couple weeks ago I went back to homemade bath/body care. Robert and I were almost out of shampoo and soap/body wash so it is the perfect time to return to our ideals. A year ago I went totally shampoo free and made my own natural soap. I also adopted a natural facial cleansing habit but have not implemented that again this year. One thing at a time!
Showering is definitely not high on my list of priorities. I don’t like showers. I kinda like baths, but not for the purpose of getting clean. Therefore, I tend to only shower two or three times a week. Please don’t be grossed out. I don’t get sweaty or stinky between showers. Robert always showers at least once daily because that is his thing. He can’t survive without his morning shower. Am I getting too personal? Anyway… This natural approach definitely compliments my distaste because I don’t have to shower as often. Why?
Store bought products have detergents in them which strip our bodies of natural oils. This creates different reactions in everyone, but it usually means our bodies produce excess to keep up with our sudsy habits. We don’t need suds to make us clean. It’s all in our heads thanks to advertising and marketing schemes. The natural method is also MUCH cheaper–a little goes a long way!
Just as we want to be aware of what we put inside our bodies for nourishment, I think we should be informed about what we use to cleanse them.
Okay, I’m off my soapbox (ba da ching)! Here is what I made and a short explanation of the ingredients and usage.
Left to right: Conditioner, Shampoo, Body Wash.
These are the essences I chose. They were on sale at the co-op. Plus clove and orange remind me of autumn and Christmas! I added cinnamon and a tiny bit of vanilla to mellow out the flavor a little. Probably could have gotten some better vanilla, but I went with it.
Conditioner: 3 parts water, 1 part apple cider vinegar. Essential oils. Spritz a small amount onto the ends of my hair to detangle and seal the cuticles. Apple cider vinegar is made of miracles, I think.
Shampoo: 3 parts water, 1 part baking soda. Essential oils. I just pump the mixture on my scalp and massage in. It takes me about ten pumps. No need to put it all over my hair–that would take forever! I just want to nix the dirt, skin cells, oils etc that collect on my crown and be done with it.
Body Wash: 2 cups grated natural soap, 4-5 cups water, 1/8cup oats for our sensitive skin and eczema, a couple squirts of body oil to seal in moisture. Cinnamon stick. Essential oils. Boil the water and added the rest of the ingredients. Stir it up real good. Strain out oatmeal and cinnamon. Let it cool off. Funnel into containers. This makes about 2 full mason jars and a full soap pump bottle.
Do you have any immediate reactions to this offbeat idea? Has anyone else abandoned store-bought body detergents? What have your experiences been? I’d love to hear both successes and failures, likes and dislikes!