i can already check off one of the items in my summer manifest: make my own natural body wash! in fact, this new concoction doubles as a shampoo. but let me back up to talk about my first endeavor in going au natural.
every winter, i dread how dry my skin gets. no matter how fast i run to the lotion bottle after my shower and no matter how much i slather on, my skin is still (to me) super dry. and i’m talking about super-strength industrial Keri (is so very, very) moisturizing lotion. so i decided, eff it, i’m just gonna drown my skin in oil. and i did. and it worked.
i’ve used olive oil, jojoba oil, and finally settled on coconut oil. mainly because i saw a jar of it at trader joe’s. it also has a slight hint of coconut smell (duh), which i love. after further research, it is also the most shelf stable oil, so i don’t have to worry about it going rancid on me, no matter where i store it, or how much the temperature fluctuates.
after even more research, i found out all the awesome uses for coconut oil. it has anti-bacterial/microbial properties, so you can use it as a deodorant. i tried it and it works! i used coconut oil under my pits all winter and spring. though now that it’s super hot here, i’ve switched back to my tried and true antiperspirant. it’s not a perfect natural solution, but i figure i’ve cut down my antiperspirant use down to 25% of the year.
i use it for all my moisturizing needs: total body, face, and hair. a little goes a long way. i have also integrated an oil cleansing method into my skin care routine. supposedly it also has a small amount of natural spf, though not enough if you’re gonna be out in the sun all day.
you can of course eat it and cook with it, which funny enough isn’t something i do. but like olive oil, coconut oil is a very healthy oil.
in my research i found there’s a whole bunch of people who swear by oil-pulling, where you kind of swish the oil around in your mouth everyday to ‘pull’ the toxins out of your body and stuff. that’s where i drew the line. i love the stuff, but yeah not gonna swish it around in my mouth.
the coconut oil has really helped my skin and i feel so much better knowing that i’m not slathering a whole bunch of chemicals onto the largest organ of my body. it grosses me out now to think about it. so now, as i use up my beauty products, i’m making a concerted effort to replace them with chemical-free, natural products.
recently, i’d made my way through a bottle of body wash. and i got all giddy at the excuse to try dr. bronner’s liquid castille soap. of all the different types, i chose the hemp almond one, mainly because i like the faint almond smell. they also have a peppermint one that i thought looked good since i also love mint. but i heard that it can be a bit tingly. and since i was going to use it as a body wash, i figured i’d avoid tingly.
supposedly this soap can be used 18 different ways. all i did was dilute it with equal parts water and added a bit of my favorite coconut oil. i tried it as a body wash and as a shampoo. so far, so good. the scent was nice and subtle (i HATE artificial scents) and the lather was really nice. i’ve tried a different natural shampooing method that involved baking soda which i hated because there was no lather and it was super gritty. since i made the effort to go au natural with the hair, i skipped conditioner and my usual shine serum since both contain a bunch of silicones. i figure if i’m going to let my hair do it’s own natural thing, i gotta get the whole routine down to bare basics. so it was coconut oil again to the rescue for after-shower conditioning.
the next morning, my hair looked great. it wasn’t the usual glossy shiny i’m used to from the shine serum i use, but i had no frizzies and i felt like it was more tame than normal. and had more body than normal. the next day, my hair was even better. today is the third day of not washing it and if i were going somewhere i would. but since i’m being lazy, i probably won’t wash it until before bed.
i got the big bottle of dr. bronner’s from target for i wanna say 16-ish dollars because i couldn’t wait to try it. i hear the prices are better on amazon. and considering i’m diluting it down, i forsee this bottle lasting a long time. so yay for natural and yay for affordable!