minyamoo metzger wrote:She can have her face lotion, foot lotion, daily face wash, acne face wash, vagina wash, body wash, body scrub, shampoo, dandruff shampoo, conditioner, spray, and perfume.
I can be a bit of a girly girl too (ok, not that much of a girly girl, but I do like all the scrubby, bubbly, smelly stuff). I decided to go all the way-- poo-less, soapless, lotionless, toothpasteless, and perfumeless. I never really used soap on my body or deodorant, and I know as a midwife that the vagina is a self-cleaning organism! No good has ever come from a vagina wash!! If that part stinks--go see your local vagina doctor, midwife or natural healer! I also have cut way down on the chemicals I use around the house for cleaning, but that might be another thread.
Anyway, I did have some issues with the whole transition thing, my hair was greasy and awful around the scalp and dry as straw at the ends, but I persevered and tried some different things until it got better. It's been a couple of months so maybe it was just the right amount of time for my system to adjust to not having all the oil stripped away everyday! What ended up working for me is cleaning my hair with a handful of baking soda wet with just enough water to make a thin runny paste. I only use it around the hairline, ear to ear and then it spreads down a bit with a little added water. I leave that in for a few minutes while I rub it all over my face, neck and chest. When it feels slippery, I rinse it out with water, then I use a 50/50 vinegar water rinse just on the parts I can hold in my hands, in other words not on my scalp. I do this about once a week and water rinses once or twice in between.
OT--The other thing I did that really helped with the condition of my hair, which was damaged from about 5 years of highlighting since I started going grey, was I henna'd it. That was awesome! I have always been a redhead, but with the aforementioned highlighting my color was getting blonder and blonder, and not a pretty blonde, but a fadey, dull, crispy, yucky blonde. So the henna did amazing things for both the color and the condition---like I never highlighted it in the first place! As I sit here writing this, my head is covered in another pile of muddy goo-- a mixture of henna and another herbal dye called cassia, which has more of a golden pigment--good for natural blondes and it can also be prepared so that it doesn't change your hair color. BTW, there is a third plant that works well for darker hair, indigo. I found a great website that explains all this at http://www.mehandi.com/
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As for lotionless, I now use coconut oil for body lotion. It feels a little oily at first but it sinks right in, in about 5 minutes. I do have to be careful to keep my hair up until it sinks in though, otherwise my hair gets too oily from the coconut oil.
I use witch hazel as a toner on my face, then I use just a drop or two of almond oil and/or castor oil as a face moisturizer. Beautiful, glowey, clear skin, and I am fifty next month! I also use the almond oil/castor oil combo as a night cream, but I slather it on much heavier, like 4-5 drops of each mixed in the palm of my hands. I have also noticed my eyelashes and brows growing thicker and healthier from the castor oil. By morning, it's all soaked in and my skin is soft and smooth as a baby's butt. I have wondered how much of it was really soaking into my skin, and how much was ending up on my pillow case, but I haven't noticed any greasy stains on the linens.
For toothpaste, I have made up a mixture of baking soda, salt, bentonite clay, coconut oil, and some essential oils. That works well, but sometimes it is easier to just stick the toothbrush into the box of baking soda and brush with that. I also like to rinse with hydrogen peroxide for the antibacterial and whitening properties.
And you can make almost anything smell nice with the addition of some essential oils, not to mention the therapeutic and medicinal value of many of them.
I'm not sure how permie all this is, but it has to be better than all the chemicals I used to smear all over my body!