Here it is, the complete list of all this natural I am doing right now. Ok, not complete. Just kind of the things that are coming to mind as I have about 3 minutes before I go up to put the TT to bed.
Lesson 1) Homemade deodorant really DOES work.
Yes, I, too, was sceptically but when some friends of mine told me that it worked for them and then actually GAVE me some to try so I didn’t even have to take the 3 seconds it takes to make it myself, I tried it.
And I tend to be a very aromatic individual so I would not lead you up the garden path on this.
Here you go. You can thank me later:
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/4 c. baking soda (aluminum free or you are defeating the purpose of avoiding chemicals)
3 tbsp coconut oil
and your favorite essential oil mixed in to your taste. The one I have uses lavender and I like it a lot.
Lesson 2) The furniture polish mix actually works better with more oil and less lemon juice.
I have finished up the furniture polish (don’t worry, it was non-toxic) and was ready to try the homemade stuff. Some sites I read suggested that there should be more lemon juice than olive oil but that didn’t really work for me.
1/2 c. cheapest olive oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
mix and apply with cloth or squirt bottle. I decanted mine into a squirt bottle and keep it in the fridge so it won’t go rancid between the times I clean, you know, which is every 8 months or so.
Lesson 3) Learning to embrace the hair grease can be a challenge.
I finally ran out of my shampoo and conditioner and was ready to go the no poo route for my most recent hair washing.
Since I only wash my hair once a week (Thursdays, if you must know, which is why if you see me on Thursdays you will notice I always wear a handerchief covering my hair. I haven’t joined a religious group, I just want to spare you the hair oil), I am figuring it will be easier for me to get through the difficult time when your head has to adjust to not needing to produce so much oil.
2-3 Tbs baking soda
1-2 Tbsp water or enough to make a paste
massage into scalp only and let rest for a minute or two then
1 part white vinegar to 3-4 parts water plus 1/2 tsp vanilla to cover the vinegar scent and make you smell like a cookie(optional)
So I tried this on Thursday and I’m not sure I did it right. The baking soda just didn’t rinse out of my hair very well after the vinegar rinse and was pretty dense yesterday altho today it is feeling better. I think I will need to rinse with water after the vinegar rinse and see what happens.
My hair doesn’t feel necessarily clean but it’s not too bad, kind of like it feels toward the end of the week say on Wednesday.
One tip to doing this is to brush your hair well using a soft-bristled brush to pull your natural hair oil into all parts of your hair and away from your scalp.
(I can hear Amber groaning already. I wonder if I am getting too crunchy to even live in Oregon again.)