I just found a great website filled with natural recipes for all kinds of lovely things for your hair and body. My Merry Messy Life has a page called Natural and Non-toxic Beauty Recipes that looks great. It has the recipe for the ratios of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to water for DIY shampoo (no-poo) as well as some other alternatives if you find the baking soda and vinegar too drying, a couple of natural deodorants (one with beeswax and one without), lotion, body scrub, mouthwash, and lip balm, as well as a few other things. I think I’m going to start working my way through the list and see what I think of some of her recipes. I may tweak them as necessary and, if I do, I’ll let you know. She has dry, curly hair, and sensitive skin so the recipes are made for that, and she explains all of the tips and tricks for each recipe.
I haven’t shared recipes with you in a while because I haven’t really been exploring new ones, I’ve stuck with the old standbys. But, I’ve been toying with the idea of baking soda shampoo with an apple cider vinegar chaser for a while now. It’s natural, way greener than shampoo, and cheap. Cheap is good. I’ve seen some blogs that say that it can really dry out your hair and the pH difference between hair and baking soda is a killer, but I’ve also seen blogs from people who have been doing it for years who have beautiful, full hair and no problems. I think it has to do with each person’s personal hair. I would guess that, if your hair is dry to begin with, it might make it worse, in which case you need to be using some kind of moisturizing masque or treatment (I’ve heard good things about coconut oil) in addition to the regular routine.
I like the idea of natural deodorant as well – but only if it works! – because my old standbys don’t seem to be doing as well as they used to. I don’t know if my hormones have evolved to compensate for them (I have used the same brand for years), or if I’m just sweating more than I have in the past, or what, but I am not happy with my current deodorant. I could switch brands, but I figure it’s worth giving the natural (cheap!) route a try. I have all of the ingredients that Messy Life calls for, so I’ll whip up a batch and let you know.
Now, she advocates essential oils and homeopathy. I am an advocate of science-based medicine. There are more effective treatments than like-treats-like homeopathy. Many. Essential oils can have beneficial qualities, though I am not aware of the science behind many of them, so that’s a judgment call for now. I know they smell good and add a nice touch to other recipes. It can’t hurt to smell nice. So, I’d ignore the attempts to sell essential oils as cures for anything, as I’m not convinced of their efficacy, but I’d certainly use her recipes and experiences with them to try natural alternatives to some unnatural products. It is, of course, up to you. She does sell essential oils through her website and, if you want a room to smell good, it’s a wonderful alternative to sprays that send chemicals into the air. And, as I said, there may well be some beneficial properties to essential oils that I am not aware of. Make up your own mind and experiment, and let me know how it goes.