Tuesday, January 23, 2018

~ NO POO! ~

Hi! Sweet Friends!  You read that's right I said NO POO!  Now don't get scared it has nothing to do with the Porcelain Throne.  When I say POO it means Shampoo.  Since September of 2017 I've been soap and shampoo free.  Which simply means I only use all natural ingredients for hygiene.  We'll delve deeper into that after I give a little shout out to a fellow quilter/blogger/soap maker.  After months without any soap I ordered  homemade all natural soaps from Em @ Em's Scrapbag.  She has a lovely little selection of homemade  natural soaps in her Etsy Store.  Make sure to take a look around her shop because there's also some amazing quilt patterns.


You can read more about NOT washing your hair at Wellness Momma website.  I know what your thinking..WHY would you not want to be clean?  Well it's simple shampoo dries out my menopausal hair and soap makes me itch.  You don't give up bathing or washing your hair, you give up the chemicals causing the problems.  I still bath everyday, I just don't use soap.  It hasn't been an easy transition.  My hair has seen a variety of different and odd products used on it during this process.  Eggs, honey, molasses, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, mayo, yogurt, olive and coconut oil.  Sounds like I'm making a salad on my head!  They all work if you want to take the time to find the right mixture and rotation for you.   The one thing I missed the most was the perfumes.  I tried making sprays with essential oils and it just wasn't the same.  So two weeks ago I caved and washed my hair with my old BAD shampoo that was tucked under the bathroom sink.  

BAD HORRIBLE NO GOOD MAKES MY HEAD ITCH!

I won't be doing that again. Itch-fest!  Well after receiving the aroma filled box of soap and washing my body with it (and with out itching) I decided to give Em's Lavender soap a try on my hair.  Just a small amount of lather on my hands and a quick rub on my hair, avoiding my scalp.  My hair has built up the natural wax and I didn't want to wash it away or cause my scalp to itch.  While rinsing my hair I noticed it felt really nice and wasn't squeaky clean...that's good by the way, your hair should never squeak.  Allowed my hair to dry naturally as always.  My hair is shiny and clean and smells so good! The unexpected side effect of using the bath soap on my hair was my hair was tangle free from the oil in the soap.  It also tamed down my frizzy fine hair allowing it to lay much nicer.

So if you've been considering going soap free.  I would highly recommend Em's Natural Soaps.  She sells larger bars as well as smaller sample bars.  Don't let the prices of natural soaps scare you away.  From what I've read, you use less of it so it last longer.  

~ Lea Anne ~



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7 comments:

  1. I have been usher soaps for a long time and really like them.

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  2. I also only use bar soap to shampoo my hair-and the only soap I can use to do that and to wash in just coconut oil soap from Healthy Traditions --( I think that is their new name!! was Tropical something??) I am allergic to all chemicals and most scents, even natural ones--but so far for years now I have been able to use this pure coconut bar--and though expensive, like you said they last a long time--
    enjoy, di

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  3. Sounds like you found a great fix for the shampoo problem. I've learned not to wash my hair as frequently, it doesn't dry out if I only wash it a couple of times a week.

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  4. I have had chemical sensitivities for years. I cannot tolerate scents other than natural essential oils. I have naturally curly hair and read a book written by a woman who is or was a hair stylist who also has curly hair and she only uses good quality natural ingredient conditioner on her hair. No shampoo, not even the good natural stuff because shampoo is designed to strip your hair of the dirt and oils. So she only uses the natural good conditioner to clean and condition her hair. I started doing the same over 17 years ago and my hair is clean and soft and less dry too. I live in a dry climate, so I will always have to deal with dryness. I also have been making my own natural unscented soaps for 20 years. Again dry skin and dry climate here in the high desert. I only use natural good quality laundry detergent and dish soap too. No dryer sheets! Ugh I cannot even go down that isle at the store without gagging. I don't have a dryer anyhow. Clothes last longer without a dryer and a dryer sucks up the most energy in your home when it's running anyhow.

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  5. Thanks so much for the shout out! Glad it is working for you!

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  6. I haven't gone no-poo, but did switch to a commercial no-sulfate shampoo and it made a huge difference. Static is gone, except on the most cold/dry winter days, even then it's greatly reduced, even without using the no-sulfate conditioner. And my dandruff/itchy scalp is gone. I'm glad you've found what works for you, I'll have to check Em's soaps out.

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