So what do you use for body care? -Soap -Shampoo -Deodorant -Toothpaste -Mouthwash
I'll be honest I use regular stuff for everything except shampoo which I rarely if ever use. I also just use cheap off the shelf shaving cream.
I haven't really looked into it, anyone feel like they have noticed a difference using some other kind of product?
No 'poo unless I'm dyeing my hair (I know I know, not paleo, but neither is the internet). Tom's toothpaste, but I might try making my own once that runs out. I have tom's deodorant too, but I'm trying alternatives because it left oil on my clothes. No keepers yet, baking soda causes irritation after a few days, coconut oil doesn't work, apple cider vinegar is showing some promise, but I'm not sure it would hold up to walking around in the heat.
There are two products I swear by:
I use it for everything - cream, moisturizer, whatever. What do I love about it? No scent. NON-GREASY. I have tried coconut oil - a disaster. Shea butter all the way.
I also like 100% olive oil. It has only two ingredients - olive oil and some sodium stuff.
Tom's of Maine makes a wonderful deodorant.
ALL PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE ARE GLUTEN FREE.
I use regular shampoo and conditioner, a natural oatmeal soap, coconut oil or almond oil for moisturizing, oil cleansing for my face, homemade toothpaste, regular deodorant (at least until my stockpile is depleted...recovering couponer). We don't use sunscreen or bug sprays anymore, only coconut oil and it works great. When I run out of shampoo (again, former chronic couponer), I'll transition to baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
When I am forced to use store bought toothpaste, my mouth doesn't feel as clean for as long, and I find that the toothpaste is excruciatingly sweet. We recently had a water softener and whole-house filter installed and I already notice a difference in my skin. I had to lube up this morning after a weekend of camping and exposure to hard and overly-chlorinated water, but didn't need any last week while at home.
I use a bar of natural clay soap and I recently switched to Weleda Salt Toothpaste, which I really like. I don't think I can ever go back to the traditional overly-minty overly-pasty Colgate/Crest brands. My daughter uses the Weleda children's toothpaste and really likes it as well--it's more of a gel than the salt toothpaste. I don't use deodorant anymore, and haven't noticed any significant stares from my coworkers.
I'm still deciding what to do about shampoo and conditioner. At the moment, I just use whatever brand happens to be on sale. I'd love to know the best options there.
I just started no 'poo. I'm going to also transition to homemade toothpaste and ditch my facial products n creams and use coconut oil as a moisturizer. I recently discovered crunchy Betty so there is much to learn and much time to apply them.
If you are gluten sensitive, READ THE LABELS on everything in your bathroom. Often you will have to call companies to find out what the ingredients are or what the lists mean. I have non-celiac gluten intolerance, and I get hives/bloating/etc from shampoo with wheat, lotion with oat, and the like. (Even after having been fine with those products for years.)
Supposedly this is a celiac response: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/31/gluten-in-cosmetics-may-pose-hidden-threat-to-celiac-patients. But I'm living proof it affects those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity too.
In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now.
After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial masque which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.
I use pure sunflower and jojoba oils on my skin, and Living Proof brand shampoo and conditioner (and regular, high quality styling products, used minimally). For my face I use both Weleda's Cold Cream and Green Pasture Beauty Balm. I ADORE Weleda's skin food hand creme. Most of my makeup is Bare Escentuals brand, but I wear makeup once every two weeks so I don't really sweat it - I use what I love and collect Sephora points along the way.
Arm & Hammer unscented baking soda deodorant and in the summer only when necessary, traditional Secret antiperspirent (maybe 3 x week during July & August), especially at work (high end hotel). The crystals and other alternatives have never worked for me. Tom's toothpaste.
I have really dry skin/hair and live in a dry climate, so I'm first concerned about products that work/keep me itch-free, then from there I try to get as healthy as possible. If I need sunscreen (at 9000' in Colorado, sometimes you really do need it) I use Blue Lizard.
Oh, and gorgeous OPI nail polish. Being sexy is primal.