Very sensitive skin. For my face, I use African black soap and moisturize it with camellia oil. If I use anything else, I'll have a bad reaction. I figured this would be a good concept to carry out with my shower items. Currently I use regular store brand, which is harsh on my fine, thin hair.
I have been using a homemade shampoo and conditioner, which is also Paleo, and had an amazing breakthrough with it after a month! It's Baking Soda as Shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner (look up the recipe online)
Naturally I have black straight soft hair, but because of blond highlights that I got my hair started getting rough and it would tangle in the back of my head. So I would apply extra conditioner on that spot, but that was good only for a day, after that my hair would get dry and tangle again and I had to apply oil and brush it thoroughly to get rid of the knots and sometimes I would cut them.
As soon as I switched to BS and ACV I was very satisfied with the results. My hair was clean and smelled good. But only after a month I saw how my body adopted itself and started healing naturally by conditioning itself just enough to get rid of the dryness and the knots. I just realized this yesterday and I was so amazed by the result that I wanted to share it on the web!
I only wash my hair like every 4-5 days since it is curly, but I use Aubrey Organics Balance Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo doesn't lather like traditional shampoos, it just feels like you move it around on your head, it was weird to get used to after using standard products for so long, but after a few weeks I was hooked to how it made my hair feel and look - I don't have to use any styling products to have perfect curly locks. The bottles each last me over 6 months - closer to 9 months for the conditioner. The ingredients are pretty low on the chemical side, maybe you could try a sample bottle.
My husband washes his hair, and everything else, with the mild baby Dr. Bronner's liquid soap, and we usually dilute it. It has never been irritating, is organic and fair trade, and free of any scents. I use it to shave and as a body wash. For moisturizer at night I use Now Products 75% cocoa butter 25% jojoba oil - 1 jar lasts me about a year and it is less than $10. I find that it feels better than coconut oil on my skin, and absorbs really easily. The 25% jojoba makes a big difference from 100% cocoa which has to be heated and melted, while the mixed version melts in your hands.
For the day, I use Dr. Hauschka moisturizing day cream, and Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk for AM and PM - it is super gentle, you could leave it on your skin if you wanted, made from super top quality plants. You just press it onto your face gently, they recommend no rubbing, but just repeated pressings, and then a light rinse. It is expensive, but lasts a long time, and is great at taking off eye makeup (if this applies to you).
For eye cream I am a bit vain and use Kinerase - I love it! I don't know where it falls for sensitive skin, but it has never irritated my skin, which seems to have gotten used to more gentle products, so harsher products feel like they irritate my skin more.
Yes, I am sensitive as well and I use Organic Excellence Wild Mint shampoo and conditioner. I love it. I even use it on my face. I also have baby fine hair and it leaves my hair with a lot of body. I like to shop at the www.trustnature.com site as he is very good at providing the products quickly. I try not to shop at mega stores if I can help it. Well, other than Whole Foods because, really, there aren't a lot of options for weekly shopping, especially in the winter months. :) Good luck! I'm interested to hear what others use for body lotion. I use Jason Body Wash in citrus and Whole Foods unscented "cheap" soap - $1.99 for washing as well.
Some people go nopoo, and some no soap. Some make their own deodorant or body products.
Personally for the moment, ive just been shampooing less, skipping "conditioner", and using much less soap and just using water (When you skip soap, you need to use a cloth and be thorough) and a simple deodorant. My hair is much defo better with less messing with it. Shampooing takes out all the natural oils, and makes your hair feel yuck and dry. Admitidly, occasionally feels like you got to get the dust/junk out, but less shampooing = healthier hair.
So, Id advise less shampooing, no condiitioning. Its hard to find a shampoo though that doesnt have over a dozen ingredients that sound like a bomb recipe, and industrial rat poison, even the "natural" ones. I am still looking for something I feel comfortable using.
I wouldnt mind getting a toothpaste thats just baking soda based, or a miswak stick, seeing as that goes into the body. Apparenly a miswak stick is more effective than toothbrush and tooth paste. That made me lol, given all the tv ads on how effective the newest toothbrush is (still cant beat a stick!)
Alot of those herbal type health stores have some of the more natural products. Thats where id go if you want a more natural moisturizer, or soap. Im not sure how moisterizers work, but with soap, I find your better to save it for when you really need it. Your body is pretty self-regulating.
I guess not a direct answer. Heck I dont use moisturizer, conditioner, or body wash - but food for thought. Maybe you could use less of those things, and get away with it.
Alaffia Shea & Honey shampoo is based on African Black Soap, even though it isn't in the name. I use that & the matching conditioner. If you're not used to low suds shampoos, it might take some getting used to.
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