I work in a horse barn, and my hands and armpits sweat a lot (which I've now realized is somewhat ironic because I always wear antiperspirant and wash my hands with soap frequently). I stopped washing my face with soap (I use only water on my face, and I only wash my face when I shower, which is every other day), I stopped wearing makeup, and styling my hair with anything about two years ago and my face & hair seems much healthier. I still use shampoo, and conditioner, and I use Ivory non scented soap on my body. I would like to try the no soap no shampoo thing, but I work in a horse barn and was wondering if maybe I should wait until I'm not working there any more to try this..
Personally I stay away from anti-perspirants now. The vast majority of them use aluminum salts. There's a whole lot of stuff out there on how bad it is for you (with varying degrees of evidence). Whether it's true or not I don't know. However, the basic function is the salts get into the sweat pores and blocks them (and stays there until the skin sheds itself normally). That strikes me as a bad idea functionally speaking for the body...
I live on a farm and ride gymkhanas with my girls. I've been soap-free and deodorant free for over a year now and have never smelled better.
A good scrub with a washcloth is enough to get the dust and grime off my body and coconut oil as a body moisturizer and base to apply baking soda in the pits works great.
Seems like you'd want to skip the anti-perspirant first and foremost, but were I you, I'd continue to use soap. I get this Pacifica brand soap that is bereft of any objectionable ingredients. I use it for everything since I clearly don't require shampoo. Were I mucking out horse stalls, I would want to wash off afterward.
One thing that I do is that every time I wash my hands, I dry them and then apply a thin coating of canola oil (who said PUFAs have no use?). They never dry out/crack/bleed like before and it costs virtually nothing.
I agree with the others who have expressed concern for aluminum in antiperspirants. About 4 months ago, I started looking around for a suitable substitute. It took a few different tries (some irritated my skin, some itched, some just plain didnt work) ... but the one I came to settle on was "Summer Spice" deodorant made by Nature's Gate. The main ingredients are Oak Gall and Witch Hazel extracts, and the remainder of the ingredients are all acceptable plant products (sage, eucalyptus).
Best part? It smells like 'old spice', and keeps me from stinking, even after crazy sessions in the gym.
Every time there is a mention of No Poo somewhere, there are tons of questions and comments from experience. So, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a question and answer site to help beginners, and kind of let everyone discuss the No Shampoo/Soap lifestyle, and all the different experiences and experiments we are doing.
I would like to invite you to come post on our forum to provide info and experiences.
So, if you are interested, go check it out: http://beyondshampoo.com
I'm not selling anything, and I would appreciate people participating in honest, good discussions.
I just read the ingredients on some of my shampoo and conditioners. THEY CONTAIN WHEAT! Maybe this is the cause of my endlessly itchy head. I will not use these products and see how the itchy goes (away, I hope).
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