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No (Sham)poo…. Based on a true story

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine and  somehow she started telling me about the “No Poo method”. I had never heard it before so I seriously had no clue what she was talking about. Once I got home I started doing some research and I found out it was much more popular than I thought. The basic explanation is that “to go No Poo” means to stop using shampoo, but I think there is so much more behind it. 

First, shampoo is expensive and chemicals in it can irritate and dry out your scalp and hair. Second your body is designed to produce oil that naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo every day or every other day upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate. When I read all that a brand new world opened up to me… basically giving up shampoo not only was going to be better for my hair but it will be better for the environment and my pockets 🙂 

Once I made my decision I realized I was going to go through what its called “a transitional period” where my body had to adjusts to produce just enough oil to keep your hair healthy. I am now at my second week and I found out that the most effective way to handle this is to use baking soda and vinegar. I was my hair every 3-4 days with a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it and then I rinse with a cup of water and 2 teaspoon of vinegar. 

Again I am just two weeks into this but I will keep you posted ; )


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Home made Deodorant

I know I know, I haven’t posted anything in the past few months… but …. I have been trying some recipes and I want to share them now that I know that they work : )

A few weeks ago I made my own deodorant and I have to admit I was a little skeptic at the beginning but I realized that our bodies are designed to perspire and I firmly believe that the more chemicals and junk you eliminate going into your body, the less of that stuff needs to find a way to escape.

Another reason why I’ve decided to try my own recipe is the cost. With the ingredients I used in this recipe the total cost of a jar of homemade deodorant is $1.

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Homemade Deodorant

1/4 C. baking soda
1/4 C. cornstarch
6 T. coconut oil
a few drops of your favorite essential oil

 

Mix all the ingredients together and store it in a jar. You can either keep it in the refrigerator or in your bathroom (the other day I brought it with me to the gym and it sat the whole day in my gym bag in the car and since it was 90 degrees outside it melted 😦  that was not the smartest thing to do)

Hope you like it!

 


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Homemade Liquid Soap

Sunday afternoons can be very productive while my son is sleeping 🙂 This Sunday I tried this recipe for liquid soap and I thought I would share it. My son has very sensitive skin, the pediatrician told me to use Dove soap cause is the best for sensitive skin. So that’s what I use… the recipe is actually really simple, all you need is two bars of soap, water and glycerine or Castile soap.

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The ingredients and the quantities are as follows:

  • 2 Bars of Soap
  • 1 Gallon of Distilled Water
  • 2 Tbsp of Glycerine or Castile Soap

Start boiling the water in a big pot. In the meanwhile grate the two bars of soap. When you are done put them in the pot together with the glycerine (or Castile soap). After 10-15 minutes, turn off the stove and let everything cool down. It will start thickening after a couple of hours. At that point you can either start bottling it or leave it there for 10-12 hours (I bottled it after 2 hours, but I should have waited a little bit longer 😦  ).

That’s it! You can use it not only for hands but as a body wash too….. I think it was great discovery honestly… I got a gallon of liquid soap for $4 🙂


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Wintertime Hand Lotion

Awful snowstorm yesterday 😦 … I was stuck in the house all day… which means I had the opportunity to come up with the best hand lotion for the winter time.

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Here is what I used:

  • 2 teaspoon of Vaseline
  • 2 teaspoon of baby lotion
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid Vitamin E
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil (I used peppermint and lavender)

The directions are extremely easy. All you need to do is to put all the ingredients together in the food processor and it’s done. It takes at the most 5 minutes. I have been using it since yesterday and I love it!


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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

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As a lot of people from my generation, I grew up with the idea that I could change the world… well after 30 years it dawned on me that “YOU must be the change you want to see in the world” (as Gandhi said). You need to change yourself, what you think and what you do, in order for the world around you to change. Not only the change within us will make us see things in a different way but it will also make us take action.

A few months ago I was terrified of the idea of turning 30. I felt like I had done nothing right, that I was stuck in a life that didn’t belong to me and that there was nothing I could do to change it, but lately my vision has changed and I am starting to like the person that I am becoming. That’s just one of the few reasons why I decided to start this blog. Another reason is that I don’t want my son to grow up with a consumerist mentality where everything is disposable. I thought it would be a big step for me to share what I am learning on this “green” journey. I hope you enjoy it 🙂