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  1. Ok, so I switched from drug store deodorant to the crystal stick years ago after being diagnosed with high metals. Eventually, I was able to use nothing, which is where I’m at now. I even got my husband off of it (a 200 lb. gym monkey). I think your body needs time to adjust to it. As for the toothpaste, I love using Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap. I just need a few drops on my brush, as it is really concentrated. It works great, and it even has a peppermint taste!! I tried the oil-cleansing method a couple of times, but didn’t really like it. I like using baking soda to exfoliate (I just make a paste of it), and sometimes I use raw honey or even whole milk yogurt (which has properties similar to alpha-hydroxy acids). Yogurt is great as a mask too! It really evens out your skin tone especially when mixed with some lemon juice. I’ve thought of writing a post on this same material, but haven’t yet. You have inspired me though! Loved reading this!!

    • I love baking soda for exfoliation, too! I mix it with a bit of orange juice to make a paste and use it for blackheads. I’ve used plain yogurt masks, but I haven’t tried it with lemon juice. I will give that a try! That is so interesting that you don’t need deodorant any more! I’ve heard that taking lots of magnesium can also reduce b.o. That is interesting about using Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, too! And yes, please to a post on your natural body care! I look forward to it!

  2. Not personal care…and more for you to bear in mind when you have a home, but after the death oh our big dog,I had the carpeted areas of the house replaced. (We only have carpet in 3of 4 bedrooms.) Then, steam cleaned my area rugs with white vinegar, mopped floors with vinegar /water /bergamot oil solution. My new air freshener is vodka/12 drops of peppermint oil / 5 of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. I had a brutally honest ftiend tell me the dog smell is no more. (I still miss my old pooch, though.) Since then, I tried more homemade recipes. Showers are scrubbed with borax /peppermint oil /and a drop or 2 of Dr. Bronner ‘s. (I now look for an excuse to clean my showers!) As to homemade toothpaste, I had my first cavity free dental appointment EVER since switching two years ago! I guess that makes me “Dirty Stinkin’ Hippie ” level. I want to try the deidorant next!

    • I am so sorry to hear that your dog died! The big black lab? He was such a sweetheart. It is so hard to loose a pet.

      I love your vinegar cleaning idea! I will have to give that a try here, because we have carpet in just a couple rooms and it is kind of yucky. And I’ve been looking for a good air freshener recipe! I think we vodka, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil in the house right now so I’ll go give that recipe a try! And your shower cleaner sounds interesting, too.

      Yay about your no-cavity dental appointment! I guess you are a “Dirty Stinkin’ Hippie” with super clean teeth!

  3. Lauren, I too stopped using deodorant some years ago and instead used the crystal stone liquid. I recently found out that the crystal stone has aluminum type derivates in it, albeit natural, I did not want any type of aluminum on my body if it could be helped. I tried an all natural deodorant at the store that was homemade but it gave me a rash. Then I just went to coconut oil with some lavender essential oil drops in it. I definitly had body odor in the beginning but it is now pretty much gone. I can’t remember when I last stank. Granted, I don’t go around smelling myself often either. I also went soap free for the bath and shower after reading the GAPS book. I have not used soap in over a year and a half, including the stinky, sweaty summer months. I have to say that it is nice not having a ring around the tub after I soak. The water gets plenty dirty telling me that the dirt is/has washed off with just a wet washcloth, and my skin feels clean and soft after the bath. I used to notice a kind of dry film after using soaps, even all natural ones. I don’t use soap of any type on my skin, ALL parts and have to say that none of the usual stinky parts smell after a bath.
    I think what you are doing for your body at such a young age is great! I wish I had found out about all of this even 5 years ago! You will be fabulously gorgeous at 30, 40, 50 years old and on!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience, Andrea! I had no idea that the crystal stone has aluminum derivatives in it… I’m glad I use my homemade stuff, but the rest of my family uses the crystal deodorant. I’ll have to make an extra batch of deodorant for them! It sounds like I should just make the transition to deodorant-free, and trust my body will stop stinking like yours did. The coconut oil sounds like it would help, though, because of all the antibacterial properties.

      I’ve been using up my container of natural body wash, but once it is empty I’m going to go soap-free, too. I’ve read that it is so much better for the pH of your skin. I do hope my skin will continue to improve when I get older… I feel like I have a lot of repair to do because I used so much harsh acne treatments and oil-stripping products.

    • The recipe for natural deodorant is equal parts baking soda to equal parts arrowroot powder or corn starch (your choice) and for those of us who are sensitive to that much baking power the sensitive skin formula is to cut the baking soda in half and add more arrowroot or corn starch. The corn starch or arrowroot helps with moisture and the baking soda is a natural deodorizer. To this you add coconut oil until you like the consistence. The coconut oil is known for many great things such as it’s antibacterial and anti fungal properties. For scent and more great bonuses add tea tree oil, lavender, lemon essential oils and you’ll never be damp or stinky again!!!!

  4. Lauren, I’m pretty hippie too 😉 I’ve had the cup for almost 10 years now! and I make my own deodorant, am in the process of trying to go ‘poo free, and have used oil for years too.

    I’d love it if you would consider sharing this on my blog’s new link up, Waste Not Want Not, a place for frugal, healthy living tips and recipes 🙂

  5. Hi Lauren, You’ve probably heard of them but I wanted to mention GladRags cloth pads for that time of the month. I don’t feel safe having a plastic cup in my body so these are better for me. I think they would be a good addition for night use for those who use the cup during the day. They actually wrap around your underwear with a snap closure that protects your underwear well. They are actually really easy to wash too. I just rinse after use, soak them in soapy water in the sink, come back later for final rinse, ring out water and lay over towel. You can also throw them in the washer. You can buy them at many stores, just look at the location page. I chose the dark burgundy color for obvious reasons. : )

    • M, I understand the concern but menstrual cups are not like any ol’ BPA-leaching plastic. They are made of medical-grade silicone. Silicone is hypoallergenic and completely inert, meaning it does not react with any other compounds. Cups are totally safe as long as you sanitize by boiling every cycle.

  6. I’ve been using felt pads for about a year now, instead of the tampons I used to use. I love not having to give a second thought to what I will use because there is nothing new to buy, and I never have to worry about chemicals. I have used natural toothpastes for years, but more often these days, I just brush with baking soda alone. I have been trying to go “no ‘poo” recently, and at first I loved it. But after a few washes, I would get a lot of frizz, a halo of frizz if you will. My hair is thin but I have a lot of it, if that makes sense. Do you think the frizz would go away after continued use, or is that just a result of not having the conditioner weighing down the hair? I usually bathe in epsom salts, but recently I’ve been trying ACV and Bentonite clay. Both are great (not together), and the clay makes a really nice, gentle scrub. We just switched to the salt deodorant…. I think we’ll have to take a second look at that one. Thanks for the great post!

    • Thanks for your comments and sharing your experience! As for the no ‘poo, my hair was a complete frizzy mess for about 3 weeks. I just gritted my teeth and waited it out, and sure enough the frizz settled down. Granted, I have weirdly wavy hair so there is still some frizz, but it is MUCH better. I definitely think the frizz will improve in your case to after a few weeks. Your natural scalp oils will take the place of conditioner in properly weighing your hair down, I think.

      And I love all the different baths you listed… I’m just about to hop in an ACV bath right now! I haven’t tried the clay as a scrub, but I’ll give that a try!

  7. I LOVE my Diva Cup! And my homemade deodorant! And use tooth powder instead of tooth paste! (The powder uses bentonite clay and Diatomaceous Earth!) I can’t wait to come back and read more!

  8. I wash my hair with sulfate-free conditioner only. It’s called co-washing. My hair used to be greasy at the roots and dry at the ends and now it’s squeaky clean and soft. I put a few drops of argan oil on the ends for shine. People comment on how healthy it looks. That’s quite a feat for someone with no thyroid.

    I can’t ever give up soap completely. I’m a nurse and I come in contact with very, very bad things. I don’t want to spread germs from patient to patient or to my family.

    The oil cleansing method worked for a while, but I ended up with really clogged pores and comedones a month later. I had cystic acne for 20 years and was willing to try anything. I guess it’s not for everybody. I did switch to bland soap from organic sources. I moisturize my face with pure argan oil. I gave up all makeup.

    • Thank you for sharing! I’ve never heard of co-washing, but it seems like it worked for your hair. And I love argan oil for the ends of my hair, too! That is interesting how the oil cleansing method didn’t work for your skin after a while.

    • I had a similar experience with oil cleansing method, it seemed to work well at first but felt like my pores weren’t getting clean. So, now I’ve started washing my face with raw honey (teeny bit of water, just enough to make it glide on the face but not enough to dissolve it) and ‘rinsing’ with warm water and jojoba oil. Now my face feels amazing, soft, AND that wonderful clean feeling without being dried out.

  9. Glad to hear that your hippie transformation is going well! I’ve been on the gradual path to hippie-dom for about a year now, slowly transitioning into natural, DIY beauty/hygiene products and the like. I too am about to start using the Diva cup, and in conjunction I’m starting to practice the Fertility Awareness Method (holla for yo married readers!). I did the oil cleansing method for a while, but have switched to cleansing with olive oil soap, the occasional swipe of witch hazel, and a hefty slather of coconut oil. The CO often does double duty as a cleanser and make-up remover too!

    Along with my feminine health switches, I’m also in the process of phasing out all unnecessary and unnatural household cleaners and products in favor of DIY versions.

    The best of luck to you!

    • Thanks for sharing! I’m working on transitioning to homemade household cleaners, too. Robin at Thank Your Body has some great recipes for homemade cleaners–I am going to try her homemade glass cleaner. That’s great how you can use the coconut oil for a cleanser, makeup remover AND moisturizer! I wish my face liked coconut oil, but it seems to break out when I use it on my face.

  10. Hubby was just telling me that his mom, who is a dental assistant by professional, has for years brushed her teeth with really nothing but water. The brushing action does all the work. I do like a “clean” taste, but I think it’s pretty hippy 😉

  11. I have been using products from a small company – . I too am experiencing hair loss due to low thyroid. I find their shampoo bar makes my hair feel fuller and I am beginning to see less hair in the drain. It has taken about three weeks, but I definitely see a difference. Also, my skin was very dry and flaky (again, thyroid) and the face balms have really helped.

  12. I know this post is from october so you probably already found another toothpaste recipe, but I like baking soda, coconut oil, a bit of Hydrogen Peroxide, spearmint Essential oil, and a dash of vanilla. Its really good. Minus the initial transition from the salty taste. My daughter prefers it to regular toothpaste. Now, if I could only get my Husband on board. LOL. I just ordered some bentonite clay to try that out in my recipe.

  13. I had trouble with acne before adjusting my diet and lifestyle. My face really seemed to respond to steaming. I steam in the morning and at night after my make up is off. After steaming I wash my face gently, pat dry and apply jojoba oil. I am starting to add rose water as a toner. My skin is looking better than it has in a long time.
    I also just ordered coastal classic creations make up. You should look into it. I can’t report how it works until I get though but I have a good feeling about. I love that with my skin so much clearer I don’t have to wear powder if I don’t want to. I am hair stylist though so going natural and looking the part have been a challenge. I want to stop heat styling my hair but I’m in an awkward phase of growing it out and it big and curly. If you know any tips to help with that please share! Thanks for all the great tips and recipes you share.

  14. I use Moroccan clay to wash my hair followed by rinsing with lemon juice. I have very short hair and have been using the clay/lemon juice method for 2 years now. No shampoo, just the clay once a week, plus I rinse my hair daily with lemon juice. My hair does not feel oily or dirty and my scalp does not get itchy. I have no plans to ever go back to using shampoo. I also like using coconut oil as my night cream before bed every night. It’s cheap and last for quite a long time. Buy a good quality oil and you can use it for both cooking and as a body product. I also love Uncle Harry’s toothpaste and tooth powders and the hair gel is great also. Minimal, “clean” ingredients. I also like the fact that the company does not produce 50 different products. All of their products contain the same basic ingredients.

  15. After searching online for reasons that my breasts have been hurting, I found a lot of information about the increased risks of breast pain and cysts (and even cancer) from wearing bras, especially underwires. Here is just one site that explains it: So, as far as my “hippie” action goes, I went bra free two weeks ago, and now my breast pain is completely gone. Before it had been so bad that I cringed whenever somebody was giving me a hug.

  16. I have been doing natural remedies and oils my whole life. I never really thought about makeup because I don’t really wear it that often and even then not too much. I have recently been making my makeup but I can’t get a good mascara recipe.

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