I tried the deoderant with shea butter, etc. I really liked it, but after about 3 weeks it started to irritate my skin which has never been irritated before, so I'm wondering if maybe I need less soda. I saw a suggestion from someone who just mixes 1 part soda and 1 part corn starch and then applies with a powder puff. She said it works great. Maybe I'll try it. I'm really sad that the other didn't work for me.
I use JASON Tea Tree Melaleuca deoderant, and it works well. It does say that you should reapply after sweating. I have also used the Apricot deoderant by JASON which worked not so well. These are not meant to stop sweating (they're not antiperspirants), but the Tea Tree one does a good job of stopping the smell.
As for shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash, I use the YES to line (YES to Carrots, YES to Cucumbers, and YES to Tomatoes). These work wonderfully and are made from organic veggies and deep sea minerals. I love the smells and how they work. They seem a little pricey but you get a lot and you don't need to use a lot. I use Ivory soap which has been pure since they started making it.
Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you! :-)
I'm with Nutty, I haven't found many that I like personally. I tried one of the Tom's deodorants and had a horrible reaction so then I just decided to try the Clinical strength by Degree to see if I could just use less and that didn't work on as planned either. We have very hard water so I just try to buy shampoo's that have more natural ingredients than chemicals but that doesn't always work out either.
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Deodorant: Mix equal parts coconut oil, shea butter, cornstarch and baking soda. It may irritate your skin if it's really sensitive. There are recipes for this online, google "homemade deodorant"
Lotions: Olive oil is actually excellent for really dry skin. I put it on my hands every night and wear gloves to bed, it even controls my hand eczema. Coconut oil is also excellent, same application method :)
Shampoo: I have hair down to the middle of my back. I used baking soda and apple cider vinegar - mix about a tablespoon of baking soda to a cup or so of warm water, scrub it into your scalp thoroughly, let sit for a minute, rinse thoroughly, then do the same with the vinegar. This doesn't work well in hard water (which is why I've gone back to regular shampoo :( ) I've heard that if you just give a good scalp massage under warm water it works really well, but again with the I have hard water and need shampoo to get the crud out of my hair. You can google "no-poo" or "curly girl method" to get more info.
As for feminine products (guys, you might want to look away now...) I use cloth pads and I love them. They're a big initial outlay, but they pay for themselves in a few months. I bought mine from a seller called Randumosity on Etsy.
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I can't be of much help. I use an obscene amount of chemical products between waking up and getting out of the door to go to work. I use all sorts of creams, lotions, oils and os forth... And i have to confess that I haven't become green on that are. Please don't take my Olay eye firming cream! LOL
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I haven't found many that I really like actually. I use Tom's toothpaste for my kiddo, but I use regular. I didn't like the Tom's deodorant either and I'm sticking my toxic shampoo and conditioner :) I've tried tons of different things and none has worked so far.
For a toner I like mixing tea tree oil and witch hazel although my husband complains about the scent. For a body moisturizer I like Burt's Bee's milk and honey. It smells awesome and is super softening.
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What is more natural and earth friendly than "Nothing"? As a result of a post on the blog Boing Boing which led me to another site, I didn't use soap, shaving cream or shampoo for over a year (except for hand washing).
I just recently had an adult acne break out that has led me to use the products from Acne.org which are fragrance and dye free but of course only on my face. Otherwise I'm still off of hair and skin care products or (Soap and Poo free as they say.)
My skin is soft and clear (other than this freak outbreak which happened after a very unsanitary optical exam). My hair is very very short but in good shape. I've read that the no shampoo option is very viable for long hair too.
Instead of soap I use warm to hot water and scrubbing every day.
Hi team-mates! I'm wondering what some of your favourite earth-friendly shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and other personal products might be. I'd like some of your reviews and reasons why they work for you.
I've recently tried "Tom's of Maine" deodorant - in calendula scent. Smells great but really doesn't perform well over time.
I don't have a lot of money to be product-testing so I'd appreciate your input.
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