What’s In My Primal Bathroom? – Paleo Hygiene and Beauty

What's in my primal bathroom? - Paleo hygiene and beauty

I’ve previously invited you to take a look at my kitchen cabinets and my fridge. Today, I’m going to take you for a little tour of another controversial area – my primal bathroom! It might shock you. It might inspire you. Or it might be simply educational. You might think I’m crazy. But I’m proud of my crunchy bathroom and the little routine I have going on, so why not share it?

Before we begin the primal bathroom tour, let me share something funny with you. In August, when we rescued our kitten Jimmy, we had Sharon from the Cats Welfare charity helping us to sort Jimmy out. He was super dirty and full of fleas, so she was about to give him a bath.

She was obviously looking for something in my primal bathroom, and then she grabbed a bottle with a pump from the shelf over the sink.

“No!”, I shouted. “That’s an oil mixture. We don’t have any hand soap.”

“Do you have any shampoo?”, she asked.

“No, sorry, we don’t use any shampoo”, I answered, blushing. You should have seen her expression.

“Oh, OK. Do you have any shower gel then?”, she asked with a weird intonation.

“No, we don’t use shower gels either!”, I shook my head, now definitely feeling like the dirtiest girl on Earth. She had a look of pure shock on her face but she was polite enough not to say anything.

Luckily, I remembered I had a little tube of an old natural face wash that I was trying to sell, so we used that to wash the kitten. It worked great!

The moral of the story: when I started my blog, she was one of the first people to jump on the no-poo hair washing wagon. I hope she’s still on it! So I guess instead of feeling ashamed of my modest bathroom collection, I should have been proud. Getting rid of all the chemical store-bought products one by one is such a liberating process. I’m not saying it’s easy but it’s so worth it. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Try to give me a 100-dollar face cream and I’ll never even look at it. Nothing beats my olive oil.

A couple of days ago I saw a funny exchange between Lauren from Empowered Sustenance (it’s my favourite blog, by the way) and her dad:

My dad at dinner one night: “So people who are natural and healthy and stuff are called crunchy, right?”

Me: “Yep!”

Dad: “So, if someone is just transitioning to natural living, then they are chewy!”

Me: “Ha ha, I guess so!”

Dad: “Well, I think our family is chewy but you, Lauren, are completely burned.”

Yup, I think I’m burned. too! Totally.

If you prefer watching a video, especially as it’s a tour of my primal bathroom, here it is:

So what’s in my shockingly simple Primal bathroom?

My Primal Bathroom - Rose water and jojoba oil On the first shelf next to the sink, I keep my most treasured item – the rose water! It’s something I use every single day and really wouldn’t imagine a day without it. Lately, it’s been my go-to “cleanser” both mornings and evenings.

Next to it, I keep a bottle of jojoba oil – that’s exclusively for my hair. I apply 2-3 drops of it to my ends every day.

I also keep some floss there, but I’m not a big fan. I used to use it every day, but I always felt it was cutting my gums and making them bleed. I think it’s coated with something unnatural as well – every time I use it, my lips get seriously dried out. It might even contain the “evil” fluoride. So I’ve found a replacement for the floss → keep reading and you’ll find out what it is!

Primal Bathroom - Oil Cleansing Mixture and essential oils

Next, we have a shelf with wonderfully smelling goodies! First, here’s where I keep my beautiful bottle of the Oil Cleansing mixture. I found the bottle in a local interior store, and I’m in love! It’s cap has the shape of a bird, and it has a miniature chain with crystals. I just think it’s a beautiful thing to have in the bathroom, and it’s glass! I was never happy to keep my oils in a plastic bottle, so when I found this one, I had to snatch it up!

By the way, the oil ratio I’m using right now is 85% extra virgin olive oil and 15% castor oil.

On the left, I have a bottle of sandalwood oil, which is quite special as it travelled all the way from India. A friend of mine worked there for a while and brought it to me as a little gift. I adore the fragrance!

On the right, I have two bottles of essential oils – lavender oil and lemon oil. I use lavender oil in my Oil Cleansing Mixture and added to my vinegar hair rinse. I also add either lemon oil or lavender oil to the bucket when I mop the floor. It makes my home smell great!

My Primal Bathroom - tooth careThe third shelf next to the sink is all about tooth-care. Here, we keep our toothbrushes – we use extra soft ones. That green one is a special toothbrush I use to clean my gums (when I remember). I also have three stackable travel containers – I guess they are the ones that people would generally put their face cream in when they travel. Well, I stuff it with coconut oil and baking soda. That’s our DIY toothpaste!

I actually use plain baking soda mixed with a bit of water, but my husband Luca prefers to mix it with olive oil. The best toothpaste ever!

Next to the mirror over the sink, I have a couple of hanging boxes from Ikea. They’re really handy for keeping my cotton pads (I use them to cleanse my face with rose water). In the top one, I keep a spare razor. Oh, and that’s me in the picture. Hello!

My Primal Bathroom - sink

On the sink, I keep a pure olive oil soap for washing hands, which, even if natural, is still soap and is still drying, so I don’t use it more than once a day.

My Primal bathroom - showerThis is my shower. Looks empty, doesn’t it? That’s because I make whatever I need whenever I need it. Isn’t that cool? I mix up everything I need for the no-poo method whenever I’m going to wash my hair. And I mix olive oil and brown sugar whenever I feel like a scrub (usually once a week). That’s what I call a simple life. Makes travelling a breeze!

The only things I do keep in my shower (or next to it) are a razor and a couple of foot files.

Next, we move on to the big shelving unit in my primal bathroom. At the top, I keep my hair trimming scissors and toenail scissors, as well as a glass nail file and a cuticle trimmer (is that what it’s called?). There is also a green scrubbing glove but I’ve been neglecting it lately as I really prefer that DIY scrub I mentioned before.

My Primal Bathroom - menstrual cup

Next, we have a new addition to my primal bathroom – a menstrual cup! I purchased the Mooncup a month ago, and so far I think I like it, but I’m still learning. I’ll update you on that in the future.

That large box is full of Q-tips, and I don’t really use them myself. You’ll be surprised what we do with them. We clean Jimmy The Kitten’s ears with them. 🙂 I also have some measuring spoons there, which are really handy when I mix my oils for the Oil Cleansing Method.

Finally, there is a mysterious black tube of Burt’s Bees Shave Cream. I think it’s the only beauty/skincare item that my husband owns, and he specifically asked me to tell you that he doesn’t like it. We just haven’t found a suitable DIY alternative yet. If you know any, let me know! He’ll jump up and down with joy!

My Primal Bathroom - shelf

Now, this is quite a serious looking shelf. Let’s start from the left. That green bottle with a pump is filled with extra virgin olive oil, which I’m addicted to. It’s hands down my favourite face, body and hand moisturizer in the world.

Next, we have a bottle of activated charcoal capsules. No, I don’t use them for food poisoning… In fact, I haven’t been food poisoned since we went Paleo. I use them for tooth whitening. They’re brilliant! Tell me if you’d like to know more about it.

Then, we reach the replacement for the floss that I mentioned earlier – toothpicks! They’re much more gentler on my gums and are completely natural.

Next to it, there is my favourite lip balm – the tinted lip balm from Burt’s Bees. This is in the colour called Red Dahlia, but I have two others in my bag. I just love them!

I also have some solid perfume there. This one is called Vanillary and is from Lush. I know it’s not completely natural, but I probably use it two or three times a year, so it’s OK:

That white tube on the right is the First Aid Lotion from Essential Care. It’s 100% natural and works brilliantly for mosquito bites, scratches, burns or any kind of itches. Definitely a useful thing to have in a primal bathroom.

The little white tub at the front is my latest discovery – pure Shea butter. I’m in love with it! It’s the best foot cream in the world. It sorted my super dry and cracked feet in a week.  It’s a miracle!

The two funny looking stones are actually pumice stones, which my husband found floating in the ocean. They work really well for scrubbing feet, especially places that are difficult to reach.

My primal bathroom - hair tools

Finally, the last two shelves are all about the hair and a pleasant smell.

We use the coconut deodorant powder from Lush at the moment. I know it’s not all natural, but it’s not so bad. The only artificial thing is perfume, everything else seems alright, so it will have to do for now.

We’re on the lookout for a DIY deodorant, but everything we’ve tried so far has been a failure. We tried baking soda and coconut oil, and it didn’t work, so if you know any others, please share the knowledge!

Then, there are a couple of boxes of hair accessories. Basically, everything for making buns and ponny tails. Nothing exciting, I guess. I also keep my boar bristle brush there – it’s a very important part of my hair routine, and I love it.

Next to it, I keep my second most favourite hair tool – a bamboo wide-tooth comb! It’s so beautifully made and glides through the hair super easily.

At the bottom, I have a strange looking body brush – it’s a brush that’s supposed to help get rid of cellulite. I got it ages ago, and I don’t use it much. But when I do, the massage feels really pleasant. I guess, when the summer gets closer, I’ll start using it more often again.

So that’s all I have in my primal bathroom. Are you surprised? Or is your bathroom similar to mine? I’m pretty proud of my routine. It took me a while to create it, but it was so worth it. I hope I’ve inspired you to do the same! And who said being primal can’t be beautiful and girly as well? It sure can!

Where to find things if you’re in Europe

As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!

What are your favourite three things in your bathroom? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Whoops, I just sent an email asking about a natural toothpaste and then I found this! But, as for a natural shaving cream, I use coconut oil to shave and it works really well and it is very moisturizing. As for natural deodorant, I make this natural deodorant from patchouli oil, baking soda, witch hazel, and coconut oil and then heat it on the stove and cool it to form a semisolid deodorant. There’s quite a few recipes online for both natural solid deodorants and powder deodorants. I also use pure cornstarch baby powder in addition to the patchouli deodorant to better combat perspiration. Natural deodorants aren’t as good at eliminating odors and perspiration as the commercials brands so the combination of the two natural deodorants is necessary for me, at least.

    • Hahaha, I must’ve read your mind, Bridget! 🙂 Baking soda is the best “toothpaste” that I’ve ever tried in my life. It’s also very gentle and doesn’t irritate teeth or gums. All the sensitivities I’ve always had are slowly going away, and my teeth are getting whiter. A lot of people use it mixed with coconut oil, but it’s perfectly fine using it alone as well. One of my viewers told me about the crystal deodorant stick, so I think I’m going to give it a try. The problem with cornstarch or baking soda based deodorants is that if you wear dark clothes, they leave white marks. I must find something that wouldn’t do that. Thanks for sharing tips! xx

  2. Hey! Great Post! I have heard about using the active charcoal and wanted to give it a try but wasn’t sure it really works. Now I am really going to have to try it. Have you every heard of or tried Primal Pit Paste? I haven’t used it before but a lot of blogs I follow rave about it as a great deodorant.

    • You should definitely give it a try. It works! I’ve heard of the Primal Pit Paste, but looking at the ingredients it looks like a regular baking soda and coconut oil deodorant. The only additional ingredient is shea butter. Perhaps that’s what makes all the difference? I might try my own DIY version as I have all the ingredients at home. 🙂 What do you use as a deodorant?

      • I just added the charcoal to my amazon.com cart. I use Toms which doesn’t have the aluminum BUT it’s not all natural. Have been looking for something else. Let me know if you make a DIY with the shea butter. 🙂 I just bought a giant 5 lb gallon of coconut oil (it was on sale, ha) and was going to start making some more DIY products with it.

        • Yay! Glad I made you spend a little money, but trust me it’s so worth it! It will make your sink and fingers super dirty, but with a scratchy sponge everything comes off easily. I apply it with my fingertip, massaging onto each tooth one by one, and then leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing out. Let me know how you like it! I’m really curious. 🙂

          • Thanks! will do!

          • I JUST now used the charcoal for the first time. ha. I am slow to try new things. Did you notice a difference the first time you used it? How many applications before you noticed a bigger difference? I am going to write a post about it if it works well (I have only used the charcoal once). If I post about it do you mind if I put a link to your blog?

          • Well, glad you tried it! It can be such a hassle opening a new capsule every time and making all that mess around, so one evening I opened 30 capsules or so and filled up a little jar with the charcoal. Now all I have to do is just to dip my toothbrush in. No more dirty fingers! 🙂 My teeth felt cleaner and glassier already after the first time, but I learned the best way is just to use it every night for the first week and then reduce to once a week or so. That first week of daily applications really makes a visible difference. Of course feel free to put a link to my blog! xx

  3. What a fun read. My three favorite things in my bathroom are a jar of coconut oil (my daily body moisturizer and once a week hair & scalp treatment), my grapeseed oil (excellent for cleansing my oily skin & removing the last traces of eye makeup), and a foaming all natural rosemary mint hand soap.

    • Hey Rosie! Thanks so much for sharing your favourites, and I’m so glad you found this fun to read! I had so much fun writing this blogpost, and it’s even more fun finding out what my readers have in their bathrooms, too. Rosemary and mint together sound very refreshing! And grapeseed oil is a great eye makeup remover. I think I’ve heard it even lightens dark under-eye areas!

  4. I use the DIY deodorant from this link: http://www.mommypotamus.com/easy-homemade-deodorant/
    I don’t know if the arrowroot powder is what does it, but no stinky pits! Now, if I could only get a natural antiperspirant 😉

    • Hey Tina, thanks so much for sharing! This is exactly the kind of DIY deodorant I tried in the past. Unfortunately, it irritated my armpits a little and left white marks on dark clothing. 🙁 Maybe I’m just too picky? I ordered a crystal deodorant stick yesterday. Let’s see if that’s going to work. The reviews are really good.

  5. hi vita, i learned to make my own deo from here http://www.vintageamanda.com/2012/04/diy-coconut-lime-deodorant/

    I didn’t use beeswax to solidate mine since Where I live is cold, But you can try mixing bee wax in it if its hot in ur place.

  6. Vita,
    After living in Italy I know some men who use olive oil to shave and might add teatree or mint to it just in case of irritation.

    • My hubby tried shaving with olive oil and didn’t like it. Men… I think he didn’t like the texture, perhaps a different oil would work better. I think he’ll try coconut oil next time. Thanks for the suggestion! xx

  7. Vita,
    I tried only showering with water yesterday after I worked out, and my hair was sweaty so I only rinsed with water, but I still felt a little dirty and my hair was sort of limp not like after I had washed with the no-poo method. any suggestions for those of us who workout in the mornings for showering everyday? I also wash my hair everyday, but was willing to try not washing everyday but after working out had to do something? P.s. would like a video and blog on morning routine.

    • Debs, try to use the vinegar rinse. That’s what I’ve been doing lately, and it works great. First, rinse your hair with water and massage the roots very well, then mix 3-4 tablespoons of vinegar with 2-3 cups of water (you can add a few drops of lavender oil or any other essential oil you like) and pour it all over your head while massaging the scalp again. Leave in on for a few minutes, then rinse out. Always leave my hair very fresh and clean in between deep cleansing washes with baking soda, shampoo bar, etc.

  8. Tranquil says:

    I am kind of late to this post but just discovered your blog and am reading old posts. I tried DIY deodorant with coconut oil and baking soda and it didn’t work for me, irritation and white marks on clothes, plus it wore off quickly in the day. Then I tried again later using shea butter instead of coconut oil and I am IN LOVE. This has been my standard for the past two years now, never looking back. I mix equal parts shea butter and baking soda in a glass measuring cup, I whip it up really good with a butter knife. The more I mix the softer it gets to a frosting like consistency. Then I add in whatever essential oils I’m feeling at the moment. During the winter my concoction gets a little stiff, so I add a squirt of jojoba oil to keep it softer to apply. My fav scent lately is kind of a woodsy guys sent I made for my husband that I fell in love with, it has: tea tree, vetiver, sandalwood, and cypress. I also really love a combo of lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and geranium. I am a seriously stinky girl who used to have to reapply natural deodorants a few times a day. With this new mixture I can actually go a few days without reapplying, it’s Amazing. I have no irritation with this formula and it never leaves white on my dark tank tops. Try it out.

    • Hi! Thanks so much for your suggestion! Yes, I love shea butter as well, and right now I’m using a DIY deodorant that I made with coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda and cornstarch. I’ve also added some lavender oil and peppermint oil. It works amazingly well. I think the reason why my first DIY deodorant didn’t work for me was because the ratio of baking soda was too high. I’ll have to give your recipe a try as well. Thanks once again! xx

  9. Ok, so, I am going to just come out and say it. I am still gradually transitioning to everything, so I am not completely chemical free unfortunately because it all takes money and time. I noticed you were using the Mooncup. Unfortunately, I am a “pad” girl. Sorry, but I have said it. I never used tampons, and men I apologize if you are reading this, but this is how us girls learn off one another! So bear with us. Any ideas for one not willing to use the Mooncup, but would rather do pads? And, I am an older woman as you know Vita 😉 so I have another issue as well as others who are my age which is 45. The bladder is not what it used to be. I do the exercises trying to strengthen the muscle wall, but otherwise, I feel more comfortable wearing panty liners to be on the safe side. Any all natural suggestions for this as well? Thank you, and again guys, I am sorry :-)~
    Debs

  10. You know looking back on the Primal Bathroom Tour it seems a lot simpler. I am still in love with coconut oil. Still have not got used to water only bath routine. Wondering if there is a sea salt scrub maybe I could incorporate into my shower routine maybe this would help. Still have not found a mitt I like for the shower, and it is difficult when trying to change to an all natural routine, but not getting that support from the other half 😉 he is sticking to his soaps and store bought deodorant. To tell the truth I go back and forth, but I will tell you my skin, hair and diet when I was on the natural routine I felt a lot better, now I feel like crud again. Going to have to stick to it. It is not easy though at times. Convenience can get the best of us, but trying.

    • You see? I told you it’s not that hard. Once you start incorporating new things little by little, everything seems so much more doable. Sea salt is great for scrubbing. Brown sugar is great, too. You can just mix them with some honey or oil (or both). Another scrub I love is coffee grounds that remain after you drink your coffee. They smell divine, and work so well. Caffeine is also really good for cellulite! 🙂 Make your husband a really good natural deodorant, and he’s going to stick to it. Husbands are all about convenience. Mine for example didn’t like shaving with oils. He kept asking me to buy a regular shaving foam, until I made him try the Aleppo soap. Now, he’s hooked, and can’t stop commenting on what a close shave he can get with it. You just have to find what he really likes. xx

  11. This is a great post, really interesting. I’m about halfway there 🙂

    I haven’t been able to make the shampoo thing work though. I tried the soda/vinegar thing for a few months, but my hair just always felt thickly matted and a bit greasy. I used Dr Bronner’s soap for a while, but it also felt greasy. I now use pure nettle soap, still a soap, but slightly better than what I’ve used so far. But it still isn’t quite right. I have scalp psoriasis too so it’s an added issue to find something that doesn’t make me itch. It’s a conundrum! Any other recommendations you have for no poo would be welcome!

    I use coconut oil as a moisturiser and apple cider vinegar and water to cleanse. I have some spotty problems which aren’t going away, but I think that may be more stress related now.

    Anyway, I’m inspired to keep going with removing the chemicals after reading your post! Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Shona! So happy you enjoyed my blog post. It could be that your sensitive scalp isn’t enjoying alkaline methods: both baking soda and soaps are alkaline, and even though you later “bring it back to balance” with apple cider vinegar, more sensitive people might still feel the itch. You need to look into pH balanced ways to wash your hair, such as Indian herbs (amla and shikakai, soapnuts), coconut milk and aloe vera gel or egg whites. These are just the ones off the top of my head right now. I’ll also write more about those later – I’m experimenting right now (as always). 🙂 Glad you feel inspired! Getting rid of chemicals is such a rewarding process. By the way, I checked out your blog – it’s very interesting! xx

  12. That said about deodorant/ antiperspirants: I used to sweat like a beast of a woman… no, well probably more like one would imagine say maybe Jabba the Hut would sweat, it was primarily from the armpits, it was profuse… and the stink- oh dear, terribly embarrassing! Even as a teen I was epically sweaty with exertion. I am not, nor have I every really been a heavy person, on the contrary, when I am at my healthy best, I’m quite petite. Then, when I was pregnant and I swore I would never wear traditional antiperspirants again, when my body grew accustomed to NOT being suffocated by antiperspirants and sweating more to trying to overcome them, I realized I was not the problem but rather what I had been putting on and in my body that was. Like you, I tried a couple of DIY deodorant preps as you and others described above, and although my ultra-sensitive skin never was irritated, I also would develop BO by the end of the day, and if I exercised or exerted myself- faggitaboutit!
    So here’s what really works for me:
    About 1/2 tsp teaspoon virgin unrefined organic coconut oil rubbed into each armpit. Followed by rubbing in about 4-5 drops organic tea tree oil and sometimes with about 2 drops organic lavender oil. When it is sweltering outside or if I know I will be exerting myself, I top off with a homemade powde of 50% organic cornstarch/ 50% montmorillonite clay or a baby powder made by a company called Dodo Organics. The latter of which is ungodly expensive, and i think i was so dazzled by the ingredient list that I overlooked the price; arrowroot powder, marshmallow root powder and lavender flowers- all organic. One could likely easily DIY it. I very, very rarely apply anything to my underarms just after shaving and if I’ve just showered and think I will not really be exerting myself I go bear or just put a little swipe of the coconut oil on. I believe our bodies become accustomed to what we put on/ in them so I figure if I go without/ minimal, then my body will be less likely to react by sweating/ sweating more so. I’m sure that my regimen doesn’t need to be organic to be effective, but it is what I feel is right for me. I personally would never use regular corn starch though- only non-GMO project verified or organic. This is a big thing for me- I have a deep fear of and many concerns about GMO foods and ingredients, and it is my unfortunate belief that in the next 20 to 30 years we will likely see a lot of health and environmental problems directly linked to GMO/GE.
    Anyway, so very sorry for this ridiculously long comment, but from one formerly VERY stinky girl: this underarm regimen has been amazing for me so I though it might help you too!

  13. Oops, my other reply was missing the beginning. I intended to let you know that upon stumbling across your blog today I find myself deeply relating to and very inspired by… well, pretty much everything I have read on your site! My turning point was when I was pregnant a few years ago…I began reading a lot and decided I simply must take my fate into my own hands and live a more healthy, natural life. To this day I am still amazed 1- at how industry can sell foods and products, that are so toxic or otherwise harmful to people, (I’m talkin’ apples, to mascara, to couches, to car seats for infants, ad infinitum), and 2- how difficult it is to get information about just that! It is quite terrifying how the modern western lifestyle can be so very harmful to people.
    On to to deodorants/ antiperspirants: I used to sweat like a beast of a woman… no, probably more like one would imagine say maybe Jabba the Hut would sweat. It was primarily from the armpits, it was profuse… and the stink- oh dear, terribly embarrassing! Even as a teen I had epically sweaty pits with exertion. Then, when I was pregnant a few years ago and I swore I would never wear traditional antiperspirants again, after my body grew accustomed to NOT being suffocated by antiperspirant and sweating more trying to overcome it, I realized that my body was not the problem but rather what I had been putting on and in it that was. Like you, I tried a couple of DIY deodorant preps as you and others described above, and although my ultra-sensitive skin never was irritated, I would develop BO by the end of the day, and if I exercised or exerted myself- faggitaboutit!
    So here’s what really works for me:
    About 1/2 tsp teaspoon virgin unrefined organic coconut oil rubbed into each armpit. Then I follow by rubbing in about 4-5 drops organic tea tree oil and sometimes with about 2 drops organic lavender oil too. When it is sweltering outside or if I know I will be exerting myself, I top off with a homemade powder of 50% organic cornstarch/ 50% montmorillonite clay or a baby powder made by a company called Dodo Organics. The latter of which is ungodly expensive, and i think i was so dazzled by the ingredient list that I overlooked the price; arrowroot powder, marshmallow root powder and lavender flowers- all organic. One could likely easily DIY it. I very, very rarely apply anything to my underarms just after shaving and if I’ve just showered and think I will not really be exerting myself I go bear or just put a little swipe of the coconut oil on. I believe our bodies become accustomed to what we put on and in them so I figure if I go without/ minimal, then my body will be less likely to react by sweating or sweating more so. I’m sure that my regimen doesn’t need to be organic to be effective, but it is what I feel is right for me. I personally would never use regular corn starch though- only non-GMO project verified or organic. This is a big thing for me- I have a deep fear of and many concerns about GMO foods and ingredients, and it is my unfortunate belief that in the next 20 to 30 years we will likely see a lot of health and environmental problems directly linked to GMO/GE.
    Anyway, so very sorry for this ridiculously long comment, but from one formerly VERY stinky girl: this underarm regimen has been amazing for me so I thought it might help you too! That is, if you’re still looking for something. Thank you for sharing your journey!

    • Abbey, you’ve just had me giggling like a mad woman throughout the whole comment! You rock. 🙂 Your experience with body odour sounds so much like mine! However, I noticed that the food I eat influences my body odour just as much, if not more, than the products I use. Thanks so much for sharing your deodorizing routine! That sounds awesome. Coconut oil alone doesn’t really work that well for me, but I guess a hot climate and lots of uphill walking every day are the reasons why. I really enjoy my current DIY deodorant with baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter and cornstarch.

      You’re so right about all the GMO’s and all the companies claiming their products are “natural”, but when you read the ingredients, there’s nothing natural about them. Being educated is the only way forward. That’s why I started this blog. Not necessarily to tell people exactly what to do, but to educate them and teach them how to think critically when it comes to skincare, health, and food.

      Once again, thanks so much for such an awesome comment, and thanks for your recipe (if I can call it like that)! xx

  14. Hi,
    I just came across your website when I did a google search for soap nut shampoo. I’ve just ordered some and I’m really excited to try it.
    I have to say that your bathroom looks like mine (except I have a lot of stuff I’ve tried and experimented with – like essential oils, so it’s more cluttered). I use almond oil for my body moisturizer, and argan and almond oil for my facial cleanser. I use sugar and water (I’m too lazy to make it with oil – how pathetic is that?) for my face. I am using John Masters shampoo and conditioner, but like I said, I’m going to try the soap nuts. I do use floss, but not daily. And I use a tooth powder I get at our natural grocers. I also use a foot scrub, especially in the summer. I’m excited to see that there is another person who follows what I follow. A few years ago I really dumped ALL of the chemicals in my house, especially for my beauty routine. I also clean with vinegar, water, and baking soda – it’s the best cleaner!
    How do you use the boar bristle brush with your curls? I have wavy hair, so when I straighten my hair the brush works wonderfully. But, when I’m lazy and let my hair air dry, when I brush it, it looks horrible. I tried wetting it and scrunching it, but that didn’t work so well. Maybe I just need more water.
    Anyway, I’m excited to follow you. This is a great blog :0)
    Gail

    • Hi Gail! I’m glad our bathrooms are similar! I’d love to clutter it with more oils as well, but budget is tight for now, and I’m really enjoying the ones I’m using, so I’m not in a hurry to expand. 🙂 How is the John Masters shampoo and conditioner? Does it work well? I’m looking for a new natural shampoo brand and trying to decide which one to get this time. Regarding the boar bristle brush, I actually stopped using it quite a while ago. I decided that it wasn’t working well with my type of waves/curls and it was possibly breaking the ends a little. I used nothing but my fingers for a while, and recently started using a wooden brush. I have to say it’s my favourite way of brushing my hair so far. It doesn’t frizz it up and distributes sebum nicely along the hair shaft. xx

      • John Masters is ok. I really like the scent, and most of the ingredients aren’t that bad, but their products tend to be a bit drying. I have to use the intensive conditioner, and it acts pretty much like a normal conditioner. Also, I have very hard water where I live, and this is one of the few natural brands that’ll wash away without leaving a residue. Aubrey and other products like it tend to leave a residue after a few washes. I like using John Masters as a backup (like when I go to my hair stylist) and when I really need to give my hair a good shampoo. I have a wooden brush, I’ll have to try it. My hair is wavy, not nearly as curly as yours, so I can use a boar bristle brush on mine when I straighten it. It does, though, cause some breakage on my ends. I just got my soapnuts in the mail and made a batch of shampoo. It didn’t work out very well. I then watched your video and made a batch the way you do, and I left it in my hair for about 5 minutes. That worked out really well. I’m hoping that I can use the soapnuts for my hair most of the time. I’m having the worst time finding a natural shampoo that works with my hair and water type. This might work! Thanks for the info :0)

  15. I just wanted to say that I actually use lemons on my underarms as deodorant and they work great! I don’t care much about sweating and feeling kind of damp from it, but the smell on the other hand, I do mind. It takes care of the smell, not the wetness. Nothing else has ever worked for me, aside from heavy duty chemical ridden commercial brands. The other thing that might help is looking into your diet too. For example, I noticed certain spices (like those used together in certain curries) made me smell aweful when I cooked with them, so I try to either use less of those or none at all.

    • That’s a great idea! Thanks for the tip. My husband is visiting his parents and he brought our deodorant away and as I’m lazy to make a new one, I might just try your tip tomorrow! I bought a ton of lemons today. 🙂 I completely agree regarding the diet. Since I found the right diet for me, I haven’t had many problems with body odor. Still working on it, but it’s much, much better. xx

  16. Katie Gray says:

    When it comes to natural deodorant, I’ve tried everything including DIY. The past year I’ve been using LaVanila deodorant. It’s the least irritating and most effective one I’ve used but not all of the scents are equal depending on your body chemistry. My favorite was blackberry which was discontinued but you can sometimes buy on amazon. There was a Christmas set last year that gives you 3 at a great value and different scents to try. Your husband would probably like grapefruit the best.

    • I’ve heard about that deodorant many times. It sounds really good! But I’ve no idea where to buy it in Europe and I’m really happy with my DIY one. I might check it out though if I really fancy something store-bought. Thanks for the tip! xx

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