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?”
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?
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!
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!
The 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!
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.
This 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.
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!
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.
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!
- Rose water
- Jojoba oil
- Castor oil
- Lavender oil
- Lemon oil
- Coconut oil
- Mooncup menstrual cup
- Activated charcoal capsules
- Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm
- Pure Shea butter
- Boar bristle brush
What are your favourite three things in your bathroom? Let me know in the comments!
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