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#1 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is an area where I could seriously improve. I use a Diva Cup and can't imagine how I lived before I found that. Definitely a must have for me. Otherwise, I'm not sure about shampoos and all that. What do you use and what can you not imagine living without?

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I can't imagine going BACK to using shampoo! I do water-only.

 

The big two things for me ( besides the Diva) are honey and coconut oil. I use those two things for nearly everything bodycare-related. CO is my moisturizer, my deep conditioner for my hair, and my deodorant. Honey is my facial scrub (when I can get it crystallized), my face wash/mask (uncrystallized), and may become my hair moisturizer too. I haven't tried it yet, but I've read it's a good conditioner.

 

My other thing I don't think I want to give up: cloth wipes instead of TP. Seriously, I thought it was SO gross when I first read about it on here, but then we started using cloth diapers when our son came along and I thought, if we're using them for him, why not?

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Natural product mama here! I use sea sponge tampons...I LOVE them and would never go back to anything else.

 

Body wise I use jojoba oil, coconut oil for face and body moisturizer. Tea tree oil for occasional breakouts. Baking soda as a mild exfoliant for face in the mornings. Baking soda and peppermint oil for toothpaste, and don't use deoderant. We use castile soap.

 

For shampoo and conditioner I shell out the big bucks for organic/cruelty free, but only wash my hair about every 4 days so it is not that bad. I am interested in the no poo method that I have heard about. Anyone else have good luck with that? What did you do?

 

We also cloth diaper our son as well.


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Hmm, not sure I could go without shampoo because my hair is thick and oily. I guess i just dont know enough about it. I use the Organix brand: http://m.ulta.com/mt/www.ulta.com//ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2690023#details. Its not the most natural, but its the best shampoo i've found for my thick, frizzy, oily hair. I like the fact that its sulfate and paraben free and it smells great, too.

I use Glad Rags cloth pads and i love them. I have been using the same dozen pads for 4 years now and they're still in great shape! I tried thr Divacup and the sea sponge but they were uncomfortable for me, maybe it was due to my technique, not sure.

I use Burt Bee's for DD's hair and body and cloth diapers and wipes are a must. I'm not a fan of using cloth wipes instead of toilet paper but for babies they are great. I also like jojoba oil for skin.

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I used cloth diapers when mine were little. Loved them.

I am afraid to go withouot shampoo. orngbiggrin.gif lol
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Love that so many people have said menstrual cups/cloth pads in this thread! joy.gif

 

I tried no-poo for a while and couldn't really get into it. I don't wash my hair super often now (once or twice a week), but when I do I have to use shampoo or castille soap or my hair gets... weird. I use castille soap for a lot of things.

 

Probably the best thing I ever did (besides switch to cloth pads!) was switching from conventional deodorant to a natural brand. It worked better and didn't stain my clothes like crazy! Also, I seem to sweat less now. I have no idea why.

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Diva cup user here, too.  I also use jojoba oil as moisturizer and honey to wash my face.  Aloe vera gel is a great hair gel.  I make my own deodorant (equal parts coconut oil, shea butter, cornstarch, baking soda) and I love it!  


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I love natural shampoos, I use them for myself and my daughter. I'm a big fan of some of Dr. Bronner's products. Check out www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com. We have a huge variety of organic skin care products for moms and children (and dads too) smile.gif 

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EarthLandia Products has a really good natural deodorant that actually works!   


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Hard tallow soap for everything.

 

Rationally short hair (or dreads) and short nails.

 

One or two natural plant oils for occasional moisturizing.

 

Low-carb high-fat diet.

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