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#1 of 8 Old 06-19-2004, 07:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, I know I'm not capable of going completely no poo. I think the most I could do is a few days between, but that's still a ways off for me..

But after that post about the chemicals in cosmetics and some articles about chemical body burden, I'm on a quest to get rid of all commercial products. I'm looking for a good brand of shampoo and conditioner that will be moisturizing but not have so much toxic chemical crud in it. Any recs? I use Aveda sapmoss and thought it was good till I read that other post!
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I searched and searched and could not find anything without some harmful sulfate or paraben...

Take the plunge and try no 'poo. I resisted as long as I could, especially b/c I am such an oily-head... but it has really worked out so far (been 'poo free for 5 days - so I am no expert )

I did read in the June No 'Poo thread that someone has tried adding a drop of Dr. Bronner's to their bs mix and they liked that. I am thinking of giving it a shot. Someone also does the bs wash every other day... which is also good to know, b/c in the summer, I might need it that often. Before this, I washed my hair with 'poo everyday... sometimes twice a day! So, it is definitely an adjustment for me.

BTW... I am going to be washing with bs and adding honey tomorrow... ooooh! I am sooo daring! LOL

Hope it goes well!

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http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep/browse_products.php

Awesoe resourse. I wish they'd test Aubrey Organics...

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I just placed a $50 order with natures gate for their organic shampoo. I read the ingrediants and didn't see any SLS or anything else that ended with Sulfate. Upon reading this thread I did a search for the Sodium Myreth that was listed as an ingrediant. It came up with Sodium Myreth Sulfate. So, this is a sulfate product but they left the sulfate off in the ingrediant list? I wouldn't have bought it had I seen the sulfate there. I guess that is why they leave it off. I thought I was getting shampoo what was better for my family, I guess I will have to keep searching. After of course I use all the stuff I just ordered.
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Ok, no 'poo didn't work all that well for me , but what I've found that is really great (at least for my hair) is Aubrey's Aloe Essence that I get at my co-op. For whatever reason, I only have to wash my hair about every fourth day when I use it. I guess for some, this wouldn't be a big deal, but when I used "regular 'poo"---I absolutely had to wash my hair every day or it was SO greasy. I really want to make the baking soda work---it just always leaves my hair feeling lumpy and heavy?? I've only done it w/lemon juice, so maybe that's my bad. Ok, enough outta me

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Hmm, good question - I'm hoping other members might have more wisdom to add than I do, but here's my 2 cents...

I, too, have recently become concerned with all the chemicals in my care products, but I am not ready to take the no-poo plunge. I have started using Dr. Bronner's as body soap and shampoo. I also bought some Aubrey's Organics Camomile Shampoo. There seems to be nothing in it that isn't natural (herbal) - even the preservative is Citrus Seed Extract. It feels about as safe as I can get.

I know you have to be careful buying organics. Even California Baby Shampoo has a paraben in it. IMO, it ought to be a crime to sell that junk as organic. Oh, well! Guess we just have to read labels and keep coming here for all the great tips from MDC mamas.

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I know you have to be careful buying organics. Even California Baby Shampoo has a paraben in it. IMO, it ought to be a crime to sell that junk as organic. Oh, well! Guess we just have to read labels and keep coming here for all the great tips from MDC mamas.

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I also bought this for my baby. What is paraben? That is one I haven't heard of yet. I am new to all this natural stuff. I thought by switching from mainstream products I was getting something that was better for my family. Also, how can something be certified organic of it contains chemicals? Is the whole point of organic being that it was grown without chemicals? So who cares if the "natural" products that are in it are organic if they turn around and add chemicals to it. I just don't get how it can still be organic if it does not contain natural ingrediants.
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I also bought this for my baby. What is paraben? That is one I haven't heard of yet. I am new to all this natural stuff. I thought by switching from mainstream products I was getting something that was better for my family. Also, how can something be certified organic of it contains chemicals? Is the whole point of organic being that it was grown without chemicals? So who cares if the "natural" products that are in it are organic if they turn around and add chemicals to it. I just don't get how it can still be organic if it does not contain natural ingrediants.
I am new to this too... but from my (limited ) understanding, there are several loopholes in the regulations the gov't. requires "organic" products to meet. Please, someone correct me if I am wrong.

mamablue posted a great link above (Thanks Mama!). I just hopped on there and looked up Parabans... here is what it came back with:

May alter hormone levels, possibly increasing risks for certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, or alteration of the development of a fetus or young child

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Endocrine Disruptor: Suspected of presenting risks to the reproductive system that could include reduced chances for a healthy, full-term pregnancy, or for becoming pregnant, based on laboratory studies or studies of human populations

That is enough for me to want to stear away from them. A few of the "organic" shampoos that I bought (before knowing about this) had Methylparabens, among others (I think that is how they spelled it).

So... that's what got me on my no 'poo kick.

I am going to check out that Aubrey's Organics Camomile that mamable also mentioned. I do admit, I miss my 'poo.. but then again... I am only 6 days into this (or maybe 7?). I have tried using Bronner's as shampoo, but it made my hair awful dry. I am wondering if I shampooed with Bronner's and then followed up with a acv rinse... if that would work well? Anyone try this combo yet?

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