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on my cosmetics and such. i switched to natural products about 4-5 yrs ago, and i am very happy with the results. ds no longer has hives, and i just feel better about doing it. but, man, is this stuff costly?!?!?!?! so i wanna pare down some more. there are a few things i cannot give up: i love toms anti persp/deo. i dont have the patience to make my own toothpaste. but i've been thinking about doing semi-no poo.<br><br>
i'd like to do a bs/water mix in a bottle in the shower. just shake and pour kinda, yk? but i'm not ready to give up my suds yet. when i finish my bottle of jason kids poo (which btw smells good enough to eat), what could i use? and what is the ratio of bs/water/something soapy?<br><br>
what is the standard acv/water mix ratio for after poo/no pooing?<br><br>
i also want to try OCM for my face. is it usually evoo/co? 50/50, right? i would need more cleansing and less moisturizing, so maybe 25 evoo, 75 co? anyone try adding lavender? if so, how much to say, 8 oz oil? i get occasional blemishes. how bout a small bit of bs added for exfoliating?<br><br>
i'd like to find one thing that i can use on my body, and add a bit to my hair recipe of bs/water/? i don't like bronners castile on my body. my skin always feels stripped. and i think it can coat the hair, from what i've read here. how bout liquid glycerine? or is that what castile is?<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i dont have the patience to make my own toothpaste.</div>
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You can use straight baking soda. Put it in a little jar or bottle, sprinkle it into your palm & pick it up on wet toothbrush bristles. I've gotten used to the taste of plain baking soda (which isn't pleasant, but survivable) but adding rosemary essential oil makes it a million times better. I add 1-2 drops per, oh, 1/3 c. baking soda. You could use mint, or concievably lemon.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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No standard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> different for everybody. From a tablespoon vinegar per quart of water to equal parts vinegar & water.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">i also want to try OCM for my face. is it usually evoo/co? 50/50, right? i would need more cleansing and less moisturizing, so maybe 25 evoo, 75 co? anyone try adding lavender? if so, how much to say, 8 oz oil?</td>
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I'd start 50/50 at most, since castor oil can actually be drying. Dont be afraid to try different oils, either; co/evoo makes my skin soft but doesn't do much for my complexion, but coconut oil really does a number on my blackheads. I have added lavender, rosemary & lemon balm oils (not all at once), usually 2 drops per 4 oz of oils. Test a new essential oil on the inside of your elbow or somewhere before you put it all over your face.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Try it & see? Or alternate maybe? (BS will alter the ph of your skin, it's a good idea to rinse after with a very very diluted vinegar solution, like a few drops to a palmful of water.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">i don't like bronners castile on my body. my skin always feels stripped. and i think it can coat the hair, from what i've read here. how bout liquid glycerine? or is that what castile is?</td>
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Dr. B's is <i>really</i> concentrated. When I was still using soap, I'd mix it 1 part soap to 2 parts water in a squeeze bottle & keep that in the shower. You could always try adding a few drops to your hair solution, but then again at that low a concentration I wouldn't think it would give you suds. If your water's soft it's more likely to work for you.<br><br>
I'm somewhat hazy on this, but glycerine is one component of true soap. Some soap companies actually remove the glycerine from their soaps to sell for other purposes. Dr B's has all the glycerine still in it. I don't know what straight glycerine would do to your hair.<br><br>
One way to save money on haircare products without switching products would be to cut back on frequency of washing, either gradually or in one fell swoop. It's more likely to work the milder your current product is on the scalp. But if you want to save big bucks, the way to go is to kick that suds addiction, forget the idea that you need soap all over to be clean & use the simplest possible substances everywhere else (i.e. pure oils instead of moisturizer creams, baking soda instead of toothpaste).<br><br>
Hope this helps. Don't be afraid to experiment. Good luck!
 

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I found this site yesterday. Thaye have lots of natural/organic products at very good prices (and free shipping, I believe).<br><br><a href="http://www.DiscountBlvd.com/" target="_blank">http://www.DiscountBlvd.com/</a><br><br>
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thanks kristin! do you post on LHC? i might be confusing you name?...i can use straight BS on my teeth, actually prefer it, but alas the peasants might rebel...lol...my kids would flip, they love toms liquid grape, and my oldest likes jason sea fresh. i don't want to change things on them too drastically all of a sudden, yk?<br><br>
i can't wait to get castor oil and now i'm dying to try coconut oil too. oh, the very thought of losing the blackheads...bliss! lol<br><br>
can i just say how much i love the idea of living with less? i've gotten my household cleaners down to just wv and bs, sometimes w/a bit of orange oil to smell good (like when company is coming and i dont want my whole house to smell like douche! lol). now i'm excited to pare down my personal cleaners...best part is using food stamps to pay for most of it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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(Yup, I'm girlndocs on LHC too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">)
 

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i have been researching soap and just read that popcorn popping oil is actually pure coconut oil. anyone hear of this or know if its true? is it something i would want to put on my face?<br><br>
ok, i took my last 2 or 3 oz of poo and added about 1/2 c or so of bs, then topped off w/water. i shake it up and use it on me and the kids. i figure if i just keep topping off w/bs and water, as it gets less and less sudsier, i'll wean off the suds addiction.<br><br>
i ordered a bar of soap that lists all the ingredients as: olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and some eo as a preservative, maybe E or gse? i want to make the bar into liquid to stretch it. can i grate and add warm water until i like the way it looks/feels? or is there a better method?<br><br>
hair, face..that leaves body...<br><br>
i can't seem to find a recipe that does not include animal fat. i am so not vegan, but the thought just grosses me out. anyone know a recipe for "vegan soap". i did a search here, but didin't find much, other than a reference to bronners, which i just don't love. if the bar i bought works well for me, i would like to make something similar for face and body; one product for both.<br><br>
if i just put the oils listed on the label of the bar together, how would i "saponify" them? is that only done w/the lye/fat combo? i can't just expect to coat myself in grease and have it simply rinse off, right? what makes that rinsable?
 
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