The Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Free Hygiene

We are bombarded with so many chemicals every day. Some of the most toxic stuff we use are part of our basic hygiene! The biggest struggle most people have when ditching the bad is getting past the normal and basic needs. This is to help you make the switch from Toxic to Sustainable easy. Need more help? I have a Facebook group too! It is still small but feel free to join, ask questions, give feedback and learn! Sustainable Hair care and Hygiene

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Getting Started with the No-Poo Method

I am a member of some great no-poo groups on Facebook, but many of them are really strict about no essential oils. Anyone who knows me knows that oils are a big part of my life, but I have respected the group rules. In an oil group, that I am a member of I asked about No-Poo to find people interested but so far little experience. So we decided to make a new group for people interested in no-poo and essential oils. Personally, I want to incorporate all non-toxic beauty but for right now the focus is no-poo.

If you are interested in joining us, please feel free! Non-Toxic Haircare & Beauty

This is just basic information to give you a starting point.

Important Information:

I am not an expert, this post is mostly based on my own experience and trial and error. What works for one person may not work for another.

Your water type, hair type, PH, and overall health can affect your no-poo method results. It can take experimenting to find the best results and you may have to do some research. I am pretty lucky. There is pretty good water where I live and I was low poo before going all out no poo. If you use lots of shampoo you may need to start low poo first for an easier transition.

Getting Started:

  • If you use shampoo, your hair is addicted to it. Your body creates something called Sebum that cleans your hair and keeps it healthy. Shampoo removes the Sebum and replaces it with chemicals. After a while, your hair just can not handle the Sebum and your hair gets that greasy feeling.
  • When you stop using shampoo you have to go through a detox phase. This is often referred to as transitioning. This can take as little as 3 months, but in some cases as long as a year. It took me 3 months but I did not get a good balance for my hair for about 6 months.
  • Once you decide to go no poo, you will want to do your last wash. This is best with a daily clarifying shampoo. This will make the transition easier for you. Keep this around the house too for cleaning your brushes!

Things useful to have:

  • Boar Bristle Brush (Get a cheap one at first for $5 at Walgreens or a local grocery store, and replace it when your hair is done transitioning.)
  • A very fine tooth comb. (I recommend using a lice comb because they are made for removing nits from hair, and will remove waxy buildup from your hair.
  • Glass SpraBottle
  • Dry shampoo (link is to DIY homemade one)
  • A science lab in your bathroom (I kid, but sometimes it will look like that)
  • Hair Oil (Link to the recipe I use)
  • A washing method (I prefer baking soda but this will not work for everyone)

I am more of a water only method, but every now and then I need to to a baking soda wash. Since I knew from the start that I wanted water only I tried to do that as much as I could from the time I started.

  • Before my shower, I start my haircare.  I use a “hair oil” once a week. I brush my hair with the Boar Hair Brush, massage the hair oil into my scalp, then use the lice comb to move the Sebum, and oil down the length of my hair. I use two intense oils so I try to use the oil sparingly and never let it set it long. If it ever feels uncomfortable I use fractionated coconut oil or Argon Oil.
  • Use the lice comb to remove excess oil, buildup, and ick from your hair. You will want a washcloth or something to wipe the ick off the comb. In the beginning, this will be gross, but after a while, it won’t be bad at all.
  • Rinse your hair daily with the hottest water you can stand. If you are using the hair oil, you do not want to get that in your eyes so be VERY careful! If needed do your wash, and rinse again with cold water.
  • While transitioning I “washed” weekly with a baking soda wash. I used 1/4th teaspoon baking soda with a jar full of water. I pour this over my hair, massaging my scalp and hair. I follow this with a coffee rinse to keep my hair from getting too dry and it seems to help with dandruff too!
  • For a coffee rinse, I save the last little bits from the coffee pot in a jar until I am ready to use it. I still do this once a week, but only wash once every 3 months now. You can also use apple cider vinegar but for me, the coffee works just as good without the smell.
  • Lately, I have started using a Tea Rise too. I use Sleepy Time Tea. I heat the tea as normal (No sugar or milk too!) I use this when my hair is getting a little oily or after a scalp scrub or hair oil treatment. I pour the warm (not hot) tea into wet hair and “lather” my hair. Rinse the tea out with cold water.
  • I have recently learned that every now and then you will want to exfoliate your scalp. I am not sure how often you should do this, and I am still learning, but I have done one. A lot of web pages say to use coffee grounds but this is really bad for your drains so I use large grain salt or sugar and make a scrub with applesauce. Here is a Scalp Recipe I started using: Scalp and Hair Salt Scrub I also found this one too: oMega-glow face mask
  • I recently also started using something called Mermaid Hair every morning! I love this stuff and find my hair feels cleaner since using it!

I use this recipe as is, but I also fill the bottle half up with water, because my hair seems to like that better.

Other things:

These are things I have heard are really good but have not used yet:

  • egg wash
  • soap nuts
  • Indian or African shampoo bars

Note:

Updated 6/4 with new steps and things that I have learned.

Suggested Reading!

I am always looking to expand my knowledge! This year my focus is going to be on essential oils in general. I am even wanting to look into aromatherapy classes this year. I have not decided what classes I am going to take so here are some books I recommend, and some I have not yet read, but I am getting ready to! I will write up my review once I have it!

I look forward to updating this page as I have read the books, and as I find more books! All of my added comments will be found in blue. Find out what I think after I read it!

Reference:

In Young Living, this is the most recommended reference book! Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition I can not tell you how you how excited I was to get this book!

I have not read the Oola books yet, but I think I need to. Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World–7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You This is not out yet, but I did get Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Essential Oils for a healthier life!

  • Essential Oils For Weight Loss: Your Guide To Kickstart Your Weight Loss With Essential Oils (weight loss strategies, weight loss tips) (Volume 1) I loved this book! I got the ebook copy of it, and I do not see that offered any longer but I really did learn a lot from this book! I knew Lemon, Peppermint, and Grapefruit were great for weight management, but this taught me beyond those 3 oils!
  • Oil Pulling: Oil Pulling Therapy- Detoxify, Heal & Transform your Body through Oil Pulling (Natural Remedies, Oil Pulling, Oral Health, Coconut Oil, Oral Cleansing) This book was okay but I am not sure I am sold on oil pulling. If you want to learn more this is a great place to start.
  • Essential Oils for Dogs: Natural Remedies and Natural Dog Care Made Easy: Includes Essential Oils for Puppies and K9’s This is a good starting point for essential oils and pets, but I would not call this a reference book.
  • Essential Oils For Beginners: The Little Known Secrets to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Weight Loss, Beauty and Healing I am only halfway through this book and I am very happy with it! This is great for a beginner and someone who wants to learn more about essential oils. Pull out pen and paper you will want to take notes!

Gardening Books:

  • Container Gardening For Dummies I bought a hard copy of this. I have not read it cover to cover yet, but I do love what I have read!
  • How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) I bought the Kindle version of this book. This book is for people who have never grow potatoes before. (That was me!) This book also has the plans for a great potato box. I think that is the box we are using this year too!

Young Living as a career!

No bad books, but not as exciting as others

  • Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide Revealing the Power of Essential Oils This book was not bad. It uses the British method of essential oils and I have different thoughts on that. (British says no internal use) Other than that is has some good basic info and good info for use of essential oils in beauty. I think I got a copy that was two books in one, and I was way less interested in the second book.
  • Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: A Beginners Guide (Lifestyle Guides Book 6) This book was not bad, at times it is a little overwhelming. It is worth the price if you can not afford a more complete book. Personally, I would save up and get a guide.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS:: Essential oils and Aromatherapy Healthy Recipes Guide for Weight Loss, Healing and Beauty (Essential Oils for Beginners, Healing, Stress Relief, Aromatherapy for all Occasions) This was a lot like any other beginner guides. It has good safety warnings, and great carrier oil info but past that the recipes are pretty average and the info about the oils is limited.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Stress Reduction, Aromatherapy and Personal Care Pretty much like the other really basic books but it does touch briefly on essential oils and children. The other books do not even bring this up. I think this may also be a British Method book but I am not sure. One thing that bothered me is that it says to add oil to bath water. Oil and water don’t mix, you need a bath salt or something to mix with a bath.

Books I have but have not read yet!

Please note I have not read these yet, I can not say how good or bad they are yet, I honestly hope they are all good. I will update this as I read them!

Books that turned out to be disappointing:

  • 10 Essential Oils That Gave Me Freedom: How To Use Them And My Personal Story! (18 Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes To Go Chemical-Free with Essential Oils Book 2) This turned out to be a big sales pitch for doTerra. I would like to point out I do not have a problem with doTerra but I am not happy that this book is $2.99 for something you can learn for free on many blogs or an oil 101.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Improving Your Mental Well-Being with Essential Oils Over priced for VERY basic info. This one is not worth your time or money. 

Lemon Whipped Cream Recipe!

I found this AMAZING recipe! That I will be sharing in the group. You are lucky my blog readers to see it here before them! There is a whole lot you are missing, though, so you may want to think about joining!

Did You Know FOODIES

This recipe is even Vegan. I am not Vegan, but this sounds so good! My sister-in-Law and my baby niece are both Vegan, and I am always looking for good recipes for when they are here

Homemade Deodorant Cream Recipe

When I  started detoxing the first thing I did was get rid of all the aluminum in my house. My old pans were replaced with cast iron and glass, we ditched the foil and the most toxic source of aluminum in the house…. Deodorant!

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For obvious reasons, I couldn’t just go deodorant free. There are good aluminum free options in deodorants, but they do not work for everyone. Everyone’s pH is different so it takes experimenting to find what works for you.

When changing to natural deodorants your body goes through an adjustment period. If a store bought natural deodorant does not work in the beginning it may work a year later. (That was me and Tom’s of Maine)

First A Warning:

Your armpits will Detox! They will do this on their own just by making the switch. Lymphatic Detoxing and Armpit Detoxing can help!

You will get rashes, and smell worse than normal for a few days to weeks. Plan ahead, and try to not have to be around people. It can be painful.

The Recipe:

This is not a solid deodorant! Please keep that in mind! I am testing recipes for that and will share one when I am happy.

  • 1 cup coconut oil (NOT fractionated!)
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda (or Arrowroot Powder)
  • 3-5 drops essential oils

Super easy recipe! Just mix everything and store in a glass container!

*Note* Don’t know where to get tapioca flour (arrowroot flour)? You can get it on Amazon, or most grocery stores. If you have an Asian Market, check there, that has always been the cheapest I’ve found.
To use:

Apply under the arms let it set for 5 to 10 mins and dab away excess oil with a washcloth. This is so it does not feel oily or stain your clothing.

If you are baking soda sensitive try arrowroot powder. This is also known as tapioca flour. Just because you get a rash, does not mean you are baking soda sensitive. This could just be the detoxing. If you really are baking soda sensitive, you will have issues with other products too. If you have sensitive skin, and not sure if you are baking soda sensitive, try the arrowroot to be safe!

Choosing your essential oils:

You can leave out the essential oils, but I recommend them! You have an almost endless option of oils too! Experiment with the oils!

Need more energy: Try something citrus or peppermint

Need to kill some smell: Try Tea Tree or Lavender; Citrus can help too

Need to relax some: Try some Stress Away or Lavender

Also, think about the time of year and where you live. Is it cold outside? Your coconut oil will be harder to mix, and harder to apply. You may need to warm it up a little. Is it hot outside? The coconut oil will melt easy and possibly stain your clothing. In a hot climate, you are more likely wear tank tops or lose fitting clothing. So you need to be careful of Phototoxicity. Citrus oils react to the sun. You could end up with a really bad rash that is even worse than detoxing. I made this mistake and it took a month to heal.

This deodorant is effective but potentially messy. After you are done with the armpit detox, you will find you need less deodorant. I used to use this every day, now I use it maybe once a week.

It is important to keep your pits, clean and dry. This also helps with the detoxing! I promise this is so worth the effort!

Update:

Although I still use this mix I also found a recipe that I love. The paste is not the best for every day, but the solid one from Wellness Momma is Amazing!