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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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. 

When I just want to be in a good mood!

Ever just wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Little down and just need a pick me up? Of course, you do! We all do!No bad day mix

When I am in a mood I put on my diffuser necklace from PELOHA. (This is not an affiliate link, just a great deal!) with Stress Away and Citrus Fresh. It smells like a creamsicle to me! That alone can really boost your mood!

Add some of Perfectly Posh’s Key Lime Pie, Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme and you will find yourself downright bubbly!

I work customer service in a call center, and some calls make me happy I have my aromatherapy!

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

Maybe I am just a dirty hippy?

And I think I am okay with that!

I preach Love, and Kindness, and would love to see World Peace, but I have never called myself a Flower Child.

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So here is my dirty secret:

For almost a year (March 13th, 2015) I have not used aluminum deodorants. Most days I don’t even wear anything other than essential oils. I do have a stick of Tom’s of Maine that I use maybe once a month. I have some homemade stuff that I use once a week or every two weeks. I do use essential oils daily. I kinda change it up, Peppermint or Citrus Fresh if I need energy. Lavender or tea tree if I skipped a shower the night before. If I think I will have a hard day at work I use the homemade or the Tom’s.

I even survived a Texas Summer with little to no deodorant!

Once I survived the armpit detox I don’t even really smell. I think a change of diet helped. I am on a non-GMO diet. (I try to be.)

But that’s not all…

I stopped using traditional feminine hygiene  products. I tried homemade pads but found them more annoying than anything. I thought I was stuck with toxic stuff forever, then I found THINX. The Period Panty! OMG, these are amazing… I recently found out about ICON by THINX. These are for moms and people with weak bladders. Kids destroy our bladders and after a certain point sneezing is scary! I plan on getting some ICON sometime this year.

Wait, there’s more!

As you know from a recent blog post, I am going NO POO! (No Shampoo) I am not far into this, but so far I am excited! Friday will be two weeks!

So far the only issues I seem to be having is my dandruff is a little worse. I was already expecting that. I have been using Tea Tree oil and vinegar to help with that for over a year now. I am hoping that is enough. I made a spray of Rosemary and Tea Tree that I am spraying into my hair every night before bed. I think it is helping some. I know that my hair will also go through a detox or transition, so let’s see how that goes!

You might think this sounds smelly…

Nope. I actually smell quite good. Thanks to diet and lots of water and proper detoxing I don’t produce a lot of BO. I do bathe, and I am very careful to only use non-toxic soaps. They are also GMO-Free when I can! (I’ve recently learned about Perfectly Posh, and I have heard their soaps are GMO-free!) Since I use essential oils I tend to smell like whatever oils I am using that day. To some people, those may stink.

I was using my Focus Oil that I blend myself, and a pregnant girl at work freaked out. She told me she couldn’t tell if it stank or smelled really good. I kinda felt bad about that, so now I try to not wear it around her.

I just started No Poo, so I have heard hair sometimes stinks, but I am not too worried about that. I have a plan set up for keeping myself fresh while I am transitioning.

Are you a smelly hippy too?

What are your dirty secrets? (PS: I would rather be a smelly hippy than call myself crunchy. Isn’t that the term now?) I promise this is a No Judgment blog! I don’t think I could confess the no deodorant or shampoo to people at work, or casual friends. Even my daughter is looked at me weird as she hugged her bottles of shampoo. (I was giving her my old shampoo.) The kids also use nonaluminum deodorant, but I am not sure they know I hardly wear any at all.

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!