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What do you do for your skin?

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Created December 16, 2010 at 7:24 PM

What are you using for your skin? Animal fat with plant extracts? Do you use soap?

There's a paleo site frome someone not using soap? Do you care about body odor? What do you do against it? Good things, no evil chemicals.

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on December 17, 2010
at 05:33 PM

I also had stinky pits... I tried baking soda (too rough), Tom's Deodorant (had its own bad smell), milk of magnesia, and now I've settled on a bit of coconut oil and then Crystal Body Deodorant. In case you want to give it a try :-)

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on December 17, 2010
at 03:27 PM

I read somewhere that aloe vera would work as a hair product. Now I use it every day. Works great. I also use it as an after shave (I shave with coconut oil, which also works perfectly).

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on December 17, 2010
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thumbs up except for the cold water. I'm a wimp. :-) I use coconut oil year round.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on December 16, 2010
at 07:59 PM

No soap at all and cold showers. Yes, just cold water. Not only does it feel great, it is great for the skin.

In winter some coconut oil, because of the dry air in heated rooms (I guess).

For the little kids: coconut oil in the bathtub is great! Although you have to be careful if you take them out of the bad. They are very slippery, especially when they are struggling because they want to keep playing in the water ;)

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on December 17, 2010
at 04:18 AM

thumbs up except for the cold water. I'm a wimp. :-) I use coconut oil year round.

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on December 16, 2010
at 07:36 PM

Coconut oil to moisturize. It's the bomb.

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on December 16, 2010
at 07:41 PM

Soap in the 'strategic' parts and just water over the rest. I use Dr. Bronner's soap or a generic unscented 'plain' bar soap from Whole Foods. I also LOVE coconut oil as a moisturizer!

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on December 17, 2010
at 03:14 AM

I don't let soap touch my face or it will get dry and I will get acne. Natural body oil is antibiotic and a far superior moisturizer than any manmade product. The greatest thing that ever happened to me as far as skin care was when I tried just using nothing at all! I do, however, take a shower each morning. I see no special reason that I would need cold water, so I used warm and just rinse myself thoroughly. For the rest of me, I use soap only if I get rather dirty and need it. Since I have an indoor job, that usually is only when I've been camping or hiking. I use soap bars that consist only of natural saponified oils and nothing else.

I have tried doing the no 'poo thing but found my hair was always either way too oily or if I used baking soda, then it was very dry and brittle. I have very fine hair which is easily damaged and we have hard water in my area, which I understand is hard on hair. SOme people have said that they could do no poo in soft water areas but could not get it to work in hard water areas. Anyway, for whatever reason, it didn't work for me and I have finally settled on just using a quick run through with the all natural soap bar in my hair each morning and then tip my head way down to prevent any soap from getting on my face during the rinse. All natural soap rinses out in a jiffy and does not strip the natural oils as much as other soaps. My hair is more wavy and has much more body now that before. Occasionally, I'll add some leave in conditioner as the the last step for the hair.

I use beeswax for the occasional chapped lip problem which works much better than chapstick (chapstick is crap) Recently, I have switched to using baking soda and cinnamon instead of toothpaste. The cinnamon is mostly for taste but supposedly has antibiotic effects as well. I kept looking at the 'natural' toothpastes at the health food stores but they all seemed also loaded with glycerin and other crap and were expensive as well. But the baking soda is working great!

The one main point of all of these methods is not only are they natural and nontoxic, but they work much MUCH better than the artificial products I used before. The effectiveness of these natural products is continually and further eroding my trust of mainstream dogma. All these years, I was using expensive products that were inferior and that really irks me!

My next project is to experiment with substitutes for artificial deodorant. I understand some do well using coconut oil, which as a natural antibacterial, might also help kill the bacteria that cause odor, but I'll have to experiment with that to find out for sure. After that, will be to try out a sub for the hair spray, which supposedly can be concocted using a recipe of citrus, water, and a tad of bay rum as preservative. If that works, it might make for a much more pleasant smell than that chemical hair spray smell. This whole 'natural' thing has been a very interesting journey indeed..

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 17, 2010
at 03:27 PM

I read somewhere that aloe vera would work as a hair product. Now I use it every day. Works great. I also use it as an after shave (I shave with coconut oil, which also works perfectly).

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on December 17, 2010
at 04:12 AM

dr. bronner on the "dirty bits" only, lukewarm water. i have fine and very curly thick hair so i use aubrey organics honeysuckle rose shampoo and conditioner (it qualifies as "no poo"). for my face i like some baking soda mixed with powdered buttermilk- the baking soda is a great mechanical exfoliator, and the lactic acid in the buttermilk acts as a chemical exfoliant. i mix in enough h2o to make a paste, scrub then rinse. for moisturizer i use coconut oil, or sesame oil per some ayurvedic self-massage techniques that i do and this brand of ayurvedic oil on my face called tarika that i LOVE (www.saradausa.com). in winter i use some oil in my nostrils after a neti pot to help stay virus-free and moisturized up there. i use olive oil as a general makeup remover. for deodorant, i use the hardcore stuff- secret clinical strength, mitchum or degree! ive never been able to use that natural stuff at all, and im pretty stinky for some reason (oddly enough, just my underarms- i could wear the same socks for a week and not smell one bit. go figure.)

Ea776df66c8277321b167e2ee3f22574

(316)

on December 17, 2010
at 05:33 PM

I also had stinky pits... I tried baking soda (too rough), Tom's Deodorant (had its own bad smell), milk of magnesia, and now I've settled on a bit of coconut oil and then Crystal Body Deodorant. In case you want to give it a try :-)

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on December 17, 2010
at 04:10 AM

I love coconut oil as a moisturizer. On my face, though, I use a drop or two of jojoba oil. In the shower I use the ESP bar from "Earth to Body", a local producer of natural skin products, for washing hair and pits and bits.

I'm still using a regular deodorant. I've tried so many natural ones that just didn't seem to do the job that I've given up on that for now. Same with the no poo. Couldn't get it to work, so I declared a truce and went with the most natural bare-bones shampoo I could find (ESP mentioned above). I also love that it doesn't come in a jar or bottle that I'll have to dispose of. I love that my shower is so decluttered! There's my pumice stone and the soap bar.

I wear no makeup, except the rare occasion... to remove it when I do wear it, I use some jojoba or other oil, rubbed on to the area, then wet a cotton pad with hot water, and wipe off. Works very well for the little eye makeup I wear. I don't use hair products.

Pretty simple!

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on December 17, 2010
at 03:32 AM

I use castor and vit E oil on my face, the castor cleanses. I leave it on then rinse under hot water with a cloth.

I still use soap on the armpits, dr bonnor, working on diluting more.

I do no poo but with french clay instead of baking soda and I use a citric acid rinse because the vinegar smell was a problem. I dye with high quality henna about every other month.

I often make my own deodorant with coconut oil, baking soda, corn starch, and tea tree oil.

Cocobutter for lips or raw nose. Vitamin E for other ouchie spots.

I think that is it. The whole shebang is pretty cheap and works well for me.

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on December 17, 2010
at 02:03 AM

Bronnor for body soap.

Baking soda and salt in 3:1 parts for teeth.

Baking soda for hair wash once every three or four days.

Apple coder vinegar for hair conditioning after every wash.

Deodorant: I use Men's Stock from Aubrey's. I used it before paleo and it works great. Check out the ingredients. No problem as far as I can see so I still use it. Works as well as any "normal" deodorant: http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=408

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