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Is no soap, no shampoo right for me?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 05, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I work in a horse barn, and my hands and armpits sweat a lot (which I've now realized is somewhat ironic because I always wear antiperspirant and wash my hands with soap frequently). I stopped washing my face with soap (I use only water on my face, and I only wash my face when I shower, which is every other day), I stopped wearing makeup, and styling my hair with anything about two years ago and my face & hair seems much healthier. I still use shampoo, and conditioner, and I use Ivory non scented soap on my body. I would like to try the no soap no shampoo thing, but I work in a horse barn and was wondering if maybe I should wait until I'm not working there any more to try this..

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on January 06, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I'll look into that one, because I've been using the 'clinical strength' antiperspirants and I'm sure those are just awful for your body.

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on January 05, 2011
at 11:46 PM

Come ask your question over at the Beyond Shampoo forum (http://beyondshampoo.com). I am sure there are folks with similar situation. You should at least transition to a natural soap/shampoo.

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on January 05, 2011
at 10:13 PM

That's interesting, Jodi, I'll look into it.

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on January 05, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Jojoba is very similar to our natural skin oils, which makes it gentle for lots of uses. It's a GREAT face cleanser (rubbed together with a bit of water). I don't find oils by themselves to be moisturizing enough for me. My new fave is Egyptian Magic, a balm made with olive oil, beeswax, honey, royal jelly and propolis. Pricey but lovely.

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on January 05, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I would think that any oil would work well. I'm allergic to an ingredient that is added to every lotion, which I am guessing is some kind of coconut-derived thing, and thus I just use organic (Spectrum, I think) canola oil. I remember olive oil didn't work as well, but it may have been my imagination. I suggested canola due to its ubiquity and low cost. Any oil should work just as well.

B15dbe47aa42aa4c1a03882297585841

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on January 05, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Would jojoba oil be a good oil to use on my skin? I don't know too much about it, but I've heard it's very good for your skin and is quite natural. I use it on my ears (I stretch my earlobes) and it makes them feel wonderful. Maybe it would help my hands? I just worry because my hands sweat enough as it is, so I generally avoid moisturizing soaps and things like that.

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on January 05, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Go ahead and try it for a while and see what your results are. I don't think the horses will mind. :-)

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on January 06, 2011
at 05:49 AM

I live on a farm and ride gymkhanas with my girls. I've been soap-free and deodorant free for over a year now and have never smelled better.

A good scrub with a washcloth is enough to get the dust and grime off my body and coconut oil as a body moisturizer and base to apply baking soda in the pits works great.

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on January 05, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Personally I stay away from anti-perspirants now. The vast majority of them use aluminum salts. There's a whole lot of stuff out there on how bad it is for you (with varying degrees of evidence). Whether it's true or not I don't know. However, the basic function is the salts get into the sweat pores and blocks them (and stays there until the skin sheds itself normally). That strikes me as a bad idea functionally speaking for the body...

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on January 12, 2011
at 09:15 PM

I just read the ingredients on some of my shampoo and conditioners. THEY CONTAIN WHEAT! Maybe this is the cause of my endlessly itchy head. I will not use these products and see how the itchy goes (away, I hope).

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on January 07, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I use water. Cold.

no dandruff, no smell, my sweat stinks less.

Id say my hair looks better but I shave my head... my beard looks better!

my Skin FEELS better for sure!

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127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

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on January 06, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Every time there is a mention of No Poo somewhere, there are tons of questions and comments from experience. So, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a question and answer site to help beginners, and kind of let everyone discuss the No Shampoo/Soap lifestyle, and all the different experiences and experiments we are doing.

I would like to invite you to come post on our forum to provide info and experiences.

So, if you are interested, go check it out: http://beyondshampoo.com

I'm not selling anything, and I would appreciate people participating in honest, good discussions.

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on January 05, 2011
at 10:05 PM

I agree with the others who have expressed concern for aluminum in antiperspirants. About 4 months ago, I started looking around for a suitable substitute. It took a few different tries (some irritated my skin, some itched, some just plain didnt work) ... but the one I came to settle on was "Summer Spice" deodorant made by Nature's Gate. The main ingredients are Oak Gall and Witch Hazel extracts, and the remainder of the ingredients are all acceptable plant products (sage, eucalyptus).

Best part? It smells like 'old spice', and keeps me from stinking, even after crazy sessions in the gym.

B15dbe47aa42aa4c1a03882297585841

(10)

on January 06, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I'll look into that one, because I've been using the 'clinical strength' antiperspirants and I'm sure those are just awful for your body.

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on January 05, 2011
at 07:58 PM

I bet you could get away with washing your body with baking soda. It absorbs odors for 24 hours and makes a nice exfoliant too. Just scrub down with a handful of it and rinse well. No soap necessary.

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on January 05, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Seems like you'd want to skip the anti-perspirant first and foremost, but were I you, I'd continue to use soap. I get this Pacifica brand soap that is bereft of any objectionable ingredients. I use it for everything since I clearly don't require shampoo. Were I mucking out horse stalls, I would want to wash off afterward.

One thing that I do is that every time I wash my hands, I dry them and then apply a thin coating of canola oil (who said PUFAs have no use?). They never dry out/crack/bleed like before and it costs virtually nothing.

B15dbe47aa42aa4c1a03882297585841

(10)

on January 05, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Would jojoba oil be a good oil to use on my skin? I don't know too much about it, but I've heard it's very good for your skin and is quite natural. I use it on my ears (I stretch my earlobes) and it makes them feel wonderful. Maybe it would help my hands? I just worry because my hands sweat enough as it is, so I generally avoid moisturizing soaps and things like that.

9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on January 05, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Jojoba is very similar to our natural skin oils, which makes it gentle for lots of uses. It's a GREAT face cleanser (rubbed together with a bit of water). I don't find oils by themselves to be moisturizing enough for me. My new fave is Egyptian Magic, a balm made with olive oil, beeswax, honey, royal jelly and propolis. Pricey but lovely.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 05, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I would think that any oil would work well. I'm allergic to an ingredient that is added to every lotion, which I am guessing is some kind of coconut-derived thing, and thus I just use organic (Spectrum, I think) canola oil. I remember olive oil didn't work as well, but it may have been my imagination. I suggested canola due to its ubiquity and low cost. Any oil should work just as well.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 05, 2011
at 10:13 PM

That's interesting, Jodi, I'll look into it.

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