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Soap/ shampoo/ deodorant/ aftershave/ moisturiser recommendations

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I'm currently running on the theory that anything I put on my skin will essentially make its way into my body. As I've tidied up my eating and exercise I'm now looking into my MAN cosmetics.

Based on this concept I'm looking for some recommendations regarding main stream brands which are great for general soaps/ shampoos / deodorant / cologne / moisturiser. Pure products without the "natural" petroleum and refined "natural enzymes" which take 10 chemists to design...

Anything I'm missing regarding this concept?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 18, 2012
at 07:36 PM

same here, kash. i still smell if i use the crystal kind.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 18, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I've tried it. I think it works for specific body chemistries only. Definitely not mine, but I know my niece uses it with good results.

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D964a9a8eef65e10b292394f32c74e31

on December 18, 2012
at 10:46 PM

I have also been on a similar mission, phasing out the crazy chemicals and replacing them with items I feel comfortable putting on and in my body every day. I have found that you really should just stay away from the main stream products.

I use baking soda as a facial exfoliant in the shower, and then little bit of olive oil as my moisturizer. For moisturizing my body, I use coconut oil (just scoop it out of the jar in my kitchen and store it in the bathroom). I haven't washed my face with a commercial cleanser in...I guess 3-4 months and my (formerly scaly, rough, sensitive, acne prone) skin has never been better. I started out doing the oil cleansing method for my face, but transitioned into this once I figured out what worked best for me.

I've gradually transitioned to showering every 3 days now and its working quite well. My next step is starting to use Coconut Soap as shampoo and body wash, we'll see what Santa brings.

I'll note - I am a woman - so take my suggestions with a grain of salt :) But I've successfully gotten my husband into the same "beauty" routine (although he avoids the baking soda as his skin is different than mine) and his (super oily, really acne prone) skin has also never been better.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 17, 2012
at 09:00 PM

the BEST deodorant in the world is baking soda. it works better than anything i've tried and i seriously never smell. all i do is put a paste of baking soda and water on my pits after i shower and let it dry before i put my shirt on. works like a charm.

for hair, i use whatever organic shampoo i can find. i tried using no hair products for 4 months and my hair was a freakin train wreck- it was like an oil spill had occurred on my head.

for body, i like dr. bronners and LUSH products.

for face, i use tea tree oil and coconut oil. i also like using clay masks with ACV once a week.

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on December 17, 2012
at 12:36 PM

I'd recommend NOT loking at mainstream brands. Most contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) among other things. Health food stores carry some great brands - I love the Earth Science line. earthsciencenaturals.com

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76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

use water, a wash cloth, and a bar of vegetable glycerin soap with no additives. coconut oil is a good moisturizer.

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 17, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I use Cetaphil bar soap, it's just all I can tolerate, natural or otherwise.

All natural:

Nutribiotic Deodorant

Organique Himalayan Toothpaste

Lily of the Desert Aloe Gelly (moisturizer)

Nature's Gate Shampoo (I like the tea tree, they make conditioners too)

I use witch hazel lotion or tea tree oil for aftershave.

I also use glycerine shave soaps. I honestly never have looked into the ingredients on my shave soaps, now that I think about it. Kind of strange of me...

You're eating well, try going without cologne.

There are tons of other brands out there, to be honest. I can vouch for the chemistry on all these, but be careful buying 'natural' products online. That term gets conveniently misinterpreted. You must have a Health Food store, Whole Foods, Wegman's?

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on May 08, 2014
at 02:05 PM

Well, I can only propose to you to try www.squirrelsoap.com. These soaps where amazing and they cost me only 3§ each. I frequently buy them. Tell me if you try them!

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9cf7f36ad67a704f0848d81b8cfddd2b

on May 08, 2014
at 02:05 PM

Well, I can only propose to you to try www.squirrelsoap.com. These soaps where amazing and they cost me only 3§ each. I frequently buy them. Tell me if you try them!

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:18 AM

straight up baking soda replaced my whole chemical hygiene cabinet. It does wonders.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:03 AM

I like to keep it as simple as possible. Baking soda and ACV are pretty much all I need for much of my morning routine. There is handsoap available for clean procedures like handling contacts and sutra neti.

I brush my teeth with baking soda. I use it only once per day until I can do more research on exactly how safe on the enamel it is long term. The rest of the time I just brush sans product.

To wash my hair I work baking soda into my dry hair. Then, I pour diluted ACV on my head and work it into my scalp. I only do this every few days. The rest of the time I just use ACV, as with the rest of my body.

I don't use an aftershave. Instead, I'll lap the coldest tap water onto my face to close the pores. If a moisturizer is needed I'll use a little olive oil.

I can get by with using NaHCO3 as a deodorant. Just pat a little under the arms and I'm ready to go.

No cologne needed as I already smell like roses!

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on December 18, 2012
at 09:12 PM

You eat more toothpaste probably. I had a quandary over that and only found one brand that doesn't have corn derivatives: Desert Essences. Fortunately it comes in about 3 or 4 Paleo friendly flavors.

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on December 18, 2012
at 09:09 PM

You eat more toothpaste probably. I had a quandary over that and only found one brand that doesn't have corn derivatives: Desert Essences. Fortunately it comes in about 3 or 4 Paleo friendly flavors.

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on December 18, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I use a crystal deoderant. It's a clear mineral rock molded into a solid stick deoderant shape. Works great at preventing odor and a bonus for me is there is no fragrance in it ("unscented" deoderant a usually contain fragrance). It's easy to use, no mess. No residue.

I just started using it recently, but it dies not claim to work as an antiperspirant, so I'm not sure what Ill do in summer.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 18, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I've tried it. I think it works for specific body chemistries only. Definitely not mine, but I know my niece uses it with good results.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on December 18, 2012
at 07:36 PM

same here, kash. i still smell if i use the crystal kind.

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on December 18, 2012
at 06:16 PM

For soap, we have created our own line called Sympathetic Soap. You should look for a bar with minimal ingredients, especially ones don't use SLS (commonly added detergent to increase sudsing).

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on December 17, 2012
at 07:57 PM

For moisturizer i use sweet almond oil with a few essential oils in to jazz it up a bit, its not too greasy & doesn't act like a oil mask when applied. I use it post shave on my head & face too.I use Pitrock under my arms, i found when i stopped using anti-perspirants my sweat smelled less?? sounds mad but there's truth in it. I sometimes just forget to put on my Pitrock & still don't smell offensive after several hours. For toothpaste I use a brand called Sarakan, its a nice flavour(no flouride/sls). I buy locally made soap although i have never bothered checking the ingredients i doesn't dry my skin out. Dr Bronners castile soap is also good. Im from the U.K by the way but in sure these are all available elswhere.

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383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 17, 2012
at 03:45 PM

shampoo: head and shoulders or hugo's naturals bar soap: zest and dove toothpaste: pronamel

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