Hello, all! It’s been a crazy week here, and I have nothing new to report, alas. So I thought I’d update you on all the new things I’ve been trying, and possibly get some suggestions in the comments for new things I should try. So, here we go:
No Shampoo: This was among my first Try-Its, and it’s been both a success and an “Eh,” experience.
Here’s how it’s a success; it works. My hair is clean and conditioned, and seems in pretty good shape.
The “Eh,” is that, unlike so many other reports on the web, I still have to wash it every other day instead of, say, once a week. I washed it every other day with shampoo, too. And while I learned to use white vinegar infused with orange peels to get the smell a little better, I still smell like vinegar. So there’s that. Also, no lovely scents and lather when I shower, which I love. And my hair really isn’t that different. When I got my hair cut, they used shampoo and my hair looked awful, but the shampoo I have at home is great. I’m about to have a month of appearances, so I’m coloring my hair this week, and baking soda apparently strips color right out, so for at least the next three weeks, I’m going back to shampoo.
I did like the money savings, the feeling of not being covered in chemicals, and the fact that my hair did look better when left to air dry. So I’m not entirely done with the no shampoo thing, but for the moment, I’m switching back so I can make public appearances with glee.
(Speaking of which, I’m going to be at Covedale Library tomorrow at 1pm, so if you’re in the Cincinnati area, I’d love to see you!)
Homemade Deodorant: Total bust. While I loved the idea, it made my underarms itch something fierce. I used both baking soda and arrowroot powder, so it’s just a me thing. I wish it worked better, but it didn’t, so I’m sticking with traditional deodorant for now.
Homemade Lip Balm: This was great… at first.
Then it got warm, and I found that the balm melted and separated a bit, so my homemade balm would leak honey or oil into my purse, and onto my lips. Also, once it melted and reconstituted, it got kind of gritty. Now, this may be because I used too little beeswax (I didn’t weigh it, and I should have) so I will try it again… but not until fall. For the summer, I’m falling back on Nivea, which is my favorite brand of balm.
Oil-Cleansing Method: This is what has shocked me most of all; I think my skin is better. I’ve never had a lot of wrinkles. Good skin-genetics and being overweight help with that. But I think the oil thing has made it even better. I’m not the type to look in the mirror and think, “Damn, I look good,” but I’ve caught myself doing that once or twice with regard to my skin in recent weeks. It seemed crazy to me, but I have to say, I like it, and I like the results. So I’m sticking with it. Although I do have to be careful about getting oil in my eyes. Nothing is more annoying than an oil slick on your cornea.
Fabric Softener Spritz: Still going great, saving loads of money and being easier on the environment. Thumbs up!
All-Purpose Cleaner: See Fabric Softener.
So, those are the updates, and I’m looking for new inspirations for Things To Do, so if there’s something you want me to test out for you, something cool I can DIY my way through, or just a dare you’d like to extend, put it in the comments! Let’s see if we can’t rustle us up some trouble, huh?