Check out what I recently pulled out from underneath my bathroom sink!
I haven’t actually used any of this stuff in months, but it was still there, lurking. I was actually surprised at the large quantity…I thought I had been weeding out more than I really was!
That is a lot of money right there, folks – an entire, heavy laundry basket full.
And a lot of packaging. :p
Fortunately, most of it is recyclable (and I will probably donate the pads and tampons), and I can now say with full confidence:
It has been well over 2 months now since I’ve gone No Poo – a step I took very skeptically as an experiment. Since then, a lot has changed!
For funsies, I thought I would go through my old ‘beauty regimen’ (not that it was much of a regimen – I’ve never been much of what you would call a girly-girl) compared to my new one.
Here’s what it used to look like:
- Hair – mid-range to expensive shampoo & conditioner – I switched brands a lot and often bought things that were supposed to be good for color. I probably averaged between $5 and $15 per bottle (each for shampoo and conditioner). I was also using 2 different kinds of Aveda hair gel, which were probably around $30 a piece (I know – awful!). And I colored it. A lot – probably every 2 or 3 months. I usually used L’oreal Feria, which has metals in it even hairdressers I talked to were afraid of. Fun.
- Face – Either Oil of Olay or Aveda face wash, ranging between $15-$35. Oil of Olay or Aveda face lotion, ranging between $30-$40. Make-up – I have never worn a lot of makeup, though I did used to apply foundation every day (L’oreal – probably around $20 for a small bottle). I also did use more probably 2-4 times/week (mainly eyeshadow and mascara).
- Body – Oil of Olay Body Wash – I think it was around $8 bottle.
- Toothpaste - Aquafresh – $2 a tube in a sale.
- Deodorant – Degree – probably around $4
- Shaving cream – whatever appealed to me – usually something scented. Probably around $3-$4.
- Pads & Tampons – I’m guessing I spent between $20-$30/month on these – not counting what I would spend on Midol!
Other products used on a not-so-regular basis – the occasional nail polish and scented body lotion. I also used to keep Bath & Body Works hand soap at every sink.
Now, here’s what it looks like today:
- Hair – I wash with baking soda and condition with apple cider vinegar. I’ll probably switch to organic apple cider vinegar when I run out (which will probably take forever). I think I spent around $10 on a HUGE box of baking soda that will last for months, if not longer. The ACV was probably around $5. I was using a homemade detangler/gel for awhile, but then I found I didn’t really need it – the natural oils left in my hair are enough to keep it curly without feeling at all greasy. I no longer dye it, though I may at some point look into dying with henna…just cause I like having red hair.
- Face - I have started washing my face with coconut oil. No moisturizer needed. I am no longer wearing any makeup, though I may purchase some in the future (after researching to find brands that are totally non-toxic). I paid $16.99 for a large jar of extra virgin coconut oil that will last a LONG time if I only use it for face wash (I have another jar in the kitchen that gets used for other things).
- Body – At the moment, it’s Druide bar soap (which is what I have been using on the Bean). I’ll probably just get another non-toxic bar soap when it runs out – it certainly lasts much longer than the liquid stuff! Also less packaging and no spongy required. I think it would have been around $5.
- Toothpaste – I bought a tube of Tom’s of Maine (around $5) but I’m going to start making my own when it runs out.
- Deodorant – Easiest thing in the world to make your own – and it works better than any deodorant I have ever tried! All you have to do is mix baking soda, arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and coconut oil – it takes about 5 minutes, lasts a long time, and works awesome. I don’t know the exact cost, but I’m guessing cheaper than the store.
- Shaving Cream – Another thing I’ll be making! Check out this recipe here.
- As for pads and tampons – I’ve switched to reusable cloth pads, the Diva Cup, and Sea Sponge tampons. No more disposables for me!
Finally, no more nail polish (though there are safer alternatives out there), no more body lotion (I actually haven’t even needed it, but if I did I would just use coconut oil!), and hand soap is now plain, unscented olive oil bar soap.
Now, the reason I’m going through all this is not just to say I’ve saved money (which I have) – but to emphasize once again how much better all this stuff is!
I have never been happier with my hair and skin – they are healthy, soft, and nice looking. My hands are no longer dry and cracked (something that used to be perpetual). My periods are way more easy to deal with. I have a lot more space in my bathroom!
And the best part – of course – is that the Bean will grown up with all this stuff as normal! I am hoping she just won’t have a need to load up on the product – that she’ll grow up understanding that it’s just not necessary. (If she wants to wear makeup I’m going to make her research it first lol!).
I honestly can’t believe how amazingly all this stuff works – I was kind of doing it begrudgingly at first, because I thought I should…but all of it has worked better than anything I was using before. And it’s all so easy too – I really haven’t had to go out of my way or do anything weird or even search for crazy, hard to find ingredients!
(And speaking of ingredients – Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Coconut Oil are like MAGIC! Seriously – these are staples – you should go buy some if you don’t already have any )
In every way imaginable, it’s been totally worth it. I have no regrets about saying goodbye to that laundry basket full of junk up there…
Have you made changes in your personal care regimen to move away from toxins? Would you be interested in doing so?