This post is woefully devoid of pictures, but I promise I'll fix that as soon as we have a new camera!
2. Mouth Wash. I mix two parts water with one part alcohol (I used rum last time because that's what was in the cabinet). Then I add a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon, 2 or 3 drops of clove essential oil, and about 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. We keep it in a mason jar in the bathroom, shake it up, and use just like store bought wash. It can have a drying effect, so I only use it every other day.
3. Hair Cleanser. I switched to the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method of hair washing before I got pregnant with Eamon, and my hair became much healthier right after the switch. There's a load of information out there about it, so I won't go into too much detail here, other than to say I wash my hair every 3-4 days, but only wash Eamon's about once a month. I'm hoping his skin and hair will never fall victim to the "dehydrate, rehydrate, dehydrate" cycle of commercial products, and he's never had a main stream shampoo in his hair.
4. Detangler. Obviously I don't need to detangle my dreadlocks, but Eamon wakes up every morning with quite the bed head, and his hair needs some serious taming daily. I didn't like the idea of spraying chemicals in his hair (even if they are tear free), so I started mixing apple cider vinegar with water in a one to one mixture, and put it in a spray bottle. It detangles like a dream, and the slight smell of vinegar goes away as soon as it's dry.
5. Face Cleanser. I've never been a big fan of facial cleansers, as I have combination skin and can never find something that will balance my oily nose with my dry as the desert cheeks. A few years ago, I started just wiping my face with witch hazel, and that worked great. However, I still had itchy dry skin on my cheeks, and I often felt like my face wasn't truly clean. Recently, I started using the oil cleansing method to wash my face. It's really easy, and my skin finally feels balanced. I still put a little bit of coconut oil on my cheeks before bed, and I use a warm washcloth to rinse my face in the morning, then add a bit more coconut oil. The pores on my nose are far less noticeable, and I rarely have blemishes.
I can't even imagine the money we save because we don't use commercial products. I keep a fairly well stocked cabinet of basic supplies - coconut oil, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, etc - and add essential oils and other things we need occasionally. One of the best things about such a simple routine is that when we travel, I don't have to pack a whole bag of beauty supplies. I grab a small container of our toothpaste, fill a tiny canister with coconut oil, and once we arrive at our destination, I run to the store and grab what we need - usually just ACV and baking soda.
Next week, let's head back to the kitchen and talk about healthy, toning beverages.