things that make me happy: natural living (or attempts at it)

Throughout my “adult” life (post – 20) I have made several forays into eating clean, removing chemicals from my life, trying to be more conscious of the environment that I am partially responsible for creating/destroying. Living in New York City there are several chemicals/waste products that come into contact with my body without me even realizing it – poisons from pest removal, harsh cleaning chemicals, subway germs, you name it -we have it etc.

Some of my choices have been voluntary but others were decided for me. For example, two or three years ago my deodorant started causing a rash on my armpits. After years of wearing antiperspirant, my body had started to reject it. I tried several different deodorants/soaps/etc. but much to my dismay, the rash stayed and nothing worked. So I just stopped wearing deodorant. Now I know that sounds kind of gross but I really do not sweat much and honestly no one around me has noticed a difference. I did attempt at making my own deodorant out of shea butter and essential oils which worked fine except I kept forgetting to make it. One day I will share the recipe.

But I feel great. If I sweat a lot from working out or running around too much, I just jump in the shower. But like I said – there really hasn’t been any negative impact to removing antiperspirant/regular deodorant from my life. In fact, the aluminum present in antiperspirant can block your glands and lead to Alzheimer’s, so I feel even better about giving it up.

My most recent decision has been getting rid of traditional shampoo and conditioner – I was inspired by a post on the Hairpin. I was pretty hesitant being that my hair is so greasy if I don’t wash it every day. I also don’t have curly hair like many I know who avoid washing their hair often. Two months into the process and I wash my hair 3 times over 2 weeks! The only products I am using are baking soda, apple cider vinegar, some essential oils and occasionally, coconut oil. My hair still looks good and it does not look greasy after not washing for a day anymore. & I am pregnant and more sweaty/hairy than usual so I can only imagine this will get even better with time.

Now if only I can get in on eating completely clean and organic – but first, I need another raise 😉

Have you tried to remove chemicals from your life? Are you living organic? Thoughts? Suggestions? Comment below.

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2 thoughts on “things that make me happy: natural living (or attempts at it)

  1. I’ve thought about doing the no shampoo before. I’d love to, but it really scares me since my hair looks greasy and flat mid day. I have a problem with adult acne so I started using diluted apple cider vinegar rather than expensive face wash and my skin looks so much better now!

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  2. Well according to Lauren O’Neal from the Hairpin (http://thehairpin.com/2011/04/how-to-quit-shampoo-without-becoming-disgusting) shampoo is actually stripping your hair of its natural oils which in turn makes your body over produce oil, which is why people like us have super greasy hair if we wait too long between shampoos.

    Almost two years ago I started washing my hair every other day (just using regular shampoo and conditioner) and my hair started to become less greasy on the second day. If you are really interested in trying it out I would first taper down the amount of times you wash your hair now but instead of doing nothing on day 2 I would rinse it – this does help remove some of the oil.

    Good luck!! and thanks for following 🙂

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