I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had a renewed interest in preservative-free, natural beauty products. Five months on, it’s starting to be an obsession that not many people understand. The biggest motivation for me to do this is due to my family’s history of breast cancer. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and we were close to losing her. Even though with the current data, there’s not much to link the use of the parabens in all the products that we use on our skin to cancer, I believe that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Anyway, in the five months since that post, I’ve stopped using shampoo and my little collection of natural products has increased to the point where I’m just experimenting in my kitchen with new things. I just realised yesterday that I have a good collection of oils that I’ve been using on a regular basis. My kitchen is now like a mini lab for me.
Let me list out the things that I’ve been doing lately.
Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar wash
Known, unfortunately, as the no ‘poo method. I’ve (almost) completely stopped using shampoo and conditioner, using baking soda and the vinegar wash every other day, to clean my hair. I’m still experimenting with the proportion of baking soda I use but I think I might have found the one that suits my hair and my lifestyle.
Here’s my how I mix up my hair wash solutions:
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 500ml water
– The baking soda doesn’t dissolve so I have to shake the bottle every time I want to use it, to get the powder mixed evenly.
- 2tbs apple vinegar
- 500ml water
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops peppermint oil
– shake the solution bottle every time before use, just to get the oils dispersed as evenly as you can through out the bottle.
500ml of each usually lasts for about 4-5 washes for me, since my hair is fine and thin and not very long.