Friday, November 5, 2010

friend friday: soap, shampoo, deodorant...oh my!

today's friend friday topic is a very interesting one...and i am willing to guess that these questions will be answered in many different ways, by many different bloggers. for more posts on this topic, click on over to  modly chic.

1. The move to do away with soap, shampoo and deodorant has been growing in popularity in the last year. What are your thoughts on this trend?
i agree with many of the reason people are giving up their soap and shampoo. shampoo companies would like us to believe that shampoo is good for our hair. they have commercials featuring beautiful models and actresses with their long, shiny locks blowing in the wind. they talk about vitamins, nutrients, extracts and minerals and all these words that make shampoo sound so great. in reality, shampoo is bad for our hair. when you shampoo it not only cleans the dirt out of your hair, but it also strips your hair of essential oils which you need to make your hair shiny and strong. this is where conditioner comes in. people began noticing that shampoos were treating their hair harshly and their hair was left dry and brittle. conditioner puts artificial oils back into our hair. they last just long enough for us not to notice the damage (until our next shampoo) and associate it back to the shampoo we just used. no one used conditioner before shampoo was invented. soap i don't have as much of a problem with. people used to use soap for everything, including washing their hair and it worked beautifully. when the water supply began to change into what is now called hard water, soap became less effective. it didn't lather as well. it didn't clean as well. this is when detergents were introduced. these detergents (including that pesky shampoo) could handle the hard water. they were excellent cleaners, if not extremely harsh on our bodies and our environment. so soap, in my opinion, is actually a good product. it was just dominated by detergents that are less expensive and have better advertisements. and soap would work wonderfully for all of our cleaning needs, including washing our hair, if it weren't for that darn hard water. all of this being said, i still use shampoo and conditioner. i do make sure to buy natural brands in which i can read and understand each ingredient. i use this practice for my soap and deodorant as well. i also make sure to look for the words "not tested on animals", which is very important to me.

2. Be honest how often do you wash your own hair?
about every four days. my hair looks much better when it hasn't been washed for a few days. the first day of washing and my hair usually looks frightful. thank goodness for ponytails!

3. Have you tried to go the more natural route by forgoing shampoo? What happened? Or would you be tempted to try it?
i have been tempted but i have never actually tried forgoing shampoo.

4. What products do you use and have you ever gone with more organic alternatives?
i try to use all natural or organic brands. tom's of maine, seventh generation and burt's bees are favorites of mine. i buy these brands for almost everything, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, chapstick, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc. i know all of these brands have good and bad things about them, but to me the good outweighs the bad. they are also readily available in the places in which i shop. they may cost a tiny bit more but it is worth it in my opinion.

5. What about that daily shower? Would you forgo that opting to shower three times a week instead?
i would, however, i work out almost every day. the thought of not showering after working out is not a pleasing one to me. so, for the most part, i do shower every day.

how about you? do you have a product that you swear by? do you wash your hair every day? would you ever do away with soap or deodorant? let us know your thoughts!

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  1. The not tested on animals is a must for me too (for the whole company not just the product I am buying)! I work in medical research (humans are my subject), so I do understand the difference between testing a necessary medication on a mice and testing something to make me look pretty or smell good on a cat!
    I buy a lot of make up (eye shadow, liner, lip gloss) on etsy. More than likely it is handmade and I doubt they test anything on their pets. Otherwise I stick with Tom's or trader Joe's products.
    One thing that hasn't been publicized much is that Burt's Bee has been bought by Clorox (

    I do shower and wash my hair everyday. I am toying with the idea of trying the no poo routine (baking soda and vinegar) over my winter break (aka furlough days).

  2. thanks for the info on Burt's Bees! i like this site for double checking: