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  •  This is an important diary. (7+ / 0-)

    On the subject of shampoo (and hair conditioner), last summer, I broke an entrenched 30-40-year habit of daily shampooing. I no longer use shampoo, at all, and my hair looks just as good as ever. Instead of shampoo, I rinse my hair with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water, every day, or every other day, depending. Besides baking soda, and the product I use to color my hair, I use nothing on it, at all.

    I love it. It's yet another instance of doing without a self-care product I'd been led to believe was indispensable.

    Regulation is essential, as you point out. As critical, is people realizing they can flout big corporations, including the cosmetics industry and the home-care products industry.

    Often, nature works just as well.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:20:53 PM PST

    •  We need to break the habit (5+ / 0-)

      Of consumption in cosmetics and home products just as we have in foods. "New and Improved!" and "Better Living through Modern Chemistry" are advertising campaigns best disposed of.

      Keeping it simple - baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, Dr. Bronners or other Castille soap - pretty much all you need to clean most things including ourselves.

       

      “Corruption isn’t just people profiting from betraying the public interest. It’s also people being punished for upholding the public interest.”  ― MS

      by cosmic debris on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:28:34 PM PST

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      •  I also kicked laundry detergent this year. (3+ / 0-)

        Felt great. To clean my laundry, I now use a mixture of Borax, ground Ivory soap, and baking soda. For a while, I wasn't getting very good results with that. Then I significantly increased the amount of this mixture I use (though it's still amounts much smaller than recommended for commercial laundry products) and that's helped tremendously. Overall, I've made great strides towards reducing my consumption of dyed, perfumed petrochemical distillates. My life is simpler. I recommend it.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:52:19 PM PST

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