The following is a guest post from Mrs. Money of the Ultimate Money Blog. Mrs. Money and I have a lot in common, and our beauty routines are pretty similar too. When I was pregnant with our son, I purged everything from our bathroom that contained suspect ingredients. Lotions, nail polishes, hair products, fake tanners… I got rid of all of it, and opted for simple things like baking soda, coconut oil and Dr. Bronners soap. They’re less expensive, much better for my family’s health, and much easier on our budget. Plus, I no longer have a bathroom counter cluttered with bottles of chemical goo. Read on for some great ideas from Mrs. Money.
When I first was interested in natural living, one of the first things I did was go through my bathroom cabinets and rid them of anything toxic. I didn’t want to be putting anything with parabens, silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, or fragrances on my skin. Parabens have been linked to cancer, silicones coat the skin and don’t allow it to breathe, and sodium lauryl sulfate is a dangerous irritant. I knew everything I put on my skin was going to be absorbed into my bloodstream, so I wanted to seek safe alternatives to the conventional products I was used to. The only bad thing about purchasing all natural body care products is that they are expensive! I had to come up with a solution that would fit our budget and be healthy all at the same time. Here are some of my favorite body care routines:
1. No Poo. Despite the name, no poo is actually a method of cleaning your hair with just baking soda and water. It only has one ingredient: baking soda. If you desire, you can also rinse your hair with a vinegar rinse, which ups the ingredient list to two. It’s super simple and so cheap!
2. Oil cleansing method. Using oil to clean your face sounds like a bad idea, but it works so well! When you use the oil cleansing method, your skin will be soft and supple and it’s all washed with natural oils. I used to suffer from acne, but now with the oil cleansing method I haven’t had better skin in years! It’s awesome.
3. Making soap. I have learned how to make my own all natural bar soap with lye and oils. I use a blend of vegetable oils and make my own bar soap. When I feel like adding a little fragrance, I add a few drops of essential oils. They are all natural, and I don’t have to worry about weird chemical fragrances irritating my skin.
4. Make your own toothpaste. Toothpaste contains flouride and sodium lauryl sulfate, which both are not very good for your body. I know Frugal Babe uses just baking soda to brush her teeth, and that works just fine too! I use my toothpaste recipe to get minty fresh breath. If you don’t want to fool with making your own toothpaste, you can just dip a wet toothbrush in a small amount of baking soda and brush as normal. Your teeth will be just as clean as if you used normal toothpaste!
When you go green, it’s easy to want it all. There are many areas you may want to spend more money on green items: for example, you may want to buy all organic produce and start making a lot of your body care products. Whatever you do, any step you take to be more green will help you in the long run. It’s better for you and better for the environment.
What steps have you taken to go green that also help you save money?