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Clean Living: Part 1

Published on August 25, 2013 by

Has anyone out there seen the documentary about Dr. Bronner?  It’s called Dr. Bronner’s Soapbox; VERY unique story about a man whose goal was to change the world with his philosophy that he printed on bottles of soap.  He was a 9th generation soapmaker from Germany and his castile soap is still on shelves and loved by hippies everywhere.  If you have Netflix, you should watch the documentary.

Back to the soap part.  Dr. Bronner’s is 100% organic, made from vegetable oil, and does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  I hear all kinds of bad things about what Sodium Lauryl Sulfate does to your hair and I’ve noticed it’s in pretty much every commercial shampoo I’ve ever used.  My mission yesterday was to make my own shampoo and body wash.  I scoured the internet and found some ideas for both – here is what I ended up making.

1/4 cup raw honey (found this at Whole Foods but I know a lot of Cub locations stock local raw honey as well)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (found this at Whole Foods as well – I’ve seen it at Target too but I wanted the unscented stuff, which I don’t believe I’ve seen there)
Tea Tree Oil
Eucalyptus Oil
Peppermint Oil
Glass spray bottle

I warmed the honey up in the microwave for 15 seconds to make it a bit more liquid-y.  The raw honey looks slightly crystallized right out of the jar because it hasn’t been heated during processing to make it clear – hence “raw.”  I heated up the water in a separate container for about 30 seconds in the microwave, then added the soap.  I stirred the honey in, then poured the entire mixture in to an old glass vinegar bottle.  Essential oils draw toxins out of plastic bottles, so glass is best.  I shook this a little bit to combine, then added the essential oils.  Tea tree is supposed to help with oily scalp, and I included some eucalyptus and peppermint to try to make it smell a bit better.  Tea tree oil is a bit stinky.  I pulled the nozzle off a small plastic spray bottle I had laying around and it fit perfectly on the vinegar bottle – score!

I tried this for the first time this morning – got my hair wet, sprayed the shampoo all over my hair, then worked it in to a lather as best I could.  It definitely doesn’t lather up like commercial shampoo.  After rinsing my hair felt a little sticky.  I decided to spray some leave-in conditioner on my hair when I got out of the shower.  There’s a definite difference…I think if I were to braid my hair in any way it would hold much better than it used to.  We’ll see how this goes in the long term.

Body Wash
I used a recipe from wholenewmom.com for this (click the link to check out her blog and see the recipe.)  I used sweet orange and lavender essential oils in this one…I’m not in love with the smell.  Next time I think I’ll stick with eucalyptus and peppermint.  So far so good with this – except it has that bar soap after-feeling.  Anyone else know the feeling?  I can’t think of a good way to describe it.  As far as ingredients go, I was able to get everything I needed at Whole Foods.  Now I have more than enough guar gum for a few lifetimes, which brings me to my next project…

Apothecary Jars/Labels
I repurposed an old vanilla bottle for my raw honey and an old spice jar for my guar gum.  I also found some great apothecary labels on justsomethingimade.com.  These PDFs can be downloaded and filled in electronically with whatever cool font you choose.




Well kids, that’s my life right now.  Hope you’re all having a great end to your summer. :)

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