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A Weird New Goal of Zero Bottles in the Shower   Leave a comment

Not very long ago I was looking at my bottles on the shelf in the shower and realized that I don’t actually think I need any of them. For a long time I’ve been on a slow progression of simplifying my personal care routines (not that I was ever the stereotypical 20-bottles in the shower/over an hour to get ready in the morning woman), and it seems like I’ve reached a point where most of the rest of my products just seem pointless.

When I say slow progression, I do mean that. This story starts over a decade and a half ago, when I stopped shampooing my hair every day and switched to every other day. Over the years that became more like a couple times a week, then once a week. Then a few years ago I decided to try going shampoo free, using the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. I had to switch back to washing my hair every time I showered (which was so hard as I had gotten so lazy about washing my hair!). Then gradually I was able to BS/ACV my hair only a couple times a week, and then weekly, while just rinsing with water in between. I’ve now reached a point where I don’t actually remember when I last used the BS/ACV, so I’m guessing I use it a couple times a year or so. When I last cleaned the shelf in the shower I realized that there’s really no reason for me to be keeping bottles of the baking soda and apple cider vinegar solutions in the shower, as I can easily mix up “single serve” batches when I feel like using them. Plus then I can customize the essential oil blends mixed in if I feel I need anything. I’ve also got a bottle of conditioner from back in my shampooing days, which I only use after getting a hair cut to make it up to my hair and restore a coating on the follicles. It’s going to take me another decade to finish that bottle, but there’s no reason it can’t join the extra bottle of shampoo for guests in the hall bathroom. So hair care: 0 bottles, 1 natural bristle brush.

The next simplification was a couple years ago when Conan was born. In the days/weeks after his birth I could find the time to splash my face with cold water every day, but not to use the cream cleanser that I’ve been using for years. After a while I realized that not using a cleanser and/or warm water on my face was not causing any breakouts. So why keep buying/using a cleanser? Then I started wondering if I really needed a moisturizer, and found that even my dry skin doesn’t generally demand a moisturizer if I’m only rinsing with cold water. At that point I started wondering about using oil, not a commercial moisturizer. Shockingly, when I switched to using grape seed oil on my face after showers (i.e. rinsing my face with warm water), I didn’t start breaking out. So facial care: 1 small jar of grape seed oil (the bottle lives in the kitchen for cooking), 1 facial brush.

The only thing left in the shower is the shave gel. I wax my legs, so it’s just for my underarms. Now I want to find out if we really do need special shave products as opposed to soap to shave. I suspect that it may be true for those who shave daily, and for legs, but for underarms that get shaved 2-3 times a week I suspect soap will be fine long term. If true that would mean shaving: 0 bottles, 1 razor.

Don’t worry, I’m keeping the soap.

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Posted February 21, 2015 by mayakey in frugal living, goals, personal care, simple living, unshopping

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Who Needs Aerosol Shaving Cream?   Leave a comment

Aerosol shaving cream cans have two uses:

  • Shaving
  • Plinking

The latter is definitely more important.

For our first Christmas when my husband and I were dating I gave Mike a shave soap, a bowl, and a shaving brush. I was really nervous about giving such a gift, afraid that it might be too granola for him. But he liked it and uses it regularly. In fact he’s used up a couple bars of soap and we’ve even had to replace the brush. He still uses aerosol cream when he’s in a hurry or when shaving his head or tattoos, but a lot of the time he uses the “old fashioned” soap and brush.

I can’t even remember the last time I bought an aerosol shaving cream can for myself; for that matter, I can’t remember when I bought my previous tube of shave cream. That’s one of the benefits of shave cream: it is super concentrated so a little goes a long way. Originally, one of the major reasons that I switched from aerosol to cream was because I was tired of knowing how much product was being wasted once the can ran out of propellant. I remember popping the top off of an exhausted can once and just being amazed at how much product/foam was left. ¬†One tube of shave cream lasts significantly longer than a can of shaving cream, and when the tube is empty it’s empty. There’s no wasted product. The other reason that I switched originally was to avoid propellants. While CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) can no longer be used as propellants, the hydrocarbons that are used instead aren’t really inert. While I’ve never heard of anyone huffing shave cream, I try to avoid products that require a propellant. Usually there’s no mention of what propellant is being used, and so no way to know what health risks there might be. And in the case of shave cream, the propellant is completely unnecessary since there are propellant-free products that work as well or better.

The shave cream that I’m using now is made from organic and fair trade ingredients, smells great, and works like a dream. You lather it up with your fingers, so that unlike the foam-from-a-can, it actually gets all around the hairs and makes shaving easier. My only wish is that I could still find a shave cream in a recyclable metal tube, and not just plastic tubes.

Posted April 29, 2011 by mayakey in personal care

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