Affordable Natural and Organic Make-Up Brands

Since I started my journey towards a more sustainable life, I began using only cosmetics from natural and organic brands. Most of these kind of brands are vegan and cruelty-free. It’s a win-win ;). Today I want to share with you 5 of my favorite affordable brands.

Benecos

Made in Germany. The products are free from Paraffin, Parabens, Silicones, PEG, Synthetic Colour, Synthetic Fragrance, and Synthetic Preservatives. The products are made from organic and certified ingredients. All of the cosmetics are cruelty-free. Not all are vegan, see the packaging for more information.
You can find Benecos at Ekoplaza, Douglas, or online.

Benecos

Bo.ho

Eco-friendly French makeup brand. The products are made from natural ingredients. They are highly pigmented and have a great long-lasting texture. Bo.ho is committed to beauty, nature, social responsibility and affordability. All of their packagings are recyclable.
You can find Bo.ho at http://www.biggreensmile.nl, http://www.solobiomooi.nl or at their online shop (in French only).

Bo.ho

Lavera

German brand producing natural cosmetics since 1975. All the ingredients that Lavera uses are from certified organic agriculture. The products are not tested on animals, but they are tested exclusively on human volunteers in collaboration with skin and allergy specialists. This is to ensure that Lavera products are not just natural but effective. The brand is free of synthetic perfumes, colorants, and preservatives.
You can find Lavera in most of the natural and organic shops or at their online shop.

Lavera

Lush

Lush is a British brand famous for its bath bombs, naked packages and soaps. And since 2012 Lush launched a make-up collection which includes liquid lipsticks, liquid eyeliners, mascara, and cream shadows. Lush products are made in factories or “kitchens” around the world including. The products are 100% vegetarian, and 80% of the products are also vegan. They often contain fruits and vegetable extracts.
You can find Lush in their physical or online shop.

Lush

Alverde is a German brand from the store DM. The brand is one of the best-selling, certified natural cosmetics brands in Germany. All of their products are free of mineral oil-based ingredients, are all vegan and certified natural cosmetics.
You can find Alverde exclusively at their physical shops in Germany. 

Al Verde

Have you tried any of these brands?

With Love,
Alisson

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All-natural Organic Deodorants I Tried

All my life, I’ve been using regular deodorant. I always switched between the one from Dove, Nivea and whatever sensitive brand I could find in the shop. I never thought bad of them, but I never read the ingredients… Last year I started to be more conscious about the products I put on my body and soon enough I learned about all the chemicals those brands use to stop making us smell bad. During my research, I learned that your perspiration itself is odorless. The bad smell is caused by bacteria. When you begin to sweat under your arms, your body has created the perfect place for bacteria to grow.

Normal deodorants contain alcohol and anti-microbial ingredients to reduce bacteria. They also contain perfume to mask the bad smell. Antiperspirants deodorants work by using a chemical, usually, a form of aluminum, to actually reduce the perspiration itself. The aluminum reacts with sweat to form a plug in the sweat glands. These plugs decrease wetness, and therefore, decrease the chance for the bacteria to grow. It is not really proven if these chemicals are bad for your health, but I don’t want to take the risk. Instead, I started researching about all natural, organic deodorants.

Organic deodorants are made with all natural, plant-based ingredients. They don’t contain aluminum, alcohol or artificial perfumes. There are no harsh chemicals that could potentially irritate sensitive skin and they won’t clog your pores.

Today I share the products that I have tried and the ones I still use:

Aromaco from Lush. This is a deodorant bar. It’s made with chamomile, patchouli, lemon, baking soda and witch hazel infusion. To use it you just gran the bar and rub it on your armpits. My experience with this one was not good. I guess it’s the smell of patchouli that my armpits didn’t like. It only worked the first weeks, but then I had to change it and use something different.

No sweat from The Ohm Collection. This is a powder deodorant made with certified organic ingredients and from natural essential oils. I tried the ‘coconut’ one. To use it, you put some powder on your fingertip and apply on your armpits. You don’t need much: a fingertip will do the job. My experience with this one was very good. I like the soft smell of coconuts. After some weeks, I could skip deodorant for one day and still didn’t have a bad smell.

Baking soda. This magic ingredient helps to absorb moisture from the skin, it absorbs sweat and reduces body odor. Plus, it kills bacteria! To apply this, there are a lot of methods, but I decided to use plane baking soda. It worked really good for me, but after a couple of weeks, the skin in my armpits started to get too dry. Next, I decided to stop using it every day, and instead using it once per week in combination with other deodorants.

Modern druids lemon squeezy. This one is a cream deodorant made with tapioca starch, coconut oil, shea fruit, baking soda, bergamot oil, lemon oil, and, limonene. To use it, you put some cream on your fingertip and apply it on your armpits. My experience with this one was positive as well. This is the deodorant that I currently still use. I like the citrus smell a lot. Since I started using natural deodorants, I have realized that I smell less and different than before.

With Love,
Alisson

More about natural products:
Skin care products I use from the kitchen
Products I use as body lotion
Natural hair care routine

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SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I USE FROM THE KITCHEN

The largest organ in our body is the skin. It absorbs most of what it comes in contact with. The majority of store-bought beauty products have artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives and stabilizers that gets absorbed through the skin’s pores right into the bloodstream. These products cause a range of negative long-term health effects. Skin sensitivity, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, cancer… the list of side effects and reactions to these chemical ingredients is long and scary. Not to mention the negative impact the production and the waste of these products have on the environment.
Last year I became more aware of the beauty products I use and decided to start using more natural ones. I even started making some of them myself.

Today I share with you the products I use for my face:

Argan oil: As a makeup remover and moisturizer. I first wet a reusable makeup pad, then put some drops of the argan oil and then I rub it in my face. It leaves my skin clean from makeup and at the same time it moistures it.

Apple cider vinegar: As a cleanser and toner. I dilute it with water and rub it on my face after I removed my make up.

Baking soda: Once per month as a deep cleanser mask. Baking soda is a good exfoliating agent that helps to remove dead cells. It also balances the pH level of the skin and it has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. To make the mask I mix one tablespoon of baking soda with some drops of fresh lemon juice, just enough to make a paste. Then I add a couple of drops of wether argan or almond oil. I apply the paste to my face and let it for one minute, then I rub it off using my fingers and lukewarm water.

Coffee grounds: As a daily body scrub. I make it myself by mixing one cup of coffee grounds, one cup of organic sugar, 1/2 cup organic coconut oil and some drops of vanilla essential oil. Coffee and coconut oil are rich in antioxidants, which are very beneficial for the skin. I use it on my face and on my body.

Papaya and sugar face mask from Apsara Skin Care: Once per week as an exfoliator. This facial mask is made with natural ayurvedic ingredients. It has papaya extract, turmeric, and raw sugar which gently loosen dead skin cells so that they can be easily washed off.

Sun safe from The Ohm Collection: As sunscreen. I use it in the summer and for example when I go to Colombia (where I come from). The ingredients are certified organic and from natural essential oils.

 

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These are the skincare products I use for my face. The chariTea bottle is where I store the vinegar.

 

Next week, I´ll be sharing the products I use for my hair. Stay tuned!

With Love,
Alisson

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I STARTED THIS DIET. DO YOU DARE TO START IT TOO?

Diets have always been in the back of my head. I had done some but never succeeded in keeping up… After watching the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” I decided that it was time for me to start dieting again. This time I need to go on a Plastic Diet. I am committed doing my best to keep it up because I´m not only helping myself but the environment as well. Here are some facts for you to see what I am talking about:

– Plastic is the number one source of pollution in the ocean. It is harmful to the environment because it does not degrade; instead, it breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastic and they never disappear. It poses a significant health threat to the various creatures, and to the entire marine ecosystem.

– Over one million seabirds and one hundred thousand sea mammals are killed by ocean pollution each year. Three hundred thousand dolphins die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets, among other items.

– Even though the trash and waste dumped into the ocean are released hundreds of miles away from land, it still washes up on beaches and coastal areas and affects everything in between.

– Plastic debris can absorb toxic chemicals from ocean pollution. Small animals at the bottom of food chain absorb the chemicals as part of their food. Then these are eaten by larger animals that again increases the concentration of chemicals. Animals at the top of the hierarchy of food chain have contamination levels millions of times higher than the water in which they live. Therefore people get contaminated by eating fish and seafood.

– There is an island full of garbage inside the Pacific Ocean: The North Pacific Gyre. This is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one.

The more I read about it, the more I got convinced to reducing my use of plastic. In my research, I found some bloggers that already promote a life without plastic. I am lucky enough to live in the same city as Nicky and Jessie; zero-waste bloggers from the blog ‘Het Zero Waste Project’. I visited Jessie in her zero-waste office to ask her for some tips. To my surprise, she in combination with her organization ‘Opgemärkt’, is hosting a plastic diet event during the whole month of July. They are going to give tips, host talks, and different kind of events where we can learn more about a low to zero waste lifestyle.

To prepare for the diet, Jessie gave me tips and showed me some products that I can get in order to get started. I have listed them out for you:

1. Bamboo toothbrush

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This toothbrush is made out of bamboo and the brush is BPA-free. The package is made out of recycled cardboard. This brush is vegan, cruelty-free, and fairly produced. The price is €3,99.

2. Toothpaste

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Dental tablets are meant to wash your teeth the same way toothpaste does. They are free of preservatives, aluminum, and micro-plastics. Available with and without fluoride. How to use it? Chew a tablet and wet your toothbrush well. Brush your teeth as usual. The 100 grams package has 300 pieces and it last around 3 months. The price is €12,95

3. Bread bag

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This bag is made out of 100% organic cotton. The dimensions are 31 × 47 cm and it´s suitable to store any kind of bread (also good to freeze it). Price per piece: €5.95 or 3 for €16.95

4. Washable make-up pads

4.Washable make up pads

These pads are made of biological cotton with a GOTS certification (which means that this product is fairly made and the cultivation and production of the cotton are made without pesticides). The pads have two sides: a smooth side and a side with more structure to clean up your face better. These makeup pads are washable. The price for 5 pieces is €11,95 and it comes in a cotton bag that you can reuse as a laundry bag. 🙂

5. Reusable coffee cup

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Every year, 100 billion coffee cups are thrown away. You can reduce that number by getting your own to-go coffee cup. Every time you buy coffee on-the-go you can kindly give your cup instead of the to-go ones. The cup is made out of bamboo and the lid is made out of non-toxic food-grade silicone. The price is €10,99

6. Menstrual cup

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If you still don´t use it I encourage you to order one now! Read all about it and my experience with it HERE.

 

Follow Nicky and Jessie from ‘Het Zero Waste Project’ to get even more tips from their experienced zero waste lifestyle.

Are you brave enough to join me? Let me know in comments below,

With love

Alisson

 

ALL-YEAR-ROUND BASICS MUST-HAVES

Looking for sustainable and ethical fashion brands have become my hobby since I started this blog. My latest discovery is the ethical and sustainable clothing brand: Miss Green.

Sustainable and Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment of all business operations, throughout the supply chain.

Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste.

Sustainability is at the core of the Dutch brand Miss Green. For the owner, Maaike Groen, is very important to produce her clothes as responsible as possible with the environment and with the garment workers. The people who make the clothes earn a fair salary and work under good conditions. They only produce in European and Indian workshops with a GOTS certificate and a SA8000 standard, which means that they ensure organic and socially responsible production. During the production process, no harmful chemicals are used and the substances are as biological as possible. Besides, Miss Green rely mainly on her gut feeling. They regularly visit the factories and workshops to view and choose fabrics, but above all to talk with the people who make Miss Green´s clothes. They only have two collections per year.

After checking out their current Spring/Summer collection, I listed out my favorite items for you:

1. Tanktop Irene

 

Every wardrobe needs a tank top. In the summer, to wear it in the hot days and in the winter, to wear it under a sweater.  The materials of these ones are 95% Tencel and 5% Elastane. The price is €29,95 and they have it in 5 different colors. Sizes are from XS to XL

2. T-shirt Ozlem

 

T-shirts are my personal favorite basic. The materials of these ones are 95% tencel and 5% lycra. The price is €39,95.

3. Longsleeve top Billie

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This is a basic must-have. You can wear on every season and combine it with any bottom. The materials are 67% bamboo, 26% organic cotton and 7% elastane. The price is €59,95 and they have it in 3 different colors.

4. Cardigan Moira

 

This cardigan is a good all season basic. Perfect for a chill summer night, or a nice layer for the winter. You can make casual but also dressy outfits with it. The material is 100% organic cotton. The price is €99,95 and they have it in 2 different colors.

5. Jumpsuit Ann

 

Since this spring I am a big fan of jumpsuits. They are comfortable and suitable for multiple occasions. This Ann jumpsuit on the picture above in black is made out of 95% organic cotton and 5% lycra, the price is €69,95. While the blue one is made out of 87% organic cotton and 13% elastane. The price is €99,95.

Blouses have always been part of my wardrobe. In white and blue are my personal favorites.  The material is 100% Tencel. The price is €79,95

By buying ethical fashion you are supporting the company and the people who is behind it making the clothes. I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for basics, give it a try and check Miss Green. You can shop online HERE
Or you can check their map HERE to see where is the closest shop for you.
In Amersfoort, you can find them in the shop “Keizerin” at the Zuidsingel 70.
*Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.

With love,

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I WHITENED MY TEETH WITH BLACK POWDER

I am always in search of original – and all natural products. By coincidence this time, I found a product that helps whiten teeth. Let me introduce to you: CHARWHITE. This is an all natural teeth whitener that brightens and polishes teeth and it remineralizes and strengthens the enamel. For me, it is important to have a clean and white smile. I have used non-natural whitening stripes, but my teeth were left very sensitive then. So I’m happy that I have found a natural whitener. My teeth are not very yellow, but I drink a lot of tea and coffee which stains my teeth with the time. Anyway, they were less shiny and white than before.

I tried CHARWHITE for one month.

Before using chairwhite
Before using CHARWHITE
As you can see, my teeth are not very yellow, but they weren’t really white neither.

 

My first week had begun and I didn´t see a crazy difference. I was using it once per day, mostly at night and I kept on drinking coffee and tea as usual.

 

By the second week, I started to see the change. My teeth started to look shinier and cleaner.

 

 

By the third and fourth week, my teeth started to look whiter and shinier. I am very happy with the result.

How to use it:

How to use natural teeth whitener

  1. Dip a clean and wet toothbrush into CHARWHITE
  2. Brush in small, gentle circles for two minutes
  3. Keep your lips closed while brushing
  4. Spit carefully and rinse very well
  5. Use CHARWHITE daily andNote: do not inhale the powder

 

In my experience, the process with natural products takes a little bit longer than with harsh chemicals. It took me 8 to 10 days to see results. And since then, my teeth got only better. If you want to start using it, please remember that it might be different for everyone. Just be consistent and patient.
Currently, I use CHARWHITE at least three times per week. I encourage you to give it a try and experience with this black magic powder. You can buy it for €35,- HERE

Before & After:

 

CHARWHITE is made in Germany with high quality – and safe ingredients for the everyday use. The ingredients are activated coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic orange peel powder, organic peppermint powder, limonene (from natural substances). Content: 50 ml averages 150 uses.

Get that gorgeous smile with the power of all natural ingredients today.

With Love,

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INTERVIEW FOR THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER

Last month I got interviewed for the local newspaper AD Amersfoortse Courant.

 

Alisson Simmonds in the newspaper
Picture by Frans Kanters

 

Read the whole interview here:
http://www.ad.nl/amersfoort/alisson-promoot-tweedehandskleding~acadb661/

With love,

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LOVE YOURSELF AND ALL YOUR FLAWS. YOU ARE A BADASS BY JEN SINCERO. FAVOURITE QUOTES.

Lack of confidence is a topic that I am currently working on. Since I am more active on social media, I feel more aware of my insecurities. Every time I post a picture I am aware that people might criticize. And for some time, it affected me. That´s when I realized that I needed to work on my self-esteem.

I have some personal insecurities and one of them has to do with my smile. It took me years to accept the fact that I have big gums and little teeth, and for that many years I was ashamed of laughing to hard because then my gums would show… How crazy is that right?  Just like this insecurity I have some other that I am currently working on. Thanks to my friend Laura, I started reading the book “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. This book was for me a life changing experience. While reading it I highlighted my favourite quotes and here they are:

1. “What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.” ― Jen Sincero

2. “You created the reality you now exist in with your thoughts, which means you can use the very same power of thought to change it.” ― Jen Sincero

3. “What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.” ― Jen Sincero

4. “You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.” ― Jen Sincero

5. “Our greatest fears are the greatest waste of time.” ― Jen Sincero

6. “Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.” ― Jen Sincero

7. “It’s just as easy to believe we’re awesome as it is to believe we’re giant sucking things.” ― Jen Sincero

8. “So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.” ― Jen Sincero

9. “All that matters is what’s true for you, and if you can stay connected to that without straying, you will be a mighty superhero.” ― Jen Sincero

10. “We are so unbelievably blessed to have all the things we have, all the opportunities and ideas and people and tasks and interests and experiences and responsibilities – choosing to freak out about it all, rather than enjoying the living of our lives, is like throwing pearls before swine. Such a waste of such a glorious gift.” ― Jen Sincero

Hello smiling Alisson. Hello to my gums and my little teeth! 🙂

11. “Holding on to my bad feelings about this is doing nothing but harming me, and everyone else, and preventing me from enjoying my life fully. I am an awesome person. I choose to enjoy my life. I choose to let this go.” ― Jen Sincero

12. “You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life. If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you’ve to do things you’ve never done.” ― Jen Sincero

13. “Say nice things about your body, dress it up, and take it out. Give it hot sex, luxurious baths, and massages. Move it, stretch it, nourish it, hydrate it, pay attention to it—The better our bodies feel, the happier and more productive we are.” ― Jen Sincero

14. “There will never be anyone exactly like you. You were given special gifts and talents to share with the world, and even though everybody has special gifts and talents, nobody will use theirs quite the same way you do.” ― Jen Sincero

15. “Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.” ― Jen Sincero

16. “Follow what feels good in the moment, every moment, and it will lead you through a most excellent life.” ― Jen Sincero

17. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. —Lao Tzu; ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism, could have been one guy or a mythical compilation of many, nobody really knows for sure”” ― Jen Sincero

18. “You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.” ― Jen Sincero

19. “Forgiveness is all about taking care of you, not the person you need to forgive. It’s about putting your desire to feel good before your desire to be right. It’s about taking responsibility for your own happiness instead of pretending it’s in somebody else’s hands. It’s about owning your power by giving all your anger, resentment, and hurt the heave-ho.” ― Jen Sincero

20. “You are a badass. You were one when you came screaming onto this planet and you are one now. The Universe wouldn’t have bothered with you otherwise. You can’t screw up so majorly that your badassery disappears. It is who you are. It’s who you always will be. It’s not up for negotiation.” ― Jen Sincero

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My personal book of the month: You Are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.

I hope you enjoy them and get inspired to read the whole book.
Did you already read the book? How did you like it? Leave the comments below!

P.S. You can buy the book in NL HERE or in English HERE.

With love,

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I HAVEN’T WASHED MY HAIR IN THREE MONTHS. NO POO: MY EXPERIENCE

On November 2016 I stopped using regular shampoo. I started the “No Poo” (no shampoo) method and haven’t washed my hair with commercial shampoo since… Honestly, I haven’t been happier with my hair!

To go “No Poo” is to stop using shampoo and use natural ingredients like rye flour or baking soda instead. Why would you want to do this? Chemicals in shampoo can irritate and dry out your scalp and hair. They can be hazardous to your health and to the environment. And the most important reason is that your body produces oil to naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo daily upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate.
In a past post I explained my reasons why I stopped. You can read more about  it here.

Today I want to give you an update of how is my life is going without commercial shampoo.

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These are my new hair products: Corn flour, rye flour, apple vinegar and organ oil.

To my surprise, the first week went OK. I washed my hair for the first time with a mix of rye flower and water (two spoons each). At the tips of my hair I used apple vinegar as conditioner. My hair was clean but greasy, it was a different kind of grease than it was in the past. This didn’t bother me much. I played around with hairstyles and wore hats, braids and beanies. That week I washed my hair twice. My advice is to strain the rye flower a couple of times and put away the waste. I didn’t do it right the first time and I got little white pieces of the flour in my hair. Once my hair was dry, the white pieces fell down and my hair looked fine. From that time on, I strain the rye flower a couple of times before I mix it with water.

The first and second week went the same but from the third week on my hair got a little better. I could see some improvement, which inspired me to continue with this method. My hair was less oily and my natural waves came back! The back of my scalp was still the oiliest part, but it did not look bad. That week I washed my hair only once with rye flour and apple vinegar. And in between days I used corn flour as dry shampoo.

By the end of the fourth week I washed my hair only once per week and I used dry shampoo in between washing. My hair was clean and normal. Only the back of my scalp was still very greasy. But I was very happy to see my natural waves again!

A little problem occurred in week five. I had developed dandruff. To remedy this, I took one lemon. Before I washed my hair I cut the lemon in half and massaged my hair with it, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinsed it off. After that I continued with my washing method. Since then I massage my hair with lemon once per month.

From week 6 on, my scalp and me were use to this method and finally my hair started looking less greasy and more like it used to look before. During that week I was traveling, but I still didn’t had any problem with my shampoo, because I still was only washing my hair once per week, and using dry shampoo in between washes.

From week six on, my scalp and me were used to this method. Finally my hair started to look like how it was before. I still washed my hair only once per week and used dry shampoo in between washing.

Since then my hair and my scalp are back to normal. It´s been fourteen weeks since I started and my hair looks good and healthy!

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Happy healthy hair! Picture by Marisa Elisa

This is my routine:

  •  I wash my hair once per week with rye flour as shampoo and apple vinegar as conditioner. I only use the vinegar for the tips of my hair.  Every 3-4 washes I use baking soda as shampoo.
  • To prevent dandruff, I massage my scalp with lemon every three or four weeks.
  • I use corn flour as dry shampoo once or twice in between washes. I apply the shampoo to my hair with a make up brush.
  • Once per month I use 100% natural argan oil as hair serum.
  • If possible I let my hair air-dry. If this is not possible, I dry my hair in the lowest heat of my hair dryer.
  • To strengthen my waves, every other day I sleep with my hair breaded.

This is my experience with the no poo method. So far I like it and I will keep doing it. The coming month I will be traveling to Colombia and I am looking forward to see how this experience is going to be over there! Don´t worry, I will keep you posted 😉

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Picture by Marisa Elisa

If you feel inspire and want to read more about the no poo method and the different kind of ingredients you can use as replacement of commercial shampoo, I recommend you to read more about it here. I found there ,a lot of inspirations and options to start this journey.

Do you feel inspired and do you want to read more about the no poo method? I recommend you to read more about it here.  I found there a lot of inspiration and ingredients options to start this journey.

Do you use this method? Please let me know in the comments what your routine looks like! You might have tips as well.

With love,

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WAAROM IK BEN GESTOPT MET HET GEBRUIKEN VAN HAARPRODUCTEN!

Van jongs af gebruik ik producten om mijn haar sterk en roosvrij te houden. Mijn moeder heeft daar een grote rol in gespeeld. Minstens een keer per maand maakte mijn moeder een masker speciaal voor mijn haar. Ze gebruikte avocado, aloë vera, citroen en soms zelfs mayonaise. Toen ik ouder werd had ik geen tijd meer voor om deze goede gewoonte door te zetten en begon ik producten uit de winkel te gebruiken. Ik realiseerde mij nooit dat al deze items veel chemicaliën bevatten die heel slecht zijn voor mijn en ook voor het milieu.

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My hair essentials: conditioner, hair cream, oil care, dry shampoo, curly cream, hair spray, curly foam, anti-frizz cream and anti-dandruff shampoo. Total spend: more than €20,-
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Some of the ingredients: Sodium lauryl sulphate, phenoxyethanol, amino methyl propanol, capyrylyl glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, benzyl salicylate, alpha-isomethyl…
Mijn haar wassen met deze producten was onderdeel van mijn routine… Totdat ik mij realiseerde welke ingrediënten er in die – voor mij oh zo belangrijke – haarcosmetica zitten. Toen ik de documentaire “Before The Flood” van Leonardo DiCaprio zag, werd ik me bewust van de  niet duurzame keuzes die ik tot nu toe gemaakt had in mijn leven. De chemische ingrediënten van mijn haarverzorging zijn niet alleen slecht voor mijn haar en gezondheid, maar ze komen ook in ons watersysteem terecht. Met als gevolg; beschadiging en verwoesting van het milieu. Dus ik besloot om de producten die ik gebruikte in te ruilen voor natuurlijke en meer duurzame alternatieven. Het eerste dat ik wilde aanpakken was mijn shampoo.
Ik deed onderzoek op internet en vond een methode genaamd ‘no poo’. Deze methode suggereert dat je jouw haar het beste kunt wassen met roggemeel in plaats van shampoo. Conditioner kun je vervangen voor appelazijn. ‘No poo’ geeft ook andere opties aan, maar ik koos ervoor om mijn experiment te starten met deze ingrediënten. Mijn nieuwe haar essentials zijn nu roggemeel, appelazijn, arganolie en zetmeel.
organic-shampoo-products
Hello to my new hair essentials! total spend: €20,-

Het roggemeel mix ik met een beetje water en dat gebruik ik als shampoo. Ik laat het een paar minuten in mijn haar en dan spoel ik het uit met water.

De appelazijn mix ik met water in een spuitfles. De verhouding is een eetlepel appelazijn en tien eetlepels water. Deze mix gebruik ik als conditioner. Het kan een sterke geur geven in de douche, maar daarna ruikt je haar neutraal.

Het zetmeel gebruik ik als droogshampoo. In totaal was ik mijn haar twee keer per week. De droogshampoo gebruik ik alleen wanneer mijn haar vettig aanvoelt.  Gewoon op dezelfde manier als hoe ik voorheen mijn droogshampoo toepaste.

De arganolie gebruik ik als mijn haar droog aanvoelt.

Verder stop ik met alle haarproducten die chemicalien bevatten en ik gebruik ook geen haardroger en geen stijltang meer. Als dit voor jou nog te extreem is kun je ook genuanceerder overstappen naar een natuurlijke shampoo. Ik raad je dan aan om shampoo te kopen bij Lush. Deze winkel heeft goede milieuvriendelijke opties voor shampoo en andere haarproducten. Maar als je een stap verder wilt gaan, dan zou ik voor de methode gaan die ik hanteer. Uiteindelijk heb je niets te verliezen!

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This is how my hair looked like on November 2016
Hoe gaat het nu met mijn haar? Binnenkort schrijf ik hoe de ‘no poo’ mij vergaat. Heb je een vraag of feedback? Laat een comment achter!