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I have a secret to share and honestly I’m feeling a little guilty about it, but isn’t that always the case when you return to a habit that you once worked so hard to quit? Well I’ve given up on being a quitter, the feeling of doing it is just to good… so here goes… my big secret…

I Poo’d…

Yep… It’s official I am no longer No-Poo

After five long months pouring diluted baking soda on my head each time I took a shower I’ve finally had enough!

Now for those of you who don’t know what No-Poo is it’s a pretty simple concept where instead of using shampoo and stripping your hair of its natural oils every day or so, you instead use a combination of water, baking soda, and vinegar to wash and condition your locks once or twice a week.

Why would anyone in their right mind give up shampoo for a glorified baking agent? You may find yourself wondering… Well honestly it’s WAY better for the environment, and in the long run a lot of people believe it’s better for your body because you’re no longer overproducing oils to replenish your scalp after each shampooing.

But India, Why would you stop if it’s so good for you and the world? You ponder quietly to yourself, riveted to your computer screen waiting on my every word (a girl can dream can’t she)

Honestly I started because I was looking for something natural and toxin free to use on my hair so that when my precious little daughter snuggled close she wouldn’t be exposed to anything that might be harmful or possible irritating to her skin, and I stuck with it for a while and I would have stuck with it forever if not for one tiny factor…

There is no… N – O…. NO… satisfaction in taking a shower without the LATHER; the thick soapy, sudsy, soft mess of bubbles that coat your hair and fingers. That satisfying tickle as foamy freshness trickles down your spine. It’s pure unadulterated Bliss and I’ve deprived myself for far too long. So today as I slip off my day and step into the bath toy filled expanses of my shower I leave the baking soda behind and reach for a beautiful bottle of shampoo – cruelty and toxin free of course.

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My daughter SweetPea was born with a full head of hair, so much hair in fact that it entered the world a good 30 minutes before the rest of her. Since day one it’s been beautiful, dark and curly.

But a few months after she was born when the squirming and the sweating really kicked in, so did the tangled rats nest on the back of her head. I tried combing it after washing and brushing it when it was dry but nothing worked and everything just made it frizzier and frizzier until I gave up for a few days and she grew the beginnings of little baby dread locks.

I had to find a solution (preferable an organic one). I scoured the internet for a few days here and there and finally found a product I really wanted to try. It was Nature’s Baby Organics Lavender and Chamomile Conditioner made with more than 70% Organic Ingredients, Hypoalergenic, Cruelty Free and Vegan which are some of the most important things to me when it comes to the products I put on my baby’s skin. (more…)

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“Woosh woosh” the soft milky bubbles ofAngel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash jet foamy into my hand and as I breath their lustrous scent in I am instantly transported to the sprawling acres of an orange grove in the peak of Spring bloom dancing delicately with the fragrant scent of vanilla bean spilling forth from a bowl of cool white ice cream on a hot summer day.

I was overwhelmed by the delicious scent of Earth Mama Angel Baby‘s  Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash; it was absolutely intoxicating but that wasn’t enough, I needed more out of my baby soap than just a delicious smelling baby. So I started off by reading the bottle and was so incredible pleased with what I found;

Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is;

Toxin Free

USDA Certified Made With Organic Ingredients

Not Tested on Animals

Not Made From Animals

Artificial Preservatives Free

Artificial Fragrance Free

Everything stood up to my high baby care standards and I felt completely at ease testing out their product on my baby’s precious skin.

So now that I feel comfortable lathering up my little SweetPea let me tell you about my experience.

First things first The Bottle is wonderful! The foaming pump makes it super easy to use one handed and dispenses just enough soap to lather up each part of your baby, and by producing the product as a foam and not a liquid or gel it’s much more efficient and makes for a lot more baths per bottle. I used three pumps of soap to wash my entire 20lb seven month old and Earth Mama Angel Baby advertises more than 300 pumps in a 5.3 fl. oz. bottle which leaves me with at least 100 baths per bottle!

The Foam is thick, bubbly and cuts out the extra step of having to create your own lather and risk potentially taking your hand away from your squirmy wet baby. It works into hair and skin wonderfully and gently washes every inch of your baby leaving a squeaky clean feeling when rinsed away. (But it is important to remember thatAngel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is not a tear free formula so you need to be extra careful around baby’s eyes.)

My daughter has pretty long hair for her age and it tends to tangle in the back from lying down and sweating. The Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash removed all the sweat and grim from her locks flawlessly, but I did have to pair it with a conditioner to get the tangles out which is true of all the baby shampoos I have tried.

All in all I pulled my baby out of the bath happy and smelling of orange cream ice pops and couldn’t help but nuzzle her neck and breathe that blissful clean baby smell in.

Earth Mama Angel Baby was kind enough to supply me with a complimentary bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash to test and review here on India’s Roses and their kindness has continued with another 5.3 fl. oz bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash for me to GIVEAWAY to one of you!

All you have to do is “Like” my Facebook page by following this link (or clicking “like” over on the right hand side of this page) and leave a comment on this post sharing what gets your child the dirtiest or how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Additional entries will be awarded for each friend who “likes” my Facebook and leaves a comment mentioning you by name, so share the love!

Entries will be accepted until Midnight PST on October 19th, 2011 and a winner will be drawn shortly after.

Unfortunately I can only offer entries to U.S. and Canada Mamas (and Dads). Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your participation. Good Luck!

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Yep, you read correctly, I wash my face with oil and it’s one of the best natural beauty remedies I have ever tried!

A few weeks ago I decided to go No-Poo and after a daunting and greasy first week I have experience wonderful, luscious, happy hair that only needs to be “washes” about every 6 days, but giving up shampoo wasn’t enough. I wanted more, I wanted to trade out any product I could for a more natural way of self maintenance and that’s when I stumbled across the SimpleMom post on Oil Face Wash.

After reading all about it I learned that you can cleanse your face with natural oils instead of stripping it with harsh soaps, and surprisingly enough it doesn’t make your skin greasy at all, in fact it left my skin feeling perfectly balance and I no longer have any need for a moisturizer!!!

It’s super easy too. All you do is gentle massage your oil of choice into the skin on your face, followed up with a hot damp towel to open your pores, then you just use the towel to gentle remove the oil and there you have it, wonderful clean skin with a product that you most likely keep in your kitchen. If you read the article on SimpleMom it has advice on how to mix oils to make the perfect blend for your skin type.

Just like any other change in facial routine switching to oil is first going to make your skin break out as it draws any impurities to the surface, but after a week or two I started to really notice clearer skin with a large downsizing in blackheads, and I haven’t gotten a new blemish in a week!

 

Thanks so much for reading!

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3 Days No-Poo

It’s been a whole week since I shampooed my hair and I must say “I feel liberated!” if not a little bit greasy.

For those of you that are just tuning in, No-Poo means to maintain your hair without shampoo. So instead of using conventional shampoos and conditioners I use baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair about once a week, allowing the natural oils from my skin to balance out and avoiding the overproduction of oils that occurs when you use shampoo to strip all the natural goodness from your hair. To learn more and catch up on my No-Poo journey click HERE.

Day 1.

I washed my hair yesterday with baking soda and vinegar, silly me forgot to cut the vinegar with water so I’m left with a bit of an Easter egg scent lingering around my tresses but it already seems to be fading, and next week I shall know better. I can’t believe how soft and light my hair feels! There is absolutely no residue and it just feels healthier. I love it.

Day 2.

No-Poo still going strong! My hair still feels soft and light and is behaving much more agreeable than it normally does.

Day 3.

I’ve been rinsing my hair each day in the shower and I’m surprised how much of a difference just running water through my hair makes. I think the pressure and the moisture help move the oils around making my hair feel clean and even.

Day 4.

I almost washed my hair today. There are multiple people in my house so shampoo still exists in the bathroom, I must have just been on auto pilot and went as far as to squirt a nickel sized dollop into my hand before remembering that I was no longer washing my hair that way.

Day 5.

I must admit my hair is a little greasier than I am particularly comfortable with, but I knew that going No-Poo cold turkey like I did this was bound to happen. My scalp isn’t used to not being stripped yet and is still overproducing oils to make up for all the oils my previous shampoo regimen would remove. I’ve found that with being No-Poo brushing my hair in the morning and at night really helps remove loose hairs that would have otherwise been washed away in lathering process in the shower, also the hairbrush helps move the oils away from my scalp and through the rest of my hair. Today my hair looks wonderful even if it feels a little slick and the natural body is really starting to take control, only two more days until my next washing!

Day 6.

Woke up with curly hair, Not super curly, but much curlier than normal. I must say though things are looking rather greasy. I’m definitely going to wear my hair up today so I don’t have to feel it, but I get to wash it tomorrow which I’m REALLY looking forward too. I’m going to give it another week or so, but if things keep up like this I think I’ll start washing every 5-6 days instead once a week. All the grease is probably just due to my hair starting to balance out though and I hope to feel a little less icky on day 13 next week!

Day 7.

Today I washed my hair with baking soda and vinegar and it feels Amazing! I think that after a little more time things will balance out and I’ll be able to go 6-7 days without washing with no problems, but next week I’m not going to be so drastic because honestly my hair got a little to greasy for comfort. I think I’ll wash it every 4-5 days instead, but even after a week of greasy hair I would recommend No-Poo to anyone because despite the extra oils my hair has never felt so fantastic!

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In the shower one day when my husband and I first started dating he told me he didn’t wash his hair “It’s not good to strip it of its natural oils” he told me over my sud covered tresses.  I rolled my eyes and began washing the soap from my hair and in a rather condescending manor told him that he needed to start washing his hair more often, and that the only reason he was saying that was to cover up that he was a boy who lived with three other boys and didn’t like showering let alone using soap once in the shower.

A little over two years later I am eating every word…

I was inspired by Genevieve over at Uniquely Normal Mom and her post about her 2 Year Anniversary of not using shampoo, or No Poo-iversary as she so cleverly calls it.

Could it really be possible that someone could unconventionally wash there hair once a week and have softer, healthier, more volumized hair? Could that really be? Have the shampoo companies lied to me all these years telling me how wonderful their products are for my hair, and how I “need” them to have wonderful, shiny, beautiful hair?

Most Likely.

So as of today I am going No-Poo, which means this:

I will not shampoo or condition my hair.

Instead I will use baking soda, vinegar and a little lemon or lavender essential oils once a week and nothing else… except water of course!

So today I mixed 1 tablespoon of baking soda with about 1cup of water and worked it through my shower wet hair and rinsed. Then I mixed 1 tablespoon of vinegar with about a cup of water and a drop or two of essential oils and worked that through my hair, leaving it in while I lathered up my body and then rinsing my hair when I was done, and I must say…

My hair feels WONDERFUL! So soft and clean, I know that I have greasy days ahead of me as my hair and scalp work into their natural rhythm but my goodness, if you’re not going to go No-Poo at least try washing your hair with baking soda and vinegar* because it’s just Divine!

Plus as an added bonus it goes in the Environmentally Responsible category and rids my home of one more nature depleting chemical!

Thanks so much to Genevieve for turning me on to No-Poo!

*Using diluted vinegar will not cause your hair to smell like vinegar, but putting strait vinegar on your hair like I accidentally did the firs time will. Just a heads up.

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