Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Confession on Crunchiness

I have a confession to make: I'm a little bit crunchy.

Not extreme crunchy, but 
  • I use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything (although for any sewer backup, I'm sorry, I need to buy a little bottle of bleach)
  • Our laundry and dish washing supplies are green
  • I use vinegar in the wash instead of a store bought fabric softener
  • I no longer dye my hair (I may need to revisit this if one more person calls me Grandma)
  • We no longer own a microwave
  • Our plastics are BPA free
  • I'm trying to rid our home of phthalates
  • I've replaced Teflon pans with cast iron
  • We compost
I became a bit more hard core after reading "Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affect our Health" by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie. The authors are Canadian and credible. The book shocked me and made me get more serious about changing how we live. Take a peek on Amazon.

Now, don't get me wrong. I cannot compare myself to the truly crunchy because I live within walking distance of virtually nothing, I have never used cloth diapers, we fly places, we go on long road trips every summer, my kids were immunized, bleach does appear for a sewer backup events, I rarely buy anything organic, I eat meat, and I only sort of, sometimes shop local (I love ordering things on-line that appear at my door within days).

But I've changed. My next move is into personal care products. My first serious venture started mid-November. I went "No 'Poo" -- meaning no more shampoo. I ran across the phrase on another blog and found my way to Crunchy Betty at There, Crunchy Betty assured me I could use baking soda to wash and apple cider vinegar to rinse my hair. It would take a few weeks to get used to it, but once I did, Crunchy Betty assured me all would be well. Crunchy Betty's No 'Poo Post 

So, yes, you read it right. I haven't used shampoo or conditioner since November.  And, I have to say, I've been thrilled with the results. I knew Crunchy Betty wouldn't lie to me.

For the first month, my hair felt a bit on the oily side, but it didn't look oily. For the last month, it has felt mighty fine. 

After showering, and whether I've cleaned it that day or not, I simply brush my hair into place and leave it. It dries fantastically well and there is little difference between an air dry, or the blow dryer with brush dry. I've also found my hair holds its shape way better than before. A toque no longer wrecks my hair for the rest of the day. In fact, my hair looks so great after I take off my toque, I wear one all the time now when I head outside.

Most surprising of all, I've now gone 8 weeks without a haircut. Usually by week 7 the hair on top can't get any flatter or limp. Now, my hair pretty much looks the same as it did, except its longer.  I can't believe how happy I've been with No 'Poo.

The only downside: I miss the glorious and wonderfully smelling (and chemically filled) lather that shampoo produces. But I'm not going back - at least not right now.

Feeling brave and have a few weeks you can risk bad hair? Then try it out. Crunchy Betty's No 'Poo post tells you everything you need to know. Of course, if you do try it, I want to know how it goes.

I haven't decided what I'll tackle next. Likely either face moisturizer or deodorant. I'll keep you apprised as developments occur.


  1. I'm doing no deodorant right now,lol
    I reeeally feel like a hippy now.

    My hair is finally at a stage where I am going to stop using the vinegar for a bit. I don't need it! But all this can wait for a blog post later one.

    I'm happy you're liking it so far!

  2. I can't wait for the no deodorant post Mz Elle. I'm still psyching myself up to do it.