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Natural beauty: 5 easy tips

Busy women stick to routines: same breakfast, same route to work, same way we brush our teeth. It saves us from decision fatigue, and there’s no reason to change a good thing when it works.

But sometimes routines need interrupting, both for fun, and to keep us questioning our why. Why do I brush my teeth this way? Why do I reach for this snack the minute I get home?

Let’s filter this idea with our beauty routines: Why do I wash my face this way? Why do I wash my hair with this stuff, this often, this way?

Maybe we just like what we do in this department. If so, then stick with what works. But if you’re itching to detox from some chemicals and sticker shock, I have a few suggestions. Take a quick inventory of your routine, and see if you could switch to a cleaner route, one small step at a time.

1. Hair

I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to clean my hair. There’ve been a few hiati (plural of hiatus? Maybe?) when I’ve switched to a chemical-free shampoo for a few months, but I always go back to the simple baking soda-vinegar route.

(My breaks are mostly for when I’m pregnant, and even baking soda can’t control the oil created by my hormonal wackiness.)

Baking soda

This routine has remained the same for me for almost a decade, but plenty of people do it differently—you’ve got to experiment with ratios to get it right for your own hair. (There are also alternatives to baking soda.)

Yes, it takes time for your hair to adjust back to producing healthy oils, so if you want to start, pick a time when you don’t have any regatta galas for a month. You may need to wear a hat for that month, but once your hair gets back to producing the oils it’s supposed to for shiny, healthy hair, you’ll be glad you suffered.

And nope, the vinegar doesn’t make your hair smell—you wash it out. But some readers have found alternatives to the vinegar.

After my hair dries, I rub some Hair Butter into the ends (avoiding my scalp) to help my hair de-frizz and lay smoothly. This stuff is magic—it’s my absolute favorite hair product.

2. Skin

Every night, I wash my face by dipping my fingers into a mason jar filled with oil. I massage it in to my face, then rinse it off with a hot washcloth. My skin and my wallet thank me for it.


Almost a decade into it, I remain a huge, huge fan of the oil cleansing method. It washes off makeup without a trace, it leaves my skin clean and soft, and it’s cheap.

I then moisturize my skin with Skin Fuel, both on my face and the rest of my body. In the winter, I also add a tiny layer of Hair Butter to my face after the Skin Fuel skins in (really).

3. Lips

Chapstick, Carmex, Burt’s Beeswax, even homemade lip balms—they all eventually dry out my lips. The only thing that doesn’t is lanolin. Yep, the stuff you use for cracked nipples when you’re nursing.

A tiny bit goes a long way; one tube will last me about three years.

Lanolin also helps heal my kids’ minor skin woes as well, from rashes to chapped skin. (Some people have a sensitivity, however.)

4. Teeth

It has taken me ages to find a natural toothpaste I like (that also happens to be natural). I think I’ve finally found it: Akamai’s Mineral Toothpaste.

akamai mineral toothpaste

This stuff blows me away. I love the not-super-sweet taste, the mouthfeel (a word I hate, by the way), and how my teeth feel and look afterward: clean. Really, really good stuff here.

5. Makeup

Obviously, the purest, most eco-friendly thing I could do is swear off makeup. But I’m not going to right now because, well, I like makeup. I don’t wear much, but I do wear a little almost daily.

I’m okay with spending a bit more money on non-toxic, better-for-my-skin products, mineral makeup in particular. A few brands I like:

To check your favorite brand’s toxicity, refer to Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.

Bonus: Feminine Care

Okay, so this isn’t a beauty product, but it belongs in the bathroom cabinet right along with my olive oil cleaner and baking soda, so it’s here. I’ve used Diva Cup for over a decade, and I’d love to calculate how much money I’ve saved not using throwaway products.

I won’t go in to details, but let’s just say it works great and it makes travel a million times easier. I mean, so much easier.

Small things add up

It might sound more complicated to make your own hair cleaning formula or face wash, but I’ve found these items keep my care routine simple for these reasons:

1. I use these products for other things, too. Baking soda and vinegar are both house cleaners and recipe ingredients. I’m buying most of this anyway.

2. A little goes a long way with every one of these. These products last ages.

3. These things are so much cheaper than conventional beauty products.

4. They’re good for my body. No unpronounceable ingredients concocted in a lab, and I know every single bit that’s going on me.

5. They’re better for the earth.

Overwhelmed? Try one thing.

If reading this makes you feel like you’re already behind, don’t let it. Just do one thing at a time. There’s no race—just move in the right direction. Try cleaning your face with oil this week, or maybe sign up for an Akamai subscription and see what you think.

I keep my beauty routine—and my bathroom cabinet—nice and simple with these products. I can’t imagine switching back to “normal” products.


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  1. mrs. camacho

    Big fan of menstrual cups! I prefer my Fleur Cup to the Diva. I have made many converts out of my friends and blog readers; they are really quite fantastic!

    • Elena

      What do you use to wash your menstrual cup? I’ve been considering switching to a cup but aren’t sure whether or not to just use the DivaWash or find a different water based, oil-free soap.

      • kickpleat

        I’ve been using my diva cup for 8 years and use a drop of Dr. Bronner’s and a small scrub brush (like for your nails). Works well. No need to buy a specific soap for it!

  2. Kristen@Chasing Blue Skies

    Oooo, thank you for putting all these natural beauty topics in one post! I’m pinning it and delicious-ing it and everything-ing it.

    Also, that picture of you up there? STUNNING.

    Have a wonderful week, friend.

    • Tsh

      Aw, thank you, my friend!

  3. Lindsay

    Tsh, do you do the oil cleansing method morning and evening? Also, do you use coconut oil on your face in the evening as well as the morning?

    • Tsh

      I just do the OCM in the evening, and I use coconut oil depending on how I feel like it—so this usually means it depends on the season and my geography. I use it much more frequently here in central Oregon, where we have very low humidity in the high desert. In Austin? I was usually pretty moisturized on my own. 😉

      • Lindsay

        That’s great, thank you! I’m in NM, so desert skin

  4. Amanda

    I do the no ‘poo method, most of the time only washing in water. I have tried the oil cleanse method and would like to get back to that. I currently use Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) for make up and skincare. It’s organic and where I splurge. 🙂
    Do you make your own deodorant? I’ve been making mine from coconut oil, corn starch and baking soda. It’s wonderful! I also like how these ingredients can be used around the house!

    • Tsh

      I tried once or twice, but I just didn’t love it. I’ll have to give it a go another time.

  5. Kylie

    I’ve been using a diva cup for about 4 years now and it has seriously changed my life!

    I love the olive & castor oil face wash. I don’t even need moisturizer anymore.
    When I have a blemish I use a honey and cinnamon mask that dries it out in the best way. Not like flaky dry skin that happens when you use harsh toners or the like, but dry as in no longer greasey and the size and redness gets reduced! Plus it’s a great scrub.

    Do you use the oil face wash for your body? I’ve been looking around and not finding much. What kind of natural body wash/soap does everyone use?

    • Tsh

      I use Dr. Bronner’s for the rest of my body (and can also be used for hair and even as toothpaste!).

      I don’t get blemishes often but read on Pinterest about dabbing one with ACV works wonders. I’m fascinated by your honey-cinnamon concoction, though! What are the ratios?

      • Kylie

        I also don’t get blemishes often. Mostly when I’m stressed out and I’m a grad student so that happens more often lately.
        I do 3 tablespoons of honey to 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Not sure where I found the recipe – it was a while ago but I probably just googled around for homemade masks. It might take a while to mix thoroughly, but it will eventually. Then you can leave it on for 10-30 minutes (I do 30 min. when my skin is being really bad). Just be careful if you have sensitive skin – maybe even test it out on your wrist first. It gets tingly and feels great but might be too much for sensitive skin types.

  6. Archer

    Did you highlight your hair? Doesn’t look as dark. Looks nice! It’s getting long.

    Also, compliments on the new circle picture up top!

    • Tsh

      I did! So yeah, I don’t always do everything naturally. 😉 I’ve had highlights for about six months now… I change my hair a lot, so I just felt like something different.

      • Kika

        Your hair does look great. When I began reading your blog it was quite short (and cute then too). I’m trying to grow my hair and it takes foreeeever.

  7. Deanna

    I started making my own night cream. It’s coconut oil and beeswax (mixed to about the consistency of lip balm–I have to rub it to liquify it) with a little bit of lanolin and five drops each of lavender oil and roman chamomile oil. I can’t believe the difference in my skin–glowing, no lines at all.

    • Michelle Read

      What are the ratios for the coconut oil and beeswax?? You had me at glowing! Thanks in advance and God Bless :0)

    • Tina Johnson

      Your night cream mix sounds amazing. I think I’ll have to give it a try!

      The lavender oil by itself works really well for hair, too. Surprised I didn’t see that mentioned by anyone, actually.

  8. calliope

    Hands down my favorite natural cosmetic change is the deodorant.!
    The oil cleansing method is one of my favorites whenever my skin seems dull and blah.
    The no-poo method….I wanted to like sooo much, but I think a) I was not patient enough and b)my hair is really awful with store bought products-just imagine what the baking soda felt like!
    But I want to try again and this time I’m more informed and my hair will be long enough to ponytail them so come summer, I’m doing it again.
    Coconut oil is my favorite product ever and I cannot rave enough about it at friends and family. I use it everywhere: skin, hair, asian chicken recipes, cakes….mmm….

    • Alissa

      I was in the same boat – such oily skin that I couldn’t bear the thought of going the “no poo” method. So…. I did it slowly. I first switched to using ivory soap as shampoo and regular conditioner. Then, switched to ACV for conditioner. Then started alternating days between ivory soap and baking soda rinse as shampoo. I spent a few weeks at each step and never felt like I had a horrible head of hair to deal with. Now, I’m approaching a year of just baking soda shampoo and ACV conditioner!
      Worth a shot.

  9. Victoria

    I like using sunflower oil on my daughters hair when it gets all dried out from swimming in the pool in summer. I keep it in a spray bottle near the shower and have her spray it in her hair and rub it from root to ends and then wash it as normal. When it dries it looks healthy again. Amazing the transformation from straw hair to soft and shiny. I wonder if lanolin would help my son who has a dry scale type rash on his legs? We tried coconut oil but that only seemed to inflame it.

    • Kate

      I was going to ask about the pool! We spend the summers there and my hair always gets dried out, I will have to try the sunflower oil.
      For the dry rash- my son has bad eczema and we use the MadeOn hard lotion, it is made by the same lady who sells the hair butter. It works!!


    • Catherine

      My son gets bad eczema on the backs of his legs and his lower back in the winter and I use that same lanolin on it. It is the only thing I have tried that doesn’t sting him and fixes it right up. I haven’t tried that Made On lotion though as I had the lanolin on hand and tried that first.

    • Tsh

      Our kids get red, chapped skin around their lips during the winter (from licking them). About an hour later with a dab of lanolin? The redness is totally gone. I use it on their rashes, too… I feel like that dad with Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

      Love your tip about sunflower oil! Tate’s hair becomes straw during the summer. Is it just straight up oil, or do you dilute it in water?

      • Julie

        Just now discovering the many uses of lanolin after my 3rd child…what was I waiting for?! My personal favorite alternative use (#2 being for chapped lips on the kiddos) – dry cuticles – ouch! I get wicked hangnails all winter here in Utah – until now 🙂

    • LisaZ

      I love your sunflower oil tip too. Do you use just a regular drugstore-type spray bottle and does it not get clogged up? I will try that–we have a wonderful local sunflower oil we buy by the gallon.
      Coconut oil also inflames my skin rash–which I think is called keratosis. It’s not eczema. I have had some success with sunflower oil but I will try using lanolin. I would love to get rid of it! The only thing I’ve ever heard helps it is coconut oil, but I think I’m somewhat allergic to it and your son might be too. I also react to something in Burt’s Bees products so not everything “natural” works for everyone.

      • raeann

        you might try going gluten free (if you aren’t already) for a month & see if it clears up the keratosis. it’s a symptom of a gluten allergy.

    • Andrea Merrigan

      FYI, I’ve heard coconut oil is not the best for people with skin conditions like eczema and things. Maybe another oil is better, just not sure which one.

  10. Shari

    I don’t use shampoo. I “wash” with Save conditioner. Been doing it for years. I think I will try your method!!!

    Is there a brand of coconut oil that you recommend? And would you use the same oil for cooking?

    Also, does your eye makeup come off easily with the olive oil/castor oil wash??


    • Tsh

      Yep, makeup comes off perfectly; no need for anything else.

      I just buy one tub of coconut oil for all my needs—cooking, cleaning, body, etc. (And I use a lot!) I’ll buy it from a number of places, but usually from Costco. A big tub of it.

      A few other options are Tropical Traditions, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Wilderness Family Naturals. Azure Standard probably has it, too. You can always get a smaller jar at just about any grocery store, though…

      Hope this helps!

  11. Kate

    Me cavewoman don’t wear makeup. 🙂 I don’t like the way it feels on my face. (Issues, right?)
    I wash my face with just water. I know, that is probably gross right? (once again, face issue, sensitive skin. I will have to try the oil method. it scares me.) I am also a diva cup convert.
    I also was wondering what I could use instead of coconut oil as a lotion if you had any tips? I don’t really like the smell..
    Oh and I use vaseline on my lips. I will have to try lanolin, as I don’t like using a petro product. But, I have had this jar of vaseline for 6 years, and it still is about half full.

    • Ellen

      It is not gross to wash your face with water if you aren’t using makeup! My mother has never used anything but water (but also doesn’t wear makeup) and she has the best skin I’ve ever seen… and she is regularly mistaken for my sister. If your skin balances itself well, no need to mess with it!

    • Catherine

      I was reading a natural beauty book recently that recommended Jojoba oil for your skin. I am going to try that as I don’t love the smell of coconut oil either.

      • kate

        I will have to try jojoba oil. Thanks for the tip.

        • Tsh

          I’ve heard good things about jojoba oil, so report back if you find good results with it!

          • Heather

            I have had excellent results with Jojoba oil! Have used it as my sole moisturizer, morning and night for several years and love it. Plus it’s cheap!

          • Jenny H

            My mom is a massage therapist and uses Jojoba oil. It feels so wonderful!

    • Katelyn

      I use straight almond oil to wash my face. I’ve used it for moisturizing too.

    • Heather

      I use sunflower oil. I think it’s a bit lighter (I have very oily skin) and feel it moisturizes great!

  12. Lori B

    I was really enjoying your post until I came to this line, “I like makeup and not looking like a cavewoman.” I know you didn’t mean to insult anyone, but I haven’t worn makeup in years and don’t think I look like a cavewoman 🙂 In fact, my skin is much healthier than it was when I wore it, and many people (honestly) don’t even realize I never wear any make up at all.

    • Tsh

      I’m just referring to me. I look cavewoman-ish without it. 🙂

    • Tsh

      Ding ding ding!

      And thanks.

  13. Johanna

    I have used oil cleanser in the past and would like to start again soon. It’s certainly cheaper than what I’m currently using! This may open a can of worms but do you use sunblock on your face? My current moisturizer has sunblock & I’d hate to give that up.

      • Katelyn

        Last summer after my then 21 month old broke out in hives on his face from several different sunscreens, we finally found Seventh Generation baby sunscreen. It’s pretty good as far as ingredients go – I can recognize almost all of them.

  14. Rachel

    I was wondering if you still did the no ‘poo method now that your hair is a lot longer! Great tips. Thank you!

  15. Kristin

    I use MotherLove nipple cream for dry lips and skin on me and my baby. LOVE IT! It’s a great alternative for nursing mamas or just mamas looking for something that is organic, which lanolin, unfortunately, isn’t.

  16. Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    Thanks for the lanolin rec! I’m going to try it, having recently discovered what you said about every other lip product (even the natural ones). Such a helpful post.

  17. Katherine Willis Pershey

    I’m a huge fan of the oil cleansing method, but I don’t think I could do the finger dip method – I read something about foundation bottles getting contaminated and ever since I’m hyper about using squeeze bottles. It isn’t as pretty as a mason jar, but I have been keeping my oil in an old cetaphil container.

    Oh, the Diva Cup. Best invention ever.

  18. Kimberly

    Ditto on the lanolin! I started using it on my nose when I had really bad cold and my skin was getting really chapped and raw from blowing my nose so much and it really works wonders!

    • Debi

      What about the reports of lanolin toxicity?

  19. Kim

    A question about the coconut oil – do you use refined or unrefined? I’ve been wanting to get some, but am never sure which is the “proper” one to get.

    • Tsh

      It’s this kind—Nutiva. Not sure about the pros and cons of refined vs. unrefined, but I’m sure others could.

  20. Megan

    I am using the Diva cup since reading your post about a year ago. It has changed my life: no more cramps!! Amazing.

    I really want to try no poo-ing. Thanks for the great post!

    • Tsh

      It eliminated your cramps? Wow, that’s fascinating!

    • Kika

      That’s interesting. I finally gave up on my Diva Cup b/c I feel crampier when wearing it and had leaking issues. I also could always feel it – like pushing against my bladder – though I used it exclusively for about a year and a half. Too bad. Instead I now use Natracare products (organic, bleach free) – but these are not a cost saver:)

      • Katie

        I couldn’t use a diva cup for similar reasons, so instead i use cloth – a bit expensive on the set up, but you don’t have to buy them all at once. I particularly love the ones at talulah bean as they have no pul layer in them, but still don’t leak, even when i’m at my heaviest flow (and mine can be pretty heavy!!). My favourites are the breezy beans as they are cotton, minky has no place for this in my world lol.

      • Kate

        That’s really interesting. I used to think that it gave me more cramps too after I started using my Diva cup five years ago (though I still used it exclusively because I travel so much and love, love, love not being a slave to buying tampons all the time), but just last month forgot my cup while traveling and had to use a tampon and oh my stars, the cramps. It was honestly terrible. I really will never go back again now and realize that perhaps my cycle was just changing a little around the same time I started using my Diva Cup rather than it being the cause of the pain.

        • megan

          Hi, I wanted to follow up my comment above. I had had moderate to severe menstrual cramps all my life. Then after not having a period for 3 years, due to pregnancy and nursing followed by a second pregnancy and nursing, I started using the Diva Cup when my period began again. So there may be other reasons I no longer have cramps, but I think the biggest reason is no longer using tampons.

          Also, I’m on week one of no pooing. So far, so good.

  21. My Inner French Girl

    I’m with the previous reader — I really want to totally love this post, but while I’m sure you didn’t mean to offend anyone, the comment about looking like a cavewoman when going makeup-free didn’t sit well with me. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you personally feel that **you** look like a cavewoman when not wearing makeup, and that you weren’t making a generalized statement about makeup-free women. I generally go without makeup 95% of the time — I don’t like the feel of it on my skin either — and think I look better without it, especially when I’ve had enough sleep and have been eating well!

    One of the best things I ever did was to cut my hair into a short , easy-to-maintain bob. I found a brilliant hair stylist with the gift to cut my hair in such a way that I literally only have to wash, air-dry and go. In fact, I generally wash it at night, let it air-dry, sleep, and in the morning simply brush it out. It can look a little bed-heady in the morning, but since I work from home I don’t have to worry about looking super-polished and sleek. I think it actually looks “stylishly-tousled” or — as the fashion rags say — “beachy” (without the blonde!). 😉


    • Tsh

      Yep… I was just talking about me. I’m sure many, many of you look amazing without makeup. 🙂

      • Kika

        I don’t look amazing without makeup but still choose to go without about 95% of the time. I just don’t like feeling like a slave to anything. I think women should enjoy makeup if they want but not feel like they can’t leave the house without it.

  22. Ashley // Our Little Apartment

    I’ve been doing the same for 4 years (after reading your post!) and it’s also one of the most-read posts on my site (after French pressed Iced Coffee. :))

    I LOVE my Diva Cup! Have been using it for nearly 6 years. And I use coconut oil to shave! I use Dr. Bronners in a foaming bottle as my hand soap.

    I do have a question – does your oil ever get mold in it? I use a smaller container than yours and mine always gets black stuff in it after a few months.

    • Ashley // Our Little Apartment

      Oh! And I do want to recommend tea tree oil! I use it in the baking soda to make my scalp not itchy (and on blemishes and cold sores to zap them). Also, I use TTO when stripping diapers – it’s up there with baking soda and coconut oil it how awesome it is!

      • Tsh

        Good tip on the tea tree oil! I use that as an antiseptic in my cleaners.

        I think I remember seeing mold one time, but it was near the end of my jar, so I dumped it out, washed, and made more. I usually go through it fast enough to not have mold grow…

    • Kateisfun

      Mold! Maybe that’s what’s in my oil… I’ve been using the same container for about two years, i think, and there is definitely stuff floating near the bottom of it. I think I should dump out and start over. Also, I definitely need to wash my face more… I’m about a one-a -week person right now, which is sort of ridiculous.

  23. Carly

    I TOTALLY agree with you on the lanolin. That stuff is magic!

  24. beth@redandhoney

    Lanolin for lips?! You. are. brilliant.

    PS. You’re also a hot momma. That last photo’s a stunner 🙂

    • Tsh

      Ha! Oh, well… thank you. You’re kind.

  25. Prerna@The Mom Writes

    I’ve switched to the oil cleansing method.. and still need to try the baking soda+vinegar hair wash.. Coconut oil is a biggie here in India and so that’s been a part of my routine for, like, ever:-) Ooh, and the photos of you are seriously awesome.. 🙂

    • Tsh

      Thanks, Prerna!

  26. FunkySteph

    I have switched to Coconut oil as a moisturizer couple of weeks ago and I am very impress with the result on my own skin (I have a combine skin, oily on the T-zone, dry elsewhere)… I have never heard about the oil cleansing, but I will certainly consider it as I found it easy and I understand the “principle”… I am now considering alternative to shampoo as I have been struggling with my hair for as long as I can remember. I have to wash them every other day and I am not happy with this, plus I have eczema on my scalp and I am sure shampoo does not help. Any tips for natural remedy for eczema are welcome!

  27. Leah

    I heard about the Diva Cup last summer, and I am really wanting to try it. From what is sounds like, it makes things a lot less complicated. Guess I just need to jump in and buy one!! And I have been using the OCM ever since I read your post on that. I love it, and my skin has never felt better!

  28. Kirsty

    Love and do several of these – but just wondering on the moisturing front, what about SPF? I live in the Middle East and our sun is fierce.

      • Nadya

        I recently found a natural sunscreen here in South Africa. it is a local products, and I am pretty sure you won’t get it anywhere else. BUT it is made form things like beeswax and certain oils, 100% natural and provides an SPF of 30. Google natural sunscreens, I think macadamia nut oil is one of the ingredients as well.

      • Jessica C

        I use the oil cleansing method at night and use coconut oil as necessary for dryness (winter is harsh in MN). In the morning I splash my face with water and use Kiss My Face SPF 30 sunscreen specifically for faces. I’ve found that it works well.

        • Kirsty

          Thanks for the link and the tips 🙂

    • Tsh

      Update: Just read this post about diet and sun exposure. Fascinating. Also read the comments—lots of people say coconut oil works well. Who knew? There are a million uses for that stuff.

  29. Michele H

    Do you know know the baking soda/vinegar do with hair that is colored on a routine basis? Is the baking soda ok to use to wash out the hair color?

    • Tsh

      My hair is colored. I will say the baking soda lightens it a bit, so if you don’t want that to happen, I’d look for something else. I’m okay with my highlights getting a little lighter, though. It’s pretty subtle for me.

  30. Kathy

    Thanks for the tips! I know I have several tubes of lanolin from when my daughter was born 2 years ago! I can’t seem to find anything that works on my lips so I will have to give the lanolin a try! Thanks!

  31. Nancy

    What a great post! Thanks, Tsh.

  32. Kat

    I came across the Oil Cleansing Method several years ago before I had kids. It was really complicated and messy and of course I gave it up after I had a newborn! But the way you describe it makes it sound so easy. Keep it premixed in a jar. I’m going to try that out.

  33. Dana B

    Okay, I’m inspired! We went no ‘poo about 7 years ago. To be honest, I thought my hair looked drab and greasy. But I think my diet may have had something to do with that, too. So now that my diet is very wholesome and healthy, maybe I’ll try it again! Thanks for sharing the different recipes. I remember the ACV smell staying in my hair and I couldn’t really get over that.

    • Tsh

      That’s true; diet has quite a bit to do with our skin and hair. And I don’t smell the ACV at all (and if I did, I’d probably like it!), but I know others have said that, too. I hear honey works well, as well as other natural options. Experiment around! 🙂

  34. Julie

    I do all of this (thanks Tsh!) and have never looked back. But the one addition that my skin loves is coffee grinds as an exfoliator. Before I get in the shower up put the OCM on my face, let the hot shower steam it in, and then take a dab of coffee grinds to gently exfoliate. My husband and I both love the scrub.

    • Tsh

      Used grinds or fresh? Just curious. I’d hate to waste good coffee, but I do like this idea…

      • Julie

        Used grinds. I put a litle cup of them in the shower and it lasts awhile. Sometimes I wonder if the caffiene is the extra boost my skin feels, but I might be imagining that part! Just don’t scrub too hard.

  35. Breanne

    Your hair looks fabulous! I’m currently growing my hair out and will be trying the no-poo method shortly. I have everything in my cupboard, just need to start. =)

    I love my mineral makeup and like to change things up with my hair. I like using Aveda for hair coloring since they’re pretty natural themselves. Great post. =)

  36. Tanya

    I’ve heard of using vinegar and baking soda for hair before but never been brave enough to try it. This post makes me want to try it out.

  37. Dana


    do you use any SPF in your daily or summer beauty routine?

    id so, do tell.


    • Tsh

      Here’s my answer! 🙂

  38. Heather Allard

    Thanks for sharing, Tsh! My 12 year old daughter has such sensitive skin and I’m going to share these tips with her.
    BTW…the TV show is friends. 🙂
    Another BTW…your hair looks FABULOUS!!!

    • Tsh

      Thanks, Heather!

  39. Jasmin

    I just started using the No-Poo method and my hair has finally adapted to it. If I need to switch to shampoo while traveling or something, will I need to go through the adaptation process again?

  40. Jess

    THANKS SO MUCH! I have been looking for more natural, simple and cheaper ways to do all of these things! As soon as my period comes back, I am totally doing the Diva Cup…
    The baking soda and vinegar is next on my list. The lanolin is a great idea – my midwife suggested it for my baby’s lips when she was nursing and had dry lips, didn’t even think about how well it would work for mine.
    Going to check out that mineral make-up too. I only use mascara, so it shouldn’t be too pricey!
    Oh, and the face cleanser sounds amazing.
    Just a tid bit of info for you – a friend and I made some toner recently that is amazing as well – the recipe is: Boil 2 cups water, remove from heat.
    Add 1 T yarrow root (I have some)
    Steep for 5 minutes
    Add 10 drops tea tree oil (I have some)
    Refrigerate and use often!
    Just thought I would share 🙂

    Thanks again – LOVE love love this post!

  41. Emily J

    I’ve been using the OCM for about a year now and love it. I either use grapeseed oil/castor oil or now it’s almond oil/castor oil. I do that at night and in the AM just splash cold water on my face/neck and put on a little jojoba oil. Just the OCM doesn’t remove my makeup that well, so I use coconut oil for that. I also make my own deodorant with baking soda, arrowroot power and coconut oil. I was using baking soda/ACV to wash/condition my hair but the baking soda left so many flakes. I switched to making my own shampoo and like that so far. I wash my hair maybe 1x a week and still condition with ACV maybe 2x a week.
    Any restaurant or hotel that has the mini jelly/honey jars I take several because they are the perfect size for coconut oil or deodorant on the go. My next natural beauty DIY project will be lip balm. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Kylie

      I’m nervous about going ‘poo free… How do you make your homemade shampoo?

  42. Aunt Pippy

    I love the oil cleansing method…my face hardly breaks out anymore! Your picture really is beautiful and your hair is gorgeous. Now, I have a dumb question….Do you find that the baking soda/ACV strips the hair color? I, too, am not quite ready to embrace my gray hair or not wear makeup (I look like a cave-man!)lol. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Elizabeth Kane

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us. I’m actually just about to run out of my Green Beaver cleanser I found on a visit to Canada last year (I’ve been rationing the heck out of it because it’s better on my skin than Burt’s Bees cleanser). Instead of trying Burt’s again, I’m going to try your olive oil/castor oil cleanser.

    Btw, you seriously look like an ethereal natural beauty goddess in those photos.

  44. Jeanna

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if you also use a natural deodorant or what brand you use. I’ve tried making my own, but the baking soda in it stings and while it worked, was not comfortable. I’ve tried other ‘natural’ brands and I end up stinky. 🙁

    • Tsh

      I haven’t found one I like yet, nor have I found a recipe I like, either. I’ll let you know if/when I find one! 🙂

      • Jeanna

        That would be great. On a side note….I went and bought my daughter lanonlin cream for her lips yesterday. Hoping this is the key to her VERY cracked lips. She has a crater right in the middle of her bottom lip that comes back EVERY year. It looks so painful and nothing I’ve tried works. So fingers crossed this is product!

    • Kat

      I’ve had irritation in the past, but my current swear-by recipe is this. I’ve used it for over a year without issue.

      3 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
      3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
      2 Tbsp Baking Soda**
      2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder

      Melt oils together in double boiler or microwave. Whisk in powders until thoroughly mixed. Add 20-25 drops essential oils, blend thoroughly. Pour into container and let set before putting the lid on.

      ** I do NOT use Arm & Hammer for this. I use Bob’s Red Mill because I find it gentler on the skin (see here for details on the difference:

  45. Veronica

    Wow! Thank you for this, Tsh. I used nipple cream on my chapped lips in a pinch the other night and woke up to smooth as silk lips! I figured it was safe for me if it is safe for baby. Amazing!

  46. Nadya

    I went no-poo last year November. I am still trying to get to the point where I actually don’t have to wash my hair for a month. By accident, I found that when I take my Himalayan crystal salt bath and soak my hair in it, it actually stabilises for longer, but I am still not getting to a whole month. My inspiration for this is my 4 year old daughter. At about age 2, she refused to have her hair washed, not with baking soda, not vinegar, nothing. It was rough going for almost 8 months or so and then suddenly, her hair was just fine. I did find that the oil on her scalp will thicken and become like a scab, but regular combing and brushing resolved that problem. Now I am applying those principles to my own journey.

    I don’t wear make up. And I must say I don’t look like a cave woman either. I do look prettier, in a different way, when I do wear make up. And by make up I do mean mascara. I splurge on skincare items and eco friendly mascara. My mom was a beauty salon therapist, so I am careful to take care as she taught me. My current product is Esse: A salon quality, vegan, organic, not tested on animals, fair trade and local product. This guy is really passionate about what he does and it shows in his products.

    I must admit, I am not heavy on other body products; Creams and oils will last me months, so I buy rather than make, because it just spoils if I make it.

    Did a baking soda and coconut oil body scrub a while back and really loved that. VInegar, baking soda and lemons are also staples of our self made home cleaning products.

    I bought a mooncup (can’t remember the brand though) last year and to date I have not been able to use it as I am 5 months pregnant.

    loving your blog, which I receive in via email!

  47. Robyn

    I’ve tried the “no poo” route. did it for several months and once I got through the nasty oily phase in the beginning I was SO excited that it appeared to be working… but then… it DESTROYED my hair. I have a lot of hair… wavy (not curly, mind you) and fine in texture but thick on my head. not chemically treated in any way. baking soda on the roots followed up by a acv ( 1/2 to 1/2 h20 ratio) rinse basically Permed my hair. split ends all the way up and cordscrew curls in random places (like the underneath layer) so I couldn’t ever wear it down. I had to cut it all off and start from shoulder-length with really, really expensive products to restore what was left…. just a word of warning 😉

    • Tsh

      Wow, that’s interesting! Especially since I’ve heard this method does wonders for curly hair. Each head is different I guess, eh?

  48. Jamie

    I tried going “no-poo” a month ago, but I couldn’t get through the transition phase. I looked like I had an oily mop 🙁 I’m still in the post partum stage, so maybe my hormones are still crazy.
    I worked OB in a hospital and we had lanolin samples to give out. All of the RNs used them for their lips too 🙂
    I’d like to use the OCM, but I can’t find Castor oil. I live where you did overseas. Any tips?
    Also, no make up being cave womanish? I identify. My eyes and lips disappear if I wear nothing! Kudos to those who don’t need it at all. Be thankful, not offended. Great post!

    • Tsh

      Jamie, I brought my castor oil with me from the States. Perhaps order some and have a soon-expecting visitor bring it over?

    • Katelyn

      I’ve had great success using on almond oil to clean my face. I’d experiment a bit with different oils. Castor oil is not an absolute necessity.

  49. Andi

    I’ve wanted to try the OCM for a while. I have frequent breakouts & have heard it helps clear up your skin.
    I have a Diva Cup, but am terrified to try it- even after watching youtube videos! Any tips for a newbie? I would love to stop buying tampons every month. And- does it work on all days of your period no matter the flow- heavy or light?

    • Kylie

      I want to help but what are you afraid of exactly?
      I have a friend who won’t try just because it grosses her out and another that doesn’t trust it.
      If you don’t trust it then maybe try it on a day you’ll mostly be at home?
      I have a pretty average flow and only empty it once a day! (Before bed) If you have a heavy flow just make sure to bring baby wipes on the go for public stalls. You can use it with any flow you’ll just have to empty it more if you have more ya know?
      Also just make sure to read the directions. When I first put mine in I remember being upset it felt uncomfortable but the directions said to cut some of the little nib at the bottom (a part I didn’t read yet) and that did the trick!
      When I use my diva cup I honestly forget I even have my period most of the time!
      Good luck!

      • Kika

        When I used my Diva Cup I for sure needed a liner as well on days 1-3. Also, when travelling I’d tend to have leakage problems so I’d use a liner then too. It seems like anything else – everyone has different experiences. Just try it. You could try it out when you don’t have your period – practice inserting/removing a few times so that you feel more comfortable when you really need it. One tip: emptying & rinsing out when you have your shower can work well.

      • 2Loui

        For those interested, the diva website says not to use baby wipes to clean the diva cup. It explains how you can clean it in a public restroom stall and also gives a list of what not to use. I had never heard of the diva cup until this post, so I just read their entire website and I’m excited to try it! Sounds wonderful for exercise, swimming, freedom!

      • Kimberly

        I am also intrigued but nervous about the Diva Cup! One, it seems very disgusting to me…..I just can’t imagine handling it…any real life testimonies from those who use it that they don’t make a mess everytime they empty it? I’m also nervous about how it would feel, it’s not one of those things like shoes – you can’t just return it if it isn’t a good fit haha.

  50. Jessica

    I did a couple of posts about no ‘pooing ages back and I still get tons of traffic for them. I’ve been doing it for more than a year now. The only change I had to make was using coconut oil for conditioning instead of the ACV. When I moved to Canada, I don’t know if it was a change in the water or the vinegar, but the ACV quit working it’s magic. My hair would turn into one big dreadlock by the end of the day after washing.

  51. Emily

    I love this post, it’s chock full of fabulous information! I’ve been wanting to try baking soda, oil cleansing, mineral make up, for quite some time. I tend to want to tackle too much at once, so I really do need to just start with one small step at a time.

  52. Judy W

    I’ve used jojoba oil on my skin and it is divine too! Not too greasy and very protective.
    As for the Diva cup… I’d NEVER heard of this before your post, so thank you for writing about it! I was just thinking how annoying it is to have to buy tampons etc every month/ every other month and dang it’s expensive! I will definately look into it.
    Also- I do like the facial oil, but one thing is my bathroom is far from the water heater and takes a long time for the hot water to reach the faucet. I hate to waste that much water- i’m a desert dweller. Maybe there’s some sort of steamer or contraption I could buy that would preheat wet towels?? Any ideas?

    • Heather

      couldn’t you put your towels in the microwave?

      • Judy

        Microwave is a great idea!
        Maybe one of those baby wipe warmers could work too.

  53. Kate E.

    The coconut oil was too heavy for my skin and was leaving me greasy for too long. I switched to grapeseed oil this winter (for the oil cleansing method and for an all over skin moisturizer) and I LOVE it. My skin looks so much healthier. Its cleared up some eczema I’ve had around my nose for years and I haven’t had as many breakouts. Its a lot lighter oil, too, so it seems to not stay oily for as long as the coconut oil did. Its also WAY cheaper than jojoba oil. (I was using that on my face until the price shot up a while ago.)
    After all these glowing reviews, I think I might have to try the Diva cup. That one makes me nervous though….

  54. laura w.

    I add apricot oil to the oil cleanser and use it straight around the eyes to help with fine lines. My skin gets so dry down here in so cal and using the oil cleanser has helped soooo much with that.

  55. Meredith

    Thanks for this fabulous post! I’ve thought on and off about trying the no-poo method, but I haven’t taken the plunge. I think you’ve finally convinced me to revamp my routine! One question, what do you use for shaving? I was looking at the list of ingredients in my shave gel this morning and I don’t feel comfortable continuing to buy it.

    • Tsh

      Just regular Dr. Bronner’s soap, what I use to wash my skin. 🙂 And then coconut oil after I towel off. No problems at all.

  56. SoJosMom

    Okay I am completely intrigued by this Diva Cup. I’ve never heard of it or any product like it. I want to go get it… like tomorrow! LOL So, it is not a disposable product?? You can wash it somehow and reuse it?? I checked out the website, but I need more info. 🙂
    You have such a wonderful blog!

    • Kylie

      It’s made of silicone and you can just wash it with soap and water and then I boil mine like every other month which gets it even cleaner. So yup it’s re-usable – I think they say it has an average life of 8-10 years (not positive though) good luck!

      • SoJosMom

        Thank you!

    • Tsh

      Yep… What Kylie said! 🙂

      • SoJosMom

        Thank you!

  57. Alison

    Thanks for the lowdown! Timely post, I just quit shampoo about a week and a half ago after reading about no ‘poo in Kiwi magazine. And being lazy, I’m seeing what happens cold turkey (no baking soda, nuthin). Tonight my husband compared me to Trinity from the Matrix, which tells you how oily my hair currently looks 😉 (though I think he meant in the compliment “you look sexy” way)

  58. Jen

    I, too, am intrigued by the Diva cup! Am a nurse and NEVER heard of the thing! Went on your link to amazon to investigate and had a ten minute long laugh… my kids were even asking me what was so funny? After reading the first 2-3 5 star reviews (which made me chuckle), I then went to the 1 star review. The “Prepare for battle” review by Ben Dover is just about the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time…from her username to her description- I’m still laughing thinking about it. Totally worth the time! (sigh) In any event… very motivated to try to implement some of these tips! Also have to put in a plug for “Bare Minerals” make up. Been using it for 6 months and it’s the first makeup I’ve consistently loved (I’m mid 30.) Not sure about how it adds up compared to others but it seems very reasonable and lasts forever! Great light product. Anyway- check out that review in your spare time! Hysterical!

  59. Creative2xmom

    I’m curious about the no-poo method. I’m a hard workout girl so I wash my hair 4-5 x/week. I never used to, but now I’m putting in hard workouts about 5x/week. Is this still a feasible option for me?

    • Heather

      I’ve had the same concern. Plus, i work in a professional office where having nasty hair for a month would be frowned upon! Until I have a season in life where I can wear hats daily 🙂 I do a modified routine. I use a sulfate-free shampoo JUST on my scalp and scrub like crazy and then rinse (trying to keep the shampoo away from the rest of my hair). Then I use a silicone-free conditioner and try to avoid my scalp (keeps it from getting oily). I have curly hair, so I leave most of the conditioner in, and follow the shower with a silicone-free hair gel. I can comfortably do this every 2-3 days, and can stretch it longer (if I haven’t gotten super sweaty) by just rinsing my hair and applying a dab of conditioner. Rising your scalp/ hair might be a quick way to recover after a heavy workout as well. From what I understand, the silicone in most conditioners coats your hair requiring a sulfate-based shampoo to strip it and start over. Or something like that! It’s not the no-poo method, but I feel like I’m taking better care of my hair and scalp until I’m brave enough to go all the way!

  60. Shauna

    Great tips! (And I have just officially de-lurked.) I’ll have to try the lanolin. I’ve been doing OCM for about a year and will never go back. Sweet almond oil is another good moisturizer: nice and light, but still effective here in the desert. No poo worked for me for about six months, and then my hair turned to straw. I’ll have to try the hair butter you mentioned.
    And I tried the Keeper (similar to the Diva Cup). TMI, perhaps, but oh, the pain! I’m clearly doing something wrong, but I don’t know what.

    • Tsh

      Welcome to the de-lurking world, Shauna! (By the way, I don’t mind lurkers at all… welcome, all those who read and don’t comment). 🙂

      The Diva Cup comes in two sizes—perhaps you might need a smaller one? Because I can’t feel mine at all.

  61. Rebecca

    I love going back to the basics… Thanks for this series! Super cute pic too!

  62. FrancesVettergreenVisualArtist

    I cleanse my face with a honey/glycerin cleanser I make myself; it’s doing wonders for my skin & takes makeup off easily. Basically it’s equal parts liquid honey and glycerin with just a drop of castile soap. I keep mine in a repurposed pump; 30 ml lasts me weeks. I’ve also begun using a vitamin C serum I make myself 9there are a bunch of recipes online). My skin has never been brighter. BTW — careful with the lanolin; it’s one of those proteins many people are allergic to, so if redness isn’t going away, you might want to use something else. Cliniderm makes a nothing-noxious physical barrier sunscreen that doesn’t leave you chalky white.

    • Tsh

      Good to know about the lanolin—thanks!

  63. Elisabeth

    Your photo is gorgeous!
    I tried the no ‘poo thing last year for a few months, and for a while it was great… but then it wasn’t. So I switched back to Trader Joe’s products. Being pregnant again and planning to move overseas, I’m tempted to try the BS/ACV thing again in our new home…
    One simple change I’ve made in the past year that I LOVE is using plain baking soda for deodorant. My MIL always swore by it and we (yes, even my husband!) finally tried it long enough to find out it really works for us! It took about two weeks before our skin adjusted, but now we never have ANY odor–amazing. And so cheap!
    I’ve used BareMinerals makeup for over a decade now, and having tried a variety of other mineral makeups, I always come back to it–love it!
    I’ve been using Mom4Life’s lip balm (coconut oil mostly) and love it, but now I have a use for all my leftover Lansinoh–thanks!
    And having 2 boys (3 and 1) and being pregnant I confess I only wash my face in the shower (and I don’t always get a shower, lol!), and then only with water. But the OCM has intrigued me. Will have to give it a go…
    Thanks again, Tsh!

  64. Aubrey

    Read this post yesterday, at the height of some super-dry weather we’ve been having here. None of my chapsticks and lotions work. Got some lanolin and coconut oil and my problems are SO solved! I’m stunned that I put them on in the afternoon and my skin wasn’t itchy and dry in the morning.
    Thanks for the suggestion about the hair butter. I live in a dry climate and found that my hair was too dry (and therefore raging with incurable static cling) with the no ‘poo method. I’ll give it another try!

  65. Shannon Rinckey

    I thought I was doing personal care “green,” but you opened my eyes to another level!

  66. Red

    I read about making my own makeup on The foundation is amazing and my partner can even lick my face! I smell like chocolate. You start with arrowroot and then gradually mix in cinnamon and cocoa powder until you reach your desired shade for you skin. I found that adding the cinnamon first was much better for my pale skin than starting with the darker cocoa powder. She has other tips for homemade makeup options that I haven’t tried yet. The best part is everything is safe so even the babies can kiss you without worrying about chemicals.

    • Tsh

      Ooh, fascinating! I’ll have to try this out.

  67. Mare

    My husband has eczema and I’m wondering if coconut oil would help that? I’d like to try the baking soda/vinegar hair wash, but am not clear on what happens the first month. From the comments here, it seems like your hair feels/look awful? Can anybody answer my questions?
    from The Dugout

    • Tsh

      There are so many variables for everybody’s hair, it’s hard to say what exactly happens the first month. For me, it mostly looked like I hadn’t washed my hair much, so it had that oily look. It felt sorta heavy, too. But I kept at it, using baking soda and vinegar about 2-3x a week, and one week, it just seemed to work its magic. My hair wasn’t oily anymore, and it was light.

      Many, many people have commented and shared their experiences on the original no-poo post. I suggest heading there if you want more specifics and variables. 🙂

  68. Claire

    all really good info here! I like the comments too. I really like washing my face with a mix of baking soda and water. It exfoliates and also makes my skin feel soft. I sometimes get dry flaky patches around my scalp and the BS/H2O gets rid of the flakes and soothes the patches. I do it about 2x/ week. Also, a facial mask made w/ a mix of yogurt and honey is wonderful.

  69. KammyH

    No Poo didn’t work for me… I started developing cystic bumps on my scalp! I was pregnant at the time though, so I’m not sure if that has something to do with it. I have been really curious about Rhassoul clay though. Apparently you can use it to cleanse both your face and your hair! Talk about simplifying!

  70. Kate

    Thanks for sharing Tsh! I’m due with baby #2 in a few weeks and just pulled out my lanolin the other day. Having moved to Colorado from New York last summer the dry air has been a BIG change for my skin & lips, and nothing seemed to help. I tried the lanolin today- you’re brilliant! Looking forward to picking up some coconut oil during my next shopping trip!

  71. Heart and Haven

    It’s good to see your update, still using the “no-poo” method, even now with longer hair.
    My hair is about the same length as yours. I’m finally out of all the extra shampoo/conditioner I found with I cleared out our bathroom vanities from a previous year of Project Simplify! lol! Now I just be brave enough to try this!

  72. Stephanie

    I’ve been using coconut oil for moisturizer too. Love the smell.
    Thanks for the reminder about lanolin. I made good use of it w/ each of my three babies during the first 2-4 weeks of breastfeeding…but I forgot how relevant it remains as our little ones grow older.

  73. Kika

    I found that once I hit 35 my skin changed and now (I’m 41) every couple years or so I seem to go through changes again which messes with my skin care routine. As others have mentioned, when I break out a little Tea Tree Oil works well to clear that up quickly. I like making homemade body lotions with jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter combos. But on my face I went back to a regular moisturizer (clinique) b/c I was struggling with dryness/irritation. I live in a cold climate with very long winters, though. I do like using a bkg soda/coconut oil face scrub about once/wk in the shower. And when I quit the OCM for my face I continued to use the oils for eye makeup remover whenever I do wear makeup. As mentioned above, I quit the Diva Cup – just never worked well enough for me though I kept it and will continue to try it out on occasion. I now use Natracare products – they aren’t cheap but for women who won’t or can’t use a menstrual cup these products are worth checking out (bleach/chemical free, organic).

  74. Donna Licano

    Tsh, what do you do for body wash? And shaving? I’ve been following you for a couple years now and love you and your blog!

  75. PeaceLoveBabies

    Hi, Tsh! I always really enjoy your natural beauty posts. It’s so nice to have this community of mamas to share info openly and honestly with one another. 🙂

    Over the years I have tried both OCM and the baking soda no ‘poo many times, and could just never seem to get past the “transition” phase, no matter how long I stuck with it. My hair was just always dry and straw-like, but greasy feeling too – not so cute. And the oil cleansing seemed to work beautifully at first, but then I’d start breaking out. After lots of researching into it, I read something that said it could actually be bad for some skin types, what with the super hot washcloth actually aggravating acne issues. It just didn’t work for me.

    Anyway, we use Apple Valley Natural Soap’s shampoo bars for hair, face, and body and they are A-MA-ZING! My hair is soft, shiny and delicious, and my skin has never been so soft, calm and clear! I also buy bentonite clay in bulk and mix it with ACV for a deep cleansing mask a few times a week. That stuff is a miracle! We use a coconut oil/cocoa butter mixture to moisturize and it’s perfect. I make our toothpaste, and my deodorant is a combination of coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot. I’ve tried lots of recipes and this one smells so good, I think, and I’ve been really happy with it. Simple is the way to go! I’ve been pregnant and/or nursing for the last 7.5 years, so I haven’t gotten back to the point of needing a monthly solution (ahem) but I do use cloth for postpartum and it’s infinitely better than disposable variety, for sure. As far as make-up, I really don’t wear anything on a daily basis, but when I go out and want to look a little more fresh and not-so-exhausted!, I use Everyday Minerals. I think their products are nice and quite afforadable.


  76. Jacqueline

    Great post, love your dedication to truly natural self-care. Perhaps you’ve never heard this, but you may want to look into it. Mineral makeup, as well as some mineral sunscreens, have micronized or nanoparticles, very tiny particles that can actually get into your cells and “change your DNA.” Just passing on what I have read in several places. There are many who consider these particles to be quite dangerous (sorry to the women who love mineral makeup) . You don’t have to take my word for it of course, just look it up for yourself. But I’d be interested in your opinion once you do some research. Thanks!

  77. Alison Hill

    Thanks for the tips. I am a huge believer in the fact that we have all our own resources for our needs, we simply misuse them. I believe we should supply our own fossil fuels for FUEL alone. The amount of additional products (water bottles, make-up, shampoos, packaging) that use petroleum places a tremendous strain on the environment and economy.

  78. Britany

    About the Diva Cup – I too had never heard of such a thing until reading this post, and ordered one immediately. It came when I was mid-cycle so I used it right away. The first time, I could only leave it in a few hours and it was miserable. The second time, I took my time inserting it, careful to follow the instructions, and voila! It’s like it disappeared! I couldn’t believe it, and wanted to call everyone I knew to tell them about it…but of course, that’s not socially acceptable. So I’m writing it here instead. Thanks for the great ideas/advice!!! I’m currently reading Organized Simplicity and am finding it is one of those books I can only read a little bit at a time because there’s so much to absorb, I have to stop and really think about it. Seriously changing my life. You are a blessing!!!

  79. Maria

    Hi Tsh- just found your post today and I have been using coconut oil to clean my face for about a week- the concept of oil removing oil makes sense from a chem. perspective and it is getting rid of “bumps” I get on my face with normal “cleansers”. I was just curious if you could compare quickly what the diff. b/w EVOO, Coconut oil, castor oil, etc is for cleaning- is it based on diff. skin types, preference, odor, etc- the post I saw about using coconut oil said it had microbial properties ( I think). thanks! look forward to checking out your site further! and I think you got too much slack about the cavewoman thing 🙂 !! Ha ha…this would be a post to make my husband laugh (and make his point) about how we women can turn anything in to a negative comment! so true, sadly 🙂

  80. Sarah

    I have had some trouble with my face breaking out this year, for the first time ever (who knows- hormones, nearing 40?!). Tried coconut oil and it is the only thing I’ve tried that immediately cleared up my skin- like within 2 days. I still have some dryness after wiping it off, however, so I will try your oil method with the coconut left on as moisturizer and see if that helps. Great post! And I agree- you’re beautiful, great testimony as to the effectiveness of the products you use. 😉

  81. Virginia Carey

    Hello Simplemom,
    Very interesting, Do you like natural-looking make-up or do you go all out? I like to look natural, so I pick one favorite feature (usually my eyes; I like to directly at me when I’m talking to them, so I draw attention to them) and highlight that while keeping everything else minimal. What is your beauty routine like?
    I’ll be back to read more next time

  82. Megan

    Thanks for this great post! I love oil cleansing – it’s amazing! And I can’t wait to try that honey/cinnamon mask mentioned in the comments. I just dug out a tube of Lansinoh I’ve had for over a year and never used. I was relieved to find I hadn’t thrown it out yet 🙂 It works wonderfully! Thanks for the tip, I never would have thought of that on my own.

  83. Meghan

    So, I have naturally curly (and thirsty) hair. Tried the no ‘poo treatment today for the very first time. Ran an errand first thing and got an instant compliment from another shopper. My hair was cooperative while combing wet, while styling AND I didn’t even use spray, which I usually do. Thanks for the new, simplified, healthy routine. Now to try mineral makeup!

  84. Patty

    Hi Tsh,
    I am an oil-cleansing method convert and love the lanolin for the lips (lansinoh in purse as we speak), and have tried (but given up) the no-shampoo. So glad you re-posted this!

  85. Lydia Joy

    I too use the Diva Cup, and I’m coming up on my 2 year “Divaversary”! I love how easy it is, and how much money it saves me! I no longer have visions of icky piles upon piles of pads.

  86. Clare

    Thank you SO much for this post. I had no idea Lansinoh/lanolin could be used for so many things. I have bought a tube with each child to help with breastfeeding, and then just discarded it after 🙁 However with no. 4, this post has literally had a huge impact in our lives. My children’s dry and sore skin, and nappy rash, heals so quickly now. God bless you 🙂

  87. tereza

    so many helpful things! thanks so much:) I totally didn’t know about olive oil as a face cleanser, so cool!!

  88. Tray

    You were totally inspirational and prompted me to get a cup. I hadn’t heard of them before I read your list!

    I got one last month and I love it so much. Thank you!

    Also, my favorite natural beauty thing is my toner: it’s Bragg ACV, brewed and cooked green tea, and a bit of rosewater. It’s so effective, even on my sensitive skin.

  89. h. Yackley

    Hi! I need some advice from people who have been doing this for a while!

    So I’ve been trying to do BS/ACV for over a year now… I was doing the ratio too strong for a long time, but I fixed that a few months ago. Most recently, however, my hair has been getting terrible split ends. I cut them off a couple weeks ago, but now they’re back with a vengeance!

    Also, even though I have been using it for so long, I HAVE to wash my hair after three days, which is about how often I washed my hair before all of this. Additionally, my hair starts feeling icky after a while, like there’s a lot of residue left, so I use an organic shampoo to “start over”

    I definitely want to continue doing this, but I’m not sure if I can if these trends continue 🙁 I miss being happy with my hair.

    My hair is medium thickness, slightly wavy.

  90. Ariane Clay

    I’ve recently gone “natural” and am trying your shampoo aswell as the oil cleansing method and was wondering what you’re doing for body wash, or if you’re still just using the store bought ones?

  91. Sarah

    Great tips, and I can attest to your routine. I would like to add that I have not washed my hair or body with anything except water for months and it feels just as clean as when I was using BS or soap. The body has an amazing self-cleansing system, and it seems that using any product throws it off. (I do not wear make-up, and it definitely makes sense to use SOMETHING when there is a barrier on your skin.) This is obviously a little extreme for some, but very doable for others.


    P.S. Hair Butter has shea butter as a main ingredient. After reading a few articles from various sources(easily “Googled”), I have found that it does not seem to be very ethical to buy. I am not the most informed on this issue, but thought that you might want to look into it.

  92. Rachel

    Tsh, I’ve always heard that part of a skin care routine (for the face) includes toning. It was drilled into my head – cleanse, tone, moisturize. However, I am starting to switch over to natural, simple skin care and am questioning. Are you concerned with applying some sort of “toner” to your skin in between cleansing and moisturizing?

  93. becca

    How do you keep the oil from ruining your washcloths and clogging your sink? I tried this for a while and now have four washcloths that won’t stop smelling of oil.

  94. Shannon Y.

    I LOVE my diva cup!

    I also have loved the oil cleansing method! It’s great for my dry, sensitive skin. I use a combination of almond and grapeseed oils. My only complaint is that I have ruined a few washcloths because they get oily and never return to their previous form. Do you have this problem? Any recommendations for how to solve it? I rinse with hot water after I use it and launder regularly but neither of those things have worked. It’s made me move away from OCM…

  95. Vegnet

    Of cause the wallet is happy! And that not a bad thing. Honey is definitely a great choice for natural face cleanser. Its a great daily face cleanser and helps also in moisturizing. The beauty about it that you don’t have do mix anything just keep a bottle in the bathroom and use when necessary.

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