Living in a Chemical-Free Environment (Part Two: Shampoo & Soap)

As you remember from Part One, SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is in all kinds of household products. Shampoo is loaded with it to create enough bubbles to fill the whole room and give you the illusion that its doing a good job cleaning your hair. In reality the regular shampoos strip the hair of its essential oils and irritate the scalp especially for those with sensitive skin. That is the reason conditioner is put on the shelves, to try to put the oils back in and restore the hair. Shower gels are loaded with chemicals and industrial irritants as well. The chemicals are widely used because of low cost of manufacture and the tons of bubbles they create for “even better cleaning”. We also strip our skin of needed oils and leave it less able to defend against Staph or MRSA bacteria. There really is such thing as being too clean.

There are ways to keep clean without chemicals. For a long time I have been using Dr. Bronners soaps and cant go anywhere overnight without it. With ingredients like Coconut oil, Olive oil, Hemp oil and Jojoba oil, Dr. Bronners soap is not only good for the environment but also good for you. It cleans and bubbles just as well as your conventional soaps if not better without irritating the skin. People have been known to wash clothes, brush their teeth and clean the whole house all with the same soap.

I am in no way affiliated with the company and get no free merchandise from them (that would be awesome!) but I tell people I know about the soap all the time and even buy it for them to try. Just like that you can eliminate coming in contact with some nasty chemicals that have no business being in your bathroom. Try the magical soap or another castile or hemp based oil soap and you wont regret it. There is a variety of flavors like Almond, Lavender, and Lemon. I would recommend men to stay away from the Tea Tree flavor because Tea Trea Oil is known to raise estrogen levels so its best to stay away from that one. Recently I discovered the Hemp Peppermint flavor and showering with it is the most refreshing way possible to start your day!