Remember our posts on Body Care? (Rethinking Your Body Care, Real Food Makeup Alternatives, and 100% Pure Review) Well, we have been continuing to dig around for other options for skin and hair care. I started to play around with no poo options back in January, but the results were not fantastic:
Third Times a Charm
1) I first started out with the baking soda and vinegar no poo method (besides the short intro that I had with 100% Pure Shampoo — worked great for first week, then not so great). This worked ok once I got past the 3 weeks of the ‘I’m a hippie and look like a greaseball’ phase. But I still had this patch of waxy substance in the back of my hair. It went away after I blow dried it but was extremely difficult to brush through.
2) Then I stumbled across a local brand called Terressentials. This is a mud cleanser which is essentially mud and essential oils mixed together. It removed some of the excess sebum that coated my hair. However I think it’s meant to be used in combination with a once a week regular shampoo which I am not interested in going back to because of all the chemicals in it. Eventually the sebum returned although not at bad as with the baking soda and vinegar rinse. I may continue to use this as a weekly regimen.
3) Finally, while visiting a friend this summer I walked into a Whole Foods to stock up on food. My friend pointed out this shampoo that she was wanting to try. I looked at the ingredients and it looked clean: African Mint Extract, African Black Soap (saponified shea butter), Palm Kernal Oil, Lauryl Glucoside (which is a glucose base, likely derived from coconut), and peppermint essential oil. The brand is ALAFFIA. Now just so you’re not confused — the company has a website, but there are tons of products. I bought the Authentic Black African Soap (peppermint). The wash is made to be used as a body wash, facial cleanser, shaving soap, shampoo, and MORE. But for now, I was only interested in it as a shampoo. So I bought it and gave it a try.
Guess what freaks? NO MORE SEBUM!!!!!!!!
There is a weird film that still coats my hair slightly, but I think this is more related to what normal hair is supposed to feel like. As my hair dries that film is non existent and my hair is easy to brush through. So far I haven’t needed to condition my hair. I may want to do a vinegar rinse later if it becomes brittle, but it has been almost two weeks and it feels great with the wash alone.
I haven’t tried it as a facial cleanser or a body wash yet. That is next on my list. If it works, it would be nice to know that I only have one product to buy for all of these things. What would you expect to pay for something like this? A fortune right?
I paid $9.99 for a 32 oz bottle at Whole Foods. However, DO NOT FEAR if you don’t have a Whole Foods. I found it on Vitacost for a little more at $13.99 for that same 32 oz bottle. (They have a 16 oz for less). $13.99 is still a bargain for this stuff! I will be buying it from Vitacost after this bottle is gone as my closest Whole Foods is almost an hour away.
It Gets Better!
This shampoo is Fair Trade with ingredients from Africa.
There are two scents to choose from: peppermint and tangerine citrus
Never tested on animals.
It has no synthetic fragrance.
My only beef? That it comes in a plastic bottle. One of the main reasons that I have been trying to make my own shampoo is so I could cut down on my plastic consumption. I will still continue to look for a homemade option, but until I find that magic combination I will be using this when I need to be seen in public.
Ready to give it a try?