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And in related news, I just started a new body wash. Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing with seaweed and oatmeal. It didn't appear to make me react. Which is wonderful.
I'd pay more for shampoo if I could be sure I wouldn't have to throw it out because it hurt me! Maybe I should try Lush or Aveda or another higher end formulation. If anyone has super sensitive skin, can't use soap, and knows what to use, please let me know. This gets tiresome. I have found that The Body Shop Aloe line of skincare works for me. I should see if they make shampoo.
Edit: this one looks promising.
Wish I knew which chemicals act as skin irritants for me. That would help.
Last edited by Muirenn; 12-11-2015 at 07:00 PM.
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Just another vote for going "no poo." Here is my routine:
Once a week I do a true wash of my hair. Week 1 I wash with diluted baking soda, with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse (rinse 2x with the acv). Week 2 I wash with a mixture of bentonite clay, acv, honey & water (I like hedging my bets spreading these out just in case one is a little damaging, although both are supposed to be OK)
The rest of the week I do either a water only wash (scrub my scalp with warm water & rinse with cold water), or if I'm real sweaty wash with diluted lemon juice & condition with honey. If I don't get sweaty I can usually skip washing my hair at all, or just use a little corn starch as dry shampoo. When I travel I just wash with Dr Bronners so I don't have to deal with all this.
I know this sounds like a lot of work but really it means you'll be able to get away with washing your hair less -- a lot less. My hair NEVER looks oily, now that I'm no longer stripping it with shampoo, which encourages the overproduction of oil. Plus there are no fragrances for your allergies to react to. You might need a "transition" period, but I 100% think its worth it. Sometimes my hair looks a little dull and rather than oil, build up is what I have to fight, but I no longer get frizzy or oily hair and I've been really happy with the results. Overall its much less work, I think. Plus my hair dries much faster since its not being stripped.
Also: washing with an egg yolk occasionally makes your hair AMAZING, so thick and shiny, but I can never seem to keep the shower cold enough that I'm not picking cooked egg out of my hair afterwards!
I use short sleeved jerseys from Louis Garneau even in summer as that fabric tends to be very cool and mesh-like. Or use Cool Wings on top of a tank. Both options decrease the use of sunscreen.
I tried a few from the Environmental Working Groups recommendations, and made sure to select those rated a '1.' Prior to that, it so happened all my choices were from their Sunscreen Hall of Shame. (Whaaa haa haa).
The best stick, which I've used for a few years now, is the Badger Broad Spectrum.
And Aubrey Organics for Sensitive Skin, SPF 30 lotion, which I've used even longer.
You will find that the screens that actually work according to EWG, go on a bit white or oily. The Aubrey is the least greasy and least white I've found in a lotion that was rated well (a 1 on a scale of 1-10). Same with the Badger Stick.
Badger does make some fine screen lotions, but they are very oily, and that is a huge problem when combined with extreme heat and humidity like we deal with. The Aubrey stick, rated well, is as hard as a crayon. It's okay if you take it to the beach and it's very hot out. That way, it will melt enough to actually use. But for normal use it's difficult. It does work, though. You just need a face that is already oily with sweat and sunscreen products.
I think the majority of Badger products are a 1, some are a 2. With most brands, I think Aubrey included, some products might be a 1 or a 2, but their other screens may be much lower rated by EWG, so you have to be careful.
Last edited by Muirenn; 12-17-2015 at 07:10 AM.
Funny how we can all be so different, Badger tore my face up! And I actually blistered my chest with Coppertone Sport once. I just hate being a delicate little flower.
Electra Townie 7D
Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte
I've used Avalon Organics Tea Tree Scalp treatment shampoo that you can order online from several retailers in UK
My best suggestion would be shampoos that were already reviewed by http://www.haircareconsumers.com/ if you are concern about allergies, that is the best place where they could explain different types of shampoos.