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Homemade Beauty Product Problems, Questions, Etc.
August 13, 2010
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Helen said:

From a chemistry standpoint, I thought you might find it interesting to know why baking soda works as a mild de-greaser.  As anyone who makes soap knows, a fatty acid + an alkali dissolved in water = soap.  Well sebum is a kind of fatty acid and baking soda is an alkali, so when you dissolve baking soda in water and put it on your hair or skin, as odd as it sounds, you actually form a kind of soap from your own hair and skin oils bug-eyed.  The baking soda saponifies the hair and skin oils and allows them to be washed away by the water. 


 

Never thought about it like that, but yep, that's exactly it!

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August 13, 2010
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I take your word for it ,Pete. I can't begin to know anything about chemistry.

August 22, 2010
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happy-flowerI have seen several informercials for a hair cleansing product called WEN- do you think the baking soda method simular?

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August 22, 2010
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Well, WEN seems to have just as much as the other hair care systems.  This is what I was able to find on their website

Key Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chamomilla
Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry)
Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus
Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,
Hydrolyzed Wheat, Protein, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium
Methosulfate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60
Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol,
Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum,
Limonene.

 

Still too many words I can't pronounce!!!!

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August 22, 2010
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I never thought to go to their website--thank you.happy-flower

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August 23, 2010
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Too funny -- I was just in my photobucket and guess whose ad was floating up on top???  I'd never heard of WEN until JoJo brought it up and now I'm seeing ads.  I would have clicked into it to see what it was, it says shampoo free.

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August 23, 2010
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Well, I wasn't happy with the baking soda in my hair, I did try it for about 3 weeks too so I could be sure that my hair/scalp had a chance to adjust.  Thing is, I have actually washed my hair very little for years now, and I'm pretty happy with it in general.  I shampoo with a very basic shampoo (white rain on sale or suave or whatever!) about once a week, and just finger scrub it under plain water the rest of the time during my shower.   Also I rinse it with some cider vinegar once or twice a week too, even if I don't use shampoo on the day.

So!  I have had some issues with plumbing and had to replace some pipes etc, and someone suggested testing our water. (out in the country, well water) and I found out that our water is pretty alkaline!  Which means, baking soda would only make it MORE alkaline, which means, even the mild mixture is probably too much!!!

Untill I find something better, I think I'm going back to using shampoo, but using even less and continuing with my cider vinegar rinse.  I guess there's just some fine tuning for everyone! 

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August 23, 2010
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Bet you are right about that alkaline thing, Deb.  Another case of just because something makes sense, it doesn't apply to everyone.

Meanwhile, I stopped in for my semi-annual haircut today and my hair guy absolutey could not believe the condition of my hair!  He called everyone in the shop over to ooh and aah over how healthy it has become.  He just laughed and laughed when he found out what I've been doing.  He observed that I am also saving a bunch of money not using all the special stuff on what had before been fragile hair!  He really had a good time with one of the stylists (a new one) who tried to tell us how bad it was to use the baking soda – not sure that he ever did get through to her that she was sounding like a blooming idiot!  My hair spoke for itself.  She seemed to think that it should have all fallen out or something!

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August 23, 2010
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happy-flowerI meant to ask earlier--will the baking soda cleansing also work on hair that has been sprayed with hairspray?

         Thank you.

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August 24, 2010
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Pete,  I am so glad that the baking soda has done wonders for your hair!  it might not work for everyone but it works for you, and now your hair is in better shape!  I love it   I have been using my homemade soap on my hair and it has not stripped the color, in fact I had my hair colored six months ago and it still looks great, so you never know what might work, just don't be afraid to try.  shimmy

August 24, 2010
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Jojo, the baking soda will take all the build up off, especially hairspray.   Back when I had the 80's BIG HAIR and used 1/2 bottle per day, I would use baking soda to get the build up off at least once a week.

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August 24, 2010
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I get a perm every 6 or 8 months and I have always been told to use baking soda in my shampoo before-hand to strip any hair product residue from the hair. Now I use it once a week for the same reason since I do use mousse.

 

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September 5, 2010
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Oh my, I've been using baking soda instead of shampoo for the past week. And I'm lovin' my hair! It has never felt so healthy before. And I've also been using apple cider vingegar as a rinse. My hair is so shiny. I don't think I'll be buying anymore shampoo or conditioner again.

September 5, 2010
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MrsFuzz said:

I just found this website today, and thought y'all might like it!  http://simplemom.net/oil-clean.....ng-method/


 

I've been using the oil cleaning method on my face for about 2 weeks now and I just love it!  At first I used a combo of olive/jojoba/castor oils.  Then I switched to all jojoba.  Then I tried extra-virgin coconut oil...the kine that smells like coconut, and oh, my god...wonderful heart!  The only caveat I would add is that you might want to keep drain-opener on hand, because the oil clogs up the drain fairly fast.  But I don't care...the OCM works so beautifully that its worth it.  My next experiment will be to add some Blue Chamomile essential oil to the coconut oil...or maybe a combo of e.o. of lavender and blue chamomile, which smells like a sunny meadow to me butterfly

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February 23, 2011
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All recipes in this topic have been moved to the Home & Garden Recipes Forum happy-flowerPlease continue any discussions though!

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December 3, 2012
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In answer to JoAnn who wanted some information about places to get Jojoba oil and the recipes for items from the classes at the 2012 Retreat! 

Jojoba oil — I get mine from The Jojoba Company — http://www.jojobacompany.com.  Another source, good if you're buying other oils in gallon or higher amounts is http://www.soaperschoice.com.  FYI, jojoba is terribly expensive now, about double what I paid when I stocked up about a year ago, even in bulk quantities. Those two companies have the best prices I've seen this year. I've seen it elsewhere for up to four times what they're charging — and these, most likely are further down the wholesale chain and are buying in smaller quantities and repackaging rather than getting the large volume pricing that the bigger companies get from their suppliers.

The recipes from the classes are posted now at:

http://www.thelandofmoo.com/naturalhome/

The green salve we made in class is Laura's Herbal Salve. Scroll down further to find the alternative recipes for the cream and lotion using the rice bran oil.  I highly recommend rice bran as an economical alternative to jojoba oil.  Not enough time has passed for me to comment on how well it keeps compared to jojoba, which has exceptional keeping qualities. Thus far, everything I've made using the rice bran oil purchased this summer is keeping well and the original oil remains in excellent condition.

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