When I moved into my current apartment, I was told it had a dishwasher. Actually what it has is a machine that uses water and a tremendous amount of noise to take bits of food from one dish, swirl them all around, and stick them onto other dishes. This may have to do with detergent companies removing phosphates from their formulas; I’ve tried several different brands, and none seems to work. A maintenance guy even once told me the problem was that, paradoxically, I was using too much soap, which may have been clogging the pipes.
I am nothing if not dedicated to the search for a more perfect natural deodorant, and wonder if any of these six featured on Refinery29 are better than my precious Lavanila. (Which shows up on slide No. 4.)
The Secret one doesn't count because it's still got aluminum; the Jason one doesn't work, which I know from experience; the Lush T'eo one looks interesting but unsubstantial, the Lavera bamboo-and-cotton one looks … weak; and the Body Shop one looks promising, but it's from the Body Shop. Anyone tried it?
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Are you cheap? Lazy? Vaguely and perhaps unjustifiably paranoid about slathering your body with chemicals on a daily basis? Then perhaps you'd like to join the “no-poo movement”? It is more than just a hair-care revolution—it’s also the perfect way to trick others into using the term “poo”! But from here on out I’m just going to call it quitting shampoo, because it doesn’t actually involve laxatives, and it’s less a “movement” than a “beauty tip.”
Why would you want to quit shampoo? Well, there are plenty of people who will tell you that the chemicals in shampoo like methylisothiazolinone and diethanolamine can give you terrifying health problems like [...]
When it comes to something like quitting shampoo, reducing the amount of synthetic chemicals that touch your skin is a bonus, but it’s not essential; you’re probably not going to hurt yourself by washing your hair. Bug spray, though, is a different story. Of course using it once in a while probably isn’t a huge deal, but it is literally poison designed to literally kill things. If you would prefer not to coat yourself with a substance that, according to Wikipedia, “may dissolve some plastics, rayon, spandex … or varnished surfaces including nail polish,” here are some natural insect repellents you can make yourself.
Chances are someone you know has raved about using a neti pot or at least you've got an idea of what they are. But maybe you think washing out your nose sounds gross or scary, or perhaps you’ve been intrigued but are too nervous to try it? I was once like you. I’d been told how great they were for years but resisted because I thought it would make me feel like I was drowning. Then one day I went to a new doctor who ordered me to start using one, and I caved, and now I am a full-blown neti pothead. I guarantee that using one is not [...]
Years before I quit shampoo, I stopped using styling products. They made my hair look good but gave me rashes and breakouts on my face and neck (which for some reason never seem to be in style). Plus I felt the requisite eco-guilt about throwing away plastic bottles — and the CFCs in hairspray. Oh jeez, don’t… just don’t. So what’s a girl to do when she wants her hair to look killer, but doesn’t want to mess up her skin or the environment or her bank account? Try homemade natural styling products is what!
Sounds good in theory, but do they actually work? Well, I decided to [...]
You’ve probably heard of menstrual cups, and maybe you even have vague notions of why you wouldn’t use one. Before I say anything more, I will admit that they’re not for everyone. We all deal with our lady times in different ways, and there are plenty of legit reasons why someone might prefer a non-cup method. But I find that the main reasons women don’t try menstrual cups are 1) they’ve never heard of them, and 2) they think they’re gross. So I’m going to tell you why they’re not gross, and then you can make your own decisions after that, obvz, because you’re a grown-ass woman.
So, what precisely [...]