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Hot Beauty Tip: Replace All Your Soap With Luxurious Cascades of Bacterial Mist

We know all about the no-shampoo life; the New York Times does us one better by spending a month forgoing normal hygiene while testing out AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, a bottled-bacteria product conceived when its founder looked at horses and "wondered whether the animals managed their sweat by engaging in dirt bathing." It gets dark for a minute:

People began asking if I’d “done something new” with my hair, which turned a full shade darker for being coated in oil that my scalp wouldn’t stop producing. I slept with a towel over my pillow and found myself avoiding parties and public events. Mortified by my body [...]

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Make Your Own Pleasant-Smelling Natural Insect Repellent

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.

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Neti Pots: Better Than They Sound

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 [...]

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What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

When I wrote about quitting shampoo over two and a half years ago, I was a relatively recent convert to the natural-hair game.

Here’s what I knew then: You go through a terrible phase where you don’t wash your hair at all. When that phase is over, you do the following instead of using shampoo: put baking soda in your hair, rinse it out, put apple-cider vinegar in your hair, rinse it out. Repeat once every 5–7 days, washing with just water in the meantime. Boom bam boom, the end.

That’s all still true, but now that I’m a seasoned veteran (kind of literally, because of the vinegar), [...]

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Make Your Own Semi-Functional Hairstyling Products

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 [...]

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Menstrual Cups: Are They for You?

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 [...]

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How (Not) to Make Natural Dish Detergent

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.

So when a friend linked me to a recipe for homemade [...]

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Still Hunting for the Natural Deodorant Holy Grail

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?

Lauren O'Neal, a [something] turns its [something] eyes to you.

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How to Quit Shampoo Without Becoming Disgusting

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 nerve [...]