oil cleanse and no 'poo.


i started the oil cleanse and no 'poo regime a little over six months ago,
and i thought it was about time i reviewed it.

i'll start with no 'poo.

about a year ago i came across this post on simple mom.
i was intrigued, but not quite ready to give up on my beloved shampoo and conditioner.

then i had M, and began going crazy over ingredients in the products i use.
i had given up on my daily ritual of slathering my body with queen helene's cocoa butter
due to it's scary list of toxic ingredients.
and, had started the oil cleanse, so i felt ready to give up on shampoo and conditioner.

here's why from simple mom:

1. Shampoo is a detergent.

Shampoo cleans your hair, but it also strips it of all the healthy oil your body naturally produces. These oils protect your hair and keep it soft and strong.
Shampoo was only introduced in the early 20th century — before that, people relied on good-old soap, which can wash hair just as well without removing important oils. But soap doesn’t work well in alkaline water, and when water in civilized areas started becoming more mineral-heavy (read: alkaline), soap became a challenge. It made the scales on hair stand up, making it weaker and rougher. So shampoo was introduced, marketed with its only benefit of working in both hard and soft water.
Detergent is harsh. I doubt we’d use the same type of stuff to wash our bodies as we would our dishes, but that’s essentially what we’re doing with shampoo.

2. Shampoo has all sorts of chemicals. 

Our family typically goes out of our way to not eat boxed chemicals disguised as food — we stick to the natural, whole foods that either come from the ground or once ate things that came from the ground. But skin is our largest organ, and it’s extremely porous — substances can easily enter the bloodstream directly through our skin, and they can stay for a long time.

Since we try to avoid food that has unpronounceable ingredients, we thought it only made sense to adhere to the same standards for the stuff we slather on our skin. Since this includes shampoo, we sought out an alternative.
Most shampoos also contain mineral oil, which is a byproduct when gasoline is distilled from crude oil. It’s added to shampoo (along with hundreds of other products) to thickly coat the strands, giving hair an artificial shine. And since it can’t absorb into skin, like the other ingredients, it acts as a barrier on our scalp, preventing oil from being released — thus requiring more shampoo to strip away the grease. This is why the more shampoo you use, the more you need.


even though you don't shampoo or condition your hair with traditional soap,
you do clean your hair.

i first wet my hair then pour a mixture of baking soda and water over my hair and scrub.
i let it sit while i shave, then rinse.
next, i pour a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water over my hair and scrub.
i let that sit while i wash my body.

now, i will admit that the transition phase was difficult.
the texture of my hair was straw-like for about a month.
i was also still over-producing oil, so i had to wash it very frequently.
then, magically it all changed.
the texture of my hair became very soft and the oily mess disappeared.

my hair has never felt or looked better.
and, what's even better, i only have to wash my hair about once a week.
(okay, that may be gross to some - but i HATE washing my hair)
also, it may be a coincidence...
but, i was having terrible postpartum hair loss and the day i started it stopped COMPLETELY.

i'm so happy that i tried and stuck with it!
i can't ever see myself going back!

plus, i save a lot of money!

these pictures are from this morning.
i washed my hair last night, and didn't brush it this morning.
(i also hate brushing my hair. ha.)
(don't judge my accidental ombre, i've also decided to never dye my hair again)
(also, i haven't had a trim in over 6 months, don't judge.)


next i'll tell you a bit about the oil cleanse...

when i researched about the chemicals in skincare products i was astounded by what was in them.
our government does not regulate what is allowed in these products,
so pretty much anything goes.

i was confused about what to wash my face with,
i use castile soap to wash my body - but feel that it's a bit too drying for my face.
i wanted something better.

voila! i found the oil cleanse on simple mom.

i cleanse my face with an equal combination of olive oil and castor oil.
you're probably thinking, "oil?! won't that make me break out? how does that clean!?"

here's a bit from simple mom.

Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”

i rub the oil mixture all over my face,
steam my face with a hot hand towel,
then wipe off the oil.
it removes makeup completely and leaves my skin feeling so soft.
i LOVE it.
my face never feels oily or dry.
it feels perfect.
and, i have not had one single breakout.
i'm in love.

also, shortly after i started the oil cleanse i stopped using any concealer or powder.
i only use mascara, eyeliner, and blush.

here's a picture from this morning,
no makeup (not even eyebrows, gasp!)
i have permanent redness around my nose
(from popped blood vessels)
but other than that... my skin, which was once in pretty bad shape,
is great!
blackheads are gone...no breakouts.

i love the oil cleanse!
are you daring enough to try them?
go for it!
what can it hurt?   ;)