17 February 2011

In Other(s) Words

I've been thinking a lot about how I can write about some other ways we've started simplifying our lives.  I mean, I know what to say, but I'm not sure how I can say them without sounding like a crazy hippie.  So, when I read this post on one of my favorite blogs, I thought I could link to it and you could see that I'm not so crazy.  Or maybe that there are other crazies out there too.

Anyway, I love using olive oil.  I've stopped buying specialty soaps and lotions in general.  But olive oil, well, it does a fantastic job at a lot of things.  For me it's right up there with vinegar, lemons, and baking soda.  Miracle product, but not the kind on late night infomercials.  I am digressing here, but the point is, by using a few natural ingredients that do a lot of things, I am simultaneously eliminating needless chemicals from our home, and decreasing the number of household items I need to keep track of and keep in stock around here.  Simplify simplify.

So, read the link.  Then come back here and read how I wash my face.  With oil.  Or you could read that now, but promise to come back here after you read the link, because then maybe you won't think I'm so incredibly nuts.  Hopefully.

I read about the Oil Cleansing Method on one of my favorite blogs, SortaCrunchy (read about it here).  I had already been thinking about it, so it was really just the last little push I needed.  The summary is that you use a combination of carrier oil (I use olive, you can try others) and castor oil.  The castor oil flushes out the ickies from the pores, and the carrier oil makes it possible.  I've been doing it for a couple months and I think I'll stick with it.  I like it.  Combine that with using a dab of straight olive oil for dry spots, and face lotion is out the door.

Am I nuts?  Maybe.  But by being nuts I eliminated a few more things from the shopping list, a few more pieces of trash from the garbage can, and kept a few more dollars in my wallet.  I'll take it.


  1. Great post Tracey. No your not nuts just a responsible adult enjoying life instead of trying to keep up with life. Thanks for all the great tips.

  2. Have you tried the no-poo method yet? Baking soda and water mix as shampoo and Apple cider vinegar and water mix as conditioner. Can add essential oils if desired. I've done it but got out of the habit when my hair went crazy. I think I'm ready to go back to it now, though.

  3. I have not yet been brave enough to go shampoo-less. I shampoo infrequently - like twice a week- because I have curly hair, prone to dryness. But I am also trying to use up our stuff before I start going without it, and for some reason I bought like 6 industrial sized containers of shampoo (intended to buy conditioner but kept coming home with shampoo). I am still a little fearful because my hair is finnicky, but maybe someday I'll work up the courage.