4 Months No Poo Update

Hi guys, 

So, the last time I left you with my update on no poo I said I’d gone back to shampoo bars full time. I was very happy with this for a while, but results really did vary at times leaving me so frustrated! I couldn’t handle it so I decided to go BS/ACV full time.

I’ve now been fully BS/ACV for almost two months and I am very happy with it. My hair has fully adjusted and really seems to like it . I am slightly worried though as I’m going on holiday next month and don’t want to chance taking baking soda through security at the airport, so I may well need to take my shampoo bar with me *sadface*

I am off to Berlin which I have read has very hard water?. I have been 3 times previous, but obviously before I had always used nasty shampoo, so it was never a problem back then. If anyone has any suggestions that would help me out please leave a comment ūüôā

I also apologise that I keep forgetting to take pictures to post, but I swear I will try get loads on holiday that I can post up and you can see I do exist! 

To sum up my no poo experience thus far…I will honestly never turn back to detergent loaded shampoo! My hair is growing faster, looking healthier, less split ends and actually has more curl than I’ve seen in years!.

Keep it up guys don’t ever go back!

Review: Sarakan Toothpaste 50ml

Having started to use more natural skin and haircare products I moved on to making my own toothpaste, but ¬†if you read my post on it you’ll know i couldn’t really use it due to the weather here, So I had to look for an alternative and this was it!.¬†I was sceptical at first due to not having any experience of a natural toothpaste and to be honest didn’t think it would work that well. I was wrong!.
Sarakan is:
  • Fluoride-free
  • Vegan
  • Unsweetened
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • No Added Colours or Preservatives
  • No Parabens
  • Approved By The British Dental Health Foundation
  • ¬†

Ingredients: Glycerin (non-animal), calcium carbonate, aqua, magnesium carbonate, salvadora persica natural extract, mentha piperita, mentha arvensis oil, eugenia caryophyllus oil, pelargonium roseum oil, hydroxethylcellose, sodium phosphate, limonene, citronellol, geraniol.

 
Sarakan toothpaste contains natural extract of Salvadora Persica, also known as the ‚Äėtoothbrush tree‚Äô ‚Äď used for centuries in its natural state as twigs as an effective way to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy.
The toothpaste is flavoured with peppermint, clove and geranium which on first brush tastes horrible and a bit like brushing your teeth with perfume, but stick with it. I find this toothpaste actually better at cleaning and stain removal than all the old commercial ones i have tried and my mouth feels amazingly clean after i rinse. I don’t think i could go back to regular toothpaste now and i will continue to buy this as long as my next dental visit goes well (it’s not for 4 months). The taste grows on you also and i actually quite like it better than just ordinary mint toothpaste.
Sarakan can be found in Holland & Barrett in the UK for ¬£2.35 and i got it on a Buy One Get One Half Price offer, so i got it for ¬£1.18 which is a bargain¬†compared¬†to the price of commercial toothpastes!…Give it a try you won’t be disappointed!.
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How To Make Natural Homemade Toothpaste

I have never liked normal toothpaste, My teeth never felt that clean after brushing and I hated the way some of them tasted. As you’ve seen on earlier posts¬†I’ve¬†slowly started to get into going more natural, especially when it comes to what¬†I’m¬†putting on my body.I really went cold turkey when changing my normal toothpaste to a homemade one….I don’t know if it was the best approach and don’t recommend it because it will be a shock to most.

This was my first recipe: 

2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil 
2 teaspoons xylitol (stevia can also be used)
1 teaspoons baking soda (sodium bicarbonate not baking powder)
6-10 drops spearmint essential oil
 
I put all the ingredients in a bowl and started smooshing it together – it seemed easy enough and i actually remembered to take pictures ūüôā
This actually worked great, It was a bit saline like for me and i missed the foam, so i went back to the drawing board and added in some calcium carbonate (to help¬†re-mineralize¬†teeth) and some more coconut oil to bind it together, but being as the¬†temperature¬†here was in the -3/4 area it solidified ūüė¶
It did work great though, but it was a pain to scrape it out of the packaging…if you live in a hotter country give that a go but i had to move on to a toothpaste i got in the local health food shop which i will blog about in the next few days because i completely LOVE IT!
I won’t rule out my homemade stuff completely though and will make another batch when it’s much warmer here.
 I would love to know if any of you have made your own and if it worked for you?. Leave a comment and let me know.