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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2009, 04:46:56 PM »
Thanks Ajmesa! Very interesting! So it would be something probably to do outside, it sounds like!

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2009, 04:51:47 PM »
How do use the lemon for underarms?

Just get a few drops in my hand and rub it / dab it on my underarms.



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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2009, 05:20:13 PM »
I went to a wilderness skills retreat for ten days several years ago. And I didn't shower until the very last day.

BUT

When I got so I could smell myself I would go take a dip in their swimming hole and I would come out fine. My hair never got too greasy, it had oils in it, as it should, but never greasy.

I shower every other day. I wash my hair using the condition, shampoo, condition the ends method and my hair is much happier doing it that way. Rinsing your hair in cold water will make it shiny.

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I only wash the smelly parts. Once in a great while I'll use my scrubby and some moisturizing body wash and scrub all the other places.
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Sometimes my cast iron pan gets greasy and hot water and a brush won't clean it. Obviously I can't use soap, it'll remove the seasoning. So I'll dump all the water out and put a bunch of salt in there. Salt has more of a surface area and will pull the grease off of the pan (and out of the brush!) Sand would be optimal, and much better for something that is cast iron. But it will clog my drain. I do rinse it out well. Perhaps you could set up an outdoor sink, scrub with sand and have the gray-water drain off somewhere where plants grow?

Fresh parsley freshens your breath.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2009, 05:46:06 PM »
I agree, I am big on buying local and not using plastic. I'd like it very much if Dr Bronner soap came in glass bottles  but I couldn't afford the shipping charges. I order it by the gallon as it is gluten-free. Many soaps/cleaners contain wheat germ oil or wheat germ derived vitamin e, or oats. Dr. Bronner's doesn't. I know someone who makes soap locally, but she charges 7.00 per bar, the bars are very small for that price, and most of them contain oats.

I clean my cast iron with salt, too.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2009, 06:14:01 PM »
Like GoodSamaritin I had very little hair loss with water only. I had also tried the oil pulling for awhile, I thought it too time consuming too, although seemingly great for the teeth.

I'm curious about trying to brush with water only... I might try that tonight.

It sure is amazing how a great diet can help rid you of other burdens in your life like toothpaste, deodorant etc.!


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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2009, 06:33:22 PM »
I use Dr. Bronner's, but it can be drying at times.  You can use it to brush your teeth but I prefer Tom's of Main natural tooth paste without Flouride. You can buy it at Wal Mart now. Sometimes I just use baking soda.

I use a deodorant crystal http://www.thecrystal.com/crystal_body_deodorant.cfm but I buy locally.  Sometimes these are available at Target.




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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2009, 09:29:07 PM »
We use Dr.Bronner's bar soap for body washing. I wash my hair with it. We use Dr.Bronner's Sal Suds for general house chores, laundry and dishes. We dis-infect with white vinegar. We use Tom's of Maine toothpaste and deodorant.

Back to the clay. Our soil here has a lot of bentonite clay in it. Mtn.biking in the mud makes your skin beyond silky soft.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2009, 03:19:26 AM »
I tried using water only with the toothbrush last night and this morning instead of my usual plain baking soda. I don't know, my mouth tasted bad this morning. However, I was also very ill from eating duck last night too so it's probably not fair to give it up just from that.

I went with no coconut oil for deodorant yesterday, nothing at all, and I was fine, however since it was the weekend I wasn't very active whatsoever either.

I went ahead and ordered the soapwort root, apparently it is wildharvested in the USA. I really loved it for my hair in the past. I just hope they actually have it in stock, it is ridiculously hard to buy in the US! I had even planted some seeds of it in a container over the summer to try to grow it myself, but they didn't seem to grow very well (which is strange because it is supposed to be quite invasive and weed-like).

I'm also looking forward to receiving my pure lard soap that I ordered as well! It is just lard, lye and water. If I like it, I want to try making it myself, I've still got a huge tub a pure pastured pork lard in my fridge!

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2009, 03:24:13 AM »
Yeah lemon works great as a deodorant, so does tea tree oil, but that has a bit more of a smell.

Not surprisingly so does orange peel.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2009, 04:57:58 AM »
Interesting! I like the idea of lemons and oranges. I suppose limes would work too?

The only thing is that they are not local at all...I'm still really interested in finding locally available things. But if I can't, I will definitely try the citrus peel!

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2009, 05:39:44 AM »
How about beef tallow soap?
 
http://www.bodytimeproducts.com/citrussoap.html

Way too expensive for me.

You can make it yourself:

http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingoils/ss/rendertallow.htm

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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2009, 05:43:42 AM »
Yes! Very cool! How did you find that, Water Lily? I tried doing a search on tallow soap but couldn't find anyone actually selling it, only recipes to make it. So I ordered the lard soap instead. I'm sure that will be really good too!

I do want to try making my own tallow soap...and tallow candles...and pemmican! If only I could get some tallow!! :D
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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2009, 06:31:04 AM »
Yes! Very cool! How did you find that, Water Lily? I tried doing a search on tallow soap but couldn't find anyone actually selling it, only recipes to make it. So I ordered the lard soap instead. I'm sure that will be really good too!

I do want to try making my own tallow soap...and tallow candles...and pemmican! If only I could get some tallow!! :D


I think I googled beef tallow soap.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2009, 06:39:56 AM »
http://www.bodytimeproducts.com/citrussoap.html

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made with 100% grass fed beef fat ... that usually goes into the waste bin

What a waste!

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2009, 10:20:40 AM »
Yes! Very cool! How did you find that, Water Lily? I tried doing a search on tallow soap but couldn't find anyone actually selling it, only recipes to make it. So I ordered the lard soap instead. I'm sure that will be really good too!

I do want to try making my own tallow soap...and tallow candles...and pemmican! If only I could get some tallow!! :D


I think I googled beef tallow soap.

In soap making it's often called suet, which I think is more specific to the fat around the kidney area. About 15 years ago my mom and I rendered a bunch of suet and made the basic soap recipe from The Complete Soapmaker book. Just following the recipe quantities we made so much soap that I still have TONS of it left after 15 years! It is just tallow and lye. You can add things too it during a second or third milling if you want to, which milling also makes the soap harder and last longer. I remember it being somewhat of an ordeal to do, but considering how long the results will last you, it is really worth it. My husband has very sensitive skin and won't use anything but my soap.

I also tried the water only for teeth brushing last night. I felt like my teeth were clean at bedtime, but had horrible breath in the morning! I haven't been eating exclusively clean for too long though, so that could be a factor.