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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2009, 10:53:07 AM »
Cool, PaleoMama!! Could I possibly buy one of your bars of tallow soap? :)

I felt the same way about water only for tooth brushing, however my stomach was very upset so that could account for the yucky taste in my mouth. I'll give it one more chance!
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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2009, 11:43:52 AM »
No, but I'll send you some for free if you cover the shipping. PM me your info. All the ones I have left are in soap ball form.


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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2009, 01:32:12 PM »
When I was in third grade. Our teacher would make us brush our teeth after lunch. But she wouldn't let us rinse off our toothbrush.

Coincidentally, or maybe not, I got my first cavity that year.

Be sure and use water when brushing teeth. A toothbrush with only spit is a beyond nasty taste. Now, I'm pretty insistent about having something flavored on my toothbrush.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2009, 04:10:40 AM »
OK, I have discovered an excellent deodorant. You guys will think I've gone a little bit too Paleolithic though.

But here's the thing; I noticed that my little "drippins' can" next to the stove has had lard in it for over a month, and there's no sign of any mold or rancidity or anything. This made me think of what I'd heard about coconut oil and tallow also being antimicrobial.

Well, I'd used coconut oil as a deodorant before, so I thought..........what the heck, let's try lard!!

Well, I've been using just a tiny bit under my arms all week, and it's working great, believe it or not!!! Better than coconut oil! It doesn't take much at all, just a little dab on the fingertip. It's amazing!!

OK, now you all REALLY think I'm nuts...you thought that already with the meat-only, I know, but this clinches it, huh? :D

But you know, what's super cool too, is that I had a rash from trying another deodorant, that just was taking forEVER to heal. So I switched back to pure coconut oil. However, that was drying out my skin and kind of aggravating. But since using lard, it has healed!!!
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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2009, 04:23:52 AM »
A question - what can you all think of that grows locally in the US Midwest, that could take the place of lemon or lime?

I normally use soapnuts to wash my hair with lemon or lime in it to cut grease. I want to get more local though, so I'm switching to soapwort. However, I still need something like lemon or lime since my hair is rather oily and it seems to need that extra "oomph".

Is there an herb perhaps that I could add to help that oil in my hair?


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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2009, 04:46:14 AM »
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OK, now you all REALLY think I'm nuts...you thought that already with the meat-only, I know, but this clinches it, huh? :D
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Meat only I can understand.
Lard deodorant...I'm not there yet...probably because I've only been paleo for around a month...I guess I'll get there eventually...  ;)

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #36 on: October 23, 2009, 05:06:51 AM »
Make a vinegar from a locally grown food if you want an acidic ingredient for your hair.

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« Reply #37 on: October 23, 2009, 06:09:34 AM »
I don't know if the vinegar will work quite the same in the soapnut liquid...I thought of that too. I'll have to try it with some storebought vinegar first (on Sunday maybe, when no one can see it if it fails miserably).

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #38 on: October 23, 2009, 06:51:55 AM »
No I donít think youíre nuts Marika.  I think you found what works for you without making you feel sick every day and who wants to be sick all the time!  Maybe at some point in the future youíll be able to eat fruit and veggies again, maybe not who knows.  If I had no choice and could only pick one food, Iíd pick meat, red meat.  In fact years ago when I was recovering, if I didnít eat red meat every day I could tell the difference in a big way.  My body was trashed and I needed red meat often.

Interesting about the lard as deodorant and that it works well.  Stranger things have happened I guess!  I donít have much need for deodorant so when I do I just use what ever my husband has on hand.  Even with exercise I donít sweat muchÖwell unless itís some move I have to hold as in yoga or a plank, then it pours from every where!  Oh and from one nut to another, Iíve used tallow on my face and I like it lol! ;)

Maybe what youíre using on your hair is stripping too much oil out so in turn the glands think they need to produce more?  If thatís the case you might have to go awhile with greasy hair till it stabilizes.  I donít know what you could use but people post all kinds of hair stuff on youtube so maybe a search there would give you some ideas.  Narrow it down or youíll be watching videos all day though lol! :o           

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2009, 07:07:17 AM »
Thanks Posy! That's cool that you've used tallow on your face and liked it!

I doubt that what I'm using on my hair is too stripping, it is just pure whole soapnuts in water, pretty gentle stuff. I think it's just not quite cleansing enough, without the lemon or lime in there to help cut through the grease. I'm wondering if maybe there's an herb I could grow, rosemary or mint maybe?, that can help it cut through the grease?

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« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2009, 08:13:02 AM »
I would try using lard as deodorant but would be afraid the neighborhood dogs would follow me when I walk down the street.  :D

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2009, 08:18:58 AM »
LOL. When I apply my coconut oil to my face and hands at night, I have to hide from my dog!

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2009, 11:15:07 AM »
Marika, you're nuts!  But in a good way!

Lots of hair brushing - like 100 strokes a day - might help with hair greasiness.

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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #43 on: October 23, 2009, 11:23:01 AM »
Haha, nuts in a good way is OK by me! :D

I use such a little tiny amount, that there's no smell from it, actually. Like less than the size of a pea. It's working superbly, I had a ton of errands so I was out walking all around town, with my heavy coat on, and getting really overheated - but wow!!! No smell at all! Not even any sweat stains either!!

Hm, I like the hair brushing idea!


P.S. I got my lard soap in the mail today, can't wait to try it! It doesn't smell like lard at all. Just smells like soap!
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Re: Caveman Bathing/Hygiene?
« Reply #44 on: October 23, 2009, 01:19:08 PM »
What about oily stains on clothes from the lard? Is that going to be a problem?

The 100 strokes is a great thing for your hair, but you have to get a good brush. Your want boar bristle brushes with very tight and firm bristles that will get to the scalp really well and can really bring the sebum to the ends.

Too much vinegar can actually make the oil problem worse. I really saw how true that was when trying to go water only on my hair. The soap nuts are probably not pulling out enough oil to make the vinegar condition without making the oil worse. You can use straight up soap and then vinegar with results that are slightly better than the baking soda/vinegar method. Just use your lard soap ( or the stuff I'm sending, sorry it's taking me so long!) and get a good lather in your hands and massage it in. You might have to do that a few times to get enough soap worked in, especially the first time you do it after having a heavier oil build-up from the soapnuts, then I'd rinse that with vinegar or it will be too tangly.

Do you have wild bog cranberries where you live? Those might be acidic like lemon.