Saturday, February 19, 2011

Soap Free? Okay, I'm listening...

This blog led me to this blog that lead me to this blog that started the whole to-do.  And since I read it yesterday, I haven't stopped thinking about it.

Do they use deodorant?  Deodorant is still okay, right?  Man, my hair would be a real asshole during those first two weeks - but I always put it up in a ponytail anyhow, so maybe no one would notice.  My dry skin?  Maybe this could fix it.

It's crazy talk, I know.  But like the (at least) three bloggers before me said - it makes an odd sort of sense.  Our bodies are designed to regulate themselves.  Is a quick rinse and sloughing of skin better for us than a luxurious 30-minute soak wherein we lather ourselves with perfume-scented chemicals marketed to the masses?  I've never thought about it before, never considered "soap" to be a chemical compound, one that doesn't occur naturally and wasn't used regularly by humans for thousands of years, but now my gears are turning and I'm all "OMG, what if soap is what causes cancer?"

I'm being facetious, of course; everyone knows that everything, even soap, gives you cancer.

I think I'm going to try this crazy shit, though.  What the heck.  I'm not telling the folks at work, though - at least not until after it's either declared a success or abandoned altogether (and then I'll probably just never mention it and they'll go on forever thinking I went through a really bad depressive spell where I didn't wash my hair for almost a week).

Think about the money that could be saved.  Okay, not really that much money...let me add it up.  We use probably a bottle of body wash and a large bottle of soap every two or three months - Okay this isn't going to save us a lot of money.  Maybe $80 a year.  Big whoop.

Soft skin, though, they said.  And manageable hairs!  And 5 minute showers, which means an extra 10 minutes to sleep in or fuck off in the mornings before work!

I told Jimi about the articles, and I think he might be on board, too.  We'll call this Day 1.

Now I need to go buy some Birkenstocks and a hemp necklace.  And a long flowing patchwork skirt.


  1. After I read this post and saw you post on FB I'd thought about this. Like the first blogger I have really dry skin during the winter. So much so that I have prescription skin cream and pills I take to help (but not cure - and really, not even help that much) combat the dryness. So when I went to take a shower Saturday night I thought, 'what the hell, I'm going to try this'. What a difference just a day made! So far my skin is hardly dry at all and I didn't even use lotion at all including my face. My hair feels softer too. So I'm going to stick with it for a bit and see if it continues to be awesomeness or if Ray starts complaining that something smells really bad up in here.
    Ciao Notie!
    P.s. My word verification today is boring.

  2. My hair is baby fine and gets really oily if I don't wash it even one day - I totally broke down and washed it this morning, i couldn't take it anymore. I haven't used soap on my body, though, and so far, so good. No weird smells or anything. So far. Maybe when i'm on vacation I'll pull the plug on the shampoo too, but right now, I just don't have the emotional strength to have a greasy head.

    I love that you're trying this too, and I love even more that it's helping your skin! Mine seems softer too - I'm going to recommend this to Kimmie, too; she's got super dry skin like you described. She'll think I'm odd as a box of hair, but I don't care. :)

  3. So funny that I'm reading this right out of the shower...I broke down and washed my hair just about 5 minutes ago! Mine is fine too and it was greasy and I couldn't stand it anymore. Apparently, it can only manage 1 no shampoo, not 2. I didn't use conditioner though, just shampoo and I still didn't use soap for my body and that's still going all right!
    Now, it's 5 p.m. here and I'm going to take a nap because I'm lazy.


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