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I don’t wear makeup. Nope, not a stitch. Maybe I should. My skin is dry as dust without moisturizer, and I could probably use a bit of concealer to cover the fact that those lovely dark circles under my eyes are a permanent fixure of never sleeping — too much to do! — but I don’t.
I have asked Michael on several occasions, “Should I start wearing makeup?” He never even stops to consider the answer. “No,” he says immediately. ”I like that the woman I go to bed with is the same one I wake up to in the morning.”
I gotta tell you, I simply adore my husband.
So what does my normal beauty routine look like? Well, I get up, and check my hair out. Because I wear it so short, the “bedhead” look works for me quite well. So if I can make it work, I don’t wash it. If it isn’t salvageable, I hop in the shower and wash it. Michael gave up shampoo some time ago, and I am following suit. I’m moving on to a “no ‘poo” recipe — baking soda and water, with a spray bottle of diluted apple cider vinegar. I asked Michael what his experience has been and he loves it — saves him buying the $16 specialty shampoo for his sensitive scalp. Plus, it’s virtually pennies per wash! He said he does find his scalp gets greasy faster, but since he showers every day, he doesn’t find that to be a problem. (For an interesting review of a no-soap routine, check out my friend Niall’s take on it, which also features my friend Spyros.)
After the wash, I get out and dry off. I moisturize with either coconut or olive oil, whatever is most plentiful. More expensive than a cheap-o moisturizer, yes, but far better for your skin. And I brush my teeth with straight coconut oil. Most people add baking soda, but the baking soda can be too abrasive and can damage tooth enamel, so I just stick with plain coconut oil. I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and I gotta tell you, my teeth feel great! :D
I’m on the last of my commercial deoderant. After it’s finished, I’ll be making a batch of homemade deoderant, and then there will be only one chemical-ridden beauty product in my arsenol — hair paste. And that’s only until I can come up with a better solution. I haven’t found a recipe for it that works yet. If you have one, won’t you please share?
And that’s it! I am fresh and ready for the day! On days when I need a little something extra, I sneak into the back of my baking cupboard for the vanilla extract and dab just a tiny bit behind my ears and smell delicious all day!
And that’s me! (Almost) chemical free!
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miniMOMist is an account of Mike, Nada and Naomi's journey into realistic minimalism, with the goal centered around simple living, and enjoying each other rather than things. We are a faith-based family and blog about our belief in God regularly. Our love for one another and our passion for a simple, minimalist life brings us much joy and pleasure.