Blog-keeping

Just a few notes today:

1. I’m working on my website, https://subearthancottage.com. You can find my about page, blog and shop all in one place. Currently the shop is still through Etsy, so you need an Etsy account to shop there. If you have problems or concerns with that, please contact me so I can help you out.

2. Please, subscribe to my newsletter. I hate clogged inboxes as much as everyone else, so I send emails very sparingly. When I do, there’s usually a sale or coupon for my shop involved. Sign ups are to the right on Blogger and bottom on my website.

3. Usually when people talk about no-poo, they’re referring to the baking soda and acv variety. I finally found someone who goes the natural bar soap route like I do. Here’s her method:
http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/how-to-wash-your-hair-without-shampoo/. She has more awesome information for frugal, healthy living, so I encourage you to browse around.

4. In case you haven’t seen my take on soap as shampoo, here it is: https://subearthancottage.com/2012/11/shampoo-bar-101-revisited.html. I totally forgot about taking a break from it after B was born. Apparently that’s normal for me, because I’ve done it again since Thadd was born and now I’m paying the price. At least I know the transition period doesn’t last forever and I’ll be able to ditch the pony tail soon. Not that I’m going to want to. Summers are HOT!

Shampoo Bar 101 Revisited

I took a break from using my beer soap as shampoo after Beckett was born because there just wasn’t time to make it safely with him around. I have long hair, and the ends have been really dry. My scalp has been itchy lately, too. As soon as my recent batch of beer soap set, I switched back. Already my hair feels softer and thicker, and my scalp hasn’t been as itchy. I am having to go through a readjustment phase, but I wear my hair in a pony tail or bun 90% of the time anyway, so it hasn’t been too inconvenient. I’m hoping that it might go quickly this time, too, since I had already cut back on washing my hair before the switch.

For more information on using a bar soap for shampoo, I’ve reposted my original article after the jump.

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I began using bar soaps as shampoo about four years ago. Whenever I tell people this, they always look at me kind of strange or have tons of questions about how it works, so I thought I’d share it all here. Please keep in mind, this is all based on my personal experience and research.

What type of soap to use?While there are some bars that are specially formulated to be shampoo bars, I’ve found that just about any good quality natural soap will work. You definitely want to avoid most of the bar soaps you’d find at your supermarket, because they don’t have the same properties as natural soaps and can dry your hair.

Among natural soaps, I’ve found that bars with little or no waxes work the best. My hair tends to be oily, so I also avoid soaps with a high percentage of butters (shea, cocoa, etc.) as they seem to add too much oil to my hair.

Some of the oils that work well in a shampoo bar are coconut, castor, olive, jojoba, and avocado. Most of the bars I’ve used contain at least the first three. I wouldn’t count out a bar that didn’t have them, though, until I’d tried it a few times.

What are the some of the benefits of using a bar soap?

  • Natural bars don’t strip your hair like shampoo.
  • Hair feels thicker
  • Has eliminated my need for a seperate conditioner
  • No more scalp and hairline irritation like I had with many shampoos
  • Convenient for travel-no worries about leaky bottles or (as far as I know) airline carry-on limits
  • Same bar can be used all over-no need for a seperate body wash or soap cluttering your shower

Tips for using a bar soap as shampoo:

  • Expect an adjustment period of 2-4 weeks. Your scalp is used to producing more oil to make up for the natural oils that are stripped by the detergents in shampoos.
  • You may want to use a simple clarifying shampoo or even a baby shampoo prior to the first wash with a bar. I’ve found that this helps speed up the adjustment period by removing buildup from shampoos, conditioners and styling products, giving the bar a clean slate to work with.
  • Periodically doing an apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) rinse can help improve shine and seems to help if I feel like my hair isn’t rinsing out as well as it should. I use about 1/2 Tablespoon of ACV to about 3 cups of water and pour over my just washed hair, then rinse. I used to do this about every other wash, but now I do it about once every week or two.
  • Many styling products seem to need the detergents in shampoo to be fully removed. I try to avoid products with dimethecone and other -cone ingredients as these seem to be the hardest to wash out with a bar soap. Hairspray doesn’t seem to be a problem. You can also use pure aloe gel as a hair gel that’s also great for your hair.

I’m sure there are many things I’ve left out. Feel free to ask any questions or add to what I have here.

Oh, and before I forget, here are my favorites from my shop to use as a shampoo:

Beer Soap

Pine Tar Soap

Tea Tree Oil Soap (especially great if I’m experiencing any dandruff)

Bridesmaid ideas

My sister is getting married at the end of this month and I need help. I haven’t decided how to do my hair. I also need to decide on what other accessories I need. Here’s a general idea of what we’re working with, lol.

Wedding ideas

Dress
amazon.com

Yellow wedge heels
lulus.com



The wedding is an outdoor backyard wedding, so fairly casual with lots of walking on grass. It’s in the Texas Panhandle, so we can probably count on wind. Weather reports are predicting anything from sunny and in the 80s to 65 and rainy (yikes!).

The dress shown is the dress and color I’m wearing. My bouquet is yellow, but I don’t know what it looks like. My shoes are simple yellow flats with a rope accent around the heel part of the shoe. It’s more the color of the swatch than the shoes I found for the visual. I have some yellow material that matches the shoes that I plan to use to make a baby sling for after the ceremony. When I’m not using it for carrying or nursing Beckett, the sling can act as a shawl.

For accessories I was thinking about hitting the craft store for some chunky yellow beads and making a simple single strand necklace that hits just below my collar bone. I haven’t done that yet, so I may need a plan B. If I wear earrings at all, I’ll probably stick with my cz studs. Earrings and grabby babies are a scary combination, though, so I may skip them all together.  Other accessory suggestions welcome.

Now for hair. My hair is somewhere around mid back length. My sis has no opinion on how I do my hair. Between the probable wind and baby Grabby McGrabberson I’m thinking some sort of secure up-do or half up-do. Whatever it is needs to be quick and easy since I’ll either be needed to help set up or busy with Beckett and helping Finn get ready.

Awkward bathroom mirror photo.

That photo is a few months old, but not much has changed. (The photo was actually taken for a blog about using my Jasmine Soap as shampoo that never happened.) My hair is kind of a mix between straight and wavy, medium dark brown and medium thick.

My standard lately is ponytail/messy bun (to keep baby fingers out), t-shirt and jeans/yoga pants, and maybe some face powder and lip gloss or lipstick, so the thought of getting dressed up and still being able to wrangle the baby is a little daunting. Any suggestions on hair, accessories or make-up would be appreciated. 🙂

Jasmine Incense Handmade Soap

I love using handmade soap as shampoo. If you’ve never tried or even considered it, you might be interested in reading my Shampoo Bar 101. I’m running low on my preferred Shiner Bock Beer soap, so I decided to try my new Jasmine Incense soap instead. It left my hair just as soft and fluffy as the beer soap. I did use some conditioner on the ends because my hair is about to the middle of my back and I’m hoping to let it grow even longer.

For more information on my Jasmine Incense soap, visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/76387907/jasmine-incense-scented-handmade-soap

Jasmine Incense Soap