Sometimes, the simplest, centuries-old methods are still the best option.
When it comes to helping to prevent the spread of disease, washing [PROPERLY] with good, old-fashioned soap & water is still our most effective weapon -- Seriously.
As the reality of our nation’s situation begins to sink in, it is important that we all realize we are in this together & we each need to do our part to slow the spread of the devastating pandemic we are facing. We need to act together, to suppress both panic & cavalier attitudes about what we are battling.
Many people are feeling helpless in the face of COVID-19, but washing our hands properly & frequently with soap & water is public health practice each of us has control over that will significantly slow the rate of transmission-- but only if everyone does it consistently. Our hands are the most common way this virus is spread from person to person.Let's examine just how soap works.....
There has been a lot of buzz about Shampoo Bars in the media lately.
There is also a lot of confusion on subject & a lot of mis-information floating around out there. In an effort to clarify the subject, in this post we will talk about reasons to make the switch, about hair & hair-care, & also about how to use SLS-Free, natural shampoo bars properly & that pesky 'transition period.'
Why Make The Switch?
Looking to make the change over to Shampoo Bars? There are many great reasons to do so! They are an excellent green choice. Shampoo bars eliminate the need for wasteful plastic bottles & are a perfect option for those looking to make their bathrooms a plastic-free zone. Many also eliminate the use of chemical surfactants & preservatives, such as parabens & sodium lauryl sulfate, making these natural shampoo bars a healthier option than the chemical laden bottles seen in most drug stores. Not only are people literally bathing themselves with these chemicals, but the chemicals then make their way down the drain & into our groundwater. Sadly, the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has reported finding these chemicals in nearly every water supply they have tested. Using products without these ingredients helps to reduce that contamination.
Another great reason to switch is that Shampoo Bars are fantastic for travel. Being solid instead of liquid makes them super easy to fly with. Packing a shampoo bar is infinitely easier than dealing with the hassles of traveling with any liquid these days.
TRAVEL TIP: Simply save the empty tin from a package of Altoid mints, tuck a slice of your bar inside,
& you are ready to fly!
More than being TSA friendly, many bars are biodegradable & therefore perfect for camping.
Before using your shampoo bar in this manner, please ensure that it is indeed biodegradable, chemical-free, & that it has a low nitrogen footprint -- Sadly, you will find some ‘natural’ soaps & shampoo bars on the market these days are filled with the same chemicals as bottled, mass-produced options.
Additionally, Shampoo bars are very long lasting & economical, with many users finding they need to wash their hair much less often, saving time & water. Being small & solid, they are most often sold with reduced or zero-packaging as well. All of these are really great reasons to make the switch.
One soap to clean everything? It may sound too good to be true, but savon de Marseille style soaps have a long history of doing just that! It is time to revisit this centuries old product that fits perfectly into a modern, eco-friendly, zero-waste lifestyle.
Join me as we explore its history & many uses.
A traditional, hard soap crafted from olive oil & salty sea water, this style of soap has been made in the south of France for over 600 years. It has been used to clean everything from infants to kitchens, stone floors to laundry, & is one of the most gentle, moisturizing soaps made. Cut in large, square blocks, the soap cubes are meant to be grated or rubbed to use rather than picked up as you would traditional bar-soap. In 1688, Louis XIV set in place regulations limiting the use of the title “Savon de Marseille,” defining it as a soap made of at least 72% olive oil with no animal fats, & so began the proud tradition of stamping the cubes.
Mournful puppy-eyes aside, Dugan did his duty & jumped right in to the tub for bath-time.
Here he is giving the Small-Sized chunk a test run. We have cut these soaps into easy-to-hold chunks instead of bars to make them easier to hold onto & lather into your pets fur. MUCH easier to handle than a plastic bottle of shampoo & no cap to remove makes Bath-Time easier for both of you.
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine