We went on our house retreat this past weekend to a lovely cabin about an hour away from campus. Unfortunately, one of the cars got a flat tire on a windy mountain road after running over a very large rock. It was rather an ordeal, as the spare tire was also flat. Those in the car ended up spending 6 hours on the side of the road until the tow truck came to take them to the cabin. Once they got there, it was a blast. But treekids do know how to enjoy ourselves on the side of the road for the day- playing music, eating hummus, exploring, telling stories, and looking at the stars.
One of my goals for the semester was to understand what is in my beauty products, and when possible try to make my own. What I am finding out is that making my own products would be fairly labor and time intensive (at least for a college student.)
BUT that finding better alternatives to products is fairly easy.
If started out on a gradual slope. Last semester I began using Suave with all natural Shea butter, by far not perfect but a small step forward. Then, before the semester even started I started using Organix organic coconut milk shampoo and conditioner. It’s made out of egg whites and coconut milk mostly…and also very expensive for the quantity…so also not the best option for me, but so far I have loved how it has made my hair feel! I don’t want to go back to inorganic hair products.
I am realizing just how many chemicals are in the products I previously used. So my new challenge is to only use organic or all natural beauty and hygiene products for two weeks!
In order to do this I will be:
- Washing my hair with baking soda (after I finish my other organic shampoo) 1tbs baking soda per cup of water (this can be increased with hair thickness and length)
- Conditioning with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Also 1tbs per cup of water, only applied to hair below the scalp. Can also be increased for hair texture, thickness, and length.
- Deep Conditioning with Organic Coconut Milk (most likely once a week) http://saisun.hubpages.com/hub/Going-Nuts-for-Coconut-Milk-Hair-Conditioner
- Using a 100% vegetable soap (The Honey & Black Seed Soap pictured above)
- Tom’s Natural Toothpaste
- Tom’s Natural Deodorant (Not the best natural choice, It contains aluminum like most deodorants, which is not environmentally friendly and has been linked to breast cancer.) Hopefully, I will find a better alternative soon.
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and Lotion
- No Make-up!
Some of the other tree kids may be joining in on my escapes.
It’s going to be quite the adventure. Feel free to ask questions about what I am doing and what you can do!
Tonight was the bike to the farm potluck! Almost everyone in the house joined the event and biked the 7 miles to the college farm where we shared a DELICIOUS potluck meal. We all crowded around the fire for the chilly evening and watched the beautiful sunrise behind the yurts.
At the Treehouse, we mow our lawn with a push mower instead of a regular gas powered mower. It’s actually kinda fun!
Before and After eating local foods at the Dickinson College Art on the Farm event last night.
We had some fun today picking from Dickinson’s edible landscaping for our Outing Club dinner!