The week of living soaplessly: Final Days

Well, obviously I haven’t been keeping up with my blog and my experiment very well. But here are the results:

In the beginning. getting deodorant off seemed pretty easy without soap. Just scrub scrub and it was gone but as time progressed, it seemed to get a little bit harder. Not too hard to handle though so it was no biggie. Overall cleanliness was not a concern at all. I felt as fresh as I would had I taken showers using soap. My skin does feel rather soft right now and I wonder if I can attribute that to my temporary routine…

Tomorrow, I’m going to go back to using soap and see if there is a great difference or if I am just imagining this whole thing. It happens.

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The week of living soaplessly: Days 3…and hair talk

Ummmm yesterday was day 3 soap free and I did not update so here I go. When my skin was wet it felt HORRIBLE!!!! Like greasy and weird and I was ready to quit this and grab some soap and scrub-a-dub but no, I continued to see how it would work out. A very funny thing happened, after I got dry, my skin felt amazingly soft. I’m not really sure what happened but I guess it worked out in my favor.

Now, hair. So my cousin took down her kinky twists and straightened her hair. The growth she has since she cut her hair like…last year(?) is beautiful. I wish I had a picture to show but noperz. Another time. Seeing her hair, just adds to my desire to take my twists out!!!!! I don’t want to straighten my hair, just see it, feel it and play with it. I miss my hair and I’m like blog-stalking people likeĀ College Curlies andĀ Curly Nikki. I LOVE THEIR HAIR. I’m about a few months to a year away from their length but it’s still fun to look and imagine. LoL

Anywaiz, maybe I’ll take them out on Thursday….I don’t know yet.

The week of living soaplessly: Day 2

Well, the lack of soap still isn’t affecting me. It’s kind of funny, I would have expected that I would feel at least somewhat greasy today but what I feel is soft…like abnormally soft (for me that is). Still, this is only the second day and I will not draw any conclusions until my 14 day experiment-a-ma-bobber is over with.

Ya know, I haven’t used the Jane Carter solution leave-in spray in a while because the price went up. This time around with my kinky twists, I bought it again and diluted it 1 part leave-in to 1 part water and it is just as effective. I actually knew that from a long time ago but I really love the stuff for my twists plus it smells sooooooooooo good!!!! (I just smelled it on my finger).

Anywaiz, adieu!

The week of living soaplessly: Day 1

I’ve decided that I will go the next seven days performing my hygiene practices without soap and the following seven days with soap so that I can accurately compare my results and see which is really better.

Today was day 1 of my no soap…ummmmmm experiment. Coming out of the shower, my skin, including my face, felt clean as usual and I didn’t have to use as much lotion because my skin felt supple as it was. Even though I did not use soap, the deaodorant that I was previously wearing washed off without leaving any residue or that weird frictiony feeling that it tends to if it is not washed off properly. Still, none of that. With water and a rag, I’ve accomplished cleanliness. Still, this is only day one. I’m not going to write off Dove yet.

Speaking of Dove, Unilever the manufacturer of Dove products also produces White Beauty a product that claims to bleach skin in the event that people want to be lighter…*cough cough* whiter. Now, I wonder, should I be concerned enough about that to boycott the product. While they promote self love in this country, abroad they are sending the message that people can look better if they are lighter. Should I take this as a justice type issue or should should I leave it as a marketing (demographic) issue?

Are they perpetuating a desire to be what one is not in order to have a better life due to skin colour over merit or is it that they see as desire for such products and are doing their duty (and well, they’re jobs) as a company and producing what the populace wants?

Maybe I’m blinded by my brand-loyalty and would like to pretend that even though people should be happy with themselves and merited because of achievement, that it is ok to disguise this marketing scheme as “giving the people what they want.” Gotta think of your demographic first… yea.