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    I have almost completely stopped using soap (and I don't smell!!). I certainly don't use it on my face any more. I went through a major detox on Phase 1 and my face was very, very sore for about three weeks. I almost had to wait for my new, THD refreshed skin to grow. Years ago my parents had friends visiting from Holland who ate very naturally, and we were amazed that they didn't use soap or shampoos.

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    I have never washed my face with soap, and I only use a moisturising shower gel on the rest of me twice a week. I only use water to wash the rest of the time. I occasionally use a cleanser on my face if I get a rare spot as it seems to help it clear sooner and I'll occassionally use moisturiser if I get a dry patch of skin. I wear no make up at all during the week and only at the weekend if I am going out and want to 'glam-up'! As I said on the other thread I usually only wash my hair once a week and it lasts 4 days looking freshly washed and looks fine tied up for the rest of the week. I only wash mid week if I want to wear it down for some reason. I'm not going to give up washing my hair as it gets realy frizzy if I don't condition it. Interestingly, on summer holidays when I wash my hair pretty much every day (because I go swimming pretty much everyday) my hair starts lasting only a day or 2 before needing to wash and it takes 2 or 3 weeks to get it back to lasting 4 days looking clean. I have always said thought most people wash their hair far too often, and the more often you wash it the more quickly it will get greasy and need washing again.

    Good luck to you Lizzi! I won't join you I'm afraid as I know that my hair turns into an unmanagable pile of frizz if I only use water (I have tried before when I ran out of shampoo and couldn't be bothered to go and buy any more!), and it gets itchy eventually.

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    PS. I am nearly 30 and people on first meeting me regularly think I'm still a teenager! When revealing my age a regular comment I get is "but your skin is so good you do not have a single wrinkle or smile line' (As you can see in my photo!). Needing to regularly moisturise to have wrinkle free skin is a myth! Let your skin look after itself!

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    Sorry folks I wont be joining you on this one. My hair has a life of its own (and no I dont mean nits) and it can go no more that 2 days without being washed, not so much that its dirty, but for the style. Dont let anyone kid you that short hair is easier to manage. I love the feel of newly washed hair and wash it most days.Thank the lord for GHDs I say.

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    ... but ... just without washing? or just wash them with water?
    6 weeks without washing .... I daren't imagine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lird View Post
    PS. I am nearly 30 and people on first meeting me regularly think I'm still a teenager! When revealing my age a regular comment I get is "but your skin is so good you do not have a single wrinkle or smile line' (As you can see in my photo!). Needing to regularly moisturise to have wrinkle free skin is a myth! Let your skin look after itself!
    I agree with you Lird regarding the skin. The organic skin care range that I use works in harmony with the skin. The products just support or protect the skin depending on what type of skin you have. In the evening you don't put any moisturisers on your skin as that is the time the skin cells regenerate encouraging your natural oils to come through. A moisturiser is only used in the day time to protect from harsh weather and pollution/traffic fumes etc. My skin has been so much better following this routine and I always get comments. Imagine the money you would save, not using detergents in your hair on on your body.
    "Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves, is all we will ever have - and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life." Philip Appleman

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    Just out of interest here is an article about someone who stopped using all detergents:

    I stopped using soap a year ago. It was easily one of the best moves I've ever made in my entire flippin' life.

    About this time last year I read an article extolling the virtues of a soap-free bathing experience. TL;DR version: Your body is designed to regulate itself. Smearing chemicals all over it wrecks its own built-in processes, and screws with naturally balanced pH levels. This made sense to me and I thought I'd give it a shot for a month.

    At the beginning of February 2010, I blogged about the results I'd seen so far. I didn't stink at all (confirmed by friends, family and random people I ended up sitting next to on various forms of public transit), my skin felt better, oily and dry patches had all but disappeared and the light dandruff I'd had my entire life was almost gone. I was pleased with the results of my month experiment and decided I'd run with it for a while longer. As of January 1, 2011: it's been a year now, and I can't imagine ever going back.

    More on the results I've seen: As I just mentioned, my skin feels better than ever before. Not that it ever felt bad, really, but it feels awesome now. Still no stink at all, I swear even when I'm really active and sweating I don't notice any B.O., and I used to be über self-conscious about this and would think I was stinking if I walked up a flight of stairs too quickly. So this is a huge improvement for sure. And with the exception of changing climates drastically, even the dandruff is history. My previously wavy and mostly unmanageable hair now seems much more willing to bend to my will, a dream of mine since I first looked in a mirror, brush in hand, then tried and failed to make any sense of that monster. So I approve for sure.

    And speaking of hair, that was actually a perfect test. Sometime mid-summer I stopped by a barber and before I'd realized it he'd squirted a glob of shampoo onto my head. It was too late to protest, so I just sat through the scrubbing. For the following 2 weeks my hair was a mess: full of dandruff and totally uncontrollable. Once things balanced back out to the previously established no-soap norms, all was good again.

    Unexpected bonus: travel is much easier. Now that I'm not lugging shampoo and conditioner with me on the road, there's that much less for TSA to hassle me about and more room in my luggage (which I quickly filled with coffee stuff, natch). Not that I always carried lots of liquid toiletries with me, but now I don't even have to think about what the hotel I'm going to might provide, or worry about having to borrow something from a friend until I can get to a store and buy my own stuff. Those details are gone. I love it.

    The future? I will definitely be sticking with this. I'm still annoyed it took me 35 years to learn what I clearly already knew as a baby kicking and screaming when my parents tried to wash my hair. At least that's what I want to assume I knew back then. I know now, but I'd still rather not think about how much I spent on soap and shampoo and related products over the years when they were likely causing all the problems I was trying to protect against.

    If you don't believe me, you can totally smell me when you see me in public. Really. Just ask. It won't be weird at all. Okay, maybe a little bit.
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    I never use soap or shower gel or cleansers.

    I wash my face in cold tap water once a day and I use aqueous cream on the rest of me in the shower. My skin is good and I look younger than my age.

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    It is good to hear from some other people who do also not use soap etc.....people often think I'm wierd because of this and also that I wash my hair so little when it comes up in conversation!

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    I shower twice a day ... I would never ever be able to do this !

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