Results of My “No Soap, No Shampoo” Experiment

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by Vlad Dolezal on February 23, 2010

Over a month ago, I stopped using soap and shampoo (except soaping my hands). Here’s what happened.

Why I got started

I started after an AMA on reddit pointed me to this article about a guy who stopped using soap and shampoo. His benefits include:

  • hair and skin softer than ever before
  • hair less greasy than before (even though he hadn’t used shampoo in 6 months)
  • no bad smell in private parts (I personally never had a problem with this, but it might interest some people)
  • saving money

The basic idea is that your hair has a natural oiliness to it. But you keep blasting the natural oil away with shampoo, so your body compensates by producing more oil in your scalp to coat the hair, which makes you use more shampoo, which makes the body produce even more oil, and so on.

When you stop using soap and shampoo, it apparently takes your body about two weeks to notice it and re-establish natural healthy grease production. After that, you’re fine.

You also easily wash off most natural impurities (like sweat) with water. You’d only want to use soap if you’re taking a walk through a deserted car factory and slip and land in a big puddle of motor oil. Or something.

So I choose to be a bit of an expedition leader on this and try it as well!

How I did my experiment

Firstl let me straighten up one thing. Throughout the experiment, I kept washing my hands with soap. I like hygiene.

Also, after about a week or two, I started using soap on my armpits – they simply started smelling too soon after washing if I used just water.

Aside from that, I showered almost daily, with plain water only. No soap, no shampoo.

Here’s what I noticed:

  • as expected, during the first two weeks my hair built up a lot of grease
  • after that, it cleared up quite a bit. Still felt moderately greasy.
  • my skin feels soft and clean. I haven’t used any soap or shower gel on my body since the beginning of the experiment, and I don’t see a reason to do so anytime soon.
  • showering feels like a lot less of a hassle (since it only involves water)

On the shampoo bit… even after 3 weeks, my hair felt a bit greasy. So I decided to use some shampoo. (Around day 25 of my experiment, if I remember correctly). My hair then felt unnaturally dry and… just not quite right. (On second thought, I also had to use a hair dryer that day. That might explain the icky unnaturally dry feeling.)

Then the grease slowly built up in my hair, until I got the urge to use shampoo again about a week later. Which I did.

I’m still going to experiment with that a bit. I’ll see if not shampooing at all will work, or if shampooing about once a week will be right for me. Still a big difference compared to my previous shampooing every one or two days.

A few questions you might be thinking

1. Do I smell?

I don’t smell. Yes, I asked several independent observers.

2. Are there any downsides to not using soap and shampoo?

One I can think of. Most shower gels and shampoo smell really nice – I miss that. Aside from that, I can’t think of any downside.

Conclusion

Here’s my conclusion:

  • I will continue not using soap on my body. I just can’t see a reason for soap.
  • I will do a bit more experimenting with shampooing to see what’s best for me
  • overall, it’s been a very interesting and useful experiment!

Have you ever gone without something most people consider essential? If yes, please share your experience in the comments. I always enjoy hearing from fellow non-conformists! :)

(image courtesy of simonhua)

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Update on my other experiments

Here are a few more tidbits I want to share:

I recently finished a 30-day trial of meditating at least 10 minutes every day. To be honest, I didn’t really see the point of meditation.

I tried a few different ways of meditating. Focusing on a single object didn’t seem to do anything. Counting my breaths or my heartbeat was at least quite interesting. It also provided a way of measuring how long I could focus (except when I zoned out but still subconsciously kept counting my breaths. Damn you clever subconscious!).

So I asked people on twitter what meditation gives them. Here are some answers:

  • helps focus during the day
  • helps relax before going to bed
  • clarity, stillness, emotional balance
  • get more oxygen (through improved breathing)

And, as @fabeku very insightfully pointed out, I might already have all of those, which is why I don’t see the point of meditation! (Thanks @yougotsnookied and @chrisdumler for their input, too!)

I already get improved breathing through my morning yoga, focus and clarity by taking regular naps and brainstorming breaks, emotional balance through personal development, relaxing before bed by reading a good fiction book… I guess I might still benefit from some stillness, though :)

Anyway, meditation helps a lot of people, but it’s just not my thing. I will continue to live without it.

Other trials I’m planning

I’m now two days into a 30-day trial of reading for at least 1 hour each day. I’m establishing this habit because I’ve built up a stack of at least a dozen books I really want to read, but reading always seems to slip my schedule. Not anymore!

I will also try switching to Uberman’s Sleep Schedule this September… which is quite a while away, but it will definitely be worth it to get it right! I’m already excited :D

I’m also planning to try journalling daily, and I’m testing out Karl Staib’s idea of giving your subconscious instructions before going to sleep.

As always, I’ll let you guys know if anything especially interesting emerges :)

And that’s all for now. See you on Friday!

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Lachlan Stuart February 23, 2010 at 13:36

Wow, you seem to have done many of the same experiments as me. Guess that happens to all people who read Reddit, Wikipedia, etc. Here’s how my experiments went:

No shampoo – Works well for me. I still use conditioner though. My hair is quite dry naturally and I do notice the “2 weeks of excess oil”, but using only conditioner my hair is clean enough to not get tangled and has near-ideal moisture.

No soap – I haven’t been able to get past 4 days before having all my clothing stick to me gets annoying. Did you have this problem? I’m not sure if it’s another case of oil overproduction similar to hair or if I really can’t omit soap without getting sticky.

Meditation – It helped me increase my daily attentiveness back when I had an attention span. Now my attention level is so bad I’m actually incapable of meditating :-(. Still, my technique was to try to purge all thoughts from my head. No focusing, counting, breathing techniques. Just mental silence.
Still, I agree with your twitter followers. Your other habits probably supersede meditation’s benefits.

Reading – Very beneficial. Daily reading motivated me a lot and helped me plan ahead. I only found non-fiction beneficial though. Fiction just distracted me while I was away from my books.

Polyphasic Sleep – I could never get more than 2 phases of sleep per day, my body just wouldn’t allow it. I spent over a month doing this though. At 2 phases of sleep, the only benefits I noticed were that I no longer woke up in a state of caffeine withdrawl. Given that the harmful effects were numerous(insatiable boredom, huge appetite, constant sleepiness) and that I’m now off caffeine, I haven’t been tempted to try again.
I wish you good luck and hope you find hexaphasic sleep to be better than how I found biphasic sleep.

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Si Dawson February 23, 2010 at 14:25

I found with the no shampoo thing – the trick is to scrub your hair/head exactly as if you were using shampoo – then wash any excess grease off your hands with soap.

Hair should naturally have oils in it, but there’s also something about regularly scrubbing out any built up dirt etc that helps it keep a much better balance.

I haven’t used shampoo in almost 2 months now, & my hair is (now I check it) barely greasy at all (just a natural level). The first few weeks though, it felt a lot worse – I realised eventually that was because I was too used to it being completely stripped of oils by shampoo.

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sarah February 23, 2010 at 16:58

i enjoyed your blog on soap and shampoo! look how clever you are! really good job! every human is effected by smells, get yourself to a health food store and get some essential oils! my favorites are “young living oils” but there are many good makers. just open the bottle and smell, your spirit will tell you what you need! my favorite is “purification, by young living oils” a few drops with olive oil is better than any deodorant! i carry “peace and calming” in my purse! a drop of mint massaged into the arch of my eyebrows will get rid of a headache! i love your blog! make an investigation of essential oils one of your experiments! i will be interested to hear what you think! (: s……..

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Vlad Dolezal February 23, 2010 at 17:27

@Lachlan:

Woo, it really seems like we’re twins separated at birth or something! :D

(I would comment back on your blog, but I know toot about programming.)

Anyway, to answer your point-by-point comment point-by-point:

No shampoo – I never thought of using just conditioner! That was the first thing I wanted to drop (because I felt surely shampoo is already enough chemicals :p). I’ll try Si’s suggestion first thought.

No soap – never had a problem with sticky clothes. No soap for over a month and still fine.

Polyphasic sleep – I naturally sleep biphasic (afternoon nap). Some days I even make it triphasic or quadraphasic. I love my 20-minute powernaps. What attracts me about Uberman’s schedule is completely eliminating the night sleep, though :)

@Si:

I’ll give that a try! Will report back to you in a week or two :)

@Sarah:

I’ll have a look into essential oils. Sounds interesting!

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WackyLisa February 23, 2010 at 20:22

I’ve tried variations on the no ‘poo no soap thing.
I have dry skin and hair naturally so this may be a factor.
I used baking soda and diluted apple cider vinegar to care for my hair for a long time but as it got past waist length it just wasn’t enough anymore. Using sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner has been the most helpful but honestly, I usually just use conditioner weekly. The tip about scrubbing your scalp when water only washing seems key for me.
For body care, I do still use soap on select bits but infrequently. I don’t have a problem with my clothing sticking but that may be because of my dry skin which is actually improved by using less soap or body wash (even the supposedly moisturizing ones.)

I really like your 30 day experiments. I may set up some of my own. Meditation has been hard for me because I haven’t found a method that clicks for me other than more active meditations and that feels like ‘cheating’. Honestly, I get so frustrated by meditation that I think it makes things worse for me.

Journaling can be bad for me without prompts because I can dwell on my problems and get more down. But, if I use prompts I actually like it and find it beneficial. The prompt can be as simple as ‘write about the good things that happened today’ but I’ve found that I need that structure.
.-= WackyLisa´s last blog ..Tuesday =-.

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Vlad Dolezal February 23, 2010 at 21:51

@Lisa:

In the past, I once used one of those free online survey services to do my journaling.

Basically I set up a survey (and kept the link to myself). Then, every evening, I would answer it, ticking the checkboxes and answering the few questions I asked myself.

It was a very easy and convenient way to keep track of the several things I wanted to keep track of :)

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simply stephen February 24, 2010 at 00:01

Another great experiment Vlad…the green in you is just waiting to come out.

I shower every other day, sometimes every three if I’m really lazy and have been inactive and no body (sorry) complains that I smell. Or they don’t have the courage.

I never thought of the no soap thing, though had read about us washing away the essential oils with soap and shampoo. Think I’ll try the once a week and soap on special parts. Makes for a quick shower – green and lean.
.-= simply stephen´s last blog ..environmental benefits of online media =-.

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Vlad Dolezal February 24, 2010 at 00:17

@Stephen:

If I was really environmentally friendly, I would shower with cold water. That would:
1. Use less energy
2. Make me get out of the shower helluva lot faster!

But me being me, I just take the lazy man’s route of not using soap and shampoo ;)

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simply stephen February 24, 2010 at 00:32

I’ve watched you for a few years…you are a closet green ;) – and the humanitarian in you is the best part!

Now shut up and go to sleep!
.-= simply stephen´s last blog ..environmental benefits of online media =-.

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Steve Silberman February 24, 2010 at 01:30

Let me describe my piano experiment.

I sat down in front of it. I pressed some of the keys — first some white ones, then some black. The sound that came out did not sound like music, but noise. The following day, I pressed both white ones and black ones together. Again, there was only noise. For the next two weeks, I ran my hand up and down the keyboard. Occasionally I would hit a note or a combination of notes that pleased me, but it certainly wasn’t anything like music.

Thus I have determined that pianos have very little do to with music, and that sitting in front of one for another week would be a waste of my time. I just don’t see the point of pianos.

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Vlad, I love your experimental curious spirit. It is really beautiful. But for someone who has been practicing meditation for 40 years like I have, your meditation experiment sounds exactly like my piano experiment. To really understand meditation, you should go to a Zen center — is there one in your town? — and get free meditation instruction from a real teacher. Then it takes some time to see that “the point” of meditation is not to accomplish anything, as you seem to expect to. But that’s one of the most common misconceptions about meditation and it’s completely understandable that you would think that way.

You don’t have to meditate. It’s fine. But what you did in your experiment was dipping a little finger into a cup of water, shaking it off, and saying, “So that’s the ocean? It’s overrated!”

Steve

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Vlad Dolezal February 24, 2010 at 20:53

@Steve:

And then, as you’re about to leave the piano and forget about trying to learn it ever again, a sympathetic gentleman stops you.

You explain your piano experience to him and he says “Why, you haven’t experienced real piano playing at all! Here, this is the address of a local piano playing club. Go there, and they will take you through the basics of playing the piano. Then you can decide if you like it.”

Which is exactly what happened to me with my meditation experiment. Just as I was about to discount meditation for good, a random guy called Steve shows up, and explains I haven’t experienced real meditation at all! :D

Based on your advice, I looked up local meditation places. It turned out the university Buddhist Meditation Society was meeting today for some guided meditation, so I went there and joined them.

Long story short, I’m not discounting meditation for good yet. I definitely felt like there was potential for something awesome there. A bit like looking at the tip of an iceberg. (Very hard to put this feeling into words).

I will go along to a few more of their meeting and then decide if I like meditation or not.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction :)

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Steve Silberman February 24, 2010 at 22:41

How wonderful! Thank you for being open-minded and for checking out the scene at the Meditation Society. It’s really great that you did that. Like music, there are many different styles of meditation and different communities that practice it.

Your willingness to explore is really beautiful, Vlad. You seem like a great guy.

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Vlad Dolezal February 24, 2010 at 22:51

@Steve:

Awww, don’t get all man-love-y on me! :D

Seriously, though. Thanks to you for pointing out I was probably missing out on the real thing. I wouldn’t want to dismiss meditation without giving it a fair try.

Anyway, I’ll probably post an update in mid-March about how it’s going. I’m thinking of making this summary of my experiments a monthly thing.

So you can find out what I think of meditation then, if you’re still around :)

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Steve Silberman February 24, 2010 at 23:03

OK, I promise not to love you, or even like you very much. Is that better? :)

Good luck with all your experiments!

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StE February 25, 2010 at 13:02

I haven’t read all of the comments yet, but I find this topic fascinating. I’ve always wanted to try the no shampoo thing, but my hair gets greasy incredibly quickly, and starts to smell if i water it without shampoo, so I’ve never had the courage to go for a month (which I heard years ago was the minimum time for it to fix itself.)

I do want to answer your question though:
“Have you ever gone without something most people consider essential?”

Footwear! I started going go barefoot as often as possible last summer. The only downsides are that it embarrasses my girlfriend in public, and not being a totally confident person I sometimes find it hard to cope with the negative attention from strangers.

Most people consider shoes essential for protecting your feet from the thousands of HIV laden needles and upwards pointing shards of glass and nails that apparently cover the streets, and some of the conversations I’ve had with people have really opened my eyes to the way people can tend to rationalise habits or traditions without really thinking about the real reasons behind them – like with the whole “you’ll stink without soap or shampoo” thing!

I say 250 million years of evolution beats out less than 100 years of tradition. :)

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Danelle February 23, 2011 at 20:20

This made me laugh a bit. I have always been as shoe free as possible. Growing up I would even walk all over town without shoes. For the most part the feet toughen up and make it hard to get things stuck in them. I had two accidents though. One was a three inch rusty nail that got stuck in my foot (two feet from my back door when taking out the garbage) and a small piece of glass in the parking lot. All in all, not bad considering how rarely I wore shoes.

Now it is hot were I live in the summer so the sidewalk burns your feet and there are tuns of burs all over that love getting stuck in your feet (though they come in the house on people’s shoes and then you can get them stuck in your feet walking around with bare feet!).

Anyway…bare foot is a great way to go whenever possible!
Danelle´s last post ..A Sad Reality

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Vlad Dolezal February 23, 2011 at 23:50

After trying it out based on StE’s suggestion, I whole-heartedly agree and walk barefoot whenever it’s warm enough.

Being barefoot rocks!

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StE February 25, 2010 at 13:05

Sorry, that was supposed to read 200 years. Only the “top” end of society could really afford to regularly wear shoes before the industrial revolution, so it started as a status symbol as much as anything else.

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Vlad Dolezal February 25, 2010 at 14:06

@StE:

Ah yes, going without shoes!

Last summer, I was at a summer camp in the mountains in Slovakia (a fairly remote place). I’m in general a fan of going barefoot (especially on grass etc.). It still took me almost the whole week to realize I could walk around barefoot. And when I finally did, it felt AWESOME! :D

I haven’t had the guts to really try walking barefoot on city streets yet. How long have you been doing that?

Also, it’s winter now, but as soon as it gets warm enough, I’ll be as barefoot as possible :)

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StE February 25, 2010 at 16:45

I’ve always been quite keen on being barefoot, but I started doing it full time shortly before the Summer Solstice last year, and it got too could towards the end of October. It’s still a little too cold for me now (I only attempted restarting last week, and got numb toes.

So only around 4 months total so far.

London is fantastic for going barefoot, especially the tube! (As long as you don’t mind black soles :)

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Katie February 27, 2010 at 01:41

I don’t shower vary often. I probably average a shower and a half in a week. And I use soap even less than that. It’s more out of laziness than anything else though. I’ve never really had any problems with my skin ending up too oily except on my face, but that’s easy enough to fix with a little cold water. I usually base when I need to shower on my hair. I do shampoo every time I shower though, but I’ve noticed that my hair is always really dry and hard to work with for a day after. I’ve never thought about cutting the shampoo. I’ll have to try this.

I used to go barefoot a lot during the spring and summer. I’d walk a lot and if I thought I might end up wanting to go inside somewhere I’d carry a pair of flip-flops or other slip on shoes with me. I did get some strange looks, but nothing that really bothered me. The only reason I didn’t do this last year is that I didn’t have a pair of slip ons. I’ll definitely be doing it again this year.

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Vlad Dolezal February 27, 2010 at 10:37

@Katie:

I heard of one guy who showered about once a week, and didn’t use any deodorant or anything like that.

He was saying it let his natural manly pheromones through. He had great success with the ladies, so I won’t dispute that :)

And yay! Another barefooter! Maybe we should start a society or something! (Or a religion. Hmmm…)

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Katie February 27, 2010 at 12:54

I do use deodorant, but no one has ever told me I smelled bad.

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Mike the Artist February 27, 2010 at 19:20

I tried giving up meat for two months. I did not feel better. My stomach kept churning, like I was perpetually hungry. So much for being a vegetarian.

I gave up cheese and milk and butter (as much as possible) for a month. Felt a lot better. Then decided to start again, for some stupid reason.

I stopped looking at the clock for about two weeks. But I would look at it once or twice a day, just to see if I could accurately predict the time without constant clock-watching. Turned out I could. I could almost always guess the time within five minutes or less.
.-= Mike the Artist´s last blog ..Air Mail =-.

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Vlad Dolezal February 27, 2010 at 21:18

@Mike:

You just got me thinking of something related to keeping time without a watch:

There was a great story in “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” of how he tried if he could guess a minute correctly. And then what influenced it. (Running up and down stairs (to increase his heart rate) had no effect.)

Eventually he found that he couldn’t keep counting while reading. Then he tried it with another friend of his, who could easily do it while reading – but not while talking! He realized he himself used a visual part of his brain to keep track of time, while his friend used the auditor part of his brain.

Anyway, so I decided to see if I could guess a minute accurately. After a bit of trying, I could usually guess it within +\- 3 seconds.

Then about a month back, after not trying this for years, I was talking with my girlfriend about this, so we decided to try it. I guessed a minute at 58 seconds on the first try.

I might try keeping time on the large scale too, though. Sounds fun! :D

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judith January 28, 2011 at 08:22

I often find I know the time to within a 10/15 minute tolerance. Once, returning from a flight, Australia to UK I awoke at 0700 ( my habitual time) the next morning. Extraordinary. We must have a counting mechanism in the brain. And so many sub-conscious processes going on that we are yet to tap?

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Clyde Machine March 1, 2010 at 02:35

No kidding? This is actually very surprising to read that our bodies can adjust to not having soap/shampoo when cleaning ourselves. Very interesting read.

A quick note: Good luck this September on the sleep schedule, looking forward to it! I’ve seen someone keeping a log of the Everyman’s sleep schedule (I don’t know if it’s the same thing, but I’ve seen the name around Dreamviews more often than Uberman) in which every time they wake and every time they nap, they log their emotional state, body temperature, blood pressure, etc. Will you be taking any measures like those to test different aspects of the sleep schedule, or will you just be switching over to it for the sole purpose of using it?
.-= Clyde Machine´s last blog ..A Lesson to be Learned: Critical Thinking Teaches =-.

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Bud Hennekes March 1, 2010 at 05:06

Dude that’s a super cool experiment. Thanks for sharing.

Our society seems to be obsessed with smelling “best” but really we are just masking our normal body odor with chemicals that harm us.

I rarely wear deodorant and what I have found is that I hardly ever smell as well.

Keep it up man.

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Debbie M March 1, 2010 at 05:17

This is very interesting. I have a friend who is a hair stylist and always tells me I should try not to shampoo every day. She says she can go 4/5 days before needing to wash it. I go two days and I’m oily/greasy. I think because I have combination oily skin my hair gets oilier quicker. I think people who have drier skin could probably last longer (like my friend). I never connected the two b4 – sort of seems silly to me now. But it makes sense. When you exfoliate the skin you break down the skin’s natural barrier – the skin replenishes itself by producing more oil. My guess is that shampoo acts in much the same way. The more you shampoo the more your scalp is “activated” to replenish it’s barrier. If you are no longer striping it, production slows down. Taking super hot showers can also strip the skin of it’s barrier which again can rev up oil production. I wonder if you could actually go longer without shampooing by taking luke warm or even cold showers!
Anyway, very cool experiment! I hope I can try it out myself soon! :-)

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Vlad Dolezal March 1, 2010 at 11:13

@Clyde:

Everyman isn’t as strict as Uberman. If I remember correctly, it involves 4.5 hours of sleep each night, and then 3 20-minute naps during the day. Uberman involves ONLY 20-minute naps, 6 times a day.

I won’t be that scientific about it, but I probably will keep track of how I feel.

@Bud:

Ya, I would also much prefer not to use deodorant.

I’ll probably experiment with a few more possible causes/solutions to smelly armipts, and see what works for me :)

@Debbie:

Go for it! It’s very interesting to try :)

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Weonbin March 2, 2010 at 02:24

When I read your post, I thought it was an interesting experience I had to try.
So I’ve been taking water showers only since 3/24 (with soap on the armpits after an effort because they really reek).
The results are not as positive as what I read everywhere.
Here is what I am noticing after 1 week :
– Although I used to shampoo my hair every day, now that I stopped they are not that much greasy.
– Small pimples started to gradually invade my skin (ouch …).
– My private parts are starting to smell.
I think I am going to restart using soap, I will try to alternate 1 day with soap, 1 day without and see how it evolves.

Soap sure disturbs the skin’s balance, but it also makes the removal of dead skin cells and bacterias easier.

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Vlad Dolezal March 2, 2010 at 12:49

@Weonbin:

As some people said, try rubbing your skin with your hands as if you were still using soap. (Have you tried that?)

Of course it’s up to you to decide whether to soap or not. I just really wish you to experience the same positive benefits (or non-negative, anyway) that others have!

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oztaurus March 7, 2010 at 02:21

I haven’t used soap for about 15 years now, except when I moved back from Asia to Australia – a more wheat based diet, which makes my faeces a bit stickier than paper can handle (and no “bum gun” bidet here – oh I miss the feeling of cleanliness in Asia), so I use a little soap around my anus. I do use a pair of exfoliating gloves (like a loofah mitt) and scrub all over with those. I use one of those crystal deodorant rocks and have never had anyone comment negatively about my odour, hygiene or how my skin feels – even in intimate situations.
Haven’t tried the no shampoo thing though.

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Vlad Dolezal March 7, 2010 at 03:40

@oztaurus:

I’ve been hearing about those crystal deodorant thingies quite a bit.

I’m a bit hesitant to try them, because being an antiperspirant, they might block your lymph system. Then again, I’ve been reading up on that lately, and the whole blocked-lymph-to-bad-health link is dubious.

I think I might give them a shot. How long have you been using them?

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matt July 28, 2011 at 05:16

the salt based deodorants, like crystal, are not anti perspirants, the only provide protection from the bacteria that causes smells

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Vlad Dolezal July 28, 2011 at 08:46

Ah, cool, I was wondering about that.

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weonbin March 7, 2010 at 12:03

@Vlad Dolezal: yes of course I rubbed my skin with my hands and a wet towel. I showered exactly as I do with soap (but without soap hehe)
I just guess everybody doesn’t have the same skin

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oztaurus March 7, 2010 at 23:47

@Vlad Dolezal:
I’ve been using the crystal deodorant for even longer, maybe 18 – 20 years, these days you can even get scented ones (you commented that the smell of soap was something you missed). I have never had issues with blocked sweat glands, if something else has irritated the skin eg. clothes rubbing, then the saltiness of the crystal will aggravate it (not good for ladies who shave their pits – at least for a day or two …. so I’m told).

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Vlad Dolezal March 8, 2010 at 00:34

@weonbin:

Oh well. It’s about time they started manufacturing one-size-fits-all skin too, eh? ;)

@oztaurus:

Alright, I’ll have another look into these crystal deodorant thingies!

I think I’m slowly but surely turning properly caveman here. When I start blogging on stone tablets, please hit me with a clue stick.

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emma March 10, 2010 at 17:53

Make sure you read ‘The Kite Runner’! It’s awesome :)

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Anonymous April 12, 2010 at 05:58

Supposedly you can use conditioner every few days instead of shampoo, and it will remove dirt and excess oil without upsetting the balance of natural moisturizing that the scalp will want to do. You could give that a shot.

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naomi September 10, 2010 at 00:09

i dont like how the CO wash did it for me it made things worse why just not save up on $ and stuff with the WO or water only method

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Vlad Dolezal April 12, 2010 at 11:55

@Anon:

If I become unhappy with the state of my scalp, I’ll give that a shot. Right now I’m actually quite satisfied with what I’ve got :)

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judith July 6, 2010 at 08:17

I am interested to hear of your experiences.
I haven’t used soap or shampoo for years. I believe that the skin and scalp has a natural wax that protects it from weather and infection. Wild animals and birds do not wash. They preen and splash, roll and cover themselves with dust.
I remember hearing of a method of dog grooming with wet hands. Wet hands massage and stroke, removing lose hair etc. This works on the head. All my washing can be done with as little as half a pint of water. Preferably rainwater which is soft. This is very useful when traveling and I never experience the ‘can’t do anything with it’ and ‘greasy phase’ and only those moments in between when the hair was ‘manageable’. I combine it with a forward bend, head low for circulation and a good head massage. Good for the old brain!
My body is the same. I wash or bath frequently, using only my hands on my skin and sometimes a loofa or those defoliating gloves. Interestingly those gloves or loofa never get slimy; as do flannels that have been used with soap.
My intimate partner is very fastidious so is a perfect measure of my personal hygiene. He would tell me if I was smelly!
When I had small children, a Marocan friend showed me how to use the heel of the hand to rub the skin, the same method that is used in Turkish Baths and more expensive than having a soap treatment. The water would run off their skin rather like off a duck’s back.

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Vlad Dolezal July 6, 2010 at 10:48

@Judith:

Hmmm, I haven’t tried rolling around in dust yet. I should totally try that :D

Seriously though, you make a lot of good points. I don’t think I’ve ever used anywhere near as little as half a pint of water… but then again, I’ve never really had to. And I’ll look into that heel-of-the-hand rubbing technique, it sounds interesting!

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Kathleen October 21, 2010 at 23:21

I have not shampooed my hair for five years and my hair is so much better for it – it used to have an oily flakey scalp and dry ends (my hair is shoulder length) and now the scalp is fine, and only in dry climates do the ends of my hair dry out, for which I use a jojoba oil massage. I do massage my scalp vigorously in place of shampooing as has been suggested and I do use a conditioner as a detangler. I shower two or three times a week (after I run) and I also only use soap on a few places – have been doing that for a couple of years. I use the gloves in the shower as well. (I use a deoderant daily though.) On the days I do not shower I use drybrushing (I cannot remember where that comes from – India? ayurvedic?) which is supposed to help the skin as well as the lymphatic system. I no longer even wash my face (unless in tropical climates when I use witch hazel or rose water, sometimes with an essential oil added), just wet it in the shower, and the oiliness has subsided. I love it! Just wish I could get my teenage son to give it a go…..

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Vlad Dolezal October 22, 2010 at 10:03

I also recently started using a conditioner, as you said, for detangling (and keeping my hair nice and smooth).

As far as your teenage son… if he’s happy with whatever method he’s using, I’d say don’t fix what ain’t broke :)

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Anonymous October 28, 2010 at 07:18

try a baking soda and water shampoo. 1-1 ration. i don’t use “soap,” shampoo, or conditioner. all natural and so good for you. my skin broke out for a little while. i figured that it was because it was detoxing. after that it went great. i love scrubbing so i use a sugar and olive oil body scurb that i make. i love it.

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Gillian December 2, 2010 at 17:06

I have thought for some time that we, as a society, are too ‘clean’! After traveling for a year, and getting used to not showering every day, I returned and kept the minimal showering routine. My partner calls me a ‘soap dodger’ but I like the more natural smell and feel of not being squeeky clean. I like the experimental nature of your blog! Cheers!
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Vlad Dolezal December 2, 2010 at 17:25

Yea, I find it really fun and exciting to hear about crazy ideas… and then try them out! :D

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Jen Young December 5, 2010 at 13:53

I was talking to a friend she ask to hold my baby and as most people do they sniff a baby.She said he smells so good I told her he had only had two or three baths with soap.After saying that she told me she never uses soap or shamphoo.Well I never thought about NOT using them on myself but now I am.This is my first day of reading about not using shamphoos and soaps I would be willing to try this I think anyhow.I know I could do the soap but I don’t know about the shamphoo I mean just the whole cold turkey thing turns me off a bit.If I go three days with out washig my hair I could oil a car! So could I just cut back each week till I get to not using shamphoo at all? Would that work?

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Vlad Dolezal December 5, 2010 at 14:53

No idea, Jen. But if you decide to try it, do let me know how it goes!

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judith December 6, 2010 at 07:49

Jen it has been mentioned previously here that the ‘washing’, ‘scrubbing’ effect without shampoo is useful for avoiding the ‘cold turkey’.
I got the idea when I heard that people groom dogs in this way. They wet their hands and hand groom the dog, thereby removing excess hair and giving a good massage.
I have often looked to the animal kingdom to know how to behave as a mother/human! Watching preening is interesting, whether a bird or a cat.
I incorporate yoga into my morning regime. I have a little rain water, wet my hands, bend double and give my hair and head a good massage. Head down to boost circulation to the brain and follicles. This means that the head/hair is not soaked and the hair and scalp are cleaned. I find I need to add a little sweet almond oil to wet hands to then massage into my now greying hair and my skin.
I use coconut oil when there is hot sun and after swimming in the sea, when I used to find my hair became dry like tow rope, a good application of coconut oil does the trick.
The best thing is that when others are worrying about how to wash their hair when camping, traveling or sailing, we can make do with a cupful, or even a puddle of water!

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Vlad Dolezal December 6, 2010 at 18:59

Awesome, thanks for the advice Judith!

So far I haven’t really thought about how much water I use up, but I’m planning to go travelling around Europe in about half a year, so I think your tips on water conservation (and using a bit of those oils) will definitely come in handy :)

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Jen Young December 7, 2010 at 20:32

So I took my first shower with just water.It was strange to just use water. The oils on my body are suppose to feel natural but it feels heavy.I am hoping my hair does not start looking as if I dunked my head in a buket of warm lard. I don’t feel squeaky clean or I don’t feel all the oils have been stripped from my body I feel the oil this is the point I would go wash it all off.It is not too bad at this point if it does get worse it will be a challenge to deal with it. I will try bending over from now on thanks for the tip! More updates to come.

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Vlad Dolezal December 8, 2010 at 14:11

Cheers for keeping us updated! :)

Do note that it usually takes a week or two for your scalp to adjust to producing less oil (as it was used to overproducing to compensate for the shampoo always stripping away all the oil). It’s expected that your hair might get quite oily during that time, but it should clear up once your body realizes it no longer needs to overcompensate with the oil production.

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Jen Young December 9, 2010 at 20:47

It has been nine days going with out poos and soap my hair and skin feels HORRIBLE I am getting zits in really oily areas.Please tell me the pros of why I am doing this some links to encourage me!

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Vlad Dolezal December 10, 2010 at 09:33

Check out this link, where I originally got the idea from:

http://freetheanimal.com/2009/12/paleo-i-dont-care-i-like-no-soap-no-shampoo.html

Also, googling ‘no soap no shampoo’ returns quite a few results of other people who have tried this experiment, if you’re looking for inspiration/motivation.

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Jen Young December 14, 2010 at 03:08

It is day 13 going with out soaps and poos.I hair still feels heavy and thick.I have been turning my head upside down in the shower taking a comb and combing the oil down.I also comb my hair about two times a day to help pull the oil through my hair so it is not clobs of it next to my head.The oil is still bad but not as bad as it was on day nine.For the first time EVERY the ends of my hair look healthy they are not dry and bad looking.Myhusband said my hair looks shiny and healthy not dry anymore.Up to this point I thought about how bad the oil felt today it did not run through my mind as much.So I am going to hang on I have came thus far!

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Vlad Dolezal December 14, 2010 at 09:49

That sounds like awesome progress, Jen! Do keep us updated, I’m really interested what you’ll feel like in another week :)

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Jen Young December 22, 2010 at 21:59

It has been 21 days! My hair does not feel as heavy I am not thinking about how oily I am every few second.My skin has adjusted well infact I am not washing as much oil off of my body as I was when I first started.My hair still bothers me some it is still pretty oily.I am washing oil out everyday that works half of the day and my hair gets oily once more so I just comb it through the rest of my hair. My hair looks very shiny and the ends of my hair look wonderful.I think my hair still has some adjusting to do.Over all I am doing much better I no longer feel horrible.Oh and one other thing my body in areas has a smell not a bad smell at all just the natural smells and my hub says that I smell good lol never had him to say that was NOT expecting that.I keep asking him if I smell bad and each time he says no you smell clean but you have a very nice natural smell.I cannot belive soap took this smell away! More updaites in a week or so I hope my hair will do better soon.I can put up with it now thats a plus!

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Vlad Dolezal December 23, 2010 at 13:00

Looks like you got past the hardest bit. It’s really amazing how much of our natural awesomeness we tend to cover up with artificial stuff.

Please keep us updated on your progress, Jen, I’m really looking forward to hearing how it turns out :)

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Beya December 29, 2010 at 07:50

I am not using any soap on my body for a few days now because I want to stop acne on my back side. My question is, what happens during the adjustment period? I noticed that I am still getting small pimples here and there. Is that part of the adjustment period? Thank you for your answers.

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Vlad Dolezal December 29, 2010 at 15:01

Yes, from what I’ve heard, you will still be getting pimples during the adjustment (in fact, they might get worse, as your body is still overproducing oils but you’re not stripping them away anymore).

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Jen Young December 29, 2010 at 16:10

Beya mine got worse way worse but now that I am 36 days into it I have NO pimples first time in many,many years! My skin is doing much better the oil is not bad on my skin my hair is ok it still has some adjustments I don’t have to comb the oil out and I can take a shower ever other day now.My hair does not get oil at the end of the day after I have had a morning shower.My skin feels good infact I don’t try to wash all the oil off now it is nice.I scalp feels great it feels open.

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RM January 3, 2011 at 23:46

I am 100% no shampoo.

When you start, make sure you Brush your hair! I use a plastic ball bristle brush, a Bristle brush and then a fine tooth comb. Then brush with the plastic in the shower. This helps alot :)

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Radu Floricica January 4, 2011 at 15:59

About one month in the no soap experiment. Found a couple of articles on Reddit and Hacker News.

I’ve been moderately strict. Started with a bit of soap on my private parts and my feet, reduced it to when I feel like it. Shampoo (with ketokonazol… bad dandruff) maybe every 2 weeks, again as needed. No lufas or any scrubbing tool, but I always liked long hot showers so I’ve used the extra time to just soak&enjoy. I’ve kept showering daily or every couple of days, as usual. Washed my hands with soap as usual. Changed the towel much more often, since it became basically an after-shower scrubbing tool.

Results are surprisingly anticlimactic. Very little difference over all. Hair stopped looking like hell after washing it, and settled in a stable, normal look&feel. Dries much easier. Dandruff got neither worse nor better, at least not dramatically so.
Body is exactly the same. No smell (verified with SO). It’s winter here, so no sweat to speak of, but I suspect it wouldn’t make that much of a difference. Skin as usual.

I have a touch of acne, and again, little to no difference. I started washing my face with hot water and wiping with clean (and therefore less soft) towel. Feels good.

Personal conclusion would be that while your mileage may vary, soap is muuch less needed then we suspect. Hot, regular showers already do 90% of the work. I miss a bit the “pampering” feeling I get when soaping myself up, and if I return to soap this will be the main reason. Also, there’s a bit of work in constantly ascertaining whether I’m dirty enough to warrant soap/shampoo – it’s easier just to use it every time. But overall it’s going to be a useful piece of body hack – soap is (sometimes) optional.

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Vlad Dolezal January 6, 2011 at 13:55

I also found that pretty much the only thing I miss about not using shower gel is the pampering feeling I get from applying it on myself. I think some of this stuff is not inherently bad, just useful for different things than most people assume :)

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Abe January 6, 2011 at 04:26

Every time there is a mention of No Poo somewhere, there are tons of questions and comments from experience. So, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a question and answer site to help beginners, and kind of let everyone discuss the No Shampoo/Soap lifestyle, and all the different experiences and experiments we are doing.

I would like to invite you to come post on our forum to provide info and experiences.

So, if you are interested, go check it out: http://beyondshampoo.com

I’m not selling anything, and I would appreciate people participating in honest, good discussions.

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Vlad Dolezal January 6, 2011 at 14:02

Cheers for the effort, let’s hope your site kicks off to help people with no-shampoo discussions!

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Abe January 6, 2011 at 15:14

Thanks, Vlad! Do come let participate in the discussion, if you can!
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sidepr January 6, 2011 at 04:41

I am totally trying this. Starting tomorrow. I usually shower every other day and by the 2nd day my hair is greasy enough that I have to wear it back. About a month ago, I stopped using soap to wash my face (just warm water). It feels and looks better:)
Ill report back on how the no soap/shampoo works for me…

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Vlad Dolezal January 6, 2011 at 14:03

Awesome! Please do post back here on how it’s going, I’d be really interested in your experiences :)

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Nicolai January 7, 2011 at 16:04

Meditation is a means for enlightenment.
If one seek relaxation or the other stuff on your list, there are many ways more painless than meditation.
Meditation for enlightenment will have a strong reaction in oneself, changing the habit pattern of the mind to achieve the ultimate goal is not easy nor fast.

Vlad, if you are meditating 10 minutes a day (included that you don’t have guidance from a master), you will certainly not reach any peaceful states that will throw off some relaxation and what not.

Meditation is for shizzle worth it.
Check out dhamma.org, it offer 10 day vipassana courses (free of charge). 10 hours meditation a day without talking or anything else than eating, meditation & listening to discourse from the master. It will show results then & there. (But don’t expect enlightenment from 10 days, Gautama used 6 years in meditation before achieving enlightenment).

I hope my comment will show that meditation can be used for something more beautiful.

Be happy, be chilling & have fun dudes.

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Vlad Dolezal January 8, 2011 at 11:18

Thanks for the input. I’ve actually discovered (since writing this blog post) that meditation can be done much better than what I’ve tried in this 10-minutes-a-day trial.

Maybe I’ll get around to doing the real thing at some point in the future. For now, I’m focusing my energy on other stuff :)

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Nicolai January 10, 2011 at 01:21

I respect your decision my young padawan :-D
(note: didn’t mean to be lecturing as it may look like or seem SERIOUS, I believe seriousness to be the mother of all evil, hehe)

Peace be with you buddy.

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Vlad Dolezal January 10, 2011 at 13:20

Alright! :D

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James P. January 9, 2011 at 01:31

Could it be that after 2-3 weeks, you become used to the way your hair feels so to YOU it feels normal, but really it’s still really greasy? I just started quitting soap because my skin is really dry and I want to see if quitting soap would help that, but I’m reluctant to give up shampoo (I have very thick hair)

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Vlad Dolezal January 9, 2011 at 12:35

I’ve made sure to check with several independent observers. (I.e. I asked a few friends how my hair looks and feels, without telling them about the experiment so that I didn’t bias their perception.)

Everyone agreed it looks and feels completely normal.

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sidepr January 13, 2011 at 15:59

Ok, 9 days since i last used shampoo and soap. My hair is still just as greasy as it was at day 3! A question: will I ever be able to wear my hair down again and have it look like it used to? I try to blow dry it after I “wash” it and its just too greasy! Ive been wearing my hair up for over a week and im getting really sick of it:(

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Vlad Dolezal January 13, 2011 at 18:02

Give it at least another week, possibly even up to two weeks. It takes a bit of time for your scalp to realise it no longer needs to overproduce oil to compensate for frequent shampooing.

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sidepr January 14, 2011 at 00:14

But what about all the oil already in my hair? How will that just go away? It doesnt come out with just water. I feel like my scalp has slowed down a lot with producing oil but the oil that has been there since last week is still there after like 5 hot showers and scrubbing. Could I try the baking soda thing? Or will that just ruin the whole thing? Thanks…

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Vlad Dolezal January 14, 2011 at 14:31

Doesn’t it? From my experience (and that of several other commenters on here), the oil leaves quite well with just water. Could it be that your hair now has a natural healthy amount of oil in it and it just seems to you that it’s really greasy because you’re used to completely oil-free hair?

I think a simple shower and massaging your hair/scalp as if you were using shampoo is enough to get rid of all excess oil and leave just the natural amount.

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eva January 26, 2011 at 12:50

hi, i was reading about this experiment on a different website few days ago and i decided to try it out. from today i’m just in the “no soap” phase, which i will carry on for several weeks to see how it works out…
i’m a little bit affraid of the no shampoo thing as my hair is long and incredibly thick, gets greasy in a few days and i just don’t want to look like i don’t take care of it..so i have a few questions:
1) i was said or was reading it somewhere, that using shampoos was not necessary in the past as the air was clean, but today the air is full of dust and other dirt produced by cars, factories, airplanes whatever, especially if you live in a city…and to wash it with shampoo helps to get rid of this dirt which sticks in your hair. can i get rid of it simply with water?
2) i’m living in a country with no no-smoking prohibition in pubs and bars and lots of my friends smoke, so if we go out and party for the whole night, my hair smells as if i would work in a cigarette factory and i just can’t imagine how this horrible smell could get off just with water..?

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Vlad Dolezal January 26, 2011 at 18:43

Hey Eva!

I don’t really know about the quality of air (but do note that most of the people you hear from who get great results with just water live in cities).

Whether you’d need soap or shampoo mostly depends on the type of dirt you get on you. Something very greasy (oil, etc.) might require shampoo/soap, whereas most normal dirt leaves quite fine with water and maybe a bit of scrubbing.

As for the smoking smell, how about you try it and see? Maybe it goes out quite fine with just water. (And maybe not.)

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eva January 28, 2011 at 19:44

yeah i guess the only thing to find out is to try it out :)

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Danelle February 23, 2011 at 22:13

With the cigarrette smoke I would make up a home made cleanser. Reuse some squirt type bottles or buy some. You will need two. Fill one 1/4 of the way with baking soda and then the rest of the way with water. Fill the second with 1/4 vinegar any essential oils, herbs, or spices you want and then the rest of the way with water. Use the baking soda water first. Scrub into your scalp. Then use the vinegar water to rinse it. Leave it on for a minute or two and then rinse. Your hair will be left clean and if you use essential oils, herbs, or spices in your vinegar rinse it will smell great as well!
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Engravable Keychains February 11, 2011 at 02:34

I just couldn’t imagine bathing with water only. I’m sure my coworkers wouldn’t like to imagine it either.

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judith February 11, 2011 at 07:52

As you say city air is full of all sorts of chemicals, minerals, metals, bacteria and virus. Therefore the natural wax on skin that has not been scoured with soap or shampoo is a useful protection against absorption through it.
And, Engravable Keychains, we live in a society that mostly means that we cannot choose the distance we require from another human being. Are we not allowing ourselves the instinct that tells us how close we would comfortably be to another person? Deodorizing the body means we can be squashed together in, for instance, the tube at rush hour without causing offense. Maybe you and your Key/co workers would rather have more space between the work benches?
The obverse of this, of course, being that perhaps we we cannot so easily recognise the person we would like to be very close to!

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Seemant March 2, 2011 at 00:42

My experiment with no soap: I have not used soap (except on hands) for 2 months now. Also, no shampoo or conditioner. Everything is just great so far. Don’t miss any of them at all. I haven’t got any comments on any kind of bad odor. I think your natural body smell is attractive (not sweat though). I did have to go through the same phase of feeling weird initially but that all were overcome easily. Right now, my skin is soft, hair is not greasy and I don’t smell. I did apply coconut oil on my hair, face and body once a week since my skin is a little dry but other than that nothing else. I love it.

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eva March 9, 2011 at 10:51

so i’m now starting my week 4 with water only, no shampoo, no vinegar…nothing. i just can’t wait the transition phase to be over. my hair doesn’t look as bad as i was expecting, but i hate the touch of it…it’s like having wax in my hair. i’m washing my hair every day, so my hair is not itching or hurting. i hope the result of this experiment will be worth the effort :) i love the idea of independence on any product.

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eva March 9, 2011 at 10:54

i mean my scalp is not itching…not hair of course :D

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János March 20, 2011 at 07:02

I’ve recently tried this too. I have been soap free for about 6 months now – and I agree, I see no reason to ever use it again. I do not smell, my skin is significantly less dry (especially during the winter season), I’m saving money, and showering is less of a hassle. I’m weaning myself off of shampoo – shampooing only once a week. I find my hair to be a lot more easy to manage, it looks pretty good. guess my body actually does know what it’s doing :-P.

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Geegee April 23, 2011 at 07:45

Several months ago, I started showering without any soap. My skin is very dry, so I hoped it would help the dryness. I still scrub with a loofa to remove dead skin etc. I use sulfate free shampoo. I can’t tell much difference in my hair… It does shine more now.. I usually shampoo my hair every other day, and I shower every day. I don’t think I have any body smell. I still use antiperspirant. That helps, and I wash with warm water after using the bathroom. Oh, by the way, I am not a young person. I am 64 years old. So this skin has been dry a long time !! I do use soap on my hands all the time. I think after several months I should notice some difference in my skin. But it takes TIME after all these years of scrubbing with soap, to see a difference. I really like NOT using soap on my body. I think it is unnecessary. Warm water with a cool splash at the end is probably healthier for my skin.

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Mark June 15, 2011 at 05:04

I started a no shampoo/minimal soap regiment about a week ago and so far I’m liking the results. My hair right now is a bit greasy, but it’s much more manageable. In the past, daily shampooing would leave my hair dry and hard to control. I had to use a leave-in conditioner to try to add some moisture to it, but I think this natural method is much better (and cheaper). On my skin I just use a wash rag with soap every other day to buff off dead skin cells. I figure I’m still in the adjustment phase and I’ll see how it goes the next couple of weeks.

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David. S July 11, 2011 at 18:49

No soap works really well, i went on a 30 day trial, i could easily notice differences to my skin from day 1 and my skin feels much softer and less dryer than when i used to use soap.

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Han October 7, 2011 at 00:58

Since I had a crew cut, I didn’t use shampoo. Haven’t used soap or (bath/shower gel etc) for years.
Now I’m letting my hair grow longer, I do use a shampoo every ten days and then use a bit of baby oil so my hair doesn’t fall down (I have VERY straight hair)
I have never had anyone say something about my BO. I do use a deodorant though.

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Lisa December 6, 2011 at 16:40

I am doing this as well, when I run the hot water in my hair I use a brush the kind with lots of bristles. I think this aids in the more even distribution of oils along my hair. My hair isn’t very long, nearly shoulder length so the tangling isn’t very bad at all and it feels wonderful. It is so soft, even on those days I have to blow dry.

I have noticed that when I put my nose to my arm and sniff hard, I smell like a human (humans smelling like humans – go figure), not a strange soapy flower and again, I really have to concentrate to pick up the scent. My face is soft, and not oily or tight (which prompts me to put artificial chemical lotions on it causing breakouts occasionally). I have also discovered that I’m not as cold as I come out of the shower during the winter.

Our skin is supposed to protect our bodies from illness so why would we need to attack it?

I didn’t see a name on the posts and maybe it’s because I haven’t looked hard enough, but I’m with you sister/brother.

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Benjamin December 20, 2011 at 00:57

I think i may be able to help with the meditation, 10 minutes is certainly not long enough, try 45 if you don’t have time for an hour. The goal is not to try and silence your mind but rather sort through all the information the day gives you, once you are finished you will feel that silence you so desire. When you meditate think of everything you can until you are all thought out… it usually takes 45 minutes… It helped me get great grades in college. you can just sit back and let your mind sort itself out sometimes.. what helps are ear plugs and a blindfold.

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Lowela January 10, 2012 at 01:34

I absolutely got no shampoo whenever I take a bath, I just clean my scalp with my bare hands and rinse them with hot water and guess what? It even grow faster and shiner this time. I just could not stand not to use soap for I had this thing that is very stinky whenever I sweat too much. I just can’t help it.
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Dr ncs January 10, 2012 at 03:45

I’m doing the no shampoo thing now. I use a nice soft boar bristle brush to evenly distribute the oil. I brush very thoroughly to remove dirt or dander and such, then i do rinse my hair a lot and massage my scalp like I’m shampooing it. My hair is the softest it has ever been (i’m a girl by the way). I’ve also stopped using soap on my face and my skin feels so amazingly better. Your post has helped me decide to just keep on with the no soap at all!
Thanks!!!

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Pauline January 23, 2012 at 13:25

I’m not sure on the odor if you have still a job outside. Pollution and dust will trigger your beauty skin care. I’m not totally agree without using soap and shampoo. Using shampoo and soap can minimize because there are effects on the body with abuse.
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Adelia February 6, 2012 at 08:31

Those days, human used on not having shampoo and soap in their body. Apparently, shampoo and soap is tempting on human because of change. There are changes in the body and environment that really needs proper care of using shampoo and soap. It is advisable to use that daily because it is part of growing old.
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Lisa February 6, 2012 at 14:20

I was told by my grandmother years ago that she could not use soap on her face because her face was too dry. In homes for the elderly, they are not bathed daily because their skin is too thin. Naturally, if there is a need – an accident or such, they are bathed again.

I have not used soap for at least a couple of months now. I do enjoy the shower daily and I do use a loofah to help removed dead skin, dirt, and excess oils from my skin. The only change to my scent is that I don’t smell like Irish Spring or Ivory and I don’t have to moisturize every time I get out of the shower now. After the shower, my skin feels soft.

Another benefit I’ve noticed about myself, is that when I was using soap, I’d have the most terrible foot odor, now when I take off my shoes I don’t kill everyone in the house. Honestly, I believe that using soap was causing my skin to go into overdrive….by stripping it of all of it’s oils I was harming it and causing it to produce more.

I have to admit that I’ve taken to using a slightly soapy rinse on my hair every few days because I just can’t get the hang of using the baking soda.

All in all, I like the way I smell and I like the way other people smell when they aren’t using soap.

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rebecca February 16, 2012 at 03:41

hey…ab the meditation…i think i know a good one.those concentrating on things n stuff r just plain “bullshit” or it might work for some people n i don’t say no :) . but try this one. its called mythree (metta) bhavana. cuz im a buddhist i know how to do it.its all about loving and kindness. you should start spreading kindness to you first.then to ur closest people.then to random people.and then to ur enemies. ill send you a link. i didnt actually believe in it until i did it :) if u can really set your mind to fogive your enemy n spread ur love , i just say “daym”! it feels so good that u feel u got almost nothing to worry in your life n all u have to do is “enjoy” :)
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/scrn_metta.pdf check it out n c if u can do it. xo
rebecca´s last post ..RIP Whitney Houston

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Fish Jones March 6, 2012 at 11:00

Yay I’m not alone on this!!!!

How long was the guy’s hair that did this? You’ve got long hair, that might have something to do with it. I have way long hair, long enough that it gets creepy greasy on the sides, fast.

On the other hand, the ‘no soap on body’ I’ve been doing for years. It feels AWESOME!! Nobody’s ever been okay with me doing that.

I hate the smell of most soap. It makes me gag thinking about it. I’ve used soap once on my body in the past… 4 years. That was actually a little good. My legs apparently had a weird blue color from wearing jeans that I didn’t notice until the soap got that off. After that, I still scrub, just not with soap. ^ ^

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Argo June 11, 2012 at 21:33

It’s been almost two and half years since I stopped using shampoo and soap – on my body, that is. I still use soap on my hands, and my skin is so dry…bleh.

I love being mostly free from those chemical soups. When I tell people what I’ve been dong the last couple of years they can’t believe it. First thing they say is either, “But your hair doesn’t look greasy at all!” or “But you don’t smell!” :D

Love it. Can’t see ever going back to buying that stuff. My skin is clean and soft, and my hair is soft, silky, and very manageable. About once every couple of months my scalp feels like it’s getting a lot of dead skin build up so I do a diluted apple cider vinegar finger scrub and rinse and it’s all good. I bathe with water and a facecloth to scrub with. That’s it.

Simple, free, and much more natural than stripping off oils and then buying something to remoisturize!

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roland June 25, 2012 at 18:13

Haven’t used soap or shampoo in over a month now… neither for any part of my body. I am as clean as a whistle, as much as before. I started after listening to yet another shampoo commercial that promises the same incredible shiny and silky hair as did the first ones on television 50+ years ago. This time I had enough. I remembered one of my sister had lived on a farm without running water and did not wash their hair other than swimming in local stream or small lakes…. I remember her hair and outlook being perfectly fine. So I am done with chemicals, phoney organic shampoo with a hundred listed ingredients and expensive price tag. PS I have not used tooth paste as well… that I had started a long time before, but now I am committed. FREEDOM! I do floss and brush daily and all is well after many months…. FREEDOM!

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DavidandLynn Tripp November 21, 2012 at 00:27

My husband,myself,and two boys have not used soap in over 5 months.We now use Norwex microfiber body cloths that clean better than soap and we will never use soap AGAIN!! The Norwex cloths also contain silver which self purifies the cloth ,so that mean less washing! We have saved time,money,and LOVE not having to use soap!

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Lana January 6, 2013 at 11:11

hey :-) love your blog! just found it via davidicke.com (forum). just wanna add something i’ve tried out myself: colloidal silver. there a many ways of using it but please google it – it’s really awesome. one thing though: i’ve tried to not use any deodorants for a few days but realised that right after showering (using natural soap) i still smeld in the underarm. knowing that collodial silver kills bacterium i put on a bit of it and the smell… wait what smell? :D
sorry for bad english :P & much love

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Stephanie July 31, 2013 at 17:23

You all have re-inspired me to go totally soap free. I’ve been light on the soap because of dry skin anyway, and only shampoo/condition once or twice a week. Have been waiting for my shampoo bottle to get empty so I can use it for a baking soda dilute.
The cheapest, easiest underarm deodorant is to moisten a couple of your fingers, put them in a dedicated jar of baking soda, rub what’s on there into your armpit. No smells for days. I think I’m pretty pungent, and one time of this treatment keeps me smell free for a couple days. I don’t shower everyday due to skin issues-DRY. This is the cheapest, easiest way i’ve found and, amazingly, it hasn’t caused a reaction from my skin, but then I don’t shave, so it may be irritating to shaven skin??
Love that this site is here!!!!! Thanks

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Stephanie July 31, 2013 at 17:26

I’m going to try plain water for shampoo, with just a couple drops of essential oil…. or maybe just a lemon juice rinse. Also we brush our teeth with plain baking soda, a dedicated jar of it, of course. Good luck to us all.

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Sir Drewicus August 11, 2013 at 16:43

i am a once or twice a weeker myself. like atleast one other commenter b4 me, this is mostly laziness and because i sit around the house most days studying that im never actually dirty. like i had read somewheres where bathing once a day is carried over forefathers who worked everyday in hot sweaty dirty jobs farming or factory working etc. normally i wait to bathe until i feel grimey or i am going someplace where being sure that i smell nice is important. but id noticed how much nicer my hair and skin looks and feels so i got online to research why and came across this blog.
never thought about eliminating soap. i had read where people tried giving up bathing completely and had noted the results you have mentioned but never just a strict bathe only with water. the only thing that worries me is my arm pits because i often forget to put deoderant on (and just as often feel nervous about it considering all the speculation of chemicals and heavy metals leeching into the blood stream. so after 3 or 4 days my pits smell bad.
i want to try this though. im going to do a couple weeks soaping and deoderizing only my left arm pit and see what happens. because i read that soaping the armpit actually makes you need deoderant. im not sure about that but it is possible. now of course this assumes i am symmetrical but im not expecting a nobel prize.

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