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It is that busy time of year again, report card season. I must say that I am more on the ball this term than I have been in previous terms, nearly all my classes are complete as far as marks are concerned. I just have 2 classes to finish up, then comes the dreaded comments. As a result, I haven’t done any sewing over the last little bit, and won’t be until I have finished them completely. Hopefully I’ll have a new project started by this weekend. I have a few in my queue, not counting the Colette challenge I joined this month. Fortunately for me, I’ve already made the Hazel dress, the pattern that is currently being showcased.
It’s basically between sewing and working out, and for a change, I have been smart and engaging in the latter first. I’m still slogging away at my 10K training, which I feel is going rather well. I am on week 5 day 2 of the ‘Couch to 10K’ program, and have been surprisingly consistent. It probably helps that I am continuing to see my awesome trainer, who regularly kicks my ass (in a good way). I will do my run tonight (after a nap, of course 😉 and then finish my health marks. Then I’ll have only one class to go!
I realized last night that I hadn’t posted an update on my new ‘natural’ beauty routine, so I guess now is as good a time as any to do it. In the end, I switched over a few things, and these are the things I have observed. First, my facial cleansing routine.
I started using a mix of castor, jojoba, and sweet almond oil to clean my face in what is known as ‘the oil cleansing method’. I was sceptical at first, but I am now a convert. I have been doing this method for about 6 weeks, and after a few different mixes and ratios, I believe I have come up with a winning formula for my skin. Initially, I had a few painful cystic breakouts, but they have largely subsided. My face is looking smoother and more refreshed. I also seem to have fewer blackheads, which is awesome because my pores are so large. Sometimes I use the mixture above, but if my skin is feeling sort of dry, I’ll use coconut oil and castor oil instead. My skin feels surprisingly refreshed, especially after smoothing a little bit of argan oil on afterwards. I give the oil cleansing method two thumbs up!
The next things I switched over was my shampoo and conditioner. I started using Aubrey organics Island Naturals shampoo and conditioner with reasonable success.
It was a decent price, and although the lack of lather was a bit strange at first, I’ve gotten used to it. It smells nice, and leaves my hair feeling clean and looking shiny. It’s probably not the best natural shampoo out there, but for right now, it’s working just fine. Two thumbs up.
The third thing I switched over was my toothpaste. This one was a very interesting switch indeed. For the last five years or so, every month around ‘that time’, I get horrible canker sores along each side of my tongue that last around 2 weeks. They are painful and generally just awful. Sometimes, they hurt so much I can’t talk or eat. In the past I had tried SLS free toothpastes, but they didn’t seem to make much of a difference. When I switched to the ‘JASON naturals’ brand toothpaste, I really wasn’t expecting that much.
I was very pleasantly surprised. I did get one canker sore, but it went away after about 2-3 days, and it wasn’t as painful as they normally are. I am a convert. Ten thumbs up to this one!
The last thing I switched over this month was my pit stick. This one was always going to be tricky because I drip sweat at the the slightest physical exertion. Blame the genetics on that one. The sweat I can handle. The smell on the other hand is what I need to combat. Enter ‘Green Beaver’.
I really, really wanted this to work, but its performance was spotty at best. After a day at work it wasn’t too bad about 70% of the time, but it could not be counted on to hold up to a regular workout or run in the neighbourhood. I need something that will stand up to all my physical activities, and this one didn’t make the cut. It’s back to the drawing board as far as the pit stick goes.
As far as experiments go, I think this went rather well all things considered. I wasn’t expecting a lot from my switch to synthetic to natural products, but ended up having success in all areas except one. It’s encouraged me on to making my next natural switch. I’m thinking make up, and sunscreen should be next. Anyone have great natural products they love to use?
Well, I think I’ll end it here. It’s on to my nap, then off for my run. Then marking. Yay.