Friday, December 31, 2010

Crunchify One: Shampooooooo

The Urban Dictionary states one of the many definitions of crunchy as this:

                               Adjective. Used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Crunchy persons tend to be politically strongly left-leaning and may be additionally but not exclusively categorized as vegetarians, vegans, eco-tarians, conservationists, environmentalists, neo-hippies, tree huggers, nature enthusiasts, etc.

I always thought of the word crunchy to simply mean: (and I'm not talking like chewing crunchiness here) one who has adjusted or changed their lifestyle for environmental reasons. To better this planet that sustains us. The rest kind of follow suit, I think.

In our family we strive towards crunchiness. We do our part, the best we can, to help nurture this home of ours. Because it really is the only one we have, and the only one our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will have. This special place carved out in the universe for us is all we have. And, ummm, if I'm raising little earthlings I want to foster a great love for nature and all that is created within her. After all, I'd like to know that my littles care to keep their littles, and grandlittles, safe and healthy on this planet and keep her just as luscious and beautiful as she deserve be.

I thought it might be neat to share some of the earth friendly things we as a family are doing here on the blog. One day when my littles are grown I hope to have this printed off for their eyes. I know I would love to have a journal of my childhood to look back and see. Yet, to also see from my mom's point of view. Wouldn't that be cool? And, maybe it will help them to remember some of the ways we have adjusted so that they can use these ideas and grow with them with their future families. I also thought it might be nice to share some of these things in case anyone who is reading out there, like us, strives to live for a healthier future for our planet. I also hope to further learn and grow by doing this and am interested in hearing what you do to preserve our Earth too. Because we've still got a long way to go, baby.

I'm thinking of making this a weekly crunchy type of post, so follow along if you are interested. And, if you haven't already-- become a follower and leave feedback. I'd love to hear from and share ideas with you all.


One small thing we've done (we, excluding Ellie) in our home is to rid our lives of big ole bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Not only did this help to reduce the plastic flow through our home but it has left our hair feeling much, much healthier. Naturally. It really feels lighter.

I see your hydroxyethylcellulose, methylchloroisothiazolinone, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine "Herbal" Essences. Your not fooling me.. and I raise you honey, beer, and eggs. Because that, so far, is the best bar of shampoo I've had yet.

I'm not saying that you can't get a nice healthy, organic, shampoo in a bottle, you can. I just don't see the point of the plastics involved when there are ways around it. Because really, how are you reusing your shampoo bottles? And how many of your shampoo bottles are the recycling companies truly reusing? Probably less than you'd think. I think.

Now for the growth.
My goal within the next year is to also have Ellie using the shampoo bars. Right now we are still squeezing her body wash and shampoos from plastic bottles and as much as I love the natural baby scents, I think we could get just as much of the goodness out of a bar wash. Besides, even without the shampoo the girl smells delicious!


  1. Ah, the many uses for beer! I'm excited to hear more about your ever-increasing crunchiness. We really started crunchify-ing, if you will, after our Annabelle was born. I've been no-pooing for six or seven months and am quite happy with the results. Eventually I want to make all of our household products, but I try to take it one thing at a time. Just last night, I made my first batch of toothpaste, and my teeth feel squeaky, squeaky clean!

  2. I hope one day to make my own.. When I have more space and less baby on my hip, lol. For now I am purchasing from :)

  3. Wow, I've never heard of shampoo bars or thought of making my own shampoo or toothpaste! I'll have to research it some more. For now though, I've got my hands full so thanks for the link! I'll head over there when/if my littlest decides to nap!

  4. Hey Kristin! Chelsea, Scott, and I took a class yesterday on making lotions and lip balms. Veeeery easy to do. One day all of us girls will have to get together and whip up a couple batches. Once you discover how easy and inexpensive it is you'll never want to buy another over the counter product again!