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Any recipes and tips for soapless/glycerineless personal grooming products? Multiple questions to follow...

Background to the problem:
I have a big problem with fragrances and it's getting worse.  I've been able to find scent-free personal grooming products in the past, but the community I live in now has none!  Some of the local stores volunteered to special-order a few products, but were unable to find any from their vendors.  In other words, I am stuck with two choices.  Make my own or buy online.
I am choosing to make my own, in order to save myself shipping cost and to be sure I don't have to wait 6-8 weeks to wash my hair.  The added benefit is knowing exactly what goes into it.


The problem:
I'm convinced I can do better than traditional soap.  I'm not scared of the lye and fats but I'd have to order all of the soapmaking stuff online, which still forces me to rely on the mail.  I'm very much intrigued by soapwort.  I've also heard of flaxseed-based hair wash.  From what I've heard, soapless alternatives present me with an option that's usually easier to produce and with locally available ingredients.

What I already know is next-to-nothing.  I want all the tips and recipes I can find.  Most of what I've googled so-far has been 2-3 line "recipes" with only ingredients and no actual instruction on what to do with it or how to use it.  The only recipe I'm actually familiar with involves oil, lemon and an egg, for washing and conditioning hair but that doesn't keep well and it costs you an egg each time.


The questions:
Any recipes for interesting soapless, glycerineless "shampoos," body washes, hand "soaps," etc?

Anyone know how of other cultures which use soapless products predominately and how they do it?

Any good recipes for other personal items besides cleansers such as deodorant and moisturizer?

Any tips for making these home-made products last longer in room-temperature storage?

How do I reduce the costs but still keep my goal of being scent-free and soapless?

I've never used flaxseed, will hair wash made from it have a strong smell?  Does it keep well?

Can anyone using similar products tell me their experience with it?

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DELETED_GuardianFox (author) 7 years ago
Replying to record and add some info and thoughts.  Still seeking more answers!!!

It doesn't answer many of my questions, but I found a lot of related information here:

http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?

The lists include a few personal care home-made alternatives for some things, but more importantly it lists fragrance-free and less-toxic products for dozens of different common items. 


After trying the dollar-store salt-crystal deodorant, I have to say it works!  It does not (cannot) stop perspiration, but that's a job for an antiperspirant.  If you wear deodorant regularly and not antiperspirant, something like this could be great for you. 
frollard7 years ago
Fantastic info!
DELETED_GuardianFox (author)  frollard7 years ago
You're right.  It is fantastic.   Here's hoping for more seandogue's on Instructables answering questions.
DELETED_GuardianFox (author) 7 years ago
Yeah, it's gotten to the point I can't walk into the aisles with detergent, candles, soaps & shampoos, and I haven't been able to go near the perfume counter in years.  I get instant cold and flu-like symptoms that I don't particularly have the stomach to describe, they get worse than that with more exposure.  I've even recently had to stop visiting our best grocery supermarket simply because their Christmas merchandise featured cinnamon-scented pine-cones and I couldn't even enter the building!   They moved them outside for me, but placed them by the door so now I can't even park my car near the place while I wait for my family to shop.

I just wanted to try avoiding the whole soap thing and try to go with something simpler.  If it comes down to soap, I'll totally tackle it head on. 

I actually picked up a sea-salt stick today, oddly enough I practically tripped over it at the dollar store.  The heavily-discounted overseas-knockoff gods smiled upon me.  I figure it's either going to work really well, or not at all.  Either way, it'll be an adventure.

Thanks for the long, detailed answer.   There's a lot there I need to digest.  I hope there's more out there like you, I feel like I need to learn a whole new world of info.

Oh, Soapwort might be the plant you're thinking of.  There are also several other plants as well which produce sapoins suitable for washing.  The trouble for me is, Soapwort is the only thing on that list that might grow here, and it's wintertime.  Maybe next year.  In the meantime, it's first on my list of things to hunt for when I make the brave expedition to a neighboring town .
shortone7 years ago
I am very very limited in making body products, but i really recommend this site: http://www.thesage.com/
it has great prices for ingredients if you do stoop to buying online, but even better yet, it has an AWESOME recipe section with accurate measurements that you might enjoy looking through.
Good luck!