Sustainable Shower Routine

Ladies and Ladies, let me get real with you about my shower routine. For some of you it might be gross but take it in, it is okay. When I was growing up in Hakha, Chin State, we took a shower once a week! I know ew, gross, but it was too cold and we didn’t have a heater or access to unlimited hot water like we do here in America. Can anyone relate or am I just totally nuts? The first time I heard about having hot and cold water in our apartment – yo, it blew my mind! I really didn’t think it was possible but anyways moving on to better and bigger things in life.

Up until recently, I haven’t use soap to shower and I freak people out whenever I tell them this, so I started using organic/natural local soaps and you guys, I do like to smell good occasionally! I take 6 mins to 10 mins showers, so my mom always make comments whenever I go in and out of a shower and often time she asks me to go back to shower some more (like am I 10?) but she is right though. It is not because I don’t have the shower gel or soaps, I just don’t feel the need to use it.

I also honestly hate shaving and I am tired of people thinking it is not acceptable like it is some kind of taboo or unattractive thing to not shave. Men don’t shave their legs or armpits, why can’t women just feel beautiful regardless? That’s a whole another topic but the point is, I still like to be sustainable when I do shave. According to Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), 161.12 million Americans used disposable razor blades/shavers in 2017. This figure was projected to increase to 168.14 million in 2020.

I try to shower every other day and I stop using shampoo and/or conditioner. When I used shampoo, my hair gets oily the next day and I tried so many things to not get it oily but obviously, nothing worked. I now only use organic soap to prevent my hair from getting oily. I also use a pumice stone (not included in the picture) to exfoliate my skin.  It might be super weird to some of you, but it is something I’ve always done unconsciously, and it is whenever I shower, I don’t let the water running when I’m putting on soap, shaving, or getting the dirt off my body. (I just think it is a waste of water)

Razer – I got it from Walmart for $17.58 but Wegman has it for $15. Let’s stop using disposable razors. #goal

Zum Bar Soap – I got this one from a local shop owner in West Virginia and although they aren’t fair trade, it smells amazing!

Local vintage Soap – Product contains: whole goat milk, olive oil, soy oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil and quality fragrance oil. I got this from a friend of mine and it is my favorite soap. I’m sorry but I don’t have a link but I do have their phone number so if you also want one, let me know.

I believe that handwashing with soap is vital to prevent the spread of illness, the rest of the body has less merit. The society taught us that smelling great is equated to wealth and wellness but in my case, I simply don’t care unless I smell horrid. (Don’t be scared, I don’t smell) It is hard to ignore with a billion-dollar industry that tells us that in order to be clean, you need soap. I’m far from being glamorous, I choose the simple living because this is what being real means to me.

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