A list of natural alternatives for your personal hygiene.


Pure & Mild Castile Soap


50 oz. olive oil
6.3 oz. lye
15 oz. distilled water

This should yield about 30 two- to three-ounce bars. I started by heating the olive oil on the stove. I knew it would hold its heat while I made the dreaded lye water. Like most things in life, the lye water actually wasn’t that hard. Aside from the fumes smelling like instant death, the only unexpected moment of panic was measuring the lye, when a static charge on my measuring cups sent lye granules flying everywhere but in.  After I made the lye water outside, I poured it into a 5-gallon bucket with my olive oil and blended it for all it was worth until it was about the consistency of school cafeteria custard. (It looked about as appetizing, too.) This is another reason I halved the recipe, because 10 pounds of flesh-eating sludge can be surprisingly daunting in the moment. Pour into the molds and let harden. Let soap cure about 6 weeks. Follow safe soap-making procedures. There are some great tutorials for this.

Natural Shampoo

This no soap method of hair maintenance is meant to completely replace conventional shampoo and conditioner. It’s all about allowing your hair to re-learn how to self-regulate in the absence of harsh cleansers. It works with, not against, your hair’s natural oils. Weekly or bi-weekly, you “wash” your hair, but otherwise you simply rinse it with water.

To use, mix 1 tbsp of baking soda into 1 cup of warm water, and distribute the solution evenly through your hair. Begin at the scalp and work your way out to the roots, massaging as you go. Rinse thoroughly with water. Next, apply a 1:1 dilution of apple cider vinegar in water. A spray bottle works best for this. Rub it in, allow it to sit for a minute or two, and then rinse it out completely.


Coconut oil

Baking soda

Corn starch

Vitamin E oil

Essential oil for fragrance if you like

Deodorant is super easy to whip up at home. All you need is coconut oil, baking soda, corn starch, vitamin E oil, and some essential oil if you like a touch of fragrance. The proportions are actually pretty forgiving, but a general recipe is 1 part coconut oil, 2 parts baking soda, 2 parts corn starch, a dash of vitamin E oil (this can be omitted; add more coconut oil), and a drop or two of essential oil. Give this recipe a try. It works!

Need more info about essential oils?

You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.