Nature provides us everything we need to live healthy lives, including soap!
Soapnuts are nature's answer to our laundry needs. Native to India and Nepal, they are popular among minimalists as an environmentally friendly alternative to detergents and are a great way to reduce the toxins in your household.
When dropped in water, the soapnut releases its natural saponins that circulate as a natural surfactant in the water, freeing dirt, grime and oils from clothing. They are an excellent option for those with allergies or sensitive skin.
-For laundry: Place 4-6 nuts in a cotton muslin bag and drop into your laundry load. You will not see the traditional bubbles or suds you get from most detergents, but the surfactants will indeed be doing the dirty work. Soapnuts will smell lightly similar to apple cider and can be used several times. Toss when they turn mushy and grey.
-As a shampoo/cleanser: Powder soapnuts and mix with water to form a paste. Spread directly onto the scalp and let sit, or simmer soapnuts in hot water for 20min to create a natural shampoo wash. Adding herbs to the boiling mix is a great way to make an herbal shampoo!
Have you ever looked at the ingredient labels on your beauty products, lotions, shampoos, and such? Do you know what all of those ingredients are, or what they do inside of your body? Sometimes our body doesn't recognize lab made chemicals and it doesn't know what to do with them. They get stored as toxins, mostly in our fat, but sometimes in our organs, causing imbalances and making us sick.
My idea is that anything you put onto your skin should be something you are willing to eat or drink. My formulations are created with this philosophy in mind. The ingredients I choose are simple, clean, organic and easy on the body, while being highly nourishing and effective.
Wellness should be simple, and so should your ingredients.