Leopard. Fur vests. Shearling everything. Yeah, you know those things are seriously caliente at the moment.
Here’s another list for you: Showers three times a week. Or less. No deodorant. B.O.
Surprise, surprise! Apparently that list is trending as well. I am so not kidding.
Recently, The New York Times ran an article, The Great Unwashed, about a growing movement of people going back to their natural states, B.O. and all. People skipping daily bathing and deodorant. Um, OK. I kind of get it. Kind of. Well, until I got to this bit:
…Ms. Palmer, a petite, put-together brunette, showers “no more than three times a week,” she said, and less if she hasn’t been “working out vigorously.”
She contends that a soapy washcloth under her arms, between her legs and under her feet is all she needs to get “really clean.” On the go, underarm odor is wiped away with a sliced lemon.
Oh, I can just see me slicing a lemon every morning and wiping it on my pits. Which will then be sticky. Which in winter will effectively glue my lovely woolly sweaters to my armpits. You’ve got to be kidding me.
Anyway, to wash or not wash—that’s this week’s Friend Friday* contemplation. And following are the questions.
The move to do away with soap, shampoo and deodorant has been growing in popularity in the last year. What are your thoughts on this trend?
I think it is good in moderation, and it is a very individual thing. What works for some will not work for others. That said, subjecting other people to the stink of your B.O. is not only offensive, it could potentially be damaging to relationships and even your career. I think some people have taken this idea a little too far. Truthfully, most people don’t need to wash their hair every day. But deodorant? It should be required.
Be honest how often do you wash your own hair?
I wash my hair about three times a week, maximum. With hair as long as mine, it’s not good to wash daily—it strips it of its moisture, and I honestly don’t need wash it every day; I don’t have oily skin. On days that I work out, I only rinse my hair in the shower after, and sometimes I condition the ends only.
Have you tried to go the more natural route by forgoing shampoo? What happened? Or would you be tempted to try it?
As I wrote above, I do forgo shampoo and just rinse every other day. It works beautifully. In fact, I’ve noticed that on the days that I just rinse and blow dry my roots, my hair has more volume.
What products do you use and have you ever gone with more organic alternatives?
On my hair, I use Pantene shampoo and conditioner and have for years. I’ve tried expensive salon shampoos and sulfate-free organics and none of them are as good.
Outside of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, and the occasional organic body scrub, I really do not like organic cosmetic or beauty products. I’m a drugstore girl…Cetaphil, Dial soap, Pantene hairspray, Nivea body lotion, Neutrogena sunscreen, L’oreal masacara. Drugstore products do a better job for less money. The rest of my cosmetics are by MAC, YSL, and Dermablend. And I use Creme de la Mer moisturizer—that one is absolutely worth every cent, and is better than any other organic or non-organic moisturizer I’ve ever used.
What about that daily shower? Would you forgo that opting to shower three times a week instead?
No. First, I can’t really wake up for work (at 6:00am) without a shower. I work out to the point of dripping sweat at least three times a week, and being a girl…well…ladies, you know a shower or bath is especially important at certain times. There is just no way I’d sign up for that.
*The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for fashion bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Join the conversation by joining the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group.