It all started with tomato juice – an 8 oz. glass of tomato juice, which – interestingly enough – tasted completely awful (seriously, Navy SEALs must drink this stuff – it’ll put hair on your chest). But I’ll tell you more about my research in tomato juice when I get into this week’s challenge. (Or you can skip to it right now!)
I have given myself until October 1, 2012 to switch my supply of store-bought, chemical-infused personal care items to natural, homemade creations.
Throughout this experiment, I’ll be giving up about 1 beauty item each week and brewing all of the substitutes myself. This means that any concoction I apply to my skin, teeth or hair in order to induce or enhance softness, smoothness, moisture, color, “healthy glow,” cleanliness, fragrance, freshness, brightness, invigoration, break-out prevention, medication or all-around attractiveness must be homemade from natural products. I’ll also keep track of how much money I spend on my home remedies and compare that to prices I’d see on the shelves of my local WalMart.
Everything starts today, and let’s say – for a moment – that I’m prepared. I realize that by giving up chemicals, I’m likely giving up a strength belonging to traditional products, which could compromise the effectiveness of items such as deodorant or soap, for example. Quite frankly, I realize that the switch could potentially (not necessarily, of course) make me smell. If I happen to seem at all apprehensive, don’t believe it; I don’t look at all apprehensive.
I do have to wonder, of course, if this experiment will result in any or all of the following:
- greasy or unclean hair
- uncontainable breakouts
- smelly pits
- an unpolished “look” (especially where make-up is concerned)
- dry skin
- oily skin
- a “musk”
- going broke
God help me if it’s all of those.