toilette: n. the process of grooming oneself.
How the media has complicated this simplest of acts. Women used to rise in the morning, wash briefly at a basin, comb their hair, and get dressed. Maybe she’s born with it…or maybe she’s squeaky clean… became Maybe she’s born with it…or maybe it’s Maybelline… (And maybe it costs a whole cow to buy “it” over and over again…)
Either way, there’s no ad in the world that can make me believe there’s anything better (for me) than my current face wash.
It contains no preservatives.
It harbors no weird, un-pronouncable chemicals.
There are no dyes, perfumes, or animal byproducts.
Likewise, there’s nothing in it to make it foam, squirt, or tingle.
It’s so cheap, I might have to chop a penny into pieces to show you how much I spend on my face each day.
My face has never felt better…
It’s baking soda.
Yes, baking soda.
[I have to say THANK YOU to my Auntie Carol out West. She gave me the idea through my cousin Veronica, who writes The Honey Pot at http://thehoneypot4.blogspot.com/. Please check out her wonderful writing. Her November 5th post particularly inspired me.]
You’d think baking soda would be too harsh for your face! Not so. Just because it can scrub scum off your shower walls doesn’t mean it can’t tiptoe across your skin. It gently lifts away the filth we like to forget (the usual way being to cover it with gel blobs, floating beads of exploding “clean,” etc etc, whilst pulling fistfuls of cash out of our bank accounts).
There is some level of exfoliation, but it’s truly gentle. No promise made that the stuff doesn’t keep: It really is pure and simple.
Just once, I wish an ad would be honest: REACH FOR THE SKY! GIVE US YOUR MONEY OR WE’LL SHOOT!
Perhaps your face wash works perfectly for you. If so, GOOD. Be blessed as you cleanse. 🙂 Me, I never found one I really liked.
If I want my face wash to foam, I’ll pour vinegar on it. (No thanks.) If I want it to tingle, I’ll add lemon juice or hot sauce. (heh heh…) If squirting it on is important, I can just add the water ahead of time, and squirt myself in the face with a water gun. Simple AND fun, right?
If I want my face to smell like roses, well… I’m still working on that one. I’d kind of like it to smell like ME.
So I took a small Ball canning jar and hammered 9 holes in the lid. You could do this with a clean, empty jelly jar, peanut butter jar, salsa jar, jar, jar, jar. It will cost you NOTHING.
Just fill ‘er up with some baking soda, which you probably already have on hand, and screw on the lid with its new holes. Splash warm water over your face, and rub a few shakes of the baking soda gently across your skin. Wash off with warm or cool water. Done.
This routine, combined with my equally simple moisterizer (stay tuned for that post on an upcoming Monday!) has made my skin feel and look better than ever. No breakouts, no dry patches, no greasy residue or anything.
Ladies, I hope this is helpful to you if you’re looking for ways to save money and energy. I love a good, simple thing. Men, if it takes some stress off your women, and it eases your wallet, hooray.
Have a wonderful day, and for cryin’ out loud, keep it simple!