Shampoo, toothpaste, and soap are made of chemicals and they are harmful in long term. Just google the words “personal care products harmful ingredients” and read. We know about it, but we still use them as we don’t know the better harmless alternatives, don’t have the access to them, or just simply they are easy to use and carry.
I looked at the natural alternatives to the daily chemicals we use in the form of toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. Asked my grandma about the alternatives they were using for these products when they were young. After a bit of research and use of few of natural alternatives, I ended up with the following products that I am using now.
Sunni Pindi (Bath Powder) – replaced the soap. I was using Pears before I adopted it. It was a hard move as I used Pears for almost 11 years. Sunni Pindi is a Telugu word for bath powder made of herbs, green gram, turmeric, camphor, etc. A better recipe can be found here: http://sree-firststeps.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunni-pindi-preparation.html – Download the post in PDF form. Thanks Sree!
You won’t see lather with it. You will feel a soft skin that you can’t get with any soap and a fresh aromatic fragrance. You can get Sunni Pindi from Sahaja Aharam in Hyderabad if you want a ready to use mix.
Dantachurna, Herbal Tooth Powder – replaced the toothpaste. We used to use Close Up and also sometimes, Himalaya. Now, we are using Dantachurna of Venkateswara Ayurveda Nilayam, one of the most trusted oldest pharmacies making Ayurveda formulations and also an exporter of Ayurveda preparations. It costs Rs. 67 for a 120 gm bottle. It is a mix of lot of herbals.
You won’t see lather when brushing and looks like Dabur Red Powder. You will find it hard to use for few days, then you will get used to it.
Venkateswara Ayurveda Nilayam has an online store, but shipping is a bit high. Their online shop is at: http://ayuraarogyam.com
Soap Nuts (Ritha) and Shikakai – replaced the shampoo. Shampoo usage is widespread because of its easy availability, small sachets readily available everywhere for a mere 50 np, and extremely easy to carry. To use soap nuts and shikakai, you need to get them and powdered. You need to soak it in the water at night to use it the next day morning. Due to this process, you may find it difficult to adopt.
As usual, you won’t see lather, just little foam, but the results are good. I noticed that my scalp itching has gone, hair thickness is increased, and it reduced the hair fall.
You can also add fenugreek (methi) seeds while powdering the ingredients for a better formula. Soak it in water and keep it in an airtight bottle, so that it can be used for three to four days.