Could you go without soap or shampoo?

From Sean Bonner at Boing Boing:

I stopped using soap a year ago. It was easily one of the best moves I’ve ever made in my entire flippin’ life.

About this time last year I read an article (which Mark mentioned here as well) extolling the virtues of a soap-free bathing experience. TL;DR version: Your body is designed to regulate itself. Smearing chemicals all over it wrecks its own built-in processes, and screws with naturally balanced pH levels. This made sense to me and I thought I’d give it a shot for a month.

At the beginning of February 2010, I blogged about the results I’d seen so far. I didn’t stink at all (confirmed by friends, family and random people I ended up sitting next to on various forms of public transit), my skin felt better, oily and dry patches had all but disappeared and the light dandruff I’d had my entire life was almost gone. I was pleased with the results of my month experiment and decided I’d run with it for a while longer. As of January 1, 2011: it’s been a year now, and I can’t imagine ever going back.

Interesting theory. And, judging by a cursory scan of the comments, many have tried it with just as successful results. It makes sense to me too — in theory — but with long hair that, without shampooing, conditioning and blow-drying looks like it blew out of the darkest corners of hell, I don’t think I’m about to try this any time soon.

Thoughts?

Continue reading Sean’s entry here.

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