We have been using a couple of the Natural Instinct products for awhile now. They are an Australian made natural skin and hair care brand, which are formulated with botanically-derived ingredients, certified organic extracts and pure essential oils. There are no nasties in their products, so they are grey-water safe, and products are not tested on animals.
Natural Instinct Hand Wash – is a firm favourite in our household. It lathers well and has an authentic lemon and lavender smell. Even better it also comes in a 1 litre refill bottle to save on packaging.
Natural Instinct Sensitive Soap Free Body Wash – is another firm favourite. It cleans well and has no scent. You get a smudgy lather, rather than big bubbles.
Natural Instinct Sensitive Shampoo – This one doesn’t lather as well as my regular shampoo because it is free of sulphates (SLS and SLES), so you’ll need to use a generous amount. This one is also scent free and ideal for use if you have dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or allergies.
What I like about these products is the generous sized bottles they come in and the pump spouts for easy application. All the products are free of sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs and mineral oils. There are also no artificial colours or fragrances.
Here is a great recipe for a natural alternative to dry shampoo. It will help to absorb excess oil and is a convenient quick fix in-between washes.
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of rice flour
- Mix together all the ingredients and keep in an air-tight container.
- Massage into the scalp and through the hair as needed.
- Leave for about 5 minutes then brush out vigorously. You may like to stand over a sink as it can be a bit messy!
Alternatively you may like to ditch your shampoo gradually and know how to go shampoo free (also know as “no ‘poo”).
G Magazine featured an article on 5 ways to go shampoo-free that I wanted to share with everyone.
The foaming agents in shampoo don’t only lift dirt from your hair – they strip the scalp of it’s natural balancing oils. The temporary shine from chemicals in conventional shampoos could be doing more damage than it’s worth for your scalp, as well as waterways when it’s washed down the sink. Go “no ‘poo” with these natural ingredients on your crowing glory instead.
- Apply a cloudy solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water to the roots of your hair to help clean dirt and oils. It won’t be easy to start with, but stick with it for a few weeks and the oils in your scalp with balance out.
- Condition with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water. Add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance, or lemon juice if you want to lighten your hair colour.
- Deodorise your hair between washes with a spritz of water and your favourite essential oils. Give it a rinse with water in the shower often too.
- Every few weeks, get rid of build-up on the scalp with a scrub of 2 tablespoons of brown sugar mixed with honey. (Turn the shower off while you scrub away.)
- Make your own dry shampoo to absorb excess oil between washes. In an airtight container, mix 1/4 cup of rice flour, 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Massage into oily parts of the scalp, leave for five minutes and while standing over a sink, brush out vigorously with a natural bristle brush.
Alternatively you may like to know How to make your own Dry shampoo.