Let me start at the beginning. I was conditioning my hair one day and I started reading the shampoo bottle. I had never noticed it before, but the bottom of the bottle stated "PARABEN FREE". I thought, "Hmm, what are parabens?" 
After a quick Google search I came to the conclusion that parabens are not good. After finding this out I decided to look up some of the other ingredients in my shampoo. I'll reiterate, not good. My next thought was to try out some homemade shampoos. It seems every time I've ever tried someone's "homemade" recipe the result is always...not good. Then, I suddenly remembered watching a documentary last year about Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. Some of the folks were using it to shower, wash their clothes, brush their teeth and...wait for it...as SHAMPOO! If you don't like the classic mint you can buy it in a baby formula, lavender, tea tree, or citrus.  
I have now been using Dr. Bronner's as my shampoo and I'll tell you, it really works for me. I have very difficult, slightly curly, overly frizzy with the wrong shampoo kind of hair. I needed to find a conditioner and I remembered hearing about people using vinegar. I took an old water bottle and filled it with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water; I use the vinegar 3 to 4 times per week. 
Back to Dr. Bronner's. One day I ran out of laundry detergent. Another day I ran out of hand soap. And another day I was out of my bar soap for my shower. In all instances I just used Dr. Bronner's. This soap is really potent, so a little goes a long way. For the laundry I only used a few squeezes of the bottle. For the hand soap I put just a squirt in the hand soap bottle and filled the rest with water. When I use it on my hair I really only need about a dime sized amount in the palm of my hand. It is made with mint, so when you use it there is a spa-like feel for your senses and a cool sensation on the skin. Amazing and all natural!! I know that things work for some and not for others, but give it a try and if it doesn't work the uses for what you have left are endless!

My children have been begging me to buy them mouthwash. Every time I'd  go to buy some I would read the label and put it back. I always try to watch what I feed them, so I didn't feel comfortable letting them swish chemicals and artificial dyes around in their mouths. At last I found one that I feel comfortable giving them! We have been using it for several weeks and everyone loves it. It's called The Natural Dentist and you can buy it at Vitacost,  but they carry it at our local Walgreens too. We tried the peppermint  twist and I haven't even had to struggle with the kids to get them to brush their teeth! It has a great flavor and my teeth feel clean with no burning sensation when your done! That's a big plus for me!!
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