HEALTH AND BEAUTY
I remember all the long hours in my earlier years as a teenager...primping, curling, painting... attemping to create the facade that Ii wanted to become. I tried endless products; went to make-up parties with all the foundations, toners, liquids and liners that were supposed to make us 'beautiful'. I would wake up at 7 am, and spend at least an hour preparing my 'head' for the day, not to mention the countless visits to the bathroom at school, to make sure everything was in its place. Surely, if i make myself as attractive as possible, Someone will notice me, and i will be swept off my feet, into the fairy tale of my choice.
So what happened?
Well, i WAS going to an all-girl school, and even if there was a girl to notice, they usually didn't know it that early.
One thing i did notice, was that all that make-up was clogging up my skin, while emptying my wallet. My face was looking a different shade than the rest of my skin, and i had no intention of bathing in the stuff. I finally got myself out into the SUNSHINE to work on a new colour.
Then came the teased hair and Egyptian eyes. Final Net and Black Liquid Eyeliner. The pencils worked out fine as well, especially if you heated them ever so slightly with a match. I remember around that time, cosmetic surgens were offering 'eye liner tatoos', that would save me from having to apply it every day, and remove it every night (lest i end up looking like a tv evangelist's wife). WOW! Wouldn't that be great? Well, all i can say, is i am sure glad i was living in a small town far away from LA, where i could eventually move into a new phase without eyeliner. Imagine trying to remove that tattoo!
I finished up my schooling, and began my lessons in Nature. Travelling and camping taught me so much about living naturally. Fresh air, clean water, sunshine...all the things that we Humans seem to forget while racing home to catch our favourite shows, catching up with friends, doing our work...bla bla bla.
For the first time,
I did go to the other extreme for a while...no shampoos or soaps or toothpastes even. Was i a smelly skanky hippy? Actually, NO.
HOT WATER & a wash towel or louffa
can clean us as well as any soap UNLESS you are covered in machine oil or actual dirt - not earth, you understand, which i do not consider to be dirty
PRODUCTS vs MOTHER NATURE
The thing about Nature that is sooo sweet, is that she has provided for us, all that we might need. How is it, that after thousands and thousands of years, we suddenly think that a chemical composition can match the effects of a natural substance? Creams and jells and soaps that have so many ingredients listed that we can't even pronounce have taken over the shelves of our everyday stores. The 'healthy way' has become chic enough to list 'real herbs', 'natural ingredients' bla bla bla...but that might constitute all of 1% of the product, while the rest is chemical.
Here are some of my favourites: