View of an advertising card for the Detroit Soap Co., depicting a rose, a bird and a winter landscape. Printed on front: “Detroit Exposition. Queen Anne soap souvenir. See other side.” Printed on back: “Queen Anne soap, best in the world. The finest line of pictures in the country, sent free for the wrappers. Over 400 designs, also scrap book pictures, booklets, etc., etc. See list of premiums wrapped around each cake. When in Detroit, visit the Queen Anne Soap Art Gallery, 183 Dix Avenue and see our great exhibition of pictures. No finer collection in the United States.”
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
Lydia poses majestically by what might technically, anthropologically be an ancestral shrine, because that’s one of the many dalmatian statures my grandmother owned and a life magazine ad my grandmother was in because she won some sort of America’s Next Top Co-Ed Soap model contest in 1949.
Her actual dalmatian was named Hannibal and was a child-biting nightmare of a dog. Her actual husband, also shown in that ad, left her for his secretary. So, this might also be a shrine to my grandmother’s loving heart and bad judgement, which makes it a perfect perch for my most ill mannered cat.
I have tried a bunch of new zero waste hygiene options and would like to share them with you:
My #1 recommendation for this is to buy a shampoo bar from Lush. They are a little pricey ($9-$12), but last long, leave no residue, come in various scents and target different hair needs, and leave your hair soft. The only hair product I use is one of these bars.
I used to use a shampoo & conditioner bar from Whole Foods (only $2), but I found it left a residue in my hair and doesn’t leave it feeling as nice as the Lush bar.
The other option, for those of you who are brave, is to use baking soda and then an apple cider vinegar rinse. This is the “no poo” option. I haven’t tried this personally, but have heard good things.
I used to make homemade hairspray out of lemon and vodka (the recipe can be found on my blog) but now find I don’t really need it (though I frequently curl my hair).
The options are almost limitless here. I find rubbing a little bit of coconut oil on your underarms and then following with a 50/50 mix of baking soda and corn starch works very well. The coconut oil keeps the baking soda from causing irritation.
Another option is to buy an all-natural spray on deodorant in a reusable glass bottle. This is good if you want a scented deodorant.
Lush has many deodorant options like bar and liquid deodorant. They tend to be pricey, but might be worth a try if these other options don’t appeal to you.
You could also buy a crystal deodorant rock, which I haven’t tried but have heard works well.
Coconut oil on a cloth or reusable cotton pad works the best.
Menstrual cups are an option that many women rave about once they try one.
Cloth pads are another great option. I recently tried Party in my Pants and would definitely recommend them.
Invest in a safety razor! They are a bit pricey (and seem a tiny bit scary) so I haven’t bought one yet. I’m working on it, though.
Do you think JK realizes that the Marauders are some of the most compelling characters she’s got in her arsenal despite the fact that all their intimacies and adventures happen off-screen? Not to mention the Four Founders, who are a rich co-dependent soap opera begging to be fleshed out.
The Brooklyn Soap Co deodorant. Made from organic ingredients, scented with cedar, cypress, lemon and bergamot, now comes in 300ml. Check it out at the#hypebeaststore to keep you calm and cool this summer!