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Well it has been well over a month now that I have been girl-chemical free for the most part. No more hair styling products, just baby shampoo. No more triple blade, softening strip, fancy-shamancy razor, just a single blade super sensitive cheapie razor and Cetaphil soap. No more make-up. No face lotions or Nozema to clean my face, just Cetaphil soap and water. New deodorant that does not contain whatever makes an antiperspirant an antiperspirant. New toothpaste that does not contain sulfites and God only knows what else that I am sure that I do not need.
Overall, I have to say that I really don’t miss much of it. Okay, I must admit that I don’t take my hair out in public anymore until it is secured in a ponytail for fear of repeating the dreadful TurtleBack Zoo experience of 2nd grade (for those of you who know me well). No one has fallen over when I raise an arm above my head so the fragrance free Liquid Rock deodorant that I switched to must be working just fine. I do admit that sometimes when we go out to dinner it would be nice to put on makeup, eyeliner and lipstick (or even lipgloss, something with color and shine) but I have grown accustomed to not wearing it and so far no one has covered their eyes in fear of my makeup-less face. I do have to admit that I really miss dying my hair because counting gray hairs when you’re bored can really make you cry, but I don’t think that I am that brave to conquer hair dye again just yet (even following the allergy patch testing in the directions on the box).
So, I guess that my general amazement is that out of all the things that I have reduced, eliminated and changed, I have learned that most of them I really can do without. This has however caused me to want to be more girl-y in my wants since I can no longer rely on the girl-y things like makeup, perfume and hair styling. Amazing what marketing can make us think that we need and cannot live without. So far though no one has run from me in fear, screaming from my appearance, so I guess that is a good thing.