Jun 1 - 35 year old man goes a year without using soap/shampoo (surprising results)

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 7 years ago '04        #1
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Exs 159 heat pts159
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Jun 1 - 35 year old man goes a year without using soap/shampoo (surprising results)
 

 

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I stopped using soap a year ago. It was easily one of the best moves I've ever made in my entire flippin' life.

About this time last year I read an article extolling the virtues of a soap-free bathing experience. TL;DR version: Your body is designed to regulate itself. Smearing chemicals all over it wrecks its own built-in processes, and screws with naturally balanced pH levels. This made sense to me and I thought I'd give it a shot for a month.

At the beginning of February 2010, I blogged about the results I'd seen so far. I didn't stink at all (confirmed by friends, family and random people I ended up sitting next to on various forms of public transit), my skin felt better, oily and dry patches had all but disappeared and the light dandruff I'd had my entire life was almost gone. I was pleased with the results of my month experiment and decided I'd run with it for a while longer. As of January 1, 2011: it's been a year now, and I can't imagine ever going back.


More on the results I've seen: As I just mentioned, my skin feels better than ever before. Not that it ever felt bad, really, but it feels awesome now. Still no stink at all, I swear even when I'm really active and sweating I don't notice any B.O., and I used to be über self-conscious about this and would think I was stinking if I walked up a flight of stairs too quickly. So this is a huge improvement for sure. And with the exception of changing climates drastically, even the dandruff is history. My previously wavy and mostly unmanageable hair now seems much more willing to bend to my will, a dream of mine since I first looked in a mirror, brush in hand, then tried and failed to make any sense of that monster. So I approve for sure.

And speaking of hair, that was actually a perfect test. Sometime mid-summer I stopped by a barber and before I'd realized it he'd squirted a glob of shampoo onto my head. It was too late to protest, so I just sat through the scrubbing. For the following 2 weeks my hair was a mess: full of dandruff and totally uncontrollable. Once things balanced back out to the previously established no-soap norms, all was good again.

Unexpected bonus: travel is much easier. Now that I'm not lugging shampoo and conditioner with me on the road, there's that much less for TSA to hassle me about and more room in my luggage (which I quickly filled with coffee stuff, natch). Not that I always carried lots of liquid toiletries with me, but now I don't even have to think about what the hotel I'm going to might provide, or worry about having to borrow something from a friend until I can get to a store and buy my own stuff. Those details are gone. I love it.

The future? I will definitely be sticking with this. I'm still annoyed it took me 35 years to learn what I clearly already knew as a baby kicking and screaming when my parents tried to wash my hair. At least that's what I want to a.ssume I knew back then. I know now, but I'd still rather not think about how much I spent on soap and shampoo and related products over the years when they were likely causing all the problems I was trying to protect against.

If you don't believe me, you can totally smell me when you see me in public. Really. Just ask. It won't be weird at all. Okay, maybe a little bit.



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 I haven't used soap or shampoo in a year, and it's awesome: personal experiment update - Boing Boing


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101 comments for "Jun 1 - 35 year old man goes a year without using soap/shampoo (surprising results)"

 7 years ago '05        #2
QualityRecords 9 heat pts
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I bet he smelled awful for the first week or two though. Not really willing to try this.
 7 years ago '05        #3
MATIX 
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interesting
 7 years ago '06        #4
The Scenario 43 heat pts43
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But did he use water?
 7 years ago '06        #5
layzie8171 42 heat pts42
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so he doesnt use anything like shower and sh*t? or just takes a shower with water and thats it?
 7 years ago '07        #6
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I think he takes a shower with just water. Interesting.

fu*k, i could really cut shower times from 15 minutes to 2 minutes with this sh*t.
 7 years ago '05        #7
StateProperty88 34 heat pts34
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wow thats interesting
 7 years ago '07        #8
stogz 18 heat pts18
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he still showered, and scrubbed i'm sure... just no soap or shampoo
 7 years ago '10        #9
Gouki 9 heat pts
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Dunno if i should tryyyyyyyy
 7 years ago '06        #10
Jersey826 5 heat pts
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The soap thing I can prolly see working as long as you still scrub w/ a washcloth or something like that.

The no shampoo thing is bullsh*t though. I'm white and while I don't wash my hair more than 3 times a week, I once went a week w/out washing my hair due to being broke and lazy (just rinsed it in the shower) and it got greasy as fu*k and you could see it was greasy fu*k. It was disgusting to touch and my head got pretty itchy.
 7 years ago '07        #11
killahkazi 15 heat pts15
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did soap stop the bubonic plague or something like that?
 7 years ago '05        #12
nahsuhmeanz 
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but he still used deodorant right?
 7 years ago '04        #13
Exs 159 heat pts159 OP
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 Jersey826 said:

I once went a week w/out washing my hair due to being broke and lazy (just rinsed it in the shower) and it got greasy as fu*k and you could see it was greasy fu*k. It was disgusting to touch and my head got pretty itchy.

Maybe that's because you were so used to shampoo though.

 7 years ago '07        #14
j_k1dd 8 heat pts
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fu*k it, i'ma try this...if i start to smell, I always have cologne in my bag anyways.


 Jersey826 said:
The soap thing I can prolly see working as long as you still scrub w/ a washcloth or something like that.

The no shampoo thing is bullsh*t though. I'm white and while I don't wash my hair more than 3 times a week, I once went a week w/out washing my hair due to being broke and lazy (just rinsed it in the shower) and it got greasy as fu*k and you could see it was greasy fu*k. It was disgusting to touch and my head got pretty itchy.
Even better for me, I don't grow my hair longer than an inch.
 06-02-2011, 12:46 AM         #15
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i dont know if i should try
 06-02-2011, 01:00 AM         #16
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uhhh... i like females so ill keep washing my a.ss
 7 years ago '07        #17
j_k1dd 8 heat pts
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If you don't take showers daily, this would be motivation to do so.

Its summer here in Canada, & I hated taking 3-4 15 minute showers a day. Now I can take 3-4 2 minute showers no problem.

only reason why I would consider this is because the dude spit some truth with the whole "commercialism".

lets put it this way, you're still showering. Your still washing away the sweat & oil that accumulates on your body. The only way you would really smell is if you DIDN'T shower. If you shower daily, you don't get B.O. unless you ate a whole lotta onions during the day.


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 7 years ago '04        #18
dj X 34 heat pts34
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hmm how about body wash since its soap free?

I only shampoo once a week, and use conditioner 3 times a week
 06-02-2011, 02:46 AM         #19
Mr.Smoke-A-Lot 
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I might wash my hair once a month, its rare though.
 7 years ago '04        #20
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Heard this sh*t and was like damn.... chemical dependence is a mafukka... then read this story.. really worth looking into



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