Sunday, 5 May 2013

An Experiment in Simplicity - Part Four: Cutting Off The Unnecessary.

"Clutter is the meaningless getting in the way of the meaningful."

I'm on a quest. 

When I got started with my experiment in simplicity (or as Ashley said: 'borderline minimalism'), my intention was to achieve a functional wardrobe. I didn't want to hear myself ever say again: 'I have nothing to wear'. It didn't take very long before I realized how positive an impact it had on my everyday life, my bank account and my state of mind. 

When it comes to re-evaluating your daily routines, here are three factors you should keep in mind:

• Saving time. 
I don't know about you but I don't want my daily routines to be time-consuming. I'd rather spend my time reading books or going on adventures. 
• Saving money. 
Saving up for a trip and a new tattoo so I'm cutting off products I don't really need or have use for.
• Saving the planet. 
Time to be a responsible consumer by avoiding wasting products or resources but also by avoiding products and food with unpronounceable ingredients. 

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
- Gandhi.

After writing about how I decluttered my wardrobe, I thought I'd share some of the changes I made in the bathroom. These are good for my skin, good for my wallet and good for our planet. Make sure to click on the links if you want more information. And if you have questions or tips, feel free to leave a comment.

• Introduction: The Story of Cosmetics.

Toxics in. Toxics out.

Why? Because raw honey is both a gentle cleanser and a great moisturizer. It has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and a rich mineral content. It can treat acne, it improves skin tone and fights wrinkles. Eh hello? Honey is magic!

How? Massage it into my skin before rinsing. Easy peasy. I do it every night and don't even need to moisturize afterwards. 

Why? Shampoo is a detergent and detergent is harsh. Shampoo has all sorts of chemicals. The more shampoo you use, the more you need. And shampoo is an unnecessary cost.

How? • Wash with baking soda. • Rinse with apple vinegar.
Cheap and easy. I've been doing for three weeks and my hair looks good. I've also stopped using conditioner. Instead I use a styling oil before I blow dry and straighten my hair.

• I'm also thinking of trying out this deodorant. 

Thank you Kim for introducing me to the wonders of honey as a face wash. It triggered all of these changes. You can find more of Kim's recommendations here


Previous installments of An Experiment in Simplicity:


  1. ohhhh i need to know more about your new hair washing technique.
    do you just rub baking soda in your hair or mix with water??

    1. I mix it with water in a pump bottle so it's ready to be used :)