Tolerable alternatives to soap

Malea

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Due to severe MCS and MCAS I had to give up on shampoo, toothpaste, and soap in the past months. I tried the ecological brands, too but it didn’t work out. But... only water doesn’t seem to be a practicable long term solution.

From those with similar severe issues... did you find alternatives that work, especially regarding soap?
 
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From those with similar severe issues... did you find alternatives that work, especially regarding soap?
I think I was using Ivory Free when I was in the US, but a quick search suggests that things may have changed. Dr. Bronners is good for MCS, but harsh on skin. I still like it though. :_

I quit using commercial toothpaste and brush with baking soda and sea salt. My gums love me for it. :thumbsup:
 

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I make my own soap with boiled soap nuts in distilled water though you can buy them already done I believe. I put the liquid in a soap dispenser and add a few oils. This is for my hands and smelly bits. I use bicarb with vinegar rinse for hair and water for the rest generally.
 
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Baking soda is a good alternative for toothpaste. Have you looked at trying Phisoderm? My son was allergic to all baby washes but not Phisoderm. Not the Phisoderm baby because that has a fragrance added but the regular Phisoderm is fragrance free.
 

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I heard that pure Rhassoul (sometimes spelled Ghassoul) powder was used by some pwMCS.
It is a mineral clay. You'd mix it with water, the amount of water according to intended use. (Less water for a face mask, more water for washing body and/or hair).
 

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Dr. Bronners is good for MCS, but harsh on skin. I still like it though.
The Baby Unscented has double the olive oil so is gentler on skin. I use it in a foaming soap dispenser: 1 part Dr. Bronners to 5 parts water. The foam makes it easier to use much less while still getting enough for clean hands, and is very economical.
 

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Thanks a lot everybody! I will try a few new things and hope for the best!

Does anybody also has a suggestion for a natural replacement for cream? I was trying out oil but it didn’t work well.
 

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I was trying out oil but it didn’t work well.
Did you try different sorts of oils? There are some that are termed "dry" oils in German, like Jojoba or Argan oil. They contain a high amount of unsaturated fatty acids. They are said to be better absorbable than the "non-dry" oils like avocaco or macademia oil.

And it works better when applying on wet skin.

Still I understand if using oil is not the right thing for your skin (it wasn't for mine).

"Basic creme" which is used for diy cosmetic products maybe? Or asking in a pharmacy if they could make a cream for you (using water, oil, and emulsifier only)?
 

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Thanks a lot everybody! I will try a few new things and hope for the best!

Does anybody also has a suggestion for a natural replacement for cream? I was trying out oil but it didn’t work well.
Moisturizing cream aka moisturizer? Try jojoba oil. Its absorbed very well and not "oily" at all. I hate lotions and anything on my skin, and I can tolerate it. There are a lot of oils out there and they're all different. I also use organic aloe vera gel (with minimal ingredients) as a moisturizer too. It has absolutely zero residue or any trace of anything applied to your skin, but very hydrating. I also use aloe vera gel as hair gel.

For shampoo, I've had success with the "No Poo Shampoo Method," which is baking soda + water for shampoo and apple cider vinegar + water for conditioner.

For soap, have you tried pure lye soap? That's as basic as it gets. Lye, lard, and water. I've tried this brand and liked it. I'm sure there are others out there. https://www.grandmaslyesoap.com/products/grandmas-lye-soap They make other products so maybe they'd be good to try too.
 
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Due to severe MCS and MCAS I had to give up on shampoo, toothpaste, and soap in the past months. I tried the ecological brands, too but it didn’t work out. But... only water doesn’t seem to be a practicable long term solution.

From those with similar severe issues... did you find alternatives that work, especially regarding soap?
I am using a handcrafted soap from soap for goodness sake the ingredients of which are: saponified extra virgin olive oil and distilled water. That's it. Super gentle. They also have a similar coconut oil soap formulation.
 

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i like sulfur soaps, for body and hair. no conditioner. but i dont shower often.

for skin, i use vaseline pure petroleum jelly.
 
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Malea

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Did you try different sorts of oils? There are some that are termed "dry" oils in German, like Jojoba or Argan oil. They contain a high amount of unsaturated fatty acids. They are said to be better absorbable than the "non-dry" oils like avocaco or macademia oil.

And it works better when applying on wet skin.
That is such a good information, thanks! Mine was a „non-dry“ oil so it makes sense to try one of the others.