Enough is enough with petroleum based detergent, let's go back to local wisdom. I've been using liquid soap nut for my laundry and sometimes for washing dishes for the past five years. Traditional people in Java still using soap nut (Lerak in Javanese) to wash their precious hand painted batik collections (to maintain its colour and to protect the material since the usage of detergent can harm its quality) and to wash their jewelries. Since I am allergic to petroleum based detergent I started using Lerak five years ago recommended by a Balinese friend of mine. The only problem using liquid soap nut is we can not wash white clothes with it and it doesn't have any scent so we can add essential oils if needed. People back then using herbs such as cendana oil (sandalwood) or akar wangi (vetiver) in their closet to get rid of moth and odour. Clothing with delicate and expensive materials such as silk need special treatment and so far soap nut liquid never fails me.
|Liquid soap nut|
|Natural soap bars, very mild and you'll love the scent.|
|Hibiscus leaves for hair conditioner|
|Massage oil, hair tonic, mosquito repellent and body oil.|
On one occasion, I had an interview with the herbalist and I am falling in love deeper and deeper with her products. She told me when she was young she used to give beauty treatments to her sisters- who were famous dancers and beauty queens in the village. She used to hate her sisters and the obligation to take care of their beauty because she had to collect all the ingredients herself, running errands walking up and down the valleys, rivers and grinding herbs for all her sisters' beauty treatment, but now she understood that it's a way of nature teaching her the local wisdom that has to be passed on to the next generation. So many thanked her natural beauty products including myself. I don't have itchy scalp anymore and my dry curly hair becomes shiny and easy to manage.
Another favorite item to be put on the list is natural sanitary napkin. I am allergic to the adhesive substance in conventional sanitary napkin, it's so uncomfortable to deal with every time I have my period and above all I have a deep concern to the fact that most sanitary napkins on the market are bleached, for sure this will affect our private area sooner or later, so I searched for relatively safe sanitary napkin and found these cute napkins.
The last but not least, is bamboo straw. I love drinking juice and it is annoying to know that people are constantly using and offering plastic straws unconsciously. Since these bamboo straws are cute, I love bringing them everywhere I go, they are very useful and you might like the taste of the juice sipped from the bamboo straw.
By altering our consumption to environmentally friendly products, hopefully we can leave our future generation a better place to live in.