The personal care products and beauty have their impact on the environment, water and our health.

Did you ever have wondered how hair washed 100 years ago? And before that? Personal care has changed with the same man. From fragrances to effects “miracle”. Everything is created and adjusted according to the needs, whether genuine or established by society, as fashion dictates.

Today we find an endless array of shampoos on the market, all with a promise: anti-frizz, twist curls, hydration, one that prevents hair loss, which strengthens it, so Alacia, it bounces, the dandruff, which maintains the color in your hair for more days …

What we overlook is that the vast majority of these products affect the environment and also animal products in its production or, well, they are tested they are used; Both they translate into animal cruelty.

Among shampoos containing substances affecting the environment, water and animals are:

  • Sodium lauryl ether sulphate.
  • Parabens.
  • Sodium dodecylsulfate.
  • DEA / Diethanolamine .

Being in contact with water , they can form other substances that put in  danger to health , besides producing mutations and damage to aquatic life , going down the drain and reach rivers and / or seas.

To reduce this environmental impact, VeoVerde Challenge this week is, if you decide to accept it, wash your hair without polluting the water with some of the following recipes.

Washed with bicarbonate, rinsed with vinegar

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A classic that has created a whole movement called  no-poo  – in other words, no shampoo -.


  • 1 teaspoon baking
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil of choice: lavender, mint, rosemary.

Mix baking soda and water in a spray bottle. Before use, stir well.Apply throughout your hair and massage for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water.

In another spray, mix the vinegar with four parts water and drops of essential oil you like. After washing your hair, spray vinegar in the same way. Rinse with cold water.

Then you can apply a natural conditioner homemade.

Coconut milk and aloe vera

Honey B & L


  • 75ml coconut milk
  • 88ml of aloe vera and natural aloe

Mix both ingredients until they are well integrated. Apply to your wet hair, massaging your scalp. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Then you can use apple cider vinegar rinse.

Rye flour

© Slovak cooking


  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of rye flour (depending on the length of your hair)
  • enough warm water to match the consistency to a shampoo

In a cup or bowl, place flour. Add a little water and mix; This continues until the desired consistency.

Wet your hair and apply the mixture to your scalp; Gently massage focusing only on this part. Rinse with warm water, making sure there are no lumps. Finally, use the apple vinegar rinse.

Chemical free shampoos

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If you do not want to venture to try some of these recipes, the option is to buy a natural shampoo made using traditional methods, chemical free.

There are food stores that offer a wide range according to your hair type – if dry or oily -; shampoo lettuce and rosemary is recommended.

With these techniques, other reducing our environmental impact, we give a break to our hair that is bombarded by products every day.