Archive for December, 2008

Lush Solid Shampoo is a Sham-DO!

Solid shampoo sounds like two words to me that should never been seen together, because isn’t the point of shampoo to get in between all your hair and really scrub it clean? 
Lush managed to change my mind on the solid shampoo front. In fact, I hadn’t heard of solid shampoo until I was visiting their website one night after looking at that caca hair dye. I’ve sort of been on this shampoo quest, trying to find something that wouldn’t dry out my hair, but was good for the environment (and my scalp). The Lush solid shampoo is Sodium Laurel Sulphate-free for the most part, though I think this may have been a recent change to some of the shampoos as I believe when I was first looking for an SLS-free shampoo, I only found one solid one that came without SLS.
I guess that brings me to another fact – Lush states that they use either all-natural or safe synthetics, however, I have found two so-called safe synthetics that are in some of their products that have been linked to various illnesses. However, these two synthetics: sodium laurel sulphate and methylparaben are in pretty much everything from soap to deodorant,  so you’re pretty much putting them on you all the time. In my case I guess I’m just trying to reduce how often I come into contact with these chemicals, just to be safe. It’s pretty hard to avoid them though, unless you went the way of “Little House on the Prarie” and kicked it old-skool, and I’m not even talking retro, we’re talking about making your own soap and using apple cider vinegar and baking soda to wash your hair (which is something that apparently works, but I imagine doesn’t smell too hot). Anyway, for the most part Lush avoids these, which is nice, and they make the ingredients list pretty damn easy to find for every product, so how can you go wrong?
If you buy two of these solid shampoo pucks at a time, you get a free tin to put one in for the shower (so it doesn’t melt). I’m pretty sure if you just left the puck sitting in the soap tray in the shower that it would just melt away completely, so even if you just get one soap, I’d still buy a tin (I think they’re like $4?) and save yourself the worry. I just bought one shampoo and one tin because I didn’t want to have another one of those caca moments where it ends up sucking and I have spent good money on it, but now that I’ve used it, I can’t think that I’ll be going back to regular shampoo unless I end up in some ridiculously small town (which seems pretty unlikely).
Anyhoos, so you take the puck into the shower and get your hair all wet and then you just run the puck a few times over your head all the way down your hair. I’d say about 4 strokes will do the trick. I guess it sort of feels like running a piece of deodorant down your head, which at first feels really weird. I was also pretty skeptical of how well this product would foam up since it didn’t have any SLS (that’s what makes the bubbles!).  It foams exactly the same! I couldn’t believe it. And it washed out easily and left no residue, just nice clean hair. 
I bought the Karma Komba, which seemed to be the only SLS-free solid shampoo at the time, but since then pretty much all of the shampoo pucks are SLS-free, which is nice, because I will be certainly trying the cinnamon! Karma Komba has a hippie smell, straight up patchouli, which I could smell all day at work for the first few days. I think that runs true of most new scents that you put on yourself.  I don’t even notice the smell at all anymore, but I think that Lush aromas stick to hair pretty well, but I haven’t found that with the other things I’ve tried from them (face wash, moisturizer, toner). None of my face-specific items are overly smelly, and none of them leave a heavy, lasting scent, which I like because who wants to sit around with eight different smells on them? Maybe smelly people, I don’t know.
I give this shampoo a serious 5/5 for the following:
*no packaging = good for the environment
*pretty on par for pricing with other mainstream shampoo
*lasts FOREVER
*comes in a variety of nice smells
*SLS-free product
*Buy 2, get a free storage tin
So what are you doing reading this?  Get out there and buy this stuff!

Spreading a little Christmas Cheer

Guys, I’ve been trying to make a post about christmas gifts that are cool, but these ongoing chiro appointments are interrupting my blogging flow. That, and I am armpit deep in making invoices at work. I can’t believe I do accounting all day. How did this happen?!

So I tried to pull my tiny tree out of our “den” slash CLOSET and it looks like we’ve actually LOST the stand for the tree. So now I’ve got to go try and find a tree, but we’re not allowed to have a real tree, which at this point would be a lot easier than buying a small fake one. Fuuuuuuuuck. I guess I’ll be heading over to the ‘ol Canadian Tire or Wal-Mart or something to try and find a tree. Funny enough, we used to have a 9′ tree or something in our first apartment (my mom gave it to us) and so I have a bevvy of ornaments for a huge tree….which look….interesting on a little tree.

Oh!  The Santa Claus Parade is this weekend!  Woo!  Actually, from what I remember from last year, there’s a lot of advertising floats for stuff like Coke and Cadbury or some shit. Why is there so much advertising in this parade? I thought parades were just about watching really slow vehicles pass by and freezing in the cold with loved ones? Though I do remember stuff being thrown into the crowd, so that’s good. They love throwing shit in parades in Vancouver. Like when I went to the Gay Pride Parade this summer with AJ and he got hit in the face with a pink fortune cookie. I believe we later recovered the cookie, but hell, these parades are DANGEROUS! Let’s get festive and put out a bunch of kids’ eyes!  I should just start throwing chopsticks into the crowd or something. No one can keep track of the people giving out stuff for free!

I hope I see crazy dancing lady there. She likes to stand in front of the Art Gallery with some kind of a hot mess of an outfit. Gold Cleopatra wig thing, big glasses, sometimes smoking a cigarette, skirt with pants underneath and possibly army boots. Anyway, she wears headphones and dances to the music she’s hearing and puts a wee little garbage can out in front of her so that people can give her change while she gives’er.  I think last weekend she started belting out jingle bells at Steve and I and we lost our shit. Amazing. She should be at every Christmas party in this city.

This just in: one of my legs is shorter than the other

I shit you not, people. I went to the chiropractor today and lo and behold, my left leg is shorter than my right. I guess by about 3cm. That seems huge to me, though apparently it’s not THAT bad, like we’re not talking about having to buy two different pairs of shoes…though he told me that I could always go to the cobbler and get a little bit of a sole added to my shoe.


The x-ray was crooked enough that he asked me if I was leaning to one side when he took the x-ray. Oh lord.

Anyway, beyond the fact that I will become a crooked little old lady, the crack-a-lackin’ is pretty good! So far it just feels like I just worked out or something, but I’ve only been once. But that doesn’t mean I have to go back again, and again and AGAIN to fix my spine. Thank goodness for medical coverage!

In other news, I am all over Twitter as of yesterday. I am totally addicted to this shit. I can’t get enough. It’s probably because I am ridin’ the sweet wave of ADD at work, but either way it’s awesome. Here’s a peek into my day:

*I’m pretty sure I had a conversation about Grover from Sesame Street yesterday that I don’t really remember the details of…

*Can’t work, too busy thinking about penning “The Brotherhood of the Traveling Banana Hammocks: Some Hammocks Just Fit Together.”

*Shit guys, there’s only 24 more days till LudaChristmas!

*They’re always talking about hymens on Law & Order. I wish my day involved more discussions about hymens.

*Ben Mulroney I’m gonna cut you.

and so on. I’m trying to figure out how to get a Twitter widget on here, but wordpress doesn’t seem to like my micro-blogging ways. WordPress, I’m gonna cut you after I cut Ben Mulroney.

O Holy Crap

Yes my friends, the holidays are a time of tradition, and for years now I’ve been treating you all to quite possibly the best Christmas song in the world. This incredible rendition is best saved for headphones, or a romantic evening with loved ones. It literally brings me to tears every time I listen to it.

Feel free to share this with loved ones. I make Steve listen share this with Steve every year.

(or download an mp3.)

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