Yeah that’s right the last shower I took was on April 20th, 2013, exactly 6 months ago. Why have I done something crazy like this? Well the answer is simple, to conserve water. At first I thought it would be quite the challenge but I learned quickly that I do not need water to pour out from a showerhead above me in order to stay clean. Water is naturally available all over and it cleans me just as well from a trickling creek, a rushing river, a placid lake, a pounding ocean wave, or dripping from the sky.
I have not “showered” in six months but I have bathed nearly every day in a natural source of water. I believe that I have great hygiene and I very rarely have a disagreeing odor coming off of my body. My thought is that by living a natural life style my body does not create bad odors. I put good healthy natural foods into my body and believe that is likely to create a more enjoyable smell then if I were to put junk food in with all sorts of chemicals and preservatives and junk ingredients. And of course I smell a little bit sometimes but isn’t it natural for a human to smell? I mean we are animals after all.
I remember something Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff Project has said many times. “Toxics in, toxics out.” If you put toxics into something, well they are going to come out too. That includes food, consumer goods, and cosmetics. The only personal care items I put on or in my body are Dr. Bronner’s soap, natural toothpaste, and coconut oil. I watched The Story of Cosmetics, (www.youtube.com/
It’s so refreshing to take a dip every day. By not allowing myself to shower it forces me to be a part of nature every day and get out of the house. There are not many things on this planet that I find more rejuvenating than immersing myself in a natural source of water!
Live naturally and think unconventionally!
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- Rob Greenfield