Make your own deodorant- you’ll never go back to commercial deodorants!

Can antiperspirants really cause cancer or Alzheimer’s? Or, to be more exact, can aluminum be absorbed in the skin so as to cause cancer or Alzheimer’s?

From the scientific perspective, the answer is no. There is no conclusive research that clearly link aluminum intake through deodorants and diseases. There are some studies that aluminum levels were higher in Alzheimer’s patients, but we’re not sure if they were absorbed through deodorants, or other sources. Again, in another study,  women who had breast cancer were asked if they used an antiperspirant, and most of them did. But again, who doesn’t? There are so many factors to cancer, you just can’t do controlled research.

However, if you ask most supporters of Alternative (or Holistic) medicine, the answer is yes.

Well I am not for or against either of those, because I know most medical research is not possible unless you have a big sponsor (if you are curious go and check out what happened to the author of Pure, White and Deadly), and the Internet offers so many alternative medicine solutions by unauthorized people, it is unsafe to trust either sources of knowledge. So it is like a Russian roulette.

But I know for one I am allergic to most commercial skincare, especially because of the artificial colorants and aroma.

Thinking about the risks, I tried to stay away from it, and I’ve had some unpleasant experiences. Well I tried crystal deodorants (which were aluminum salts anyway), dermo-cosmetics, and some commercial spray or stick deodorants but the result was the same. They did not prevent the smell. They made it horrible actually and I sometimes felt really ashamed in public. If I had left my underarms alone it could have been better, at least the odor would be more authentic!

In my trial and error for three years, I have found  two perfect, inexpensive, harmless methods to prevent body odor (you will still sweat, and maybe we just need to accept sweating is healthy).

1) Essential Oils

lemon essential oil, natural deodorant

My friend told me one day she just uses lemon as a deodorant, she rubs it on her underarms and she is fine all day. I was hesitant to try real lemons, but I found just two drops of lemon essential oil very, very effective. I used it for over a year, and no unpleasant odor whatsoever! It hasn’t caused any irritation either (and I am super sensitive). It’s much more practical to carry and apply than the actual lemon, and ridiculously frugal. You just use a couple of drops per day. A 20 ml bottle lasts about a year.

I have also tried diluted lavender and violet essential oils. Their scent is not as vague as lemon, so it’s not a good idea not to use any perfume if you opt for floral essential oils. Their scent lasts for the whole day. And it might be worth trying to use other EOs you have at home. They may work wonders 🙂

2) Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Deodorant- My Favorite!

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After moving to Singapore, essential oils were just not enough because I was perspiring like crazy (perks of tropical climate, crazy humid all day!). So I had to find another way, and I finally tried the coconut oil deodorant.

I convinced my husband too, because even his aluminum-filled, commercial deodorant doesn’t work here! And he loves the switch, we’ve been using it for months and we’re never going back!

If you live in a dry-ish, mild climate the essential oils will work just fine. But if you perspire more than normal, and live in a humid area, then this is just for you.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can play with the ingredients as you wish. Baking soda might be abrasive for some and cause irritations, in that case, you can reduce the amount or skip it completely.

If you sweat like hell, then you can add more baking soda and skip starch too. Start with a small amount at the beginning, and go for the ratio you are most comfortable with.

DIY Deodorant Recipe

2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp starch (corn, tapioca, doesn’t matter really)

optional: essential oil of your choice (lemon, lavender, orange etc.)

Directions:

If solid, melt the coconut oil first, and mix all ingredients.
Move to a jar with lid. Can be kept at room temperature.

Let me know if you try one of these awesome alternatives to deodorant. Not only is this way cheaper than commercial deodorants, it is a low-waste alternative too!

Decluttering Marathon Day 6: Bathroom // Azaltma Maratonu 6. Gün: Banyo

Honestly this was one of the most cluttered places before I started this marathon but I didn’t touch it just to feel the joy of tossing so many items at once!

Açıkçası banyonun en dağınık yer olduğu başladığımda belliydi ama özellikle dokunmadım ki bugün geldiğinde fazlalıkları atmanın verdiği hazzı yaşayabileyim!

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This is the top of the washer. Did I say it was cluttered?

I already have a very small bathroom, so the only countertop is the poor washing mashine. And after coming back from the summer vacation I wasn’t that motivated to tidy it.

Zaten çok küçük bir banyom var ve eşyalarımı koyabileceğim tek yer çamaşır makinesinin üstü. Bayram tatilinden dönüşte de kendimi hiç motive edemedim doğrusu burayı toparlamaya.

 

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Sometimes organized people tend to hoard stuff. My husband is the most organized person I know, and I know when he’s committed to it he declutters like crazy (like in yesterday’s post), but he has this habit of collecting little hotel shampoo bottles everywhere he goes. Luckily for us- and the environment, no hotel carries these small bottles in Japan; so we didn’t bring any of these back from our recent Japanese trip. But in Dubai, where he spent half of the last year, all hotels give these away and he made a big collection of nearly 50 bottles. I had to step in. I poured all the shower gels in the liquid soap container. We don’t use liquid soap any more but I know that my guests do, so I put it in the guest bathroom. To my surprise, it smelled great. I guess I’ll do the same with the shampoos as well. For now, I put them in the purple bag on the washer, in a drawer under the bed.

Bazen düzenli insanlarda da istif alışkanlığı olabiliyor. Eşim tanıdığım en düzenli insan, ve aklına koyduğu zaman neler yaptığını dünkü yazımda anlatmıştım. Fakat gittiği her otelden minik şampuan şişeleri ve sabunlar getirme gibi bir huyu var. Şansımıza Japon otellerinde hep büyük şişeler vardı, oradan bir şey getiremedik, ama özellikle geçen senenin neredeyse yarısını iş için Dubai’deki otellerde geçirince 50’ye yakın şişe birikti. Kullansak neyse, kullanmıyoruz da. Ben de duş jellerini sıvı sabunluğa doldurdum. Artık sıvı sabun kullanmıyoruz ama eve gelen misafirler genelde tercih ettiği için misafir banyosuna koydum. Kokular karışınca güzel kokmaz diyordum ama beklentilerimin tersi oldu. Kalan şampuanları da yatağın altındaki çekmeceye koydum, herhalde şampuanların sonu da el sabunu olacak.

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Unbelievable! Yarım saatte bu kadar değiştiğine inanamıyorum!

I changed the tablecloth on it too, and I really couldn’t believe how much it cleared in just half an hour. There were lots of things I parted with, especially old containers that I thought someday I’d use for some diy project, but that someday never came. Time to say goodbye. I also tossed old and disliked products like that hair mousse or the deodorant. But as you see, we still have some hotel products here. These are from the hotels he spent summer holidays as a child. Some of them are over 20 years old. What can I say? They give him joy.

Üzerindeki örtüyü de değiştirince yarım saatte epey bir ferahladı banyo. Belki bir gün kendinyap projeleri için kullanırım diye düşündüğüm küçük, büyük, spreyli vb. şişeler vardı, onlara elveda dedim çünkü o bir gün hiç gelmedi. Deodorant ve saç köpüğü gibi eski ve sevmediğim ürünleri de attım bu vesileyle. Bu arada gördüğünüz gibi hala bazı otel sabunlarımız duruyor. Bunlar eşimin çocukluğunda gittiği otellerden. Kimisi yirmi yıldan eski. Ne diyebilirim ona mutluluk veriyorsa, değil mi?

Seven Day Decluttering Marathon- Yedi Günlük Azaltma Maratonu

Ege’de Tatile Gelmişken…

Eğer Ege’ye tatile geliyorsanız ve tatil köyünüzden çıkmadan dönüyorsanız çok şey kaybediyorsunuz demektir. Ege’deki küçük sahil beldeleri son yıllarda daha da popüler oldu. Denizine kumuna zaten diyecek yok ama, Ege’nin bereketli toprakları da başka hiçbir yere benzemez. O nedenle buradan dönmeden mutlaka pazara ya da yerel marketlere uğrayıp -kazıklanmamaya dikkat ederek- alabileceğiniz birçok şey var.

Hatta ucuz ve kalitesiz magnetlerden almak yerine sevdiklerinize bunlardan birini götürseniz ne kadar güzel olur.

İşte tatilinizden dönüşte eve götürmeniz gereken 5 şey:

1. Zeytin- Zeytinyağı- Zeytinyağı Sabunu

Gurmeler için en kalitelisinden tutun da çok uygun fiyatlara kadar çeşit mevcut. Aydın ve Balıkesir taraflarında yerli üreticilere ulaşmak çok kolay. Aydın’da çalıştığım bir sene gerçek zeytinyağıyla tanıştıktan sonra marketlerde satılan şey artık bana sarı su gibi gelmeye başladı. Kesinlikle bir teneke kapmadan dönmeyin!

Zeytinyağı sabunu ayrı bir efsane. Saçtan bulaşık ve çamaşır yıkamaya her alanda kullanıyoruz kendisini. Duş jeline zaten yıllar önce veda ettik.

2. Damla Sakızı

Sakız adasından getirilen damla sakızının reçelini Çeşme-Şirince etrafında en rahat bulursunuz. Fakat Çeşme artık İstanbulluların istilasına uğradığından ederinden çok fazlaya satılıyor. Şirince’de köylülerin yaptığı sakız reçeli de Yunan markalarına bin basar ayrıca. 😊 Ayvalık civarında da mesela Mutluköy’de harika sakız reçeli yapıyorlar.

3. Badem

Datça bademinin ününü bilmeyen yoktur herhalde. Marketlerde bulduğumuz bademlerin %99,9’u maalesef Kanada bademi. Halbuki Datça bademi lezzetinin yanısıra tohum çeşitliliği için de kesinlikle tercih sebebi olmalı. Ayrıca Balıkesir yöresinde de yerli badem yetişiyor ve pazarlarda bulmak mümkün. Bugün Sarımsaklı pazarında Balıkesir bademi 60, Datça bademi de 80 liraydı.

4. Domates 🍅

Aydın’da yaşadığım sene daha önce yediğim domatesin de domates olmadığını anlamıştım. 😊 Sözde doğma büyüme İzmirliyim!

Öncelikle domatesi sadece mevsiminde tüketmenin önemini belirteyim, sonrasında da buralarda yetişen tarla domatesinin benzerinin olmadığını.. Şimdi buraya tatil yapmaya geldiniz gerçi ama otelde değil de evde kalıyorsanız, bir öğleden sonrasınızı ayırıp buranın salçalık domatesiyle (o yumru yumru olup kilosu 1 lira olanlardan) kavanoz yapsanız bütün sene tazeymiş gibi yersiniz, ne de güzel olur!

En olmadı o avucum gibi olan büyüklerden alın, zeytinyağıyla söğüş yapıp doya doya yiyin.

5. D vitamini 🌞

D vitaminini en fazla sentezleyebilmeniz için yıllarca bize söylenenleri bir kenara koyun. Çalışmalar gösteriyor ki sabah 11den önce, öğlen 3ten sonra güneşlendiğinizde D vitamini sentezleyemiyorsunuz. Bulunduğunuz yerin koordinatlarına göre güneşin dike yakın açılarla geldiği, en uygun güneşlenme saatlerini http://woto.com/gunes adresinden öğrenebilirsiniz.

Herkese mutlu ve huzurlu tatiller!

Makyaj yapma, kendin ol, böyle çok daha güzelsin!

Makyaj yapmayı hiçbir zaman sevmedim.

Hiçbir zaman.

İlk makyaj deneyimim lisede, okul gezisi için gittiğimiz  İstanbul’da idi. Kaldığımız Çapa Anadolu Öğretmen Lisesi’nin yatakhanesinde, kızlar birbirlerine göz kalemi çekiyorlar, ben de uzaktan seyrediyordum. Bana da çekeceklerini söylediler, tamam dedim. Ama pek başarılı olamadılar, çünkü gözüm yabancı maddeye hemen tepki vermişti, sürekli kırpıyordum gözlerimi.

Niyeyse sonrasında anlaştığım tek makyaj malzemesi göz kalemi oldu. Üniversitede giysilerime göre mor, mavi, yeşil, siyah göz kalemi kullandım, şimdi yalnızca siyah var.

İlk fondöten ve rimelimi, üniversite son sınıfta, staj için bir liseye gittiğimizde almıştım (İlk kumaş pantolonumu da). Sanki yirmi yaşında olmak suçmuş, ve ben makyajla daha büyük görünmek zorundaymışım gibi kendimi kamufle ediyordum. Öğretmenliğe başladığımda da kamufle durumu değişmedi, küçüktüm, öğrencilerin saygı duymadığını hissediyordum. O zaman da basıyordum fondöteni, allığı, rimeli. Sivilcelerimden de utanıyordum hem, lise öğrencisi gibi, yirmisinden sonra insanın sivilcesi mi çıkar diyordum. İlaçlara, tedavilere rağmen hala bir ergen suratına sahip olmak güvenimi kırıyordu. Hem makyaj yapmayan öğretmen mi olur? Her daim şık şıkırdım olmalısın.

Böyle hissediyordum öğretmenliğin ilk yıllarında. Ama kendime güvenim arttıkça artık makyaj yapmak çok saçma gelmeye başladı. Hem sonra onu temizlemeye hep üşendiğimden sivilcelerim daha da kötü bir hale geliyordu. Radikal bir biçimde değil de, yavaş yavaş azalttım, Makyaj Mezarlığım adlı yazımda ilk kurtuluşumdan bahsetmiştim. Ve şimdi bana bir yüz kremi, bir göz kalemi yetiyor. Bazı günler göz kalemi bile sürmüyorum ama ondan hala vazgeçmiş değilim. Bazı günler de renkli BB krem sürüyorum, özellikle sivilcelerim rahatsızlık derecesinde cildimi işgal ettiğinde, ya da düğün derneğe gidildiğinde. Fakat artık şu rahatlığa sahibim: Bu sabah uyandığımda yalnızca yüzümü yıkayıp dışarı çıkabilirim, ve bu beni hiç mi hiç rahatsız etmez! Dışarı çıkmak için maskeye ihtiyacım yok, insanları etkilemek için ise hiç yok! Hem zaten en çok acı çekenler kendinden uzaklaşmaya çalışanlar değil mi?

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Şekil A.1: Makyajsız Alicia Keys

Cilt bakımı konusunda da epey bir ilerleme kaydettim. Elimdeki ürünleri bitirince Yves Rocher’den devam etmeye karar verdim. Ticari bir marka olsa da öncelikle hayvanlar üzerinde test edilmemesi, sonra da paraben ve sülfat içermemeleri bu markayı tercih sebebim.

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Şekil A-2: Bu kadarı valla yetiyor.

İşte tüm saç-cilt bakımım ve kozmetiğim bu kadar! Lipbalm tarzı şeyleri eklemeyi unutmuşum, dudaklarım çok kuruduğu için olmazsa olmazım: artisan yapım bir balmumu kremim var ki dillere destan.

Dediğim gibi saç ve cilt bakımı için Yves Rocher mutlu etti beni, güneş kremi ve göz kaleminde ise Missha. Missha da hayvan testlerine karşı, Koreli bir kozmetik markası. Keşke BB kremleri de benim cildime uygun olsaydı da Nivea’ya kalmasaydım. Ama şu ana kadar denediğim beş-altı BB krem içinde cildime en uyumlusu, en sivilce çıkarmayanı Nivea, o yüzden şimdilik ondan devam ediyorum. BB kremi tamamen hayatımdan çıkardığımda ona da bay bay diyeceğim. 🙂

Sağ alt köşede gördüğünüz ise Edremitten alınmış zeytinyağı sabunu. Eşim sağolsun, duş jelini hiç sevmez, beni o alıştırdı sabuna. Aslında bu kadar alerjik bünyesi olan ben senelerce neden duş jeli kullandım onu da anlamıyorum, mis gibi sabun varken. Evde varsa zeytinyağı sabunu, yoksa da kalıp banyo sabunlarından kullanıyoruz (duru’nun gliserinli zeytinyağlı sabunu ve hacı şakir’in hamam sabunu süper kokuyor laf aramızda, ama doğal zeytinyağı sabunu bulunabiliyorsa baş tacı tabii ki!)

Son birkaç senedir, hayatımda ilk defa, yüzüme bakıyor ve aynaya yansıyan bu yüzü seviyorum. Ergenlik döneminde, hiç sevmiyordum dış görünüşümü, sivilceli ve gözlüklü olarak bir ezik klişesini yerine getirdiğimi düşünüyordum. Şimdi de sivilceli ve gözlüklüyüm, ama güveniyorum artık kendime. O yüzden artık maskelere de ihtiyacım yok. Ne güzelmiş kendin olmak!

17 Before 2017- and thoughts on 2016

Earlier in September, I set seventeen goals for myself to accomplish before 2017 starts. Here is what it looked like:

 

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November and December was crazy at work, so I can’t say I was great at making all of these goals come true. Let’s see how it went:

Goals 1 to 4: Minimalism

These were the goals related to my minimalism journey. Although my kitchen and vanity are quite compact as they are, I wanted to declutter them once again. However, apart from giving away empty jars and throwing away unused make-up, I haven’t been quite successful in these.

And again, although I know what to wear pretty much every day, I couldn’t set a time to organize my wardrobe just for work. I do love my winter sweaters, though!

My fourth goal was to finish 7 skincare and make-up products before 2017. I finished 2 of them, threw away 2, and working on the other 3.

 

Goals 5-9: Mind Goals

These are goals related mostly with mind. I started a novel about 4 years ago but never touched it for 3 years until I went back this year. But I am not sure if I like it anymore. I am like 5000 words in, and I’ll maybe go on, maybe not. Anyway, I would like to write an independent short story no matter what happens in my novel journey.

This is what I set out on. I’m proud to say that I wrote more than one story, in fact, I wrote 3 stories and I’m working on the 4th one. Plus, I registered for a creative writing course, which has been my highlight of the year.

FutureLearn: I managed to finish three courses at FutureLearn, which has been so great and informative. The courses are: Nutrition and Well-being, Start Writing Fiction and Mindfulness for Well-being and Peak Performance. These courses are given every two or three months, they are entirely free and given by professors all around the world, and are interactive so you get to participate in a lot of discussions. I strongly recommend the platform and these courses in particular.

In addition to writing, I wanted to read 50 books, but I could only finish 29. This is pretty big for me, I had set a rather impossible goal anyways.

And for my blog:

My blog of course is among my goals. Keeping a record here really helps me put things in perspective. Right now I have 100 followers, I want to double it by the end of the year.

I couldn’t spare much time on blogging since October, so I am a bit disappointed with myself. I have only 53 posts and 134 followers at the moment, which isn’t much progress since September. I hope I can work more on it in 2017.

Goal 10: Job

I started my new job on January 6th, and towards the New Year the committee will decide whether I will be permanent or not. Fingers crossed!

I have my final examination on Wednesday, so still fingers crossed!

Goals 11-14: Health

 

Oh I feel so guilty about this! I haven’t had my check-up, nor did I practice much yoga.

Goal 15: Crafts

I did finish the table cloth I started! Here is a close-up:

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Goals 16-17: Spirit

I’m still working on making meditation a daily habit. I think my main problem is that my days can be unpredictable, so it can be difficult to set a routine. But I am hopeful 2017 will be a better year for me to practice more mindfulness.

And last but not least, finishing the year in gratitude is so important to me. This year has been both challenging and rewarding for me. I got into a new job, and I went through a very interesting training process. Some parts of it I loved (like getting to know yourself first and being more mindful), while some parts I couldn’t really make sense. Serenity was my key word last year, yet I was more stressed than ever. Still, it is very interesting for me to see that every passing year I am growing as a teacher and a person, and it feels like I am getting more self-confident. I make more conscious choices, and behave more responsibly. I guess I have become an adult without even realizing!

As I am writing these, I am worried as well as excited for 2017. It hasn’t been a good beginning in Turkey (mass shooting at a night club in İstanbul) and it seems we can’t escape terrorism: it’s in our daily lives now. It is very distressing to live with it and go to public places, as there has been 3 massive suicide bombings in Ankara, where I live. There has been students in my school who lost their lives at the age of 18. It is just hope sometimes that keeps you alive, so my wish for the new year is to never stop hoping.

No-Spend November: Final Update

November was one busy and difficult month for me. I had so many responsibilities at work that I wasn’t surprised that sometimes I forgot about I wasn’t buying anything in November on some days. I wish that we had some sort of a winter break here in Turkey, but even New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday. Here is a handwritten report on how November was:

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So, I made 5 purchases in total:

1. an iPhone 6S. I wasn’t sure about it, but it turns out I like my new iPhone a lot, but I have to agree I miss BlackBerry Hub and the awesome BlackBerry keyboard. I’m still not on good terms with iOS keyboard and autocorrect, especially when I  write half-Turkish half-English and don’t check what I wrote before posting. I did send some meaningless texts!

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2. A red block note for my mother-in-law. She loved it and was looking for a way to make it a permanent notebook by writing quotes or verses in it.

3. Teacher’s day gift for my teacher trainer: A journal and a nice pen in a box.

4. Rhodia pad (A6 size): I am so happy with this small notebook. The paper is the stuff dreams are made of!

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5. and finally, some cartridges for my Platinum Preppy.  (and in the photo you’ll see my beautiful Christmas plant that decided to blossom a month before Christmas)

When I set out, I had 5 criteria for things I won’t be buying this month and yeah, stationery was one of them. Apparently I spend much more money on stationery in a regular month, but although I was mindfully trying to keep out, I couldn’t. Even the two gifts I bought this month are notebooks and pens. I knew I liked paper and pen and ink all right, but this challenge helped me see that this is my weak spot.

Awareness is the key, after all.

No Spend November Update

photo-1444760134166-9b8f7d0fc038.jpgIt is mid-November, so I thought I might share my no-spend experiences with you.

In my original post, I especially wanted to avoid online shopping and shopping for clothes, so I completely managed that. It was no big deal because on weekdays, I get almost no stimulants about shopping. My typical day is driving from home to work, work to home.

I live in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, which has no tourist attractions other than malls. Little shops are about to be history, so it is quite usual for some people to go to a mall every day. Although I hate malls, sometimes I just have to, so I went to the mall twice so far this month. In the first trip last week, I had almost forgotten that I was on no-spend because actually, I hadn’t spent any money on something other than food. So I ended up impulse-buying a gift for my mother-in-law. She loves notebooks and she loves small checks. She also loves the red color. When I saw this notebook which has all of them, I could not resist buying! Only after I got home, I realized I was on a no-spend challenge. If I’d remembered in the shop, I wouldn’t have gotten it. In my second trip to the mall, I was completely aware so I just went to the market for grocery shopping.

To be honest, the small notebook was nothing compared to my (well, my husband’s but we share the same budget) next purchase, an Iphone! I was getting really frustrated with my BlackBerry, which I loved but lately the news that the new BB phones will run on Android, and not BB10 really disappointed me. This also means that there will no longer be app designers for BlackBerry, and no updates, also recently they decided not to work with Whatsapp as of 2017. Not to mention they don’t run Facebook, WordPress or Instagram apps either, and the maps are terrible lately. Then what is the use of a smartphone, I thought. OK, it is a reliable phone, never crashes, and Hub is awesome but the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.

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My husband, traveling to Dubai every month, offered to sell my BlackBerry Z30 and get me an Iphone there (which is much cheaper than in Turkey). Luckily, we sold my phone pretty quickly, and now I have a brand new 6S. I really resisted for years not to get a pricey phone, but I hate Android, BB10 is dead, and I had two options: Either go for a no-brain cellphone like Nokia 3310, or go for Apple. I hope I won’t be disappointed by my choice.

So that’s it. My one small and  one big purchase other than food, bills and gas. I hope I will keep it this way until the end of November. And yes, Black Friday is also a thing now in Turkey, but I have no plans in participating! 🙂

My Cosmetics Graveyard

For the last couple of years since starting my minimalism journey, I’ve come across many people who are interested in minimalism for different reasons, people trying to pay off their debt, shopaholics, people with children and overwhelmed with clutter, people with depression/anxiety disorder, or people like me who are messy and try to declutter their lives as well as their minds. The reason is different, but the result is all the same: A huge relief. The realization of what we purchase and why. That’s exactly the same with me as well.

Now that my husband and I got rid of over a hundred pieces of clothing, now that I’ve found my style, I can start to think of other areas in my life.

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Cosmetics graveyard.

This is what I’ve built in years. On a Saturday, I lay all my make-up, skin and nail products on my bed and stared them for a while. What a ridiculous pile! I hardly wear make-up to work except bb cream and eye-liner. But still, I managed to collect so much stuff. Some of them, I had a bunch, 3 eye-liner pencils, 3 tubes of face masks, 2 different bb creams, along with some cc creams! Lots of different acne treatment products, more than 20 nail polishes.

I realized I just liked the idea of owning these products. I had many acne treatment products, yet I don’t see any results simply because I don’t use them at all. Just owning made me satisfied. Just like the dresses I loved having but never wore. So this pile looked like a graveyard to me.

The first step was throwing away expired products and the ones I’ll never ever use, like the green eyeshadow. Then I made a list and saw that I had 66 pieces in total. When I calculated the total amount it was over 1000 turkish liras( something like 350 dollars). While complaining about debts, whining over absence of money when I longed for a vacation, I spent a good amount on things I never use! From these 66, I only used bb cream, eye-liner, mascara and perfume regularly. Just 5 items.

The problem was I couldn’t just say goodbye to things I paid so much for. I decided to use the ones I could, like masks and cleansing products daily. My skin in return thanked me for getting clearer everyday. It was obviously  a win-win situation. And I promised myself not to buy anything new until I’m done with what I have.

This experience has taught me that everything that is bought without consciousness is just a waste of time, money, and Earth’s resources. Credit card debts rise up and prevent people from reaching their dreams.

I am on a 3-week vacation right now, and I find that making stuff fit in a single suitcase is a good opportunity to review what you really love and need. This is all I’ve brought on vacation considering the cosmetics:

IMG_20160713_202919_editA cleanser, a sunscreen, a lipgloss, and perfume. I needn’t even have taken the eye-liner pencil and mascara with me, I’ve hardly used them. If you need this little even not on vacation, why keep countless items of cosmetics in your cabinet?

Everyone has a weak spot, I just happened to find mine is skincare products. My humble advice for you is to think about your weak spot when it comes to buying. Do you buy books that you’ll never need, for example? Maybe you should resist the urge to buy a new book until you read all your to-read list, or if the book doesn’t meet your expectations give it to someone who might like it. If you have too many decorations you can sell some on e-bay and get some extra cash. You can even give your unused cosmetics like tubed creams, toners and perfumes to friends who might appreciate them. Once the excess is gone, you will love what is left.