2012-10-26

Failed experiments

So, I've been working on a few projects that I was originally excited about only to have them end in fail sauce. This particular post probably won't help anyone, but at the very least it may reassure you that in your own eco-friendly endeavors, when there are bumps in the road, that's okay. At least we are trying. Not everyone gets homemade projects correct the first time...right? Perhaps it's just me.

Anyways, failure #1 homemade lip balm.



It was going to be such a neat post about how you to could make your own lip balm...sadly, even though the finished product LOOKS like a success, the reality is it isn't really soft and can't be rubbed onto your lips because it's too hard. I don't know what happened. I seriously followed the instructions I had to the letter, oh well. Perhaps I will try again one day, until then I guess I will still get lip balm from Whole Foods.

Failure #2 I did try the arrowroot change in the homemade deodorant.

Still no success. It worked a little better for Rob, but eventually he still had irritation. I thought it would work better for me, but it ended up not doing the trick. I caved after awhile and just went back to using my Dove deodorant/antiperspirant that I still owned. Yet, I had that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I really shouldn't be using antiperspirant or a product that puts aluminum on my body, etc. So, I broke down and bought these since I wanted a middle ground and all my homemade trials had currently failed:

I hate to say this about a natural product, but oh my goodness Jason's Apricot pretty much made me smell 100 times worse than if I would just go without anything at all. I don't know what the deal was. Rob, however, seems to have found relative success with the Natural Grooming one and is still using it, yay! I tried to stick it out with the Jason's, but it was just too awful, for serious. I decided to try Tom's. I am still using it for now, it's a bit better I think, but still...I used to be able to skip a day or so a week shower-wise (if I wasn't really going anywhere anyway and to save water) but with these deodorants I have not had that luxury. Even if I stay home all day, without seeing a soul, I can't stand myself! That's embarrassing and sad. So, I have to shower every day and reapply each day. A deodorant should work better than that. Well, then I got to thinking...and yes, I know this is tmi, but the horrible smelliness also coincided with me now being pregnant. Could the new deodorants really not be working at all, or am I just smellier due to being with child? It was a crazy notion, sure. But, lo and behold, an Internet search revealed to me tons of other pregnant women wondering the same thing! Apparently it's a thing. Some speculated that it was just because as pregnant women, our noses are more sensitive, but others confirmed that their husbands pointed out their new rankness. So, long story short, I'm not going to write off these natural bars (or toss the Jason's just yet) until after pregnancy, so I can give them a truly fair shake. I'm also still up for trying more homemade recipes, it just seems that I keep failing on them though.

And last but not least, failure #3:

We have found out that we are not allowed to take our kitchen compost to Whole Foods to drop anymore. Good thing we have a house now, but currently we are just throwing away the compostable things because we just moved and need to buy or build an outdoor composter for the back yard and figure that all out. I've really started to miss it because you get so spoiled with your trash not stinking. I will be glad once we get that all back on track! Most definitely will need to do this before winter. Once you are in the habit of composting it's hard not to do it. So, at least this is a failure we can potentially remedy soon.

There you have it. Hopefully you will see some successful stories in the future.

P.S. On the plus side, now that we live in a house vs an apartment we have curbside recycling and it is great!