Searching, locating and experimenting with alternative lifestyle products to minimize our pollution exposure, chemical detoxification, and seeking to say more “NO” to plastic waste.

I started one day at a time with my experiment and I was the only guinea pig involved. I began to not wash my hair daily and without over the counter, regular supermarket shampoo. Instantly my pocket book felt relief to the tune of $30.00 monthly savings. I stopped lugging large bottles of pure scented chemical home from the grocery store and reduced the amount of extra waste these bottles produced from just a household of two.

By association the tribe (the whole family) can see the improvements in various areas of this ‘becoming self sufficient’ craze! The monetary savings of course is felt and appreciated quite rapidly. What takes a bit longer to see and appreciate is the quality of hair texture, growth, cleanliness and continued attractiveness.

I was amazed that after six months my scalp and hair had adjusted on its own and with little effort on my part. It went through a few weeks of anxiety over should I make oil, do I have enough oily hair. It soon leveled out and became accostomed to being on its own with out the chemicals almost like it would feel to all of the sudden quit smoking. Ah! What a relief! I even had for the first time in my life long hair. My scalp and hair follicles became stronger and thicker. Incredibly I was able to style my hair in braids and pony tails.

Let me take this moment to notify you that “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” My list of new products for cleaning my hair became:

Normal Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil which can be found at this affiliate link: I continue to use this mix once or twice a week depending on how my scalp feels. I put a medium size amount of baking soda, possibly equivalent to 1/2 a cup in my hand, and add a few sprinkles of Tea Tree Oil in that. I get it lightly wet with water and place on my head gently working it into my scalp head. Upon distributing and rinsing it through all of my hair with additional water and gentle scalp massaging. On other showering days I’ll use plain old fashioned water.

For conditioning and styling my hair I used the Nature Republic 2 PCS Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, 92% Soothing and Moisture, 300ml, NS17-G which can be located here:

Not only is Nature Republic Aloe Vera gel a conditioner and styling gel for my hair it also conditions itchy scalp and helps calm dandruff scalp. The cooling sensation it provides is not only real for your scalp but also stress relieving for your mind as well.

Cool green gel that fills your senses with relaxation and a stress free experience

This product takes up space in my backpack because it is also a great moisturizer for skin, face legs and feet. An all over body moisturizer for dry itchy skin not to mention a sun burn relief gel with soothing capabilities. Its fits with my simple lifestyle helping me to promote a less waste, non GMO, non chemical beauty routine and well body care.

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Living Alternative Lifestyles

Beginning with a need to change lifestyles or just contemplating different forms of living. I have been the seeker of other ways to make a living and live a different lifestyle. Returning to nature and assisting others in finding self-sustainability as individuals and communities.

Ever feel like packing your backpack and hitting the road? A steady income is my main party disaster! Can we survive while searching for that simplified existence? While transitioning we still need an income.

There are many different options for living a self-sustainability lifestyle and I hope to one day be able to cover all of them. Keeping in mind we will need food, water and personal necessities taken care of, a roof over our head every night, even if that be a tent. If you were just an adventurer and wanted to experience life in another part of the world while living your calling. Not owning a lot of baggage would be ideal. If you needed a certain amount of money monthly then that would be another subject needing attention.

In my personal search I came across a workaway site that can assist, would be adventurers, to have a alternative lifestyle experience while often learning a new activity and way of life. Amazing many come with a wage, bedding and meals provided. This would not only be wonderful for single individuals needing to fulfill their lives with knowledge and first hand life changing experiences but also for retirees with good health and wealth, senior citizens on a budget as well. Seeking to supplement their income with a different lifestyle. Options for becoming self sufficient.

Possibly the most difficult and largest expense for many of us is the home dwelling. Where are we going to lay our hat every night to replenish our body and soul. Spend relax time with our loved ones or our pets. These are all considerations for choosing alternative lifestyles. Often ignored is the practice of bartering and exchanging skill sets for income and self-sustainability lifestyles. Knowledge and experience gained from living with other cultures and customs could prove to be relaxing and profitable. Future lifestyles and income possibilities widen when you can apply custom ideas to life’s oldest dilemmas. You might use what you learn in future projects such as restaurant, hospitality business, resort and massage, organic food resort, well being facilities, and farm living. Helping people to become self sufficient and providing good will for all.

Organic, Woman, Board, Farm, Food

We will continue to explore this option and all it’s advantages, as well as other alternatives as well. In the mean time feel free to adventure at the workaway site where you can find various insights and ideas for alternative living lifestyles.

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About Erika

Hello everyone welcome to my BASIC ALTERNATIVES website.
Currently not far from retirement, dependent on social security for security! Not a heartwarming, thought but a motivator to constantly simplify, improve & move towards less waste more self-sufficiency.

I love gardening, cooking, living outdoors, traveling and experiencing life as best as possible. Long term goals would be to live off-grid, planting & growing my own Non-GMO food. Becoming self sufficient.

There are many recipes for food, sustainability, alternative dwellings solutions, products for protection, energy & natural inexpensive solutions for cleaner water, less waste living available everywhere. I feel the need to help people become self sufficient by sharing with others, ideas, suggestions, & solutions for working & living a less waste existence, more natural, for the sake of our earth & humanities good health.

My goal would be to share my findings through daily trial & error, research & experimentation of alternatives, for simpler stress free lifestyles. I believe in community & sharing of knowledge through the written word, videos & word of mouth. Promoting alternatives to the way we live, sharing products as solutions, ideas, recipes, & stories of other human’s successes & experiences.

Community of like minded humans can carve out a basic stress free lifestyle, living with nature, with less consumption & waste. Please assist me in the propagation of good will & simplified living by promoting & sharing with me.

All the best, Erika

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