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Natural Beauty

From the minute we get out of bed in the morning, to the time we climb back under the sheets at night, we are exposed to countless thousands of synthetic chemicals, many with known harmful consequences to our biology.

We go into the bathroom, we brush our teeth.  We rinse our mouths with mouthwash.  We shampoo and condition our hair.  We wash our faces and bodies.  We moisturize our skin.  We have been awake for scarcely half an hour and we have already slathered ourselves with sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, etc.

The society in which we live teaches us to go to the pharmacy, buy all these products, and use them daily so that we feel clean and *smell nice*.  But what if you discovered that none of them were necessary, and that you could achieve the same or better results by using products that you already have in your kitchen, and that are safe to put inside your body, as well as on it?

Here are some recipes I’ve found or developed:

Shampoo:
One egg yolk
Warm water to measure one cup.

Stir and pour over wet hair.  Massage into scalp and rinse.  No conditioner necessary.

Alternate shampoo:
1/2 tbsp baking soda
Warm water to measure one cup.

Conditioner:
Juice of one orange
One egg white
1/2 tbsp cocoa

Whip with stick blender until thickened.  Very luxurious and smells great 🙂

Face wash:
1 tbsp ground oatmeal
1 tsp plain yogourt

Mix into paste.  Apply to wet face, massage and rinse.

Moisturizer:
Pure cocoa butter.

Solid at room temperature.  Scrape flakes off with spoon and melt in warm hands. Apply to dry skin.

Lip Balm:
2 tbsp cocoa butter flakes
A few drops pure vanilla extract

Warm cocoa butter flakes in microwave or over low heat.  Stir in vanilla extract.  Pour into small round case while still warm.  Apply to dry lips with finger.

Toothpaste:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
A dash of peppermint extract

Stir into paste.  Keep in dark-coloured container, as light will degrade the peroxide into oxygen and water.

Mouthwash:
Pure vodka
Fresh herbs

Way better than Listerine 🙂

Exfoliating scrub:
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp sea salt
About 1 tbsp sunflower oil, just enough to make a paste
A few drops of essential oil (I like orange)

Feels great rubbed in anywhere you have rough or dry skin.

“Soap”:
Unrefined coconut oil

Rub it on, rinse it off.  It will leave your skin clean but feeling moisturized.

Sugaring (for hair removal):
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water

Bring to a boil in saucepan, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes until solution is dark amber in colour.  Remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to glass dish (so it may be re-heated later).  To use: rip clean cotton fabric (old sheets or pillowcases work great) into 1-2” wide strips.  Use a butter knife to apply solution to skin in direction of hair growth, cover with cloth strip, hold for a few seconds, tear off against the grain in one swift motion.  Unlike wax, this solution will not clog your pores or follicles, can be rinsed easily with water, and the fabric can be rinsed, dried and reused again and again.  Also your skin will feel incredibly smooth and nourished.

Kitchen cosmetics


Romanticism and Europe

In 2001-2002, I attended the University of King’s College in Halifax and studied in the Foundation Year Programme.  It is an integrated programme in which human history is explored through six sections by examining works of literature, philosophy, music and art produced in that time period.  For me at the time, it was a bit overwhelming as I was living on my own for the first time (not in residence) and the reading assignments were very demanding, nonetheless I managed to pass with a quite good mark and decided not to return to university the subsequent year (or ever).  I do feel that it was a worthwhile exercise, and I am still working through the texts we studied and trying to reach deeper into the material, with my new awakened perspective.

The text that moved me the most at the time, and still to this day makes me sob and cry like an emotional teenager, was Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther.  An early novel by arguably the greatest German writer of all time, and the first German book to be a success in England and France, Werther caused a stir across Europe and inspired many youths to adopt not only his clothing style, but also his unfortunate end.  To me, the character of Werther embodies the passion, sensitivity, and depth of feeling that is at the heart of the European soul.

Werther and other works belonging to the Sturm und Drang movement laid the way for Romanticism proper to emerge in Germany, England and France.  During the period from about 1780 to 1880 there was a tremendous amount of artistic, musical, literary and philosophical genius taking place in Europe, in which Nationalism and reverence for nature played a large role.  This movement was a reaction against the Age of Enlightenment thinkers who promoted the growing systems of democracy, capitalism, bureaucracy and litigation.  The Romantics attempted to restore and elevate the the individual human experience and emotion that was being lost in European culture.  I see this movement as the last great struggle for life in European culture, which was snuffed by modernism, the beginning of World War I, and of course all the degenerate fecal matter we call contemporary art.

Now, enough talk, let me give some examples of great Romantic music and art!  Click on the pictures to enlarge.

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Midday-large

The-summer-large

The-Heldsteinnear-Rathen-large

The-North-Sea-in-Moonlight-large

Notice how the human figures and their constructions are dwarfed, humbled by their magnificent surrounding landscapes.  Also I find the music from this period more free-formed, dramatic and emotive than earlier music.  Evokes action and passionate feeling.

Norwegian Romantic painter Johan Christian Dahl:

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ICDahl,_Bjerk_i_storm

Dahl-Stalheim

ICDahl,_Skibbrudd

I think it’s important we remember that every great movement needs great culture to inspire it to great achievements.  During the Romantic period, the forces which now threaten to annihilate us were strengthening their hold in our homelands, and certain individuals were giving prophetic warnings about what was to come.  I will close with the overture from Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and an excerpt from Act Three of the libretto:

Beware! Evil tricks threaten us:
if the German people and kingdom should one day decay,
under a false, foreign rule
soon no prince would understand his people;
and foreign mists with foreign vanities
they would plant in our German land;
what is German and true none would know,
if it did not live in the honour of German Masters.
Therefore I say to you:
honour your German Masters,
then you will conjure up good spirits!
And if you favour their endeavours,
even if the Holy Roman Empire
should dissolve in mist,
for us there would yet remain
holy German Art!


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Winter forest

Winter forest

December 25


The Beauty in Our Nature

This video was shared with me recently by one of our most beloved TP alumni, who said, “It had brought many thoughts to my mind and many emotions to my heart, to see the true beauty and perfection of Europe as both a geographic and biological term.”  Very well put.  Please enjoy.

 

Imagine how lovely it would be to swim and relax on the beach, au naturel, without fear of being photographed or molested?  Once again, we are confirmed in the knowledge that

We must secure the existence of our people, and a future for white children.

I invite you all to share your thoughts below.


A better life without chemicals

OK, I realize that many of you started following my blog just yesterday, and here I am writing about shampoo.  Please bear with me!

On Sunday morning, after being inspired by a comment thread on TP under About Tomorrow, I decided to challenge myself to stop using shampoo.  The first couple of days were not bad of course, I just rinsed with water and brushed it out.  But by yesterday, I was pretty greasy and kept my hood up all day (people in my office kept asking, “what are you, cold?” haha).  So this morning, I used one tablespoon of aluminum-free baking soda mixed with one cup of warm water, poured it over my head in the shower, massaged it in a bit and rinsed.  For a conditioner, I mixed up one egg white, juice of one orange, and a teaspoon of cocoa and rinsed that through my hair.

Honestly, I can’t remember my hair ever feeling better than it does right now.  It’s so light, smooth and tangle-free, and feels like the build-up of products has been stripped away.  I used to use a dandruff shampoo ($15.99), a regular shampoo ($10.99), conditioner ($10.99), mousse ($5.99), and blow-dry lotion ($4.99), all of which are filled with toxic shit.  Now I feel like I can confidently throw it all in the garbage!

This is my new approach: I won’t put anything on my body, that I wouldn’t put in my body.  Anyone who’s ever got shampoo in their eyes or mouth knows it stings and tastes disgusting.  I had always willfully ignored the fact that skin is porous and absorbs everything that is applied to it to some degree.  If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth or eyes, why would you put it on your skin?

Freeing myself from the tyranny of Unilever and Proctor and Gamble is of course one tiny step in becoming a better European.  I know there are many others much further along the road than I am, but I feel that at least I am moving in the right direction, and making progress each day.  Not to mention I smell delicious 😉