PART ONE: 10 BUCK-A-ROOS
I want to talk about money, and more specifically, budgets. Let’s start with the fact that everyone I’ve run this blog post idea past has stopped me after the word “budget” and said “but don’t actually say budget, it’s not a great marketing word.” And the thing is, I agree, it’s not a very tasteful word but, I, Judith *Makes Fart Noises With My Mouth During Business Instagram Videos* Jones, is not a creative writer/master of words. SO HERE WE ARE WRITING IN CAPS AND SAYING THE WORD BUDGET, LET’S GOOOOOO (I’m writing this after 4 shots of espresso so I blame the “let's go” part of that on the caffeine). Also, another side note: imagine if my name was “Judith Makes Fart Noises With My Mouth During Business Instagram Videos Jones, my initials would be JMFNWMMDBIVJ, a real monogram nightmare.
Now, on to our non-marketing friendly topic, B U D G E T S:
This is going to be a three-part series covering how to replace your entire routine on any budget using only Good JuJu Herbal if you wanted to. Starting at 10 dollars and moving up to 150 dollars.
Why do I personally care about price points so much?
When I started Good JuJu Herbal, I was poor (like struggling to make rent, poor). And the day I thought “I’ve made it, life can’t possibly get better” was the day I bought one full pound of prosciutto from Whole Foods just because I wanted to. If you’ve followed along for a while, this makes sense because I’m a big time cured meat lover #noshame. All that to say, when I was tasked with the duty of coming up with an entirely new hygienic routine thanks to contact allergies, I was a little befuddled (look, maybe I am a word master, although that may not be used correctly, moving on). How am I going to find 100% natural, sensitive skin/eczema friendly products with a maximum budget of 10 dollars a month? And when I say 10 dollars, that was a stretch. My food budget was 15 dollars a week, which I made work by going dumpster diving occasionally (shout out to Aldi and Bruegger's Bagels for having open dumpsters). Here’s the long story short: I could not find products to suit my needs and certainly not my budget. Now, as we all know, I learned to make soap and then began to sell it years later as Good JuJu Herbal. SO, I really care about price points and versatile products, I mean so much so, I’ve arguably dedicated my life to it.
Something I try to touch on, but it seems to get lost in the craziness of Instagram, is how versatile our products are, so, I am here to prove it. Let’s jump in!
10 DOLLAR BUDGET A MONTH
ONE BAR OF SOAP
Here’s how you are going to use one bar of soap to wash your body and replace your laundry detergent, shampoo, face wash, shaving cream and lotion (possibly, more below) along with it. This is not luxury, but it is functional, minimal and eco-friendly.
I would choose from the following bars of soap: Rosemary Tea Tree, Eucalyptus Bergamot, Lemongrass, Carrot Sweet Potato, and Rose Clay and Geranium. Basically, ones without added flowers/exfoliants.
You are going to get your bar and cut off one third of it. That one third of the bar will be grated up and used to make laundry detergent (email me for that recipe if you’re interested). If you don’t care about the laundry detergent, then leave your bar whole.
HOW TO LATHER YOUR BAR THREE WAYS
I came up with the LATHER HAT TRICK ™ which is key to stretching your single bar to fit multiple needs. *I haven’t actually trademarked that but the TM makes it seem more official…whatever YOLO*
BODY + HAIR
-Take your bar soap
-Wet and lather in hands for 5 seconds, making big bubbles around the soap
-Use lather to wash body or throughout hair.
-Take your bar soap and turn on the largest flat side
-Wet and begin to lather, but apply more pressure and speed to make a thicker more concentrated lather
-Remove that lather and use to wash your face
This lather will have smaller bubbles and mimic a creamy face wash.
Follow the two steps above, but take it one step further: After removing the lathered lather into your hand, LATHER IT AGAIN in between your two hands. This causes the concentrated lather to form even smaller, more concentrated bubbles, which is perfect for a thick, moisturizing shaving cream.
Now I know for my very dry skin folks this may not always work, but if you are on a very strict budget, I wanted to make sure I added that our signature Good JuJu Herbal bar soap was formulated to keep skin hydrated for 24 hrs.
This came from much trial and error, because I naturally had dry skin, eczema and now contact allergies. Basically, I was poor, couldn’t afford lotion I wasn’t allergic to, and had to make sure the soap I made was moisturizing enough to keep my eczema flares down. Our signature bar soap kept me from using lotion after the shower for years. Which is why our line was missing a lotion for 4 years. We recently did decide to add both lotion bars and body oils to our line, but if money is tight try just a bar soap for a while.
Thanks for spending time here with me reading what I, an over caffeinated person, has to say. You make my life fun and keep me from dumpster diving for food.
I’ll be back next week with part two,