We’ve all heard the gospel on coconut oil; however, apple cider vinegar (or ACV as the cool kids say) has been holding its own for quite some time as an all-natural jack of all trades from beauty product to weight loss supplement to household cleaner. I’m putting it to the test, and replacing four of my go-to products with a good ol’ bottle of apple cider vinegar. Wish me luck!
Test 1: Scalp Treatment
Apparently, apple cider vinegar can help balance the pH levels of your scalp to reduce dandruff and greasiness. While I don’t have much of a problem with greasiness, the impending cold-weather months are more than likely going to exacerbate my flaky scalp woes.
I decided to dive in headfirst with this remedy. I opted for an ACV deep condition rather than just a rinse. I mixed half a cup of ACV with half a cup of water and poured the whole thing on my head, then covered my hair with a conditioning cap. I’m so glad I did! My scalp feels less itchy and less tangled. That’s huge for me as I’m currently transitioning from chemically processed to natural hair.
Test 2: Facial Toner
There are claims that adding ACV to your skincare regime can help kill bacteria on the skin, unclog pores and even complexion. This is music to my ears. I’m obsessive about skincare, but can ACV replace my arsenal of beauty products? We’ll see…
I guess I should preface my thoughts on this particular use by admitting something with which I’ve struggled to reconcile myself: I pick at my skin. There, I said it! That being said, using ACV as a toner BURNED! Who knows – maybe it was due to my skin picking or maybe I did not dilute the ACV sufficiently. Either way, the tingle was a little too intense for me. On a positive note, I noticed a little less oil in my T-zone by midday. I’ll take a win wherever I can get it.
Test 3: Deodorant
Tangy is definitely a word that can be used to describe my pits when it’s hot outside or I’m fresh off the elliptical; I was pleasantly surprised to find out that ACV can be used a deodorizer. According to lore, ACV swiped under your arms (and on the bottoms of your feet) can fight odor-causing bacteria and keep you smelling not only so fresh but also so clean.
As someone who is very sensitive to smell, I was hesitant to believe that vinegar could be used as deodorant. I was right. I decided to try this one on a day that I didn’t need to leave my apartment, which turned out to be excellent planning on my part. It seemed like no matter how much I diluted the ACV, the smell was still there. How can I put this delicately? I smelled like the dillest of pickles.
Test 4: Oral Care
The same bacteria-fighting qualities that make ACV a suitable alternative to deodorants also make it the ideal candidate to ban mouth funk. Yup, rumor has it ACV can be used to freshen your breath and whiten your teeth. To say that I’m a skeptic of this claim would be putting it mildly; however, I will do it in the name of LOLA (and because I have no plans for the weekend).
I’m just going to be honest. This was a whole heap of NO for me. Until this week, I always thought that there was no greater tragedy to one’s taste buds than orange juice after brushing your teeth. WRONG. After brushing my teeth, and scraping my tongue, I gargled about a teaspoon of ACV…big mistake. I immediately needed to brush my teeth again.
This was definitely a memorable experience. I had to step waaay outside of my comfort zone, and I’m happy to say that it wasn’t bad at all. I like the idea of simplifying my life, and there’s no better way to accomplish this than integrating (natural) products with multiple uses.
Also, I’m MacGyver now.