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  1. Thank you for everything. Your exploration of life’s secrets impacts us all. no matter what form your discoveries take, your writing continues to inspire.

  2. Hey Crunchy Betty. I hope you are doing ok. I miss you. :) ~ Wendi

  3. nicole

    You are a genuine, beautiful soul. So real, refreshing, and inspirational. Your point of view and writing are truly a gift.

  4. laura hash

    Hi Betty,
    Its weird reading what you wrote because its almost a word for word realization, I myself had one morning. I would love to hear more of what you have to say, I just found out my cancers back but this time it’s in my bones, not going anywhere so I often lay awake at night and ponder over life which is what I was doing when crunchy Betty popped into my mind and I was curious if you had any new.wonders to share, I for one am thankful you did,I like where you were going with it …..bit of advice.. Can’t please everyone just post like a surgeon general s warning on the blog truth found here take it or leave it! Don’t apologize for feeling…or stating yours makes it a little less genuine.. Love ya…devoted reader

  5. Wow- I opened this up to read about cleaning my bathtub drain. Thank you so much for this! So there are more “regular people” waking up, not just Eckert Tolle and one or two others that have written books about it. What a wonderful thing to read first thing in the morning. Again, I thank you. And I wonder if you have read anything by Jed McKenna? Not that you need to now, but you might find it interesting, nonetheless. “Spiritual Enlightenment- The Damndest Thing” is the first of his trilogy. Enjoy your day- and I will enjoy my clean bathtub drain!!!

  6. Tjernagel

    Thank you for what you wrote the are few people I think who can write so honest. A random visit this sight and found something. To me that means you wrote this and it found at least one other person.

  7. CS

    Stumbled apon this site today for the first time and connected to this inspirational sign off. Laughed out load and cried a little at the mention of time. I wish you well with the continuation of your journey and would hope to hear more X

  8. Jennifer

    Miss you :(

  9. Audrey

    I haven’t been on this site in about 6 months prior to that I was probably going through the same thing you wrote about. I SO GET IT AND LOVED reading it so much as it hit close to home. I have learned to be more present and really realize that thats all we really have. Me worrying/obsessing about the future doesn’t make it go away or the time pass faster. I’ve learned to deal with it as it comes…Thank you for sharing this, I remain hopeful daily that others will continue to inspire me. Take care and all the best to you!!!!

  10. Darcy

    It’s been 10 months. Weren’t you going to reach out to those interested and try and teach us what you now understand?

  11. Jessica

    My life has undergone a complete metamorphosis since I used to follow your blog, and I lost track. Then I read something today that reminded me of Crunchy Betty and returned to find this intriguing post. I’ll continue to enjoy the archives, but I’m commenting in the hopes that you’ll share your epiphany. Some of us are still stumbling in our search for peace and enlightenment.

  12. Maggie

    Hi, I love your site! Question: Can the No Poo shampoo and Apple cider vinegar be used on color treated hair or will it take the color out?

  13. Casey

    Hi, I’m not sure if you’re still active with this blog, but I just feel the overwhelming urge to share that I can’t believe I stumbled onto THIS post. I’ve never heard of Crunchy Betty and this happened to be one of the first posts I read… And much like another comment… this post seemed to read, verbatim, how I feel my life has changed. Up until this point I’ve felt crazy, alone, and misunderstood. It’s difficult to believe in dualism and that there is beauty found in contradictions when even the ones I love and love me are so SURE that life needs to be this way or that. I also still find myself leaning this way or that on occasion even if I still believe it doesn’t matter.

    How do you explain the unknown, but known. (…If that makes any sense.) What you said in this post makes me feel like I’m not alone. I wish I could talk to you more and see how you’re doing now. I never had a blog (nor do I read them often), but I can relate to crippling world of worry and never ending angst. I finally started to just sit with all my worry and meditate on it and all of the sudden it’s as if it just vanished. I mean, it still creeps in with random spurts of anxiety, but overall this sense of freedom has taken over. That even in the anxiety, everything is going to be ok. But now, I’m confused as to how to move on from that? How do you ease the ones around you into accepting this “new” you? Even though that in itself doesn’t really matter, it is a bit difficult to know what to do with yourself after such a profound realization.

    Anyways, I hope you are well and I send so much love. I believe you have a wonderful gift in helping others and a beautiful blog voice. If you haven’t moved on to another blog to discuss this new perspective, I genuinely hope one day you will. All selfish reasons aside, I think you could help guide others to their own happiness through the truth of your life. Live truth and others will follow.

    Namaste, my friend.

  14. sherrie

    Hi Crunchy Betty. You wrote this almost a year ago now…I just read it this evening. It was very inspirational. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I hope you are still as crunchy as ever and I appreciate the information you shared here. (I’m going to try the coffee scrub in the morning :))

    Peace to you…

  15. “Thank you for what you wrote the are few people I think who can write so honest. A random visit this sight and found something. To me that means you wrote this and it found at least one other person.”. I think too. Thanks again!

  16. Wow, I totally get this and I totally know that it’s been a year, but I wanted to say that I hope you keep the blog up on the interwebs because I can’t tell you how many of the things you posted about are things I find useful.

    So long.. .and thanks for all the fish.

  17. John

    Oh where oh where has my Dear Crunchy Betty gone?
    Oh where, oh where could she be?
    Wishing you all the best.

  18. Pooja

    You are so inspiring, honest, witty and insightful. I wish you all the best in your search and share your journey on the way… whenever you are ready that is :)

  19. Dear Betty,

    I was just searching for some tips on henna and ran across this post. This same sort of thing that you speak of, essentially cleaning and purifying the mind, is also what occurred with me last September. I too had grown tired of all the lies in my mind and not really realizing the power in it, I started practicing a spiritual austerity which I have since learned is called “neti neti” where you negate the thoughts in your mind. I practiced it for about 1 1/2 years. When I stopped last year, I saw that my mind was in a new place free from worry, past, future etc. Like you, I have also thought of what to do with this great discovery and have since shared my story on a website that I started. I’m still not sure where it’s going lol. I’m just taking it day by day. Tho American, I’ve been in India for the last 3 years so I’ve been in the perfect spot to learn from the best spiritual teachers of where I am now. What I can say to you about what I know now is that many people are def interested in realizing their true nature if you opt to help others in getting there. Lastly, I recommend watching some of Moojis videos. He’s great! This last March I shared my story in one of Mooji’s satsangs here in India and it was recorded. If you’d like to hear it, its on youtube and it’s called “no one can obtain enlightenment.” Anyway, good luck with you on your journey. I really enjoyed running across your post on this! In love and light, Melanie

  20. Nathan

    So you are growing and changing; that is all part of this dance called life. I don;t claim to have “Awoken” yet. At the most I am tossing restlessly in my sleep. I would Love to hear more about your journey.

    Perhaps someday you will be able to come back to this subject from a new perspective, one not grounded in worry or fear. But if not, it was still a good thing you did for the time that you did it.

  21. Christine

    Even though I have followed Crunchy Betty for only 8 months, Betty’s farewell has caused me to mourn the loss of a friend. The easy-reading, friendly, and humorous tone made me see you as a real person. A perfectionist myself, I have noticed your extra work and appreciated it.

    When did the blog begin? How can I find the first entry and experience the growth of Crunchy Betty from beginning to end? I want to read it all.

    Love to you and all your other reader/friends.

  22. whimsy

    Hi Crunchy Betty, have you moved to a new space? Would absolutely love to read about your journey and about the paradoxes and contradictions you were mentioning. Please don’t give up on writing. You have something that the world needs!

  23. m

    shine on! :)
    And thanks!! xxxxxxxxxxxx

  24. Minaz

    Hi Leslie, Love your writing. It’s so honest.

    The purpose of our life is to seek and find that ultimate truth. And I am glad to know that you are on that journey.

    Would love to hear about it. You can enlighten us from your search and we readers can contribute our experiences from our quest.

    Lots of love, Minaz

  25. Anne Git

    I feel like a voyeur. You sound like you’ve had some kind of episode, possibly brought on the stress of reconciling your style of blogging with the reality of it becoming an earning machine. And the fact that the two are irreconcilable, ultimately. Maybe by medication.

    Everything is not good. There is a lot of crap in cosmetics, and while you are under no obligation to continue your blog, nor should you do if it’s making you sick, there’s no point in using mindful enlightenment to justify saying it’s all good. It’s not.

    Sell products you wouldn’t have considered buying previously. It’s ok, we’ve all got a living to make. Your blog and it’s inspiration though will outlast the products you sell, because making is empowering. Buying is just a quick trip. I’m sad you’ve chosen the money over the inspiration. But I can’t say if I’d have done anything different. Success in life is quantified by earnings, sadly. And to turn your back on a good little earner is not as respected as it should be.

    Just don’t dress it up as enlightenment. It’s capitalism.

    • Amanda Buckner

      Wow, I’m…. Wow. I won’t swear…. What you said was really unfair, unkind, inconsiderate & judgemental. No one deserves to be treated in this manner. I hope you have changed in the year since you posted this. I’m assuming you are an unhappy person… But I’m not going to go there.

  26. Lisa O.

    Just stumbled on this site as I was looking for a DIY body powder. You have some fantastic things here, then I came upon your final post and was disappointed that you stopped over a year ago.

    I hope you are well and finding some clarity.

    Lisa O.

  27. Love your writing. It’s so honest.Thank you.

  28. I love your blog and so sad I found it by reading your last post. I hope all is going well and thankful you still have this site going.

  29. How could I imagine that a simple search about Borax would lead me to find such a marvelous soul?

    Good for you and for all of us to have you on the planet, Leslie!


  30. Grace

    Hi Betty – I’ve come across this post from you just as I’m searching again for ways to live in the present and stop beating myself up for all of my “mistakes..” Thank you for your honesty. It feels like I was meant to see this, to encourage me to keep the faith. I also just stumbled upon Buddhist chanting (the type that Tina Turner does) and I’m going to try it. I saw her on 60 Minutes years ago and have always felt like chanting would be helpful for me. There are so many ways to get ‘there’ and it’s supposedly simple but not easy. Making time for quiet has always helped me. I too, beat myself up for past “mistakes” all the time…Thanks again!

  31. Randa


    I am starting to experiment with homemade beauty products, and i wanted to achieve lighter hair in the sun. The recipe i have found was honey, lemon, chamomile, and olive oil. My question is, as some of the ingredients are actual foods i’m afraid they might expire. Does anyone have an idea about the rough amount of shelf life this finished product would have?


  32. Loro

    I discovered crunchy betty, oh jeez.. maybe 6 or so years ago now? I was really at my peak of a “fuck the mainstream and chemicals yadda” phase (I didnt consider it a phase then). Everything I read on here really coinsided with what I thought and felt. I used to make all my own soaps, lotions, massage creams(im a massage therapist), tooth pastes, lip balms, salves, cleaning products you name it, and for some reason I’d always find myself coming to check in with crunchy betty and as she would grow and learn i found I was in the same boat.. Fastforward to tonight, I have a 1.5 year old, my laundry room has 3 types of mainstream detergents, im not afraid to use regular hand soaps or washes anymore.. the last thing i made was a pan of brownies sitting on the stove. My son has eczema and I was thinking maybe I would make him a cream since im having a hard time finding one that works for him.. and to my surprise I feel as thought im on the same page as you. I think its almost a relief to read how your life has been the past while and the realizations you’ve come to. I feel the same. It isnt a bad thing, its just allowing ourselves to become something bigger.

    I wish you lots of happiness in the future, and if you decide to keep this – or something up and running, I’ll be following along :)

  33. Michael Hill

    Have you tried Bulk Apothecary? The sell all kinds of ingredients like oils and butters but much mu ch cheaper than mountain rose. I use their stuff all the time it always seems high quality and the have a great selection of sizes ranging from 8oz. Up to 50 gallon drums.

  34. Hey Betty. Hope you’re doing alright. We miss you! You’ve been a massive inspiration, especially to the next step of growing a business of my own. I just wanted to thank you for all that you’ve done, and wish you the best I could possibly wish.

  35. Jeanna

    I loved reading your post. Growth can be hard, and you’ve come through the other side! I look forward to hearing what you have to say :)

  36. Sarah

    “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Theresa.

    You, us…we… make more of a difference than you realize. I promise you that!

    • Susan

      Wow Sarah how wonderfully put even if it is Mother Theresa’s quote and your own sound promise, these things give hope…without it, well we know what happens without hope right? thank you and love love to you Betty Darlin

  37. amandab

    Hey, You were a huge inspiration that took me out of a really dark place in life. How have you been since you left the blog?

  38. bergdorfbrunette

    I’ve enjoyed reading this blog over time and was wondering if anyone could recommend any similar blogs or interesting websites. I feel like there is a real niche here. Most blogs I have found recently are questionable at best. Most recommend scrubbing your skin with harsh things like baking soda or raw sugar. I feel like its common sense why thats a terrible idea. I always found the post here to be fairly easily but overall incredibly insightful. I’d like to found some blogs that actually know what they are talking about. Thanks everyone.

  39. evelyn

    Hi Leslie,
    I came across this blog and i am very sad to see that there are no new post. I understand that you are out to search for truth but with all of my heart all I can say is that Christ is our truth our saviour our hope. And in him and him alone you will rest in peace despite what the world says. He has changed my life and transformed my heart into a new heart that desires to worship God. Despite the persecution at home from family I cant ever say that He leaves me empty. Christ brings purpose and meaning intoour lives. If all this doesnt make sense please consider turning to a gracious God who sent his only son to die for our sins. We are hopeless and sinful humen beings but only through His son Jesus Christ we can come before the Father and worship Him because we are cleansed of sins by his death on the cross. Our hearts were made to worship and that is our purpose in life. I hope you read this one day and consider it. Turn to Christ and trust in him as your one and only saviour. “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, and justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood to be received by faith” Romans 3:23-25 praying for you. Miss you. Love- Evelyn

    • Laura

      Hi, Evelyn,
      Thank you sooo much for your testimony on this blog post. As I was reading Leslie’s post above and all the comments left since she wrote it, I just kept thinking, what all these searching people need is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Only HE fills that empty searching place in everyone’s heart and soul! Thank you for your post, and may the Lord bless you! I pray that Leslie and hopefully others will read what you wrote and want to learn more. The answer is not found in Eastern religion, gurus, Buddhism, or anything like that. The answer is Jesus! “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
      Love, Laura

  40. Wow, amazing, I love your posts, once I read it, it’s very useful for me. Thank you for sharing. Greetings,,,,,

  41. Donnamarie

    New reader. My daughter sent me the new deodorant recipe, and I wanted to know who Crunchy Betty is. You have a great way of explaining where you’ve gone, where you’re coming from. You’re not alone. Love it, love it, love it. ;Donnamarie

  42. It is a pleasure for me to see so creative people with interesting ideas. I like your point of view. Well done!
    Kisses, Clara

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  44. Deanna Kwiatkowski

    It’s been a while since I referred back to your site since your last email and I have since had an email change too. I always meant to write you back and tell you that you are not alone. I have not read many of the previous comments but felt so compelled to tell you that as a caregiver myself it becomes so second nature to care for others that we forget about ourselves and get lost. I struggle every day to be my best and give as much as I can. I hope you find yourself again and peace.

  45. Nikki Andrews

    I need your help with no ‘poo. I have been no ‘poo for a week now and the roots of my hair and the crown of my head is clean. The middle section of my hair (from the nape of my neck down to the ends) is just so oily and greasy. I’ve even tried rubbing baking soda directly onto the oily area.

    Please help! I want to give up, it’s disgusting

  46. Great article.

    You have some of the most interesting ideas around the web.

    Keep up the good work!

  47. Trish, RN, BSN

    Just found you, (the blog about baking soda NOT containing aluminum) and I agree wholeheartedly. I couldn’t believe the comments. Holy 💩!

    I don’t know how you did it as long as you did, but I know I couldn’t have taken a MONTH of whiny people yammering about “proof.” I’d have lost 99.9% of my readers by responding, “then Google it…I’m not your indentured servant!” 😛

    That said, I have thouroughly enjoyed every blog I’ve read, and only lament that I got here too late and missed the whole thing.

    Oh, and I will never ask you for proof, only, “how are you?” And “I hope you’re well.”

    Hugs to you 💝

  48. Marian Martin

    Well, talk about a day late and a dollar short. I just found crunchybetty and SHE’S GONE! Please tell me it’s not true. The things you wrote are the way that I and a lot of others feel. Please come back some way. It’s like Tinker Belle…we all believe!

  49. Really a inspirational stuff..Thanks for sharing such useful information !

    Kisses, Miranda

  50. This is a great blog… It`s a shame that you left it :( please start it again :)

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