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Tailor Make Your Own Natural Body Soap in 4 Easy Steps

Tailor Make Your Own Natural Body Soap in 4 Easy Steps

When my grandmother was alive, she would tell me about her life growing up and how her family made a lot of their own products, including soap. Back then, lye was used to make the concoction for the soap base. Nowadays, there’s an easier way to do it. In just a few, easy steps, anyone can make their own soap at home. It’s all natural, which makes it healthier, and you can make several bars at once. This not only means you will have more than one bar on hand, but it will save you money in the long run.

In about ten minutes, you can have DIY soap using simple tools in a few short steps. For me, this was crucial, as I am not someone who enjoys spending hours in the kitchen, suited up from head to toe in gear to protect myself from dangerous chemicals and heat. This simple recipe is so easy, anyone can do it.

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For your soap you will need:

  • Double broiler, (or you can simply place a glass bowl inside a pot filled with a little water in the bottom to create steam)
  • Melt and Pour soap base (you can research on your own but you can find them at bulk apothecary for a few dollars)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Essential Oil (any fragrance you choose or you can leave it out)
  • Soap Mold Tray (I found mine on Amazon for about $5)

Once you have the necessary tools and ingredients, you can get started making your soap.

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1. Fill the pot with enough water to cover bottom. Place glass bowl inside with 1lb of soap base.

Once you have your soap inside the glass bowl over your makeshift double broiler, turn the stove on med/high heat to begin melting your soap. Use the wooden spoon to stir occasionally. Once the soap begins to melt, the process won’t take much longer. If need be, you can cut your soap in half to speed up the process. I bought 2lbs of soap base, but 1lb will make approximately 4 bars of soap.

2. Continue to stir the soap base until completely melted.

Once the soap melts thoroughly, you can remove it from the heat and set aside. Continue to stir so as to keep it from forming “skin” on the top like hot milk.

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3. Once the soap is cool, add your essential oil and mix.

I decided to use tea tree oil because of the smell and it is great for skin that is prone to breakouts. You could add lavender for sensitive skin, rose for a sweet smell, or ylang ylang for dry skin. Any of your favorite oils will do.

4. Pour the soap base into your soap mold.

I found that it was much easier to pour the soap into the mold using a measuring glass, since they usually have a pour spout. There’s no need to refrigerate your soap once it’s poured into the mold. Your soap will harden on its own pretty quickly, and the soap is easily removed from the soap mold. Voila! You have made your soap in 4 easy steps.

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Some things to look for in soap bases:

Make sure your soap isn’t made with propylene glycol or parabens. I decided to use an oatmeal base soap, but you can certainly use whatever soap you like. I typically like to use a goats’ milk soap as well. It is useful for those who have sensitive skin. You could even add some Shea butter for extra moisturizing properties, especially if you have really dry skin. Do your own research and get creative with this recipe. You never know what you will find yourself making. It’s affordable, easy, and something the entire family could do together!

Featured photo credit: mrmac04 via mrg.bz

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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