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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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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