Coconut Shampoo Bars

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For Christmas this year I decided that I wanted to make things for my friends and family instead of buying things and hoping they would like them.  Now don’t get me wrong I will never turn down wine, chocolate, or any geek paraphernalia (I do have Star Trek shirts and sweats on my Amazon wish list after all).  I’ve made lip balms and hand creams a number of times and everyones loved them.  What I have not made yet is soap or solid lotion bars, so I figured this was a good opportunity to try my hand at making them!

I have to admit that the idea of working with lye is a big part of why I’d never made soap before today.  And before you go any further please read this – Lye Safety Guide by Soap Queen – It is important that the proper measures be taken when handling a caustic material.  David is insisting I get a vinyl apron, better gloves, and full face shield before I go any further with my soap making.  That is what living with someone who is currently majoring in bio-chem is like.  😛

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Family Cloth

Go ahead, wrinkle your nose.

Make some gagging noises.

I’ll wait.

Recoil in horror.

Shake your head.

Say something that amounts to “No way, no how!” .. and then in your head think “That chick is crazy. Dirty hippy!”

If you’ve heard of family cloth before, likely because you’ve been sucked into the cloth diapering world, but couldn’t make that jump then you’re pretty much where I was not too long ago. Stephanie will be more than happy to comment here and tell the story of my absolute horror of the notion of cloth diapers when Nola was a baby. I ended up using cloth on her as much as half the time after she was a year old. The last 6 months she was in diapers she was in cloth 100% of the time (no daycare to appease with disposable diapers), and Sophia was cloth diapered 95% of the time (the move from TX back to NV there was about 3 months were I did disposable diapers, moving and cloth is a pain). After Sophia potty trained I refused to do away with the lovely soft bamboo velour wipes I had gotten. Then Stephanie and her kids were going to crash at my place for a night or two, and I felt obligated to make them feel as at home as possible…

Cute and fluffy!

There is potential for TMI under the cut, because hey, I am doing a post about cloth butt wipes after all. 😉

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Oil Pulling

I saw a pin on Pinterest about oil pulling and of course I seemed skeptical, not unlike with all of the crunchy things I’ve come across over the years.

I tried coconut oil the first day. Let me just say that after 20 minutes of rather half heartedly swishing it around, and then giving it a good swish at the end … It seems to thicken up. The really bad part is when you have epic gag reflex. I didn’t hurl, but I came dangerously close.

Later that day I went to Whole Foods and got sunflower oil…

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Yes, that’s Bath & Body Works lotion you see back there. Shush. 😛

It’s not nearly as bad as coconut oil. It still seems to “thicken” a bit near the end. What I have noticed is that the film that forms on my teeth throughout the day is far less, even with a few cups of coffee.

I’ve not really seen the health benefits yet, but in skipping it for 2 mornings I really noticed the daily buildup. I guess I’ll have to wake up at a decent hour (before the kids) if I want to have clean feeling teeth all day long. 😉

Beeswax Lotion

I mentioned in my last post that I had an incoming order from BrambleBerry.  With shipping my order was almost $40, which seems asinine to me to be honest, but I still think it’s worth it.  Thus far I’ve whipped out 2 pint jars of beeswax lotion, a half pint jar of deodorant, and 7 tubes of lip balm (the deodorant and lip balm will be different posts).  Despite all that I still have a decent amount of stuff left so I can make myself a perfume solid, or homemade vapor rub if the need arises (Sophia has been sick and congested quite a bit since Nola started at the charter school).

 

Yes, it's really got a green-ish yellow color like that....

 

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