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Category: Natural Living

Homemade Holiday Hand Soap

Happy Friday & happy December! I hope you had a nice holiday. Both of our Thanksgivings were really nice. The best dish was definitely my mom’s stuffing. I made it for the first time, but it was the only dish without an actual “recipe” (it was one of those, “add a bit of this, add a lot of this, etc.” kind of things. I made notes with exact measurements, so I hope to share it with you all soon.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that over the holiday, I made another new recipe (not one you can eat though) Smile.

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I have been making homemade foaming soap for awhile now, but since the colder weather is approaching and my hands get SO dry (I’m an obsessive hand washer), I needed to make a thicker/more moisturizing hand soap. I searched the Internet for some recipes and found one at Body unburdened. I pretty much followed this recipe, but made some adjustments to measurements since I was making a larger batch.

The result? It leaves my hands feeling clean and very moisturized. I love that my hands aren’t splitting from dry skin (like they normally start  to do around this time of year). It’s very inexpensive to make & it has all-natural/safe ingredients.

Here are the ingredient’s you’ll need to fill 2 medium-sized hand soap dispensers (pictured above):

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented)
  • 3 tbsp. of a carrier oil (I used a mixture of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil)
  • 2 leveled tsp. guar gum (I bought mine on Amazon); be sure not to use more than this or your soap will be too thick.
  • 30 drops of essential oils (I used peppermint, thieves,  & orange to create a nice holiday smell, but to also help with killing germs)

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk carrier oil with the guar gum until completely smooth.

2. In a large bowl, stir together water, castile soap, and essential oils.

3. Add the guar gum mixture to the water mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Pour into hand soap dispensers.

*Tip* – Be sure to use a high-quality brand of essential oils, as some brands out there contain harmful ingredients (even though they claim to be “pure” and “organic”). The only brand I trust completely is Young Living. If you’d like more information about essential oils, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

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How My Essential Oils Journey Began

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a nice weekend. I thought I’d share with you how I got started with essential oils. I’ve been part of an online moms group since my daughter was born. We all have kids that were born the same month and year. It is made up of women all over the world (it’s really an incredible & helpful group). Anyway, someone mentioned that they noticed their baby was sleeping better when they diffused lavender in her room. I was intrigued because my little one has never been a great sleeper (better sleep? sign me up!).  However, I’m extremely particular when it comes to using nontoxic & natural products.

At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about essential oils. So, I basically started researching, and researching, and researching. Not only did I research essential oils, but companies that are involved with making them. Like I said, I’m very particular (some may even call it obsessive…I’m okay with that). During my research, I discovered that there are many companies/brands out there that claim their oils are “pure” and “safe”, when in fact, they are mostly made up of synthetic ingredients (the exact same thing I’m trying to avoid).

After 8 months of researching every possible aspect of essential oils, I chose to purchase my essential oils from Young Living. I was so impressed with their extremely stringent “Seed to Seal” process. From planting the seeds, to cultivating, to distilling, to testing, and finally to sealing the finalized product, Young Living produces the highest quality oils.

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Did you know that you can even visit their farms to see firsthand how the oils are produced?!?!?! Here is a picture of Young Living’s Whispering Springs Farm in Utah.

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When I decided to purchase my oils, I had a few oils in mind (4 oils to be exact). The cost for the 4 that I selected was over $100. Since I never used essential oils before, I also needed to buy a diffuser. This would’ve brought my total to $200+. I still wanted the oils, but I couldn’t see spending that much on just 4 bottles and a diffuser. It was then that I discovered the Premium Starter Kit. Not only did it come with these (most used) oils:

    • Lavender
    • Peppermint Vitality™
    • Lemon Vitality™
    • Copaiba Vitality™
    • Frankincense
    • Thieves® Vitality™
    • Purification®
    • R.C.™
    • DiGize™ Vitality™
    • PanAway®

but it also came with a FREE bottle of Stress Away™ and a diffuser!!!!! The kit also came with samples, a roller fitment (so you can roll some of the oils directly from the bottle onto your skin), 2 of their drink samples, a product guide, an essential oils magazine, and more! All of this was just $160. Aside from the essential oils purity (since you already know I love that), I also like how the company offers discounts and rewards points (these allow you to get FREE products).  I definitely couldn’t pass this up, so I went ahead and purchased the kit.

When I bought the kit, I was adamant about not wanting to make any kind of commitment to future purchases (after all, this was my first time using essential oils and I didn’t even know if they’d be a good fit for me). During checkout, I was confused because it gives you the option to “become a member”.  I had to contact someone to verify that becoming a member didn’t hold any future obligations (turns out, all that it means is that you’ll pay wholesale prices if you sign up to be a member, nothing more, nothing less). Aside from the essential oils purity (since you already know I love that), I also like how the company offers discounts and rewards points (these allow you to get FREE products).

I received my kit and fell in love. I love sharing my recipes for natural and safe products that I make using my essential oils. I also love sharing how essential oils have improved my overall health.

Now, I’m continuing my research and finding even more ways to use essential oils. I’ve made some incredible products using my oils and other natural ingredients.

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It feels reassuring knowing that the products my family uses are nontoxic and safe. Since I love sharing this information, this is the page where I’ll be sharing recipes for all kinds of products.

If you have any questions about essential oils, please feel free to contact me (you can email me or leave a comment here in this post). Also, if you’d like to begin your essential oils journey, I’d love to help you get started. Email me at info@operationnutrition.com

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