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How to Make Homemade Soap

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Make Homemade SoapWe all use soap. In the old days, most people made their own. Today, we are much more likely to buy it from the store. There are lots of brands to choose from, and each brand has various formulations and scents.

But making your own soap has some definite advantages. One of the most significant is the price. We can make soap much cheaper than we can buy it. Making it ourselves also gives us complete control over the ingredients, so we can create a soap that’s perfect for our skin type in a scent of our choosing.

Making soap is much easier than you might think. It is, however, important to take certain safety precautions. Here’s a basic recipe:

Ingredients:

* 12 cups lye crystals
* 5 cups softened water
* 6 pounds lard

Instructions:

1. Put water in a glass or plastic bowl. Carefully pour lye into water, stirring constantly with a plastic or wooden spoon. This should be done outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, because it produces caustic fumes.
2. Mixing lye and water produces heat. When the lye is completely dissolved, set the mixture aside to cool.
3. Place lard in a stainless steel or enamel pan. Melt over low heat.
4. Allow both the lye solution and the lard to cool to room temperature.
5. Slowly pour the lye solution into the lard, stirring slowly and constantly with the plastic or wooden spoon.
6. Continue stirring after all of the lye solution has been added. Drizzle a small amount of the mixture into the pot periodically. When the soap keeps its shape for a moment before sinking into the mixture, you can add scent, color and herbs.
7. Pour the soap into a mold greased with Crisco. Wrap in a towel, and let set for about 18 hours or until completely cooled. Uncover and let set for 12 more hours.
8. The soap may now be unmolded and cut into bars. Let the bars cure for 3 to 4 weeks before using.

Customizing Your Soap

There are lots of different ways you can customize your soap. To make the best soap for your skin type, you may want to use different oils. Some that are commonly used include olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. The correct amount varies depending on which oil you use, so look for recipes online or in books until you get the hang of it.

Essential oils have therapeutic properties and add fragrance. Oatmeal, cornmeal and other grains can be added as exfoliants. And skin-safe colorants may be used to produce the desired color. These ingredients should be mixed together and added to a cup of the soap mixture, then stirred into the rest of the soap mixture immediately before pouring into the mold.

Making your own soap is easy, and it can be lots of fun. Coming up with the perfect concoction for your skin is rewarding, and sweetly scented homemade soaps make wonderful gifts for any occasion.

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Work at Home BusinessMany of us dream of the possibility of creating a successful business right from our homes, one that is sustainable and we can run without ever leaving the confines of our humble abode. Alas, there are numerous businesses which begin and end with these great ideas each year. But some people have the know-how to create a business, which can effectively be operated from home and they have learned the secrets to doing it profitably.

Some of the most innovative of the work-at-home-business ideas revolve around the craft business. Many people are interested in having a home-based craft business; furthermore, some have been able to parlay this fun activity — which others just see as extracurricular fun — into a business that grows and thrives, increasing in sales each year. Those in the craft business will tell you that having a business sense is imperative, and it is even more important when you run a home-based craft business to love what you do and to let that love show through with each and every project which you complete.

There are multiple home-based craft businesses that can be created, once you determine that this is something that you really love to do. The possibilities for a work-at-home business are endless, especially when you zero-in on such a wide-ranging area as a home-based craft business. But here are a few that seem to be experiencing the greatest growth, and perhaps one of these ideas will inspire you to take part in the new work-at-home business craze that is sweeping the nation.

One of the most successful ventures that is showing up more and more frequently, particularly among those interested in a home based craft business is that of making homemade jewelry. Whether you have a true designer’s eye or just love to play around, homemade jewelry and the parties you can utilize to showcase your wares, seem to be the rage in numerous communities across the nation. This work at home business is relatively easy to get into, and although startup costs can be a little expensive as you first purchase beading and wiring to make the jewelry, your returns can be phenomenal.

Make sure that when you are pricing your items to take your time and work effort into consideration, as well as cost of materials. Beyond that, most businesses fail because their owners fail to factor in a profit on their hard work, so be certain that you factor in a profit on your business as well.

A great plan for showing off your designs is to have home-based parties, where you can have people either buy your pre-made jewelry items or even give them the option to design their own. You can further offer hostess incentives for those who are willing to showcase a party for you. Having another business allow you to display your goods is an additional fantastic way to showcase those items that you make by hand. These two methods really help get your name out into the community and will serve as positive advertising methods for your craft and home business idea with little to no cost to you.

Any work at home business, when well-planned, can be a dynamic investment, and there are numerous other craft ideas that can really get a business rolling for you. If making jewelry is not for you but you have a flair for design, why not turn this into wreath making or dried floral arrangements? Another vibrant craft business that leads many to great success is the creation of knick-knack items for the home. This includes miniature painted figures and even original paintings and artwork for walls. Identify where your true talents and interests lie and you can certainly create a successful work at home business venture!

Shoppers love to buy items that are creative and original, planned out and produced with care and love. That is why your craft and home business idea can merge to form quite the winning formula for accomplishment. People like to support local artisans — this fact really helps to grow your work at home business.

Use the people that you know to get your name out in the community, and frequent quaint shops, restaurants, and even spas to ask permission to display your wares. Take your home based craft business to the community members who care about and will support your cause, and you too can create a work at home business that helps you leave behind the drudgery of the job you do not like and allow you to flourish with the one from home that you love.

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