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2/4/10 5:44 P

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The smell of Lush is simply lucious !!!
They are all over England where I spend a lot of time and even before seeing the shop, you can smell it. It has a very distinctive smell and it is wonderful to me !
I have used their masks and face creams.

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2/3/10 2:11 P

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I will go check out LUSH, but am soooo very interested in making my own! Jasminschade...............I would love the 'making' part of the directions. .....and I too love Coconut oil, so moisturizing for your hair and skin.

Longhairs frequently use it on our hair, as it is super moisturizing, yet easy to wash out. You can use if for a deep oiling or a light oiling which may be done daily, if lightly done enough, to get your hair 'back' from whatever rough journey you have taken it on.

Depending on your hair, condition and texture.........and don't be too heavy handed if you want to use it for daily use on the ends, only.



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2/3/10 2:08 P

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Quick and easy laundry soap: a big batch

Ingredients:
4 blocks of natural soap, grated
4 cups washing soda
4 cups borax
2 cups baking soda

Food processor

Instructions: I do this in batches - in the food processor, add grated soap, 1 cup each of remaining ingredients and pulse until the contents are like bread crumbs. Place contents into a tin box, etc - or anything that can hold the detergent.

Repeat above until all ingredients are ground. Give the detergent a good mix - you only 1/4 cup per super-large load. Two tablespoons for medium-large sized loads.

It honesty lasts like 80-100 loads!!

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2/3/10 1:56 P

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I love lush!

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If anyone is looking for vegan body products--soap, shampoo, facial stuff, massage oils, etc. I highly recommend LUSH. They label which products are vegan and NOTHING is tested on animals. Very high quality and very earth-friendly.

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2/3/10 1:42 P

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That's awesome!

So you put it in the rinse cycle? Does the clothes smell vinegar-y?

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I'd love to share my recipe! I make it in big batches - for the hard soap, I get about 30-40 bars and liquid soap I'd say a about 1 1/2 gallons give or take.

Disclaimer tho: Soap making is a VERY EASY BUT a specific skill that takes practice and extreme cautionary measures since you are dealing with extremely caustic chemicals - risk for chemical burn is high if you are NOT careful.

I know it makes soap making sound unnatural - but even in nature there are chemicals that are dangerous for us - like lye (which naturally comes from ash)

Also, with soap enthusiasts there is controversy over the definition of "castile". Most consider castile soap to be an all-vegetable soap made predominantly (at least half) of OLIVE OIL. However, purists agree that castile soap must be 100% OLIVE OIL.

.......OK, I can get into the different qualities of vegetable oils for soap making (these tend to be olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, canola oil, hemp oil, the list goes onnnn) but that is another post altogether! If you want me to give you a quick run down let me know....

...however let me suffice to say that 100% olive oil soap tends to be low in suds and can feel a little "slimy" as it washes your body. I guess some people like it! I personally don't.

In soap making we never go by volume - we always go by weight so you will need a kitchen scale.

Okay I am going a little bit on overkill with my instructions but SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT so please be by yourself, be safe and away from children.

My recipe is actually a ratio: 50% Olive Oil, 50% Coconut Oil with 5% Lye Discount (aka Superfat)

To make a 5.25 lb yield:
2.5 lb olive oil
2.5 lb coconut oil
30.4 oz water, any temp
12.12 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide is the scientific name, aka KOH)
*about 2-3 ounces essential oil, whatever you like! It can also be unscented which makes etch bar dirt cheap.


*****I am going to find a link with instructions so you can see! I don't want to give instructions that are not 100% and make someone do something unsafe.******However if you request it, I will write out the instructions.

There are all sorts of wonderful oil combinations that give different qualities to soap - it is extremely fun and creative! And you use your product! Add scents, flowers, herbs, even clays and natural colorants.

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2/3/10 12:41 P

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Vinegar and baking soda are also wonderful for a sparkling clean toilet.

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2/3/10 12:31 P

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JASMINESHADE,

Would you be willing to share your homemade castille soap recipe? That would be awesome.


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2/3/10 12:20 P

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Just plain old white vinegar. I keep a gallon of it near the washer and it lasts forever.

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Great idea! what kind of vinegar do you use?

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2/3/10 11:56 A

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What a great thread! I stopped using fabric softener when I realized 1/8 cup vinegar in the rinse cycle works just as well or better.

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2/3/10 11:53 A

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Oh yeah, I use salt (coarse and fine) and baking soda for a lot of tough cleaning jobs.

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I use Mrs. Meyer's sprays and laundry detergent when I can get it on sale. I use Seventh Generation dishwashing detergent. I make my own hand soap using vegetable glycerin or castille soap. I like your recipe that you included and I have several essential oils I would like to start using more of. I also will fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add a few drops of essential oil. It really helps mask the vinegar scent.

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2/3/10 11:37 A

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Also - many commercial soaps (if real...sometimes soaps are a combo of soap/detergent) uses tallow and lard instead of vegetable oils because these animal products are byproducts of factory farming.

Of course, beautiful, natural and vegan-friendly soaps exist! But a majority of the "big" brands like Dove, etc use animal products. And they are barely soap.. and have artificial fragrances.

I am not sure if this is the case in the USA but in Canada if an ingredient is labelled as "fragrance" it normally denotes an artificial scent that is placed there to specifically cover a mal-odor - this is the law. This is why on natural soaps you will usually find the labels actually label "orange (latin name..) essential oil)" etc because it is a natural ingredient.

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Sorry Flaxqueen I said I would post this a few days ago! Sorry if this is long....

Just curious if anyone would like to share what they use use around the house that is eco-friendly and/or natural. Any recipes or how-to's would be great too!

As most of us are aware most of the soap we buy is not even soap, it is detergent and they are two VERY different things and work differently on a chemical level. A detergent changes the surface tension of a surface to allow things to rinse off easier. Some detergents are sudsy, some are not.

Soap is the combination of oil, water and lye (which is a naturally occurring chemical, although now most is made). It works because once they combine they go through a chemical reaction known as "saponification" which changes all of the above ingredients into pure, gentle soap. Soap works differently from detergent because instead of changing the surface tension - it emulsifies fatty acids and has one end of the molecule which is hydrophobic and one which is hydrophilic so both oil and water rinse off a surface together. Making one clean.

I hope that made sense...

Making natural soap is probably the base for almost all house-hold products. And we all know the general good cleaning stuff: baking soda, lemon, vinegar, etc.

For example, my Lavender all-purpose cleaning spray is:
3 cups water, hot
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (mine is home-made)
2 tablespoons borax
2 tablespoons white vinegar
10-15 drops lavender essential oil, or any oil you prefer (I think tea tree is a good choice)

Combine all the above until dissolved, and allow to cool before putting in spray. Use away!

I also use soap (hard and liquid)to make my own shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, etc.

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