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Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipe

Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipeI have a little confession to make. When I go shopping for cleaning products or cosmetics I often judge it by its cover. I feel very very embarrassed by it as I made very bad (spontaneous) decision few weeks ago. I saw this handwash in a pretty packaging at Aldi and without much research or checking ingredients label I went and bought it…. Just because it looked stylish! I placed this bottle of hand soap by our kitchen sink and after first use I was hugely disappointed. A hand soap that supposed to smell like grapefruit stunk like cheap perfume. Not something you want to smell when preparing the food. This is when I decided to make my own liquid hand wash.

Now I made liquid soap before my friends, but honestly that recipe I used before never been used again. Why? Because it was not easy enough to make! I knew I needed a recipe that is quick to make and I could just mix something up when I run out. I was hoping to make soap in small quantities that does not need to be stored. After some research I came up with the recipe that is simple and easy and hopefully uses ingredients you already have (if you made any cleaning products before like this laundry liquid). I realised that the magical combination for perfect liquid hand soap is liquid castle soap, oil, essential oil (for a lovely smell) and water. For oil you can use glycerol or even fractionated coconut oil to make antibacterial soap. For water I saw people often use distilled water, but I used cooled boiled water instead.Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipe To make your own hand soap you will need:

  • about 300ml soap dispenser
  • 130ml liquid Castile soap
  • 70ml oil (I used glycerol instead as I had some already)
  • 15 drops essential oil (I used lavender)
  • cooled boiled water

Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipe Pour the Castile soap, oil and essential oils into the dispenser bottle.Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipe Fill up the rest of the dispenser with water.Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipe Voila, it is that easy!Quick and easy liquid hand soap recipeHope this has been useful

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How to give yourself a haircut at home

How to give yourself a haircut at homeOk, I am not a hairdresser and I am never going to be one. And in case you were thinking, I am not going to turn this blog into hair-do tutorial site. All I needed is to trim my hair for now until my next visit to hairdressers. Up until now my experiences include cutting my eyelashes at the age of 5 (yes, my parents were horrified) and trimming my fringe at the age of 9 one centimetre long because I just could not get it straight enough (although I did learned that few years ago, thanks to my friend Suzanne!).

So if you can imagine I was really really desperate to learn to at least trim my hair ends. This is when I figured I could learn it and blog about it! First I read what tools to get (those were not many, just a good comb and most importantly hair cutting scissors or at least fabric scissors). Later on, almost few moments before cutting my hair, I came across this ponytail hair cutting technique. After reading this and that I finally made a decision to make a move and actually cut my hair! Here is what I learned…

To cut your hair you will need good scissors (if you don’t have hair scissors then fabric scissors should do the trick), a headband (for ponytail of course!) and a a hair brush. The best thing about this method is that you don’t need to wash your head before cutting your hair and it is quite quick as well. So you can do this anytime even if you are in the rush!How to give yourself a haircut at homeTo prepare you will need to tie your hair into tidy ponytail (this is where the hairbrush comes handy!). This method is all about the the position of the ponytail. So if you tie a low ponytail right at the neck then after cutting your hair you should get almost straight hair with possible short layers.How to give yourself a haircut at homeIf you tie the ponytail centred at the middle of the top of your head, then medium layers is what you should get.How to give yourself a haircut at homeIf long layers suits you best then you should tie the ponytail right on the top of the head (this may look a little silly though!).How to give yourself a haircut at homeI decided to go with layers as previously my hair was cut straight. I though long layers would work well with my wavy hair and besides I have long enough hair to play if that went wrong. So at this stage all I needed to do was to cut the ponytail straight!How to give yourself a haircut at homeThe result have been amazing. I have never thought cutting my hair would be so easy. I am really pleased with layers although I am very keen to try the medium layers next time (will let you know how that goes!How to give yourself a haircut at home How to give yourself a haircut at homeAnd this is how much hair I have cut away. Seems loads, but it doesn’t feel like my hair length changed that much (which is a good thing!). How to give yourself a haircut at homeHave you tried cutting your hair before?

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