Crochet Soap Saver

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There’s an untold amount of pleasure experienced by using up all the last bits of something old and getting to use something new. In this case, it’s a bar of soap. I love using bar soap in the bath and shower, and I usually like to get a different type of scent each time I go to buy a new bar. I love cutting my own at my local health and herb shop. I get to smell and touch the soap before purchasing, which is also underrated.

These tiny pieces are difficult to wash with and often get lost in a bathtub. I knew that soap savers existed, but didn’t think it was necessary until this last go around. There are hoards of patterns to be found online. The one I used can be found free of charge here.

Mine did not end up looking like the one pictured, but it will do the job. It can also double as your regular shower scrubby.  I haven’t crocheted in a long time as I have been enjoying knitting more. This was done with 100% USA grown cotton, which is what makes sense for a shower tool.

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I can hang it on my ring in the shower to let it dry between uses. I didn’t make it very big because I didn’t want to put a whole piece of soap in there, just scraps.

It honestly took me about an hour to make, and like I said, I am out of practice.

Give it a try if you like, or if you are really interested, leave me a comment and we could arrange something.

Peace and love,

Kristan

Yoloha Yoga Mat

My yoga practice has been sporadic for the past 15 years. My mind gets distracted at home, and I rarely like leaving my home to be around strangers in different body positions. However, I’m focusing on being body positive and accepting my body for what it is today, because no matter the shape it takes, it has taken me everywhere and accepted love, taken abuse, and overall is still quite healthy.

That being said, my preferred practice is at home in the quiet, with enough room to spread my 6’1″ wingspan (I’m only 5’8″ so don’t ask me what happened there).

I’ve never truly liked any of my yoga mats. I’ve seen the prices of some nicer ones and thought they’d never be worth it. My old yoga mats now live under rugs, and I wanted to find a mat that wouldn’t end up in the landfill.

I went with cork because it sounded comfortable, yet seemed like it would have some stick. My feet are never sweaty, so I have always had trouble keeping my feet planted during many positions.

The Yoloha Mat is comfortable, and long enough for my heels and my head to be on the mat at the same time. However, it does not have the grip for which I was hoping. BUT I did discover that spraying or wiping it down with water before I start solves this problem! It works amazingly well this way! It would probably work for other types of mats as well and I wish I would have done this sooner.

The mat is definitely worth the price. It’s sustainably made in the USA, 100% recyclable, long, lightweight, portable, and looks attractive.

I see that the same one I purchased is for sale right now for $58 USD if you’re looking for a new mat. 🙂

Peace and love,

Kristan

Homemade Beauty

Powder is something I have rarely used, but I had a Juice Beauty powder I used occasionally and wanted to have a powder on hand just in case an inclination to feel fancy came up.

I cleaned up a vintage Merle Norman makeup container from my collection. In a mortar, I mixed together bentonite clay and arrowroot powder until a certain shade was achieved. I’m not exactly pasty, but I’m nowhere near olive-toned. Also, I have a face full of freckles so I’m never sure what color to use on my face anyway. My clay was sort of green, but the powder basically is translucent on my skin; it didn’t add any tint but rather gave me that powdery look.

Another vintage container was cleaned out to house my latest eye cream. Yes, it is blue!

I melted together beeswax, shea butter, rose hydrosol, tamanu oil, avocado oil, jojoba, aloe vera, chamomile eo, frankincense eo, lavender eo, and rose eo (diluted with jojoba).

It’s the perfect texture – gliding easily over my eye area and it doesn’t show up blue on the skin.

The amber bottle on the second shelf is a roller ball of perfume.

The scent is one I continue coming back to, even after making many others. It’s simply sandalwood and rose, it’s subtle, floral, and grounding. It’s definitely an everyday use perfume. I use sandalwood and rose that are already diluted (grapeseed and jojoba respectively) so then I can add them to a roller ball as they come. I frequently use NOW brand as it is what I can get locally.

I also concocted a small batch of healing skin serum using chamomile, frankincense, helichrysum, tamanu oil, lavender, and rose. I use it as a spot treatment for any blemishes, as well as for any residual redness or scarring.

Any of these would make great gifts to a loved one.

Peace and love,

Kristan