Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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DIY Body Butter

Be kind to your hard-working skin! This homemade body butter recipe will leave your skin moisturized and soft, thanks to rich cocoa butter and coconut oil. We love its whipped consistency that goes on smoothly and feels light to the touch.

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Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favorite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

  1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
  2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
  6. Massage into dry skin!


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Scentsably Clean Dishes

Did you know there was an order to hand washing dishes? Believe it, or not, many don’t. I sure didn’t. At least, not until working in the food industry.  I thought as long as the sink was filled with hot soapy water, and the dishes were washed, cleaned, and rinsed, it was all good. I guess this could still hold true, but once I learned the order it certainly made things go much smoother. And now my kids know it too!

So today I thought I’d share what this order looks like and how it’s done. Oh, and hey Mama’s, you could even forward this to your children and have them put it to the test, (wink).

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  1. Scrape dishes of food remains and rinse. Then clean sink of the food remains by rinsing out the sink and using the garbage disposal.

  2. Next, fill the sink with hot soapy water, using a squirt of concentrated dishwashing liquid. As hot as you can stand it. Wearing rubber gloves can help you to use slightly hotter  water.

  3.  Be sure to have a nylon brush and a cotton cloth handy. Soapy steel-wool pads are good for some pans, but never use on nonstick one.

  4. Place dirty dishes in stacks, in the order in which they will be washed (see below for this order). Some people do this in the second basin, or on the countertop, or both.

  5. After washing each item, rinse in clean hot water. NOTE: Change the water regularly so that you aren’t washing with dirty water.

  6. Dry dishes with a cloth, and have plenty of clean ones at hand in case you need to change it out.

  7. Wash out sink, rinse, and wipe dry.

What is the Correct Order for Doing Dishes?

  1. Glasses – always do special glasses that you treasure, separately. Either put it to one side and do it last, using fresh water, or do it first and then put them safely away.

  2. Lightly soiled dishes – saucers, jugs, side plates.

  3. Cups and mugs are next.

  4. Then plates (after food remains have been scraped).

  5. Cutlery and Silverware

  6. Cooking dishes and pans.

Thieves Dish Soap

Choosing a dish soap isn’t easy. There are soooo many to choose from when at the grocery store. I want something strong enough to clean my dishes, but also gentle enough to leave my skin feeling good. I don’t want harsh chemicals, especially if my kids are helping, so I prefer natural, plant-based options. This is my absolute favorite, it’s called Thieves Dish Soap. It’s highly concentrated which means a little goes a long way. It’s gentle on my skin, gets the dirtiest of jobs done, and smells sooooo good thanks to essential oils such as Jade Lemon, Bergamot and Thieves, which is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary.

Doing a dirty job doesn’t mean it has to smell bad. The essential oils in this dish soap are uplifting and welcoming. So while washing dishes, I am receiving an aromatherapy experience too. I consider this to be an awesome bonus! 🙂

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So there you have it! Scentsably clean dishes with an aromatic experience as an added bonus. So tell me, did you know there was an order to washing dishes? If it’s different from this order, share with us how you do them. We’d love to know. 🙂

 

 


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