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One of the best and most fun DIY projects is making homemade soap. Commercial soaps can cause skin problems, ranging from dryness to irritation. Creating your own soap allows you to play around and be more creative with special ingredients you love. For example, you can incorporate essential oils to provide an aromatherapy touch or add chia seeds and oatmeal to make it a great exfoliant. The best part of this project is that you can use tools that you already have in your kitchen, and a lot of the ingredients you might need are easily accessible. There is a frugal satisfaction that comes with making your own soap, as it is something that can give you a great sense of accomplishment. And then there's the most important benefit: these artisan soaps make great gifts to curious friends who want to know why you smell so good.

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1. Ingredients

To make soap, you only need three basic ingredients: lye, distilled water, and oil—olive oil, coconut oil or shea butter work. With shea butter and coconut oil, you need to melt them first. In the beginning, be precise and follow the ratios properly until you get a feel for it. Finally, if you want to incorporate colors, make sure they are good for use in soap.

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