I used to think that people were crazy when they told me they made their own laundry detergent, hand soap, or body lotion. And what do you know, I have evolved into just that! I have been labeled a "hippie" from many people, although I still shave and wear makeup and deodorant- just a perception I guess. Going natural hasn't felt weird to me. I know that I am doing a good thing for myself and my family. It just started as trying to find household/body items that were all natural and free of harsh chemicals and other fillers. However, the good stuff is always the most expensive unfortunately, and being on a tight budget I set out determined to find ways to cut corners and save dollars but not skimp on quality. These recipes are ones that I use religiously in our household. I have "perfected" the recipes and and am happy to share my finished products that have had many "trial and error" ingredients. I hope you and your family enjoy them!