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DIY: Make Your Own Organic Soap Bars

Posted by Better Living in The Organized Bath on 8 January 2015
DIY: Make Your Own Organic Soap Bars

When you make your own soap bars you know exactly what goes in them and, more importantly, what's going on your skin.

When you use commercially made soap bars you may not notice the film they leave on your skin because it's practically invisible. This may be caused by the water that comes out of your tap especially if it's hard water but most of the time your soap is the culprit.

If you're looking to go green and help nourish your skin in the process, this recipe for organic rosemary and lavender soap is chemical-free, smells delicious and is good for you.

You're able to substitute the rosemary and lavender for whatever herbs and spices you prefer such as cinnamon, aloe, chai, or coconut.

With such a personal touch, these bars put together in a LINEA Luxury Shower Basket would make a great birthday, Christmas, or even baby shower gift!

What you'll need:

  • 3 cups of organic glycerin soap base
  • cup infusion of lavender flowers and rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary oil
  • 1 teaspoon of pulverized dried rosemary
  • Plastic wrap
  • Double boiler you create your own with two pots as long as one fits into the other
  • Muffin tin, ice cube tray, or any mold that will create the preferred shape for your bars
You can purchase these items at your local supermarket, flower shop, pharmacy or apothecary.

The total prep, cook and set time for this recipe is 90 minutes. However, you only need to pay attention for the first 30. After the mixture is in the mold, you can set your timer and forget about it.

While you're cooking you'll get a taste of how amazing this homemade organic soap will smell.


  • Use the double boiler to melt the soap base until it liquefies
  • While the soap base is liquefying, line your mold with plastic wrap
  • Add the infusion, the oils and your pulverized rosemary leaves, and stir for an even distribution
  • Pour the mixture into the mold
  • Let your soap harden in the freezer for one hour

If after one hour the soap is hard to remove from the mold, let it sit in the freezer for another 30 minutes. Usually, you will be able to remove the soap without any problems after it's been in the freezer for 60 minutes.

This organic soap is light on the skin and smells terrific!

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5 tricks for a cleaner bathroom no elbow grease required!

Posted by Better Living in The Organized Bath on 16 December 2014


While you might get squeaky clean in it during your morning shower, your bathroom might be a chaotic mess of clutter, dribbles and soap spots. Fortunately, the most frequented room in the house doesnt have to look like a danger zone. Keep your bathroom looking fresh and clean with a few time-saving tricks that dont even require you to bust out the rubber gloves:

1. Trickle Trays

Eliminate soft, sticky soap from dripping down the shower surround or on the countertop with a trickle tray. The perfect replacement for messy soap dishes, trickle trays sit on the edge of the sink or tub to hold soap while channeling dripping water and suds directly toward the drain, plus it increases air flow to help with the drying process so your bar is never mushy again.

2. Squeegee

The water drops on the walls after your shower leave residue and promote mildew growth. To keep walls clean and tidy, add a squeegee and take 10 seconds after every shower to wipe down the walls. Have extra-tall shower walls? No problem. An extendable squeegee lets you wipe down even tall corners with ease.

3. Toilet Caddies

Stacks of newspapers, magazines and rolls of paper towels will make even the grandest master bath look messy. Keep clutter contained and still have all your necessities nearby with a toilet caddie. There are even caddie designs with a special platform to hold your smartphone while spending time on the throne!

4. Dispensers

The tub and shower take up a lot of bathroom real estate, and if that space is cluttered with bottles and showering necessities of all shapes and sizes, the entire room will look dirtier. Corral items with a multi-chamber soap and shampoo dispenser that is easily and securely mounted on the wall within minutes.

5. Drawer organizers

Get rid of benctop clutter with smart organizers for drawers and cabinets. The only things that should be on the vanity top are soap and perhaps lotion. Other supplies should be put away daily. Plastic containers are a smart way to organize cosmetics and hygiene tools, lazy-susans can make the most out of deep drawer spaces, and mason jars are ideal for medicine cabinets.


How to clean your Dispenser

Posted by Better Living in The Organized Bath on 7 November 2014


Shampoo, conditioner and body-wash dispensers have brought a whole new chic and stylish sense of convenience to the showering experience. After installing a shower dispenser, the odds are you won’t want to live without one ever again! Fortunately, as long as you maintain and care for your dispenser properly, it should last as long as you need it to. Best of all, the whole process is very easy and more or less just comes down to some basic cleaning steps.



Here are a few key things to consider when cleaning your dispenser.

#1. Just wipe it down

Most of the time, your dispenser shouldn’t require much more than a simple wipe-down. Use a soft damp cloth to clean all surfaces, and keep your dispenser looking brand-new.

#2. Watch for chemicals

Bathroom cleaners usually contain harsh and aggressive chemicals designed to clean ceramic and porcelain surfaces. These products will damage and deteriorate your dispenser, so stick to warm water, or a mild soap.

Whatever you do, stay far away from the following chemicals:

Solvents: Xylene, Toluene
Acids: Hydrochloric, Muriatic, Phosphoric, Hydrofluoric
Other: Alkyl dimenthyl benzyl ammonium chlorides, Bleach, Alcohol, Aromatic oils (found in aftershave)

Not only will they ruin the ruin the sleek and stylish look of your dispenser, but they can also void your warranty.

#3. Flush it out

If you’ve been using your dispenser for quite a while, there’s a chance that a build-up of liquid or shower product may have coated the inside of the pump chamber. If this happens, simply unscrew the pump from the bottle, flush it with warm water, and re-attach it.

Note:after flushing the pump, you may need to re-prime it by following these steps:

  1. Push the button in
  2. While holding the button in, place your finger over the spout of the pump to block airflow
  3. Keep your finger over the spout, and release pump button
  4. Remove your finger over the spout
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have a continuous flow of liquid

#4. Enjoy your clean, just-like-new dispenser

That’s essentially it! The only thing coming in and out of your dispenser should be cleansing products; therefore you don’t have to worry about any major sanitation or hygiene issues. Give it a quick wipe with a clean, moist cloth, flush the system out if you need to, and your dispenser should be looking and functioning like brand-new for years to come.

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What Makes a Great Makeup Mirror?

Posted by Better Living in The Organized Bath on 8 October 2014
What Makes a Great Makeup Mirror?
Choosing a great makeup mirror isn’t hard as long as you do some research and figure out what you want beforehand. Don’t put if off as it truly is a must-have addition to any master bathroom. In the end, your decision will come down to high-quality features such as magnification and built-in lights, but part of your decision making process will also be based on the design aesthetics of your bathroom.
Makeup Mirror

You will need to meet logistical requirements due to the arrangement of your bathroom which will help you decide if you would prefer a wall-mounted or tabletop mirror. If your table or counter is not at the optimal height for makeup application, a wall-mounted mirror will allow you to put your reflection right where you need it. On the other hand, if you prefer to sit at a vanity, a tabletop mirror will likely be the best option as it gives you the flexibility to move it around as desired.


Dual-sided mirrors are quickly becoming the standard in high end makeup mirrors thanks to their multi-purpose functions. One side is usually free of magnification for an accurate view of your face while the other will feature the magnification of your choosing.

Clear, distortion-free magnification is a useful tool for personal care including grooming to makeup application to tweezing. Mirrors range from zero to 15x magnification with options available everywhere in between. This choice will come down to personal preference and you should try to pick a level of magnification that takes into account your desire for detail as well as your vision without glasses or contacts. Many people do not immediately consider the benefits a mirror with magnification can have for those who are dependent on corrective lenses.

Light Settings

“You wouldn’t paint a room with the lights off, so why would you make up your face with less than ideal lighting?”

- Bruce Grieve, President and Chief Executive of Jerdon Style

There are several types of lighting to choose from when picking a makeup mirror including halo lights – lights which surround the entire mirrored surface – and mirrors with bulbs mounted along the sides. Both of these types can be found with a variety of light settings including daylight, office, and evening lighting conditions. These can be very helpful when you want to ensure your makeup is just right before leaving the house. Daylight is the most important setting as it is usually the most unforgiving, but for those with an active nightlife, an evening setting can be a great way to get a more accurate idea of how you will actually look when you get to your destination.

5 Amazing Tile Options for your Bathroom

Posted on 27 February 2014
Bathroom renovations can be both exciting and stressful and not knowing what you want will only serve to decrease the former and increase the latter. To help you decide what you want from your new bathroom, we have put together this great guide of 5 fantastic tiles that will bring interest and beauty to your home spa!
  1. Zinc Luster Mosaic:
    Monotone mosaics are a classic choice for the bathroom because they bring a lot of visual interest without too much distraction or business. The marbleized surface of this mosaic is a beautiful representation of the Art Nouveau work of Louis Tiffany in the late 19th century. Hand-poured with an iridescent finish, these tiles are fantastic for any bathroom but will do double-duty in bathroom lacking in natural light thanks to the reflective surface.
  2. Monte Napoleone:
    This porcelain, wood-like tile is a great idea for anywhere you want the look of wood without worrying about dampness or damage. Bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms are all nice places to have warm wood floors but potential splashes and leaks can make the idea less attractive. That’s where these beautiful tiles come in. Because they are porcelain, they can be used with floor heating to make them more inviting for bare feet.
  3. Calacata Luna Marble:
    Marble is always a great, luxurious choice for a bathroom as it creates a rich, spa-like experience. Durable, beautiful, and natural you can’t go wrong with this wonderful stone. White with darker veining, calacata is great for maintaining the lightness of a white bathroom while bringing in some visual interest. Depending on the size and pattern of tiles you opt for, marble can be used to great effect in traditional, eclectic, or contemporary bathrooms.
  4. Industry Raw Mix:
    For something completely different you may want to consider this line of fantastic concrete inspired tiles. A stunning contemporary replica of cracked concrete and peeling plaster, these tiles will bring an industrial feel to any space. Great for modern homes, these tiles are stylish, durable, and impermeable to water. The latest trend in Italian tile design, this line is available in a variety of colors and sizes.
  5. Onice Gris:
    For those who love the look of marble but don’t love the price tag, or just want something a little bit more durable with a lot less maintenance these porcelain tiles are an amazing option. Inspired by the French Neo Classical style and made to look just like natural stone with fabulous movement and color, these tiles are printed in large batches so you will not end up with two identical tiles. With their high polish and large size, this series is a great way to get that lush, marble spa look.
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