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Must-have ingredients and tools for homemade body care

Your must have ingredients and tools for homemade body care recipes don't necessarily come from a stores' health and beauty aisle. It's hard to imagine the time before we couldn't buy any of our personal care items from the health and beauty section at a grocery or drugstore. DIY soaps, oils and lotions used to be routine and as natural as fixing dinner. Nowadays, concepts like value, naturalness and independence are increasingly viewed as necessities for the modern take on a wholesome and holistic life. A burgeoning do-it-yourself (DIY) revolution is one result, which in-turn is transforming both commerce and our lifestyles. DIY-ing is an inspired way of natural living that truly fits with our biology as the most resourceful entity to ever occupy planet Earth. Here's some lists of what you'll need to get started with your homemade body care.

Ingredients
1. A selection of three or more widely useful essential oils to add their benefits and scents to your creations. Examples: lavender, tea tree, peppermint.
2. A selection of three or more widely useful skin care oils to be used in bath or on the body. Examples: sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed. 
3. Also, nut or seed butters for thickening and emulsifying lotions, creams, balms and salves. Examples: cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter.
4. Unscented liquid, oil-based soap such as a Castile type to use as a cleansing base for bath, shower and hand washing.
5. A selection of dry ingredients to create mineral baths and body scrubs. Examples: sea salt, baking soda, sugar.
6. Clean, pure water.

Tools
1. Measuring equipment: set of glass liquid measuring cups, dry measuring cups and spoons.
2. Glass mixing bowls.
3. Large, heavy bottomed saucepan.
4. Utensils: mixing spoons, spatula, whisk.
5. Containers for the finished products you want to make: jars, tins, bottles, tubes. Choose non-plastic, airtight containers that protect your homemade body care creations. Colored glass, especially amber glass protects natural ingredients from light degradation.

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