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Most people try and avoid traveling because of expenses, gas costs, hotel, whatever else you may do. There are some alternatives to this. If you use Amtrak to get to your destination this will probably reduce gas costs. It will cost you for your tickets to get on the train, but you will most likely be promoted to walk around and do things rather than drive everywhere once you’re there. 

Hostels are another great way to save money, I’m sure a lot of students have heard about it. Hostels cost a lot less than hotels but have rules most of the time, like being gone during the day, but this can’t be too bad, you’re traveling and should be out doing other things anyway! There are hostels in the U.S as well as other countries, so don’t be afraid to check them out.

I’ve personally stayed in hostels in Santa Cruz and various other places and have enjoyed my stay every time. I just go drop my stuff off in a hostel *the one I stayed at was 20 dollars a night* and then go do whatever I want to do. It’s an excellent way to meet people too, you can meet people from other countries a lot of the time. Most hostels actually have food there for you already at no extra charge! 

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Before I get started, please do not make your soap with palm oil. It contributes to the deforestation of the rainforest and ruins the environment and ecosystems for orang-utans. Four percent of green house gases are directly linked to palm oil harvesting as well.

Required Items:

1. Six ounces of olive or coconut oil as a base.

2. Two tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Fifteen drops of essential oils, if you want.

4. Dried herbs or flower petals if you want.

5. Soap molds (to make them into whatever shape you want)

6. A microwave.

8. Microwave safe bowl.

9. Plastic spoon/stirring stick.

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How to get started: 

The easiest way to get started is with a melt and pour soap base that already contains olive oil or a soap base with coconut oil and add the pure olive oil.

1. Line up all the ingredients you’re going to use and have them ready to put into the mold.

2. Cut 6 ounces of the olive oil base or coconut oil base into small pieces. 

3. Heat the base in the microwave safe bowl for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between the heating sessions.

4. When the base is melted, quickly add the 2 ounces of olive oil and whatever  essential oils or dried flowers/herbs you’re planning on using into the mixture, make sure to stir them all in, this is essential.

5. Quickly pour them into whatever shape mold you’re using, in either two 3 ounce molds, or one 6 ounce.