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Name one thing better than a hot, soothing bath in the winter. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

That’s right, you can’t! Hot baths are the best thing in the world, especially when you’ve been working hard and your skin is all dry and chapped from the winter air. And, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few bubbles, it’s incredibly easy to make your very own luxurious bath recipes at home.

Here are 10 items to keep in stock to throw into your next bath

Epsom salts: If your muscles are tense or sore, you must must must add some Epsom salts to your bath. You won’t regret it.

Baking soda: Baking soda soothes and detoxifies the skin. You probably have some in your cabinet already!

Oatmeal: You can use regular ground oats in your bathwater to soothe the skin. FOr extra impact, use colloidal oatmeal, which is great for beating itchy skin.

Honey: Honey is awesome for adding to most DIY beauty recipes — it benefits the skin, face and hair. It has antioxidants and it soothes and hydrates the skin.

Milk: That’s right, you can add regular ol’ milk to your bath. It gently exfoliates and softens the skin.

Oils: Gentle oils, like jojoba, will make your skin lovely and smooth. Essential oils like lavender are also useful for aromatherapy. You can tailor your oils to your own specific needs!

Dried herbs and tea: You can also just add certain dried plants to your bath. I t looks pretty, smells good and feels wonderful. Green tea tones the body, lavender calms and rose petals are moisturizing.

Alcohol: Wait, what?! Yes, apparently red wine and champagne are both useful bath ingredients. They’re full of antioxidants, so they reduce inflammation and prevent aging.

Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is an ancient ingredient used to draw out toxins and other yuckiness from the skin. Add it to your bath if you’re looking to detox.

Ginger: Not only does ginger smell amazing, but it also helps treat itchy or irritated skin. If you’re not feeling well, adding some ginger to your bath will help clear you right up.

These ingredients are all affordable and easy to find. You can combine them any way you please, like your own personal bath witchery.

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How to Choose the Perfect Winter Coat

Working in the winter rain or snow isn’t fun by any means, but it’s a necessary part of your job. Wearing the right winter gear makes ALL the difference.

If you can swing it, it’s well worth it to spend the money on high-quality winter gear that’ll last you for multiple seasons. It’s worth the investment – it’s better to have just one or two coats that serve you well for multiple seasons than several coats that aren’t totally reliable.

No matter what your budget, though, you can find a winter coat that works for you. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during your search.

Size up.

Surviving the cold is all about layers, which means you need to make sure your coat will still fit over all of that bulk. Buying one size larger than you normally would should do the trick, but if you can, try on the coat with some layers underneath to see how it fits.

Look for waterproofing.

If you expect to encounter snow and rain this winter, make sure that you own at least one layer that’s completely waterproof. Some examples of high-quality waterproof materials include GORE-TEX or a DWR coating.

Pick your insulation.

You have two insulation options for warmth: down filling or synthetic insulation. If you live in a snowy or rainy area, consider opting for synthetic insulation rather than down, because down filling doesn’t insulate as well when it’s damp. On the other hand, down filling is more lightweight and compact than synthetic.

…But look for a slim fit.

Winter gear is bulky enough as it is. You need your coat to be well-insulated, which means it will be pretty thick, but look for something that’s not unreasonably bulky or heavy. Waddling around like a marshmallow isn’t exactly practical.

Tear-resistant material.

Some shiny fabrics are very easily torn, so if you work with fencing or other sharp pointy objects on the farm, that can definitely get frustrating. Instead, look for a thick and tear-resistant material that will hold up.

Lots of pockets.

Can you ever really have enough pockets? I don’t think so! Look for a coat with big pockets and plenty of ’em. The pockets should be secure enough to hold items without letting them fall out.

Opt for a hood.

Hoods help protect you from the rain and snow, and they also keep your head warm. There’s really no downside to having the option there, even if you tend to wear a hat and scarf. Look for a coat with an adjustable hood – a drawstring or snaps.

Buy secondhand.

High-quality work coats are almost always a bit pricey, but you can save a lot of money by buying secondhand. Look for a coat that’s still in good shape – a season or two old is your best bet, and believe it or not, people do get rid of their winter coats after a couple years if they’re no longer “in fashion.” Luckily for you, fashion is the least of your worries when it comes to working in the cold! You might even end up with a fancier, cuter coat than you expected this way.


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