Aurora Borealis Soap

I had so much fun making this pretty soap. Coloured with powdered indigo and some pretty purple and green micas, I wanted to channel Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights—and the winter solstice seemed like a great time for it. I had a lot of fun thinking through how to create a soap that would channel such an incredible natural wonder, and while I don’t think I quite nailed it, I do think these pretty bars are a fitting tribute.

How to Make Aurora Borealis Soap

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Christmas Travel Essential Oil Inhaler

Travel and Christmas time seem to go together like red wine and heartburn. It’s not exactly awesome, but it’s pretty darn common 😂 Christmas and travel are stressful enough on their own, but combine them with winter weather and a couple thousand strangers in the same boat, and Christmas travel is not always the best travel. Long flights, extended waits, tiny airplane loos, cranky travel companions, dragging a massive coat around—even when things go pretty well, I think we’d all rather teleport than fly. Anyhow, I got the idea for this travel inhaler when I was seated right in front of the toilets on a flight that ended up being delayed on the tarmac for three hours before take-off, causing me to miss my connecting flight and resulting in my needing to take an extra flight several hours in the opposite direction of where I was going in order to catch a flight to where I wanted to be, landing a solid 7 hours later than planned. It was the loo proximity that had me thinking about devising this inhaler, though. That was not a delightful olfactory experience (to be charitable) and I found myself wishing I had something fresh in my purse that I could huff.

How to Make a Christmas Travel Essential Oil Inhaler

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Satin Massage Oil

When giving a massage you want an oil that adds slip for an extended period of time, but isn’t unpleasantly greasy. It’s also nice if it’s easily malleable in the hands (I’ve seen pure coconut oil used for this purpose, but never liked how you have to scoop a hunk of it out of the tub before using it) and has a satiny finish on the skin, leaving it soft and hydrated and happy (though really, how could anything not be happy post-massage?!). This massage oil came about as a result of my experiments with olive wax, after noticing how much play time many of the various experiments had on the skin, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

How to Make Satin Massage Oil

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A Quick Guide to Olive Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

Earlier this year Dale got in touch to ask if I’d ever worked with olive wax, and when I replied I’d never worked with it and not found it for sale in Canada, he generously offered to mail me some olive wax and some almond wax. Several months later they arrived in a space-age-looking shiny silver bubble wrap packet—two carefully labeled plastic baggies of waxy pellets. As always, my first step in “getting to know you” is one of my quick guide ratio experiments. Given that olive wax is marketed as an easy one-to-one alternative to beeswax, I modelled the experiment after my beeswax experiment so we can see if that’s really the case.

A Quick Guide to Olive Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2017 Edition

Welcome to the 2017 Humblebee & Me Holiday Gift Guide! I’ve been having so much fun sharing recipes from our two 2017 holiday themes—Snowflake and Vanilla Spice—for the last couple months, and I’m excited to present them all here in all their glittery, fragrant glory, along with some other favourites that I think would make for lovely stocking stuffers and a great homemade Christmas. Enjoy!

Snowflake Projects

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Vanilla Spice Projects

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Other Awesome Gift Worthy Projects

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