Forest Facial Lotion

In the last week I’ve been on some utterly stunning hikes, really soaking up how beautiful Canada is and squeezing the last drops of good weather out of our waning summer. I love a lot of things about the mountains—their beauty, the solitude, the babbling brooks and the pikas—but I think my favourite thing is the air. It’s crisp and fresh, and smells utterly divine. On a warm summer day you can smell the sun-warmed earth mingling with the pine needles and distant whiffs of wildflowers and flowing water. You’re likely to find me standing still, eyes shut, face to the sun, inhaling deeply, whenever I first get out of a car in the mountains, so I suppose it’s no surprise I chase that scent in essential oil blends and my skin care products. This Forest Facial Lotion features a forest-inspired scent blend to tie in with my Forest Cleansing Balm and Forest Facial Cleanser; warm, mysterious oak moss warms top notes of bright spruce and fir and sweet, spicy cardamom. Swoon.

How to Make Forest Facial Lotion

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Forest Cleansing Balm

I’m happy to report that Danny has been loving the Forest Facial Cleanser I made him (I’m loving it, too!), so I thought I’d extend the collection. And guys—this is the best cleansing balm I’ve ever made. It has the most amazing creamy consistency, beautiful rinse off, and is all kinds of silky and smooth and downright decadent. I think I’m hopping back to cleansing balms from cleansing oils with this Forest Cleansing Balm recipe! For now, at least… I never can leave well enough alone!

How to Make Forest Cleansing Balm

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Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser

Last year, the first thing I ever made with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) was a Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub that I really, really liked—I polished it off in a matter of weeks! For some reason or another I got to thinking about it again, and then I got to missing it, but I’m not one to re-make something if I think I can re-vamp it, so here we are! This Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser adds SCI to a base of clay, with added fragrant coconut milk powder for a rich, creamy feel and some marshmallow root for slip and some emolliency. Add a touch of water to work this creamy powder up to a rich, velvety lather. Oooooh, bubbles.

How to Make Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser

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Gentle Calendula Cleansing Oil

Something about the string of hot summer days we’ve been having has been making me think about herbs. It’s probably all the lush, overflowing gardens Lottie and I walk past on our walks, and the way the now-golden prairie grass ripples in the wind. It could also be that I recently realized I needed to use up a jar of calendula infused olive oil pronto, or I’d be throwing it out the next time I went to use it (that doesn’t sound like me at all, does it? 😬). Anywho—this simple sunny yellow cleansing oil is infused with wispy golden calendula petals to create a gentle cleansing oil with the anti-inflammatory goodness of calendula.

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Hydrating Rose Water Facial Toner

As I’ve been learning more and more about Asian beauty philosophies and trends, I’ve been really intrigued by the Asian-style toners /r/AsianBeauty raves about. Toners from Korea and Japan are focused on hydration and pH correction, packing a seriously nutrient-rich, hydration heavy punch. I’ve been learning how much my skin loves hydration over the last couples months, so a hydrating toner sounded like an awesome addition to my skincare routine. Plus, I have a ton of awesome water soluble skin goodies in my DIY cupboard, so I figured I should make something in a similar vein—hence this Hydrating Rose Water Facial Toner!

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Lime in the Coconut Facial Cleansing Oil

When was the last time you listened to the entirety of the Lime in the Coconut song? Technically it’s “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson, first released in 1971, but to me it’s just “the Lime in the Coconut” song. The song is definitely a bit ridiculous and the music video is mildly terrifying, but it has unbelievably strong ear worm capacity, for which I suppose I should apologize as you are probably going to be humming it for a few days now. Anyhow, all of this is to say that when I started thinking about making a coconut cleansing oil, this song started playing in my head incessantly, and that’s how this coconut facial cleansing oil became Lime in the Coconut Facial Cleansing Oil.

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