Chamomile Citrus Vegan Lip Balm

The consistency I look for in a lip balm is almost entirely dictated by how my lips are feeling. If I’m feeling extra parched and lizard-like I’ll reach for something sticky (like this or this) that has the power to stubbornly cling to my lips and really lock in moisture. If I’m feeling pretty good, a lighter, slicker lip balm is much more up my alley. Given it’s the middle of summer (how did that happen so fast?!) right now, I’m in the mood for something smooth and a touch glossy, and that’s exactly what this Chamomile Citrus Vegan Lip Balm is.

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Cleansing Mud Mousse

Have you ever stumbled across a for-sale skin care project that was so simple, yet so expensive, that it made you downright mad? That was my initial reaction to the product that inspired this DIY. $70 for mostly clay, some salt, some inexpensive herbs, and some spices I have in my kitchen. $70!?! And that’s US dollars, too, so that’s nearly $95 Canadian with the exchange rate these days, and… what!? Anyhow, I guess I like to channel my rage into making things (who is surprised?), so I did. I made myself a bunch of Cleansing Mud Mousse for a whole lot less than $95, and now you can, too.

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Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve

On the face of it, this salve sounds simple. Chamomile, shea, some carnauba wax. Meh. Nothing fancy, right? But… oh. Oh my. It’s so much more than you’d think from looking at the ingredient list. Smokey raw shea butter and silky, nutty macadamia nut oil are infused with chamomile flowers and a hint of bee propolis. Add a bit of glossy carnauba wax and you’ve got a rich, creamy salve that smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling surprisingly silky—there’s no shea butter stickiness or greasiness here. This pretty yellow Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve is so much more than the sum of its parts.

How to Make a Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve

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Morning Frost Soap

This Morning Frost soap was inspired by a beautiful walk I took back in November with the oh-so-friendly Scotch—potentially the world’s nicest goldendoodle. Scotch and I were out in the morning, walking down one of Calgary’s bluffs into a valley. This was before real snow and winter set in, but it was one of our first colder days, with frost and a bright blue sky. The leaves of autumn were long gone, so the valley was covered in wilted golden grass and naked trees—and every surface was covered in the most stunning frost. It was big, flaky frost that caught the light in every direction, making the entire valley glitter. This kind of frost is called hoar frost, and you should definitely check out this blog entry of beautiful photos of it so you know why I got so excited about it. Anyhow, I didn’t want to call these bars Hoar Frost soap … so Morning Frost Soap it is!

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Relaxing Essential Oil Roller

Today’s recipe is refreshingly easy to whip up, which is perfect considering it’s a Relaxing Essential Oil Roller, and it would be rather counter-intuitive to try and kick-start some relaxation with a crazy complex recipe. You can assemble this roller in no time at all (you don’t even need to leave your ingredient storage area to go to your making area if you don’t want to!) and jump straight into the relaxing. Aaaaah.

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Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

These days it’s not hard to identify me as a new puppy owner—my scratch and bite covered hands and forearms give me away pretty quickly (well, I’ve either got a puppy or a passion for naked arm wresting with rose bushes). I’ve heard puppy teeth described as staples, and I’m inclined to agree. Not standard staples for paper, though—no, no. We’re talking those heavy duty woodworking staples coming from a compressed air powered staple gun. OW. Lottie is getting better with biting (or not biting, as it were) as the days go by, but according to the interwebs, she won’t lose her puppy teeth until May or June, which means when she misses a toy and lands a bite on my hands instead, I’m going to be squealing (and bleeding) for a while. Hence, this salve.

Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

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