10 Recipes to Make with Hemp Seed Oil

Today we’re talking hemp seed oil—this lovely green oil is loaded with nutrients and awesome fatty acids, making it a super awesome ingredient to DIY with. It’s a liquid oil with a melting point of -8°C (18°F), and is available in refined and unrefined versions—I usually get unrefined. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as linoleic and gamma-linoleic fatty acids. It contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as vitamins B6 and E. With this lovely laundry list of good-for-you ingredients it’s not hard to see why you’d want to include it in just about everything.

10 Recipes to Make with Hemp Seed Oil

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Intoxicating Rose Salve

I am not sure I can adequately describe how utterly incredible this silky smooth, soft intoxicating rose salve smells, but I will try. It’s rose-like, yes, but it’s more than that. Deep and sweet, but not cloying… more of a rich sweetness. There’s also something really complex and warm going on; something a bit bewitching that will have you going for whiffs of your hands whenever you can. I’ve been finding I’ll get distracted by it—I’ll catch a whiff of it while I’m working on something else, and the scent will completely pull me out of whatever I’m doing for a sort of “what is that… oh yeahhh…” kind of moment. It’s awesome, and you should make some.

How to Make an Intoxicating Rose Salve

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An Interview with LisaLise’s Lise Andersen

Today I’m really excited to share an exclusive interview with Lise Andersen, the brains behind the LisaLise Blog. She’s been DIY-ing since way before it was cool, and her blog is a fantastic resource for learning about new ingredients and techniques, and it’s one of my favourite sources of inspiration. Today we’re chatting about DIYing decades ago, favourite projects, tips for beginners, and more—let’s dive in!

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Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap

I often hear that my soaps look downright edible, but I think I may have outdone myself with this decadent Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap. It’s a beautiful dark bar with what looks like a swirl of nougat running through the center, and if you don’t want to lick it on sight, there might be something a bit wrong with you. These cold processed bars are loaded with rich cocoa butter and moisturizing olive oil, and they work up into an utterly lovely creamy lather. I’m not sure how you couldn’t be completely smitten with them, so let’s dive in.

How to Make Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap

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Let’s talk about “natural”

One of the things that seems to draw people into this hobby the most is a desire to work with more natural ingredients and purge synthetics and harmful chemicals from their skincare routine and life. While this is a rather lovely idea on the surface of things (it really pairs nicely with the notion of shopping at farmers’ markets, baking all your own bread, and gardening), it is a surprisingly difficult thing to pin down. I’ve learned over the years that many people have vastly different definitions of “natural” and “chemicals”, and my notions about what I will and won’t use have certainly changed and developed over the years as I’ve learned more and tried new things. So, I thought we could have a bit of a discussion on the idea of “natural”.

Let's talk about natural

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10 Recipes to Make with Mango Butter

When you first dive into buying ingredients for this hobby, mango butter isn’t usually on the starter DIY shortlist, but I would like to make a case for adding it. Most people purchase shea butter first, and the two are somewhat similar. They’re both soft, creamy butters with similar melting points (~37°C/99°F), and out of the two shea is much more common, and typically cheaper ($9/kg for shea vs. $20/kg for mango). While shea butter is amazing for many things (soap and eczema pop to mind immediately), it has a couple characteristics that people aren’t always crazy about. The first is the smell, which can easily be solved by purchasing the refined version. The second is the absorption speed. It is sloooooow. Shea is quite heavy and even a wee bit tacky, and while those certainly aren’t bad qualities, they aren’t always desirable. That’s where mango butter comes in.

10 recipes to make with mango butter

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