Snowflake Moon Drops

I’m having a bit of a love affair with fancy white powders. Mostly micas and glitters—irredescent ones that colour shift are my favourite right now. When I visited New York in October I placed a pre-emptive TKB Trading order and scooped up sample sized baggies of all kinds of colour-shifty stunning micas and glitters and added them to some other beauties from Windy Point and YellowBee and now… well, now I have a very packed box labelled “Fancy White Powders” in my basement (you’ll be pleased to hear I had no issues getting said fancy white powders through airport security). Surveying my lovely collection of magical white powders I got to thinking I should make some wicked highlighters out of them, and with the Snowflake theme on deck for this holiday season, Snowflake Moon Drops were pretty much irresistible.

How to Make Snowflake Moon Drops

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Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter

If you’ve ever wanted to schmear yourself in spiced vanilla frosting and have it render your skin soft and glowy instead of sticky and covered in lint, I’ve got good news for you—Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter. Awww, yeah. This stunning butter smells divine and has a consistency similar to that of marshmallow spread, but without the moment of “why on earth do I own this?!” when you find it in your cupboard next to some old vegemite and nuts from a 2008 Christmas basket. You will always know why you own this because it is wonderful. You just might wonder why you haven’t used it all yet 😃

How to Make Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter

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Snowflake Bath Bombs

I am so in love with these Snowflake Bath Bombs that I just might not give any of them away. The fizz away enthusiastically, releasing a rich, creamy lather and leaving bathwater feeling cushiony and rich and incredibly lovely. On the night of our first big snowfall (I shovelled the walk three times that day) I dropped a couple of these in a hot bath and read some more of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō, and it was great. Afterwards I crawled into my pre-heated bed (a bed warmer is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever bought) with silky smooth, happy skin. Aaah.

How to Make Snowflake Bath Bombs

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Vanilla Spice Conditioner Bar

When I was in university I had the most wonderful roommate in second year. Harriet and I started as roomies and are still fast friends to this day. There were many things that made us fantastic roommates, including our shared appreciation of pizza nights, clean door handles, quiet nights in, and removing our possessions from the shared shower. You see, Harriet’s first year roommate owned approximately thirty different bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and heavens knows what else, and they all lived in the shower. There was barely room to stand in the middle of the asteroid belt of bottles ringing the perimeter of the shower, like some sort of packaging-themed art installation. Anyhow, the point of this tale is that bottles are sort of silly, thirty of them definitely is, and I really like using shampoo and conditioner bars instead. This Vanilla Spice Conditioner Bar works perfectly with my desire to have next to nothing in my shower.

How to Make a Vanilla Spice Conditioner Bar

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Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I’m so excited to share this with you; it’s something I’ve been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I’ve had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I wanted to make sure what I came up with worked, was thoroughly tested, and was mine, and finally—here we are! This lovely Snowflake Shampoo Bar has lovely lather, lasts for absolutely ages in the shower, and is pretty darn simple to make (it’s mostly waiting and mashing).

How to Make a Snowflake Shampoo Bar

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Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm

Most of the vegan lip balms I’ve tried share the characteristic of being quite glassy and thin—they lack that rich creaminess of beeswax lip balms. With a beeswax lip balm you can really schmear it on and it’ll stay there and lock in moisture for ages (especially this recipe). Vegan lip balms made with candelilla and carnauba wax are pretty much the opposite of that, though; they tend to “slick” on quite thinly, leaving a thin, glassy coating. Now, this isn’t a straight-up bad thing (it can be great in the summer!), but in the midst of a dry winter I find glassy vegan balms are pretty much useless. That’s the problem I wanted to tackle with this Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm recipe.

How to Make Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm

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