Body & Skin Care Recipes

Lotion, lip balm, salves, body oils, and more—oh my! You can make it all with these awesome recipes.

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Sleepy Time Lavender Benzoin Lotion

This soft, sweet Sleepy Time Lavender Benzoin Lotion has become a fast favourite of mine. I look forward to smoothing it down my arms and legs before tucking into bed and drifting off with sweet vanilla-frosted lavender floating around me. I also find the oats in the...

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Lottie’s Dog Shampoo Bar

Lottie, my just-about-15-month-old Cocker Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles pup is very adorable, and also extremely fond of getting filthy. She is certainly not a prissy dog! She's got very fluffy paws, and on warmer winter days when melting snow transforms our local dog...

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Eucalyptus Mint Cleansing Oil

This silky smooth Eucalyptus Mint Cleansing Oil is really quite lovely; freshly herbal and minty, with a touch of a cooling tingle that definitely helps perk one up first thing in the morning. I tried a new solubilizer and I really like it—the cleansing oil rinses off...

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Lavender Spruce Bath Bombs

In the last several months I've gone from bath bomb hoarder to a multiple-bath-bomb-per-bath-user due to my self-made bath bomb boom (say that ten times fast!). I've been having so much fun whipping up all kinds of different bath bombs, playing with my recipe as well...

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Raspberry Marula Facial Serum

I have so been enjoying using this silky Raspberry Marula Facial Serum. Not only is it a joy to use thanks to its lightweight consistency and luxurious slip, it also leaves my skin dewy and glowing. Oil serums were one of my first DIY/natural beauty loves, but it's...

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Eucalyptus Mint Foot Cream

I can't believe that in all the posts I've shared here (upwards of 1000 now!), I've yet to share a foot cream! There's a much-loved foot butter and a relaxing foot soak or two, but no foot cream—until today. This Eucalyptus Mint Foot Cream is a continuation of...

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Manuka Kawakawa Salve

In December 2017 I visited beautiful New Zealand, and it was an absolute dream come true. Wonderful weather, breathtaking scenery, and everyone I met was downright lovely. On my last day I visited Melissa and Emmett at Pure Nature in Auckland, and I so wish I could've...

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Eucalyptus Mint Hand Wash

To many people, February is the month of cinnamon hearts and boxes of chocolate, or perhaps feeling a bit sorry for oneself whilst watching a Nicholas Sparks' film and lamenting your single-dom. That's really just one day, though. In my experience, February is the...

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Ginger Oak Moss Solid Facial Cleanser

This Ginger Oak Moss Solid Facial Cleanser is the sister to my Ginger Oak Moss Cleansing Balm Stick; the two accompanied me all around New Zealand last December, and did brilliantly. The inspiration for this came from a product I stumbled across while perusing...

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Eucalyptus Mint Body Mist

My Australia countdown is in full swing (I leave in three weeks!), so even though it's definitely still winter here I've got images of sandy beaches and steamy rainforests dancing around in my head pretty much all the time. Talking with my friends down there has me...

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Milky Tea Bath Bombs

I've always loved Robbie Burns day, so when January 25 fell on a Thursday this year I knew I wanted to make something Scottish inspired. I've been loving bath bombs lately, so that's where I started. As far as themes go, haggis seemed... unappealing... as did Chicken...

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Lightweight Lavender Spruce Silk Lotion

January is our cold, dry month. It’s that month where the holidays have passed, the solstice is behind us, and it well and truly feels like we’ve settled into winter proper. Of course a chinook can always show up to toss aside the chill for a few days or a week at a...

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Conditioning Earl Grey Body Butter

This Conditioning Earl Grey Body Butter ended up being one of those things that sounded like a good idea, and then turned out to be a great idea in practice. Don't you love it when that happens? In abstract, adding some conditioning, cationic goodness to a body butter...

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Ginger Oak Moss Cleansing Balm Stick

I love this fragrant, creamy stick of cleansing goodness. I took the first version with my to New Zealand, where I spent much of my time on the road, camping somewhere new each night, and this stick was brilliant. I was so happy to have something I could use quickly...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Snowflake Emulsified Scrub Nuggets

This snowflake theme has images of pearly white things and glitter dancing in my brain, so sugar scrub nuggets—with lovely bits of sparkly sugar—were an absolute must. These adorable little nuggets are brilliant for gifting—pop 'em in a cute cellophane bag with a nice...

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Vanilla Spice Hand Wash

I'm a bit hooked on making hand washes these days. They're fun and easy, and something I'll likely end up using 10–20 times (or more!) in a day, depending on what that day looks like. So, unlike something like lip balm or lotion, which tends to take a while to use up,...

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Vanilla Spice Body Butter Bar

It has been far too long since I've made a body butter bar, and this year's Vanilla Spice theme was absolutely begging to be body-butter-barred. I also wanted to play a bit more with some silky, lightweight cetyl alcohol to create a luxxy body bar that was a bit...

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Snowflake Body Lotion

This decadent, whippy lotion is in perfect keeping with our snowflake theme; it’s light and fluffy, but with the most wonderful rich, creamy consistency that feels incredibly luxurious. The scent is softly herbal, and even though it's really thick it's delightfully...

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Chamomile Winter Hand Butter

When I was a kid I had the most absurdly dry hands—the kind of dry that hurts. I can remember having hands so dry that lotion stung, and they'd crack and bleed. I think I was about twelve or thirteen when I realized I was sick of having sore lizard hands and it was in...

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Snowflake Face Mask Mix

I’m a huge fan and advocate of clay face masks—I love the pampering factor, how they gently exfoliate, and how they help clear out my pores, leaving my face refreshed and invigorated. For all the praise I heap on them, though, it’s been a hard thing to get my...

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