Deb’s Canadian Seaweed Mask

Seaweed is pretty amazing stuff for skin care; it’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Its texture is a bit sandy, making it a great gentle exfoliant, and when applied to the skin it is said to be a fantastic detoxifying ingredient, drawing out impurities. It can combat irritation, acne, and eczema, and leaves the skin glowing. It’s also one of relatively few ingredients that can be sourced within Canada, which is pretty exciting! All in all, it’s not hard to see why I purchased a big ol’ tub of it fairly early on in my DIY-ing days. So, when I got a recipe request from Deb for a seaweed mask she’d fallen in love with from a spa in New Brunswick, I thought it was high time (high tide? 😝) to dig out my tub and whip up a mask!

Deb's Canadian Seaweed Mask

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Tinted Coal Lip Balm

I thought I’d mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something dark (though not goth-esque) you’d actually want near your mouth. The final product is a beautiful cool plum colour that I absolutely love. There’s a hint of shimmer, some wonderful darkness, and some subtle gloss. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer, and you should definitely make some.

How to Make Tinted Coal Lip Balm

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Gentle Hemp and Shea Soap

After a few weeks of some fancy-pants, layered-up, Christmas themed soaps, I fancied a bit of a rustic break. A simple to make, quick-to-assemble, low-fuss bar soap made with some lovely oils and butters, lots of creamy clay, and no timers or pomp and circumstance. This is what I devised. It’s a lovely, simple Gentle Hemp and Shea soap that’s perfect for more sensitive skin and skin that just doesn’t get along with these colder, wintry days. You can whip ’em up pretty quickly once the lye water and oils have come to room temperature, and in three weeks you’ll have yourself some slabs of sudsy goodness. Score.

How to Make Gentle Hemp and Shea Soap

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Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss

This soft, sparkly Winter Wonderland lip gloss has a lovely champagne hue in the tube, but goes on sheer with a hit of shimmer and a hint of sparkle. It’s also a bit thicker than some of my previous lip glosses, as per some reader requests, meaning it sticks around longer, helping keep your lips protected and hydrated (and also just a wee bit looking like you kissed a unicorn). It smells like soft, minty awesomeness—in short, it’s winter perfection.

How to Make Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss

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Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I’m pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit decieving—it isn’t waxy in the slightest. In fact, it feels a lot like water on the skin despite being oil soluble. Orange wax is the wax pressed from orange peels, and it smells utterly divine, like the juiciest of oranges. It’s a deep reddish-orange hue, which lends a warm tint to everything it’s in, and thanks to its incredibly light texture, balms made with it have a wonderful dry touch and finish that can be hard to achieve in oil-based balms. In short, it’s lovely, and I want more of my life, which is how this Orange Wax Cleansing Balm came to be.

How to Make Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

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Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

It’s still two days until it’s “technically” autumn, but Calgary clearly missed that memo—our trees have been turning since late August. Along with coarsely knit knee socks, my scarf collection, and this awesome jacket that I bought on sale in May and haven’t had a chance to wear yet, I figure I might as well break out ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE. I’m no fan of the PSL, but pumpkin pie and I have had a long-standing love affair (and for me it’s really all about the pie, not the whipping cream), and of course that means I’ve turned it into all kinds of pumpkiny things already. Soap, lotion, face masks, and now—Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss. I wanted something with a warm pinkish hue and a hint of shimmer for these cooler days, and here we have it. Aww yeah.

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

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