Whipped Lemon Poppyseed Emulsified Sugar Scrub

This bright and juicy Whipped Lemon Poppyseed Emulsified Sugar Scrub is a new bath time favourite of mine. In addition to leaving my skin wonderfully soft, hydrated, and exfoliated, it also leaves me craving pound cake, and I definitely don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s rich and creamy, packed with scrubby sugar and a sprinkling of poppy seeds, and thanks to the emulsifying wax in it, it won’t leave greasy globs of shower death in your bathtub. All good things, says I (my shower, skin, and skull agree).

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Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets

The first thing I should get out of the way in regards to these Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets is this: please don’t eat them. You will be sorely tempted, and I’m guessing they probably don’t taste all that bad. After all, they are mostly cocoa butter and sugar, and that right there is sort of white chocolate, so I can understand the temptation, but you really shouldn’t. Truly. Save these nuggets for the bath, and pick up some proper nuggets for nomming from a place that does not specialize in exfoliation and bath treats that lie.

How to Make Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets

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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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Bill’s Lavender Salve

Back in 2014, Bill wrote to me with a recipe request for a lavender salve he’d been really enjoying using. He described it as “terrific stuff, with a texture just slightly lighter than Vaseline, a quite pungent lavender aroma, and yellow in colour (like lemongrass soaps).” Oooh. And I just happened to have a vintage “Hendonia Ye Olde English Lavender Brilliantine” tin begging to be re-filled, and some brand new cera bellina burning a hole in my pantry. And roughly seven different kinds of lavender essential oil. All that is to say that this salve really needed to be made, and here we are with Bill’s Lavender Salve.

How to Make Bill's Lavender Salve

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Morning Glory Foaming Facial Cleanser

Getting out of bed at this time of year is hard. I have an amazing electric bed warmer (seriously, if you live somewhere cold, getting one is a must) that I use to pre-heat my bed before climbing between the sheets each night, and I run it on low all night so I’m guaranteed to be roasty-toasty-warm. It’s utterly brilliant and I love it. But it does make getting out of bed extra hard because my bed is a super delicious cocoon, and outside of bed is… not. Not being in bed requires wearing pants and socks and all kinds of other things that are not a duvet, and that’s a bummer. Anyhow, this Morning Glory Foaming Facial Cleanser makes getting out of bed a bit easier. With its gentle, creamy lather and minty pop it’s like a shot of caffeine to the face, and with it waiting for me in the bathroom, I’m less prone to stay in bed until the sun comes up (which is quite late these days). I think you’ll like it.

Morning Glory Foaming Facial Cleanser

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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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