Rich Mocha Hand & Body Lotion

If you adore the combination of sweet, rich cocoa and intoxicating coffee, this Rich Mocha Body Lotion will be right up your alley ☕️ It stars gorgeous unrefined cocoa butter and espresso-coloured, ultra-fragrant coffee oil—you’ll be tempted to taste it, which I don’t recommend but would definitely understand! This formulation is a Bee-Bettering of a February 2015 project, incorporating lessons and some new ingredients from the intervening 6.5 years.

How to Make Rich Mocha Hand & Body Lotion

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Long-Wearing Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow

I am so excited to share this formulation with you guys! Today we are making Sephora-quality long-wearing shimmer cream eyeshadow. You will need three specialty ingredients, but if you love cream eyeshadows, it is absolutely worth it. Just as I did in my book, Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, we’ll be making a larger batch of base and you can then use that base to create every colour of cream eyeshadow you can imagine 😱 For a bit of a cost teaser—you can make 5g of cream eyeshadow (which is a lot—roughly 250 applications!) for about $1.50USD. Cream eyeshadows are regularly 10–30x that much, and now you can have ’em in every colour your heart desires for a fraction of the price!

How to Make Long-Wearing Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow

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Clear Lip Gloss Base (without Versagel!)

If you’ve been wanting a transparent lip gloss base from scratch, this is the formulation for you. You’ll need just three ingredients to make a clear and versatile gloss base that you can customize in oh-so-many ways, with different carrier oils, colours, micas, and more!

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Almond Oat Creamy Conditioning Face Wash

The almondy, oaty goodness continues today with this formulation for a gentle Almond Oat Creamy Conditioning Face Wash. This formulation features soothing colloidal oatmeal, vitamin-rich sweet almond oil, and conditioning BTMS-25 ❤️ It gently cleanses the skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed without being drying. It can also double as a cleansing conditioner for your hair if you want! Let’s get started 😄

How to Make Almond Oat Creamy Conditioning Face Wash

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Why is my body butter melting?

It’s July and it’s lovely and warm here, so I thought I’d tackle a topic I get a lot of questions about—body butters and the wonky things they can do in high temperatures. It’s crazy disappointing to make a lovely, soft, creamy body butter and have it transform into a puddle of oily glop when left unsupervised. Now, as someone who lives in a part of the world where 32°C (90°F) is considered a heatwave, this isn’t a super common problem for me, but I’ve definitely had body butters perform unwanted metamorphoses when left in a hot car or a particularly potent sunbeam. So! Today we are talking about why body butters melt and what we can do as formulators to keep them as buttery and delicious as we intended.

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