An Interview with Jenn Harper of Cheekbone Beauty

I’m so excited to share today’s interview with Jenn Harper, the tenacious powerhouse behind Cheekbone Beauty. Cheekbone Beauty is Indigenous-owned and Canadian, based out of St. Catharines, Ontario, and known for its high-quality, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly makeup. We spoke for over an hour last month about all things beauty, and it was a brilliant and invigorating conversation—I’m thrilled to be able to share some of it with you today!

An Interview with Jenn Harper of Cheekbone Beauty

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10 Recipes to Make with Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol certainly isn’t the most exciting ingredient in my DIY pantry, but it is easily one of my hardest working ingredients! If you don’t already have some on hand, I hope this post can convince you to invest in some 😊 These unassuming white pellets are crazy useful—I use cetearyl alcohol in everything from conditioner bars to sugar scrubs to lotions to facial cleansers. Cetearyl alcohol is inexpensive, versatile, and pretty dang shelf-stable. I think you should have some. Not convinced? Keep reading!

10 Recipes to Make with Cetearyl Alcohol

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Maker Interview: Jhade of Essenza dell’amore

Today I’m kicking off a new interview series with women who own beauty businesses and brands! I hear from many of you that you aspire to start selling skincare in the future. Since that’s really not my jam, I thought I would reach out to women who sell their formulations and love it, and see if they’d share some of their stories and wisdom with Humblebee & Me readers 😊 Today’s interview is with Jhade, a fellow Formula Botanica graduate who lives in Trinidad & Tobago and runs Essenza dell’amore—her K-Beauty inspired natural skincare brand. She shares how she got started, some of the challenges associated with getting ingredients on a tropical island, how her brand gives back, and how she transitioned from an amateur to a professional!

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Things I Learned in 2019

Welcome to my annual “things I learned” post—and the last one of this decade (the first one was in 2012)! This piece of introspection and sharing is one of my favourite posts each year. The affection is not only for the reflection and distillation this post allows me, but also (equally) for the discussion in the comments, where you share the things that you’ve learned this year and offer further lessons. It’s wonderful. This year has been full of changes; another (unexpected) move; new friendships; wonderful music discovered; many books read; a few mountains climbed; loves found, lost, and grown; and many days and nights of great food and drink with wonderful company. I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot in the face of some very painful and surprising upsets and challenges. It’s been a doozy. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Things I Learned in 2019

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The Best of 2019

Happy it’s nearly 2020! I can scarcely believe we’re at the end of another decade. I can’t help but think about where I was ten years ago—in 2009 I was pretty sure I’d work as a graphic designer in an ad agency or fancy design firm. I never could’ve imagined I’d be here today—formulating, creating, sharing, and teaching full time. I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone!

These projects are some of my favourites from 2019. They represent new and refined tools & techniques, ongoing ingredient love affairs, things I use every day, and things you guys fell in love with. I am so incredibly thankful for your support this year—I am so, so lucky to spend so much of my time making things I’m proud of and excited about, and then sharing them with so many curious, enthusiastic, and kind people ❤️ You guys are the best!

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A Quick Guide to Ozokerite Wax and Liquid Oil Ratios

Today we’re getting better acquainted with ozokerite wax—a very hard mineral wax similar to ceresine wax. Historically “ozokerite [is/was] a naturally occurring fossil wax found near soft shale“, but today what we call “ozokerite wax” is made from petroleum waxes like microcrystalline wax and paraffin. Unlike most waxes we work with, ozokerite wax is a pretty varied product because it is manufactured from blends of petroleum wax, and those blends can vary. A search of UL Prospector turns up quite a few results for products that have a fairly large range of melting points (as low as 54°C/130°F and as high as 101.7°C/215°F!). The different waxes have trade names like “Ozokerite 2095” and “EU Ozokerite 167/175”, but the INCIs for all of these waxes is plain ol’ “ozokerite”, leaving room for general confusion as all the ozokerite I’ve seen for sale to home crafters is just listed as “ozokerite”. The wax I’m using today is from TKB Trading. I haven’t had an opportunity to try ozokerite from any other suppliers.

A Quick Guide to Ozokerite Wax and Liquid Oil Ratios

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