Candy Cane Peppermint Lip Balm

Welcome to our first holiday DIY of 2023! We’re kicking off with a lovely Candy Cane Peppermint Lip Balm as lip balm is one of the most giftable DIYs around. It’s inexpensive to make (but expensive to buy), almost everyone uses it, it’s got a long shelf life, and you can easily blow the socks off your loved ones with this beautiful handmade alternative to store bought.

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Easy Niacinamide Serums for Beginners

Niacinamide—also known as Vitamin B3—is a potent, effective, and popular active ingredient with amazing brightening and barrier-boosting skincare benefits. But, it can be a bit intimidating to work with. So, if you’ve been wanting to start formulating with niacinamide but haven’t been sure where to start, you’re in the right place. Let’s get started 😄

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Luxury brand formulation secrets for expensive-feeling lotions

Even though I make most of the skincare products I use, I still enjoy perusing the skincare departments at Sephora and airport duty-free shops—paying extra attention to the luxury brands. I sample, sniff, and examine ingredient lists like a lotion detective. If a single lotion costs 3x my monthly grocery budget, I want to know what’s going on 🧐 What formulation magic has that fancy brand used to create a product that feels like its worth $400?! Fancy actives and proprietary botanical blends definitely pop up quite a lot, but I’ve noticed five cheap, easy-to-implement strategies in heaps of luxury formulations, and I want to share them with you so you can make lotions that feel like magic 🤩

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Hyaluronic Acid Serum: 3 vs. 5 vs. 8 ingredients

In this post I’m going to teach you how to make three different hyaluronic acid serums; one with 3 ingredients, one with 5, and one with 8. Each formulation builds on the one before it so you can see how to modify and expand on (or, if done in reverse, simplify!) a serum formulation.

I’ve packed this post full of helpful links, so for the best learning experience please click through and read the ‘bonus’ material as well. Happy making!

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