Chewy Recipes

If you're planning to branch out to some slightly more complex recipes, but don't want to faff with things like surfactants, these recipes are for you. There are some emulsifiers and preservatives, but I've tried not to list anything that needs a bunch of fancy ingredients to work. Happy making!

Making Substitutions

Don’t have the oil or butter called for in the recipe? Here’s a guide on how to choose a good alternative from what you do have.

What's with the waxes?

Beeswax, carnauba wax, candelila wax, bayberry wax—how are they different? Can you use one instead of another?

Help, I made a mess!

My best tips for cleaning up your DIY messes 🙂

Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner

Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner

Ever since I started publishing creamy hair conditioner recipes a few months ago, readers have been asking about the possibility of including some vinegar in the water part of the emulsion to create a two-in-one conditioner that eliminates the need for a separate...

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Natural Dry Shampoo Spray

Natural Dry Shampoo Spray

I've been watching lots of hair tutorials on YouTube lately, and I can't help but notice how many of them use dry shampoo to achieve a bit of added texture and volume for updos. So, a few weeks ago when I was wandering the aisles of Costco a pack of Batiste dry...

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Creamy Clay Cleansing Balm

Creamy Clay Cleansing Balm

This rich, gentle creamy clay cleansing balm is a hybrid between a cleansing balm and a clay bar. It pairs the cleansing powers of emulsifying wax and clay with nourishing oils to leave your skin gently cleansed and lightly hydrated. It also smells a bit like a...

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Creamy Lavender Meadow Bath Melts

Creamy Lavender Meadow Bath Melts

Love a hydrating, relaxing bath? These Creamy Lavender Meadow Bath Melts are about to become your favourite thing. These little nuggets of cocoa-shea goodness quickly melt into your hot bath, leaving your with a lavender scented tub of water to soak away your worries...

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Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

Perhaps you are thinking "but Marie, didn't you just publish a hair conditioner recipe?". And you wouldn't be wrong—it's barely been a month. But I am smitten. I love my Olive & Jojoba Silk Hair Conditioner. I've been asking coworkers to touch my hair to prove how...

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Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm

Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm

This Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm looks like a green smoothie, which is definitely a bit weird. I wasn't expecting that at all when I measured everything out and got it melting, and then voila—green smoothie cleansing balm! It even smells pretty appetizing,...

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Lady London Fog Body Lotion

Lady London Fog Body Lotion

This silky soft Lady London Fog Body Lotion is inspired by the London Fog latte—Earl Grey tea steamed with vanilla syrup and milk. This lovely lotion has notes of tea, bergamot, and vanilla, with an added note of rose for a slightly sweeter, more delicate experience....

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Olive and Jojoba Silk Conditioner

Olive and Jojoba Silk Conditioner

This recipe for Olive and Jojoba Silk Conditioner was inspired by a request from Nick, who says "Came across your website and it's great. Despite being the manliest of men I do like the finer things in life and the rubbish mass produced stuff from the high street just...

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Rose Cardamom Body Lotion

Rose Cardamom Body Lotion

This pretty pink rose cardamom body lotion is light as a feather but leaves skin unbelievably soft and hydrated. A blend of nourishing oils, fragrant rose wax, luxurious silk, and hydrating rose water comes together easily, leaving you with a decadent pot of...

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Houdini Anti Acne Creme

Houdini Anti Acne Creme

I've had a few requests for a lotion similar to LUSH's Vanishing Creme, so this is it. The idea is the creme will make your acne vanish, so with that in mind, I set out to make my very own Houdini Anti Acne Creme—something worthy of the great Houdini. I took some cues...

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Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...

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Fir, Cypress, and Silk Body Lotion

Fir, Cypress, and Silk Body Lotion

There's been a line that reads "fir and cypress body lotion with sweet undertones (vanilla, floral?)" in my long list of project ideas for quite some time. It's been there for long enough that I'm not entirely certain where the idea came from. Perhaps I tried a hand...

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Winter Shimmer Body Lotion

Winter Shimmer Body Lotion

It seems hard (to me, at least) to think of New Year’s Eve without thinking of New York City. I fell thoroughly in love with New York in May of 2014, and I would love to be there on New Year’s Eve. Last summer I read Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America 1927 and I was...

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Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh Lotion

Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh Lotion

The age-old tale says three wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus, so one might say this sparkling Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh Lotion is fit for a king. A base of honey and silk infused water is emulsified with olive oil and...

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Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

Allow me to continue to earn my keep on the fairground ride we call "PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS!" with this decadent, pumpkin-y pumpkin spice body lotion. You'll smell a bit like a pie and your skin will be soft and happy—I think you'll like it. Don't blame me if...

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Oktoberfest Oat Stout Lotion

Oktoberfest Oat Stout Lotion

This beer inspired lotion will leave your skin soft and won’t leave you smelling like beer—I promise. Its base of moisturizing, soothing oat milk and anti-inflammatory hops is great for skin that’s already missing summer. Want to watch this recipe instead of read it?...

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Yin Yoga Mat Spray

Yin Yoga Mat Spray

Every week I make a point of attending a Flow into Yin yoga class. It’s my favourite class of the week; part work out, part therapy. We kick things off with a flow class, which then melts into a zenful yin class where we hold gentle poses for minutes at a time. I...

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Summer Shimmer Body Lotion

Summer Shimmer Body Lotion

This simple summer lotion gives you a bit of a shimmery sun-kissed boost, and comes together in a flash.  It's lightweight, making it perfect for warmer days, and you can choose how much shimmer you want. Want to watch this recipe instead of read it? Watch Now Really,...

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Anti-Acne Body Spray

Anti-Acne Body Spray

With summer right around the corner, we're entering the season of sweat. And, with sweat I find a body acne can follow. Delightful, no? I shan't horrify you with any details. Anyhow, this spray is designed to combat acne on the body (and the face), and it smells...

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Egyptian Magic Lotion

Egyptian Magic Lotion

My love affair with Egyptian Magic in all forms continues with this lovely Egyptian Magic lotion. The classic bee ingredients are blended into a creamy emulsion to make a rich lotion that smells of pollen and is just lovely. Classic Egyptian magic is a balm of beeswax...

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Powdered Acidic Hair Rinse

Powdered Acidic Hair Rinse

When I went to Costa Rica for a week in 2014 I thought I could get away with skipping my apple cider vinegar rinses for a week. Oooooh boy, was I wrong. An acidic rinse works to smooth the shaft of the hair back down after basic shampoo opens everything up. My hair...

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Avo Oat Milk Body Lotion

Avo Oat Milk Body Lotion

This decadent body lotion is just the thing for parched winter skin. It's silky smooth and smells divine, and is loaded with skin healing goodies. I think you'll love it. The base of this lotion is oat milk. Anyone who's ever had chicken pox and an oatmeal bath knows...

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Crazy Hair Pudding

Crazy Hair Pudding

Ana sent in a request for this luscious hair moisturizer. The original was designed for drier hair—curly, afro textured, and wavy types. The ingredient list featured all kinds of lovely ingredients, guaranteed to impart deep moisture to dry hair. Best of all, however,...

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Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

I’ve had a few requests for a facial cleanser that’s creamy, yet exfoliating, and here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s thick, creamy, scrubby, and sudsy, and smells awesome to boot—an exfoliating creamy cleansing balm! Based around my Gentle Cleansing Balm, this creamy...

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