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

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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!

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Cocoa Butter Body Meringue

Cocoa Butter Body Meringue

After inventing Shea Butter Body Meringue and sharing it with everybody, I was eager to try some variations on the theme. That is, a thick, luxurious lotion with lots of air whipped into it for a decadent, fluffy, final product. This body...

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Ginger, Monoi, and Mango Lotion

Ginger, Monoi, and Mango Lotion

Now that it is well and truly winter here, this lotion is helping me remember that there are places in this world where the warmth of the sun still reaches the ground. Made from tropical Monoi de Tahiti and s, it smells of palm trees and...

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Mocha Body Lotion

Mocha Body Lotion

If you are madly in love coffee and chocolate you might not want to make this lotion or you may end up on the receiving end of some rather peculiar looks as you lick yourself at your desk at work. Assuming you can resist the urge to like yourself, though, this lotion...

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Winterlight Argan Serum

Winterlight Argan Serum

This milky facial oil is pretty much the opposite of my Argan bronzer. While the bronzer is designed to impart a summery glow, this serum lightens and brightens the complexion, smoothing out imperfections and giving you that Downton Abbey complexion I'm so in love...

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Healing Bee Propolis Cream

Healing Bee Propolis Cream

Bee propolis is a really amazing substance. In its raw form it looks like clods of dirt, and smells something like the air just before it rains. Made from essential oils, resins, saps, and the odd bit of dry grass, it is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic healing...

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English Garden Bath Oil

English Garden Bath Oil

I may watch too much Downton Abbey, but I feel like this is the sort of bath oil Lady Mary would use. Fragrant, gentle, and luxurious, it smells like an English garden in the summer, and makes for a lovely break from dark winter days. The base of the bath oil is a...

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Candy Cane Body Lotion

Candy Cane Body Lotion

This thick and luxurious candy cane body lotion makes a lovely Christmas gift. It leaves the skin soft and slightly peppermint scented, and if you’re looking for a bit of an extra festive hint, you can add a touch of mica for some holiday shimmer. Want to watch this...

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Healing Herbal Hemp & Shea Lotion

Healing Herbal Hemp & Shea Lotion

This herb spiked lotion features some of my favourite eczema fighting ingredients, making it perfect for the onset of winter. Instead of using plain water in this lotion, I’ve made an herbal infusion. With soothing marshmallow root and chamomile, and healing calendula...

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Cupuaçu & Cardamom Lotion

Cupuaçu & Cardamom Lotion

Once I discovered cupuaçu butter, it quickly rose to the top of my favourite butters list—especially when it comes to using it neat. While other butters like shea can leave your skin sticky and greasy, cupuaçu is amazingly smooth and silky, sinking into the skin far...

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Whipped Shea Butter Body Meringue

Whipped Shea Butter Body Meringue

I am so thrilled with this new invention of mine. It's unbelievably light and fluffy, with a decadent texture that will make your friends gasp in awe when they feel how light and soft it is. I call it body meringue because of its texture and how it forms wonderful...

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Lemon Meringue Whipped Soap

Lemon Meringue Whipped Soap

This luxurious lemon meringue whipped soap takes inspiration from one of my favourite desserts—lemon meringue pie. With its bright lemony scent, faint yellow hue, and decadent whipped texture, it's lovely in a wee dish by your sink for hand washing and impressing...

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Honey Ginger Hand Lotion

Honey Ginger Hand Lotion

I am so in love with this wonderful hand lotion. It's light and sinks into your skin in a flash, but leaves your skin moisturized and happy. It smells warm and sweet, and slightly spicy from the ginger. It's smooth and lovely, and I am thoroughly smitten. The oils...

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Soothing Sunburn Cream

Soothing Sunburn Cream

You only need to look at me for about half a second to know that I burn easily. I ate lunch outside the other day for about half an hour and ended up with a bright red chest, and while I was in Costa Rica my shoulders did a very convincing impression of a moulting...

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Vanilla Coco Body Lotion

Vanilla Coco Body Lotion

This decadent Vanilla Coco Body Lotion smells wonderfully of vanilla, chocolate, and coconut. I may or may not have spent an embarrassingly long time smelling my hands after testing it out for the first time (and after every subsequent use, if we're being honest)....

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Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs

Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs

This fun little nuggets of citrussy-scented cleaning power are like bath bombs for your toilet, except instead of softening your skin, they fizzle away at your dirty toilet bowl. As far as toilet cleaning goes, these are actually pretty fun. That's not much, but it's...

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DIY Whipped Soap Base

DIY Whipped Soap Base

Once I found out about cream soap (and specifically whipped cream soap), I immediately wanted to make some, so I googled it to find out what it was, and how to make it. And it turns out it's a "secret". As in you have to join a specific Yahoo group and are then...

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Aloe & Silk Body Spray

Aloe & Silk Body Spray

This lightweight spray is perfect for those days after you've overdosed on the sunshine and have a UV hangover (also known as a sunburn). It's mostly aloe vera juice, amped up with some other goodies like healing essential oils and bee pollen. It comes together...

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Lemon Cream Cleaning Lotion

Lemon Cream Cleaning Lotion

This lemony scented cream cleaner comes together in a flash, and is fantastic for cleaning sinks and bathtubs, but it's also done great things to grime on my stove top. It's basically a lotion, but instead of a carrier oil, I've used d-limonene (aka citrus terpenes)...

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Blushing Argan Lip Balm

Blushing Argan Lip Balm

This carnation coloured Blushing Argan Lip Balm is inspired by Josie Maran's Argan Lip Treatment. It sounded like a good idea, but the reviews were a little mixed. Some users raved about it—subtle, smoothing, shiny. Others said it was a bit lackluster, from...

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Pain Killing Emu Oil Roller

Pain Killing Emu Oil Roller

A few months ago I was shoveling my walk, hacking away at a stubborn bit of ice, and I hurt my wrist. Sprained it, strained it, whatever. There was an immediate "ouch!" followed by a lingering pain that comes back whenever I go to yoga—especially when the pose...

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Coco-Lemon Body Lotion

Coco-Lemon Body Lotion

A few months ago my favourite tea shop, DavidsTea, ran a contest they called "Think Outside the Mug". It was right up my alley, challenging entrants to come up with creative ways to use tea. This was one of my entries. It's based around their Coco-Lemon Thai tea, but...

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Rose Argan Body Conditioner

Rose Argan Body Conditioner

I've had at least three or four requests for this rose argan body conditioner (inspired by a similar one by Lush), so I figured it must be pretty awesome. I've never tried the original, but it gets rave reviews for everything buts its price and the parabens that...

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Argan Oil Bronzer

Argan Oil Bronzer

The first I ever tried was Josie Maran's—a friend had got some, and as a gift she gave me the bottle with the last few remaining drops to try out. As I'm sure you can surmise, it was instant love. Anyhow, since then, Josie has really beefed up...

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Honey, Lemon, and Chamomile Hair Rinse

Honey, Lemon, and Chamomile Hair Rinse

This pretty yellow hair rinse is great for those of you who detest vinegar in your hair rinses, and it just might help lighten your hair a bit as well. It's made from three simple ingredients and comes together in a flash—what more could you want? The base of the...

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