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 🙂

Green Tea Conditioning Hair & Body Butter

Green Tea Conditioning Hair & Body Butter

Today's formulation is a soft, creamy butter that works beautifully for haircare and skincare. Depending on how you use it, it can be a super-concentrated leave-in hair conditioner, a hair serum, a regular-strength leave-in hair conditioner, or a body butter. It's...

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Perfectly Pillowy Whipped Shea Butter

Perfectly Pillowy Whipped Shea Butter

I'm pretty excited about this simple yet perfectly pillowy whipped shea butter! This two-ingredient formulation came about as part of my work on last spring's Why is my body butter not whipping? video. I needed lots of b-roll of different body butters being...

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Rich Herbal Body Cream

Rich Herbal Body Cream

Today we're blending up a rich, botanically blessed body cream that is perfect for cold, dry winter days. I developed this formulation with the help of my readers; t's creamy, scoopable, skin-soothing, and positively decadent. Enjoy! Want to watch this project instead...

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Hot Chocolate Body Butter Bars

Hot Chocolate Body Butter Bars

Body butter bars—also called lotion bars—are a great beginner-friendly DIY. Today I’m going to share a chocolate-y body butter bar formulation that employs two of my top strategies for making expensive-feeling body butter bars that will impress your friends and make...

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Rich Foaming Hand Wash

Rich Foaming Hand Wash

Today's formulation sets out to dupe the rich, luxurious lather and decadent, lingering scent of the very popular Bath & Body Works foaming hand soaps, but using ingredients we can get relatively easy. I had a ton of fun with this formulation, and documented the...

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Christmas Spice Soft Foaming Sugar Scrub

Christmas Spice Soft Foaming Sugar Scrub

If you've been looking for a soft, scoopy, foaming sugar scrub that won't get too hard or melt into an oily mess... I've got good news for you 😄 This Christmas Spice Soft Foaming Sugar Scrub has a really fun, cake-batter-like gooey consistency. It's perfectly...

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Hot Chocolate Natural Body Butter

Hot Chocolate Natural Body Butter

Today we're kicking off our holiday 2022 making with a silky, decadent Hot Chocolate Natural Body Butter 🍫 This formulation is part of our first theme—Hot Chocolate! This is a bit of a "Bee Better" of a theme I very briefly touched on back in 2013. It was just...

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How to make your lotion richer

How to make your lotion richer

I struggled with what to title this post. I will be teaching you how to make your lotions richer and thicker, but the formulation skill behind that richness & thickness boosting is so much more than that! I will go as far as to say if you don't know how to do...

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How to make your lotions thicker

How to make your lotions thicker

If you want to make thicker lotions and creams, you've come to the right place! In this post I'll be teaching you three different (easy!) strategies for thickening and adding body to your natural lotions. You can use these strategies alone or combine them–it's up to...

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Easy Natural Lotion for Beginners

Easy Natural Lotion for Beginners

If you've been wanting to dive into making your very own easy natural lotion, start here! This post is the first in a series on how to create your very own lotions. Today I'll teach you how to make a basic lotion, and in upcoming posts I'll teach you how to customize...

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Raspberry Mint Body Custard

Raspberry Mint Body Custard

If you're looking for a glossy, slippy, richly hydrating body lotion sort of thing for summer, I think this pretty pink Raspberry Mint Body Custard might just be it. This formulation is unlike emulsion I've ever made, with a consistency that puts me in mind of rich...

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4 tips to make your body butters feel expensive

4 tips to make your body butters feel expensive

If you're looking to make your body butters stand out—make them feel more expensive, lighter, and lovelier—here are four of my top tips to do just that! These tips can be used for all kinds of body butter formulations—whipped body butters, body balms, body butter...

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Raspberry Mint No-Melt Summer Body Butter

Raspberry Mint No-Melt Summer Body Butter

This silky, indulgent Raspberry Mint No-Melt Summer Body Butter has all the luxurious loveliness you want in a body butter, but it's much lighter—making it perfect for summer skincare! It is an emulsified body butter, so it's not only faster absorbing than anhydrous...

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Soft Oat Hand Lotion

Soft Oat Hand Lotion

This pillowy, silky hand lotion has earned a much-coveted spot on my bedside table. I positively adore how it makes my skin feel; it is richly moisturizing without being greasy, and has a luxurious, powdery finish. I thought a wonderful hand lotion formulation was...

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Whipped Cupuaçu Passionfruit Body Butter

Whipped Cupuaçu Passionfruit Body Butter

It's been positively ages since I made a whipped body butter—since late 2020! This one was inspired by some gifted ingredients from Lavida Oils; their cupuaçu butter is utterly lovely and has re-ignited my long-standing love for this uniquely lovely butter. Cupuaçu...

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Raspberry Lavender Soothing Body Milk

Raspberry Lavender Soothing Body Milk

This Raspberry Lavender Soothing Body Milk is a lightweight, drizzle-able, all-natural body milk made with a new-to-me palm-free emulsifier. It's a gorgeous way to moisturize and soothe summer skin without feeling weighed down or greasy. Let's dive in! Want to watch...

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Green & Gold Body Butter Bars

Green & Gold Body Butter Bars

These charming Green & Gold Body Butter Bars star two anti-inflammatory plant oils and one of my favourite soft butters for a beautiful skin-nourishing treat with a silky, non-greasy skin feel. You can make these bars as stand-alone things or package them in...

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Black Currant & Roses Natural Body Wash

Black Currant & Roses Natural Body Wash

This wine-coloured Black Currant & Roses Natural Body Wash has a gorgeous runny honey-like consistency thanks to a gentle self-thickening surfactant blend—no gums or Crothix required! I'm in love with the fresh, juicy scent and plentiful bubbles of this body wash,...

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Chocolate Hazelnut Emulsified Body Butter

Chocolate Hazelnut Emulsified Body Butter

I'm sharing this decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Emulsified Body Butter formulation to celebrate World Nutella Day, which falls on February 5. It's definitely the sort of holiday I can get behind 🤤 This formulation is a Bee Better update to a 2014's Chocolate...

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Winter Solstice Facial Cleansing Cream

Winter Solstice Facial Cleansing Cream

This silky, slippy, honey and rose scented Winter Solstice Cleansing Cream is a positively divine way to gently cleanse your skin at the darkest, coldest time of year (if you're in the southern hemisphere you might prefer this summer solstice themed formulation!)....

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Frosted Cranberry Bath Bombs

Frosted Cranberry Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are an every year "must make" for me as I have several lovely people (mostly my mom) on my giftee list that adore bath bombs. Once I settled on this year's themes, I knew the bath bombs would have to be Frosted Cranberry themed because they could actually...

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Frosted Cranberry Butter Balm

Frosted Cranberry Butter Balm

If you find you often like the idea of body butter more than the reality of it, I think you might just love this formulation. It's creamy and silky with a gorgeous dry-touch finish that's surprisingly powdery (in a good way!). You (and your giftees!) will be delighted...

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Candlelight Body Cream

Candlelight Body Cream

A theme centred around rich, indulgent, glowy goodness definitely needs a rich body cream, and this one fits the bill beautifully. Not only does it moisturize, hydrate, and soothe, but it also contains an all-natural active to help even out skin tone and reduce dark...

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Candlelight Creamy Hand Wash

Candlelight Creamy Hand Wash

This silky, shimmery Candlelight Creamy Hand Wash is like a cozy hug for your hands every time you use it. As soon as I had decided on this year's holiday themes, I knew I needed to include a Candlelight themed creamy, shimmery, gentle hand wash as I positively power...

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