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 🙂

Mango Mango Foaming Hand Wash

This Mango Mango Foaming Hand Wash is all about the bubbles—rich cascades of mango-scented, orangey clouds of lather that make hand washing a treat. Nothing needs to be heated so you can just stir everything together and you're off to the races. I've already made over...

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Calendula Sunshine Salve

Today we're making a simple salve starring calendula, with a supporting cast of sea buckthorn and lavender. It's easy to make, and the end result is a lovely warm yellow salve with a gentle, calming scent. If your nose is sore from too much blowing, or perhaps your...

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Mango Mango Body Lotion

Today we are continuing my quest to MANGO ALL THE THINGS with this juicy Mango Mango Body Lotion. It's a pretty simple lotion, designed to showcase mango love without too many fancy ingredients. It's lightweight and moisturizing, bright orange, and smells like beaches...

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Pemberley Hand Lotion

I'm really excited to share this formula with you guys—this Pemberley Hand Lotion was my Formula Botanica final project, and I received a mark of 100% for it! The project was to create a product for a specific customer. I designed this gorgeous hand lotion for...

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Mango Mango Massage Butter

This beautiful Mango Mango Massage Butter is a combination of a few things that are on my mind these days. Thing #1: I'd really like it to be warm outside, and the smell of mangoes helps transport me to beaches and last year's trip to Australia. Thing #2: I really...

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Rose Aloe Body Cream

Today's recipe is for a rich, fragrant body cream designed to soothe, soften, and hydrate dry and irritated winter skin. It is super thick and creamy (definitely not pumpable!), making it incredibly decadent to use. You'll scoop up a silky dollop of this Rose Aloe...

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Soothing Foaming Hand Wash

Today we're continuing our "soothing" series with a super-simple Soothing Foaming Hand Wash. I wanted to be sure to include a hand wash in this series because our hands take a ton of abuse in the winter. Frequent hand washing is great for preventing the spread of the...

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Mango Mango Body Butter

If you love mangoes, brace yourself—this new series will have your mouth watering and your skin feeling all kinds of mango-themed love. This creamy, dry-touch-finish body butter smells so much like mangoes (naturally!) that your mouth will start to water. The oil and...

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Indigo Lagoon Balm

This rich blue balm is a DIY version of a very popular and very expensive shop-bought balm. This particular balm is known for its striking dark blue hue that comes from a hefty dose of expensive blue tansy essential oil. I've created a more budget friendly version you...

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Sugar Plum Body Butter Bars

These silky, lightweight body butter bars are a wonderful accompaniment to our Sugar Plum series—and they’re quite versatile, too! You can present them in a tube or choose a mould you find suitable; you can make a few big ones or a bunch of wee ones. I’ve got a couple...

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Christmas Tree Body Wash

This fragrant, bubbly body wash has quickly become an in-shower favourite for me. I love the consistency, I love the bubbles, and I love the crystal clarity of it if you choose a water soluble colourant. I’m calling it a body wash here, but it also makes a great hand...

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Christmas Tree Hand & Body Lotion

This sweetly scented Christmas Tree Hand & Body Lotion is just the thing for dry winter skin. It has a wonderful rich consistency, but is surprisingly light. It's packed with humectants and soothing ingredients to help tame dry, itchy skin, leaving it soft and...

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Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Today we're making some fun, colourful Christmas Tree Bath Bombs! I took some decoration inspiration from the top of the Christmas Tree Soap bars pre-swirling, and had a lot of fun playing with mica splatters and scatters after molding up all the bath bombs. The base...

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Christmas Tree Foaming Whipped Body Scrub

Today's DIY is a super-fun Christmas Tree Foaming Whipped Body Scrub. It's a creamy white base speckled with green and gold VitaBurst beads. It smells like a Christmas tree and is a super fun way to pamper yourself (and your giftees!) come bath time. You can customize...

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Christmas Tree Foaming Hand Wash

If you've got guests coming to stay with you this holiday season I highly recommend whipping up a jumbo-sized batch of this hand wash so you can all have clean, holiday-scented hands in the midst of this busy season. Out of everything we're making for this holiday...

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Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter

I'm having a hard time deciding if I can give this Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter away. I mean... it's just so nice. I really want to keep it for myself. I really should give it away. I am a one-woman skin care stuff factory and I am not due to need another body...

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Candy Corn Bath Bombs

These pretty tri-coloured bath bombs are a fizzy, bath-friendly tribute to the rather ubiquitous candy corn. If you're not familiar with candy corn, it's a triangular candy with a white tip, orange center, and yellow bottom. And, to state what might be a controversial...

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Sugar Plum Body Oil

This is our second Sugar Plum recipe for holidays 2018 making, and it makes for a delightful gift (or, you know... keep it for yourself!). It's easy to make, can be dressed up with a pretty bottle, and feels really quite expensive and posh. The recipe is easy to...

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Citrus Burst Hand Wash

Today's a project is a simple, no-heat hand wash that I'm making 500g at a time these days because I can't seem to keep hand wash around for long. There are just six ingredients, and since nothing needs to be heated up it's a very easy weigh-mix-voila project—perfect...

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Whipped Minty Foot Scrub

I really like going barefoot during the summer. My bathtub and typically clean floors really wish I wouldn’t. There’s something about dirty feet that just end up being a whole different level of dirty. You’ll give them what feels like a fairly dedicated sudsing with a...

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Lavender Patchouli Body Butter

I've been playing with lots of more complex DIYs lately, and I was itching to get back to something a bit simpler. Something made with wonderful plant-sourced oils and butters that are accented with essential oils. The sort of thing that isn't intimidating, and really...

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Soothing Aloe Aftershave Cream

Today's recipe comes from a recipe request from Felipe; he was looking for an "aftershave balm that is easily absorbed on the skin and helps the skin recover after the shave". He also included a link to a product he liked, and a quick look at the ingredients showed...

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Foaming Coconut Bath Milk

Last year I made some bath bombs that contained both milk powder and a surfactant, and while I loved them, I found that any large amount of milk powder negatively impacted the structural integrity of the bath bombs. I wanted more milk, dangit, but the bath bomb format...

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Oatmeal & Milk After Shower Oil

This lightweight oil is post-shower (or bath) perfection. It perfectly melds with your soft, damp skin to lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling velvety, conditioned, and downright pampered. Soothing colloidal oats and rich coconut milk play starring roles, with...

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