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 🙂

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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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Almond Oat Emulsified Body Butter

Almond Oat Emulsified Body Butter

We're continuing our Almond Oat theme today with this perfect-for-autumn Almond Oat Emulsified Body Butter ❤️ Silky almond oil and rich shea butter star in the oil phase, with moisturizing and soothing oaty goodness from colloidal oatmeal and hydrolyzed...

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Wedding Cake Bath Bombs

Wedding Cake Bath Bombs

These sparkly, fizzy bath treats were inspired by a best friend's wedding cake ❤️ She asked for bath bombs as part of her wedding gift, and I thought making some that "matched" her wedding cake would be fun 😄 The resulting bath bombs aren't a...

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Kombo Shea Butter Balm

Kombo Shea Butter Balm

Today's creation is an ultra-crunchy, five-ingredient Kombo Shea Butter Balm. I decided to call it a "butter balm" because it's got the skin feel of a body butter, but an in-the-tin feel that's much closer to that of a balm. It's a rich brown colour thanks to...

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Super Simple All Natural Lotion: Follow-Up Q&A

Super Simple All Natural Lotion: Follow-Up Q&A

Welcome to the Q&A follow-up post for my Super Simple Natural Lotion formulation! Today I'm tackling some of the questions I got about this formulation that were not answered in the original blog post or video. Can you add goat milk powder? How about using a...

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Super Simple Natural Lotion

Super Simple Natural Lotion

If you've been wanting to make an all-natural lotion but haven't been sure where to start—start here! You'll need just six ingredients to make this Super Simple Natural Lotion. It's a lightweight, pumpable, moisturizing lotion that makes a great hand and body lotion....

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Oat Cardamom Chai Emulsified Body Butter

Oat Cardamom Chai Emulsified Body Butter

Today's Oat Cardamom Chai Emulsified Body Butter smells just like a warm, sweet chai latte and is a beautiful treat for your skin. Its thick, glossy loveliness is reminiscent of whipped body butter, but you'll find it's far lighter—a moisturizing mid-point between...

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Rich Mocha Hand & Body Lotion

Rich Mocha Hand & Body Lotion

If you adore the combination of sweet, rich cocoa and intoxicating coffee, this Rich Mocha Body Lotion will be right up your alley ☕️ It stars gorgeous unrefined cocoa butter and espresso-coloured, ultra-fragrant coffee oil—you'll be tempted to taste it,...

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Summer Glow Body Oil

Summer Glow Body Oil

Today I'm sharing a Bee-Bettering of one of my most popular formulations on YouTube; my Luminous Summer Body Oil. The original formulation is almost exactly four years old, published on July 6, 2017 (!). I'd made shimmer oils before the 2017 version; the general...

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Summer Solstice Body Milk

Summer Solstice Body Milk

If you've been looking for an ultra-light, low-viscosity, super-hydrating summer moisturizer, I think this satiny Summer Solstice Body Milk might just be it. It smells softly of sunshine on a meadow in July; drizzle it over dry skin and massage it in for feather-light...

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Almond Oat Natural Body Lotion

Almond Oat Natural Body Lotion

Today's formulation is for a lightweight, silky, slippy, all-natural Almond Oat Natural Body Lotion! It smells softly of almonds and oats, is hydrating and moisturizing but not at all greasy, and if you make it as written you don't need to adjust the pH (hooray!). The...

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Aloe Mint Hand Wash

Aloe Mint Hand Wash

Today we're mixing up a sudsy and fresh Aloe Mint Hand Wash, made with peppermint essential oil and a lovely gentle surfactant blend. I'm loving the combination of crisp & cool peppermint essential oil, soothing aloe vera, and moisturizing vegetable glycerin as...

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Macadamia Vanilla Emulsified Body Butter

Macadamia Vanilla Emulsified Body Butter

This decadent Macadamia Vanilla Emulsified Body Butter is lovely; it is rich and indulgent without being heavy or greasy. It smells softly nutty with a warm vanilla base note, and it's scoopy and soft like a decadent custard. If you're anything like me, you'll...

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Radiant Berry Hand & Body Cream

Radiant Berry Hand & Body Cream

Today's formulation stars three utterly lovely carrier oils to create a richly moisturizing Radiant Berry Hand & Body Cream. It smells fresh, tart, and juicy, and includes a few of my favourite moisturizing ingredients to leave your skin happy and hydrated. This...

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