Body Butter

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...

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...

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...

Coconut Massage Butter

Massage lovers everywhere: prepare to fall in love. This silky, glide-y Coconut Massage Butter gives you eons of working time on the skin for a luxurious, satiny massage. It isn't oily or greasy, but you'll find your hands gliding over skin with a wonderful, soft...

Whipped Shea Citrus Body Butter

This marvelous body butter is many things I thought it couldn’t be. It is rich in skin-loving shea butter, but not at all greasy. It smells deliciously of citrus, but isn’t photosensitizing. It is lightweight and whippy (and stays that way!), but you don’t have to do...

Eucalyptus Mint Foot Butter

In theory, sandal season is on its way. I say "in theory" because right now the concept of spring seems more like a sad, mocking joke rather than the (supposedly) current season. It hasn't been warmer than -10°C at 7am for weeks. Our highs are 10–20°C colder than is...

Conditioning Earl Grey Body Butter

This Conditioning Earl Grey Body Butter ended up being one of those things that sounded like a good idea, and then turned out to be a great idea in practice. Don't you love it when that happens? In abstract, adding some conditioning, cationic goodness to a body butter...

Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter

If you've ever wanted to schmear yourself in spiced vanilla frosting and have it render your skin soft and glowy instead of sticky and covered in lint, I've got good news for you—Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter. Awww, yeah. This stunning butter smells divine and has...

Vanilla Spice Body Butter Bar

It has been far too long since I've made a body butter bar, and this year's Vanilla Spice theme was absolutely begging to be body-butter-barred. I also wanted to play a bit more with some silky, lightweight cetyl alcohol to create a luxxy body bar that was a bit...

Chamomile Winter Hand Butter

When I was a kid I had the most absurdly dry hands—the kind of dry that hurts. I can remember having hands so dry that lotion stung, and they'd crack and bleed. I think I was about twelve or thirteen when I realized I was sick of having sore lizard hands and it was in...

Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

This decadent Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter is pure autumnal perfection. It's soft and creamy, and smells deliciously of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, and cloves. It sinks into the skin shockingly quickly for how thick and luscious it is, and the texture is utterly...

Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

Have you ever seen Chocolat, with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp? The lingering shots of luscious chocolate being tempered, stirred, and coaxed into the most divine creations are enough to send you off to your nearest chocolatier mid-movie for a box of indulgence....

Coco Mango Body Balm

This decadent coco mango body balm is downright lovely. It smells wonderfully of citrus, sinks into the skin shockingly fast, and leaves your skin hydrated and happy. It comes to us from a recipe request from Dita Bybee, who has fallen in love with One Love's Skin...

Cupuacu, Mint, and Monoi Body Butter

This decadent body butter combines the intoxicating tropical fragrance of Monoi de Tahiti oil with the wonderfully smooth texture and fantastic moisturizing properties of capuacu butter. Cupuacu butter is often praised for the almost silicone-like feel it leaves on...

Air Conditioning in a Tin

I love my Air Conditioning in a Bottle, but it's not hugely travel friendly. In a world of liquid carry on restrictions and fees for checking any bags, I thought it was high time I developed a solid version; Air Conditioning in a Tin. This glossy balm is thickened...

Manitoba Forest Balm

This lovely Manitoba Forest Balm houses many of my favourite summer scents in a tin. From warm sunshine to honey to the forest underbrush, this lovely balm smells just like a Manitoba forest in summer, and I can’t get enough of it. The inspiration for this balm was...

Spice Infused Body Butter

Every Christmas my mum fills her slow cooker with cranberry juice, orange slices, a few fistfuls of whole spices, and some magic to create a wonderful warm Christmas punch. This spice infused body butter is inspired by that wonderful punch, and by how it made the...

Creamy Cocoa Body Truffles

These adorable little body truffles make fantastic gifts, though I would definitely advise informing recipients of their non-edible nature sooner rather than later. A core of creamy peppermint-spiked shea butter is encased in silky smooth cocoa butter, making for a...

White Chocolate Body Frosting

This delicious smelling white chocolate body frosting is rather divine. Light and easily absorbed into the skin, it smells of vanilla and cocoa, and may leave you wondering if you can lick yourself (I don’t recommend it). The base of this decadent whipped white...

Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Kristin wrote me with the most lovely sounding recipe request—she was looking for a “rich, tingly foot butter that smells like a pine tree”. Mmmm. As a lover of all things forest scented, I absolutely had to make this awesome (and as of yet hypothetical) rocky...

Cool & Clear Eucalyptus Balm

This silky smooth balm smells clear and fresh, and leaves skin feeling lightly cooled and refreshed as well as gently moisturized. It comes together quickly and easily, and it's vegan to boot.   Want to watch this recipe instead of read it? Watch Now Eucalyptus...

Whipped Mocha Body Frosting

This creamy, decadent whipped mocha body frosting smells divine and sinks into the skin in an instant, leaving you wondering if it's really got lots of shea butter in it. It leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and happy, and the luscious texture might just send you...

Honey Coconut Body Butter

This light and creamy honey coconut body butter smells just like honey and a warm summer day, and I am utterly smitten with it. As I write this I am constantly pulling my hands up to my face for a good sniff—I imagine I must look a touch bonkers, but I'm ok with that....

Vegan Hemp Butter

This glassy green vegan hemp butter sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it soft and slightly patchouli scented. Thickened using bayberry and candelilla wax, this simple and versatile body butter is 100% vegan and 100% easy to make. The inspiration for this butter was...

Baby Bum Balm

When I posted my diaper creme recipe, Melissa commented to tell me about her recipe, which was basically a herbal salve loaded with zinc oxide, and the idea stuck. So, when a coworker's wife had a squishy little baby girl, I thought it was time to whip up a batch of...

Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm

This soft and creamy Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm comes together in a flash, and leaves you smelling of Tahitian gardenias and citrus. It sinks in quickly, and feels wonderful on the skin. The ingredient list is short, and you can use the balm on...

Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar

This vibrant green Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar is loaded with eczema conquering goodies. It gets its smokey green scent from the ingredients, so fragrance-sensitive users need not worry. It's also wonderfully easy to apply thanks to the wonderful...

Oreo Body Truffles

My love for dark cocoa butter continues to grow with awesome projects like this one. These adorable little body truffles look just like dessert, feel great on the skin, and require just 2 ingredients and the ability to melt chocolate (which I have been able to do...

Perfect Body Butter Bars

I'm having a hard time deciding what it is I love most about these perfect body butter bars. Is it how they melt perfectly on contact with my skin and absorb quickly? Is it their amazing, delicious scent, which comes entirely from the butters and oils they're made...

DIY Egyptian Magic

I can't quite remember who first introduced me to the idea of making my own DIY Egyptian Magic. It may have been Meredith, it could have been a reader. It seems my memory isn't that great on this one. Anyhow, it was a great idea. As with many of the more natural...

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

It seems everybody around me is having babies. Most of my friends and coworkers are older than I am, so I'm chalking it up to that. Anyhow, I figure if my assorted DIY hobbies are good for anything, they're good for helping the lovely mums-to-be in my life soothe...

DIY Mediterranean Wonderbalm

Back in September Carlee got in touch with a request—"Mediterranean Olive Almond & Sage Wonderbalm". I'd never heard of it before. Apparently Boots, the British chemist, makes it. Carlee described it as a deep treatment for dry lips, elbows, and hands, and...

Peppermint Massage Bars

Every autumn I, along with the rest of my city (or so it seems), haul my arse back to yoga classes. It's not that I don't enjoy yoga enough to do it in the summer, it's just that there are so many things to do when the days are long and warm. Anyhow, my inevitable...

The Easiest Body Butter Bars Ever

I am absolutely in love with cocoa butter these days. It just smells so good, and it melts at just the right temperature, and it’s all smooth and soft (unlike some butters which are sticky on the skin). Best of all, it leaves you smelling of a beautiful, high-end...

Coconut & Monoi Body Butter

Out of all the wonderful specialty oils with long histories of use in exotic and wonderful places, Monoi de Tahiti may be the most exotic. It's from Tahiti, and has been made for over 2000 years. It's the result of macerating the blossoms of the tiare flower (also...

Peppermint Massage Truffles

These cute little massage peppermint massage truffles are perfect for sore muscles, minor burns, or just cooling yourself down a bit before going to sleep on a hot night. They look good enough to eat (please don't, though), and their cute wee size makes them great...

Palm Balm for Rock Climbers & Boo-boos

If you're a rock climber, by now you're well into your spring training regime (though if you live up here in Canada you probably aren't heading out to the mountains quite yet—brr!). And, unless you've been pretty diligent in the climbing gym all winter long, you're...

Coco-Cocoa Whipped Body Butter

Whipped body butter is like body butter, but far more decadent. The luxury factor is totally worth the bit of added effort—you feel like you're frosting yourself, but it a totally non-cannibalistic way. Whipped body butter makes great gifts that never fail to impress...

Eczema Salve

When it comes to the vast majority of my DIY endeavors (especially the ones that are supposed to solve some sort of ailment), I'm my one and only guinea pig. That's hardly surprising, I suppose, as I am both cheap and very accessible! Sometimes my friends and family...

Wood Shed/Hippy Body Butter

My rather ridiculous desire to try new ingredients from New Directions Aromatics has left me with a lot of very interesting ingredients, some of which I haven't gotten around to trying yet. Ucuuba Butter and Tucuma Butter are two new butters have been sitting in my...

Tropical Shimmer Body Butter (Shimmer Optional)

Mangoes, coconut, cocoa, and lime... at this point all you need is sunshine, some sand, a swimsuit, and a cold beer, and you've practically got a tropical vacation. And while I suppose I could sit in my sandbox in a bathing suit, but it's December, and I would...

Coconut Body Butter

I'd heard rumors of virgin coconut oil. Of an oil so fragrant with the scent of the tropics that it was almost unbelievable. I had coconut oil in massive 4L quantities for soap making, but this stuff wasn't the good stuff, it was the soaping stuff. So I remained...

My Favourite Butters

I know I have too many body type ingredients. Too many oils, butters, essential oils, powders, clays, and everything else. Oh well. I'm ok with it. And lucky for you, since I have too much, I can tell you what's worth buying and spare you the same fate. These are my...

DIY Homemade Massage Bars

These homemade massage bars are great. They come together in an instant, mold wonderfully into any shape you need, and melt right at body temperature. The beeswax and cocoa butter smell wonderful, and they do a great job of moisturizing your skin and slicking up a...

Body butter basics

Body butter is a many-splendorous thing. It nourishes and moisturizes your skin, softening and supple-ing things up. It can smell great, and I find it's one of the few things that actually does anything for my stupidly dry feet. Unfortunately, all the wonders of body...

Hand & Body Washes

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...

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...

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...

Foaming Shaving Cream

One of my clearest memories from early adolescence was the discovery of shaving cream, and how utterly wonderful it was. A thin stream of colourful gel would transform into abundant, creamy lather for an utterly decadent shaving experience that usually smelled like...

Lemon Rose Foaming Hand Wash

It would seem I cannot get enough of all things rose and lemon these days. I'm ok with it 😄This foaming hand wash smells delicious, foams up into a wonderfully silky lather, doesn't use too many fancy ingredients, and requires no heating! You can just measure...

Lavender Spruce Shower Gel

This fun, bright shower gel emerged out of a series of experiments I did last summer when I got a bag of Sodium Coco Sulfate for the first time. I basically tried combining it with a variety of different liquid surfactants and transforming those blends into shower...

Aloe Rosemary Spruce Foaming Hand Wash

One of my favourite things about Humblebee & Me is hosting meet-ups; I usually have them when I travel, but I've also had a few here in Calgary, where I live. Renée came to my most recent one and we ended up chatting about foaming hand washes quite a lot—her kids...

Lavender Spruce Creamy Hand Wash

I find I'm quite delighted with hand washes recently, though for a rather odd reason: I use quite a lot of them, so I can make them frequently. This rapid make-test-make-more process means there's lots of room for trying new things and learning what happens when I use...

Eucalyptus Mint Hand Wash

To many people, February is the month of cinnamon hearts and boxes of chocolate, or perhaps feeling a bit sorry for oneself whilst watching a Nicholas Sparks' film and lamenting your single-dom. That's really just one day, though. In my experience, February is the...

Vanilla Spice Hand Wash

I'm a bit hooked on making hand washes these days. They're fun and easy, and something I'll likely end up using 10–20 times (or more!) in a day, depending on what that day looks like. So, unlike something like lip balm or lotion, which tends to take a while to use up,...

Pumpkin Spice Foaming Hand Wash

As I was making this I was definitely thinking "it's far too early for anything pumpkin spiced, isn't it?", but a quick glance at the calendar (and the weather forecast) set me right. Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend (!), Starbucks has had their infamous latte...

Green Tea Foaming Hand Wash

I still remember the first time I tried a foaming hand wash; I was a kid (maybe 10?), and visiting some American relatives. They always seemed to get the groovy new tech things first (not to mention all the cool kinds of candy they got that we didn't! It took what...

Orange Cloud Foaming Hand Wash

If you like washing up enveloped in big poufs of fluffy lather, prepare to fall in love. Back when I published my Gentle Chamomile Facial Cleanser recipe, Laura asked about using it in a foamer bottle sans the thickener, and then reported back and said it worked like...

Lemon Rose Creamy Body Wash

This brand new Lemon Rose Creamy Body Wash has me seriously excited to take showers. It's been years since I used a body wash—my shower has been strictly soap since 2011, and I love soap... but I also love trying new things. I especially love trying new things that...

Salves & Natural Healing

Soothing Cedarwood Ointment

This soft, creamy ointment features an intoxicating blend of essential oils designed to soothe skin and nerves. It was inspired by a for-purchase essential oil powered ointment I spotted on Pinterest and after perusing the ingredients I quickly figured I could whip up...

Manuka Kawakawa Salve

In December 2017 I visited beautiful New Zealand, and it was an absolute dream come true. Wonderful weather, breathtaking scenery, and everyone I met was downright lovely. On my last day I visited Melissa and Emmett at Pure Nature in Auckland, and I so wish I could've...

Plantain Chamomile Ointment

Plantain (Plantago major—not the banana-like fruit!) is one of my favourite herbs, but not for the reasons you might think. I like it because I see it everywhere, growing in alleys and public parks, and I just think it's a fun thing to see something so useful thriving...

Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve

On the face of it, this salve sounds simple. Chamomile, shea, some carnauba wax. Meh. Nothing fancy, right? But... oh. Oh my. It's so much more than you'd think from looking at the ingredient list. Smokey raw shea butter and silky, nutty macadamia nut oil are infused...

Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

These days it's not hard to identify me as a new puppy owner—my scratch and bite covered hands and forearms give me away pretty quickly (well, I've either got a puppy or a passion for naked arm wresting with rose bushes). I've heard puppy teeth described as staples,...

Intoxicating Rose Salve

I am not sure I can adequately describe how utterly incredible this silky smooth, soft intoxicating rose salve smells, but I will try. It's rose-like, yes, but it's more than that. Deep and sweet, but not cloying... more of a rich sweetness. There's also something...

Protective Pooch Paw Wax

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I love dogs. I am that person who will always ask if I can pet a puppy I see at the park, and I've fallen in love with many the puppy in an instant. I also do a bit of dog walking here in Calgary, and if a pooch has longer...

Bill’s Lavender Salve

Back in 2014, Bill wrote to me with a recipe request for a lavender salve he'd been really enjoying using. He described it as "terrific stuff, with a texture just slightly lighter than Vaseline, a quite pungent lavender aroma, and yellow in colour (like lemongrass...

Herb Infused Belly Bar

Another year, more babies. The wife of one of my co-workers is due to have their first baby in the first quarter of 2016, so I thought I'd make her an herb infused belly bar to ward of itchy belly and stretch marks. It's wonderfully easy to make and just the thing for...

Fireplace in a Tin

First I made Air Conditioning in a Bottle, and then Air Conditioning in a Tin, and now I’m making Fireplace in a Tin. Frankly, I can’t believe it’s taken so long as I am far more likely to require heating than cooling up here in Canada. Let’s not delay things any...

Lady Cramp Salve

This lady cramp salve is for those days when your uterus is staging an in-body uprising. If you are not the proud owner of a uterus, perhaps you'd like to bake a cake or something instead of making this salve—of you could make a batch for your favourite uterus owner....

Calm Balm

This balm was inspired by a recipe request from Phoebe, who loves Badger Sleep Balm. I liked the idea, but decided to head off in the "calming" direction instead of the "sleepy" direction. The resulting calm balm is addictively fragrant, with a complex,...

Scar Salve

This scar salve is designed to help your scars heal up, and it's loaded with healing ingredients. The oil base features healing rock stars like pure Vitamin E, vitamin rich rosehip oil, and andiroba, tamanu, and emu oil—all traditional healers in their countries of...

Air Conditioning in a Tin

I love my Air Conditioning in a Bottle, but it's not hugely travel friendly. In a world of liquid carry on restrictions and fees for checking any bags, I thought it was high time I developed a solid version; Air Conditioning in a Tin. This glossy balm is thickened...

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...

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...

Simple Bandits Salve

Bandits oil is a fantastic all-purpose essential oil blend to have around. It's a powerful anti-bacterial/anti-viral/anti-fungal/anti-everything, it smells great, and it's really quite inexpensive to whip up a thieving little bottle of your own. This simple bandits...

Cool & Clear Eucalyptus Balm

This silky smooth balm smells clear and fresh, and leaves skin feeling lightly cooled and refreshed as well as gently moisturized. It comes together quickly and easily, and it's vegan to boot.   Want to watch this recipe instead of read it? Watch Now Eucalyptus...

Ice in a Tube

This idea came to me in yoga class. I'd already cycled 25km that day and was now lying on my mat, awaiting the start of a butt-kicking yoga class, and I was still a bit sore from previous athletic-type shenanigans. All of these things came together to make ice in a...

Barefoot Balm

I think one of my favourite things about summer is ditching shoes and going barefoot. As a kid I'd frequently return home with totally blackened feet that grew tough and leathery over the summer months. Now, sadly, I don't have months-long summer vacations, which...

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...

Chili Oil Tiger Balm

Before I left for Costa Rica with dreams of surfing real waves dancing in my imagination, I made a big jar of chili oil tiger balm. I was pretty sure I'd need it, and I was right. Surfing is hard work, especially when you yank your body out of winter semi-hibernation...

Bandits Oil

Frankly, I'm a bit surprised I don't already have a recipe for, err, "Bandits" oil up here (apparently the more common name is trademarked and the owners aren't shy about threatening bloggers with legal action, which is just charming... hence the different name), and...

Baby Bum Balm

When I posted my diaper creme recipe, Melissa commented to tell me about her recipe, which was basically a herbal salve loaded with zinc oxide, and the idea stuck. So, when a coworker's wife had a squishy little baby girl, I thought it was time to whip up a batch of...

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...

Red Tiger Balm Pocket Roller

This fantastic little roller has all the punch of Tiger Balm, but without the greasy carrier oils or the smelly, tingling post-application hands. It's easy to apply at your desk at work (depending on where on your body you need it, I suppose...), and since it has an...

Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar

This vibrant green Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar is loaded with eczema conquering goodies. It gets its smokey green scent from the ingredients, so fragrance-sensitive users need not worry. It's also wonderfully easy to apply thanks to the wonderful...

Bee Propolis Tincture

Bee propolis is a wonderful ingredient for your DIY body products, especially when you want to encourage healing. Unfortunately, raw bee propolis looks like clods of dirt, and as such is rather difficult to add to things as is. So, before you can easily add it to...

DIY Mediterranean Wonderbalm

Back in September Carlee got in touch with a request—"Mediterranean Olive Almond & Sage Wonderbalm". I'd never heard of it before. Apparently Boots, the British chemist, makes it. Carlee described it as a deep treatment for dry lips, elbows, and hands, and...

Calendula & Shea Nose Salve

Just as cold and flu season ends, allergy season begins. Great. Thanks, world. Yet another reason to move to a tropical island. In the meantime, though, I suppose I shall have to make do with half of the seasons involving the sniffles at some time or another. I'm...

Essential Oil Headache Eraser

Headaches suck. I tried to think of some fun, interesting interlude to present as an introduction to this recipe, but that is pretty much the gist of my thoughts on headaches. They’ll ruin a good day or a good mood in a heartbeat, with little concern for what you need...

Palm Balm for Rock Climbers & Boo-boos

If you're a rock climber, by now you're well into your spring training regime (though if you live up here in Canada you probably aren't heading out to the mountains quite yet—brr!). And, unless you've been pretty diligent in the climbing gym all winter long, you're...

Quick & Easy Decongestion Oil (Homemade Liquid Vick’s)

I got a cold last month, and I've got another one right now. Ick. Gross. I hate colds. For me, my #1 symptom is a stuffy nose, and the sniffling drives me mad. During the day I have plenty of defences (tissues, nasal rinses, and decongestants), but overnight, well,...

Eczema Salve

When it comes to the vast majority of my DIY endeavors (especially the ones that are supposed to solve some sort of ailment), I'm my one and only guinea pig. That's hardly surprising, I suppose, as I am both cheap and very accessible! Sometimes my friends and family...

Hot Tiger Balm Massage Bar

I made this Hot Tiger Balm Massage Bar just before my first ski trip in two years. Pathetic, I know. I live at the foot of the Canadian Rockies and I work in the outdoor industry, and yet it's been two years since I've hit the slopes. Anyhow, I knew I would suffer for...

36 Hour Burn & Blister Salve

You know you have a DIY problem when you get a blister and your first thought is how to develop some sort of homemade something or other for it to help it heal/give you something to blog about. At least I didn't give myself the blister on purpose... that really would...

Sleepy Time Pillow Spray

I love dropping a bit of lavender essential oil on my pillows at night before I go to sleep, but in drop form you end up with small drops of highly concentrated scent, which manages to be both simultaneously overwhelming and underwhelming, depending on where your...

Soothing Sunburn Lotion

It's getting to be summer! And I have a sunburn! Which I doubt my skin appreciates, but I enjoy how I got it (sitting on a beautiful outdoor patio having thin-crust pizza with a friend). Anyhow, now that it's summer (knock on wood), it's time to make up a batch of my...

Homemade White Tiger Balm

A few weeks ago I went to my acupuncturist (she’s wonderful!), and afterward so gave me some White Tiger Balm for my legs and neck. I’d never tried it before, but it was love at first try. Awesome stuff. All cooling and delightful. The only un-delightful part was the...

Hand & Body Lotion

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...

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...

Lightweight French Lavender Hand Lotion

One of the first products I ever really wanted to dupe was a lavender scented hand lotion from L'Occitane. The scent was the first thing that drew me in—a soft, powdery lavender with hints of citrus and vanilla. It was also a wonderfully light lotion, but still...

Mom’s Creamsicle Hand and Body Lotion

I thought I'd do something a little different for Mother's Day this year. Instead of sharing recipes your moms might like, I'm sharing a recipe I made with my mom, based on what she likes! My parents live on the coast, where it's much more humid, so when my mom visits...

Sleepy Time Lavender Benzoin Lotion

This soft, sweet Sleepy Time Lavender Benzoin Lotion has become a fast favourite of mine. I look forward to smoothing it down my arms and legs before tucking into bed and drifting off with sweet vanilla-frosted lavender floating around me. I also find the oats in the...

Eucalyptus Mint Foot Cream

I can't believe that in all the posts I've shared here (upwards of 1000 now!), I've yet to share a foot cream! There's a much-loved foot butter and a relaxing foot soak or two, but no foot cream—until today. This Eucalyptus Mint Foot Cream is a continuation of...

Lightweight Lavender Spruce Silk Lotion

January is our cold, dry month. It’s that month where the holidays have passed, the solstice is behind us, and it well and truly feels like we’ve settled into winter proper. Of course a chinook can always show up to toss aside the chill for a few days or a week at a...

Snowflake Body Lotion

This decadent, whippy lotion is in perfect keeping with our snowflake theme; it’s light and fluffy, but with the most wonderful rich, creamy consistency that feels incredibly luxurious. The scent is softly herbal, and even though it's really thick it's delightfully...

Ultra Rich Meadowfoam Body Cream

It's officially that time of year again—the time of year when my skin practically screams for lotion after I climb out of a bath or shower. When I'm slathering it all over there never seems to be enough lotion in my (usually sizeable) stash, so I decided to be sort-of...

Ginger Silk Summer Lotion

I've been experimenting recently with lighter lotions that are suitable for pump bottles and summery weather, and I am loving the results of these experiments. My first experiment was my Lemon Chiffon Body and Hand Lotion, and I was honestly surprised by just how much...

Heavenly Cocoa Lotion

This divine, lightweight, Heavenly Cocoa Lotion went straight into my purse, and that is high praise. Jasper requested a "simple yet effective facial moisturiser. Something a little bit like the LUSH Celestial Moisturiser... I worked for the company a while back as a...

Lemon Chiffon Body and Hand Lotion

I was just going to call this something like "citrus body lotion", but then I made it, and I tried it. And oh my. That dull name was nowhere near good enough. This beautiful, silky lotion is unbelievably smooth and lightweight, leaving skin touchably soft and lightly...

Winter Wonderland Body Lotion

Ok, so you know how some people get "hangry"? They get all kinds of cranky and irritable when they're hungry, sometimes leading their loved ones to carry around granola bars to avoid their low blood sugar induced wrath. I think there is a dry skin version of "hangry"....

Moraine Lake Body Lotion

I love few things more than the scent of the forest floor in the sun in the Canadian Rockies. A few weeks ago we took a trip out to Moraine Lake—one of the most famous lakes in the world. You might not know it by name, but you know the view; it's incredibly famous....

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lotion

To me, macadamia nuts will forever evoke memories of Hawaii. I was last there with my family when I was seventeen, and I remember picking up a bag of some chocolate covered macadamia nuts in the airport on our way home. Those nuggets of chocolatey goodness were...

Silken Rose and Green Tea Lotion

I've had this Silken Rose and Green Tea lotion on my to-make list for ages, and thought it was high time I moved it from the "to-do" list to the "done" list! Everything about it seemed like a good idea; healing aloe, moisturizing silk and honey, calming rose, and...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

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,...

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...

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...

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 cocoa butter body meringue is my...

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 mango butters, it smells of palm trees and sunshine, and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)....

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...

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...

Oat Milk Dream Cream

This beautiful oat milk dream cream is silky smooth, gentle, and soothing. I got the idea from Lush—their Dream Cream Body Cream is one of their best sellers. I've never tried it, but the internet made it sound good enough to dupe, so here we are! For our water phase...

Homemade Diaper Creme

The count of babies due to pop up in my life continues to rise—it's currently at 7. That's got me thinking about all the crap that's in diaper creme. It's mostly petroleum/mineral oil, which is a sad thing to put on anybody's skin, let alone your darling baby's. My...

Hand Sanitizer Lotion

My inner clean freak is conflicted. You see, I love having clean hands (especially during cold & flu season), but I hate hand sanitizer. It is seriously gross. Over scented, weirdly goopy, and generally awful. I only use it when it is absolutely the only option,...

Chocolate Hazelnut Body Lotion

World Nutella day is the kind of holiday I can really get behind. I've loved Nutella since I was a kid, and I can still remember the first time I tried it—on a canoe trip with some of our Francophone family friends. Their kids were eating what looked like chocolate...

Homemade Shealoe Butter Cream

I keep hearing about aloe and shealoe (shea + aloe) butters, and they confuse me. You see, aloe is water soluble, so somewhere in that butter there is some sort of wizardry going on, because aloe is patently not a butter. That's about as ridiculous as the idea of...

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Lotion

One day, on a flight, before I was DIYing up everything in sight, my seat-mate used the most delicious smelling lotion I'd ever encountered. Soft and delicate, lavender, but not quite. It was fantastic. I asked the woman about it, and she just gave me the tube. She'd...

Coconut Body Cream

Around this time of year I go nuts for lotion. The moisture (what little we have here) just vanishes out of the air, leaving me waking up parched each morning, with irritatingly tight, dry skin. So, I think it's kind of understandable that come November, I usually...

Labdanum & Petitgrain Lotion

Earlier this year I figured out that "emulsifying wax" is kind of a catch-all term, like "flour", that generally refers to a waxy substance that, when used at concentrations between 5% and 10%, will allow you to make lovely, creamy lotions with little to no trouble...

Manly Winter Lotion

Last month my friend Jay dropped a hint that winter was ravaging his hands. I said I could help. Now, Jay is an electrician, a Burner (as in Burning Man attendee), and an industrial DIY genius of jaw-dropping proportions (you should see his epic chandelier and his...

Healing Winter Lotion

Winter is horribly mean to my skin. It dries me out in ways I forgot were possible over the course of the summer. Calgary is never a humid place (even when it's raining, which is quite the feat), but when winter arrives it somehow manages to get worse than it was....

Citron Oolong Lotion

Green tea is an increasingly popular ingredient in body products, so I thought I'd join in. Though I decided to use Oolong tea instead of green, mostly because I had a wee bit of some Citron Oolong from DavidsTea that was begging to be finished off in something cool....

Soothing Sunburn Lotion

It's getting to be summer! And I have a sunburn! Which I doubt my skin appreciates, but I enjoy how I got it (sitting on a beautiful outdoor patio having thin-crust pizza with a friend). Anyhow, now that it's summer (knock on wood), it's time to make up a batch of my...

Massage & Body Oil

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...

Coconut Massage Butter

Massage lovers everywhere: prepare to fall in love. This silky, glide-y Coconut Massage Butter gives you eons of working time on the skin for a luxurious, satiny massage. It isn't oily or greasy, but you'll find your hands gliding over skin with a wonderful, soft...

Satin Massage Oil

When giving a massage you want an oil that adds slip for an extended period of time, but isn’t unpleasantly greasy. It’s also nice if it’s easily malleable in the hands (I’ve seen pure coconut oil used for this purpose, but never liked how you have to scoop a hunk of...

Luminous Summer Body Oil

I'm pretty excited about this lovely Luminous Summer Body Oil—it's got some pretty neat stuff going for it. While one certainly can make (and I definitely have) a super-simple body oil by simply combining mica and oil, I wanted to make an extra lovely body oil. I...

Soothing Oat Bath and Body Oil

This soothing oat bath and body oil was born from a recipe request from Claudia, who loves Aveeno's Skin Relief Shower and Bath Oil. She said that it was fantastic for dry winter skin and even helped with her son's eczema. Taking a look at the ingredients, first first...

How to Make Romantic Massage Oil

I don't think you need me to tell you that this time of years is at least a little nuts. Between holiday shopping, work commitments, visiting family, and winter weather complicating the simple act of leaving the house (for me, at least), this time of year tends to...

Healing Herb Infused Massage Oil

If you're looking for a quick win DIY project this week, this is it. It comes together in a flash, requires a bit of steeping time, and then you're the proud owner of a bottle of healing, herb-spiked massage oil. The oil base is a blend of gentle olive oil and healing...

Lavender & Labdanum Body Oil

One of the first things I discovered when I started drifting towards the natural/DIY side of things was body oil. Well, technically it was a massage oil that my parents had received as a slightly-too-hippy-scented housewarming gift, so I made off with it. But it was...

Shimmery Body Oil

This lightly shimmery body oil is perfect for heading out on New Years Eve. With just a hint of glimmer, you can shimmer and shine in the New Year (without being mistaken for a Show Girl). It also helps soothe parched skin, which is always great at this time of year....

Peppermint Massage Bars

Every autumn I, along with the rest of my city (or so it seems), haul my arse back to yoga classes. It's not that I don't enjoy yoga enough to do it in the summer, it's just that there are so many things to do when the days are long and warm. Anyhow, my inevitable...

Peppermint Massage Truffles

These cute little massage peppermint massage truffles are perfect for sore muscles, minor burns, or just cooling yourself down a bit before going to sleep on a hot night. They look good enough to eat (please don't, though), and their cute wee size makes them great...

Hot Tiger Balm Massage Bar

I made this Hot Tiger Balm Massage Bar just before my first ski trip in two years. Pathetic, I know. I live at the foot of the Canadian Rockies and I work in the outdoor industry, and yet it's been two years since I've hit the slopes. Anyhow, I knew I would suffer for...

Perfect Massage Oil

Massage oil makes things that are great (back rubs) better. Which is barely possible, and yet, it's true. I've played with a few combinations of different oils, but this is the best I've stumbled across. It's a mix of virgin coconut oil and sweet almond oil, with a...

DIY Homemade Massage Bars

These homemade massage bars are great. They come together in an instant, mold wonderfully into any shape you need, and melt right at body temperature. The beeswax and cocoa butter smell wonderful, and they do a great job of moisturizing your skin and slicking up a...

Body Scrubs

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...

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...

Snowflake Emulsified Scrub Nuggets

This snowflake theme has images of pearly white things and glitter dancing in my brain, so sugar scrub nuggets—with lovely bits of sparkly sugar—were an absolute must. These adorable little nuggets are brilliant for gifting—pop 'em in a cute cellophane bag with a nice...

Pumpkin Spice Scrub Nuggets

These creamy, sugar-studded little nuggets of pumpkin-spicy goodness are like a hybrid between a mini scrub bar and a bath melt. They self-emulsify with your bath or shower water on your skin as you use them, turning into a creamy, mouth-watering scrub that buffs away...

Summer Margarita Emulsified Scrub

I've got margaritas on the brain these days, and oddly enough, it's not because I'm drinking them. It's because of Jimmy Buffett. Most people are pretty surprised to hear that Jimmy Buffett is one of my all-time favourite musical artists. Now, before you revise your...

Seaside Emulsified Salt Scrub

I've shared a couple emulsified sugar scrubs lately, and in the comments of one of them, Penny asked about salt. Something about her skin loving salt in scrubs, and how perhaps I should try it. Hmmm. Once I started thinking about salt, that quickly led to sea salt......

Green Tea Coconut Emulsified Sugar Scrub

Today's Green Tea Coconut Emulsified Sugar Scrub recipe is a request from Regina, who found a lovely (and pricey!) bright green body scrub that was spiked with matcha green tea and peppermint essential oil. I loved the idea of something green and fresh for spring—a...

Whipped Lemon Poppyseed Emulsified Sugar Scrub

This bright and juicy Whipped Lemon Poppyseed Emulsified Sugar Scrub is a new bath time favourite of mine. In addition to leaving my skin wonderfully soft, hydrated, and exfoliated, it also leaves me craving pound cake, and I definitely don't think that's a bad thing....

Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets

The first thing I should get out of the way in regards to these Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets is this: please don't eat them. You will be sorely tempted, and I'm guessing they probably don't taste all that bad. After all, they are mostly cocoa butter and sugar, and...

Coconut Rose Sugar Scrub

Summertime means heat, exposed limbs, lots of sunscreen, and lots of sun—a recipe that can leave skin feeling a bit clogged and parched. Fortunately that's nothing a quick sugar scrub can't fix, and this one is definitely up to the task. A handful of rose petals, some...

Creamy Shea Exfoliating Scrub

This lovely creamy shea exfoliating scrub was born of a recipe request from Carmen, who wrote "I was wondering if you can create a creamy body/face scrub like the ones you buy in supermarket. If you can have a base of shea butter but make it creamy, as a lotion and...

Tingly Eucalyptus Peppermint Foot Scrub

It's nearing the end of July, and if you love running about barefoot in the summer as much as I do, your feet probably need a bit of TLC. Lucky for your feet (and mine), this awesome scrub is just the thing. This scrub gets its scrubby goodness from a bunch of salt,...

Honey Ginger Sugar Scrub

This sweet little sugar scrub comes together in just a few pre-bath minutes and leaves your skin soft and smooth. The scrub gets its exfoliating punch from a blend of white and brown sugars, which have the added benefit of being water soluble (so they're easily washed...

Warming Spiced Sugar Scrub

The discovery of true gingerbread for me was really very exciting, and also rather late in life, all things considered. Given that I’d been eating gingerbread around Christmas for most of my life, it wasn’t until I was nearly 20 that I discovered good, dark, spicy...

Seaweed Scrub Foot Mask

If your feet are feeling a touch tough after a summer of cavorting about in sandals (or less), this seaside scented foot scrub is just the thing. If you’re in a hurry you can scrub and go, or you can apply it as a mask for a bit of an at-home pedicure. Gritty rhassoul...

Peppermint & Cocoa Sugar Body Scrub

Last week I was feeling a bit dry and dull. Despite all my best efforts at keeping myself hydrated inside and out, I needed to do some exfoliating, and this Girl Guide cookie scented sugar scrub did the trick. Two types of sugar and some salt form the scrubby base of...

Bath & Shower Stuff

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...

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...

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...

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...

Five Alive Citrus Bath Parfait

I will happily admit that I motored through my Unicorn Bath Parfait very quickly—the luscious, silky bubbles and bath water was far too lovely to pass up if there was still some parfait in the jar! So, when Ivan from YellowBee dropped by with some very cool screw-top...

Fizzy Unicorn Bath Parfait

If you've been out in the world lately you'll know that unicorns are de rigueur. From onesies to lattes to inspirational posters to holographic eyeshadow palettes, you can unicorn-ify every aspect of your life. I even found unicorn printed toilet paper for anyone who...

Vinolia Lemon Rose Bath Bombs

Every year from April 10–15 I observe what I call Titanic Week; the anniversary of the maiden voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic. It's not much of an event, but it is a thing I remember, and have every year since I was about 11. In honour of Titanic Week 2018 I...

Lavender Spruce Bath Bombs

In the last several months I've gone from bath bomb hoarder to a multiple-bath-bomb-per-bath-user due to my self-made bath bomb boom (say that ten times fast!). I've been having so much fun whipping up all kinds of different bath bombs, playing with my recipe as well...

Milky Tea Bath Bombs

I've always loved Robbie Burns day, so when January 25 fell on a Thursday this year I knew I wanted to make something Scottish inspired. I've been loving bath bombs lately, so that's where I started. As far as themes go, haggis seemed... unappealing... as did Chicken...

Snowflake Bath Bombs

I am so in love with these Snowflake Bath Bombs that I just might not give any of them away. The fizz away enthusiastically, releasing a rich, creamy lather and leaving bathwater feeling cushiony and rich and incredibly lovely. On the night of our first big snowfall...

Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs

It's been entirely too long since I've made bath bombs, and with the return of cooler temperatures I couldn't think of anything more appropriate than a lovely batch of glitter-sprinkled Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs. A chilly night, a big mug of tea, a bit of tub-side...

London Fog Bath Salts

I'm feeling really tired and overwhelmed these days. I don't know if it's because it's winter or what, but I feel like I'm running around like mad, barely managing to keep on top of my to-do list. It feels like everything is piling up and all I want to do is turn off...

Winter Wonderland Bath Bombs

These pretty blue nuggets of fizzy, pine-scented goodness are the perfect accompaniment to a hot bath on a cold winter day. They'll tumble in the bath water, fizzing away and releasing a fresh, wintery scent blend of pine, fir, and vanilla along with skin-softening...

Relaxing Lavender Bath Milk Concentrate

A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram, and happened to notice a post from Lisa Eldridge (she's probably my favourite makeup artist, she's incredible!). She shared a shot of this lavender bath milk, along with "So happy to get my mitts on this divine milky,...

Thin Mints Bath Melts

As the snow arrives (sadly I'm not kidding, it snowed here all last weekend!), hot baths quickly become one of my favourite ways to warm up and wind down. A good pumpkin ale, some Scrubs on my iPad, and I'm a happy lady. If that bath smells like cookies and leaves my...

Soothing Oat Bath and Body Oil

This soothing oat bath and body oil was born from a recipe request from Claudia, who loves Aveeno's Skin Relief Shower and Bath Oil. She said that it was fantastic for dry winter skin and even helped with her son's eczema. Taking a look at the ingredients, first first...

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...

Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh Bath Bombs

I think these sparkly bath bombs make a pretty cool holiday gift. Scented with ancient frankincense and myrrh essential oils, and sparkled up with some eye catching gold mica, these bath bombs would be right at home in a manger (though moreso in a bath). Bath bombs...

Cocoa Butter Bath Milk

If you love a hot bath on a cool night, this bath milk powder is just the thing. Skin softening, moisturizing, and lightly cocoa-scented, it makes a lovely gift and a lovely thing to have in your bathroom for those days where you're ready for a hot bath and bed by...

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...

After Bath Silk Powder

When I was a girl my Grandmother often gifted me the fancy toiletries she’d acquired on her travels. Fancy miniature soaps from abroad, wrapped in neatly pleated tissue; tiny little bottles of exotically scented shampoos; even adorable little repair kits with neatly...

Christmas Spice Bath Bombs

These holiday scented bath bombs are just perfect for a hot bath on a cold, dark night. They also make perfect stocking stuffers as they come together in a jiffy and still look super impressive to the uninitiated 😉 Bath bombs are basically a dry version of the baking...

Coconut Mango Bath Bombs

These wonderfully tropical bath bombs transform your bathwater into a mango & coconut scented hot pot of aloe vera and coconut milk goodness, laced with loads of beneficial goodies like vitamin A, C and beta carotine from the mango powder. It's like an at-home...

Rose Spice Bath Bombs

I can't believe it's been so long since I made bath bombs. Shame on me. When I was about 12, bath bombs were the height of pampering and luxury in my pre-adolescent world. I might get one or two for Christmas and a birthday, and I would horde them for months until I...

Rose & Lavender Bath Oil

Bath oil conjures up images of claw-footed cast iron tubs, silken bathrobes, and cavernous candle-lit bathrooms in my mind. I am not lucky enough to have any of these things, but I can have bath oil (and candles, I suppose), and most of the time my imagination fills...

Milky Chai Bath Salts

It used to be that a milk bath was quite the luxury—said to soften the skin and otherwise spoil you (and the milk, I suppose). They seem to have somewhat fallen out of fashion (or memory), but I’d like to bring them back. I’ve decided to update them with some...

Winter Bath Salts

I'm a firm believer that baths are one of the best things you can do with your clothes off (wink wink, nudge nudge). They make everything better, warm you up, and send you away feeling all soporific and lovely. Like a massage, but not quite as good, though much...

A Gingery Detox Bath

After about two and a half weeks of enduring of a terrible cough I caught at work, I was driven to try pretty much anything to get rid of it. So I tried a detox bath. I'm a fan of baths in general, so it seemed like a good idea anyways. I googled a wide variety of...

DIY Bath Pebbles

These little whatsits are cute and fun. Lovely little nuggets of skin-softening goodness that smell pretty, too. First off, you'll need a batch of Homemade Bath Salts. Don't worry, they're very easy to make. Next up, we take a cue from bath bomb making.You'll need a...

Make Your Own Bath Salts

I've been taking a lot of hot baths these days, and increasing their awesomeness with homemade bath salts. They're wonderfully easy to make, they smell great, and the skin softening capacities are awesome. Basically, you just mix together baking soda, sea salt, and...

The Anarchist’s Bathtime Cookbook: Homemade Bathbombs

Out of all the natural body products that are disgustingly overpriced, bath bombs are pretty much the worst. My mother got me hooked on them long before my allowance could actually cover or justify a $5 one-time fizzy bath treat, so I hoarded them like they were made...

Body Mists & Sprays

Eucalyptus Mint Body Mist

My Australia countdown is in full swing (I leave in three weeks!), so even though it's definitely still winter here I've got images of sandy beaches and steamy rainforests dancing around in my head pretty much all the time. Talking with my friends down there has me...

Hydrating Summer Facial and Body Mist

I'm on a huge hydration kick these days. Well, not so much a kick as a lifestyle change. I'm making hydration a serious priority, and my skin is so much happier for it. While staying hydrated in Calgary is always a challenge, summer is a different kind of challenge:...

Hydrating Rose Water Everything Spray

The idea for this Hydrating Rose Water Everything Spray came from watching a makeup tutorial on YouTube. Wayne Goss was chatting about how using a rose water/glycerin mist in combination with powdered mineral makeup let him wear loads of it and still have it look...

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...

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...

Hydrating Body Mist

After decades of winters with dry skin, I’ve started to think “if I’m going to be dry, I might as well make it interesting.” That’s where this hydrating body mist comes in. It’s perfect for spritzing yourself with right after you get out of the shower—it’ll impart...

Heat Wave Peppermint Spray (Air Conditioning in a Bottle)

This spray is absolutely brilliant in the heat. It is literally air conditioning in a bottle. Before you go cracking jokes about how Canadians don't know anything about heat, let me say that it was 40°C (104°F) the day I made and tested this spray, and while that...

Foot Recipes

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...

Eucalyptus Mint Foot Butter

In theory, sandal season is on its way. I say "in theory" because right now the concept of spring seems more like a sad, mocking joke rather than the (supposedly) current season. It hasn't been warmer than -10°C at 7am for weeks. Our highs are 10–20°C colder than is...

Eucalyptus Mint Foot Cream

I can't believe that in all the posts I've shared here (upwards of 1000 now!), I've yet to share a foot cream! There's a much-loved foot butter and a relaxing foot soak or two, but no foot cream—until today. This Eucalyptus Mint Foot Cream is a continuation of...

Dead Sea Foot Soak

Whenever I go to yoga I become re-acquainted with the state of my feet. A few forward folds and some yogi gripping and I'm thinking I need to whip up a DIY pedicure—stat. Then I leave class and completely forget. But I finally remembered! This wonderfully fresh...

Tingly Eucalyptus Peppermint Foot Scrub

It's nearing the end of July, and if you love running about barefoot in the summer as much as I do, your feet probably need a bit of TLC. Lucky for your feet (and mine), this awesome scrub is just the thing. This scrub gets its scrubby goodness from a bunch of salt,...

Orange & Tea Tree Foot Soak

I was in yoga class the other day, looking at my bare feet while hanging out in butterfly pose, and I was bit appalled by what I saw. Dry, flaky scaly bits were peeling away from my heels and the balls of my feet, and it was pretty gross, so I decided to do something...

Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Kristin wrote me with the most lovely sounding recipe request—she was looking for a “rich, tingly foot butter that smells like a pine tree”. Mmmm. As a lover of all things forest scented, I absolutely had to make this awesome (and as of yet hypothetical) rocky...

Seaweed Scrub Foot Mask

If your feet are feeling a touch tough after a summer of cavorting about in sandals (or less), this seaside scented foot scrub is just the thing. If you’re in a hurry you can scrub and go, or you can apply it as a mask for a bit of an at-home pedicure. Gritty rhassoul...

Barefoot Balm

I think one of my favourite things about summer is ditching shoes and going barefoot. As a kid I'd frequently return home with totally blackened feet that grew tough and leathery over the summer months. Now, sadly, I don't have months-long summer vacations, which...

Tingly Peppermint Foot Mask

I love to walk in the summer, especially in a new town, or when I have friends in town, which makes Calgary seem all shiny and new again. Haley came to visit me this summer, and oh, how we walked. On one particular Sunday we traipsed all throughout Inglewood, sifting...

Copycat Lush Foot Mask

I found this foot mask on the Lush website last summer. I was just as confused as you probably are right now. A mask... for feet? Wha? Anyhow, I was clearly intrigued enough to jot down the list of familiar-sounding ingredients and stuff it away somewhere. I just...

Perfume Recipes

Steamer Trunk Solid Perfume

This fantastic Steamer Trunk Solid Perfume conjures up memories of going through old trunks and boxes, looking for an old blanket, perhaps, or a dress your grandmother once wore. There's a deep, rich scent of old wood and decades-old perfume from the carefully folded...

June Solstice Perfume

This lovely amber perfume is delightfully complex with warm, sweet base notes and exotic, woodsy top notes. I'm really enjoying it as a bit of scent-sory (haha) sunshine in the midst of this rainy spring. The first thing you'll smell is a hit of sharp cedar blended...

Secret Garden: A Perfume

This lovely, summery perfume is an uplifting blend of floral and fruity, with a soft, sweet base. It has the sweetness of a well-tended garden on a hot summer day, and an exotic undercurrent that I find both exciting and intriguing. Something about this blend makes me...

Crickets & Fireflies Perfume

Happy New Year! I've decided to kick 2015 off with this complex and intoxicating perfume that I'm rather infatuated with. It's dry and warm, with a tangy mid note and high notes of sweet citrus and bright coniferous trees. It also matures beautifully on the...

Cedar & Palmarosa Solid Perfume

I've had some requests for more scent blends for solid perfume, so here we go. This simple blend has notes of citrus and tea, with a soft woodiness from the cedar, and a bright spicy sparkle from the cardamom. Like all solid perfumes, it comes together in a flash, and...

Beguiling Embrace: A Perfume

It’s a bit sad (if not predictable)—after I moved over to all homemade, natural body products, my modest collection of perfumes (all three of them) lost the majority of their appeal to me. They’re just so strong and artificial smelling, which is rather sad as I liked...

Solid Lavender Lemon Perfume

At the cottage this summer my Aunt Karla presented me with a small tin of solid lavender lemon perfume. She’s a bit of a lavender junkie, and who can blame her? It's relaxing and just wonderful. The ingredients for the perfume were quite simple—basically just cocoa...

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