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 🙂

Rich Shealoe Butter Cream

Rich Shealoe Butter Cream

This decadent Rich Shealoe Butter Cream is the first project I'm tackling in my Bee Better series; it's an update of the Homemade Shealoe Butter Cream I shared back in February 2014. The idea was to create my own shealoe butter type product, inspired by the plethora...

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Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash

Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash

Today we're re-stocking my handwash inventory with a fresh, zippy Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash. It's a fast, no-heat project, and I've provided two slightly different versions. One version uses peppermint hydrosol for our scent, while the other makes use of a...

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Creamy Autumn Grounding Salve

Creamy Autumn Grounding Salve

Today we're creating something simple—an aromatic, creamy salve with an intoxicating essential oil blend designed to ground and calm. It's a great DIY for beginners, with a relatively short ingredient list of simple, plant-based ingredients. I'm loving both applying...

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Rosé Moisturizing Body Cream

Rosé Moisturizing Body Cream

If you love body-butter-esque creams, this one is for you. This Rosé Moisturizing Body Cream has a consistency that makes me want to dollop it on a big slice of pie, or perhaps eat it out of an artisanal waffle cone. It smells fantastic and is loaded with ingredients...

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Rosé Whipped Body Butter

Rosé Whipped Body Butter

I am straight-up smitten with the whippy texture and skin feel of this Rosé Whipped Body Butter. It's fluffy and rich (like marshmallow fluff!) in the jar, but starts to melt quickly on skin contact. It glides across the skin lightly before absorbing in a flash,...

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Sweetgrass After Sun Body Mist

Sweetgrass After Sun Body Mist

With summer in full swing (Happy August long weekend!) a refreshing and simple Sweetgrass After Sun Body Mist sounded like just the thing to add to my skincare arsenal. This lovely mist works to hydrate and soothe skin after sun exposure, or whenever you're feeling...

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Strawberry Rose Body Glow Serum

Strawberry Rose Body Glow Serum

Today we're kicking off a new strawberry rose serum with this beautiful and oh-so-fragrant Strawberry Rose Body Glow Serum formula! This ultra-moisturizing body serum came about as part of my Formula Botanica Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation coursework. The...

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Sweetgrass Hand Lotion

Sweetgrass Hand Lotion

Today we're whipping up a softly scented Sweetgrass Hand Lotion as a continuation of our sweetgrass series. In keeping with the theme, this creamy lotion is entirely scented by stunning sweetgrass hydrosol, which reminds me of sunshine on dry prairie grass and honey,...

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Rosé Shimmer Body Oil

Rosé Shimmer Body Oil

This Rosé Shimmer Body Oil is many fantastic things. Thing #1: it is ultra silky and lightweight, absorbing into the skin in a flash leaving a beautiful dry-touch finish. Thing #2: it smells downright amazeballs. Thing #3: summery shimmer! Thing #4: it's crazy easy to...

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Pemberley Whipped Sugar Scrub

Pemberley Whipped Sugar Scrub

Today we're getting our Pemberley-themed pamper on with this lightweight sugar-studded emulsified Pemberley Whipped Sugar Scrub. A creamy, self-emulsifying base is heavily dosed with granulated sugar for a sparkly, fragrant bath treat. The beautiful Pemberley scent...

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Mango Mango Bath Bombs

Mango Mango Bath Bombs

Today we're making some fizzy orange globes of bath time happiness—Mango Mango Bath Bombs! I feel like this mango theme lends itself especially well to bath things because I love bright, happy, colourful bath things. The bombs themselves are bright orange, and then...

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Rosé Hand Wash

Rosé Hand Wash

Today we're keeping up the Rosé theme with a shimmery, sudsy Rosé Hand Wash. This lovely bottle of bubbles also uses the Iselux Ultra Mild surfactant blend from Windy Point for ultra-easy making (we used it earlier this month to create a Sweetgrass Facial Cleanser as...

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Cocoa Butter Shimmer Bars

Cocoa Butter Shimmer Bars

Today we are making something deliciously simple and summery—some beautifully bronzed Cocoa Butter Shimmer Bars. The ingredients are fairly simple and reasonably customizable, meaning you can shimmer in any colour you please, and there’s a pretty good chance you have...

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Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub

Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub

Today we're making a fluffy pot of oh-so-happy mango scented whippy bath time fun in the form of an emulsified Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub. This soft scrub is packed with sparkly, scrubby sugar, decadent mango scent, and skin-loving goodness. It comes together...

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Pemberley Conditioning Body Butter

Pemberley Conditioning Body Butter

Brace yourself for this Pemberley Conditioning Body Butter, as it is divine. This is a continuation of the Pemberley series I kicked off in February with my Pemberley Hand Lotion, featuring the same stunning scent blend and general theme of luxury. As I was trying to...

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Soothing Hand Butter

Soothing Hand Butter

This rich, creamy Soothing Hand Butter is an absolute delight to massage into hands that could use a bit of pampering. It stars some ultra-creamy emollients and beautiful botanical-infused oils to create a stunning, sumptuous skin treat. I've used a slightly...

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Mango Mango Foaming Hand Wash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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