Never made lotion before?

If you’re brand new to lotion making, start with my Super Simple Moisturizing Lotion.

What are emulsifying waxes and are they all the same?

All lotions need an emulsifier, and my formulations call for a variety of different emulsifiers. Learn more about them (and substitutions!) in the Humblebee & Me DIY Encyclopedia.

A Quick Guide to Preservatives

Because all lotions have water in them, they’ll mold sooner rather than later without a broad spectrum preservative. Here’s a quick guide!

Easy Non-Greasy Hand Lotion

Easy Non-Greasy Hand Lotion

Hand lotion is a skincare staple; heck, even my dad uses it! But, if your handmade lotions are anything like the ones I made when I was a new maker, you’ve probably noticed that your DIY versions are really different from products sold by big brands like Cerave,...

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20 Quick & Easy Ways to Customize Lotion Formulations

20 Quick & Easy Ways to Customize Lotion Formulations

So, you’ve finally made your very first lotion. Exciting stuff! If you're anything like me, you're now dreaming up all the different ways you'd love to customize the formulation. Could it be thicker? Can you add some colour? What about some scent? However, as a new...

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Strawberry Body Yogurt

Strawberry Body Yogurt

You’ve almost certainly heard of the rather dairy-product-sounding "body butter"; but what about the equally dairy-ish body yogurt? Think of body yogurt as body butter’s ultra-light cousin: a fast-absorbing and super-slippy body moisturizer that is low on rich oils...

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Lavender Oat Dream Cream

Lavender Oat Dream Cream

Today we are diving deep into the archives to Bee Better a project I published almost exactly nine (!!) years ago. This formulation began life as a Lush dupe(ish), and while the 2014 version wasn't bad, I've learned a lot since then. Today's updated version is softer...

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Rich Herbal Body Cream

Rich Herbal Body Cream

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

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How to make your lotion lighter

How to make your lotion lighter

If you dream of fluid body milks, ultra-light emulsions, and fast-absorbing lotions, this post is for you. Today I'll be teaching you how to make thinner, lighter emulsions—I'm sharing three different strategies that you can mix and match to create the fast-absorbing...

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How to make your lotion richer

How to make your lotion richer

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

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How to make your lotions thicker

How to make your lotions thicker

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

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Easy Natural Lotion for Beginners

Easy Natural Lotion for Beginners

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

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Raspberry Mint Body Custard

Raspberry Mint Body Custard

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

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Raspberry Mint No-Melt Summer Body Butter

Raspberry Mint No-Melt Summer Body Butter

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

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Soft Oat Hand Lotion

Soft Oat Hand Lotion

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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Sourdough Body Cream

Sourdough Body Cream

Today we're whipping up something fun and different—a Sourdough Body Cream. I had a blast developing and testing this DIY! This is a great way to start using fun and beneficial fermented ingredients in your DIY skincare in an easy, accessible way. Want to watch this...

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