Recipe Index

I've got lots of recipes; here they are!

Skin Care

Anti-Acne

White Willow Micellar Water

I've been playing around with my skincare routine lately, and one of the things I'm toying with is the notion of gentler cleaners. I've been using African Black Soap a lot for the last three months (or so), and that was working brilliantly for a few months, but now...

Even Better Zit Drying Lotion

I have a constant New Years/Birthday/name any occasion resolution to stop touching my face. I am not very good at it. I'm an absent-minded chin-stroker, and it does absolutely no favours for my complexion. It's infuriating. Anyhow, I have come to realize that part of...

Houdini Anti Acne Creme

I've had a few requests for a lotion similar to LUSH's Vanishing Creme, so this is it. The idea is the creme will make your acne vanish, so with that in mind, I set out to make my very own Houdini Anti Acne Creme—something worthy of the great Houdini. I took some cues...

Magical Primrose Argan Serum

This recipe is ridiculously simple. So simple, in fact, that you might think I just threw it together one day as a bit of a random idea. And you would be right. This project wasn't supposed to be a blog entry—just an experiment. I figured I'd try it out and see, and...

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...

Apple Cider Vinegar & Manuka Honey Anti-Acne Mask

This simple mask can be easily made from ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen, and can be amped up with a few more that you can likely pick up at your local heath food shop. It’s full of beneficial enzymes and acne-fighting ingredients, and leaves your skin feeling...

Clean Dreams Pillow Mist

Maria sent in a request for this lovely essential oil powered pillow mist, and I just loved the sound of it. The original was designed to help prevent breakouts caused by a dirty pillowcase, but with its lovely blend of essential oils, it’ll also help lull you into a...

Über Anti-Acne Soap

After years of DIYing, I’ve got a pretty good cache of acne-fighting ingredients. From clays to herbs to essential oils, my basement cupboards are a veritable arsenal of zit-busting weaponry, and these bars of soap have it all. They’re designed to clobber zits and...

Everyday French Green Clay Bar

Last September Margo, a reader and fellow clay aficionado, commented to tell me about this clay bar she used to buy at Sephora. It was just straight clay, in bar form, and it was nearly $50. Yipes! Margo quickly figured out that she could make her own for a lot less,...

Indigo Acne Blaster

This indigo hued anti-acne roller smells wonderful and means business when it comes to zits. Snovel91 requested this Burt's Bees inspired recipe back around Christmas, and I've just collected all the essential oils to make it. Based on their Herbal Blemish Stick, this...

Zinc & Clay Anti-Acne Lotion

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I can't say enough wonderful things about clay when it comes to skin care (and especially acne). It's an amazing pore-vacuuming, healing-encouraging, skin detoxing powdered miracle. I always do a weekly face...

Zit Drying Lotion

Drying lotion definitely seems a bit of an oxymoron, but the name comes courtesy of Mario Bedascu, along with the idea for the product. It is, more or less, rubbing alcohol, salicylic acid, and calamine lotion, and it's designed to dry out your zits and make them...

Silver Powder for Banishing Blackheads

This fantastic three-ingredient blackhead banisher is another Mario Badescu dupe. Not only is it cheap and simple to make, but it really does work beautifully. Magically, even. So beautifully you'll find yourself staring at your pores in the mirror, trying to figure...

White Willow Bark Anti-Acne Toner

I've had my eye on some white willow bark for ages, due to its anti-acne properties thanks to its salicin content (grandfather to salicylic acid). You've probably seen store bought anti-acne products bragging that they "contain salicylic acid!", and white willow bark...

DIY Healing Concealer

I've always thought concealer was a great big Catch 22. You start with an angry clogged pore that turns into a zit. So you cover it it up with some fleshy coloured goo (though let's be honest, you aren't fooling anyone within 2 meters of you). Said fleshy coloured goo...

Pore Shrinking Mask

My friend Meredith is super awesome for many reasons, but the reason I would like to broadcast today is how she is always finding awesome things for me to make, and cool new ingredients for me to try. She's the lovely lady who got me hooked on argan oil back in...

Activated Charcoal & Clay Spot Treatment

This is another one of those things that’s been on my to-do list for ages. Ever since I read that activated charcoal is a fantastic detox/drawing-out ingredient, and then happened to see it as an ingredient in some fancy face mask I’ve almost entirely forgotten about,...

Honey Bee Facial

Debbi has been encouraging me to smear my face with raw honey as of late, and I have to say—I liked the idea. I've read a lot of fantastic things about raw honey. It's a fantastic natural antibiotic ointment (it's also anti-fungal and anti-viral), a humectant (it...

Gentle Spiced Face Mask

I tend to really plaster my face masks on, like I'm trying to lay tiles on my face or something. It seems to do the trick, so I continue to spread my clay concoctions on thickly (if more is better with Nutella, it must be true with masks as well, yes?). Anyhow, I...

Intense Facial Moisturizer

Winter is always dry, but Calgary is a special case. It's the sort of place where it is regularly thirsty out, in addition to being cold and/or windy. My skin has always been acutely aware of this, sparking a lotion-toting habit bordering on the ridiculous. A few...

Black Soap

A couple years ago I was in Tribal Eye in Toronto and found these little bags of what looked like dirt clods. The label said "Black Soap", but it didn't look anything like any soap I'd ever seen. Dry, crumbly, and full of brown and black bits, it was thoroughly...

Lemongrass Green Tea Toner

After I motored through my batch of Vitamin C Toner in a matter of weeks, I just had to make another batch. This time I decided to make a few changes. The biggest one was using organic orange blossom green tea instead of aloe vera juice. I also added mango extract and...

Sea Buckthorn Acne Serum

I've been planning to make an acne serum for a while now. I've had all kinds of great, healing oils in my cupboard for a while now. Oils like tamanu, black currant seed, baobab, and sea buckthorn. I stumbled across a little tip via Pinterest recommending applying sea...

Vitamin C Toner

A new order of goodies recently arrived on my doorstep from New Directions Aromatics, so I've been spending the last few days playing with my new toys. One of the things I've been just itching to make ever since I placed the order was a vitamin C toner. I'd included...

Gentle Clay Facial Scrub

Now that I've been making all kinds of make up, I find myself needing a way to get it off my face. This probably sounds a bit odd, but since I've never really worn make-up before, this is a new problem for me. Now, I know the OCM does a good job, but I've been...

The Oil Cleansing Method (or OCM)

The Oil Cleansing Method has been getting some attention on the internet as of late. A quick Google search turns up thousands of blog entries and forum posts, as well as the official website of the OCM. There's plenty to read about it if you're in the mood. You'll...

Awesome Homemade Facial Mask

I love giving myself facials. They do all sorts of great things for my skin, and I look like a martian with green goo spread all over my face (major bonus points). Over the last few months I've come up with a recipe I like, and a routine. Every other Saturday I spend...

7 Uses for Green Clay

A couple months ago I ordered a 500g tub of green French clay from NDA. It turns out that 500g of a light, fluffy dust is a lot of green. So I've been experimenting a lot, and I think I've almost used half of it. Turns out it's a wonderfully diverse thing to have on...

Body Butter

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...

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...

Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm

This juicy, honey-hued Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm is utterly lovely. It has an almost unbelievable dry finish, leaving skin hydrated, but not greasy. It smells of pure, juicy oranges with the slightest hint of sweet, floral Tahitian gardenias. It's smooth and...

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....

Coconut Citrus Cleansing Balm

This creamy orange cleansing balm was born of a recipe request from Sonja. "What I am looking for is a recipe for a BALM that removes facial makeup (not eyes). Hope you can help. LOVE your website - a fab discovery for me. Thank you." A blend of oils is thickened with...

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 push-up...

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...

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 wondered if...

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...

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...

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 soap grade 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...

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...

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...

Facial Skin Care

Sea Buckthorn and Charcoal Cleansing Balm

This striking Sea Buckthorn and Charcoal Cleansing Balm stars two potent ingredients to create a perfect-for-Halloween cleansing balm. The inspiration for this came from wanting to create something for Halloween—in past years I've done lots of pumpkin spice things...

Hydrating Aloe Facial Mist

Today's facial mist recipe was inspired by a recipe request and a cult favourite herb-spiked super-hydrating face spritz. Anuradha requested "a facial spritzer... something calming [and] refreshing," and the product she linked to featured aloe vera and a selection of...

Sea Buckthorn Glow Serum

This simple formula stars a few beautiful plant-sourced oils to create a vitamin rich, antioxidant packed, anti-inflammatory skin serum. With its velvety skin feel, soft nutty scent, and rich slip it's become a quick favourite in my nightly skincare routine. Like all...

Rose Witch Hazel Facial Toner

This sweetly fragrant, refreshing facial toner has become a fast favourite of mine. It smells deliciously of roses, features several soothing and lightly hydrating ingredients, and leaves my skin feeling revived and gently cleansed. It's also crazy easy to make (no...

Oil Cleansing Gel

When I was in Montreal last year I visited Coop Coco, a local DIY supplier, and poked around, looking for things I didn’t have that would fit in my suitcase. I ended up picking up a bottle of Sucragel, a cold-process emulsifier I’d never worked with before, brought it...

Frankincense Facial Lotion

This delightful lotion comes from a recipe request from Ashlie, who loves the Frankincense Intense line from Neal’s Yard Remedies. I love Neal’s Yard; their formulations are solid and their corporate ethos is both environmentally and socially responsible. I’ve visited...

Eucalyptus Mint Soft Cleansing Balm

This soft, squeezable cleansing balm is rich and creamy, melts into a stunning cleanser once you start working with it, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and just a touch minty. I love it first thing in the morning to help me hit the ground running! Want to watch...

Lemon Rose Facial Lotion

This lightweight, hydration-packed facial lotion is one of my formulas from my Formula Botanica coursework, and it also happens to be the first recipe I'm sharing using hyaluronic acid! I tested this lotion through some of Calgary's driest winter months and found it...

Rose Micellar Water

I'm pretty excited to be able to share a micellar water recipe I'm happy with. I've been experimenting with micellar water formulas quite a lot over the last year and while the concept is simple enough in theory, it took quite a lot of fiddling and refining to create...

Eucalyptus Mint Cleansing Oil

This silky smooth Eucalyptus Mint Cleansing Oil is really quite lovely; freshly herbal and minty, with a touch of a cooling tingle that definitely helps perk one up first thing in the morning. I tried a new solubilizer and I really like it—the cleansing oil rinses off...

Raspberry Marula Facial Serum

I have so been enjoying using this silky Raspberry Marula Facial Serum. Not only is it a joy to use thanks to its lightweight consistency and luxurious slip, it also leaves my skin dewy and glowing. Oil serums were one of my first DIY/natural beauty loves, but it's...

Ginger Oak Moss Cleansing Balm Stick

I love this fragrant, creamy stick of cleansing goodness. I took the first version with my to New Zealand, where I spent much of my time on the road, camping somewhere new each night, and this stick was brilliant. I was so happy to have something I could use quickly...

Forest Facial Lotion

In the last week I've been on some utterly stunning hikes, really soaking up how beautiful Canada is and squeezing the last drops of good weather out of our waning summer. I love a lot of things about the mountains—their beauty, the solitude, the babbling brooks and...

Forest Cleansing Balm

I'm happy to report that Danny has been loving the Forest Facial Cleanser I made him (I'm loving it, too!), so I thought I'd extend the collection. And guys—this is the best cleansing balm I've ever made. It has the most amazing creamy consistency, beautiful rinse...

Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser

Last year, the first thing I ever made with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) was a Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub that I really, really liked—I polished it off in a matter of weeks! For some reason or another I got to thinking about it again, and then I got to missing it,...

Gentle Calendula Cleansing Oil

Something about the string of hot summer days we've been having has been making me think about herbs. It's probably all the lush, overflowing gardens Lottie and I walk past on our walks, and the way the now-golden prairie grass ripples in the wind. It could also be...

Hydrating Rose Water Facial Toner

As I've been learning more and more about Asian beauty philosophies and trends, I've been really intrigued by the Asian-style toners /r/AsianBeauty raves about. Toners from Korea and Japan are focused on hydration and pH correction, packing a seriously nutrient-rich,...

Lime in the Coconut Facial Cleansing Oil

When was the last time you listened to the entirety of the Lime in the Coconut song? Technically it's "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson, first released in 1971, but to me it's just "the Lime in the Coconut" song. The song is definitely a bit ridiculous and the music video is...

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:...

Green Tea Cleansing Oil

I might as well own up to it and declare my solemn love for cleansing oils. We have moved past the crush stage and into a stable, long-term relationship. I love how gentle (yet effective!) they are—they leave my skin feeling delightfully clean without feeling hardcore...

Solid Olive Primrose Facial Serum

This silky smooth, light-as-a-feather solid facial serum is really neat. It has all the satiny, lightweight loveliness of a liquid serum, but it's easier to transport (no leaks!), and application is even easier thanks to the elimination of the dropper bottle....

Green Tea Face Cream

Rich in antioxidants and all kinds of fresh and citrussy, this face cream is rather brilliant for summer. It's got a thick, almost balm-like consistency, but it spreads over the skin beautifully in a thin, fast-absorbing layer that you wouldn't typically expect from a...

Cleansing Mud Mousse

Have you ever stumbled across a for-sale skin care project that was so simple, yet so expensive, that it made you downright mad? That was my initial reaction to the product that inspired this DIY. $70 for mostly clay, some salt, some inexpensive herbs, and some spices...

Mint Julep Cleansing Oil

This creamy Mint Julep Cleansing Oil came about as a bit of an accident. I had "Julep oil cleanser" on my to-do list as a recipe request, and without referring back to the original request, I got all excited about an oil cleanser that smelled like a mint julep....

Grapefruit Deep Cleansing Oil

I've lost track of the number of requests for a cleansing oil I've received over the last little while. Danielle, Christine, and Shelley all sent some in, and then there's been a bunch in the comments on various posts and videos, so I figured I should pull this one...

Gentle Chamomile Facial Cleanser

I have fallen hard and fast for this Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser. So much so that I made a video of it because I was using it up so rapidly that I needed more, so I figured I might as well film the making of batch #2. If you make anywhere close to as many things as I...

Rejuvenating Pine Pollen Facial Toner

This pretty yellow Rejuvenating Pine Pollen Facial Toner packs a punch for skin that needs a bit of a kick in the pants in the refreshing category. Rich in humectants and alpha hydroxy acids, this toner helps encourage your skin to regenerate and stay hydrated so your...

White Willow Micellar Water

I've been playing around with my skincare routine lately, and one of the things I'm toying with is the notion of gentler cleaners. I've been using African Black Soap a lot for the last three months (or so), and that was working brilliantly for a few months, but now...

Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm

Last autumn Angela wrote in asking for a DIY version of an expensive calendula-infused eye balm she was using in Portugal. The ingredient list was beautiful, and as usual, the price tag was a touch shocking. So, with her enthusiasm for the product I took that...

Orange Blossom Face Cream

Now that I've fallen in love with face creams for winter skin hydration, I'm afraid I'm finding myself on a slippery slope. I caught myself drifting off to sleep the other night thinking about orange blossom water in face cream, and evening primrose oil. Some silk,...

Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub

Today's rather fun Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub comes from a recipe request Kaylee sent in. She'd found a facial scrub that fizzed up like a bath bomb when it got wet, as well as lathered up into a lovely foaming scrub that left your skin feeling wonderfully clean and...

Deb’s Canadian Seaweed Mask

Seaweed is pretty amazing stuff for skin care; it's rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Its texture is a bit sandy, making it a great gentle exfoliant, and when applied to the skin it is said to be a fantastic detoxifying ingredient, drawing out impurities....

Winter Solstice Face Cream

I've had a lot of requests for a straight-up face cream, but for some reason or another, I haven't really strayed into that territory too much until now. That's mostly because I adore oil-based serums; my skin loves their potency, and when a serum is 100% oil based...

Morning Glory Foaming Facial Cleanser

Getting out of bed at this time of year is hard. I have an amazing electric bed warmer (seriously, if you live somewhere cold, getting one is a must) that I use to pre-heat my bed before climbing between the sheets each night, and I run it on low all night so I'm...

Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I'm pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit decieving—it isn't waxy in the slightest. In fact, it feels a lot like water on the skin despite being oil soluble. Orange wax is the wax pressed from orange peels, and it smells utterly...

Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

As the days get drier, I am loving this soft, silky cranberry clay facial scrub that's lightly studded with wee bits of bashed-up cranberry seeds for a touch of exfoliation. It has a low, creamy lather that leaves your skin glowing, gently buffing away any dead, dry...

Brown Rice Cleansing Grains

After I shared my RODIN inspired Luxury Facial Serum back in June, I took a look at the rest of their product line, and their cleansing powder caught my eye. Their marketing brags about rice bran and "asea algae" (carrageenan), but the reviews mentioned lather, so...

Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer

If you're looking for touchable, smooth, soft skin, this Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer is right up your alley. It's a creamy, orange-hued moisturizer features a few scoops of silky smooth arrowroot starch to give your hydrated skin a beautiful dry touch. It was...

Moringa Rose Serum

I've had quite a few requests for this popular rose serum over the years. I think Karen's was the first, back in 2014, but it certainly hasn't been the last. The original looks utterly lovely; a blend of fantastic carrier oils like pomegranate and baobab, with rose,...

Meadowfoam Mango Creamy Facial Cleanser

Today's recipe is born from a request from Kimann, who loves a cleanser from a British skincare brand called Pai. I did some poking around, and it looks like a lovely brand that uses some great ingredients—but the price points! $50USD for 100mL/3.3fl oz of facial...

Rose Gold Facial Serum

Last week I was watching a makeup tutorial with Adele's makeup artist, Michael Ashton, and as he was prepping his beautiful model's skin, he used two products that really intrigued me. One was a fancy-sounding French facial serum; Decleor's Aromessence Rose D'Orient...

Twilight Foaming Clay Scrub

This Twilight Foaming Clay Scrub looks a bit dark, and it gets darker when it gets wet... so dark that you might be wondering how it could actually make your face cleaner. So dark that you're probably thinking you should hide your white towels (you aren't wrong...

Luxury Facial Serum

The amount of money some shop-bought natural skincare products sell for never ceases to amaze me. You'd think I'd be used to seeing price tags north of $150 for a few tablespoons of something, but I'm not. I'm perpetually astonished to find a blend of oils or a simple...

Calming Rose and Chamomile Facial Steam

After basking in the humidity of beautiful places like Southern France and New York for most of last month, my skin really misses having some moisture in the air. I know I'm a bit of an oddity, but I love humidity and heat—especially when they're combined. I feel like...

Creamy Lavender Cardamom Cleansing Lotion

I am loving this gentle (yet super effective) creamy lavender cardamom cleansing lotion these days. It got its first hardcore test late one night (ok, early one morning) when I returned from a sparkle themed party with a good half of my face completely coated in neon...

Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum

My new Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum is a fantastic way to lighten up your skin care routine for warmer days (I'm calling it my PrimPom Serum for short, ha!). It is silky and light, absorbing into your skin quickly and leaving it beautifully hydrated, and...

Creamy Clay Cleansing Balm

This rich, gentle creamy clay cleansing balm is a hybrid between a cleansing balm and a clay bar. It pairs the cleansing powers of emulsifying wax and clay with nourishing oils to leave your skin gently cleansed and lightly hydrated. It also smells a bit like a...

Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub

This super gentle foaming clay scrub smells amazing, leaves your skin wonderfully soft. A base of gentle kaolin clay is spiked with a touch of exfoliating oatmeal and a bright, fresh blend of essential oils to give you a fantastic lathery face scrub in no time flat. A...

Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm

This Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm looks like a green smoothie, which is definitely a bit weird. I wasn't expecting that at all when I measured everything out and got it melting, and then voila—green smoothie cleansing balm! It even smells pretty appetizing,...

Lavender Cleansing Milk

A while back Jane wrote to me to tell me about a cleansing milk/toner she'd been using. "It's basically a creamy citrus-scented toner that you can use as a single step instead of cleanser AND toner if you don't wear tons of makeup. I realized since it's such a basic...

Scottish Rose Salve

In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....

Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...

Magical Primrose Argan Serum

This recipe is ridiculously simple. So simple, in fact, that you might think I just threw it together one day as a bit of a random idea. And you would be right. This project wasn't supposed to be a blog entry—just an experiment. I figured I'd try it out and see, and...

Mustache Wax

With Movember around the corner, this mustache wax is just the thing for encouraging owners of creepy little No’ mo’s to style their newfound facial hair into something dashing and well-groomed. It comes together in a jiffy, and this recipe makes a very manageable...

Peppermint Tooth Powder

I've had quite a few requests for a tooth powder recipe (Megan, Stefanie, Christina, Cristina, and Kristen—thanks!). Some referenced a particular store bought product, while others just wanted my take on natural tooth care. This Peppermint Tooth Powder is what I came...

My Favourite Oils for the Face

The first natural beauty habit I adopted was putting oil on my face. Back in 2010 Meredith talked me into it with her glowing recommendation of argan oil and the gift of a small bottle of the awesome stuff. I questioned her about all the things we think we know about...

Coconut Citrus Cleansing Balm

This creamy orange cleansing balm was born of a recipe request from Sonja. "What I am looking for is a recipe for a BALM that removes facial makeup (not eyes). Hope you can help. LOVE your website - a fab discovery for me. Thank you." A blend of oils is thickened with...

Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

I’ve had a few requests for a facial cleanser that’s creamy, yet exfoliating, and here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s thick, creamy, scrubby, and sudsy, and smells awesome to boot—an exfoliating creamy cleansing balm! Based around my Gentle Cleansing Balm, this creamy...

Clay & Soap Bar

This is my third clay bar, and I'm pretty excited about it. Like previous bars it's mostly clay, but this one is held together with diluted liquid soap instead of water, giving us a bar that's a hybrid between a bar of soap and a clay bar. It's pretty neat. For this...

Winterlight Argan Serum

This milky facial oil is pretty much the opposite of my Argan bronzer. While the bronzer is designed to impart a summery glow, this serum lightens and brightens the complexion, smoothing out imperfections and giving you that Downton Abbey complexion I'm so in love...

Egyptian Magic Cleansing Balm

After falling madly in love with my gentle cleansing balm, I just had to keep playing with the idea. Sabine mentioned that she liked to wash her face with my DIY Egyptian Magic, and that sounded like the perfect place to start playing. Cleansing balm + Egyptian Magic...

Everyday French Green Clay Bar

Last September Margo, a reader and fellow clay aficionado, commented to tell me about this clay bar she used to buy at Sephora. It was just straight clay, in bar form, and it was nearly $50. Yipes! Margo quickly figured out that she could make her own for a lot less,...

Gentle Facial Cleansing Balm

I am so very thrilled with this gentle facial cleanser, and I think you will be, too. It's thick and creamy, and works into a gentle lather as you massage it into damp skin. It rinses away easily, leaving your face clean and smooth, but not overly dry. And, unlike...

Immortelle Primrose Facial Serum

Helichrysum (also called Immortelle or Everlasting) is one of my favourite essential oils. I love its soft, herbal/floral scent and its wonderful healing properties. The pretty yellow flowers of the Helichrysum italicum plant give Helichrysum its nicknames as they...

Gentle Argan Silk Milk

A few months ago Meredith sent me a link to this product, accompanied by a hearty digital laugh. And a well deserved laugh it was. I've talked before about the astonishing markup that Josie Maran sells their argan oil at—closer to $1/mL than the $0.12/mL New...

Cedar Smoke Beard Balm

One of my favourite things about traveling is meeting new people. We often end up connecting as Facebook friends, and their international antics liven up my newsfeed. Ryan is one of these people. I met Ryan at the Glasgow airport—he was working in the duty free shop,...

Rosehip & Tamanu Healing Facial Serum

I think rosehip oil is about to become the next big thing in commercialized natural skincare, making the leap to Sephora shelves a la argan oil & Josie Maran. It's starting to pop up on my non-natural/DIY beauty Pinterest feeds, accompanied by photographs of...

Gentle Yucca & Clay Face Wash

I ordered some powdered yucca root about six months ago, and I've been sitting on it (metaphorically, of course) ever since, wondering what to do with it. You see, yucca is full of natural saponins, meaning it lathers all on its own, just like soapwort and soapnuts....

Peppermint & Cedarwood Aftershave Lotion

This fun aftershave lotion project was another reader request. I can't find the email or comment to thank her, but thank you! This was an awesome thing to puzzle out, and I'm really happy with the result. I first made this cream towards the end of Movember (otherwise...

Tallow Balm for Mature Skin

Sometime last year I stumbled across this really neat blog entry about the benefits of using tallow on the skin—especially for aging skin. Over the months I've mentioned it to readers who have tried it, and reported back with positive results, so I thought it was...

Brighten & Renew Facial Serum

I'm pretty happy with this recipe. It's easy, inexpensive, fast, and the sort of thing you'd pay $50 for at the beauty counter. There's just six ingredients, and the results are quickly noticeable. In the short term you'll notice smoother skin, and over time you'll...

Silver Powder for Banishing Blackheads

This fantastic three-ingredient blackhead banisher is another Mario Badescu dupe. Not only is it cheap and simple to make, but it really does work beautifully. Magically, even. So beautifully you'll find yourself staring at your pores in the mirror, trying to figure...

Peppermint Sugar Lip Scrub Stick

In the winter my lips get unbearably dry. Arrrgh. It's infuriating. Calgary is practically a desert for most of the year, but in the winter I swear we tip into negative humidity. Things don't mold here because it's like living in a dehydrator. Good for line drying...

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...

White Willow Bark Anti-Acne Toner

I've had my eye on some white willow bark for ages, due to its anti-acne properties thanks to its salicin content (grandfather to salicylic acid). You've probably seen store bought anti-acne products bragging that they "contain salicylic acid!", and white willow bark...

Japanese Ground Rice & Bee Pollen Face Scrub

The idea for this facial scrub came from a book of Meredith's I perused the last time I was visiting her. The book was called The Japanese Way of Beauty, and included many recipes for face scrubs to be used in silk or muslin bags. The most basic ones were ground rice,...

Hot & Cold Brightening Facial Scrub

It's not often washing your face is fun, but I would like to put forward this facial scrub as the roller coaster in the amusement park of face washing methods. It fizzes when it gets wet, it's warming, and it's cool and tingly. It exfoliates, and if you use a red clay...

Rose & Silk Facial Setting Spray

I absolutely love my translucent airbrushing powder, but sometimes Calgary is so dry (drier than usual, that is) that is can look a bit powdery for my tastes. That's where this rose & silk facial setting spray comes in. It's pure luxury, and gives a wonderful boost of...

Honey Bee Facial

Debbi has been encouraging me to smear my face with raw honey as of late, and I have to say—I liked the idea. I've read a lot of fantastic things about raw honey. It's a fantastic natural antibiotic ointment (it's also anti-fungal and anti-viral), a humectant (it...

Argan Serum for Mature Skin

I got a ton of positive feedback for my favourite argan serum, which I shared a few weeks ago, so I wanted to share the one I make for my mum and my grandmother. As you may have guessed, my mum (and her mum) have a few years on me, so I've made a few changes to make a...

Toner Tablets

I absolutely love toner. It's a super easy way to give my face a quick cleaning and refreshing, especially after a walk on a hot summer day. Despite the leakage risks, I always travel with it—a small bottle makes for a nice, refreshing break on long flights....

My Favourite Argan Oil Serum

Meredith and I exchange a lot of things—recipes, ingredients, articles, and ideas. Out of all the things she's introduced me to over the years, Argan oil is far and beyond my favourite (the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook series is a close second). I cannot...

Lime Margarita Mousse Lip & Body Scrub

This is one of those ideas I came up with just as I drifted off to sleep, so I was pretty pleased that it was good enough for me to remember it the following morning (I wonder how many ideas I've lost to the aether as I've fallen asleep...). And yes, I do think about...

Super Gentle Homemade Eye Make-Up Remover

I've made a few forays into homemade eye make-up remover. My latest version worked really well, but as it sat on my vanity, the strength of the emulsifying wax slowly increased, and my nice, creamy (but liquid) eye make-up remover gradually turned into something...

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Sensitive Skin Facial Scrub

As with my hair, I try not to bother my face by washing it too often (which also, conveniently, means I don't have to bother myself to wash my face—win/win, says I). Most of the time a simple swipe with some toner will do the trick, but sometimes I need a good...

Intense Facial Moisturizer

Winter is always dry, but Calgary is a special case. It's the sort of place where it is regularly thirsty out, in addition to being cold and/or windy. My skin has always been acutely aware of this, sparking a lotion-toting habit bordering on the ridiculous. A few...

Black Soap

A couple years ago I was in Tribal Eye in Toronto and found these little bags of what looked like dirt clods. The label said "Black Soap", but it didn't look anything like any soap I'd ever seen. Dry, crumbly, and full of brown and black bits, it was thoroughly...

Lemongrass Green Tea Toner

After I motored through my batch of Vitamin C Toner in a matter of weeks, I just had to make another batch. This time I decided to make a few changes. The biggest one was using organic orange blossom green tea instead of aloe vera juice. I also added mango extract and...

Sea Buckthorn Acne Serum

I've been planning to make an acne serum for a while now. I've had all kinds of great, healing oils in my cupboard for a while now. Oils like tamanu, black currant seed, baobab, and sea buckthorn. I stumbled across a little tip via Pinterest recommending applying sea...

Intense Vitamin Mask

A few weeks ago I watched a shockingly lengthy Lisa Eldrige video tutorial on her beauty regimen on long flights. I watched it mostly out of curiosity, and was not surprised at all to find that she uses more beauty products on a plane ride than I use on a normal day....

Vitamin C Toner

A new order of goodies recently arrived on my doorstep from New Directions Aromatics, so I've been spending the last few days playing with my new toys. One of the things I've been just itching to make ever since I placed the order was a vitamin C toner. I'd included...

Gentle Clay Facial Scrub

Now that I've been making all kinds of make up, I find myself needing a way to get it off my face. This probably sounds a bit odd, but since I've never really worn make-up before, this is a new problem for me. Now, I know the OCM does a good job, but I've been...

The Oil Cleansing Method (or OCM)

The Oil Cleansing Method has been getting some attention on the internet as of late. A quick Google search turns up thousands of blog entries and forum posts, as well as the official website of the OCM. There's plenty to read about it if you're in the mood. You'll...

Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Try as I might, with an arsenal of lip balms in every purse and desk drawer, winter always manages to dry out my lips in the most uncomfortable ways. Even with frequent applications of my best beeswax lip balm, I need more. I need exfoliation. This scrub does the...

Better DIY Pore Strips

I tried a recipe for pore strips last week made from gelatin and milk. They worked pretty well, but smelled... horrible. Like a dairy and a rendering plant. And the gelatin was so lumpy that it looked like I had leprosy when I spread it on my face. Not a good look. I...

7 Uses for Green Clay

A couple months ago I ordered a 500g tub of green French clay from NDA. It turns out that 500g of a light, fluffy dust is a lot of green. So I've been experimenting a lot, and I think I've almost used half of it. Turns out it's a wonderfully diverse thing to have on...

Lip Balm

Creamy Lip Balm

This rich, creamy lip balm came out of the experiments I did as I was developing my recipe for my Basic Moldable Lipstick Base. It was the far end of my "let's make this creamier" experiments, and while I loved how it felt, it basically glued itself to the inside of...

Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask

Back in December I picked up Laniege’s Lip Sleeping Mask at San Francisco’s Duty Free shop during a rather long stop-over on my way to New Zealand. I’d read about the product working wonders for super dry lips and was intrigued by those claims and also by the idea of...

Lemon Rose Tinted Lip Balm

After returning from a week in Toronto earlier this month my lips were a mess. Toronto is wonderfully humid whilst Calgary is... not... and my lips had been spoilt with all that decadent, skin-loving humidity. The return to Calgary saw my lips pitching a very...

Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm

Most of the vegan lip balms I've tried share the characteristic of being quite glassy and thin—they lack that rich creaminess of beeswax lip balms. With a beeswax lip balm you can really schmear it on and it'll stay there and lock in moisture for ages (especially this...

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Vegan Lip Balm

If you have ever dreamed of living in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, or figure the best superpower ever would be the ability to eat as much chocolate as possible without it having any calories, I think this lip balm is for you. Decadent, super-fragrant cocoa butter...

Chamomile Citrus Vegan Lip Balm

The consistency I look for in a lip balm is almost entirely dictated by how my lips are feeling. If I'm feeling extra parched and lizard-like I'll reach for something sticky (like this or this) that has the power to stubbornly cling to my lips and really lock in...

Tinted Coal Lip Balm

I thought I'd mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something dark...

Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Ever since I made my Chocolate Lip Butter I've been completely smitten with it, so naturally I want more of it in all kinds of different variations. I've been wishing for a citrussy lip treat for ages, but since citrus essential oils are photosensitizing, I've never...

Chocolate Lip Butter

Out of all the things I've made that I have to frequently remind myself not to eat, this Chocolate Lip Butter is pretty high up that list. It smells downright delicious, and leaves my lips oh-so wonderfully soft and hydrated. And did I mention that it smells exactly...

Blushing Rosehip Lip Balm

A few years ago I acquired a bag of bright pink rosehip botanical extract in my quest for something that would make an awesome lip stain (and I've heard from many readers who did the same, for lip stain or other projects). Rosehip powder was a resounding failure in...

Sticky Coconut Lip Balm

'Tis the season for horrible lizard lips, and this lip balm is my lizard lip savior. This super simple, wonderfully effective Sticky Coconut Lip Balm came about thanks to Susan, who commented on my Quick Guide to Coconut Oil & Beeswax Ratios back in 2014 to tell me...

Maple Syrup Lip Balm

As a Canadian it is my patriotic duty to try to incorporate maple syrup into as many things as I can manage. Today's thing is lip balm, and it is lovely. This taffy coloured maple syrup lip balm is creamy, hydrating, and lightly maple scented. Please don't eat it,...

Scottish Rose Salve

In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....

Candy Cane Lip Balm

This idea came to me from Sarah over on the East Coast of Canada, who told me about making candy cane lip balm for Christmas last year. The idea stuck, and here we are! What could be better for Christmas gift giving? We’ll kick the scent department off with the base...

Princess Lip Balm

This sparkly princess lip balm is a continuation on a theme that started with my princess soap. It’s great for the little ladies (and the big ones), and smells pretty awesome (roses, lavender, and vanilla). Mmm. The base of this princess lip balm is a blend of glossy...

Red Velvet Lip Balm

Red Velvet cake is one of those things people can get quite particular about, and with its striking red colour and bright white frosting, it’s hard to blame them. This red velvet lip balm is inspired by this decadent dessert. This indulgent, glossy lip balm uses a...

Lavender Cardamom Lip Balm

Bobbie wrote in with a request for this lovely sounding lavender cardamom lip balm—I must admit it was the mention of cardamom that pulled me in. I adore the bright, sweet note the cardamom adds to any scent blend, and I'm always looking for new places to use it. Add...

Mimosa Coconut Lip Balm

This summery smelling mimosa coconut lip balm makes use of tropical mimosa floral wax to get a soft floral scent that's rather lovely and exotic. Like all lip balms, this one is a blend of different oils and butters, thickened with wax. I'm using my coconut oil, cocoa...

Royal Hibiscus Lip Tint

This pretty, ruddy russet-toned lip tint glides on with a pop of mint and a hint of golden shimmer. Everything comes together quickly and easily, leaving you with a fistful of little gifts for friends and family in no time. The colour comes from an infusion of...

Double Mint Lip Balm

This silky smooth double mint lip balm marries strong, bright peppermint with soft, subtle spearmint, and adds a hint of spicy French rosemary for good measure. It's a simple lip balm, with a base of glossy coconut oil, moisturizing cocoa butter, and soothing olive...

Ruby Lip Tint

This pretty ruby lip tint gets its ruby colour pop from an infusion of alkanet root—Batschia canescens. Native to the Mediterranean, it produces bright blue flowers and dark red roots that have been used as a dye for hundreds of years. Alkanet powder itself is pretty...

Vanilla Latte Swirl Lip Balm

This sweet, smooth vanilla latte swirl lip balm is downright delightful. It's like a trip to a local café in a vibrant new city. New York, perhaps, or London. The smell of rich coffee mingles with sweet vanilla and mouth watering cocoa. A touch of optional shimmery...

London Fog Lip Balm

I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf....

Coral Lip Balm

This pretty coral lip balm brings a pretty pop of colour and a hint of shimmer to an already awesome tube of lip balm. It's fun to make and easily tweaked to your preferred shade of coral and level of colour and shimmer—I like it a lot. The colour comes from a blend...

Ginger Petitgrain Lip Balm

This light and gently spiced lip balm is just the thing for brightening your days, even if they are unbearably short right now (as mine are). Ginger adds a hint of spicy warmth, while petitgrain brings an intriguingly dry hint of citrus to the lip balm (sans...

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

I thought I'd continue my pumpkin spice spree with this delightful Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. Not only does it smell of pie and leave your lips smooth and glossy, but it also contains real pumpkin oil, which gives it a wonderful mandarin hue. Want to watch this recipe...

Rose Spearmint Lip Balm

Several months ago I ordered some rose wax from Saffire Blue, and apart from enthusiastically sniffing the wee baggie it came in, I haven't done anything with it until now. This lovely rose and spearmint lip balm was well worth the wait, though. Want to buy this lip...

Sun Kissed Lip Balm

This fun bronze-tinted shimmery sun kissed lip balm is perfect for summer. With a fantastic cocoa peppermint scent, great glide, and some shimmer and shine, I'm loving having this in my purse this summer. A base of beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond...

Blushing Argan Lip Balm

This carnation coloured Blushing Argan Lip Balm is inspired by Josie Maran's Argan Lip Treatment. It sounded like a good idea, but the reviews were a little mixed. Some users raved about it—subtle, smoothing, shiny. Others said it was a bit lackluster, from...

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...

Mocha Lip Balm

Allow me to introduce you to something that is wonderful and delicious. It is lip balm that has been infused with coffee and chocolate, resulting in a fancy coffee shop experience for your kisser. This mocha lip balm smells incredible, tastes pretty darn good, and...

Silver Shimmer Lip Balm

As much as I generally detest winter, I will concede that it can be very pretty. My favourite winter sight is that of trees coated in sparkling ice crystals—it's as if the entire world has been coated in diamond dust. That's what this silver shimmer lip balm makes me...

Rosehip Lip Gloss

I was rather sad when my rosehip lip stain totally failed to do much of anything. It had so much promise! The name sounded so nice! The powder was so, so very pink! And I now had a bag of rosehip powder that I now had no other use for… at least the last problem could...

Peppermint Sugar Lip Scrub Stick

In the winter my lips get unbearably dry. Arrrgh. It's infuriating. Calgary is practically a desert for most of the year, but in the winter I swear we tip into negative humidity. Things don't mold here because it's like living in a dehydrator. Good for line drying...

Gingerbread Lip Balm

I will happily confess that I have a bit of a thing for gingerbread. It’s delicious, and it smells fantastic. It is also a beautiful, deep colour that seems to be to hearken to days gone by, where rye bread, dark liquor, and unrefined foods abounded. A bit overly...

Cranberry Lip Balm

Every year around this time The Body Shop releases their seasonal line of cranberry inspired body products. I say "inspired" because they don't seem to have much in common with the little red berry other than the colour. I used to love the lip gloss, but once I...

Bayberry Vegan Lip Balm

I've had quite a few requests for a vegan lip balm recipe, and it's been on my to-do list for ages now. What yanked developing this recipe to the top of my to-do list was the discovery of bayberry wax. I'd never heard of it before. It was described as "an aromatic...

Chocolate Lip Balm (Trick & Treat)

I had great Halloween costumes as a kid. My mom was a fantastic seamstress who made us (my brother and I) new costumes every other year. As kids we went as rabbits and dinosaurs, and then graduated up to princesses, ninjas, fairy princesses, storm troopers, and (one...

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

This peppermint cocoa lip balm was just supposed to be a peppermint lip balm, but my cocoa butter had more ambitious plans. It is a beautiful, fragrant cocoa butter, and in the end I got a lip balm that smells like a delicious little Girl Guide cookie. It glides on...

Naked Lip Balm

The cocoa butter from New Directions Aromatics is easily the most fragrant cocoa butter I’ve ever worked with, and it is just divine. Its delicious, chocolately scent is strong enough to come out in concentrations as low as 15%, and I am just in love. That’s where...

Bronze Shimmer Stick

There are many wonderful things about having Scottish ancestry. You have a beautiful homeland to visit. You can claim many fantastic people, like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan), Ewan McGreggor, Robbie Burns, and Alexander Graham Bell as your fellow countrymen....

Strawberry Shimmer Stick

Here's yet another project I'm really excited to share with you—it's a multipurpose tinted lip balm/blush stick. I'm calling it a strawberry shimmer stick for the colour, and I am just in love with how easy it is to throw this little stick in my travel bag when I'm...

Cupuacu Lip Balm

Despite my overflowing ingredients cupboard, and all the wonderful oils and butters that I love, there's only so much room in my purse (I don't have one the size of a puppy carrier). So, if something makes it into my purse, that's pretty special. Cupuacu butter is the...

Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm

A quick scroll through Pinterest or flip through a fashion magazine will tell you that sheers, bright colors, and those skirts with the front half missing (also called hi-lo skirts) are all very "in" this summer. This lovely lip balm is both sheer and bright, and...

Intensely Moisturizing Shea Butter Lip Balm

These days it somehow seems even drier than usual. It might be the stronger, more frequent chinooks we get as spring starts to think about heading our way, but I've found my lips are more parched than they usually are, so I set out to create an ultra moisturizing shea...

Lightly Tinted Lip Balm

This lightly tinted lip balm was borne out of my new (and tepid) fondness for red lipstick. It's very "in" right now (I know, even I'm amazed I noticed). It's fun to wear, but then it inevitably gets on things, can taste funny, and thanks to all the pigment, lipstick...

Tinted Lip Balm

If you haven't tried my lip balm recipe, you are seriously missing out. I recently gave a tube to a friend, and as soon as she tried it she sent me an e-mail gushing about it; its perfect texture, its slight sheen on application, and its A+ melting point. The only...

Better Than Burt’s: Perfect Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

As anyone who lives in Calgary well knows, the air is about as humid as a lit barbeque, though usually not as hot. I don’t think anyone’s skin fares particularly well in such conditions, but I’m pretty sure mine fares worse than most. I’ve been carrying lip balm with...

Lotion

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...

Houdini Anti Acne Creme

I've had a few requests for a lotion similar to LUSH's Vanishing Creme, so this is it. The idea is the creme will make your acne vanish, so with that in mind, I set out to make my very own Houdini Anti Acne Creme—something worthy of the great Houdini. I took some cues...

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 shea...

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...

Crazy Hair Pudding

Ana sent in a request for this luscious hair moisturizer. The original was designed for drier hair—curly, afro textured, and wavy types. The ingredient list featured all kinds of lovely ingredients, guaranteed to impart deep moisture to dry hair. Best of all, however,...

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...

Immortelle Primrose Facial Serum

Helichrysum (also called Immortelle or Everlasting) is one of my favourite essential oils. I love its soft, herbal/floral scent and its wonderful healing properties. The pretty yellow flowers of the Helichrysum italicum plant give Helichrysum its nicknames as they...

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! The water base of...

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, and I...

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...

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...

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...

Luxurious Silk Lotion

I just got some silk peptide in my latest fun DIY type ingredients order, so I'm playing with it (of course). I'm also having lots of fun with emulsifying wax, so I just had to make a lovely, luxurious lotion with silk and all kinds of wonderful things. Silk peptide...

DIY Lotion

If you’ve ever made a smoothie, you can make lotion. Hell, even if you haven’t, I’m pretty sure you can make lotion. It’s a simple emulsion, and you can use a blender to do most of the work. Homemade lotion has heaps of advantages over that stuff you buy from the...

Face Masks

Herbs & Honey Pink Clay Mask

Today's project is inspired by a face mask I spotted on Instagram that rings it at about $100/100mL. It definitely had some good ingredients in it, but nothing that should make it that sort of wince-worthy expensive. My version blends two different clays with some...

Rose Silk Hydrating Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are all the rage these days, but they are also usually at least $1–2 a piece, and you only get to use them once, and that’s a bit ridiculous. I have a few (mostly from last October's trip to NYC) and I find myself hoarding them (like I used to do with bath...

Canada Day Clay Face Mask

Happy Canada Day! For anyone who doesn't already know, I'm Canadian, and Canada Day was yesterday—a day where we celebrate red and white, maple leaves, apologizing to people who bump into you, and our delicious decision to elevate doughnut holes into their own food...

Earl Grey Face Mask

I thought we'd continue our Earl Grey theme today with this simple clay face mask that helps brighten the complexion and fade hyper-pigmentation left behind by healing acne. It's made from just a few simple ingredients that you almost certainly already have, comes...

Snowflake Face Mask Mix

I’m a huge fan and advocate of clay face masks—I love the pampering factor, how they gently exfoliate, and how they help clear out my pores, leaving my face refreshed and invigorated. For all the praise I heap on them, though, it’s been a hard thing to get my...

Calming Milk and Honey Face Mask

This past weekend I ran my first-ever 10km race! It was in Montreal, and it was proper hot last weekend—so hot they cancelled the full marathon out of safety concerns. The 10k race was at 8:45am and it was already somewhere between warm and hot when that started,...

Fuller’s Earth Calming Lavender Face Mask

If your skin is hankering for a bit of pore cleansing, brightening, lavender-scented goodness, this is the mask for you. It stars Fuller's Earth clay (also known as Multani Mitti), a clay with a long history of cleansing, brightening, and helping fade acne scars. I've...

Yogurt Oat Face Mask

A couple months ago I made a pretty awesome discovery—yogurt + my face. It's not so much the yogurt as the probiotics that live in it; millions of little happy bacteria, living some sort of pastoral life in my fermented milk product. Well, that's how I like to imagine...

Honey Bee Sheet Face Mask

OK—before I dive into this Honey Bee Sheet Face Mask recipe, I need to warn you guys about something. If you've been following me for a while, by now you are used to my mask recipes coming with a few goofy-yet-cute selfies of me with pasty goo all over my face. This...

Morning Frost Face Mask

It will not come as a surprise that I am no lover of winter, but I will concede that it can be very pretty. I love the sparkle of morning frost, especially when a thin dusting of it adorns every tree branch, porch step, and fence post. On a perfectly crisp morning the...

Holiday Parfait Face Mask

These cute jars of Holiday Parfait Face Mask make fantastic gifts as well as fantastic face masks. Layers of different colours of clay stack up in cute jars for the perfect stocking stuffer that'll pamper the pores of anybody lucky enough to be on your gifting list....

Brightening Kaolin Bentonite Face Mask

This Brightening Kaolin Bentonite Face Mask came about as a bit of an oopsie. After I made my video on the differences between kaolin and bentonite clay I had a total brainfart as I went to put the clays away. Instead of putting the unused benonite back into its...

Salty Sea Mud Face Mask

Alright, I'll admit it. I have a clay problem. So, when I discovered that Bulk Apothecary carries a clay I've never tried before... well, guys... it called to me. A siren song of powdery, pore cleansing goodness, and I was powerless to resist. The clay in question is...

Lilac Rose Face Mask

My garden has sprung to life with beautiful pale purple lilacs, fluffy pink roses, and a lawn that needs to be mowed far more often than seems necessary (it's still better than shovelling the walk, though!). Whenever I work outside on my back porch I'm distracted by...

Honey Bee Face Mask

Spring has sprung here in Calgary! We've got blooming tulips, budding roses, leafy trees, green grass, and lovely bumbling bees again, and all of this makes me unbelievably happy. In honour of our recently returned bumbling bee friends I whipped up this silky honey...

Mocha Face Mask

This exfoliating mocha face mask smells downright divine and is a wonderful gentle cleanser. It was just what I needed after submitting my manuscript for Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com to my...

Moringa Face Mask

I whipped up this moringa face mask the day after returning from Philadelphia, where I met with my publisher and we took some pretty photos for my upcoming book (!). After many hours spent on airplanes and in airports, jumping from dry to humid to dry again, and days...

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Today is the winter solstice here in North America—the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We'll see less than eight hours of daylight here in Calgary today, and it will be dark both when I leave for work and when I head home at the end of the day....

Pumpkin Pie Face Mask

I love pumpkin pie. I know lots of people mostly love it as a carrier for whipped cream, but me? I’m all about that filling. That creamy, custardy, spicy orange filling. Bring it on. I would spread it on toast if given the opportunity (though a spoon is better). So,...

Chia Seed Face Mask

Chia seeds are pretty cool little things. They start out as unassuming little speckled bits, roughly the same size as a course grain of sand. When soaked in liquid, they become gooey and gelatinous, making them fun additions to drinks and a great vegan egg substitute....

Dead Sea, Seaweed, & Silk Face Mask

This exfoliating, pore cleaning face mask is full of minerals, enzymes, and vitamins to leave your face feeling fresh and awesome. I blended mineral rich Dead Sea mud, enzyme loaded raw honey, and some water for the base of my mask. Into that, I whisked healing silk,...

Deep Cleansing Midnight Face Mask

Summer is just about the only time of year I regularly put something on my face that I didn't make—sunscreen. And as much as I can go for the good, effective, non-icky stuff... my skin does not love it. The combination of sunscreen, sun, sweat, and general summertime...

Gentle Rose & Clay Face Mask

A few weeks ago one of my yoga classmates gifted me a bag of rose powder. She'd heard about my DIY tendencies (addiction) and thought I could put it to good use. Exciting! This gentle face mask is the first of what will likely be many projects involving it. The rose...

Silken Muddy Honey Mask

The inspiration for this mask came from a recipe request from Alexandra, who wanted a homemade alternative for an $80 mask/cleanser from a luxury brand. I took a look at the original and decided to wander off in my own direction, and I'm really happy with where I...

Seaside Face Scrub & Mask

As the weather gets warmer, I often think of summers spent on the west coast of British Columbia with my family as a kid. We'd poke about in tide pools, kayak around sandstone points, and explore island forests. With a blend of seaweed and sea salt, this face scrub...

Minty Face & Body Mask

In all my years of doing clay face masks, I really haven't had much success getting men to give them a go. My dad rolls his eyes and laughs if he ever sees me in one, cousins have declined my goopy offers as politely as possible, and my brother wouldn't dream of it....

Soothing Oat & Honey Face Mask

If your skin is on the sensitive side, I think you'll love this simple soothing oat and honey face mask. Made with just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, it comes together in a flash and leaves your skin feeling tight, clean, and refreshed. You'll also get to...

Clay & Soap Bar

This is my third clay bar, and I'm pretty excited about it. Like previous bars it's mostly clay, but this one is held together with diluted liquid soap instead of water, giving us a bar that's a hybrid between a bar of soap and a clay bar. It's pretty neat. For this...

Apple Cider Vinegar & Manuka Honey Anti-Acne Mask

This simple mask can be easily made from ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen, and can be amped up with a few more that you can likely pick up at your local heath food shop. It’s full of beneficial enzymes and acne-fighting ingredients, and leaves your skin feeling...

Pink Rose Clay Bar

After falling madly in love with my Everyday French Green Clay Bar I decided I needed more of them. Clay bars are downright fantastic for daily light clay use and they're far more travel friendly than a baggie of mysterious looking powder (especially if you're...

Coconut & Pineapple Face Mask

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you will definitely love this face mask. It's gentle, smells like a piña colada, and leaves your skin refreshed, gently exfoliated, and wondering if it's in Tahiti. The base of the mask is kaolin clay, a mild...

Dead Sea & Manuka Honey Face Mask

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, this green-tinted ebony face mask looks a bit strange, but packs a detoxing, healing punch. The base of the mask is Dead Sea mud and French green clay. Dead Sea mud is thick—something like chilled peanut butter—and smells...

French Face Mask

This simple clay based face mask is delightfully simple and effective. Inspired by my love of French green clay, it does a fantastic job of clearing out the pores, soothing the skin, and encouraging healing. The base of the mask is French green clay, my all-time...

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...

Everyday French Green Clay Bar

Last September Margo, a reader and fellow clay aficionado, commented to tell me about this clay bar she used to buy at Sephora. It was just straight clay, in bar form, and it was nearly $50. Yipes! Margo quickly figured out that she could make her own for a lot less,...

Luxurious Green Tea & Silk Face Mask

This smooth and simple clay face mask comes together in no time, and leaves your pores clean and your face firmed and refreshed. And, with luxurious ingredients like silk and green tea, it's perfect for an indulgent girls night in. I never miss a weekly clay face mask...

Dead Sea & Silk Face Mask

This rather exotic face mask is a great addition to any spa day. It's a blend of Dead Sea mud, silk, and clay, with a spicy hit from black pepper essential oil. Creamy and dark, it'll leave your skin tightened and clean, and as a bonus, anybody who catches a glimpse...

Healing Herbal Face Mask

I love clay face masks, and I've been having a lot of fun with herbs lately, so I thought it was high time to combine the two to create a mask that boosts circulation, clears out your pores, and helps speed up healing with a dose of anti-acne goodness. The herbs I...

Coconut Cream Face Mask

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: out of all the things I've discovered in my natural/DIY journeys, face masks are easily in the top 5 (along with argan oil). They vacuum out pores, increase circulation, boost healing, gently exfoliate, and seemingly put a...

Pore Shrinking Mask

My friend Meredith is super awesome for many reasons, but the reason I would like to broadcast today is how she is always finding awesome things for me to make, and cool new ingredients for me to try. She's the lovely lady who got me hooked on argan oil back in...

Activated Charcoal & Clay Spot Treatment

This is another one of those things that’s been on my to-do list for ages. Ever since I read that activated charcoal is a fantastic detox/drawing-out ingredient, and then happened to see it as an ingredient in some fancy face mask I’ve almost entirely forgotten about,...

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...

Cooling Summer Peppermint Mask

It's my birthday! Yay! I'm spending it at one of my favourite places—our family cottage in Manitoba. To celebrate, I will be laying in the sun, reading a good book, drinking some beer, doing dock yoga, and eating awesome chocolate cake. And, to celebrate, I wanted to...

Honey Bee Facial

Debbi has been encouraging me to smear my face with raw honey as of late, and I have to say—I liked the idea. I've read a lot of fantastic things about raw honey. It's a fantastic natural antibiotic ointment (it's also anti-fungal and anti-viral), a humectant (it...

Gentle Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Face Mask

I'm absolutely loving oatmeal as of late. It's just so comforting and classic, and especially good for sensitive skin. While I wouldn't exactly call my skin sensitive, sometimes I don't want a face mask that's quite as tight and drying as my mostly clay ones tend to...

Gentle Spiced Face Mask

I tend to really plaster my face masks on, like I'm trying to lay tiles on my face or something. It seems to do the trick, so I continue to spread my clay concoctions on thickly (if more is better with Nutella, it must be true with masks as well, yes?). Anyhow, I...

English Rose Garden Face Mask

When I visited Alnwick in Northern England, Kara and I toured Alnwick Castle and Gardens. The castle was lovely; the sort of place you could only dream about living in. Gilded ceilings, richly coloured carpets, sweeping staircases, stunning furniture, and portrait...

Banish Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs suck. After investing time and energy into looking presentable in a bikini, they can foil you like a stubborn, spoiled child. Grr. I've read a lot of tips for fixing ingrowns: moisturize, exfoliate, blah blah blah. Doesn't really seem to do much. But I...

Seaweed & Clay Hair Mask

If you're anything like me, you'll do this right after you clean your tub or shower. I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but every time I do something that will make a serious mess in my tub, it always ends up being right after I've scrubbed it out. And yet it never...

Intense Vitamin Mask

A few weeks ago I watched a shockingly lengthy Lisa Eldrige video tutorial on her beauty regimen on long flights. I watched it mostly out of curiosity, and was not surprised at all to find that she uses more beauty products on a plane ride than I use on a normal day....

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...

Awesome Homemade Facial Mask

I love giving myself facials. They do all sorts of great things for my skin, and I look like a martian with green goo spread all over my face (major bonus points). Over the last few months I've come up with a recipe I like, and a routine. Every other Saturday I spend...

7 Uses for Green Clay

A couple months ago I ordered a 500g tub of green French clay from NDA. It turns out that 500g of a light, fluffy dust is a lot of green. So I've been experimenting a lot, and I think I've almost used half of it. Turns out it's a wonderfully diverse thing to have on...

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...

Healing Herbal Face Mask

I love clay face masks, and I've been having a lot of fun with herbs lately, so I thought it was high time to combine the two to create a mask that boosts circulation, clears out your pores, and helps speed up healing with a dose of anti-acne goodness. The herbs I...

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...

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...

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! The water base of...

Rosehip & Tamanu Healing Facial Serum

I think rosehip oil is about to become the next big thing in commercialized natural skincare, making the leap to Sephora shelves a la argan oil & Josie Maran. It's starting to pop up on my non-natural/DIY beauty Pinterest feeds, accompanied by photographs of...

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 push-up...

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 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...

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 wondered if...

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...

Hair Care

Hair Rinses

Kombucha Hair Rinse

Have you fallen in love with kombucha yet? The fizzy, sweet-and-sour, probiotic tea drink is available for purchase all over these days. In glass bottles and cute little cans it comes spiked with ginger, berries, and other flavourings, and will really get things...

Powdered Acidic Hair Rinse

When I went to Costa Rica for a week in 2014 I thought I could get away with skipping my apple cider vinegar rinses for a week. Oooooh boy, was I wrong. An acidic rinse works to smooth the shaft of the hair back down after basic shampoo opens everything up. My hair...

Silk Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If you’re using homemade shampoo bars to wash your hair, an acidic rinse isn’t really optional—it’s a must. Because the high pH of true soap raises the scales that make up your hair, you’ll need to smooth them back down with something acidic or you’ll find your hair...

Honey, Lemon, and Chamomile Hair Rinse

This pretty yellow hair rinse is great for those of you who detest vinegar in your hair rinses, and it just might help lighten your hair a bit as well. It's made from three simple ingredients and comes together in a flash—what more could you want? The base of the...

Shine & Detangle ACV Hair Rinse

It isn't often that I create something that immediately becomes part of my regular hair or body care routines. That's partly because I am rather, err, prolific (i.e. my counters, cupboards, and pantries are loaded with tons of options to choose from every day), and...

Super Shiny ACV Hair Rinse

This was a total accident—I was just looking for a way to cover up some of the vinegar-y scent of my apple cider vinegar hair rinse. All I did was load it up with some pink grapefruit essential oil, using a bit of solubilizer to help things emulsify. After my hair...

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Greasy Hair

I love to rinse my hair with diluted apple cider vinegar after I've shampooed—it helps balance the pH and smooth out my hair. I'm not alone in this; apple cider vinegar rinses are very popular in the natural haircare community. Anyhow, I got to thinking about how...

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

An apple cider vinegar rinse makes your hair nice and soft and shiny, and helps balance the pH of your scalp (supposedly). It's also easy and practically free compared to any other kind of shampoo. You just need apple cider vinegar and water. Tada. About 1 part cider...

Shampoo

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars, I...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Chai Latté Soap

I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended kaolin clay with milk powder, ground cloves,...

Peppermint Tingle Shampoo

A couple months ago my friend Tanvi got in touch. She'd been reading my blog and wanted to get in on natural hair care, and she wanted my help. She says her hair is dry and brittle, and she wants to get away from commercially made hair products. So, we worked together...

Cinnamon Swirl Soap & Shampoo

When I first started making soap, this was one of the first bars I tried. I saw a similar bar at a farmer's market in Manitoba and thought it was a pretty cool idea, and I set out to do it myself as soon as I got home. Those original bars are long gone, but after a...

Lemongrass & Seaweed Shampoo

Sadly, I don't get out to the ocean all that often. It is, in my defense, nearly 1000km to the nearest one, and that would make for a very long bike ride, so I feel like I'm not exactly slacking in the ocean department. Anyhow, this shampoo smells like the ocean side,...

My All-in-One Soap Recipe

I'm not a big fan of having my shower crowded with two dozen bottles. I've had friends with roommates that had so many shower products there was barely room to stand in the shower! Their showers were crowded with a different shampoo and conditioner for every day of...

Latté Shampoo

If you're going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you've got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don't I'm afraid I can't be of much help), so I'm going to...

Shea Butter & Citrus Shampoo Bar

This is the second batch of soap I ever made, and it's become one of my favourites over time. The long curing time is definitely beneficial because I used shea butter as my hard oil (and as far as hard oils go, it's not very hard). I also used avocado oil, so the bars...

DIY Shampoo Bars

I've been making my own shampoo bars for about a year, and I love them. There's really very little difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of plain 'ol cold processed soap. Shampoo bars tend to be a bit more gentle and more lathery. That's achieved by using more...

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

I've written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It's pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it's not ideal for those with more...

The Cheapest & Easiest Homeade Dry Shampoo

This is the easiest way possible to make your hair look clean when it isn't. It's also cheap. And smells like chocolate. What more could you want? This is best for brunettes and dirty blondes. Just mix equal parts cornstarch and cocoa powder. Apply it to greasy roots...

Conditioner

Rose Cardamom Cleansing Conditioner

After making and testing my Cream of Earl Grey Cleansing Conditioner I fell in love with the concept and the product. I found it left my hair incredibly soft and manageable, and I loved the single step in the shower. Working palmfuls of creamy conditioner through my...

Cream of Earl Grey Cleansing Conditioner

I've had loads of requests for a cleansing conditioner, and I'm really excited to finally have one to share! This one is decadently creamy and works through the hair with no lather. It rinses out beautifully, leaving the hair clean and wonderfully manageable (I...

Conditioning Super Nourishing Hair Balm

One of the first recipes I ever shared on Humblebee & Me was for a "Super Nourishing Hair Balm", all the way back in October of 2011. I'd actually made the balm months earlier, before I'd launched the blog, and had been testing it all summer and fall before I suddenly...

Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque

The inspiration for this Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque came from a rather persistent Facebook advert for a similar product. It stalked me all over, pelting me with montages of women with stunning, shiny, voluminous hair and positively chiseled eyebrows. I did end up on...

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

Vanilla Spice Conditioner Bar

When I was in university I had the most wonderful roommate in second year. Harriet and I started as roomies and are still fast friends to this day. There were many things that made us fantastic roommates, including our shared appreciation of pizza nights, clean door...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Monoi de Tahiti Hair Conditioner

You don't have to read much about Monoi de Tahiti to decide that you must have a bottle—stat—as it is clearly going to transform you into a tropical goddess with the waist-long luscious hair of Disney princesses and the skin of a sun-kissed Victoria's Secret model. It...

Orange Blast Solid Conditioner Bar

This sunny Orange Blast Solid Conditioner Bar has a new position of prominence and glory in my shower. It smells like the juiciest of oranges, leaves my hair feeling downright divine (I'd invite you to run your fingers through it via the internet if I could), and I'm...

Marula Overnight Hair Mask

With drier days on the way, and a few months of sun exposure behind us, this rich and hydrating Marula Overnight Hair Mask couldn't be more timely. I learned about overnight hair masks from a YouTube video of "beauty hacks that work" (or something to that effect), and...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner

Ever since I started publishing creamy hair conditioner recipes a few months ago, readers have been asking about the possibility of including some vinegar in the water part of the emulsion to create a two-in-one conditioner that eliminates the need for a separate...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars, I...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Chai Latté Soap

I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended kaolin clay with milk powder, ground cloves,...

Peppermint Tingle Shampoo

A couple months ago my friend Tanvi got in touch. She'd been reading my blog and wanted to get in on natural hair care, and she wanted my help. She says her hair is dry and brittle, and she wants to get away from commercially made hair products. So, we worked together...

Cinnamon Swirl Soap & Shampoo

When I first started making soap, this was one of the first bars I tried. I saw a similar bar at a farmer's market in Manitoba and thought it was a pretty cool idea, and I set out to do it myself as soon as I got home. Those original bars are long gone, but after a...

Lemongrass & Seaweed Shampoo

Sadly, I don't get out to the ocean all that often. It is, in my defense, nearly 1000km to the nearest one, and that would make for a very long bike ride, so I feel like I'm not exactly slacking in the ocean department. Anyhow, this shampoo smells like the ocean side,...

My All-in-One Soap Recipe

I'm not a big fan of having my shower crowded with two dozen bottles. I've had friends with roommates that had so many shower products there was barely room to stand in the shower! Their showers were crowded with a different shampoo and conditioner for every day of...

Latté Shampoo

If you're going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you've got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don't I'm afraid I can't be of much help), so I'm going to...

Shea Butter & Citrus Shampoo Bar

This is the second batch of soap I ever made, and it's become one of my favourites over time. The long curing time is definitely beneficial because I used shea butter as my hard oil (and as far as hard oils go, it's not very hard). I also used avocado oil, so the bars...

DIY Shampoo Bars

I've been making my own shampoo bars for about a year, and I love them. There's really very little difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of plain 'ol cold processed soap. Shampoo bars tend to be a bit more gentle and more lathery. That's achieved by using more...

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

I've written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It's pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it's not ideal for those with more...

The Cheapest & Easiest Homeade Dry Shampoo

This is the easiest way possible to make your hair look clean when it isn't. It's also cheap. And smells like chocolate. What more could you want? This is best for brunettes and dirty blondes. Just mix equal parts cornstarch and cocoa powder. Apply it to greasy roots...

Soap

Bar Soap

Sugar Plum Christmas Soap

Welcome to our first Christmas 2018 soap—Sugar Plum Christmas Soap! Sugar plum will be one of our ongoing themes this season, and I'm really excited about all the different projects I've devised for it. We're kicking off the theme with these stunning purple, swirly,...

Citrus Poppy Seed Swirl Soap

I had so much fun creating these sunny, speckled bars. The idea was to create a swirl using texture—as opposed to colour—to differentiate the swirl from the rest of the soap. When I set out to make these bars it had been positively ages since I’d made soap. Who else...

Cream of Earl Grey Soap

I had so much fun crafting up these creamy, sweet-smelling, sparkly bars of tea latte inspired soap. The batter is silky smooth and has great play time, so the whole mixing-pouring-swirling experience is calm and easy and fun (no pudding panic here, ha!). A dusty...

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

Lavender Spruce Soap

I don't remember when I first fell in love with the lavender/spruce scent combo, but it's been a long standing favourite of mine for a while now. The woodsy, calming sweetness of lavender blends beautifully with the bright, fresh, camphoraceous notes of spruce and...

Winter Custard Soap

This simple, warm, wintery soap is just the thing for January. The first month of the year is typically hit with at least one cold snap here in Calgary, necessitating hot tea and warm baking and a general refusal to leave the house for anything less important than a...

Aurora Borealis Soap

I had so much fun making this pretty soap. Coloured with powdered indigo and some pretty purple and green micas, I wanted to channel Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights—and the winter solstice seemed like a great time for it. I had a lot of fun thinking through...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Snowflake Christmas Soap

Welcome to the second soap (and the second theme) of the 2017 Christmas DIY-ing season! These beautiful bars have a striking pale blue corner that contrasts the creamy white majority, and the whole lot is topped with a double glitter topping. These aren’t beginner...

Vanilla Spice Christmas Soap

Welcome to the start of the 2017 Christmas DIY season! As usual we're kicking off with soaps so they've got plenty of time to age while we round off our gift sets with other goodies like lotions, lip balms, body butters, and other varieties of pampering goodness. The...

Minty Forest Soap

Soaps starring cedarwood and mint seem to be perennially popular; I think I see a few at every farmer's market and craft fair I attend. And honestly, it's not hard to see why! The scent combination is fantastic—soft, sweet cedarwood pairs beautifully with bright,...

Lemon Basil Soap (with fresh Click & Grow basil!)

I'm not sure what it is about this hobby (or maybe it's just me), but people always assume I have a green thumb (people who have never seen my yard, at least). With the utmost faith in my ability to nurture and create they assume I have an abundant vegetable garden...

Morning Frost Soap

This Morning Frost soap was inspired by a beautiful walk I took back in November with the oh-so-friendly Scotch—potentially the world's nicest goldendoodle. Scotch and I were out in the morning, walking down one of Calgary's bluffs into a valley. This was before real...

Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap

I often hear that my soaps look downright edible, but I think I may have outdone myself with this decadent Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap. It's a beautiful dark bar with what looks like a swirl of nougat running through the center, and if you don't want to lick it...

Gentle Hemp and Shea Soap

After a few weeks of some fancy-pants, layered-up, Christmas themed soaps, I fancied a bit of a rustic break. A simple to make, quick-to-assemble, low-fuss bar soap made with some lovely oils and butters, lots of creamy clay, and no timers or pomp and circumstance....

Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap

This beautiful dusty-blue gradiated Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap is my last soap of the 2016 Christmas soaping season, and I love it. I tried a new technique for the first time, and while I'm super excited to play with it more and improve, I'm still really happy...

Lumps of Coal Christmas Soap

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentleman—it's Christmas soaping season already! I'm not sure how this has happened already as my brain is still patiently waiting for summer to arrive, but I'm assuming the calendar doesn't lie, so holiday soaps, here we come. Today's...

Minty Poppy Seed Scrubby Soap

This pretty double-sided bar of Minty Poppy Seed Scrubby Soap has one end that’s scrubby and one side that’s minty fresh for a bit of end-of-summer tootsy scrubbing. If your summers (and feet) are anything like mine, you likely need it! These bars are also fantastic...

Citrus Summer Punch Swirl Soap

These bright, colourful Citrus Summer Punch Swirl Soap bars are perfect for summer. They smell like fresh, juicy grapefruit and they're basically a swirly chunk of beautiful sunny weather in sudsible form. This soap recipe is also the first soap recipe I've made a...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Maple Syrup Soap

Welcome to the next recipe in my very Canadian quest to maple syrup ALL the things! This lovely, creamy bar of maple syrup soap incorporates a wee bit of dark maple syrup for added lather and the fun of knowing you're sudsing up with the best pancake topping/natural...

Fairy Bread Soap

I was originally going to call this Fairy Bread Soap "confetti soap", but as I made it I was reminded of Fairy Bread—a snack I saw my Aussie friends chow down on (when they weren't devouring slices Vegemite toast) when I lived Down Under. For the uninitiated, Fairy...

Lots & Lots of Clay Soap

I adore clay in my soap, so I thought I'd try a bar with lots of the stuff. The general rule of thumb I've been following is one tablespoon per 500g/pound of oils so I decided to take that up by about 10x and I'm loving the results. All that clay makes for an extra...

Love Lines Valentine Soap

This pretty Love Lines Valentine Soap is great for use all year, but the pretty red mica veins in it are quite lovely for Valentine's Day, as are the pretty shimmery swirls on top. It also smells like roses and vanilla—yum! I tried a few new things with this batch of...

Fruitcake Soap

It’s time for our last Christmas soap of the season! This one is inspired by the eternal fruitcake—that lump of sherry soaked brick-like substance that appears on Christmas potluck dessert tables every year (it may be the exact same lump, if we’re being honest). I...

Chocolate Orange Christmas Soap

Terry’s Chocolate Oranges have been a Christmas constant to me for most of my life. The square little box filled with an orange foil-wrapped globe of orange-scented chocolate was usually found near the toe of my stocking, and was quickly rapped on a nearby hard...

Sparkly Snowball Soap Balls

These pretty, sparkly balls of soapy, sudsy goodness are pretty cool. They look like snowballs (or candies), but are perfectly at home in your soap dish or on your Christmas tree. They’re great for guest bathrooms or traveling, and are just neat in general. We’ll kick...

Indian Summer Soap

The part of the world I currently live in is not known for having amazing summers. Amazing summer days? Sure. But summers on the whole? Reliable beautiful days, all in a row, without question? Not so much. We're moreso known for "Monsoon June", mild to severe...

Lemon Meringue Soap

This soap is inspired by pie. Delicious, bright, lemon meringue pie. The real thing is made from puckering sweet and sour lemon curd and topped with airy whipped egg whites. My version is a lovely blend of oils, spiked with lemon and litsea cubeba essential oils and...

Rose & Lavender Princess Silk Soap

A few months ago I got to thinking about princess soap. Something the littler ladies would love. Something with a bit of sparkle and swirl, and some pretty colours. Something that would smell pretty and be perfectly at home with a Disney Princess shower curtain and...

Mojito Soap

My deep dive into beverage themed soaps continues with this minty lime tribute to the Mojito. It's bright green and smells wonderfully fresh, and I just love the sprinkling of coarse sugar on the top for a hint of sweet sparkle. The base of the bar is more or less my...

Pink Lemonade Soap

I think it's about time we welcomed summer with a straight up summery soap (even if it is barely spring... let's just say we've built in ample aging time). This pretty pink bar is a tribute to pink lemonade, and as such it smells bright and lemony. The pink hue comes...

Lavender Vanilla Soap

This pretty speckled, swirl-topped soap smells of soft lavender and vanilla. It brings to mind warm, dry summer days in Provence (in my imagination, at least). I can see pretty pastel-painted wooden furniture, bundles of lavender hanging to dry in the window, and a...

Über Anti-Acne Soap

After years of DIYing, I’ve got a pretty good cache of acne-fighting ingredients. From clays to herbs to essential oils, my basement cupboards are a veritable arsenal of zit-busting weaponry, and these bars of soap have it all. They’re designed to clobber zits and...

Winter Solstice Soap

Here in Calgary, December 21 is a short, dark day. The sun rises at 8:37AM and sets at 4:32PM, giving us a whopping seven hours, fifty-four minutes, and seventeen seconds with which to go about our daylight requiring business. That's less than half the daylight we...

Cranberry Sauce Soap

I bought a bag of bright red cranberry seeds last year, and found them in the back of my cupboard just in time to make a Cranberry Sauce soap as my second Christmas soap for 2014. These pretty reddish bars are bright and spicy, and feature a sprinkling of pretty...

Blizzard Soap

This crisp, clean white bar smells of cold air and cool mint, and is just perfect for winter. It's my first Christmas soap for 2014, and I'm not quite sure how it's Christmas soaping season already. This soap gets its whiteness from a combination of kaolin clay and...

Pumpkin Pie Soap

Pumpkin pie is easily one of the best things about autumn. Americans seem to have really taken this to heart as the array of pumpkin pie flavoured and scented things available in October and November south of the border is truly shocking. From bagels to lattés to...

Aloe Vera Citrus Soap

This pretty yellow and green soap smells of fresh citrus, suds up beautifully, and leaves your skin clean and happy. The colours come from some bright orange buriti oil (for the yellow), and a touch of green chromium oxide. Buriti oil can be a bit hard to find, so you...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars, I...

Pooch ‘Poo (Dog Shampoo)

I remember trips to the cottage as a kid with Brin, our first family dog. Like Tobyn, he was a Bernese Mountain Dog, complete with a heavy black coat of beautiful fur. He wasn't much for swimming, but he enjoyed wading about near shore, lapping at the water and...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Low Tide Soap

I am thoroughly smitten with these pretty, seaside inspired low tide soap bars. With their dusty turquoise tone, deep green seaweed seam, and sparkling coarse salt topping, they're just beautiful. These soaps are scented using both essential oils and seaweed powder....

Chai Latté Soap

I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended kaolin clay with milk powder, ground cloves,...

Peppermint Tingle Shampoo

A couple months ago my friend Tanvi got in touch. She'd been reading my blog and wanted to get in on natural hair care, and she wanted my help. She says her hair is dry and brittle, and she wants to get away from commercially made hair products. So, we worked together...

Cinnamon Swirl Soap & Shampoo

When I first started making soap, this was one of the first bars I tried. I saw a similar bar at a farmer's market in Manitoba and thought it was a pretty cool idea, and I set out to do it myself as soon as I got home. Those original bars are long gone, but after a...

Lemongrass & Seaweed Shampoo

Sadly, I don't get out to the ocean all that often. It is, in my defense, nearly 1000km to the nearest one, and that would make for a very long bike ride, so I feel like I'm not exactly slacking in the ocean department. Anyhow, this shampoo smells like the ocean side,...

My All-in-One Soap Recipe

I'm not a big fan of having my shower crowded with two dozen bottles. I've had friends with roommates that had so many shower products there was barely room to stand in the shower! Their showers were crowded with a different shampoo and conditioner for every day of...

Latté Shampoo

If you're going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you've got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don't I'm afraid I can't be of much help), so I'm going to...

Shea Butter & Citrus Shampoo Bar

This is the second batch of soap I ever made, and it's become one of my favourites over time. The long curing time is definitely beneficial because I used shea butter as my hard oil (and as far as hard oils go, it's not very hard). I also used avocado oil, so the bars...

DIY Shampoo Bars

I've been making my own shampoo bars for about a year, and I love them. There's really very little difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of plain 'ol cold processed soap. Shampoo bars tend to be a bit more gentle and more lathery. That's achieved by using more...

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

I've written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It's pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it's not ideal for those with more...

The Cheapest & Easiest Homeade Dry Shampoo

This is the easiest way possible to make your hair look clean when it isn't. It's also cheap. And smells like chocolate. What more could you want? This is best for brunettes and dirty blondes. Just mix equal parts cornstarch and cocoa powder. Apply it to greasy roots...

Liquid Soap

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Egyptian Magic Liquid Soap

This quick-to-assemble Egyptian Magic liquid soap mixes all the best parts of Egyptian Magic with a gentle liquid soap base to make for a bee-riffic honey kissed hand soap. Egyptian Magic is made from just six ingredients—olive oil, beeswax, pollen, honey, propolis,...

Egyptian Magic Cleansing Balm

After falling madly in love with my gentle cleansing balm, I just had to keep playing with the idea. Sabine mentioned that she liked to wash her face with my DIY Egyptian Magic, and that sounded like the perfect place to start playing. Cleansing balm + Egyptian Magic...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars, I...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Shea Butter & Vanilla Body Wash

One of the first recipe requests I got was from Zil, looking for a DIY dupe for a Dove Shea Vanilla Body Wash. She was working through her drawers and shower, slowly finishing off bottles of store bought stuff and replacing it with natural DIY alternatives. This body...

Liquid Peppermint Hand Soap

After finally getting around to publishing a basic overview on liquid soap, I thought I'd kick off my new litany of liquid soap inspired recipes with a simple peppermint hand soap. This is the type of soap you can pop in a pump-top bottle and use to wash your hands,...

How to Make Liquid Soap (The Easy Way)

I am so excited to finally have liquid soap up here, and in my bathroom at home. Like many of you I've read about making my own liquid soap and though "Wow. That is a ridiculously involved process, and sounds way harder than bar soap... and maybe it's just not worth...

Chai Latté Soap

I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended kaolin clay with milk powder, ground cloves,...

Peppermint Tingle Shampoo

A couple months ago my friend Tanvi got in touch. She'd been reading my blog and wanted to get in on natural hair care, and she wanted my help. She says her hair is dry and brittle, and she wants to get away from commercially made hair products. So, we worked together...

Cinnamon Swirl Soap & Shampoo

When I first started making soap, this was one of the first bars I tried. I saw a similar bar at a farmer's market in Manitoba and thought it was a pretty cool idea, and I set out to do it myself as soon as I got home. Those original bars are long gone, but after a...

Lemongrass & Seaweed Shampoo

Sadly, I don't get out to the ocean all that often. It is, in my defense, nearly 1000km to the nearest one, and that would make for a very long bike ride, so I feel like I'm not exactly slacking in the ocean department. Anyhow, this shampoo smells like the ocean side,...

My All-in-One Soap Recipe

I'm not a big fan of having my shower crowded with two dozen bottles. I've had friends with roommates that had so many shower products there was barely room to stand in the shower! Their showers were crowded with a different shampoo and conditioner for every day of...

Latté Shampoo

If you're going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you've got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don't I'm afraid I can't be of much help), so I'm going to...

Shea Butter & Citrus Shampoo Bar

This is the second batch of soap I ever made, and it's become one of my favourites over time. The long curing time is definitely beneficial because I used shea butter as my hard oil (and as far as hard oils go, it's not very hard). I also used avocado oil, so the bars...

DIY Shampoo Bars

I've been making my own shampoo bars for about a year, and I love them. There's really very little difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of plain 'ol cold processed soap. Shampoo bars tend to be a bit more gentle and more lathery. That's achieved by using more...

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

I've written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It's pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it's not ideal for those with more...

The Cheapest & Easiest Homeade Dry Shampoo

This is the easiest way possible to make your hair look clean when it isn't. It's also cheap. And smells like chocolate. What more could you want? This is best for brunettes and dirty blondes. Just mix equal parts cornstarch and cocoa powder. Apply it to greasy roots...

Cream Soap

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

I’ve had a few requests for a facial cleanser that’s creamy, yet exfoliating, and here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s thick, creamy, scrubby, and sudsy, and smells awesome to boot—an exfoliating creamy cleansing balm! Based around my Gentle Cleansing Balm, this creamy...

Lemon Meringue Whipped Soap

This luxurious lemon meringue whipped soap takes inspiration from one of my favourite desserts—lemon meringue pie. With its bright lemony scent, faint yellow hue, and decadent whipped texture, it's lovely in a wee dish by your sink for hand washing and impressing...

Cocoa Peppermint Whipped Cream Soap

I've promised you a whipped soap recipe that doesn't use stearic acid to stabilize it, and here it is. This one uses raw cocoa butter, imparting a delicious chocolatey scent along the way. It's still wonderfully light and airy, but it does end up with a slightly...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars, I...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Labdanum & Fir Whipped Soap

I'm super excited to present my very first whipped soap recipe—Labdanum & Fir Whipped Soap! The road to this recipe was paved with lots of brainstorming, many experiments, and a fistful of earplugs to prevent hearing loss from very dedicated use of my electric...

DIY Whipped Soap Base

Once I found out about cream soap (and specifically whipped cream soap), I immediately wanted to make some, so I googled it to find out what it was, and how to make it. And it turns out it's a "secret". As in you have to join a specific Yahoo group and are then...

Chai Latté Soap

I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended kaolin clay with milk powder, ground cloves,...

Peppermint Tingle Shampoo

A couple months ago my friend Tanvi got in touch. She'd been reading my blog and wanted to get in on natural hair care, and she wanted my help. She says her hair is dry and brittle, and she wants to get away from commercially made hair products. So, we worked together...

Cinnamon Swirl Soap & Shampoo

When I first started making soap, this was one of the first bars I tried. I saw a similar bar at a farmer's market in Manitoba and thought it was a pretty cool idea, and I set out to do it myself as soon as I got home. Those original bars are long gone, but after a...

Lemongrass & Seaweed Shampoo

Sadly, I don't get out to the ocean all that often. It is, in my defense, nearly 1000km to the nearest one, and that would make for a very long bike ride, so I feel like I'm not exactly slacking in the ocean department. Anyhow, this shampoo smells like the ocean side,...

My All-in-One Soap Recipe

I'm not a big fan of having my shower crowded with two dozen bottles. I've had friends with roommates that had so many shower products there was barely room to stand in the shower! Their showers were crowded with a different shampoo and conditioner for every day of...

Latté Shampoo

If you're going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you've got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don't I'm afraid I can't be of much help), so I'm going to...

Shea Butter & Citrus Shampoo Bar

This is the second batch of soap I ever made, and it's become one of my favourites over time. The long curing time is definitely beneficial because I used shea butter as my hard oil (and as far as hard oils go, it's not very hard). I also used avocado oil, so the bars...

DIY Shampoo Bars

I've been making my own shampoo bars for about a year, and I love them. There's really very little difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of plain 'ol cold processed soap. Shampoo bars tend to be a bit more gentle and more lathery. That's achieved by using more...

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

I've written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It's pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it's not ideal for those with more...

The Cheapest & Easiest Homeade Dry Shampoo

This is the easiest way possible to make your hair look clean when it isn't. It's also cheap. And smells like chocolate. What more could you want? This is best for brunettes and dirty blondes. Just mix equal parts cornstarch and cocoa powder. Apply it to greasy roots...

Makeup

Face Makeup

Sheer Satin Cheek & Lip Tint

This punchy red liquid cheek and lip tint has become a fast favourite of mine. On first glance it’s a thin, vibrant red liquid. It’s less red than you expect on application, and the slip is divine; lightweight and satiny, with a finish that is unexpectedly rich...

Center Stage Glow Serum

This project was inspired by one of the first bits of makeup I ever fell in love with. When I was growing up my mom made a point of taking advantage of those "spend $X and get this miraculous goody bag of sample-sized treats for free" at the Estée Lauder makeup...

Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

With spring and sunshine finally here, I want to get my glow on. I've been loving looks featuring glowy highlights that get their punch from catching the light with a touch of glimmer, but not outright sparkle. A sort of optical effervescence, you could say—like...

Snowy Dawn Cream Luminizer

Over Christmas we had a positively frigid cold snap here in Calgary; waking up to temperatures below -40°C with windchill was not uncommon, and most days had "highs" no higher than -25°C. This lasted for about ten days, and while my preference would've been to sleep...

Snowflake Moon Drops

I’m having a bit of a love affair with fancy white powders. Mostly micas and glitters—irredescent ones that colour shift are my favourite right now. When I visited New York in October I placed a pre-emptive TKB Trading order and scooped up sample sized baggies of all...

Airbrushing Primer Stick

This silky Airbrushing Primer Stick is basically a fantastic hybrid of primer, stick foundation, and my airbrushing powder. It helps control oil, blur imperfections, even out your skin tone, mattify your complexion, and keep your makeup on longer—all awesome things,...

Highlighting Moon Drops

I had so much fun developing these Highlighting Moon Drops, and I think you're going to have a blast making them! They come together really quickly and easily, allowing you to create a rainbow of different colours in no time. I've kept the batch size small so you can...

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...

Red-be-Gone Airbrushing Powder

This update to my awesome airbrushing powder is designed to disguise excess redness in the skin while combating shine and giving your skin the appearance of perfection without heavy coverage. So, long story short, it's pretty awesome.   The majority of the powder is a...

Winterlight Argan Serum

This milky facial oil is pretty much the opposite of my Argan bronzer. While the bronzer is designed to impart a summery glow, this serum lightens and brightens the complexion, smoothing out imperfections and giving you that Downton Abbey complexion I'm so in love...

Coral Lip Stain

I'm really excited to finally have a not-deep-pink option for those of you who aren't suited to pure carmine and my Snow White Lip Stain. This coral hued lip stain delivers a potent punch of orange-tinted red that sticks around for hours, and makes a good cheek stain...

Argan Oil Bronzer

The first argan oil I ever tried was Josie Maran's—a friend had got some, and as a gift she gave me the bottle with the last few remaining drops to try out. As I'm sure you can surmise, it was instant love. Anyhow, since then, Josie has really beefed up her line of,...

Translucent Anti-Shine Powder

Shine can be a wonderful thing—we love it in jewellery and bathroom faucets, lip gloss and silver. But faces? Less so. Kamila got in touch a few months ago asking for solution for oily skin. She told me she was having to re-apply her make-up halfway through the day...

Australian Clay Blush

A few months ago Zil wrote asking for a long-wearing clay based blush. Something that would give her long-lasting pinkish colour that didn't cost an arm and a leg, like the Tarte Cosmetics one she referenced that rings in at a whopping $31 for less than 6 grams of...

Airbrushing Creme Foundation

I absolutely love my translucent airbrushing powder, but I've had some requests for a cream version. Given how terribly dry it is these days, now seemed like a good time to give that a go. The final creme is light and moisturizing, with a subtle airbrushing effect and...

Homemade Sun Beam Bronzer Cream

By this time of year, any semblance of a tan from the past summer is long gone. I guess that's ok—it makes my Lady Mary costume that much more accurate, and is definitely better for my skin than a year-round tan. At this rate, I'll look like an adolescent Edwardian...

Fairy Dust Highlighting Powder

One of my only claims to some sort of familiar fame is a distant relation to J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Cool, eh? I remember telling this story to a classmate in elementary school, only to have him call me a liar and insist that there was no way that Walt...

Clay Cream Blush

Allow me to start this blog off with a confession. This clay cream blush was supposed to be liquid lipstick when I made it. There. I said it. Unfortunately, it ended up being really... weird... on the lips. Much better suited to the cheeks. And, in the spirit of never...

DIY Healing Concealer

I've always thought concealer was a great big Catch 22. You start with an angry clogged pore that turns into a zit. So you cover it it up with some fleshy coloured goo (though let's be honest, you aren't fooling anyone within 2 meters of you). Said fleshy coloured goo...

Homemade High Beam Highlighting Creme

One of the most amusing trends that swings back and forth is the trend of how your skin should look—dewy and moist, or matte and dry (or glittery, if it’s the 90’s). Since I don’t particularly care one way or another (oddly enough, I feel that skin should look like...

Rose & Silk Facial Setting Spray

I absolutely love my translucent airbrushing powder, but sometimes Calgary is so dry (drier than usual, that is) that is can look a bit powdery for my tastes. That's where this rose & silk facial setting spray comes in. It's pure luxury, and gives a wonderful boost of...

Bronze Shimmer Stick

There are many wonderful things about having Scottish ancestry. You have a beautiful homeland to visit. You can claim many fantastic people, like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan), Ewan McGreggor, Robbie Burns, and Alexander Graham Bell as your fellow countrymen....

Brightlighter

I'm really excited about this brightlighter! I know I seem to be saying that a lot these days, but it's true. I feel like I've figured a few great things out over the last few months, and I'm having tons of fun with those discoveries. This little stick is fantastic—it...

Translucent Mineral Veil (Real Life Airbrushing Powder)

I'm super excited to share this recipe with you guys—I devised this because sometimes you just want something light for your skin. You're going out for the evening and you want a bit of a finish, but nothing that's going to add any weight to your night. This...

DIY Concealing Colour Corrector

The last time I was in Sephora I noticed funny little pots of distinctly non-face coloured goop. That you were supposed to put on your face. It came in a selection of pastels, including minty pink, lavenderish purple, and some sickly looking yellows and oranges. As a...

DIY Eyebrow Filler/Fixative

As I've said about a million times, I am pretty low maintenance and I like it that way. When I first made mineral make-up I had no idea what to do with it. I don't even know why I made it. Now that I have it I sometimes put it on, but I'm not really sure if I'm doing...

Homemade Sheer Highlighting Powder

I occupied a bit of time last week watching Lisa Eldridge videos on YouTube (thanks for getting me back onto her videos, Genevieve!). That woman, with her almost too-classy British accent and magical make-up application skills, is a bit of a superhero to me. Mostly...

How to Make Homemade Bronzer

This homemade bronzer has a lot in common with my homemade blush. It's easy, effective, and uses most of the same ingredients. Swap the red iron oxide for a mix of red, yellow, and brown iron oxides, and some bronze mica, and voila, bronzer. The process is pretty much...

Homemade All Natural Blush

After coming up with a successful batch of mineral make-up, I decided to branch out into blush. It was really easy and works beautifully. I managed to get a great coral colour, and it stays on beautifully. It's probably pretty obvious, but I am rather pleased with...

DIY Mineral Make-up

This is a project my friend Sarah found. She's on a quest to make some all-natural tinted moisturizer/light foundation, and this was the starting point. So, we ordered up all of the ingredients, and this weekend we made some fleshy-coloured face powder. It's simple...

Eye Makeup

Yucca Root Eye Make-up Remover

I think this yucca root powered eye make-up remover is pretty cool. It's easy to make, works well, and has yet to make me cry. All good things, no? Yucca root is full of natural saponins, meaning it lathers all on its own when mixed with water, just like soapwort or...

Fairy Dust Highlighting Powder

One of my only claims to some sort of familiar fame is a distant relation to J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Cool, eh? I remember telling this story to a classmate in elementary school, only to have him call me a liar and insist that there was no way that Walt...

DIY Natural Clay Mascara (that actually works)

Speaking of things I wasn’t sure I’d ever crack—mascara. There’s a reason this is my first entry of my third year of blogging. I have been trying to figure out mascara for ages now. You wouldn’t believe the amounts of black goop I’ve tossed over the last few years....

Red & Gold Clay Eyeliner

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to share this recipe with you. Eyeliner is one of those things I have tried (and failed to make) many, many times. I tried many times, and ended up tossing a lot of small dishes of darkly coloured muck down the sink. However, I...

Homemade High Beam Highlighting Creme

One of the most amusing trends that swings back and forth is the trend of how your skin should look—dewy and moist, or matte and dry (or glittery, if it’s the 90’s). Since I don’t particularly care one way or another (oddly enough, I feel that skin should look like...

Brightlighter

I'm really excited about this brightlighter! I know I seem to be saying that a lot these days, but it's true. I feel like I've figured a few great things out over the last few months, and I'm having tons of fun with those discoveries. This little stick is fantastic—it...

Super Gentle Homemade Eye Make-Up Remover

I've made a few forays into homemade eye make-up remover. My latest version worked really well, but as it sat on my vanity, the strength of the emulsifying wax slowly increased, and my nice, creamy (but liquid) eye make-up remover gradually turned into something...

DIY Eyebrow Filler/Fixative

As I've said about a million times, I am pretty low maintenance and I like it that way. When I first made mineral make-up I had no idea what to do with it. I don't even know why I made it. Now that I have it I sometimes put it on, but I'm not really sure if I'm doing...

DIY Benefit Eye Bright

When it comes to make-up, my eyes are generally the only thing I can be bothered to pay attention to (and even that's new). If I'm feeling lazy (but not so lazy as to forego make-up entirely, which certainly is not a rare occurrence), I'll put on mascara, do my...

Homemade Eyeshadow Trio

I recently learned to use make-up (thanks, YouTube!), and along with that, I've learned about what seems really overpriced, and what seems less stupidly overpriced. Of course all make-up is overpriced to some degree or another (ahem, $50 mascara), but some things are...

Deluxe Homemade Eye Make-up Remover

I've already written about my super easy, incredibly cheap eye make-up remover. It certainly lives up to its name. Ever since I got my hands on some emulsifying wax, however, I’ve wanted to try something else. Something lotion-y and creamy and lovely. This definitely...

Simple Eyelash Serum

Castor oil is said to be great for many things, especially hair growth. It's a thick, sticky oil said to help regrow eyebrows, eyelashes, and all other kinds of hair. Though it's thick, it's not quite thick enough to easily apply to eyelashes. This quick, 4-ingredient...

The Cheapest & Easiest Make-up Remover

My mother got me started on Estée Lauder make-up remover, but I quickly got tired of paying more to take make-up off than put it on. Also, it kind of stings. This quick, easy solution uses things you already have on hand and works like a dream. All you'll need is some...

Lip Makeup

Sheer Satin Cheek & Lip Tint

This punchy red liquid cheek and lip tint has become a fast favourite of mine. On first glance it’s a thin, vibrant red liquid. It’s less red than you expect on application, and the slip is divine; lightweight and satiny, with a finish that is unexpectedly rich...

Creamy Stick Lip Tints

When it comes to makeup I actually wear on a regular basis I find I tend towards subtle, easy-to-apply stuff (read: stuff that goes on easily and lightly enough that it disguises my amateurish makeup application skills). These lip tints were born of my initial...

Basic Moldable Lipstick Base

When I got my awesome little TKB Trading Lipstick Mold one of the first things I wanted to investigate was the compatibility of the lipstick recipes in my book with the mold. The compatibility was resoundingly… not. Efforts to use the lipstick bases from my book...

Making Lipstick in a Lipstick Mold!

I'm often asked about making stick lipsticks, and turning the lipsticks from Make it Up into stick lipsticks, so I was super excited when TKB Trading got in touch and asked if I wanted to try their new (inexpensive!) lipstick mould. I've definitely looked at lipstick...

Fireworks Lip Gloss

I sometimes wonder if I'll ever outgrow glitter. I don't particularly want to, but I also didn't want to realize the special effects in some of my favourite childhood movies are painfully bad. Sometimes these things just happen. One of my strongest glitter memories is...

Rose Gold Lip Gloss

Ok, so I may be a touch late to the party on this one, but isn't rose gold the prettiest?! In the past I've shied away from pink. Not for me, I thought—too... pink 😜 This stance has softened over the last few years and I now find that rose gold has nestled into a...

Tinted Coal Lip Balm

I thought I'd mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something dark...

Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss

This soft, sparkly Winter Wonderland lip gloss has a lovely champagne hue in the tube, but goes on sheer with a hit of shimmer and a hint of sparkle. It's also a bit thicker than some of my previous lip glosses, as per some reader requests, meaning it sticks around...

Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

It's still two days until it's "technically" autumn, but Calgary clearly missed that memo—our trees have been turning since late August. Along with coarsely knit knee socks, my scarf collection, and this awesome jacket that I bought on sale in May and haven't had a...

Black Plum Lipstick

A recent (and rare) trip to the mall informed me that berry toned lips are in (as are some pretty poppin' eyes, if Sephora is to be trusted). I'd been thinking it was high time to blend up some new lipstick shades for a while, and said mall visit proved to be just the...

Red Velvet Lip Balm

Red Velvet cake is one of those things people can get quite particular about, and with its striking red colour and bright white frosting, it’s hard to blame them. This red velvet lip balm is inspired by this decadent dessert. This indulgent, glossy lip balm uses a...

Royal Hibiscus Lip Tint

This pretty, ruddy russet-toned lip tint glides on with a pop of mint and a hint of golden shimmer. Everything comes together quickly and easily, leaving you with a fistful of little gifts for friends and family in no time. The colour comes from an infusion of...

Ruby Lip Tint

This pretty ruby lip tint gets its ruby colour pop from an infusion of alkanet root—Batschia canescens. Native to the Mediterranean, it produces bright blue flowers and dark red roots that have been used as a dye for hundreds of years. Alkanet powder itself is pretty...

Coral Lip Stain

I'm really excited to finally have a not-deep-pink option for those of you who aren't suited to pure carmine and my Snow White Lip Stain. This coral hued lip stain delivers a potent punch of orange-tinted red that sticks around for hours, and makes a good cheek stain...

Sun Kissed Lip Balm

This fun bronze-tinted shimmery sun kissed lip balm is perfect for summer. With a fantastic cocoa peppermint scent, great glide, and some shimmer and shine, I'm loving having this in my purse this summer. A base of beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond...

Beetroot Lip Gloss

Beetroot lip stain seemed like a really great idea. Foolproof, even. I mean, if it can make your poo red long after it’s been digested, surely it can perform the simple trick of reddening your lips, right? Wrong. It had absolutely no interest in reddening anything as...

Silver Shimmer Lip Balm

As much as I generally detest winter, I will concede that it can be very pretty. My favourite winter sight is that of trees coated in sparkling ice crystals—it's as if the entire world has been coated in diamond dust. That's what this silver shimmer lip balm makes me...

Snow White Lip Gloss

I thought I'd mark Valentine's Day with this popping pink lip gloss. It gets its bright colour from carmine (just like my lip stain), and though it's almost shockingly pink in the tube, it goes on with just a slight pinkish tint and a bit of shine. A wee hint of...

Rosehip Lip Gloss

I was rather sad when my rosehip lip stain totally failed to do much of anything. It had so much promise! The name sounded so nice! The powder was so, so very pink! And I now had a bag of rosehip powder that I now had no other use for… at least the last problem could...

Peppermint Sugar Lip Scrub Stick

In the winter my lips get unbearably dry. Arrrgh. It's infuriating. Calgary is practically a desert for most of the year, but in the winter I swear we tip into negative humidity. Things don't mold here because it's like living in a dehydrator. Good for line drying...

Gingerbread Lip Balm

I will happily confess that I have a bit of a thing for gingerbread. It’s delicious, and it smells fantastic. It is also a beautiful, deep colour that seems to be to hearken to days gone by, where rye bread, dark liquor, and unrefined foods abounded. A bit overly...

Cranberry Lip Balm

Every year around this time The Body Shop releases their seasonal line of cranberry inspired body products. I say "inspired" because they don't seem to have much in common with the little red berry other than the colour. I used to love the lip gloss, but once I...

Fall Leaves Lipstick

I am beginning to sympathize with the people who name things like paint and lipstick for a living. There are infinitely more colours than I can adequately and creatively name without straying into bizarre nail polish brand territory (you will know I'm there when I...

Red Velvet Lipstick

When I first published my Red Rose Lipstick, I had a few requests for something that wasn't quite as strong. This is what I came up with. It's fairly simple, following the same principle, and can be made with a couple different secondary clays. It's a lighter, more...

Bronze Shimmer Stick

There are many wonderful things about having Scottish ancestry. You have a beautiful homeland to visit. You can claim many fantastic people, like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan), Ewan McGreggor, Robbie Burns, and Alexander Graham Bell as your fellow countrymen....

Strawberry Shimmer Stick

Here's yet another project I'm really excited to share with you—it's a multipurpose tinted lip balm/blush stick. I'm calling it a strawberry shimmer stick for the colour, and I am just in love with how easy it is to throw this little stick in my travel bag when I'm...

Coral Lipstick

I first fell in love with the colour coral when I fell in love with the dinner dress from Titanic. The beautiful silk/taffeta under dress is a fantastic coral colour, and from there on out... love. It's a fantastically flattering colour clothing and cosmetics. I love...

Summer Shimmer Lipstick

Ahh, summer. Well, it's still a few days off to be officially summer, but I'm calling it. We don't really get spring here, anyways—we just have a period of time where it is winter for two days, then summer for a little while, and then winter again, and so on and so...

Snow White Lip Stain

I can't tell you how totally thrilled I am with this recipe. I've been trying to devise a recipe for lip stain for months. I have thrown out so much pink and red goop since January that I was beginning to lose hope. But then, a new colourant (that was always the...

DIY Red Rose Lipstick

The more I see lipstick around—on album covers, in fashion shoots, and out on the street—the more I seem to like it. I believe that's called a mere-exposure bias ("a psychological phenomenon whereby a person develops a preference for a stimulus based solely on his or...

Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm

A quick scroll through Pinterest or flip through a fashion magazine will tell you that sheers, bright colors, and those skirts with the front half missing (also called hi-lo skirts) are all very "in" this summer. This lovely lip balm is both sheer and bright, and...

Lightly Tinted Lip Balm

This lightly tinted lip balm was borne out of my new (and tepid) fondness for red lipstick. It's very "in" right now (I know, even I'm amazed I noticed). It's fun to wear, but then it inevitably gets on things, can taste funny, and thanks to all the pigment, lipstick...

Tinted Lip Balm

If you haven't tried my lip balm recipe, you are seriously missing out. I recently gave a tube to a friend, and as soon as she tried it she sent me an e-mail gushing about it; its perfect texture, its slight sheen on application, and its A+ melting point. The only...

Homemade lip gloss

In the spirit of doing pretty much everything myself, regardless of added difficulty to my life, I also make my own homemade lip gloss (though it really isn't difficult at all). I'm well aware that you can purchase lip gloss made for pretty much any price you care to...

Better Than Burt’s: Perfect Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

As anyone who lives in Calgary well knows, the air is about as humid as a lit barbeque, though usually not as hot. I don’t think anyone’s skin fares particularly well in such conditions, but I’m pretty sure mine fares worse than most. I’ve been carrying lip balm with...

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Humblebee & Me is 7!

Hey Bees! I can scarcely believe Humblebee & Me is seven—if this blog were a wee person she'd be able to read and tie her own shoes and would probably be planning on going as Laura Ingles Wilder for Halloween so she had an excuse to wear a starched bonnet to school....

DIY Don’ts: Things You Shouldn’t DIY

When I first got into DIYing I quickly got very excited about all the things I could make—lip balms, lotions, body butters, oh my! I went through my house with new eyes, looking for things I could possibly replace with new, homemade versions. It was positively...

The Humblebee & Me Studio Tour

I'm pretty excited about this post—it's crazy long overdue, and one of my most requested posts ever! Over the years I've had tons of requests to see my studio and how I store my ingredients, and to be honest... up until recently it really wasn't pretty....

10 Recipes to Make With Jojoba Oil

Today we're looking at ten of my favourite recipes you can make with sunny jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis). There's a good chance jojoba oil is one of the first oils you purchased—it's very popular in the world of DIY/natural skin care, and is widely available....

Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste

If you’ve been using liquid dishwashing detergent, prepare to have your world rocked. Seriously. Solid dishwashing paste kicks dishwashing butt in ways you didn’t think could happen. It’s so amazing that I was actually excited about washing dishes as I was developing...

On Throwing Things Away

I wanted to take some time today to talk about something I find harder than it should be, but something that has to happen: throwing DIY stuff away. Be it past-their-prime ingredients, dubiously useable products, mystery bottles, or packaging you swear you’ll be able...

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2017 Edition

Welcome to the 2017 Humblebee & Me Holiday Gift Guide! I've been having so much fun sharing recipes from our two 2017 holiday themes—Snowflake and Vanilla Spice—for the last couple months, and I'm excited to present them all here in all their glittery, fragrant glory,...

Humblebee & Me is 6!

Happy sixth birthday, Humblebee & Me! It's been a whirlwind of a year. This is my 960th post, so post #1000 is coming up! My first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, was released on December 27, 2016 by Running Press. I did my first...

10 Recipes to Make With Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay is easily the most versatile clay I own, and if you were only going to own one clay, I'd recommend white kaolin without hesitation. Kaolin is a lightweight, soft, silky clay that's available in a variety of colours—pink, white, and red are most common, but...

All-Purpose Enzyme Cleaning Spray

I whipped up this simple all-purpose enzyme cleaning spray a couple months ago and it’s quickly become a household staple for me. It gently cleans and deodorizes, leaving my counter tops gleaming, and I think it's easier to make than a cup of tea! I like to pair it...

The Natural Efficacy Fallacy and Natural Shaming

Today I wanted to chat about two things that I see a lot in the natural/DIY skin care community: the natural efficacy fallacy and natural shaming. These two things often come hand-in-hand, and I'd like to address them because they can drive people away from this...

So, You Want to Sell the Things You Make

This hobby, moreso than many others, seems to have people opening up their own Etsy shops and stalls at local markets within months of making their first lip balm. And frankly, that's a bit concerning. If you told a friend you'd just learned to make a great marinara...

Why Homemade Sunscreen is Never a Good Idea

Back in 2012 I published a short post on DIY sunscreen, the gist of which was “don’t make it, you can’t know if it works.” That post continues to get a lot of traffic and quite a few comments, many of which aim to convince me that DIY sunscreen is (or can be) a good...

Peppermint Lavender Linen Spray

I've been doing lots of fancier DIYs lately, so I decided to step it back with a simple DIY for freshening up linens, sheets, and rooms—just in time for spring. A simple, fresh blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils are diluted in water to create a simple...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Calendula

Calendula is one of my favourite herbs to work with. The beautiful, bright, sunny yellow flowers have long, elegant petals that curl and wisp in all sorts of pretty ways. If you've spent much time on my blog, you've definitely seen them sprinkled around wee jars and...

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...

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...

Grapefruit Deep Cleansing Oil

I've lost track of the number of requests for a cleansing oil I've received over the last little while. Danielle, Christine, and Shelley all sent some in, and then there's been a bunch in the comments on various posts and videos, so I figured I should pull this one...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Hemp Seed Oil

Today we're talking hemp seed oil—this lovely green oil is loaded with nutrients and awesome fatty acids, making it a super awesome ingredient to DIY with. It's a liquid oil with a melting point of -8°C (18°F), and is available in refined and unrefined versions—I...

Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm

Last autumn Angela wrote in asking for a DIY version of an expensive calendula-infused eye balm she was using in Portugal. The ingredient list was beautiful, and as usual, the price tag was a touch shocking. So, with her enthusiasm for the product I took that...

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...

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...

An Interview with LisaLise’s Lise Andersen

Today I'm really excited to share an exclusive interview with Lise Andersen, the brains behind the LisaLise Blog. She's been DIY-ing since way before it was cool, and her blog is a fantastic resource for learning about new ingredients and techniques, and it's one of...

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...

Deb’s Canadian Seaweed Mask

Seaweed is pretty amazing stuff for skin care; it's rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Its texture is a bit sandy, making it a great gentle exfoliant, and when applied to the skin it is said to be a fantastic detoxifying ingredient, drawing out impurities....

Let’s talk about “natural”

One of the things that seems to draw people into this hobby the most is a desire to work with more natural ingredients and purge synthetics and harmful chemicals from their skincare routine and life. While this is a rather lovely idea on the surface of things (it...

10 Recipes to Make with Mango Butter

When you first dive into buying ingredients for this hobby, mango butter isn't usually on the starter DIY shortlist, but I would like to make a case for adding it. Most people purchase shea butter first, and the two are somewhat similar. They're both soft, creamy...

Happy Christmas!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday! I took a few days off to do a lot of baking and relax with my family, so instead of sharing a new recipe of mine I'm sharing some photos from the last few days, and a link to the recipe for the insanely delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake...

The Best of 2016

With just over a week of 2016 left, I thought I'd take a moment to look back at some of my favourite and most popular recipes from this year, just in case you missed 'em. Some of these are recipes with lots of comments, others have been visited tens of thousands of...

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...

Winter Solstice Face Cream

I've had a lot of requests for a straight-up face cream, but for some reason or another, I haven't really strayed into that territory too much until now. That's mostly because I adore oil-based serums; my skin loves their potency, and when a serum is 100% oil based...

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2016 Edition

Suddenly it's the first day of December—how are your gifts coming along? Here's my 2016 list of handmade gifts (and recipes, of course!) you can DIY up for anybody and everybody you know; let's dive in: The Winter Wonderland gift set: Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap...

Gift Ideas for DIYers

If you're here... you probably know this hobby can get spendy. And unfortunately, it's also a pretty hard hobby to gift. Skiiers get new gloves, people who like cooking get swanky new knives, and people who like making lotions and soap get... odd looks. "4L of olive...

10 Recipes to Make with Argan Oil

If you've spent much time around these parts, you know that argan oil and I have a long-standing love affair based on a mutual love of my skin looking awesome. Argan oil is the first oil I ever put on my skin (after much reassurance from Meredith, who swore up and...

Gentle Hemp and Shea Soap

After a few weeks of some fancy-pants, layered-up, Christmas themed soaps, I fancied a bit of a rustic break. A simple to make, quick-to-assemble, low-fuss bar soap made with some lovely oils and butters, lots of creamy clay, and no timers or pomp and circumstance....

Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I'm pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit decieving—it isn't waxy in the slightest. In fact, it feels a lot like water on the skin despite being oil soluble. Orange wax is the wax pressed from orange peels, and it smells utterly...

Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

As the days get drier, I am loving this soft, silky cranberry clay facial scrub that's lightly studded with wee bits of bashed-up cranberry seeds for a touch of exfoliation. It has a low, creamy lather that leaves your skin glowing, gently buffing away any dead, dry...

10 Recipes to Make with Shea Butter

I can't remember if shea butter was the third or the fifth ingredient I discovered. I know it was somewhere after argan oil and beeswax, but well before mango butter and pumpkin seed oil. I got my first wee tub at Toronto's St. Lawrence Market. Meredith and I split a...

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...

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....

Humblebee & Me is 5!

Whoa. What a year. I can scarcely believe all the stuff that's happened in the last 12 months. I signed a book deal with Running Press, wrote a book, and went to Philadelphia for a professional photoshoot for said book. I finished the book, sent it off to my...

Moringa Rose Serum

I've had quite a few requests for this popular rose serum over the years. I think Karen's was the first, back in 2014, but it certainly hasn't been the last. The original looks utterly lovely; a blend of fantastic carrier oils like pomegranate and baobab, with rose,...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Beeswax

As far as DIY staples go, I think beeswax might be the eggs of our DIY kitchen. It does so much (thickening, hardening, increasing staying power), is hard to replace, and ends up in so many recipes (though it is a pretty poor breakfast food). Beeswax was one of the...

Meadowfoam Mango Creamy Facial Cleanser

Today's recipe is born from a request from Kimann, who loves a cleanser from a British skincare brand called Pai. I did some poking around, and it looks like a lovely brand that uses some great ingredients—but the price points! $50USD for 100mL/3.3fl oz of facial...

Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray

I've been stepping up my yoga game over the last year or so, and I'm thrilled to notice I've gotten stronger and more flexible, and can now do a few things I thought were impossible a year ago. As I've gained muscle mass, though, it would seem my yoga mat has started...

Luxury Facial Serum

The amount of money some shop-bought natural skincare products sell for never ceases to amaze me. You'd think I'd be used to seeing price tags north of $150 for a few tablespoons of something, but I'm not. I'm perpetually astonished to find a blend of oils or a simple...

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...

Recipes & Ideas for Spring Cleaning

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that it's finally warm out. It's supposed to be 28°C (82°F) tomorrow! That's amazing! That's nearly double the average temperature for this time of year, which is to say spring has sprung decidedly early for this part of the world....

Fairy Bread Soap

I was originally going to call this Fairy Bread Soap "confetti soap", but as I made it I was reminded of Fairy Bread—a snack I saw my Aussie friends chow down on (when they weren't devouring slices Vegemite toast) when I lived Down Under. For the uninitiated, Fairy...

Creamy Clay Cleansing Balm

This rich, gentle creamy clay cleansing balm is a hybrid between a cleansing balm and a clay bar. It pairs the cleansing powers of emulsifying wax and clay with nourishing oils to leave your skin gently cleansed and lightly hydrated. It also smells a bit like a...

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Expectant Moms

Mother's Day is around the corner, so I thought I'd dive back into the archives and share some ideas for homemade Mother's Day gift ideas for expectant moms (first time or otherwise!). There's loads of gift ideas out there for ladies who already have kids, but I...

Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub

This super gentle foaming clay scrub smells amazing, leaves your skin wonderfully soft. A base of gentle kaolin clay is spiked with a touch of exfoliating oatmeal and a bright, fresh blend of essential oils to give you a fantastic lathery face scrub in no time flat. A...

10 Recipes to Make with Coconut Oil

It has recently come to my attention that I have over 800 (!?!) posts published on this humble little blog. Err... wow. I'm impressed by past me, that's a lot of writing, photo taking, and recipe making. Anyhow, with that many recipes up here it's pretty much...

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....

Healing Herbal Calamine Salve

This healing herbal calamine salve is designed for all kinds of skin irritation—everything from bug bites to diaper rash. It combines soothing calamine (zinc oxide + ferric oxide [aka red iron oxide]) with a rich base of herb infused sunflower seed oil and shea butter...

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...

An Interview with Point of Interest’s Susan Barclay-Nichols

I'm super excited to share this interview with Susan Barclay-Nichols, the brains behind Point of Interest!/Swifty Crafty Monkey; an absolutely amazing DIY resource blog. I've learned so much from Susan over the years and I'm really excited to have her "here" to answer...

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...

Scottish Rose Salve

In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....

My Winter Survival Guide for Skin & Hair

This winter survival guide is coming to you from a Canadian girl who is not exactly one with winter. People constantly tell me that I'm the coldest person I know. I live in long underwear for eight months of the year (at a minimum). Most of my clothes are wool. I...

Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...

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...

The Best of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close I want to take a wee while to look back on some of my favourite and most popular post from the last year, just in case you missed 'em the first time around. Enjoy! And last but definitely not least... I'm writing a...

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...

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2015 Edition

18 days to go! Do you have all your gifts ready? No? Here's some homemade Christmas gift ideas (and recipes, of course!) to get you started. For those with dry skin: Mexican chocolate body butter + Pumpkin spice body lotion The lip balm lover: Red velvet cake lip balm...

Exciting News!

This is one blog entry I've hoped to write for years, and I can't believe I finally am. Drumroll, please... I'm writing a book! Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com will be out Fall 2016, and it...

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....

Yucca & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Water

I've had quite a few requests for a micellar water over the last couple years, and with hot(ter) temperatures finally upon us, I thought I'd give one a go. But first I had to find out what micellar water is. It turns out it's an emulsifier powered cleanser, in the...

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,...

Summer Recipe Round-Up

It's warm! It's summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least)! Finally. Here in Calgary the season is pretty short, so there's a lot of awesome activities and trips to cram into a pretty short period of time. I've got lots of great summer DIY recipes that I think...

Silken Muddy Honey Mask

The inspiration for this mask came from a recipe request from Alexandra, who wanted a homemade alternative for an $80 mask/cleanser from a luxury brand. I took a look at the original and decided to wander off in my own direction, and I'm really happy with where I...

Seaside Face Scrub & Mask

As the weather gets warmer, I often think of summers spent on the west coast of British Columbia with my family as a kid. We'd poke about in tide pools, kayak around sandstone points, and explore island forests. With a blend of seaweed and sea salt, this face scrub...

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...

Ruby Lip Tint

This pretty ruby lip tint gets its ruby colour pop from an infusion of alkanet root—Batschia canescens. Native to the Mediterranean, it produces bright blue flowers and dark red roots that have been used as a dye for hundreds of years. Alkanet powder itself is pretty...

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...

London Fog Lip Balm

I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf....

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...

Lavender Vanilla Soap

This pretty speckled, swirl-topped soap smells of soft lavender and vanilla. It brings to mind warm, dry summer days in Provence (in my imagination, at least). I can see pretty pastel-painted wooden furniture, bundles of lavender hanging to dry in the window, and a...

Pink Rose Clay Bar

After falling madly in love with my Everyday French Green Clay Bar I decided I needed more of them. Clay bars are downright fantastic for daily light clay use and they're far more travel friendly than a baggie of mysterious looking powder (especially if you're...

Clean Dreams Pillow Mist

Maria sent in a request for this lovely essential oil powered pillow mist, and I just loved the sound of it. The original was designed to help prevent breakouts caused by a dirty pillowcase, but with its lovely blend of essential oils, it’ll also help lull you into a...

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...

Things I Learned in 2014

This is the third year I've written one of these retrospective learning entries. They're a bit of a departure from my day-to-day creative musings, but I think they're worthwhile. What's another year if you haven't learned from it? Also, if you are offended by mild...

Christmas Eve Pillow Mist

While I was dreaming up this year's Christmas projects, I really loved the idea of a Christmas Eve Pillow Mist—something you could spritz over your bed before crawling between the sheets and listening for reindeer on the roof. I decided to give it a bit of a twist,...

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

So, Christmas is approaching rapidly and you’re still missing gifts for a few people. Perhaps its a few hostess gifts you forgot about. Perhaps you haven’t even started your shopping yet and you’re getting a bit worried. No worries—I’ve got you covered with a few DIY...

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...

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for some homemade Christmas gift ideas? You've come to the right place! I've got ten great ideas here for fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts for everybody on your list 🙂 Handmade Soap Cold process soap is reasonably easy to make, and there's no...

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...

Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder

This lovely three-ingredient Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder refreshes un-launderables quickly and easily, and it uses Bandits Oil to boot, so that's awesome 🙂 You can whip this up really easily in your DIY specific coffee grinder—it might take one...

Happy Third Birthday, Humblebee & Me!

I can scarcely believe it, but Humblebee & Me is three today. I can’t believe it’s been over 1000 days since I launched this site with eager expectations of the world immediately flocking to the three recipes I had online. A lot has changed since then, and I’m super...

How to Fix a Beat-Up Hardcover Book

For Christmas 2012 I was given a cute little Jane Austen themed five year journal. This journal had a page for each day of the year, and each page had five slots so you could go through and write four lines a day for a year, and then flip back to January 1 and start...

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....

Silky Smooth Baby Powder

This light, white, Silky Smooth Baby Powder is incredibly soft and silky. It's also pleasantly unscented, which I feel is a nice alternative from the all-too-scented traditional variety of baby powder. It comes together in a flash and makes a wonderful gift for any...

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)....

Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs

This fun little nuggets of citrussy-scented cleaning power are like bath bombs for your toilet, except instead of softening your skin, they fizzle away at your dirty toilet bowl. As far as toilet cleaning goes, these are actually pretty fun. That's not much, but it's...

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...

Lavender & Bergamot Soap

I may have a lavender problem. At last count, I had six different types of lavender essential oil in my cupboard (though in my defense, New Directions had a lavender sale last year). Anyhow, that surplus got me thinking about all the different things I could do with...

Lemon Cream Cleaning Lotion

This lemony scented cream cleaner comes together in a flash, and is fantastic for cleaning sinks and bathtubs, but it's also done great things to grime on my stove top. It's basically a lotion, but instead of a carrier oil, I've used d-limonene (aka citrus terpenes)...

Magical Sticky Label Removal Goo

One of my most popular entries is a short and sweet one on getting sticky labels off jars using one secret ingredient (it's cooking oil). Consider this the 2.0 of that entry. While cooking oil works wonderfully, it is liquid, and that's a problem when it comes to...

My DIY Grease-Busting Cleaning Powder

This started out as laundry powder, but then I started using it for other things, and it still hasn't made it's way into the washing machine. It's too busy in the kitchen, melting away tea stains and blasting greasy pans from DIY projects clean. I always keep a bag or...

Simple Cleaning Soap

This recipe may not be all that romantic, but I can promise it's wonderfully practical. It yields hard white bars that are inexpensive to make and nicely bubbly. The bars shred down beautifully into soapy flakes and bits that make great laundry powder and cleaning...

Orange Wax Wood Polish

I absolutely love wooden... everything, really. Furniture, staircases, combs, floors, panelled walls, cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils, whatever. You name it, and I'd like to see a wooden version of it. Wood just has a fantastic sheen and natural character to it,...

Disinfecting Yoga Mat Spray

'Tis the season for New Years Resolutions, and if my yoga studio is any indication, yoga is a popular New Years Resolution. I will easily confess that I attend fewer classes in January than in December or November due to the flood of new people, turning each class...

Aluminum Foil & Soda Silver Polish

I'm sure you've seen a variation of this around if you've even been on Pinterest. I've seen a lot of different versions of it, so I thought I'd give it a try when my necklace took a dip in the hot tub with me and it didn't like it. In about three seconds the bromine...

Christmas Room Spray

There are few things more lovely about Christmas than the way your home smells with a tree in your parlour. Really, why don’t we keep fir trees in our homes year round? They smell fantastic—far better than dog, dust, and old furniture, or whatever houses usually smell...

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

As I’m sure you can readily surmise, I am never at a loss when people ask me what I like to do in my free time. Similarly, my shelves and cupboards are never at a loss for things in tins and bars and bottles and what not. That said, though, I am not always the most...

Natural Hair Care: Washing Your Brushes & Combs

One of my favourite articles on natural(ish) hair care dates back to the early 1900s, and is written by Mlle. Aline Vallandri, a woman who is famous for the length and health of her hair. The article is accompanied by a rather shocking (to modern eyes, at least)...

Cottage Room Spray

One of my favourite scents in the world is the smell of the forest at my cottage. It smells utterly divine, and a hint of it in the city always fills me with a longing for sunshine and summertime. The woods are mostly spruce and birch trees, and the fresh water that...

Abject DIY Failures: Part 2

There are many reasons I love Bill Bryson and find him downright hilarious—one is his ability to describe misery so well. It’s not that I particularly delight in the misery of others, but when aptly described in a way that is clearly meant to be humorous, I am...

Happy Second Birthday, Humblebee & Me!

I can scarcely believe it, but Humblebee & Me turns two today! I’m not exactly sure how it has come to be two years already, but in that time I have published 445 entries (including this one), gathered over 3,700 comments, learned countless new things, and made a...

Summer 2013 Ingredient Love

Sometimes I find all it takes to kick-start a great DIY run is a new ingredient or two. A scent, texture, colour, or flavour can really spark my imagination and send me off into a fabulous little world where I make a gigantic mess and come out with tons of new tubes...

Everyday Edwardian

Just in case you hadn't noticed, I'm pretty enamored by the Edwardian era. Obviously I love Titanic, but Somewhere in Time, Tuck Everlasting, and Downton Abbey also have a special place in my heart. I love the layered skirts, the elaborate updos, the beautiful...

Lemon Cream Cleaning Spray

I think the most magical part about homemade cleaning products is not their low cost, the fact that they are non toxic, or the whole "yay I made something" factor—it's that they have this incredible ability to make me excited to clean my bathroom. For the first couple...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I've been asking all the men I work with what, out of all the things I concoct, would make good Father's Day gift ideas. Here's what they thought! A Luxurious Home Shaving Kit A few bars of shaving soap, a nice shaving brush, and some after shave and you're good!...

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is probably the best gift-giving holiday when it comes to me and my obsessive DIY-ing. As a child I gifted my mum handmade crafts of popsicle sticks, paint, glitter, and glue. Fortunately for my mom, I've graduated into more useful DIY projects that don't...

Even Better Tub Scrub (Non-Toxic Comet)

Like most people, I'm not the type who gets excited about cleaning the bathroom. You would have just cause to worry about me if I did. Anyhow, this scrub got me excited about bathroom scrubbing for at least a few minutes, and if that's not a testament to how awesome...

Winter Survival Guide

Go home, winter. No one likes you. You weren't invited to this party. You look fat in those pants and you smell funny. GO AWAY. Ok, well, that didn't work. Crap. Winter's still here, my feet are still cold, and I'm still dreaming about escaping to a beach in...

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...

10 Homemade DIY Christmas Gifts

As I'm sure you can imagine, I make a lot of my Christmas gifts. Here are some of my favourites. Body Butter It's one of those gifts that seems really luxurious, but is wonderfully easy to make and scent as appropriate for each recipient. You can also have fun with...

A Great Big, Easy to Move Tiled Carpet

A while back I was tasked with creating a portable "Live Out There Lounge" that could be somewhat easily set up at events to create a branded space for us to do fun things, like serve people coffee, chat about how awesome Live Out There is, and lounge about in comfy...

Bookbinding: Hardcovers

The final step of making a book, after you've got your book block all sewn up, is the cover. The cover isn't hard, but it does require some finesse, attention to detail, and a lot of measuring. Let's get started, shall we? For the cover you'll need some eska board (or...

Homemade Leather Balm

For a vegetarian, I really like leather. In fact, I'd say I like leather a lot even for a meat eater. Especially for shoes. I really love leather shoes. And purses. And wallets. And boots... oh lordy. Especially boots. I have a boot problem (damn you, eBay!). I like...

Bookbinding: Stardard Sewn Book Block

The book block is the meat of the book; all the pages in the centre. They can be blank or printed—whichever suits your fancy. I’ll be working with blank pages here, but someday I’ll get around to detailing how you can set up your own designed book into signatures and...

Bookbinding: The Tools & Materials

I am a crazy-dedicated journal writer. I've been writing regularly since 2002, and every single day since May 31, 2005. I am, understandably (in my opinion, haha), a bit uppity about making sure I get an entry in every single day, and so far my doting calendar whatsit...

Deep Cleaning Washable Barefoot Shoes

I recently purchased myself a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves. I love how lightweight and flexible they are, and even though I haven't really been putting much effort into training myself to barefoot run, I still wear them all the time. And it's starting to show... in the...

Stop New Jean Bleed

Whenever I buy a pair of new jeans I'm always treated to a period where my legs appear to be horribly bruised from the dye rubbing off the jeans. Since I rarely buy new jeans I usually forget about the dye thing, and then end up wondering what on earth I did to myself...

Double Your White Glue with Homemade Paste

What I'm doing here is making a wheat starch paste and combining it with PVA (polyvinyl acetate, or plain old white glue). This achieves several things. It thins the glue so you can spread it thinly across the paper with ease. It also slows the drying time, giving you...

DIY Reuseable Cosmetic Cotton Pads

I realized somewhat recently that I am using (and subsequently tossing) a lot of cotton pads. That's a lot of very frivolous waste. So, I got to thinking—if you can make re-useable diapers, cotton pads can't be too far away. I took a trip to my basement to find some...

Super Simple Grout Cleaner

I recently discovered the wonders of hydrogen peroxide when its mixed with baking soda. It's amazing. Someday I will write an entire entry detailing the many, many things you can do with this simple mixture. It saved a cream coloured shirt that had been smeared with...

Abject DIY Failures

I know all my blogs are about successes. That's kind of the point. You don't surf the internet and read blogs to learn how to not do things. Unless, I suppose, it's to learn how to REALLY not do things. As in, how to do things wrong the proper way: all in. And after...

Super Simple Shoe Storage

Now that I have a big person job I find myself defying my non-girly convictions and acquiring shoes. Nothing on the Carrie Bradshaw scale to be sure, but I now find myself with more than five pairs of shoes, I'm having a bit of a storage issue. And a finding both...

Cleaning Fabric-Backed Smartphone Cases

A few months ago I ordered a replacement for my trusty iPhone case. Speck #1 had served me well, so I replaced it with Speck #2 and Speck #3. I've always liked the fabric-backed case look, so I got two more, and they are cute. Simultaneously colourful and protective....

Removing Sticky Labels

I'm big on re-using bottles and all varieties of packages. I go through lots of bottles of essential oils, and then I like to re-use them. But the problem is they always come with super sticky labels that leave an incredibly tacky residue. As I've discovered, no...

Quick Hair Elastic Trick

Here's a quick little tip for keeping your hair elastics from turning into a rat's nest in the drawer. I've been doing this for a while and was kind of thrilled to see Goody now sells their elastics with a carabiner for the same purpose. I wonder when they snuck into...

At Home Dry Cleaning

I suppose I should preface this post by saying that no, this trick will not remove that ketchup stain from that silk-cashmere-ascot-thing that you ruined at that barbeque last summer. Sorry. This is more of a dry way of freshening up things that shouldn't be washed...

When It’s Cold and Dry

There are lots of articles out there about how to deal with the cold. And lots about how to deal with a dry climate. Unfortunately, these articles always seem to be mutually exclusive. Most of the ideas to warm you up will dry you out like a prune, and most of the...

Fantastic Bathroom Scrub

I feel fairly safe in stating that cleaning a bathroom is probably no one's favourite job. And I also feel fairly safe in stating that most people prefer a clean bathroom to a filthy one, which creates a rather unfortunate catch-22. It can be somewhat offset by...

A Homemade Warm Beanbag for Chilly Winter Nights

I love sleeping with a warm beanbag in the winter. It keeps my bed warm when the room is freezing, and it's nice to cuddle something that's warm and soft and doesn't complain about being suffocated. But... it's started smelling a bit funny. I guess regularly...

Make Your Own Super Sturdy Re-useable Shopping Bag

Re-useable shopping bags are everywhere these days. Every business wants to sell you one. My local grocery store rewards you with 2¢ for each cloth bag you use. Lululemon sends you home with one every time you buy something there, and they aren't the only store that...

Super Simple Draught Stopper

A few days ago a friend of mine mentioned that he intended to buy a draught stopper (one of those little weighed tubes of fabric that you put at the base of a door to stop air from leaking in or out). I was appalled. Who buys something like that? So I made one for...

Make Yourself a Lovely, Lacey Apron

Well, I suppose the lace part is optional. This is an ultra-simple pattern for an apron I made a few weeks ago. I used some vintage fabric and trim I found in my basement, and pieced together a few pattern pieces to create this adorable little piece of kitchen wear...

Beeswax Furniture Polish

This beeswax furniture polish is really quite miraculous. It's easy to make, incredibly inexpensive, and yields beautiful results. It is guaranteed to make you fall back in love with your antique wooden furniture, wooden salad bowls, and wooden cutting boards. It...

Resolution: Downsize & Organize

I'm not much for resolutions. I rarely keep to them... I think the only one I've ever successfully kept was from about 1999 in which I promised myself I would always have lip balm on my person. Thanks to Calgary's stupidly dry climate, that one had a built in pain...

Awww: Maui the Kitten

I thought I'd leave 2011 on a positive note—positively adorable, that is! My friend Kara and her family just acquired a new kitten. The little rascal is named Maui, and she is very fond of pouncing on feet and hiding behind things, as I imagine most kittens are. I am...

Make a Lovely Cluster Pearl Necklace

This is a great thing to do with any pearl necklaces that have come unstrung. My grandmother gave me quite a few in a bag, for me to fix. Or something. I chose the something. For this you'll need a bunch of different sized & coloured pearls (real or fake, I don't...

Lovely DIY Dangly Earrings

I whipped up these lovely little earrings in ten-ish minutes. The key to them is the dangling so lovely-like is lots of joints. My first attempt was basically just stringing them onto stiff wire. That really didn't work out very well. They sort of just... slugged....

A Lovely Lacey Way to Display Earrings

I have quite a few earrings. Not many by the standards of say, Carrie Bradshaw or the Queen, but enough that I forget what I have more often than not. I recently sifted though all of my jewellery (which was strewn about my room in a variety of gift boxes, jewellery...

Useful Christmas Gift Boxes

I love Christmas, but the amount of waste it seems to require is getting to me. Even if you love and can use every single gift you receive, chances are they still come wrapped in something you're probably not going to find very useful once you rip it off and recycle....

Make Your Own Super-Classy Christmas Cards

I love making my own Christmas cards. They're far better value than the ones you can get from Hallmark, and far nicer than as well. You can set your own budget in the paper you choose, and customize everything else. You'll be making your own envelopes, so everything...

15 Uses for Mason Jars

Mason jars are incredibly handy to have around and are, strangely enough, rather hip these days. You can usually get them at Value Village and other op-shops for...

Tangled Earbud Solution

I have one of those purses that is like a black hole with a strap. I can fit my 15" laptop and my DSLR in it (along with all the normal purse stuff). It'll weigh about 15lbs, but it'll fit. So earbuds have a tendency to vanish. And when I find them they're usually in...

15 Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is crazy cheap and super useful. See? I no longer recommend putting baking soda on your skin; read this for more information. 1. Wash your face Baking soda is just the right texture to be mildly exfoliating, and it's status as a mild base does a great job...

Harvest Totes: Part 1

Today I want to share a project I finished about a year ago. I got to thinking about how even though most people use cloth bags for their groceries, they still put their fruit and veg into those crappy, flimsy plastic bags the produce department provides. And the bags...

Military-Style Jacket

So, while that pumpkin bread pudding is soaking (more on that tomorrow), I thought I'd share with you a military-inspired jacket I made that's just perfect for autumn. It's an easy modification of an existing jacket pattern, and took me about a day to sew. I don't...

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Sea Buckthorn and Charcoal Cleansing Balm

This striking Sea Buckthorn and Charcoal Cleansing Balm stars two potent ingredients to create a perfect-for-Halloween cleansing balm. The inspiration for this came from wanting to create something for Halloween—in past years I've done lots of pumpkin spice things...

Sugar Plum Christmas Soap

Welcome to our first Christmas 2018 soap—Sugar Plum Christmas Soap! Sugar plum will be one of our ongoing themes this season, and I'm really excited about all the different projects I've devised for it. We're kicking off the theme with these stunning purple, swirly,...

Hydrating Aloe Facial Mist

Today's facial mist recipe was inspired by a recipe request and a cult favourite herb-spiked super-hydrating face spritz. Anuradha requested "a facial spritzer... something calming [and] refreshing," and the product she linked to featured aloe vera and a selection of...

Sheer Satin Cheek & Lip Tint

This punchy red liquid cheek and lip tint has become a fast favourite of mine. On first glance it’s a thin, vibrant red liquid. It’s less red than you expect on application, and the slip is divine; lightweight and satiny, with a finish that is unexpectedly rich...

Sea Buckthorn Glow Serum

This simple formula stars a few beautiful plant-sourced oils to create a vitamin rich, antioxidant packed, anti-inflammatory skin serum. With its velvety skin feel, soft nutty scent, and rich slip it's become a quick favourite in my nightly skincare routine. Like all...

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...

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...

Humblebee & Me is 7!

Hey Bees! I can scarcely believe Humblebee & Me is seven—if this blog were a wee person she'd be able to read and tie her own shoes and would probably be planning on going as Laura Ingles Wilder for Halloween so she had an excuse to wear a starched bonnet to school....

Rose Witch Hazel Facial Toner

This sweetly fragrant, refreshing facial toner has become a fast favourite of mine. It smells deliciously of roses, features several soothing and lightly hydrating ingredients, and leaves my skin feeling revived and gently cleansed. It's also crazy easy to make (no...

Oil Cleansing Gel

When I was in Montreal last year I visited Coop Coco, a local DIY supplier, and poked around, looking for things I didn’t have that would fit in my suitcase. I ended up picking up a bottle of Sucragel, a cold-process emulsifier I’d never worked with before, brought it...

Citrus Poppy Seed Swirl Soap

I had so much fun creating these sunny, speckled bars. The idea was to create a swirl using texture—as opposed to colour—to differentiate the swirl from the rest of the soap. When I set out to make these bars it had been positively ages since I’d made soap. Who else...

Herbs & Honey Pink Clay Mask

Today's project is inspired by a face mask I spotted on Instagram that rings it at about $100/100mL. It definitely had some good ingredients in it, but nothing that should make it that sort of wince-worthy expensive. My version blends two different clays with some...

Creamy Stick Lip Tints

When it comes to makeup I actually wear on a regular basis I find I tend towards subtle, easy-to-apply stuff (read: stuff that goes on easily and lightly enough that it disguises my amateurish makeup application skills). These lip tints were born of my initial...

Creamy Lip Balm

This rich, creamy lip balm came out of the experiments I did as I was developing my recipe for my Basic Moldable Lipstick Base. It was the far end of my "let's make this creamier" experiments, and while I loved how it felt, it basically glued itself to the inside of...

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...

Basic Moldable Lipstick Base

When I got my awesome little TKB Trading Lipstick Mold one of the first things I wanted to investigate was the compatibility of the lipstick recipes in my book with the mold. The compatibility was resoundingly… not. Efforts to use the lipstick bases from my book...

Rose Cardamom Cleansing Conditioner

After making and testing my Cream of Earl Grey Cleansing Conditioner I fell in love with the concept and the product. I found it left my hair incredibly soft and manageable, and I loved the single step in the shower. Working palmfuls of creamy conditioner through my...

Center Stage Glow Serum

This project was inspired by one of the first bits of makeup I ever fell in love with. When I was growing up my mom made a point of taking advantage of those "spend $X and get this miraculous goody bag of sample-sized treats for free" at the Estée Lauder makeup...

Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask

Back in December I picked up Laniege’s Lip Sleeping Mask at San Francisco’s Duty Free shop during a rather long stop-over on my way to New Zealand. I’d read about the product working wonders for super dry lips and was intrigued by those claims and also by the idea of...

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...

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...

Frankincense Facial Lotion

This delightful lotion comes from a recipe request from Ashlie, who loves the Frankincense Intense line from Neal’s Yard Remedies. I love Neal’s Yard; their formulations are solid and their corporate ethos is both environmentally and socially responsible. I’ve visited...

Rose Silk Hydrating Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are all the rage these days, but they are also usually at least $1–2 a piece, and you only get to use them once, and that’s a bit ridiculous. I have a few (mostly from last October's trip to NYC) and I find myself hoarding them (like I used to do with bath...

Eucalyptus Mint Soft Cleansing Balm

This soft, squeezable cleansing balm is rich and creamy, melts into a stunning cleanser once you start working with it, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and just a touch minty. I love it first thing in the morning to help me hit the ground running! Want to watch...

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...

Making Lipstick in a Lipstick Mold!

I'm often asked about making stick lipsticks, and turning the lipsticks from Make it Up into stick lipsticks, so I was super excited when TKB Trading got in touch and asked if I wanted to try their new (inexpensive!) lipstick mould. I've definitely looked at lipstick...

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...

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...

Makeup Eraser Sticks

This idea was born out of perusing one of those in-flight catalogues whilst I was undoubtedly quite bored. You know the type—you can order Arwen Evenstar’s pendant, a mini-putt for the corner of your office, and a brand of makeup you’ve never heard of that is...

Cream of Earl Grey Cleansing Conditioner

I've had loads of requests for a cleansing conditioner, and I'm really excited to finally have one to share! This one is decadently creamy and works through the hair with no lather. It rinses out beautifully, leaving the hair clean and wonderfully manageable (I...

Canada Day Clay Face Mask

Happy Canada Day! For anyone who doesn't already know, I'm Canadian, and Canada Day was yesterday—a day where we celebrate red and white, maple leaves, apologizing to people who bump into you, and our delicious decision to elevate doughnut holes into their own food...

DIY Don’ts: Things You Shouldn’t DIY

When I first got into DIYing I quickly got very excited about all the things I could make—lip balms, lotions, body butters, oh my! I went through my house with new eyes, looking for things I could possibly replace with new, homemade versions. It was positively...

Lemon Rose Tinted Lip Balm

After returning from a week in Toronto earlier this month my lips were a mess. Toronto is wonderfully humid whilst Calgary is... not... and my lips had been spoilt with all that decadent, skin-loving humidity. The return to Calgary saw my lips pitching a very...

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...

Conditioning Super Nourishing Hair Balm

One of the first recipes I ever shared on Humblebee & Me was for a "Super Nourishing Hair Balm", all the way back in October of 2011. I'd actually made the balm months earlier, before I'd launched the blog, and had been testing it all summer and fall before I suddenly...

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...

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...

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...

The Humblebee & Me Studio Tour

I'm pretty excited about this post—it's crazy long overdue, and one of my most requested posts ever! Over the years I've had tons of requests to see my studio and how I store my ingredients, and to be honest... up until recently it really wasn't pretty....

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...

A Quick Guide to Cetearyl Alcohol & Liquid Oil Ratios

I've been itching to get my hands on some cetearyl alcohol for a while now—readers keep asking me about it, I see it in ingredients lists all the dang time, and I've been reading all kinds of lovely things about it! Now that Windy Point has it available in smaller...

Lemon Rose Facial Lotion

This lightweight, hydration-packed facial lotion is one of my formulas from my Formula Botanica coursework, and it also happens to be the first recipe I'm sharing using hyaluronic acid! I tested this lotion through some of Calgary's driest winter months and found it...

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...

Lemon Rose Facial Cleansing Drops

I seem to be on a bit of a "concentrated" kick, partially inspired by my recent trip to Australia. I brought shampoo bars with me (that also ended up doubling as body wash), and found that all the use (aka getting wet) and the lack of time to dry between moves meant...

Let’s Talk About Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid and I began our relationship over a year ago, with The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, and that relationship has since grown into quite the love story. HA is one of those ingredients I'd heard all sorts of lovely things about, but last year...

Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

With spring and sunshine finally here, I want to get my glow on. I've been loving looks featuring glowy highlights that get their punch from catching the light with a touch of glimmer, but not outright sparkle. A sort of optical effervescence, you could say—like...

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...

10 Recipes to Make With Jojoba Oil

Today we're looking at ten of my favourite recipes you can make with sunny jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis). There's a good chance jojoba oil is one of the first oils you purchased—it's very popular in the world of DIY/natural skin care, and is widely available....

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 love...

Lavender Gel Facial Cleanser

This fun, softly purple Lavender Gel Facial Cleanser is another thing I've devised as part of my Formula Botanica coursework. It's a wobbly, silky semi-solid facial cleansing experience that I probably find entirely too amusing 😝It's simple to make (no heat...

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...

Bentonite Clay and DIY Beauty

Today I'm really excited to share with you an interview on clays (specifically bentonite) with Ian Hutcheon, Professor Emeritus in Geochemistry at the University of Calgary. Bentonite clay has quite a bit of lore surrounding it in the DIY world. It's not at all...

Rose Micellar Water

I'm pretty excited to be able to share a micellar water recipe I'm happy with. I've been experimenting with micellar water formulas quite a lot over the last year and while the concept is simple enough in theory, it took quite a lot of fiddling and refining to create...

Earl Grey Face Mask

I thought we'd continue our Earl Grey theme today with this simple clay face mask that helps brighten the complexion and fade hyper-pigmentation left behind by healing acne. It's made from just a few simple ingredients that you almost certainly already have, comes...

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...

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 Ginger Oak Moss Beard Oil

It's been a while since I made a beard thing, and since I've been working with this lovely ginger oak moss essential oil blend quite a lot, I got to thinking... goodness. Beards should smell like this.... I could make beards smell like this. And here we are, with a...

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...

Makeup Brush Cleanser

I've been meaning to whip up a makeup brush specific cleanser for a while. In the past I've just swirled my brushes on whatever bar of soap was sitting next to my sink, but for the past six months or so I've had foaming hand washes there instead, and I've found those...

Cream of Earl Grey Soap

I had so much fun crafting up these creamy, sweet-smelling, sparkly bars of tea latte inspired soap. The batter is silky smooth and has great play time, so the whole mixing-pouring-swirling experience is calm and easy and fun (no pudding panic here, ha!). A dusty...

Australia 2018: Thoughts & Reflections

Hey Bees! I thought we'd take a break from our regularly scheduled DIY-programming to chat about my recent trip to Australia. If you've been following my Instagram or other social networks you'll know I returned from three weeks down under—my first visit since I lived...

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...

Lottie’s Dog Shampoo Bar

Lottie, my just-about-15-month-old Cocker Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles pup is very adorable, and also extremely fond of getting filthy. She is certainly not a prissy dog! She's got very fluffy paws, and on warmer winter days when melting snow transforms our local dog...

Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque

The inspiration for this Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque came from a rather persistent Facebook advert for a similar product. It stalked me all over, pelting me with montages of women with stunning, shiny, voluminous hair and positively chiseled eyebrows. I did end up on...

Eucalyptus Mint Cleansing Oil

This silky smooth Eucalyptus Mint Cleansing Oil is really quite lovely; freshly herbal and minty, with a touch of a cooling tingle that definitely helps perk one up first thing in the morning. I tried a new solubilizer and I really like it—the cleansing oil rinses off...

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...

Raspberry Marula Facial Serum

I have so been enjoying using this silky Raspberry Marula Facial Serum. Not only is it a joy to use thanks to its lightweight consistency and luxurious slip, it also leaves my skin dewy and glowing. Oil serums were one of my first DIY/natural beauty loves, but it's...

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...

Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste

If you’ve been using liquid dishwashing detergent, prepare to have your world rocked. Seriously. Solid dishwashing paste kicks dishwashing butt in ways you didn’t think could happen. It’s so amazing that I was actually excited about washing dishes as I was developing...

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

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...

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...

Ginger Oak Moss Solid Facial Cleanser

This Ginger Oak Moss Solid Facial Cleanser is the sister to my Ginger Oak Moss Cleansing Balm Stick; the two accompanied me all around New Zealand last December, and did brilliantly. The inspiration for this came from a product I stumbled across while perusing...

Lavender Spruce Soap

I don't remember when I first fell in love with the lavender/spruce scent combo, but it's been a long standing favourite of mine for a while now. The woodsy, calming sweetness of lavender blends beautifully with the bright, fresh, camphoraceous notes of spruce and...

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...

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...

Winter Custard Soap

This simple, warm, wintery soap is just the thing for January. The first month of the year is typically hit with at least one cold snap here in Calgary, necessitating hot tea and warm baking and a general refusal to leave the house for anything less important than a...

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...

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...

On Throwing Things Away

I wanted to take some time today to talk about something I find harder than it should be, but something that has to happen: throwing DIY stuff away. Be it past-their-prime ingredients, dubiously useable products, mystery bottles, or packaging you swear you’ll be able...

Snowy Dawn Cream Luminizer

Over Christmas we had a positively frigid cold snap here in Calgary; waking up to temperatures below -40°C with windchill was not uncommon, and most days had "highs" no higher than -25°C. This lasted for about ten days, and while my preference would've been to sleep...

A Quick Guide to Almond Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

If you read my A Quick Guide to Olive Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios, you know Dale also sent almond wax along with the olive wax for me to play with. Whee! As usual I set out to make the acquaintance of almond wax with my standard ratio experiments so I could get a better...

Ginger Oak Moss Cleansing Balm Stick

I love this fragrant, creamy stick of cleansing goodness. I took the first version with my to New Zealand, where I spent much of my time on the road, camping somewhere new each night, and this stick was brilliant. I was so happy to have something I could use quickly...

Things I Learned in 2017

Welcome to this year's Things I Learned in post. These posts have become a bit of a tradition for me; a thing I keep in the back of my mind as I work through the year. This year featured quite a lot of change for me, as well as quite a lot of travel. I explored parts...

Aurora Borealis Soap

I had so much fun making this pretty soap. Coloured with powdered indigo and some pretty purple and green micas, I wanted to channel Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights—and the winter solstice seemed like a great time for it. I had a lot of fun thinking through...

Christmas Travel Essential Oil Inhaler

Travel and Christmas time seem to go together like red wine and heartburn. It's not exactly awesome, but it's pretty darn common 😂 Christmas and travel are stressful enough on their own, but combine them with winter weather and a couple thousand strangers in the same...

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...

A Quick Guide to Olive Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

Earlier this year Dale got in touch to ask if I’d ever worked with olive wax, and when I replied I’d never worked with it and not found it for sale in Canada, he generously offered to mail me some olive wax and some almond wax. Several months later they arrived in a...

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2017 Edition

Welcome to the 2017 Humblebee & Me Holiday Gift Guide! I've been having so much fun sharing recipes from our two 2017 holiday themes—Snowflake and Vanilla Spice—for the last couple months, and I'm excited to present them all here in all their glittery, fragrant glory,...

Snowflake Moon Drops

I’m having a bit of a love affair with fancy white powders. Mostly micas and glitters—irredescent ones that colour shift are my favourite right now. When I visited New York in October I placed a pre-emptive TKB Trading order and scooped up sample sized baggies of all...

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...

How to Scale Any Recipe

Recipe scaling is something I get a reasonable amount of questions about, so I thought I'd write out a how-to on how to scale any recipe so you can confidently make lots (or very little) of the things you love. I've also created a downloadable spreadsheet that you can...

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...

Vanilla Spice Conditioner Bar

When I was in university I had the most wonderful roommate in second year. Harriet and I started as roomies and are still fast friends to this day. There were many things that made us fantastic roommates, including our shared appreciation of pizza nights, clean door...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm

Most of the vegan lip balms I've tried share the characteristic of being quite glassy and thin—they lack that rich creaminess of beeswax lip balms. With a beeswax lip balm you can really schmear it on and it'll stay there and lock in moisture for ages (especially this...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Snowflake Face Mask Mix

I’m a huge fan and advocate of clay face masks—I love the pampering factor, how they gently exfoliate, and how they help clear out my pores, leaving my face refreshed and invigorated. For all the praise I heap on them, though, it’s been a hard thing to get my...

Snowflake Christmas Soap

Welcome to the second soap (and the second theme) of the 2017 Christmas DIY-ing season! These beautiful bars have a striking pale blue corner that contrasts the creamy white majority, and the whole lot is topped with a double glitter topping. These aren’t beginner...

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...

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...

Vanilla Spice Christmas Soap

Welcome to the start of the 2017 Christmas DIY season! As usual we're kicking off with soaps so they've got plenty of time to age while we round off our gift sets with other goodies like lotions, lip balms, body butters, and other varieties of pampering goodness. The...

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...

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...

Calming Milk and Honey Face Mask

This past weekend I ran my first-ever 10km race! It was in Montreal, and it was proper hot last weekend—so hot they cancelled the full marathon out of safety concerns. The 10k race was at 8:45am and it was already somewhere between warm and hot when that started,...

Minty Forest Soap

Soaps starring cedarwood and mint seem to be perennially popular; I think I see a few at every farmer's market and craft fair I attend. And honestly, it's not hard to see why! The scent combination is fantastic—soft, sweet cedarwood pairs beautifully with bright,...

Humblebee & Me is 6!

Happy sixth birthday, Humblebee & Me! It's been a whirlwind of a year. This is my 960th post, so post #1000 is coming up! My first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, was released on December 27, 2016 by Running Press. I did my first...

Forest Facial Lotion

In the last week I've been on some utterly stunning hikes, really soaking up how beautiful Canada is and squeezing the last drops of good weather out of our waning summer. I love a lot of things about the mountains—their beauty, the solitude, the babbling brooks and...

10 Recipes to Make With Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay is easily the most versatile clay I own, and if you were only going to own one clay, I'd recommend white kaolin without hesitation. Kaolin is a lightweight, soft, silky clay that's available in a variety of colours—pink, white, and red are most common, but...

Forest Cleansing Balm

I'm happy to report that Danny has been loving the Forest Facial Cleanser I made him (I'm loving it, too!), so I thought I'd extend the collection. And guys—this is the best cleansing balm I've ever made. It has the most amazing creamy consistency, beautiful rinse...

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Vegan Lip Balm

If you have ever dreamed of living in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, or figure the best superpower ever would be the ability to eat as much chocolate as possible without it having any calories, I think this lip balm is for you. Decadent, super-fragrant cocoa butter...

Lemon Basil Soap (with fresh Click & Grow basil!)

I'm not sure what it is about this hobby (or maybe it's just me), but people always assume I have a green thumb (people who have never seen my yard, at least). With the utmost faith in my ability to nurture and create they assume I have an abundant vegetable garden...

Research Red Flags & How to Learn About Your Ingredients

One of my favourite things about this community is the enthusiasm with which people research; the desire to learn more about ingredients, products, and processes is insatiable! However, as anyone who has done much poking about in this space will know, there's a lot of...

Silky Camellia Hair Serum

This Silky Camellia Hair Serum is a wonderful combination of a leave-in hair conditioner and an oil serum. It helps reduce frizz, add shine, prevent breakage, and even provides a touch of heat protection along with making your hair smell pretty. A drop or two is more...

Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser

Last year, the first thing I ever made with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) was a Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub that I really, really liked—I polished it off in a matter of weeks! For some reason or another I got to thinking about it again, and then I got to missing it,...

All-Purpose Enzyme Cleaning Spray

I whipped up this simple all-purpose enzyme cleaning spray a couple months ago and it’s quickly become a household staple for me. It gently cleans and deodorizes, leaving my counter tops gleaming, and I think it's easier to make than a cup of tea! I like to pair it...

Forest Facial Cleanser

I dreamt up this cleanser for my friend and super-awesome yoga instructor Danny. He's pretty much the sole reason I've been able to start running again, so when he mentioned he'd be interested in trying some of the things I make, I was on it (I definitely prefer to...

Fireworks Lip Gloss

I sometimes wonder if I'll ever outgrow glitter. I don't particularly want to, but I also didn't want to realize the special effects in some of my favourite childhood movies are painfully bad. Sometimes these things just happen. One of my strongest glitter memories is...

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...

A Quick Guide to Stearic Acid & Liquid Oil Ratios

Today we're looking at stearic acid, and how it behaves when melted together with olive oil at different ratios. Stearic acid is a pretty humble ingredient—mine is unassuming white beads that are bigger than cetyl alcohol, but not by much. We use it to thicken and...

Gentle Calendula Cleansing Oil

Something about the string of hot summer days we've been having has been making me think about herbs. It's probably all the lush, overflowing gardens Lottie and I walk past on our walks, and the way the now-golden prairie grass ripples in the wind. It could also be...

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...

Hydrating Rose Water Facial Toner

As I've been learning more and more about Asian beauty philosophies and trends, I've been really intrigued by the Asian-style toners /r/AsianBeauty raves about. Toners from Korea and Japan are focused on hydration and pH correction, packing a seriously nutrient-rich,...

The Natural Efficacy Fallacy and Natural Shaming

Today I wanted to chat about two things that I see a lot in the natural/DIY skin care community: the natural efficacy fallacy and natural shaming. These two things often come hand-in-hand, and I'd like to address them because they can drive people away from this...

Chamomile Citrus Vegan Lip Balm

The consistency I look for in a lip balm is almost entirely dictated by how my lips are feeling. If I'm feeling extra parched and lizard-like I'll reach for something sticky (like this or this) that has the power to stubbornly cling to my lips and really lock in...

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...

Fuller’s Earth Calming Lavender Face Mask

If your skin is hankering for a bit of pore cleansing, brightening, lavender-scented goodness, this is the mask for you. It stars Fuller's Earth clay (also known as Multani Mitti), a clay with a long history of cleansing, brightening, and helping fade acne scars. I've...

Lime in the Coconut Facial Cleansing Oil

When was the last time you listened to the entirety of the Lime in the Coconut song? Technically it's "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson, first released in 1971, but to me it's just "the Lime in the Coconut" song. The song is definitely a bit ridiculous and the music video is...

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...

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Today's project is a simple one that I've been meaning to whip up for ages—a good makeup remover. It's wonderfully easy with just three ingredients, one of which is very flexible and another is optional. It's also wonderfully effective—I tested it with some seriously...

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...

Rose Gold Lip Gloss

Ok, so I may be a touch late to the party on this one, but isn't rose gold the prettiest?! In the past I've shied away from pink. Not for me, I thought—too... pink 😜 This stance has softened over the last few years and I now find that rose gold has nestled into a...

Green Tea and Roses Facial Cleanser

My green tea kick continues with this Green Tea and Roses Facial Cleanser, which pairs beautifully with my Green Tea Cleansing Oil and Green Tea Face Cream. This rose scented cleanser has a beautiful, creamy, low lather that won't leave your skin feeling dry or...

Monoi de Tahiti Hair Conditioner

You don't have to read much about Monoi de Tahiti to decide that you must have a bottle—stat—as it is clearly going to transform you into a tropical goddess with the waist-long luscious hair of Disney princesses and the skin of a sun-kissed Victoria's Secret model. It...

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:...

So, You Want to Sell the Things You Make

This hobby, moreso than many others, seems to have people opening up their own Etsy shops and stalls at local markets within months of making their first lip balm. And frankly, that's a bit concerning. If you told a friend you'd just learned to make a great marinara...

Green Tea Cleansing Oil

I might as well own up to it and declare my solemn love for cleansing oils. We have moved past the crush stage and into a stable, long-term relationship. I love how gentle (yet effective!) they are—they leave my skin feeling delightfully clean without feeling hardcore...

Solid Olive Primrose Facial Serum

This silky smooth, light-as-a-feather solid facial serum is really neat. It has all the satiny, lightweight loveliness of a liquid serum, but it's easier to transport (no leaks!), and application is even easier thanks to the elimination of the dropper bottle....

Conditioning Rose Water Hair Mist

Am I the only one who imagines herself as a glamorous women frolicking through clouds of tiny droplets of magical wonder whenever she mists herself with something? I hope not. Misting is basically the grown-up skin care version of running through a sprinkler, complete...

Airbrushing Primer Stick

This silky Airbrushing Primer Stick is basically a fantastic hybrid of primer, stick foundation, and my airbrushing powder. It helps control oil, blur imperfections, even out your skin tone, mattify your complexion, and keep your makeup on longer—all awesome things,...

Conditioning Beard Balm

A couple weeks ago I was having a patio chat with my friend Dallas, who was dithering over what to do with his facial hair. It was at the scruffy hipster beard stage, and he was considering sporting mutton chops, or perhaps a sturdy 'stache. In his beard researching...

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...

Green Tea Face Cream

Rich in antioxidants and all kinds of fresh and citrussy, this face cream is rather brilliant for summer. It's got a thick, almost balm-like consistency, but it spreads over the skin beautifully in a thin, fast-absorbing layer that you wouldn't typically expect from a...

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......

A Quick Guide to Cetyl Alcohol & Liquid Oil Ratios

Cetyl alcohol is pretty unassuming. Give it a cursory glance and it looks like white dust—teensy little moderately glossy blobs and specks of nothing all too exciting. Cetyl alcohol is a saturated fatty alcohol derived from coconuts, with a melting point of 49°C...

Yogurt Oat Face Mask

A couple months ago I made a pretty awesome discovery—yogurt + my face. It's not so much the yogurt as the probiotics that live in it; millions of little happy bacteria, living some sort of pastoral life in my fermented milk product. Well, that's how I like to imagine...

Why Homemade Sunscreen is Never a Good Idea

Back in 2012 I published a short post on DIY sunscreen, the gist of which was “don’t make it, you can’t know if it works.” That post continues to get a lot of traffic and quite a few comments, many of which aim to convince me that DIY sunscreen is (or can be) a good...

Peppermint Lavender Linen Spray

I've been doing lots of fancier DIYs lately, so I decided to step it back with a simple DIY for freshening up linens, sheets, and rooms—just in time for spring. A simple, fresh blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils are diluted in water to create a simple...

Cleansing Mud Mousse

Have you ever stumbled across a for-sale skin care project that was so simple, yet so expensive, that it made you downright mad? That was my initial reaction to the product that inspired this DIY. $70 for mostly clay, some salt, some inexpensive herbs, and some spices...

Mint Julep Cleansing Oil

This creamy Mint Julep Cleansing Oil came about as a bit of an accident. I had "Julep oil cleanser" on my to-do list as a recipe request, and without referring back to the original request, I got all excited about an oil cleanser that smelled like a mint julep....

Orange Blast Solid Conditioner Bar

This sunny Orange Blast Solid Conditioner Bar has a new position of prominence and glory in my shower. It smells like the juiciest of oranges, leaves my hair feeling downright divine (I'd invite you to run your fingers through it via the internet if I could), and I'm...

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...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Calendula

Calendula is one of my favourite herbs to work with. The beautiful, bright, sunny yellow flowers have long, elegant petals that curl and wisp in all sorts of pretty ways. If you've spent much time on my blog, you've definitely seen them sprinkled around wee jars and...

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...

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...

Grapefruit Deep Cleansing Oil

I've lost track of the number of requests for a cleansing oil I've received over the last little while. Danielle, Christine, and Shelley all sent some in, and then there's been a bunch in the comments on various posts and videos, so I figured I should pull this one...

Highlighting Moon Drops

I had so much fun developing these Highlighting Moon Drops, and I think you're going to have a blast making them! They come together really quickly and easily, allowing you to create a rainbow of different colours in no time. I've kept the batch size small so you can...

Gentle Chamomile Facial Cleanser

I have fallen hard and fast for this Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser. So much so that I made a video of it because I was using it up so rapidly that I needed more, so I figured I might as well film the making of batch #2. If you make anywhere close to as many things as I...

Morning Frost Soap

This Morning Frost soap was inspired by a beautiful walk I took back in November with the oh-so-friendly Scotch—potentially the world's nicest goldendoodle. Scotch and I were out in the morning, walking down one of Calgary's bluffs into a valley. This was before real...

Relaxing Essential Oil Roller

Today's recipe is refreshingly easy to whip up, which is perfect considering it's a Relaxing Essential Oil Roller, and it would be rather counter-intuitive to try and kick-start some relaxation with a crazy complex recipe. You can assemble this roller in no time at...

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...

Rejuvenating Pine Pollen Facial Toner

This pretty yellow Rejuvenating Pine Pollen Facial Toner packs a punch for skin that needs a bit of a kick in the pants in the refreshing category. Rich in humectants and alpha hydroxy acids, this toner helps encourage your skin to regenerate and stay hydrated so your...

Don’t Tell Me I “Don’t Need” Makeup

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook asking for resources to learn how to better apply her makeup. This friend is a lovely, radiant, confident young woman, so I was pretty irked when I saw over half the replies were some variation on "you look so much better...

White Willow Micellar Water

I've been playing around with my skincare routine lately, and one of the things I'm toying with is the notion of gentler cleaners. I've been using African Black Soap a lot for the last three months (or so), and that was working brilliantly for a few months, but now...

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,...

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....

10 Recipes to Make with Hemp Seed Oil

Today we're talking hemp seed oil—this lovely green oil is loaded with nutrients and awesome fatty acids, making it a super awesome ingredient to DIY with. It's a liquid oil with a melting point of -8°C (18°F), and is available in refined and unrefined versions—I...

Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm

Last autumn Angela wrote in asking for a DIY version of an expensive calendula-infused eye balm she was using in Portugal. The ingredient list was beautiful, and as usual, the price tag was a touch shocking. So, with her enthusiasm for the product I took that...

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...

Honey Bee Sheet Face Mask

OK—before I dive into this Honey Bee Sheet Face Mask recipe, I need to warn you guys about something. If you've been following me for a while, by now you are used to my mask recipes coming with a few goofy-yet-cute selfies of me with pasty goo all over my face. This...

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...

An Interview with LisaLise’s Lise Andersen

Today I'm really excited to share an exclusive interview with Lise Andersen, the brains behind the LisaLise Blog. She's been DIY-ing since way before it was cool, and her blog is a fantastic resource for learning about new ingredients and techniques, and it's one of...

Orange Blossom Face Cream

Now that I've fallen in love with face creams for winter skin hydration, I'm afraid I'm finding myself on a slippery slope. I caught myself drifting off to sleep the other night thinking about orange blossom water in face cream, and evening primrose oil. Some silk,...

Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub

Today's rather fun Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub comes from a recipe request Kaylee sent in. She'd found a facial scrub that fizzed up like a bath bomb when it got wet, as well as lathered up into a lovely foaming scrub that left your skin feeling wonderfully clean and...

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...

Deb’s Canadian Seaweed Mask

Seaweed is pretty amazing stuff for skin care; it's rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Its texture is a bit sandy, making it a great gentle exfoliant, and when applied to the skin it is said to be a fantastic detoxifying ingredient, drawing out impurities....

Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap

I often hear that my soaps look downright edible, but I think I may have outdone myself with this decadent Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap. It's a beautiful dark bar with what looks like a swirl of nougat running through the center, and if you don't want to lick it...

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...

Let’s talk about “natural”

One of the things that seems to draw people into this hobby the most is a desire to work with more natural ingredients and purge synthetics and harmful chemicals from their skincare routine and life. While this is a rather lovely idea on the surface of things (it...

10 Recipes to Make with Mango Butter

When you first dive into buying ingredients for this hobby, mango butter isn't usually on the starter DIY shortlist, but I would like to make a case for adding it. Most people purchase shea butter first, and the two are somewhat similar. They're both soft, creamy...

Morning Frost Face Mask

It will not come as a surprise that I am no lover of winter, but I will concede that it can be very pretty. I love the sparkle of morning frost, especially when a thin dusting of it adorns every tree branch, porch step, and fence post. On a perfectly crisp morning the...

Things I Learned in 2016

With a bare handful of days left in 2016, it's time for my annual "Things I Learned" post. I love this little tradition; I'll usually start this entry mid-January of the year, and constantly come back to it throughout the year to read through it, add a new paragraph,...

Happy Christmas!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday! I took a few days off to do a lot of baking and relax with my family, so instead of sharing a new recipe of mine I'm sharing some photos from the last few days, and a link to the recipe for the insanely delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake...

The Best of 2016

With just over a week of 2016 left, I thought I'd take a moment to look back at some of my favourite and most popular recipes from this year, just in case you missed 'em. Some of these are recipes with lots of comments, others have been visited tens of thousands of...

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...

A Quick Guide to Cera Bellina & Liquid Oil Ratios

I've been having fun playing with a new ingredient lately—cera bellina. Cera bellina is derived from beeswax, and it does some really cool things. For starters, it makes oil gels! Think about ointments—that soft, creamy, translucent texture. Cera bellina does that! It...

Winter Solstice Face Cream

I've had a lot of requests for a straight-up face cream, but for some reason or another, I haven't really strayed into that territory too much until now. That's mostly because I adore oil-based serums; my skin loves their potency, and when a serum is 100% oil based...

Christmas Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

A huge part of Christmas is the smells—to me, at least. The indoor fir tree, baking, gingerbread, oranges stuffed with cloves, mulled wine, and the contrasts between hot and cold; crackling fires and crisp, cold air. I just love it! So, in true holiday fashion, I...

Morning Glory Foaming Facial Cleanser

Getting out of bed at this time of year is hard. I have an amazing electric bed warmer (seriously, if you live somewhere cold, getting one is a must) that I use to pre-heat my bed before climbing between the sheets each night, and I run it on low all night so I'm...

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2016 Edition

Suddenly it's the first day of December—how are your gifts coming along? Here's my 2016 list of handmade gifts (and recipes, of course!) you can DIY up for anybody and everybody you know; let's dive in: The Winter Wonderland gift set: Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap...

Tinted Coal Lip Balm

I thought I'd mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something dark...

Gift Ideas for DIYers

If you're here... you probably know this hobby can get spendy. And unfortunately, it's also a pretty hard hobby to gift. Skiiers get new gloves, people who like cooking get swanky new knives, and people who like making lotions and soap get... odd looks. "4L of olive...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Argan Oil

If you've spent much time around these parts, you know that argan oil and I have a long-standing love affair based on a mutual love of my skin looking awesome. Argan oil is the first oil I ever put on my skin (after much reassurance from Meredith, who swore up and...

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"....

Gentle Hemp and Shea Soap

After a few weeks of some fancy-pants, layered-up, Christmas themed soaps, I fancied a bit of a rustic break. A simple to make, quick-to-assemble, low-fuss bar soap made with some lovely oils and butters, lots of creamy clay, and no timers or pomp and circumstance....

Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss

This soft, sparkly Winter Wonderland lip gloss has a lovely champagne hue in the tube, but goes on sheer with a hit of shimmer and a hint of sparkle. It's also a bit thicker than some of my previous lip glosses, as per some reader requests, meaning it sticks around...

Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I'm pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit decieving—it isn't waxy in the slightest. In fact, it feels a lot like water on the skin despite being oil soluble. Orange wax is the wax pressed from orange peels, and it smells utterly...

Holiday Parfait Face Mask

These cute jars of Holiday Parfait Face Mask make fantastic gifts as well as fantastic face masks. Layers of different colours of clay stack up in cute jars for the perfect stocking stuffer that'll pamper the pores of anybody lucky enough to be on your gifting list....

Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

As the days get drier, I am loving this soft, silky cranberry clay facial scrub that's lightly studded with wee bits of bashed-up cranberry seeds for a touch of exfoliation. It has a low, creamy lather that leaves your skin glowing, gently buffing away any dead, dry...

Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap

This beautiful dusty-blue gradiated Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap is my last soap of the 2016 Christmas soaping season, and I love it. I tried a new technique for the first time, and while I'm super excited to play with it more and improve, I'm still really happy...

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,...

10 Recipes to Make with Shea Butter

I can't remember if shea butter was the third or the fifth ingredient I discovered. I know it was somewhere after argan oil and beeswax, but well before mango butter and pumpkin seed oil. I got my first wee tub at Toronto's St. Lawrence Market. Meredith and I split a...

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...

Lumps of Coal Christmas Soap

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentleman—it's Christmas soaping season already! I'm not sure how this has happened already as my brain is still patiently waiting for summer to arrive, but I'm assuming the calendar doesn't lie, so holiday soaps, here we come. Today's...

Brown Rice Cleansing Grains

After I shared my RODIN inspired Luxury Facial Serum back in June, I took a look at the rest of their product line, and their cleansing powder caught my eye. Their marketing brags about rice bran and "asea algae" (carrageenan), but the reviews mentioned lather, so...

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...

Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer

If you're looking for touchable, smooth, soft skin, this Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer is right up your alley. It's a creamy, orange-hued moisturizer features a few scoops of silky smooth arrowroot starch to give your hydrated skin a beautiful dry touch. It was...

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....

Humblebee & Me is 5!

Whoa. What a year. I can scarcely believe all the stuff that's happened in the last 12 months. I signed a book deal with Running Press, wrote a book, and went to Philadelphia for a professional photoshoot for said book. I finished the book, sent it off to my...

Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

It's still two days until it's "technically" autumn, but Calgary clearly missed that memo—our trees have been turning since late August. Along with coarsely knit knee socks, my scarf collection, and this awesome jacket that I bought on sale in May and haven't had a...

Moringa Rose Serum

I've had quite a few requests for this popular rose serum over the years. I think Karen's was the first, back in 2014, but it certainly hasn't been the last. The original looks utterly lovely; a blend of fantastic carrier oils like pomegranate and baobab, with rose,...

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...

Magic All-Over Aftershave

This super simple and remarkably effective Magic All-Over Aftershave was inspired by a post I read on Reddit. Somebody had posted, desperate for ideas for helping with her chronic razor burn and ingrown hairs from shaving her bikini area. It sounded like her skin...

Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm

This juicy, honey-hued Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm is utterly lovely. It has an almost unbelievable dry finish, leaving skin hydrated, but not greasy. It smells of pure, juicy oranges with the slightest hint of sweet, floral Tahitian gardenias. It's smooth and...

Marula Overnight Hair Mask

With drier days on the way, and a few months of sun exposure behind us, this rich and hydrating Marula Overnight Hair Mask couldn't be more timely. I learned about overnight hair masks from a YouTube video of "beauty hacks that work" (or something to that effect), and...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Beeswax

As far as DIY staples go, I think beeswax might be the eggs of our DIY kitchen. It does so much (thickening, hardening, increasing staying power), is hard to replace, and ends up in so many recipes (though it is a pretty poor breakfast food). Beeswax was one of the...

Brightening Kaolin Bentonite Face Mask

This Brightening Kaolin Bentonite Face Mask came about as a bit of an oopsie. After I made my video on the differences between kaolin and bentonite clay I had a total brainfart as I went to put the clays away. Instead of putting the unused benonite back into its...

Minty Poppy Seed Scrubby Soap

This pretty double-sided bar of Minty Poppy Seed Scrubby Soap has one end that’s scrubby and one side that’s minty fresh for a bit of end-of-summer tootsy scrubbing. If your summers (and feet) are anything like mine, you likely need it! These bars are also fantastic...

Even Better Zit Drying Lotion

I have a constant New Years/Birthday/name any occasion resolution to stop touching my face. I am not very good at it. I'm an absent-minded chin-stroker, and it does absolutely no favours for my complexion. It's infuriating. Anyhow, I have come to realize that part of...

Meadowfoam Mango Creamy Facial Cleanser

Today's recipe is born from a request from Kimann, who loves a cleanser from a British skincare brand called Pai. I did some poking around, and it looks like a lovely brand that uses some great ingredients—but the price points! $50USD for 100mL/3.3fl oz of facial...

Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray

I've been stepping up my yoga game over the last year or so, and I'm thrilled to notice I've gotten stronger and more flexible, and can now do a few things I thought were impossible a year ago. As I've gained muscle mass, though, it would seem my yoga mat has started...

Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Ever since I made my Chocolate Lip Butter I've been completely smitten with it, so naturally I want more of it in all kinds of different variations. I've been wishing for a citrussy lip treat for ages, but since citrus essential oils are photosensitizing, I've never...

Rose Gold Facial Serum

Last week I was watching a makeup tutorial with Adele's makeup artist, Michael Ashton, and as he was prepping his beautiful model's skin, he used two products that really intrigued me. One was a fancy-sounding French facial serum; Decleor's Aromessence Rose D'Orient...

Twilight Foaming Clay Scrub

This Twilight Foaming Clay Scrub looks a bit dark, and it gets darker when it gets wet... so dark that you might be wondering how it could actually make your face cleaner. So dark that you're probably thinking you should hide your white towels (you aren't wrong...

Citrus Summer Punch Swirl Soap

These bright, colourful Citrus Summer Punch Swirl Soap bars are perfect for summer. They smell like fresh, juicy grapefruit and they're basically a swirly chunk of beautiful sunny weather in sudsible form. This soap recipe is also the first soap recipe I've made a...

Salty Sea Mud Face Mask

Alright, I'll admit it. I have a clay problem. So, when I discovered that Bulk Apothecary carries a clay I've never tried before... well, guys... it called to me. A siren song of powdery, pore cleansing goodness, and I was powerless to resist. The clay in question is...

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...

10 Recipes to Make with Cocoa Butter

I've been thoroughly smitten with cocoa butter ever since my first tub of it arrived. This brittle, cream-coloured butter smells like super delicious chocolate, and it is a wonderful addition in all kinds of body butters, lotions, and balms. It melts around 34°C/93°F,...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

What I Packed for One Month Alone in Europe

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I spent most of May travelling, and it was amazing! I started in Florence, Italy, moved on to Amsterdam, and then headed south to Montpellier, France. Next up was London, and then New York City on my way home. It was an...

Soothing Aloe Pit Toner

If you suffer from itchy, irritated pits whenever you use baking soda powered homemade deodorants, you are going to love this soothing aloe pit toner. It's a lightly acidic, soothing toner that helps pH correct your armpits so the basic nature of baking soda doesn't...

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...

Luxury Facial Serum

The amount of money some shop-bought natural skincare products sell for never ceases to amaze me. You'd think I'd be used to seeing price tags north of $150 for a few tablespoons of something, but I'm not. I'm perpetually astonished to find a blend of oils or a simple...

Lilac Rose Face Mask

My garden has sprung to life with beautiful pale purple lilacs, fluffy pink roses, and a lawn that needs to be mowed far more often than seems necessary (it's still better than shovelling the walk, though!). Whenever I work outside on my back porch I'm distracted by...

DIY Equipment I Use All The Time

I'm often asked about what equipment type things are needed for DIYing. Most of it is fairly readily available kitchen gear that you'll already have, thankfully, but over the years I've definitely found there are some things I use more than others. I'm also a bit...

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...

Chocolate Lip Butter

Out of all the things I've made that I have to frequently remind myself not to eat, this Chocolate Lip Butter is pretty high up that list. It smells downright delicious, and leaves my lips oh-so wonderfully soft and hydrated. And did I mention that it smells exactly...

Calming Rose and Chamomile Facial Steam

After basking in the humidity of beautiful places like Southern France and New York for most of last month, my skin really misses having some moisture in the air. I know I'm a bit of an oddity, but I love humidity and heat—especially when they're combined. I feel like...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Essential Oil Cold and Flu Roller

I've got a disgusting cold right now, and this Essential Oil Cold and Flu Roller is my new favourite thing. It helps clear the sinuses, soothes my assorted aches, and helps cut through the pea-soup fog that has temporarily replaced my brain. Loaded with refreshing,...

Creamy Lavender Cardamom Cleansing Lotion

I am loving this gentle (yet super effective) creamy lavender cardamom cleansing lotion these days. It got its first hardcore test late one night (ok, early one morning) when I returned from a sparkle themed party with a good half of my face completely coated in neon...

Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum

My new Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum is a fantastic way to lighten up your skin care routine for warmer days (I'm calling it my PrimPom Serum for short, ha!). It is silky and light, absorbing into your skin quickly and leaving it beautifully hydrated, and...

Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner

Ever since I started publishing creamy hair conditioner recipes a few months ago, readers have been asking about the possibility of including some vinegar in the water part of the emulsion to create a two-in-one conditioner that eliminates the need for a separate...

Maple Syrup Soap

Welcome to the next recipe in my very Canadian quest to maple syrup ALL the things! This lovely, creamy bar of maple syrup soap incorporates a wee bit of dark maple syrup for added lather and the fun of knowing you're sudsing up with the best pancake topping/natural...

Natural Dry Shampoo Spray

I've been watching lots of hair tutorials on YouTube lately, and I can't help but notice how many of them use dry shampoo to achieve a bit of added texture and volume for updos. So, a few weeks ago when I was wandering the aisles of Costco a pack of Batiste dry...

A Guide to Making Substitutions in DIY Recipes

I get asked about substitutions, additions, and swaps a lot—hence this guide to making substitutions. I've already got guides on carrier oil substitutions and essential oil substitutions, so this article is going to be a bit more scattered. I'll look at some starter...

Blushing Rosehip Lip Balm

A few years ago I acquired a bag of bright pink rosehip botanical extract in my quest for something that would make an awesome lip stain (and I've heard from many readers who did the same, for lip stain or other projects). Rosehip powder was a resounding failure in...

Honey Bee Face Mask

Spring has sprung here in Calgary! We've got blooming tulips, budding roses, leafy trees, green grass, and lovely bumbling bees again, and all of this makes me unbelievably happy. In honour of our recently returned bumbling bee friends I whipped up this silky honey...

Recipes & Ideas for Spring Cleaning

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that it's finally warm out. It's supposed to be 28°C (82°F) tomorrow! That's amazing! That's nearly double the average temperature for this time of year, which is to say spring has sprung decidedly early for this part of the world....

Fairy Bread Soap

I was originally going to call this Fairy Bread Soap "confetti soap", but as I made it I was reminded of Fairy Bread—a snack I saw my Aussie friends chow down on (when they weren't devouring slices Vegemite toast) when I lived Down Under. For the uninitiated, Fairy...

Creamy Clay Cleansing Balm

This rich, gentle creamy clay cleansing balm is a hybrid between a cleansing balm and a clay bar. It pairs the cleansing powers of emulsifying wax and clay with nourishing oils to leave your skin gently cleansed and lightly hydrated. It also smells a bit like a...

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Expectant Moms

Mother's Day is around the corner, so I thought I'd dive back into the archives and share some ideas for homemade Mother's Day gift ideas for expectant moms (first time or otherwise!). There's loads of gift ideas out there for ladies who already have kids, but I...

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...

Smarter Ways to Travel With Homemade Soap

I love to travel with my homemade bars of soap, but it can get a bit awkward and slimy. The last time I went to New York City I was staying in a budget hotel with shared showers, meaning I was carrying a slippery, wet bar of soap back to my room after every shower and...

Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub

This super gentle foaming clay scrub smells amazing, leaves your skin wonderfully soft. A base of gentle kaolin clay is spiked with a touch of exfoliating oatmeal and a bright, fresh blend of essential oils to give you a fantastic lathery face scrub in no time flat. A...

10 Recipes to Make with Coconut Oil

It has recently come to my attention that I have over 800 (!?!) posts published on this humble little blog. Err... wow. I'm impressed by past me, that's a lot of writing, photo taking, and recipe making. Anyhow, with that many recipes up here it's pretty much...

Mocha Face Mask

This exfoliating mocha face mask smells downright divine and is a wonderful gentle cleanser. It was just what I needed after submitting my manuscript for Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com to my...

How to Turn Loose Powders into Pressed Powders

Whenever I publish a post on a powdered cosmetic (like mineral makeup, blush, or eye shadow), questions about how to transform it into a pressed powder quickly follow. In the past I've tried mixing powdered cosmetics with high proof alcohol to turn them into a paste...

The Original Vinolia Soap Notes

A couple months ago William Burrows commented on my Vinolia soap recreation recipe. Vinolia soap is the soap that was used in First Class on the RMS Titanic, which is something I'm pretty passionate about, so it made sense that I'd try to recreate the soap they had on...

Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

Perhaps you are thinking "but Marie, didn't you just publish a hair conditioner recipe?". And you wouldn't be wrong—it's barely been a month. But I am smitten. I love my Olive & Jojoba Silk Hair Conditioner. I've been asking coworkers to touch my hair to prove how...

Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm

This Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm looks like a green smoothie, which is definitely a bit weird. I wasn't expecting that at all when I measured everything out and got it melting, and then voila—green smoothie cleansing balm! It even smells pretty appetizing,...

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....

Healing Herbal Calamine Salve

This healing herbal calamine salve is designed for all kinds of skin irritation—everything from bug bites to diaper rash. It combines soothing calamine (zinc oxide + ferric oxide [aka red iron oxide]) with a rich base of herb infused sunflower seed oil and shea butter...

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...

Sticky Coconut Lip Balm

'Tis the season for horrible lizard lips, and this lip balm is my lizard lip savior. This super simple, wonderfully effective Sticky Coconut Lip Balm came about thanks to Susan, who commented on my Quick Guide to Coconut Oil & Beeswax Ratios back in 2014 to tell me...

An Interview with Point of Interest’s Susan Barclay-Nichols

I'm super excited to share this interview with Susan Barclay-Nichols, the brains behind Point of Interest!/Swifty Crafty Monkey; an absolutely amazing DIY resource blog. I've learned so much from Susan over the years and I'm really excited to have her "here" to answer...

Lavender Cleansing Milk

A while back Jane wrote to me to tell me about a cleansing milk/toner she'd been using. "It's basically a creamy citrus-scented toner that you can use as a single step instead of cleanser AND toner if you don't wear tons of makeup. I realized since it's such a basic...

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...

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...

Olive and Jojoba Silk Conditioner

This recipe for Olive and Jojoba Silk Conditioner was inspired by a request from Nick, who says "Came across your website and it's great. Despite being the manliest of men I do like the finer things in life and the rubbish mass produced stuff from the high street just...

1915 Redwood Beard Balm

This softly fragrant, intoxicating 1915 Redwood Beard Balm was inspired by a series of photos of lumberjacks in California's Redwood forests at the turn of the last century. Tiny men dwarfed by awe inspiring trees, working in teams with long, jagged saws to fell...

Moringa Face Mask

I whipped up this moringa face mask the day after returning from Philadelphia, where I met with my publisher and we took some pretty photos for my upcoming book (!). After many hours spent on airplanes and in airports, jumping from dry to humid to dry again, and days...

Lots & Lots of Clay Soap

I adore clay in my soap, so I thought I'd try a bar with lots of the stuff. The general rule of thumb I've been following is one tablespoon per 500g/pound of oils so I decided to take that up by about 10x and I'm loving the results. All that clay makes for an extra...

Maple Syrup Lip Balm

As a Canadian it is my patriotic duty to try to incorporate maple syrup into as many things as I can manage. Today's thing is lip balm, and it is lovely. This taffy coloured maple syrup lip balm is creamy, hydrating, and lightly maple scented. Please don't eat it,...

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...

Spiced Bergamot Beard Oil

This lovely Spiced Bergamot Beard Oil smells warm and sweet, with a hint of pith and a woody, spicy base. Know somebody suffering from itchy winter beard? This oil is just the thing. The base is made from some of my favourite oils. Argan oil is my all time favourite...

Scottish Rose Salve

In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....

My Winter Survival Guide for Skin & Hair

This winter survival guide is coming to you from a Canadian girl who is not exactly one with winter. People constantly tell me that I'm the coldest person I know. I live in long underwear for eight months of the year (at a minimum). Most of my clothes are wool. I...

Houdini Anti Acne Creme

I've had a few requests for a lotion similar to LUSH's Vanishing Creme, so this is it. The idea is the creme will make your acne vanish, so with that in mind, I set out to make my very own Houdini Anti Acne Creme—something worthy of the great Houdini. I took some cues...

Love Lines Valentine Soap

This pretty Love Lines Valentine Soap is great for use all year, but the pretty red mica veins in it are quite lovely for Valentine's Day, as are the pretty shimmery swirls on top. It also smells like roses and vanilla—yum! I tried a few new things with this batch of...

Sunshine Vegan Deodorant

This lovely sunshine vegan deodorant is creamy, smells like sunshine, and kicks stink's butt like nobody's business. It's pretty cool. It's also easy to make, delightfully inexpensive, and all natural. BAM. I've used a lovely blend of cocoa butter, mango butter,...

Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...

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...

Things I Learned in 2015

I can scarcely believe it's already time for my annual "Things I Learned" blog entry. I started writing these back in 2012, and I've written them every year since (2013 & 2014). These posts are definitely a bit of a departure from what I usually write about, but I...

The Best of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close I want to take a wee while to look back on some of my favourite and most popular post from the last year, just in case you missed 'em the first time around. Enjoy! And last but definitely not least... I'm writing a...

Happy Holidays! (+ Mom’s Mulled Cider)

Last year I posted a recipe for a spice infused body butter and I talked about my mom's mulled cider, and many of you asked for the recipe. I've finally secured it from my mum, so I thought I'd share that, along with a few holiday photos and a great big "thank you"...

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Today is the winter solstice here in North America—the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We'll see less than eight hours of daylight here in Calgary today, and it will be dark both when I leave for work and when I head home at the end of the day....

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...

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...

Winter Shimmer Hair Mist

This pretty, shimmery hair mist was inspired by a recipe request from Kim. She requested a hair mist that would "repair damaged and dry hair, add a lovely fragrance, and give the hair a subtle golden shimmer." She described a shop-bought version she'd tried, saying...

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2015 Edition

18 days to go! Do you have all your gifts ready? No? Here's some homemade Christmas gift ideas (and recipes, of course!) to get you started. For those with dry skin: Mexican chocolate body butter + Pumpkin spice body lotion The lip balm lover: Red velvet cake lip balm...

Magical Primrose Argan Serum

This recipe is ridiculously simple. So simple, in fact, that you might think I just threw it together one day as a bit of a random idea. And you would be right. This project wasn't supposed to be a blog entry—just an experiment. I figured I'd try it out and see, and...

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...

Midnight Coffee Beard Oil

As the days get colder and the air gets drier, a few of my bearded male friends have approached me about something for their increasingly scratchy, dry beards. Challenge accepted, gents. This lovely oil was gifted to my friend Tekoa. He's got a magnificent beard...

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...

Fruitcake Soap

It’s time for our last Christmas soap of the season! This one is inspired by the eternal fruitcake—that lump of sherry soaked brick-like substance that appears on Christmas potluck dessert tables every year (it may be the exact same lump, if we’re being honest). I...

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...

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....

Exciting News!

This is one blog entry I've hoped to write for years, and I can't believe I finally am. Drumroll, please... I'm writing a book! Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com will be out Fall 2016, and it...

Chocolate Orange Christmas Soap

Terry’s Chocolate Oranges have been a Christmas constant to me for most of my life. The square little box filled with an orange foil-wrapped globe of orange-scented chocolate was usually found near the toe of my stocking, and was quickly rapped on a nearby hard...

Candy Cane Lip Balm

This idea came to me from Sarah over on the East Coast of Canada, who told me about making candy cane lip balm for Christmas last year. The idea stuck, and here we are! What could be better for Christmas gift giving? We’ll kick the scent department off with the base...

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 shea...

Sparkly Snowball Soap Balls

These pretty, sparkly balls of soapy, sudsy goodness are pretty cool. They look like snowballs (or candies), but are perfectly at home in your soap dish or on your Christmas tree. They’re great for guest bathrooms or traveling, and are just neat in general. We’ll kick...

Mustache Wax

With Movember around the corner, this mustache wax is just the thing for encouraging owners of creepy little No’ mo’s to style their newfound facial hair into something dashing and well-groomed. It comes together in a jiffy, and this recipe makes a very manageable...

The Clay Experiments: The Heavy Clays

Today I'm continuing my series of clay experiments with a category I'm calling the "heavy" clays—rhassoul and bentonite. These are the two heaviest"miscellaneous" clays I have, so I figured I'd pair them for this part of my investigation. Here are the questions I...

Pumpkin Pie Face Mask

I love pumpkin pie. I know lots of people mostly love it as a carrier for whipped cream, but me? I’m all about that filling. That creamy, custardy, spicy orange filling. Bring it on. I would spread it on toast if given the opportunity (though a spoon is better). So,...

Princess Lip Balm

This sparkly princess lip balm is a continuation on a theme that started with my princess soap. It’s great for the little ladies (and the big ones), and smells pretty awesome (roses, lavender, and vanilla). Mmm. The base of this princess lip balm is a blend of glossy...

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...

Kombucha Hair Rinse

Have you fallen in love with kombucha yet? The fizzy, sweet-and-sour, probiotic tea drink is available for purchase all over these days. In glass bottles and cute little cans it comes spiked with ginger, berries, and other flavourings, and will really get things...

Indian Summer Soap

The part of the world I currently live in is not known for having amazing summers. Amazing summer days? Sure. But summers on the whole? Reliable beautiful days, all in a row, without question? Not so much. We're moreso known for "Monsoon June", mild to severe...

The Clay Experiments: The French Clays

I love my clays, and it’s about time I got to know them a bit better. My oil and wax experiments have been invaluable to me and many readers, so I thought I’d take that approach and to my clay collection. Today we’re starting with the French Clays I own: green and...

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?...

Humblebee & Me is 4!

I’m not sure how it happened, but here we are at the fourth birthday of my little blog! I can scarcely believe that thousands of you awesome people join me here to make messes—when I first got started I couldn’t imagine so many of you could ever care about my little...

Black Plum Lipstick

A recent (and rare) trip to the mall informed me that berry toned lips are in (as are some pretty poppin' eyes, if Sephora is to be trusted). I'd been thinking it was high time to blend up some new lipstick shades for a while, and said mall visit proved to be just the...

Chia Seed Face Mask

Chia seeds are pretty cool little things. They start out as unassuming little speckled bits, roughly the same size as a course grain of sand. When soaked in liquid, they become gooey and gelatinous, making them fun additions to drinks and a great vegan egg substitute....

Yin Yoga Mat Spray

Every week I make a point of attending a Flow into Yin yoga class. It’s my favourite class of the week; part work out, part therapy. We kick things off with a flow class, which then melts into a zenful yin class where we hold gentle poses for minutes at a time. I...

Red Velvet Lip Balm

Red Velvet cake is one of those things people can get quite particular about, and with its striking red colour and bright white frosting, it’s hard to blame them. This red velvet lip balm is inspired by this decadent dessert. This indulgent, glossy lip balm uses a...

Dead Sea, Seaweed, & Silk Face Mask

This exfoliating, pore cleaning face mask is full of minerals, enzymes, and vitamins to leave your face feeling fresh and awesome. I blended mineral rich Dead Sea mud, enzyme loaded raw honey, and some water for the base of my mask. Into that, I whisked healing silk,...

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....

Lavender Cardamom Lip Balm

Bobbie wrote in with a request for this lovely sounding lavender cardamom lip balm—I must admit it was the mention of cardamom that pulled me in. I adore the bright, sweet note the cardamom adds to any scent blend, and I'm always looking for new places to use it. Add...

Peppermint Tooth Powder

I've had quite a few requests for a tooth powder recipe (Megan, Stefanie, Christina, Cristina, and Kristen—thanks!). Some referenced a particular store bought product, while others just wanted my take on natural tooth care. This Peppermint Tooth Powder is what I came...

Lemon Meringue Soap

This soap is inspired by pie. Delicious, bright, lemon meringue pie. The real thing is made from puckering sweet and sour lemon curd and topped with airy whipped egg whites. My version is a lovely blend of oils, spiked with lemon and litsea cubeba essential oils and...

My Hair Care Routine

I did a post on my skin care routine back in May, and Maggie asked if I could write about my hair care routine as well—so here we are! Let's start with what I'm working with. My hair is long, thick, and straight. If you're into "hair-typing" I'm probably a 1b, but...

Cleansing Herbal Hair Mud

Back in March Olivia sent in a really cool recipe request—a request for a cleansing hair mud. Huh. Intriguing. Colour me interested (both in the mud and in cleaning my shower, apparently). The original she linked to was basically just a runny herb-infused clay mask...

Yucca & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Water

I've had quite a few requests for a micellar water over the last couple years, and with hot(ter) temperatures finally upon us, I thought I'd give one a go. But first I had to find out what micellar water is. It turns out it's an emulsifier powered cleanser, in the...

Deep Cleansing Midnight Face Mask

Summer is just about the only time of year I regularly put something on my face that I didn't make—sunscreen. And as much as I can go for the good, effective, non-icky stuff... my skin does not love it. The combination of sunscreen, sun, sweat, and general summertime...

Interview with Stark Skin Care Owner/Founder Jessica Lafleur

Today I'm doing something a bit different—an interview with fellow Canadian Jess Lafleur, the owner/founder/maker of Stark Skin Care. She's doing what a lot of us dream of doing in running her own brand, selling her own specially formulated creations using high...

Fun Luxury Ingredients Worth Trying

OK, so you've found yourself heading for the deep end of the DIY pool. You've got a great pantry of carefully selected ingredients—ones with many uses and reasonable price tags. But now you're itching to try some new things. Some fun, slightly more pricey things....

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,...

Rose & Lavender Princess Silk Soap

A few months ago I got to thinking about princess soap. Something the littler ladies would love. Something with a bit of sparkle and swirl, and some pretty colours. Something that would smell pretty and be perfectly at home with a Disney Princess shower curtain and...

Mimosa Coconut Lip Balm

This summery smelling mimosa coconut lip balm makes use of tropical mimosa floral wax to get a soft floral scent that's rather lovely and exotic. Like all lip balms, this one is a blend of different oils and butters, thickened with wax. I'm using my coconut oil, cocoa...

Gentle Rose & Clay Face Mask

A few weeks ago one of my yoga classmates gifted me a bag of rose powder. She'd heard about my DIY tendencies (addiction) and thought I could put it to good use. Exciting! This gentle face mask is the first of what will likely be many projects involving it. The rose...

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,...

Summer Recipe Round-Up

It's warm! It's summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least)! Finally. Here in Calgary the season is pretty short, so there's a lot of awesome activities and trips to cram into a pretty short period of time. I've got lots of great summer DIY recipes that I think...

My Favourite Oils for the Face

The first natural beauty habit I adopted was putting oil on my face. Back in 2010 Meredith talked me into it with her glowing recommendation of argan oil and the gift of a small bottle of the awesome stuff. I questioned her about all the things we think we know about...

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,...

Silken Muddy Honey Mask

The inspiration for this mask came from a recipe request from Alexandra, who wanted a homemade alternative for an $80 mask/cleanser from a luxury brand. I took a look at the original and decided to wander off in my own direction, and I'm really happy with where I...

A Quick Guide to Different Emulsifying Waxes

In my time working with emulsifying waxes, I've found that they vary quite a lot. There are two main categories of emulsifying waxes—complete and incomplete. We'll be looking at complete emulsifying waxes (or e-waxes) here as incomplete e-waxes require co-emulsifiers...

Yucca Root Eye Make-up Remover

I think this yucca root powered eye make-up remover is pretty cool. It's easy to make, works well, and has yet to make me cry. All good things, no? Yucca root is full of natural saponins, meaning it lathers all on its own when mixed with water, just like soapwort or...

Sweet Orange Powdered Deodorant

If you've been looking for a natural deodorant that combats moisture as well as stink, this is your deodorant. Made with a great blend of smooth powders designed to keep you dry and smelling pretty, it comes together in a flash and works like a charm. The majority of...

Seaside Face Scrub & Mask

As the weather gets warmer, I often think of summers spent on the west coast of British Columbia with my family as a kid. We'd poke about in tide pools, kayak around sandstone points, and explore island forests. With a blend of seaweed and sea salt, this face scrub...

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...

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...

Royal Hibiscus Lip Tint

This pretty, ruddy russet-toned lip tint glides on with a pop of mint and a hint of golden shimmer. Everything comes together quickly and easily, leaving you with a fistful of little gifts for friends and family in no time. The colour comes from an infusion of...

Mojito Soap

My deep dive into beverage themed soaps continues with this minty lime tribute to the Mojito. It's bright green and smells wonderfully fresh, and I just love the sprinkling of coarse sugar on the top for a hint of sweet sparkle. The base of the bar is more or less my...

Coconut Citrus Cleansing Balm

This creamy orange cleansing balm was born of a recipe request from Sonja. "What I am looking for is a recipe for a BALM that removes facial makeup (not eyes). Hope you can help. LOVE your website - a fab discovery for me. Thank you." A blend of oils is thickened with...

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...

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...

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...

Double Mint Lip Balm

This silky smooth double mint lip balm marries strong, bright peppermint with soft, subtle spearmint, and adds a hint of spicy French rosemary for good measure. It's a simple lip balm, with a base of glossy coconut oil, moisturizing cocoa butter, and soothing olive...

My Skin Care Routine

I'm often asked about my skin care routine, especially for my face, so I thought I'd write about what I do, and how I do it. Here we go! I figure I'll start with an overview of what I'm working with. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and it's pretty darn dry there...

Minty Face & Body Mask

In all my years of doing clay face masks, I really haven't had much success getting men to give them a go. My dad rolls his eyes and laughs if he ever sees me in one, cousins have declined my goopy offers as politely as possible, and my brother wouldn't dream of it....

Red-be-Gone Airbrushing Powder

This update to my awesome airbrushing powder is designed to disguise excess redness in the skin while combating shine and giving your skin the appearance of perfection without heavy coverage. So, long story short, it's pretty awesome.   The majority of the powder is a...

Powdered Acidic Hair Rinse

When I went to Costa Rica for a week in 2014 I thought I could get away with skipping my apple cider vinegar rinses for a week. Oooooh boy, was I wrong. An acidic rinse works to smooth the shaft of the hair back down after basic shampoo opens everything up. My hair...

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...

Pink Lemonade Soap

I think it's about time we welcomed summer with a straight up summery soap (even if it is barely spring... let's just say we've built in ample aging time). This pretty pink bar is a tribute to pink lemonade, and as such it smells bright and lemony. The pink hue comes...

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...

Soothing Oat & Honey Face Mask

If your skin is on the sensitive side, I think you'll love this simple soothing oat and honey face mask. Made with just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, it comes together in a flash and leaves your skin feeling tight, clean, and refreshed. You'll also get to...

Crazy Hair Pudding

Ana sent in a request for this luscious hair moisturizer. The original was designed for drier hair—curly, afro textured, and wavy types. The ingredient list featured all kinds of lovely ingredients, guaranteed to impart deep moisture to dry hair. Best of all, however,...

Ruby Lip Tint

This pretty ruby lip tint gets its ruby colour pop from an infusion of alkanet root—Batschia canescens. Native to the Mediterranean, it produces bright blue flowers and dark red roots that have been used as a dye for hundreds of years. Alkanet powder itself is pretty...

Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

I’ve had a few requests for a facial cleanser that’s creamy, yet exfoliating, and here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s thick, creamy, scrubby, and sudsy, and smells awesome to boot—an exfoliating creamy cleansing balm! Based around my Gentle Cleansing Balm, this creamy...

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...

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...

Clay & Soap Bar

This is my third clay bar, and I'm pretty excited about it. Like previous bars it's mostly clay, but this one is held together with diluted liquid soap instead of water, giving us a bar that's a hybrid between a bar of soap and a clay bar. It's pretty neat. For this...

A Quick Guide to Colourants

When you want to add a bit of colour to something, there's a lot to consider. What colour do you want? Do you want opacity along with the colour? How long do you want the colour to last? What is the end use of the product? And let's not forget the all-important...

Vanilla Latte Swirl Lip Balm

This sweet, smooth vanilla latte swirl lip balm is downright delightful. It's like a trip to a local café in a vibrant new city. New York, perhaps, or London. The smell of rich coffee mingles with sweet vanilla and mouth watering cocoa. A touch of optional shimmery...

Egyptian Magic Liquid Soap

This quick-to-assemble Egyptian Magic liquid soap mixes all the best parts of Egyptian Magic with a gentle liquid soap base to make for a bee-riffic honey kissed hand soap. Egyptian Magic is made from just six ingredients—olive oil, beeswax, pollen, honey, propolis,...

Apple Cider Vinegar & Manuka Honey Anti-Acne Mask

This simple mask can be easily made from ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen, and can be amped up with a few more that you can likely pick up at your local heath food shop. It’s full of beneficial enzymes and acne-fighting ingredients, and leaves your skin feeling...

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...

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...

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...

London Fog Lip Balm

I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf....

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...

Lavender Vanilla Soap

This pretty speckled, swirl-topped soap smells of soft lavender and vanilla. It brings to mind warm, dry summer days in Provence (in my imagination, at least). I can see pretty pastel-painted wooden furniture, bundles of lavender hanging to dry in the window, and a...

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...

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...

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...

Pink Rose Clay Bar

After falling madly in love with my Everyday French Green Clay Bar I decided I needed more of them. Clay bars are downright fantastic for daily light clay use and they're far more travel friendly than a baggie of mysterious looking powder (especially if you're...

Rose & Neroli Vegan Deodorant

This smooth, brightly floral scented deodorant is just lovely. It melts into the skin quickly and beautifully, leaving you ready to tackle your days stink-free. Because it doesn't contain any wax it melts to a thin liquid when massaged into the skin, meaning it...

Clean Dreams Pillow Mist

Maria sent in a request for this lovely essential oil powered pillow mist, and I just loved the sound of it. The original was designed to help prevent breakouts caused by a dirty pillowcase, but with its lovely blend of essential oils, it’ll also help lull you into a...

Coral Lip Balm

This pretty coral lip balm brings a pretty pop of colour and a hint of shimmer to an already awesome tube of lip balm. It's fun to make and easily tweaked to your preferred shade of coral and level of colour and shimmer—I like it a lot. The colour comes from a blend...

Über Anti-Acne Soap

After years of DIYing, I’ve got a pretty good cache of acne-fighting ingredients. From clays to herbs to essential oils, my basement cupboards are a veritable arsenal of zit-busting weaponry, and these bars of soap have it all. They’re designed to clobber zits and...

Winterlight Argan Serum

This milky facial oil is pretty much the opposite of my Argan bronzer. While the bronzer is designed to impart a summery glow, this serum lightens and brightens the complexion, smoothing out imperfections and giving you that Downton Abbey complexion I'm so in love...

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...

Coconut & Pineapple Face Mask

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you will definitely love this face mask. It's gentle, smells like a piña colada, and leaves your skin refreshed, gently exfoliated, and wondering if it's in Tahiti. The base of the mask is kaolin clay, a mild...

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...

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...

Things I Learned in 2014

This is the third year I've written one of these retrospective learning entries. They're a bit of a departure from my day-to-day creative musings, but I think they're worthwhile. What's another year if you haven't learned from it? Also, if you are offended by mild...

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas, happy holidays, and the best of wishes to you and yours from my humble kitchen. Thank you so much for all your support through the year—here's to more fun, messes, and lessons learned in the coming...

Christmas Eve Pillow Mist

While I was dreaming up this year's Christmas projects, I really loved the idea of a Christmas Eve Pillow Mist—something you could spritz over your bed before crawling between the sheets and listening for reindeer on the roof. I decided to give it a bit of a twist,...

Winter Solstice Soap

Here in Calgary, December 21 is a short, dark day. The sun rises at 8:37AM and sets at 4:32PM, giving us a whopping seven hours, fifty-four minutes, and seventeen seconds with which to go about our daylight requiring business. That's less than half the daylight we...

Dead Sea & Manuka Honey Face Mask

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, this green-tinted ebony face mask looks a bit strange, but packs a detoxing, healing punch. The base of the mask is Dead Sea mud and French green clay. Dead Sea mud is thick—something like chilled peanut butter—and smells...

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...

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

So, Christmas is approaching rapidly and you’re still missing gifts for a few people. Perhaps its a few hostess gifts you forgot about. Perhaps you haven’t even started your shopping yet and you’re getting a bit worried. No worries—I’ve got you covered with a few DIY...

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...

Ginger Petitgrain Lip Balm

This light and gently spiced lip balm is just the thing for brightening your days, even if they are unbearably short right now (as mine are). Ginger adds a hint of spicy warmth, while petitgrain brings an intriguingly dry hint of citrus to the lip balm (sans...

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...

Holiday Infuser Blends

I adore the smells of the holidays—Christmas trees, holiday baking, cocoa, and woodsmoke. I formulated these scent blends around my favourite winter memories, from picking out a Christmas tree to spending the entire weekend in the kitchen making pies and cookies. I'm...

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for some homemade Christmas gift ideas? You've come to the right place! I've got ten great ideas here for fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts for everybody on your list 🙂 Handmade Soap Cold process soap is reasonably easy to make, and there's no...

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...

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...

Cranberry Sauce Soap

I bought a bag of bright red cranberry seeds last year, and found them in the back of my cupboard just in time to make a Cranberry Sauce soap as my second Christmas soap for 2014. These pretty reddish bars are bright and spicy, and feature a sprinkling of pretty...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bamboo & Silk Hair Milk

This light and luxurious hair serum smooths down flyaways, moisturizes dry ends, and imparts a lovely, light sheen. It smells divine, is absorbed quickly, and packs a punch with just a few drops. It’s the sort of thing that would sell for $40 at a salon, but you know...

Blizzard Soap

This crisp, clean white bar smells of cold air and cool mint, and is just perfect for winter. It's my first Christmas soap for 2014, and I'm not quite sure how it's Christmas soaping season already. This soap gets its whiteness from a combination of kaolin clay and...

A Quick Guide to Bayberry Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

My series of wax to oil ratio experiments continues today with bayberry wax and olive oil. Bayberry wax is a plant-based wax made from the fruit of the Myrica faya shrub. The resulting wax is dry, crumbly, and green, and smells wonderfully of the forest. Candelilla...

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...

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

I thought I'd continue my pumpkin spice spree with this delightful Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. Not only does it smell of pie and leave your lips smooth and glossy, but it also contains real pumpkin oil, which gives it a wonderful mandarin hue. Want to watch this recipe...

Egyptian Magic Cleansing Balm

After falling madly in love with my gentle cleansing balm, I just had to keep playing with the idea. Sabine mentioned that she liked to wash her face with my DIY Egyptian Magic, and that sounded like the perfect place to start playing. Cleansing balm + Egyptian Magic...

French Face Mask

This simple clay based face mask is delightfully simple and effective. Inspired by my love of French green clay, it does a fantastic job of clearing out the pores, soothing the skin, and encouraging healing. The base of the mask is French green clay, my all-time...

Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder

This lovely three-ingredient Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder refreshes un-launderables quickly and easily, and it uses Bandits Oil to boot, so that's awesome 🙂 You can whip this up really easily in your DIY specific coffee grinder—it might take one...

Pumpkin Pie Soap

Pumpkin pie is easily one of the best things about autumn. Americans seem to have really taken this to heart as the array of pumpkin pie flavoured and scented things available in October and November south of the border is truly shocking. From bagels to lattés to...

Happy Third Birthday, Humblebee & Me!

I can scarcely believe it, but Humblebee & Me is three today. I can’t believe it’s been over 1000 days since I launched this site with eager expectations of the world immediately flocking to the three recipes I had online. A lot has changed since then, and I’m super...

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...

How to Fix a Beat-Up Hardcover Book

For Christmas 2012 I was given a cute little Jane Austen themed five year journal. This journal had a page for each day of the year, and each page had five slots so you could go through and write four lines a day for a year, and then flip back to January 1 and start...

Aloe Vera Citrus Soap

This pretty yellow and green soap smells of fresh citrus, suds up beautifully, and leaves your skin clean and happy. The colours come from some bright orange buriti oil (for the yellow), and a touch of green chromium oxide. Buriti oil can be a bit hard to find, so you...

Rose Spearmint Lip Balm

Several months ago I ordered some rose wax from Saffire Blue, and apart from enthusiastically sniffing the wee baggie it came in, I haven't done anything with it until now. This lovely rose and spearmint lip balm was well worth the wait, though. Want to buy this lip...

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...

Silk Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If you’re using homemade shampoo bars to wash your hair, an acidic rinse isn’t really optional—it’s a must. Because the high pH of true soap raises the scales that make up your hair, you’ll need to smooth them back down with something acidic or you’ll find your hair...

A Quick Guide to Cocoa Butter & Liquid Oil Ratios

Now that I've worked with three different waxes for these quick guides, I thought I'd try cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a wonderful ingredient—brittle, cocoa scented, and velvety soft on the skin. It melts at about 34°C, which is just a few degrees below body...

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...

Green Tea & Silk Soap

Annie was the first person who suggested silk soap to me, and it was like a thunderclap. I immediately wondered what rock I'd been living under for the past few years as it is such a brilliant idea (thanks, Annie!). So, silk soap has been on my to-do list ever since...

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...

Grilled Black Bean & Corn Calzone

As far as easy meals go, this one might just strike the perfect balance between easy, versatile, quick, and delicious. If you've got the ingredients on hand it comes together about as quickly as a sandwich, and then just requires some unsupervised grilling time. It's...

Summer 2014 Ingredient Love

I've got lots of ingredients, but I've got no problems playing favourites. Here are the ingredients I'm loving right now—stay tuned for them in upcoming recipes 🙂 Olive squalane I've been hearing wonderful things about olive sqaulane for ages, and Saffire Blue...

Coral Lip Stain

I'm really excited to finally have a not-deep-pink option for those of you who aren't suited to pure carmine and my Snow White Lip Stain. This coral hued lip stain delivers a potent punch of orange-tinted red that sticks around for hours, and makes a good cheek stain...

Everyday French Green Clay Bar

Last September Margo, a reader and fellow clay aficionado, commented to tell me about this clay bar she used to buy at Sephora. It was just straight clay, in bar form, and it was nearly $50. Yipes! Margo quickly figured out that she could make her own for a lot less,...

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...

Summer Berry & Lime Pavlova

Today we are celebrating with a wonderfully light & whippy pavlova 'cause it's my birthday 🙂 WOO! Anywho, I discovered pavlova earlier this year (shame on my Kiwi and Australian friends for force feeding me Vegemite whilst omitting pavlova from the menu) and promptly...

Lemon Meringue Whipped Soap

This luxurious lemon meringue whipped soap takes inspiration from one of my favourite desserts—lemon meringue pie. With its bright lemony scent, faint yellow hue, and decadent whipped texture, it's lovely in a wee dish by your sink for hand washing and impressing...

World Travel Inspired Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Traveling is downright addictive, and I've got a serious case of wanderlust. One of my favourite things in the world is stepping off an airplane and smelling the air in a new place for the first time. It's never the nicest smelling air I'll come across on the trip,...

Smokey Corn, Black Bean, & Honey Salsa

I'm not usually a salsa person. It's not that I have anything against a delicious combination of tomatoes, onions, and other goodies, it's just that they're often not that... delicious. Store bought salsas are often runny, heavy with the vinegar, and straight-up...

Luxurious Green Tea & Silk Face Mask

This smooth and simple clay face mask comes together in no time, and leaves your pores clean and your face firmed and refreshed. And, with luxurious ingredients like silk and green tea, it's perfect for an indulgent girls night in. I never miss a weekly clay face mask...

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...

Sun Kissed Lip Balm

This fun bronze-tinted shimmery sun kissed lip balm is perfect for summer. With a fantastic cocoa peppermint scent, great glide, and some shimmer and shine, I'm loving having this in my purse this summer. A base of beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond...

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...

Cocoa Peppermint Whipped Cream Soap

I've promised you a whipped soap recipe that doesn't use stearic acid to stabilize it, and here it is. This one uses raw cocoa butter, imparting a delicious chocolatey scent along the way. It's still wonderfully light and airy, but it does end up with a slightly...

A Quick Guide to Different Shea Butters

Shea butter was one of the first ingredients I fell in love with. First argan oil, second—shea butter. I kicked things off with a wee tub I found at the St. Lawrence Market, and followed that up with a bulk buy through a shop in Toronto's Kensington Market. After I...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars, I...

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...

Veggie Overload Panini

When Craig and I were in Costa Rica we took a day to quad across to peninsula and explore. After bumping along kilometers of rolling, bumpy rainforest roads and walking out across the tide flats to a small island on a cemetery we stopped for lunch at a rather...

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...

Gentle Facial Cleansing Balm

I am so very thrilled with this gentle facial cleanser, and I think you will be, too. It's thick and creamy, and works into a gentle lather as you massage it into damp skin. It rinses away easily, leaving your face clean and smooth, but not overly dry. And, unlike...

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...

Pooch ‘Poo (Dog Shampoo)

I remember trips to the cottage as a kid with Brin, our first family dog. Like Tobyn, he was a Bernese Mountain Dog, complete with a heavy black coat of beautiful fur. He wasn't much for swimming, but he enjoyed wading about near shore, lapping at the water and...

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...

Dead Sea & Silk Face Mask

This rather exotic face mask is a great addition to any spa day. It's a blend of Dead Sea mud, silk, and clay, with a spicy hit from black pepper essential oil. Creamy and dark, it'll leave your skin tightened and clean, and as a bonus, anybody who catches a glimpse...

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....

Immortelle Primrose Facial Serum

Helichrysum (also called Immortelle or Everlasting) is one of my favourite essential oils. I love its soft, herbal/floral scent and its wonderful healing properties. The pretty yellow flowers of the Helichrysum italicum plant give Helichrysum its nicknames as they...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Spicy Arugula, Tomato, and Mozarella Grilled Pizza

Summer hits, I want pizza, and I want in on the BBQ. It's inevitable, and I am totally ok with that. This pizza was born out of warm-weather induced necessity after a trip to my favourite fruit & veg stand. I had fresh BC arugula, a new (used) KitchenAid stand mixer...

Silky Smooth Baby Powder

This light, white, Silky Smooth Baby Powder is incredibly soft and silky. It's also pleasantly unscented, which I feel is a nice alternative from the all-too-scented traditional variety of baby powder. It comes together in a flash and makes a wonderful gift for any...

Canadian Inspired Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Canada is a really fantastic smelling country, with enough scents and landscapes to make any perfumer's head spin. From the musty moss forests of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, to the sunny alpine meadows of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, to the honey-scented apple...

Indigo Acne Blaster

This indigo hued anti-acne roller smells wonderful and means business when it comes to zits. Snovel91 requested this Burt's Bees inspired recipe back around Christmas, and I've just collected all the essential oils to make it. Based on their Herbal Blemish Stick, this...

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)....

DIY Project Clean Up Tips

You might not guess it, but I get a surprisingly large number of questions about how to clean up DIY messes. Beeswax, shea butter, clays, and other assorted powders can make some pretty mighty messes that outclass a kid's pizza party pretty fast. Here's how I deal...

Orzo, Tomato, & Asparagus Salad

This pasta salad just might be perfection. Light, delicious, good hot or cold, and brilliant as leftovers. It comes together quickly, making it a great offering at a last minute summer potluck or picnic. While the pasta water comes to a boil, you prepare the...

Labdanum & Fir Whipped Soap

I'm super excited to present my very first whipped soap recipe—Labdanum & Fir Whipped Soap! The road to this recipe was paved with lots of brainstorming, many experiments, and a fistful of earplugs to prevent hearing loss from very dedicated use of my electric...

A Quick Guide to Carnauba Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

After the rather surprising success of my Quick Guide to Beeswax & Liquid Oil Ratios post, it seemed like a good idea to do more of them, with different ingredients. So, today I'm venturing further into vegan wax territory. Carnauba wax, also called Brazil wax is a...

Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs

This fun little nuggets of citrussy-scented cleaning power are like bath bombs for your toilet, except instead of softening your skin, they fizzle away at your dirty toilet bowl. As far as toilet cleaning goes, these are actually pretty fun. That's not much, but it's...

DIY Whipped Soap Base

Once I found out about cream soap (and specifically whipped cream soap), I immediately wanted to make some, so I googled it to find out what it was, and how to make it. And it turns out it's a "secret". As in you have to join a specific Yahoo group and are then...

Gentle Argan Silk Milk

A few months ago Meredith sent me a link to this product, accompanied by a hearty digital laugh. And a well deserved laugh it was. I've talked before about the astonishing markup that Josie Maran sells their argan oil at—closer to $1/mL than the $0.12/mL New...

New York City

As a lover of cities, Broadway, and chocolate chip cookies I have long wanted to visit New York City, and last month I finally did. I went with my mother, and we had a blast. We walked a lot, enjoyed some fantastic food, and just enjoyed being a part of such an alive,...

Healing Herbal Face Mask

I love clay face masks, and I've been having a lot of fun with herbs lately, so I thought it was high time to combine the two to create a mask that boosts circulation, clears out your pores, and helps speed up healing with a dose of anti-acne goodness. The herbs I...

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...

Low Tide Soap

I am thoroughly smitten with these pretty, seaside inspired low tide soap bars. With their dusty turquoise tone, deep green seaweed seam, and sparkling coarse salt topping, they're just beautiful. These soaps are scented using both essential oils and seaweed powder....

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...

Addictive Guacamole

Craig and I had this guacamole when we were in Costa Rica. We were dining on daiquiris and tacos on the beach, listening to a fellow playing acoustic renditions of pop and rock songs and getting to know our new friends Jennifer and Grant a bit better (fellow Canadians...

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...

Shea Butter & Vanilla Body Wash

One of the first recipe requests I got was from Zil, looking for a DIY dupe for a Dove Shea Vanilla Body Wash. She was working through her drawers and shower, slowly finishing off bottles of store bought stuff and replacing it with natural DIY alternatives. This body...

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...

A Quick Guide to Coconut Oil & Beeswax Ratios

I find my quick guide to liquid oil and beeswax ratios so useful that I knew I'd have to extend it out to soft oils as well. Today we're looking at beeswax and coconut oil, a perennial favourite in DIY body products. Coconut oil is a soft oil, solid at room...

Cedar Smoke Beard Balm

One of my favourite things about traveling is meeting new people. We often end up connecting as Facebook friends, and their international antics liven up my newsfeed. Ryan is one of these people. I met Ryan at the Glasgow airport—he was working in the duty free shop,...

Lavender & Bergamot Soap

I may have a lavender problem. At last count, I had six different types of lavender essential oil in my cupboard (though in my defense, New Directions had a lavender sale last year). Anyhow, that surplus got me thinking about all the different things I could do with...

Lemon Cream Cleaning Lotion

This lemony scented cream cleaner comes together in a flash, and is fantastic for cleaning sinks and bathtubs, but it's also done great things to grime on my stove top. It's basically a lotion, but instead of a carrier oil, I've used d-limonene (aka citrus terpenes)...

S’mores Brownies

In Canada the May Long Weekend is our summer safe zone. Gardeners move plants outside, people bring boxes of summer clothes up from the basement, and the most optimistic among us go camping (and it almost always snows for them). May Long Weekend was last weekend, and...

Blushing Argan Lip Balm

This carnation coloured Blushing Argan Lip Balm is inspired by Josie Maran's Argan Lip Treatment. It sounded like a good idea, but the reviews were a little mixed. Some users raved about it—subtle, smoothing, shiny. Others said it was a bit lackluster, from...

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...

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...

Jojoba & Almond Cuticle Oil

Zil let me know about this oil, and I'm glad she did. It's the perfect DIY project: a few, inexpensive ingredients, easy to make, and expensive to buy. If you've got the ingredients you can pull this together in about a minute for about a dime, but buying it would...

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...

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...

Dead Sea Soap

Dead sea mud was one of the first DIY ingredients I ever bought. I mean, it just sounds so exotic and amazing, and it doesn't hurt that the reviews rave about how it leaves skin firm and happy. It turns out, however, that there are only so many things you can add mud...

Cocoa Butter Body Dust

This silky, cocoa-scented powder leaves your skin smooth, softly fragrant, and happy. It's perfect for a light dose of moisture (and moisture control) on a humid day, or for dusting between your legs on a summers day where you intend to wear a skirt or shorter shorts....

Hemp & Honey Dread Wax

My friend Ty recently adopted a set of dreadlocks, and they've moved in where his hair used to be. He's rocking the Bob Marley look like a champ, and is tolerating his collection of new nicknames remarkably well. The cost of dread products, on the other hand, is far...

Liquid Peppermint Hand Soap

After finally getting around to publishing a basic overview on liquid soap, I thought I'd kick off my new litany of liquid soap inspired recipes with a simple peppermint hand soap. This is the type of soap you can pop in a pump-top bottle and use to wash your hands,...

My Soap Mould

My wooden soap mould is really awesome, and I get a fair amount of questions about it, so I thought I'd do an entry on it for anybody who'd like to re-create it. My dad made this for me a couple years ago, and it's awesome. There are a few things that are particularly...

Costa Rica

Back in early March Craig & I went to Costa Rica, and it was divine. So, I thought I'd take an entry to be a bit indulgent and share some photos and memories, as well as some tips if you intend to visit the area. We visited the southwest edge of the Nicoya peninsula....

Argan Oil Bronzer

The first argan oil I ever tried was Josie Maran's—a friend had got some, and as a gift she gave me the bottle with the last few remaining drops to try out. As I'm sure you can surmise, it was instant love. Anyhow, since then, Josie has really beefed up her line of,...

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...

Cream of Earl Grey Marshmallows

I love making marshmallows. The flavour combinations are endless, they come together like magic, and they never fail to impress. They're also easier to make than you'd think, which is a major plus. These particular marshmallows are infused with Cream of Earl Grey tea,...

A Quick Guide to Candelilla Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

After the rather surprising success of my Quick Guide to Beeswax & Liquid Oil Ratios post, it seemed like a good idea to do more of them, with different ingredients. So, today I'm venturing into vegan wax territory. Candelilla wax is a plant based wax, derived from...

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...

Mocha Lip Balm

Allow me to introduce you to something that is wonderful and delicious. It is lip balm that has been infused with coffee and chocolate, resulting in a fancy coffee shop experience for your kisser. This mocha lip balm smells incredible, tastes pretty darn good, and...

Ingredients That Aren’t Worth Buying

It's probably no surprise to you that I have an ingredient problem. So many things are just $3–$5 for the smaller size, and then the descriptions and reviews sound so promising... and before I know it I've justified a cart full of mysterious powders, oils, and...

Magical Sticky Label Removal Goo

One of my most popular entries is a short and sweet one on getting sticky labels off jars using one secret ingredient (it's cooking oil). Consider this the 2.0 of that entry. While cooking oil works wonderfully, it is liquid, and that's a problem when it comes to...

How to Make Liquid Soap (The Easy Way)

I am so excited to finally have liquid soap up here, and in my bathroom at home. Like many of you I've read about making my own liquid soap and though "Wow. That is a ridiculously involved process, and sounds way harder than bar soap... and maybe it's just not worth...

Honey, Lemon, and Chamomile Hair Rinse

This pretty yellow hair rinse is great for those of you who detest vinegar in your hair rinses, and it just might help lighten your hair a bit as well. It's made from three simple ingredients and comes together in a flash—what more could you want? The base of the...

My Favourite Homemade Bread

I'll happily admit that I get a wee thrill of pride from being able to say that I make all my own bread. I mean, that's kind of cool, right? Or if not actually cool, it's neat (please, let me have neat), and tells people that I have some free time and a lot of flour...

My DIY Grease-Busting Cleaning Powder

This started out as laundry powder, but then I started using it for other things, and it still hasn't made it's way into the washing machine. It's too busy in the kitchen, melting away tea stains and blasting greasy pans from DIY projects clean. I always keep a bag or...

Translucent Anti-Shine Powder

Shine can be a wonderful thing—we love it in jewellery and bathroom faucets, lip gloss and silver. But faces? Less so. Kamila got in touch a few months ago asking for solution for oily skin. She told me she was having to re-apply her make-up halfway through the day...

Australian Clay Blush

A few months ago Zil wrote asking for a long-wearing clay based blush. Something that would give her long-lasting pinkish colour that didn't cost an arm and a leg, like the Tarte Cosmetics one she referenced that rings in at a whopping $31 for less than 6 grams of...

7 Natural Soap Additives

After writing about ways to naturally colour soap, I thought I'd better complete the story with a list of natural soap additives that I love. So, how did I decide what goes in the "additive" category and what's a colourant? There's definitely some overlap, to be sure....

Grandma Arden’s Vintage Book of DIY Cosmetics

A year or so ago my dad was going some of his mother's old papers, and he found this little pink booklet. Featuring some seriously 70's style typography and pink sketches of dramatic looking women, it was made by Oster (yes, the blender company) to promote their new...

Clay, Cocoa, & Shea Natural Vegan Deodorant

I love making homemade deodorant, and this clay, cocoa, and shea natural vegan deodorant is no exception. Maybe it's because it's one of those products that gets most tied up in notions of body insecurities and general marketing induced ridiculousness. Maybe it's...

Campfire Soap

I'm afraid I may sound like a bit of a broken record on the "I miss summer" theme, but it continues to be true (at least we're getting close, now). I also miss camping, which is something I only find I can do comfortably for about 3 months out of the year here. When I...

Apple & Cranberry Caramel Porridge

This delicious porridge comes together in a flash and is part healthy, whole-grain brekkie, and part apple pie. It's a great breakfast for a chilly weekend morning, and it's a brilliant way to use up any apples that are starting to go a bit wrinkly on you. Toasting...

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...

Zinc & Clay Anti-Acne Lotion

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I can't say enough wonderful things about clay when it comes to skin care (and especially acne). It's an amazing pore-vacuuming, healing-encouraging, skin detoxing powdered miracle. I always do a weekly face...

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! The water base of...

Tips on Creating Your Own DIY Recipes

As I'm sure you can tell, I'm not much for following recipes—I'd rather make up my own. Sometimes it works, sometimes it sort of works, and sometimes it's a catastrophic, err, "learning experience". Over the last few years I've learned some lessons when it comes to...

Airbrushing Creme Foundation

I absolutely love my translucent airbrushing powder, but I've had some requests for a cream version. Given how terribly dry it is these days, now seemed like a good time to give that a go. The final creme is light and moisturizing, with a subtle airbrushing effect and...

Rosehip & Tamanu Healing Facial Serum

I think rosehip oil is about to become the next big thing in commercialized natural skincare, making the leap to Sephora shelves a la argan oil & Josie Maran. It's starting to pop up on my non-natural/DIY beauty Pinterest feeds, accompanied by photographs of...

Bamboo & Broccoli Oil Hair Conditioner

You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that friends often present me with their beauty products (and accompanying ingredient lists) to be deconstructed and rated. So, as it happens, a friend handed me her conditioner—a posh, expensive natural brand hair...

Spicy Ginger, Sweet Potato, & Bean Stew

Craig's not much for bragging, so I often end up doing it for him. So, today, I'm here to brag about this awesome stew/soup he made one winter weekend. It's loaded with awesome things like sweet potatoes and carrots, with boatloads of ginger and garlic, which are...

Beetroot Lip Gloss

Beetroot lip stain seemed like a really great idea. Foolproof, even. I mean, if it can make your poo red long after it’s been digested, surely it can perform the simple trick of reddening your lips, right? Wrong. It had absolutely no interest in reddening anything as...

Gentle Yucca & Clay Face Wash

I ordered some powdered yucca root about six months ago, and I've been sitting on it (metaphorically, of course) ever since, wondering what to do with it. You see, yucca is full of natural saponins, meaning it lathers all on its own, just like soapwort and soapnuts....

Simple Cleaning Soap

This recipe may not be all that romantic, but I can promise it's wonderfully practical. It yields hard white bars that are inexpensive to make and nicely bubbly. The bars shred down beautifully into soapy flakes and bits that make great laundry powder and cleaning...

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 push-up...

Apple Rhubarb Rustic Tart

This delightful tart comes together quickly, and with far less fuss than a straight-up pie. It's a fantastic way to use up that mildly freezer burnt bag of rhubarb bits from last summer, and the finished tart is fantastic served warm with a bit of ice cream and...

Silver Shimmer Lip Balm

As much as I generally detest winter, I will concede that it can be very pretty. My favourite winter sight is that of trees coated in sparkling ice crystals—it's as if the entire world has been coated in diamond dust. That's what this silver shimmer lip balm makes me...

Peppermint & Cedarwood Aftershave Lotion

This fun aftershave lotion project was another reader request. I can't find the email or comment to thank her, but thank you! This was an awesome thing to puzzle out, and I'm really happy with the result. I first made this cream towards the end of Movember (otherwise...

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...

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...

Tallow Balm for Mature Skin

Sometime last year I stumbled across this really neat blog entry about the benefits of using tallow on the skin—especially for aging skin. Over the months I've mentioned it to readers who have tried it, and reported back with positive results, so I thought it was...

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, and 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...

Maple Cream Caramel Sauce

I am so very thrilled with this delicious creamy caramel sauce. It's incredible. Lightly maple flavoured, creamy, caramel-y, and fantastic. It's easy to make and stores well in the fridge. It's great on plain yoghurt, over sugar cookies, or drizzled over cake. It's...

Brighten & Renew Facial Serum

I'm pretty happy with this recipe. It's easy, inexpensive, fast, and the sort of thing you'd pay $50 for at the beauty counter. There's just six ingredients, and the results are quickly noticeable. In the short term you'll notice smoother skin, and over time you'll...

Gentle Coconut Milk Soap

Last summer Debbi mailed me a few beautiful bars of her homemade soap. One was a goats milk bar, and the other was hemp milk, and I loved them both. Smooth, creamy, and gentle. Sadly they are both gone now, so I set out to make something similar. I happened to have...

Lemony Cuticle Butter

Cuticles are a funny little bit of the body. Oh so tiny, but potentially so problematic. I suppose they do suffer quite a lot of abuse between hand washing, nail tending, and all the other mean things that happen to your hands, so I'm not surprised they complain from...

Zit Drying Lotion

Drying lotion definitely seems a bit of an oxymoron, but the name comes courtesy of Mario Bedascu, along with the idea for the product. It is, more or less, rubbing alcohol, salicylic acid, and calamine lotion, and it's designed to dry out your zits and make them...

Snow White Lip Gloss

I thought I'd mark Valentine's Day with this popping pink lip gloss. It gets its bright colour from carmine (just like my lip stain), and though it's almost shockingly pink in the tube, it goes on with just a slight pinkish tint and a bit of shine. A wee hint of...

Silver Powder for Banishing Blackheads

This fantastic three-ingredient blackhead banisher is another Mario Badescu dupe. Not only is it cheap and simple to make, but it really does work beautifully. Magically, even. So beautifully you'll find yourself staring at your pores in the mirror, trying to figure...

A Quick Guide to Beeswax & Liquid Oil Ratios

This is an experiment I've been meaning to conduct for ages. For as many DIY concoctions I've made over the years, I still found myself wondering how much beeswax to add to something to get a certain level of hardness or thickening. So, one short winter day I set out...

Coconut Pancakes

These amazing coconut pancakes are rich, thick, and fluffy, with a lightly crispy exterior that will have you doubting the quality of all your previous pancake experiences. They started as a bit of an experiment. An "we're out of milk but I still want pancakes"...

Peppermint & Eucalyptus Soap

Let me be the first to say that I'm really surprised I haven't made eucalyptus soap yet. First off, it smells wonderfully fresh and bright. Second, it's super cheap, and the majority of my soaps are scented with the least expensive essential oils I can find, so I'm...

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...

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...

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...

At Home Spa Day

Hey, you. It's January. It's cold. We've still got at least two solid months of winter ahead of us (ugh). It's still dark out when I get home from work, and I'm tired of waking up parched, with dry, itchy skin. So, what do you say we have a spa day? It'll be awesome....

Homemade Sun Beam Bronzer Cream

By this time of year, any semblance of a tan from the past summer is long gone. I guess that's ok—it makes my Lady Mary costume that much more accurate, and is definitely better for my skin than a year-round tan. At this rate, I'll look like an adolescent Edwardian...

Orange Wax Wood Polish

I absolutely love wooden... everything, really. Furniture, staircases, combs, floors, panelled walls, cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils, whatever. You name it, and I'd like to see a wooden version of it. Wood just has a fantastic sheen and natural character to it,...

Scottish Canadian Maple Shortbread

I'm pretty darn proud of my Scottish heritage. It allows me to love plaid, defend haggis an an actual food item, and sincerely enjoy the sound of the wailing bagpipes. It has led me to half a dozen or so years of highland dance lessons, and on two summer (could have...

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...

Fairy Dust Highlighting Powder

One of my only claims to some sort of familiar fame is a distant relation to J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Cool, eh? I remember telling this story to a classmate in elementary school, only to have him call me a liar and insist that there was no way that Walt...

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...

DIY For Beginners

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to make more and buy less (well, buy less finished stuffs and more ingredients, that is), this is the post for you—especially if you're super new to this whole DIY thing. I'm going to walk you through which ingredients to...

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...