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Sea Glass Salt Scrub

Sea Glass Salt Scrub

Today we're stirring up a lovely Sea Glass Salt Scrub, made with a sparkling blend of salts and a beautiful fragrance. It's a brilliant and beautiful body scrub, and you can easily customize it to use whatever salts you have on hand. You don't need any heat, either,...

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Summer Stone Fruit Facial Oil Serum

Summer Stone Fruit Facial Oil Serum

Today we're blending up a wee taste of summer in the form of a Summer Stone Fruit Facial Oil Serum. It smells softly of marzipan and stars oils from three of my favourite summer stone fruits, plus a solid dose of some potent anti-oxidants for skin-loving benefits....

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Birthday Suit Solid Body Wash

Birthday Suit Solid Body Wash

This formulation is a really fun and interesting one; it's a solid, self-preserving body wash that I'm calling Birthday Suit Solid Body Wash. You can customize the colour and the scent, and play with different moulds for all kinds of fun! It's also easy to make—mix,...

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Strawberry Kiwi Body Yogurt

Strawberry Kiwi Body Yogurt

Today we're whipping up an ultra-light, super-slippy, richly moisturizing Strawberry Kiwi Body Yogurt. I've had a ton of requests for a body yogurt formulation, and I had lots of fun working on this DIY. The scent comes from a juicy strawberry distillate, and the kiwi...

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Simple Creamy Almond Body Butter

Simple Creamy Almond Body Butter

This formulation is incredibly simple, with just three (or four) ingredients and an almond-y theme. 99.5% of this formulation is almond-derived ingredients; you don't have to keep to the almond theme if it doesn't appeal to you, but you might want to re-name your...

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More Mango Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar

More Mango Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar

Today I'm sharing my first shampoo bar Bee Better project—this More Mango Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar is an update on the Mango Mango Shampoo Bar I shared in March 2019 (almost exactly two years ago!). In writing, the differences between this updated formulation and its...

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Honey Bee Mine Body Lotion

Honey Bee Mine Body Lotion

Brr! This week has been frigid; as I type this, it's -37°C with wind chill outside. It's the first proper cold snap we've had this winter. Along with that cold, it's also very dry. I currently have four (4!) humidifiers running in my home, and they barely make a dent...

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Conditioning Valentine’s Hand Wash

Conditioning Valentine’s Hand Wash

Today we're getting sudsy and clean with a seasonably pink Conditioning Valentine's Hand Wash! I went through a lot of handwash in the beforetimes, and that has easily doubled or tripled in the last year. Lots of handwashing + dry weather is pretty hard on my hands,...

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Silky Soothing Facial Gel

Silky Soothing Facial Gel

Today's formulation is a richly moisturizing, cold-processed, Silky Soothing Facial Gel. It was inspired by a La Roche Posay product—their B5 gel. This DIY is definitely more "inspired by" vs. attempting to duplicate their product as I don't have all the same active...

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Rose & Silk Clarifying Shampoo

Rose & Silk Clarifying Shampoo

Today I'm sharing a formulation I've had a ton of requests for; an all-natural, sulfate-free liquid shampoo! This Rose & Silk Clarifying Shampoo was one of my final projects (if you'd like to read my full review of...

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Shealoe Emulsified Body Butter

Shealoe Emulsified Body Butter

Today I'm sharing my first Bee Better 3.0 project; a soft and creamy Shealoe Emulsified Body Butter that's an evolution on a shea butter and aloe vera heavy formulation I first shared in 2014, and then revised in 2019. This updated 2021 version uses a new emulsifier...

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Rich Lavender Shower Cleansing Cream

Rich Lavender Shower Cleansing Cream

Today we're creating a Rich Lavender Shower Cleansing Cream—a luxuriously creamy body wash that still kicks off some lovely bubbles. It's part lotion, part body wash, and all-around lovely. I've scented it with lavender essential oil, but you could easily customize...

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Creamy Almond Lip Balm

Creamy Almond Lip Balm

This rich Creamy Almond Lip Balm has a gorgeous ointment-gel consistency, and it's an evolution of the Almond & Olive Creamy Lip Balm I shared last autumn. A combination of a pseudo wax and a true wax gives us an end product that's a bit reminiscent of petrolatum...

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Sun Bum Body Cream

Sun Bum Body Cream

Over the years I have received a lot of requests for a Sol de Janeiro Brazillian Bum Bum Cream DIY. I found a 2018 request from Nichole and a 2020 request from Leslie in my records, and I'm pretty darn sure there have been others that have been lost in the shuffle of...

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Phryne’s Milk of Roses

Phryne’s Milk of Roses

Last year I positively devoured Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher Mystery series. Set in Melbourne in the late 1920s, the novels star the glamourous and clever Miss Phryne Fisher, who solves all kinds of mysteries in style. I first discovered Phyrne in the TV show based...

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Passionfruit Velvet Dry Oil Mist

Passionfruit Velvet Dry Oil Mist

Today's formulation was inspired by Glossier's "Body Hero Dry-Touch Oil Mist"—I saw it on their website and loved the idea of an oil mist, remembering reading on Lotion Crafter that fractionated coconut oil is "light enough to spray through a pump sprayer". That got...

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Moisturizing Repair Lotion

Moisturizing Repair Lotion

Happy new year, and happy 2021! I decided to kick off this new year with an evolution of the formulation that kicked off 2020—my much-loved Moisturizing Repair Cream (please read that post, too—there's lots of good background information in it!). This lotion-y...

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Midwinter Conditioning Beard Balm

Midwinter Conditioning Beard Balm

Today I'm sharing my last formulation of 2020—a Midwinter Conditioning Beard Balm. Beard balms are usually made up of carrier oils thickened with some sort of wax to create a firm balm. This formulation features argan oil, jojoba oil, and a small amount of...

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Winter Solstice Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer

Winter Solstice Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer

Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—the shortest, darkest day of the year, but also the turning point towards longer days (tomorrow will have a whole 5 seconds more daylight than today!). I've shared several winter solstice themed projects over the...

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Ice Palace Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar

Ice Palace Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar

Today we're mashing up a beautiful Ice Palace Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar. You don't need to melt anything and you don't need a press (you don't even need a mould!). Just mix and mash everything together until you have a smooth, workable dough, shape that into some sort...

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Cocoa Coconut Sticky Lip Balm

Cocoa Coconut Sticky Lip Balm

There was really no way I could do a Cocoa Coconut theme and not do a lip balm. Cocoa Coconut practically begs to be lip-balm-ized! Since we're in the midst of ultra-dry wintery weather right now, I opted to make this a Cocoa Coconut Sticky Lip Balm because when it is...

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Ice Palace Ceramide Glow Gel Cream

Ice Palace Ceramide Glow Gel Cream

This Ice Palace Ceramide Glow Gel Cream is packed with great-for-skin actives and just a hint of mica for skin that positively glows. I was inspired to create a complexion-enhancing moisturizer by products like Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter and...

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Cocoa Coconut Simple Conditioner Bars

Cocoa Coconut Simple Conditioner Bars

If you've been interested in making a solid conditioner bar, but have been intimidated by the long ingredient lists on the formulations I've shared in the past, this post is for you! These beautiful Cocoa Coconut Simple Conditioner Bars are made from just six...

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Ice Palace Fizzing Shimmering Bath Dust

Ice Palace Fizzing Shimmering Bath Dust

This Ice Palace Fizzing Shimmering Bath Dust has all the fizzy fun of a bath bomb, combined with the ease and indulgence of bath salts. There's no moulding or pressing—just massage everything together, leave the mixture out to dry for a day or two, and you've got...

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Cocoa Coconut Rich Cream Facial Cleanser

Cocoa Coconut Rich Cream Facial Cleanser

Today's Coconut Cocoa Rich Cream Facial Cleanser has a decadent, rich skin feel with a lotion-y consistency and offers fabulous yet gentle cleansing. It's also a bit of a riff on the two rich cream cleansers I shared earlier this year—Rose & Honey and Whipped...

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Ice Palace Bath Bombs

Ice Palace Bath Bombs

One of the things I absolutely have to make every year as part of my holiday DIYing is bath bombs—my mom loves them, so I need to make sure she's set for the following year 😊 This year's holiday bath bombs are Ice Palace themed, with a fizzy surprise in the...

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Cocoa Coconut Vegan Body Butter Bars

Cocoa Coconut Vegan Body Butter Bars

Today's DIY is part of our ongoing Cocoa Coconut theme—we're melting up some stunning Cocoa Coconut Vegan Body Butter Bars that put silky cocoa butter and mouthwatering coconut oil on a pedestal so they can shine. You'll only need six or seven ingredients to make...

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Ice Palace Body Wash

Ice Palace Body Wash

We're getting all kinds of sudsy today with a pearlescent and bubbly Ice Palace Body Wash! If you're generally a fan of creamy body washes, this one is just the thing—it kicks off heaps of fluffy bubbles, smells wonderfully refreshing, and looks a bit like a liquid...

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Popping Cocoa Coconut Bath Salts

Popping Cocoa Coconut Bath Salts

These beautiful and fun Popping Cocoa Coconut Bath Salts are the latest addition to this year's Cocoa Coconut Holiday 2020 theme! And yes—they do pop! They pop and fizz and crackle like an indulgent magic trick when added to your bathwater. In addition to the popping...

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Ice Palace Body Glow Lotion

Ice Palace Body Glow Lotion

We're continuing our Ice Palace theme today with this lovely Ice Palace Body Glow Lotion! This one is really neat in the skin feel/consistency department. In regards to viscosity and absorption speed, it's more like a mid-weight lotion—but the richness is closer to...

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Autumn Spice Whipped Body Butter

Autumn Spice Whipped Body Butter

This decadent Autumn Spice Whipped Body Butter is a Bee Better of a Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter I shared back in 2016. This updated version features fully percentage-ified measurements, a safer scent blend, and a new whipping method. Starring lightweight mango...

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Cinnamon Sugar Dry Foaming Body Scrub

Cinnamon Sugar Dry Foaming Body Scrub

Today we're mixing up a fragrant, perfect-for-autumn Cinnamon Sugar Dry Foaming Body Scrub. Starring sugar, rhassoul clay, and a gentle surfactant for all kinds of gorgeous bubbles, this 7-ingredient scrub makes a great gift and a great excuse to take a hot bath...

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Almond & Olive Creamy Lip Balm

Almond & Olive Creamy Lip Balm

It has been absolutely ages since I shared a lip balm formulation, but with cold & dry winter conditions here for the somewhat foreseeable future, it's definitely time for a new way to keep our lips happy! This Almond & Olive Creamy Lip Balm has a rich,...

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Ice Palace Soap

Ice Palace Soap

Welcome to holiday soap (and holiday theme) #2 for 2020; Ice Palace Soap! This year's Ice Palace theme is all about embracing the cool, sparkling beauty of ice and ice sculptures. This cold processed soap channels dazzling wintery wonder with wispy cool-toned swirls...

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Cocoa Coconut Emulsified Body Butter

Cocoa Coconut Emulsified Body Butter

If you love The Body Shop's body butters, you are going to love this Cocoa Coconut Emulsified Body Butter! Fragrant coconut oil and cocoa butter star, making up a full 40% of this formulation. This Cocoa Coconut Emulsified Body Butter has much of the richness of a...

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Silk Aloe Body Wash

Silk Aloe Body Wash

This DIY came from an old ideas notebook I started back in 2014 or so—on a trip to Costa Rica, I believe (there are a lot of doodles of geckos and notes about surfing and passionfruit and goodness... to be back there now!). This little notebook is filled with all...

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Vegan Cocoa Coconut Nanaimo Bar Soap

Vegan Cocoa Coconut Nanaimo Bar Soap

Welcome to our first project of the holiday 2020 making season—Vegan Cocoa Coconut Nanaimo Bar Soap! These decadent bars of soap are part of our cocoa/coconut theme (I announced both themes on YouTube last weekend—check out the video here!), and channel my favourite...

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Açaí & Jojoba Facial Oil Serum

Açaí & Jojoba Facial Oil Serum

Today we're blending up an all-natural, lightweight oil serum that is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness. Starring exotic açaí berry oil and featherweight Neossance® Hemisqualane, you can easily mix up this serum in just a few minutes—just weigh, cap,...

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Hemp & Shea Hand and Body Lotion

Hemp & Shea Hand and Body Lotion

This silky Hemp & Shea Hand and Body Lotion is another Bee Better project, riffing on and updating the Healing Herbal Hemp & Shea Lotion I shared back in October 2014. This version keeps many of the same ingredients and very much riffs on the same themes of...

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Gentle Clay Facial Cleansing Bar

Gentle Clay Facial Cleansing Bar

Today we're squishing up a creamy off-white Gentle Clay Facial Cleansing Bar, starring velvety white kaolin clay and a gentle surfactant blend that kicks off dense, rich lather. You don't need any heat or even a mould to make these—just a bowl, a dust mask, and a pair...

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Rose and Clay Cleansing Balm

Rose and Clay Cleansing Balm

When I first dreamt up this cleansing balm, the dream was of a seaweed and clay cleansing balm. How romantic and exotic-sounding, no? A hefty dose of vitamin-rich green seaweed powder would star, and how lovely it would be. There was just one problem with that....

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Calendula + Clay Soft Foaming Body Scrub

Calendula + Clay Soft Foaming Body Scrub

If you've been looking for a way to mix up your bath routine, I think you might just love this Calendula + Clay Soft Foaming Body Scrub. It's a dry, sudsy body scrub that works beautifully on a loofah or between your hands—just work it up with a bit of water and...

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Creamy Oat & Shea Face Mask

Creamy Oat & Shea Face Mask

If you're looking for an indulgent facial, I think this Creamy Oat & Shea Face Mask is just the thing. A rich base of shea butter and safflower oil suspends a blend of soothing, moisturizing ingredients to create a really decadent masking experience. Try using...

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Nourishing Hand Rescue Lotion

Nourishing Hand Rescue Lotion

This gorgeous Nourishing Hand Rescue Lotion is another "riff" project—taking inspiration from April's much-loved Intense Hand Rescue Cream with the aim of creating something similar, but lighter and more pump-top/squeeze tube friendly. I positively adore April's...

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Whipped Cream Calendula Facial Cleanser

Whipped Cream Calendula Facial Cleanser

This decadent Whipped Cream Calendula Facial Cleanser is a riff on the Rose & Honey Rich Cream Cleanser I shared earlier this summer. That cleanser was really popular, and I really loved it, so I thought I'd play with the idea a bit more. This variation features a...

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Silk & Camellia Seed Leave-In Hair Conditioner

Silk & Camellia Seed Leave-In Hair Conditioner

Today's Silk & Camellia Seed Leave-In Hair Conditioner stars lightweight camellia seed oil and luxurious hydrolyzed silk peptides. They work together to moisturize and smooth the hair, while a trio of conditioning ingredients smooth the hair cuticle, leaving hair...

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Bubbly Bath Dough

Bubbly Bath Dough

I had a heck of a time trying to name this fun DIY! Generally speaking, it's a sort of play-dough for the bath or shower that can be sculpted into whatever your heart desires, used as a body wash, and/or crumbled under a running tap to create all kinds of bubbles....

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