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Cream Luminizer

Cream Luminizer

Today's DIY is inspired by a product sold by a well-known natural cosmetic brand. A simple base of beeswax, castor oil, and coconut oil is heavily laced with a blend of shimmery micas to create a creamy highlighter that's brilliant for illuminating cheekbones, brow...

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Lemongrass Gradient Soap

Lemongrass Gradient Soap

I'm so excited to share these beautiful bars of soap with you guys! I tried a new technique—a gradient (or ombre) pour—for the very first time, and I love how it turned out. These bars are inspired by all things lemongrass, with that herbal-citrus scent and a slow...

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Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub

Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub

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

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Micellar Water for Waterproof Makeup

Micellar Water for Waterproof Makeup

Today were taking something really simple (DIY micellar water) and amping up its cleansing power so it easily removes waterproof makeup. It's a super simple modification to a more standard micellar water recipe and I think you'll be pretty stoked about the results!...

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Soothing Hand Butter

Soothing Hand Butter

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

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Mango Mango Foaming Hand Wash

Mango Mango Foaming Hand Wash

This Mango Mango Foaming Hand Wash is all about the bubbles—rich cascades of mango-scented, orangey clouds of lather that make hand washing a treat. Nothing needs to be heated so you can just stir everything together and you're off to the races. I've already made over...

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Soothing Under Eye Gel

Soothing Under Eye Gel

Today we're doing a thing that is long overdue—a Soothing Under Eye Gel! It's part of our soothing series, and it is lovely. It's also the first recipe I'm sharing using Aristoflex AVC, a very cool cold-process gelling agent and emulsifier that I've been working with...

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Mango Mango Shampoo Bar

Mango Mango Shampoo Bar

Today’s recipe is definitely long overdue, but I wanted to make sure it was on point before I shared it—it’s a sulphate free shampoo bar. I started working on this back in January 2018 and have been testing and tweaking ever since. About six weeks ago I decided to...

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Blue Marble Soap

Blue Marble Soap

This beautifully marbled soap is a wonderful example of things not turning out quite how you expected, but being wonderful anyways. My working title for these bars was "Indigo Swirl", but this batch of soap had different ambitions. The particular level of trace in the...

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Soothing Cleansing Balm

Soothing Cleansing Balm

Our Soothing series continues with this lovely Soothing Cleansing Balm. Up until now all of our soothing projects have included a water phase, and many of our awesome soothing ingredients (cucumber distillate, chamomile hydrosol, urea, etc.) live in that phase. This...

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Calendula Sunshine Salve

Calendula Sunshine Salve

Today we're making a simple salve starring calendula, with a supporting cast of sea buckthorn and lavender. It's easy to make, and the end result is a lovely warm yellow salve with a gentle, calming scent. If your nose is sore from too much blowing, or perhaps your...

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Mango Mango Body Lotion

Mango Mango Body Lotion

Today we are continuing my quest to MANGO ALL THE THINGS with this juicy Mango Mango Body Lotion. It's a pretty simple lotion, designed to showcase mango love without too many fancy ingredients. It's lightweight and moisturizing, bright orange, and smells like beaches...

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Soothing Micellar Water

Soothing Micellar Water

Today we're continuing our soothing series with this formula for a gentle Soothing Micellar Water. You'll find many of the same soothing ingredients we've been using throughout the series, creating a soothing and softly scented facial cleanser. Micellar water is a...

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Pemberley Hand Lotion

Pemberley Hand Lotion

I'm really excited to share this formula with you guys—this Pemberley Hand Lotion was my Formula Botanica final project, and I received a mark of 100% for it! The project was to create a product for a specific customer. I designed this gorgeous hand lotion for...

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Mango Mango Massage Butter

Mango Mango Massage Butter

This beautiful Mango Mango Massage Butter is a combination of a few things that are on my mind these days. Thing #1: I'd really like it to be warm outside, and the smell of mangoes helps transport me to beaches and last year's trip to Australia. Thing #2: I really...

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Rose Aloe Body Cream

Rose Aloe Body Cream

Today's recipe is for a rich, fragrant body cream designed to soothe, soften, and hydrate dry and irritated winter skin. It is super thick and creamy (definitely not pumpable!), making it incredibly decadent to use. You'll scoop up a silky dollop of this Rose Aloe...

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Soothing Foaming Hand Wash

Soothing Foaming Hand Wash

Today we're continuing our "soothing" series with a super-simple Soothing Foaming Hand Wash. I wanted to be sure to include a hand wash in this series because our hands take a ton of abuse in the winter. Frequent hand washing is great for preventing the spread of the...

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Red Red Rose Soap

Red Red Rose Soap

Today's soap is in honour of Robbie Burns' day, but it also doubles up nicely as a Valentine's Day soap with its rosy scent and dusty pink layers. I had a lot of fun making this soap, even though it turned into a bit of a learning experience (a.k.a. things didn't go...

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Indigo Lagoon Balm

Indigo Lagoon Balm

This rich blue balm is a DIY version of a very popular and very expensive shop-bought balm. This particular balm is known for its striking dark blue hue that comes from a hefty dose of expensive blue tansy essential oil. I've created a more budget friendly version you...

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Winter Solstice Facial Polish

Winter Solstice Facial Polish

After the annual colourful craziness of Christmas DIYs I've really been enjoying dreaming up something solstice-inspired these last few years. We've got a face cream, a soap,  and a mask, and now we've got a star-studded charcoal-infused facial polish. This facial...

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Formulating and DIYing with Spreadsheets

Formulating and DIYing with Spreadsheets

Today I want to talk about something that really isn’t all that sexy or exciting, but it is super useful—using spreadsheets for your DIYing and formulating! Even if you don't formulate I'd recommend stepping away from online recipe calculators in favour of...

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Sugar Plum Facial Lotion

Sugar Plum Facial Lotion

I start planning out Christmas recipes in the summer and typically have everything more-or-less nailed down by the end of September. This formula wasn't in the original plan, but I am so in love with plum oil right now that I couldn't not make some sort of decadent...

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Christmas Tree Hand & Body Lotion

Christmas Tree Hand & Body Lotion

This sweetly scented Christmas Tree Hand & Body Lotion is just the thing for dry winter skin. It has a wonderful rich consistency, but is surprisingly light. It's packed with humectants and soothing ingredients to help tame dry, itchy skin, leaving it soft and...

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Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Today we're making some fun, colourful Christmas Tree Bath Bombs! I took some decoration inspiration from the top of the Christmas Tree Soap bars pre-swirling, and had a lot of fun playing with mica splatters and scatters after molding up all the bath bombs. The base...

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Christmas Tree Foaming Whipped Body Scrub

Christmas Tree Foaming Whipped Body Scrub

Today's DIY is a super-fun Christmas Tree Foaming Whipped Body Scrub. It's a creamy white base speckled with green and gold VitaBurst beads. It smells like a Christmas tree and is a super fun way to pamper yourself (and your giftees!) come bath time. You can customize...

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Sugar Plum Lip Balm

Sugar Plum Lip Balm

I've been gifting homemade lip balm to friends and family for so long now that people have told me they just hold out for Christmas rather than buy more—and I'm definitely not going to let them down! This year's holiday lip balm is Sugar Plum themed (it seemed much...

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Christmas Tree Foaming Hand Wash

Christmas Tree Foaming Hand Wash

If you've got guests coming to stay with you this holiday season I highly recommend whipping up a jumbo-sized batch of this hand wash so you can all have clean, holiday-scented hands in the midst of this busy season. Out of everything we're making for this holiday...

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Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter

Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter

I'm having a hard time deciding if I can give this Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter away. I mean... it's just so nice. I really want to keep it for myself. I really should give it away. I am a one-woman skin care stuff factory and I am not due to need another body...

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Clementine Facial Cleansing Milk

Clementine Facial Cleansing Milk

Today we're making a gentle, low-foam, creamy Clementine Facial Cleansing Milk. It comes together just like a lotion, with the addition of a few grams of surfactants in the cool-down phase for a titch of cleansing power. If you've been looking at making your own...

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Candy Corn Bath Bombs

Candy Corn Bath Bombs

These pretty tri-coloured bath bombs are a fizzy, bath-friendly tribute to the rather ubiquitous candy corn. If you're not familiar with candy corn, it's a triangular candy with a white tip, orange center, and yellow bottom. And, to state what might be a controversial...

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Christmas Tree Soap

Christmas Tree Soap

Welcome to our second and final soap of the 2018 holiday soaping season—Christmas Tree Soap! These clean white bars feature an abstract Christmas-tree-inspired swirl down the centre and a topping of dancing mica swirls. I had so much fun creating these bars, and the...

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Sugar Plum Christmas 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,...

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Hydrating Aloe Facial Mist

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...

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Citrus Poppy Seed Swirl Soap

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...

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Creamy Stick Lip Tints

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...

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Creamy 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...

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Basic Moldable Lipstick Base

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...

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Rose Cardamom Cleansing 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...

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Center Stage Glow Serum

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...

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Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask

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...

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Soothing Aloe Aftershave Cream

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...

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Frankincense Facial Lotion

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...

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Eucalyptus Mint Soft Cleansing Balm

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...

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Oatmeal & Milk After Shower Oil

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...

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Foaming Shaving Cream

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...

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Makeup Eraser Sticks

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...

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Canada Day Clay Face Mask

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...

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Lemon Rose Tinted Lip Balm

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...

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