Simple Recipes

If you're planning to branch out to some slightly more complex recipes, but don't want to fuss with things like surfactants, these recipes are for you. There are some emulsifiers and preservatives, but I've tried not to list anything that needs a bunch of fancy ingredients to work. Happy making!

Making Substitutions

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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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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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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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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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Rose & Honey Rich Cream Cleanser

Rose & Honey Rich Cream Cleanser

This Rose & Honey Rich Cream Cleanser is quite the treat—it's rich and gentle, smells softly of roses, and leaves your skin feeling clean but not tight or dry. Made with sweet almond oil, fragrant rose hydrosol, and local raw honey, it has a positively decadent...

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Super Simple Moisturizing Lotion

Super Simple Moisturizing Lotion

Today we're going back to the basics with a Super Simple Moisturizing Lotion. I pared down the ingredients as much as I could, so this lotion just features five (5!) inexpensive ingredients that can be easily modified to suit what you have, or what you prefer. If...

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Creamy French Green Clay Face Mask

Creamy French Green Clay Face Mask

Today we're whipping up a simple, creamy, oil-based face mask. A soft balm base is loaded with silky French green clay (my favourite clay for face masks!) to create an ultra velvety skin treat. This format is far less messy than blending clay and water, both for...

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Lavender Aloe Hydrating Facial Toner

Lavender Aloe Hydrating Facial Toner

'Tis the season for heaps of hydration! This DIY was initially inspired by a popular lavender witch hazel toner product, but I decided to really amp up the hydrating/humectant-y goodness in the spirit of Asian-style hydrating toners (rather than Western astringent-y...

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Rose Witch Hazel Facial Toner

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...

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Heavenly Cocoa Lotion

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...

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Green Tea Coconut Emulsified Sugar Scrub

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...

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Lemon Chiffon Body and Hand Lotion

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...

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White Willow Micellar Water

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...

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Whipped Lemon Poppyseed Emulsified Sugar Scrub

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....

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Orange Blossom Face Cream

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,...

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Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub

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...

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Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets

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...

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Winter Solstice Face Cream

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...

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Winter Wonderland Body Lotion

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"....

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Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss

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...

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Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I'm pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit deceiving—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...

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Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

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...

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