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 one thickener instead of another, or a new surfactant blend. Make one, reflect on it for a few weeks as I use it up, and make another! Compared to lip balm, where rapid iteration can quickly leave you with four lifetime’s worth of product, this process seems quite sensible with hand wash (and hasn’t drowned me in hand wash… yet…).

How to Make Lavender Spruce Creamy Hand Wash

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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 park into a mud bath, those paws quickly go from blonde to black. It’s rather cute (everything she does is cute…), but it’s not a good look for my floors. Or, perhaps we’re out in the mountains and she’s found a bit of novel elk poop. What better way to become acquainted with it than to roll in it?! She has an uncanny ability to find foul things and wear them; there’s nothing quite like getting back into the car after a dog walk, shutting all the doors, and almost immediately going “what’s that?!” as some foul stench snakes up my nostrils. Delightful. Anywho—this dog shampoo. It removes stench, is wonderfully easy to steer around a wet and uncooperative dog, and works like a charm.

How to Make Lottie's Dog Shampoo Bar

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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 their website, but needless to say I don’t think the ad worked quite as planned. I went straight to the ingredients list to see what was up with their product, and then set off to make my own hair masque. This is what I came up with, and it’s awesome.

How to Make a Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque

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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 more conditioning goodness and lovely oils than you’d usually find in a shampoo. It’s a lovely, lazy hybrid for those of us who like as few things on our shower to-do list as possible. As I’ve been using this conditioning shampoo I’ve been amazed by two big things: the amazing volume and incredible detangling powers. Like… wow. I’ll wake up in the morning after shampooing the previous evening and my hair is so light and voluminous, and then when I go to comb through it—it’s so easy! I’m pretty much completely besotted with this stuff, and I’m so excited to share this formula for Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo so you can be besotted with me.

How to Make Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

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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 /r/AsianBeauty: the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick. I immediately saw the travel (and general) awesomeness potential of a solid facial cleanser in a push-up stick, and set out to create one of my own.

How to Make a Ginger Oak Moss Solid Facial Cleanser

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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 sounded like a thing that would be nice, but once I actually made it—whoa! Guys; this stuff is amazing. It’s silky smooth and fast absorbing, and leaves your skin feeling soft and protected and silky and wonderful and just… I’m utterly besotted.

How to Make Conditioning Earl Grey Body Butter

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