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 times, and others are ones that I’m really proud of and hope you’ll take another look at. Happy making, and happy holidays everybody!

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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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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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Let’s not forget the videos!

I’ve been sharing two videos a week on YouTube since June, and I’m loving watching my channel grow and having the opportunity to show you guys new techniques and fun experiments. All of these recipes have videos to go with them, so you can watch instead of read if that’s your jam!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Lip Scrub

I've had quite a few requests for a new lip scrub formulation recently, and I thought our White Chocolate Peppermint theme was perfectly suited to a lip scrub—so here we are! This DIY is quite crunchy, with just five simple ingredients. It's pretty easy to whip up...

Cranberry Orange Whipped Body Butter

Today's DIY is a whippy, lightweight, fast-absorbing Cranberry Orange Whipped Body Butter—and it's also our last cranberry orange DIY of the 2019 holiday making season! You'll only need four simple ingredients and some electric beaters to whip up this body butter....

White Chocolate Peppermint Foot Cream

Mint and foot cream = a fabulous match. Mint and chocolate = also fabulous. Mint + chocolate + foot cream = amazingness! Decadent, refreshing, tingly, tootsie-treating goodness, all bundled up in a rich and silky White Chocolate Peppermint Foot Cream. This one has a...

Cranberry Orange Conditioner Bar

I'm pretty stoked to share today's project with you—it's a Cranberry Orange Conditioner Bar that I've been working on for months. Satiny cranberry seed oil, ultra-conditioning BTMS-50, shine-ifying hydrolyzed silk, and beautiful sweet orange essential oil come...

White Chocolate Peppermint Vegan Lip Balm

Today we're whipping up some beautiful stocking stuffers—White Chocolate Peppermint Vegan Lip Balm! Despite lip balm being inexpensive and easy to make, people are pretty accustomed to paying about $5 a tube for the stuff. This creates a lovely opportunity for you to...

Cranberry Orange Facial Serum

Today's Cranberry Orange DIY is a silky, indulgent oil serum packed with antioxidants and some of my favourite natural carrier oils. A pump or two at the end of your skincare routine is all you'll need to keep your skin soft and glowing through these dry, cold winter...

White Chocolate Peppermint Cleansing Balm

This cheerily swirled White Chocolate Peppermint Cleansing Balm is just the thing for morning face-washing. With a refreshing pop of peppermint essential oil and gorgeous slippy texture, this cleansing balm melts quickly on the skin and rinses off readily, leaving...

Cranberry Orange Facial Gel Cream

I've had several requests for a gel-cream this year, and I'm excited to share this Cranberry Orange themed one with you today! This cold-processed cranberry orange facial gel cream is focussed on hydration and barrier support, helping our skin be its best self through...

White Chocolate Peppermint Shampoo Bars

This beautiful cream-coloured White Chocolate Peppermint Shampoo Bar delivers oodles of bubbles and a wonderful minty-chocolate scent in one elegant package (so to speak—shampoo bars are packaging-free!). I've called it a shampoo bar, but it also makes a beautiful...

Well, those are my top picks from 2016! What are yours? What have you made that you’ve been excited about? Any wonderful new discoveries you’d like to share? Comment below!

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