Getting Started

New to this whole DIY thing? No worries!

What ingredients will I need?

Here’s an ingredient overview and a couple great starter shopping lists to help you get started.

What equipment will I need?

From a scale to spatulas, you’ll need some equipment to get started (you probably have most of it already).

Where to buy ingredients

You’ll need some ingredients—this page is full of links to places to shop all over the world.

Simple Starter Formulations

These DIYs are a great place to get started—they don’t require too many ingredients, they come together easily, and they’re pretty much foolproof!

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Essential Reading

Learn about carrier oils, essential oils, solubility, substitutions, and more. I’ve also got clean-up tips, shopping lists, and all kinds of other helpful information.

On Throwing Things Away

On Throwing Things Away

I wanted to take some time today to talk about something I find harder than it should be, but something that has to happen: throwing DIY stuff away. Be it past-their-prime ingredients, dubiously useable products, mystery bottles, or packaging you swear you’ll be able...

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How to Scale Any Recipe

How to Scale Any Recipe

Recipe scaling is something I get a reasonable amount of questions about, so I thought I'd write out a how-to on how to scale any recipe so you can confidently make lots (or very little) of the things you love. I've also created a downloadable spreadsheet that you can...

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DIY Project Clean Up Tips

DIY Project Clean Up Tips

You might not guess it, but I get a surprisingly large number of questions about how to clean up DIY messes. Beeswax, shea butter, clays, and other assorted powders can make some pretty mighty messes that outclass a kid's pizza party pretty fast. Here's how I deal...

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