Solid Perfume

Beauty, DIY

I was helping my mom clean out the basement and we came across these cute little jars. Originally purchased from Avon containing cream sachets they were now empty and begging for a purpose. DIY to the rescue! What better to fill an old perfume container than more perfume? This solid perfume is a great gift. It doesn’t last as long as a traditional store bought perfume but it’s all natural and can be reapplied throughout the day. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make and you can experiment with your favourite essential oils to make your own personal scent.

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What you need:

  • 2 tbsp beeswax (grated or pellets)
  • 2 tbsp carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, etc. (I used sweet almond)
  • About 60 drops of essential oil or blend of your choice (I used ylang ylang, sweet orange and lavender)
  • repurposed (or new) containers to put the finished product.

*when using essential oils do your research! Some oils may cause irritation to the skin or are photosensitive. Better safe than sorry.

Instructions:

Step 1 – combine beeswax and oil in a double boiler and melt.

Step 2 – Once melted remove from heat and let cool slightly before mixing in your oils.

Step 3 –  Carefully pour into your containers and allow to solidify for a few minutes before capping.

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Dry Shampoo

Beauty, DIY

Whether you’re out of time, on vacation, or just don’t feel like it, this dry shampoo is perfect on days when you just can’t wash your hair. This all natural dry shampoo recipe is a fantastic substitute for store bought concoctions. Arrowroot starch acts to soak up grease and cocoa powder is a great additive for people with dark hair, like myself. Not to mention the added bonus of smelling like chocolate!

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What you need:

  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch (can use corn starch or baby powder instead)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional: for dark hair only)

Instructions:

Step 1 – combine arrowroot starch and cocoa powder (if using).

Step 2 – transfer to airtight container for storage.

Step 3 –  Apply with make up brush or comb. Enjoy!

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3 Ingredient Lotion

Beauty, DIY

It’s almost December and I live in Toronto, Canada. That means that my skin is hating its life right now and it’s only just the beginning of a long, long winter. Up until now I’ve been getting by with occasional moisturizing using my homemade body butter but I find it too greasy for consistent everyday use. Enter this recipe. This quick and easy lotion is light and non-greasy. If you use it after a shower it soaks right into your skin and the best part is there are only 3 ingredients!

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup liquid oil (I used sweet almond oil but you can use one or a combination of several oils such as avocado, jojoba, olive, argan, coconut etc.)
  • 3 tbsp grated beeswax
  • 3/4 cup luke warm water, herbal tea or rose water (I used water)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional: I didn’t use any)
  • food processor

Instructions:

Step 1 – Combine oil and beeswax in a double boiler until melted.

Step 2 – With water in food processor, turn on high.

Step 3 –  Pour oil mixture into food processor VERY slowly. The goal is to emulsify the liquids. Once you’ve poured all of the oil into the water you should be left with a creamy lotion.

Step 4 – Transfer lotion into a glass jar or other container with lid. Can store at room temperature for about 3 weeks.

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Homemade Lip Balm

Beauty, DIY

Winter is coming and so are chapped lips. This simple lip balm is perfect for those cold, dry months ahead and uses all natural ingredients. It’s easy to adjust the recipe for smaller or larger batches as the ratio of ingredients is 1:1:1. Make a little for yourself or a lot to give to friends and family. Enjoy!

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What you need:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp beeswax (grated or pastilles)
  • 30 drops essential oil (optional: I used peppermint)
  • containers to put finished balm

Instructions:

Step 1 – Combine coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler.

Step 2 – Once melted, remove from heat and stir in essential oil.

Step 3 –  Pour mixture into containers.

Step 4 – Let cool completely before capping (about 2 hours).

 

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Homemade Bath Bombs

Beauty

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a nice hot soak in the tub after a long day. To create an illusion of luxury I often use essential oils or bath salts. but while I’ve been curious about DIY bath bombs, I thought they looked too complicated to make. I was wrong. I came across this basic recipe that’s very simple and customizable. I love that there is room to experiment with different salts, oils, colours and scents!

What you need:

  • 4 oz baking soda
  • 2 oz corn starch
  • 2 oz salt (I used epsom salts)
  • 2 oz citric acid
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil ( I used a combination of lavender, mint and eucalyptus)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon oil ( I used liquid coconut oil)
  • food colouring (optional) (I didn’t use any)
  • Bath bomb molds (can by from amazon/craft store but I just used a measuring cup)

Instructions:

Step 1 – In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients and whisk to get all the clumps out.

Step 2 – In a small bowl, mix wet ingredients.

Step 3 – Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ones whisking as you go. It’s important to whisk right away and only add a small amount at a time to avoid too much bubbling.

Step 4 –  Pack the mixture into your mold very firmly.

Step 5 – Carefully remove from mold.

Step 6 – Let dry for up to 24 hours. Enjoy!

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DIY Customizable Body Butter

Beauty

I have been playing around with making my own moisturizer for a while. I’m always amazed at how you can take a few simple ingredients and transform them into such a nourishing treat for your skin. This body butter is incredibly moisturizing, absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t feel as greasy as others I’ve tried. By using a 3:1 ratio of butter to oil you can experiment with different ingredients to create a finished product that is totally tailored to your wants, needs and price point.

What you Need:

  • 3 parts Butter – shea, cocoa, mango, coconut (solid). Any one or a combination of these will work well. I used mostly shea and a bit of cocoa butter.
  • 1 part Carrier oil – sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut (liquid), olive. Again, there are many to choose from and you can combine oils. I used sweet almond oil.
  • (optional) Arrowroot powder, tapioca or corn starch. I used Arrowroot powder. You’ll need approximately 1 tsp per cup of butter/oil concoction. This helps cut the greasy feeling and makes the butter absorb more quickly into the skin.
  • (optional) essential oil. About 36 drops per 1 cup of butter. I used grapefruit essential oil.

Instructions:

Step 1 – Melt butter in a double boiler over medium heat.

Step 2 – Mix carrier oil with arrowroot powder and set aside.

Step 3 – Once butter is melted, remove from heat add carrier oil/powder mixture. Mix well to combine.

Step 4 – Put mixture in fridge until opaque; firm but not rock hard. For me this took about an hour. I mixed the butter after 45 minutes and refrigerated for another 15 minutes.

Step 5 – Remove butter from fridge, add essential oil if using and whip with a fork for 1-2 minutes until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 6 – Transfer to an air tight container. Enjoy!

SUGAR SCRUB TWO WAYS

Beauty

I started experimenting making my own beauty products about a year ago. I love being able to customize recipes to my own purposes and experiment with scents and ingredients. These basic sugar scrubs are super easy to make. They’re great for exfoliating and moisturizing. The best part is they are all natural and you know exactly what you are putting on your skin!

 

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used golden)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

Step 1 – Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I mixed the dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing all together but this isn’t necessary.

Step 2 – Store in a closed container such as a mason jar. I purchased cheap plastic containers at the dollar store. They are good to keep in the shower since they are not breakable. Enjoy!