• Candles,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    How to colour your candles with plant-based ingredients

    We don’t know about you, but we love making homemade candles. You get to choose from so many different shapes, scents, and waxes! But did you know that you can also play with how you colour them? While we love our ready-to-use candle colorant chips for their practicality and intense hues, you can also use colourful vegetable oils, plants, or even spices for a unique and 100% natural result.  Recently, we wanted to explore some plant-based candle colourants, so we carried out a few experiments with paprika, sea buckthorn oil, and other natural ingredients. These tests were such a resounding success that we decided to share our results with you…

  • How to use emulsifiers
    Body cream,  Facial cream,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    What are emulsifiers and how do you use them?

    Introduction Emulsifiers are very important ingredients in DIY care products. But it’s not always easy to understand what you use them for, how they work, and what result they’ll yield. That’s why we decided to devote a full article to them to let you in on all their secrets!  What is an emulsifier?  An emulsifier is a molecule in the surfactant family. Surfactants include a large number of molecules with detergent, foaming, or emulsifying properties—that last one is what we’re interested in here—and are important ingredients in cleansing products and creams. Surfactants are made up of two parts: A hydrophilic head (which is attracted to water).  A lipophilic tail (which…

  • How to make soap?
    Soaps,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    Which oils and butters should I use in my homemade soap?

    Making your own soap: A beautifully complex process Soapmaking is an art—we’d even say a science! Shout out to our workshop la Science du Savon (note that all our workshops are offered in French only)! But even when you’re working from a recipe, soapmaking can be a little challenging at first. So, developing your own cold process soap recipe is definitely no small feat!  First, you have to master the , but there’s a lot more to it than that! The oils and butters you choose will also have a direct impact on your final creation. They influence not only the final colour of your soap—as we explain in this…

  • how to make mascara at home
    Advanced,  Face,  Make-up,  Tips and tricks

    Get Sky-High Lashes with a DIY mascara

    The sky’s the limit with homemade cosmetics! Take your DIY make-up game to new heights… to the heavens, even! Elegance meets glamour in Sky-High Lashes, a homemade mascara that you can make in one of three shades.  A word of warning: this DIY project is a bit of a challenge. Mascara is actually an emulsion made with very small quantities, so you need to measure everything very precisely. Alternatively, you can make a large batch and give the extras to your friends and family. It’s up to you! We chose to go with the second option here, because it’s always nice to share with the people we love! Eyes on…

  • diy swirled soap
    Intermediate,  Soaps,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    Learn how to make “My First Swirled Soap”

    Set your sights on swirls! In the fabulous world of soapmaking, you can create homemade soaps of all kinds, colours, and shapes. You can tackle many exciting challenges, dream up recipes, and try out new combinations! Of course, when you’re just beginning, it’s not easy to know where to start. But we’re here to help you out! This article will teach you how to make “My First Swirled Soap”: a cold process soap recipe that unravels the mysteries of creating lovely swirls in your DIY soaps. The pattern is beautifully simple and easy to achieve. You can of course change the colours, scents, or even the number of hues. Feel…