• Safety

    Dermocaustic and photosensitizing essential oils

    Essential oils are great, but use them with caution! Essential oils are very useful ingredients in homemade care products. They confer benefits to your DIY cosmetics, while imparting their lovely scents. However, they can’t be used willy-nilly! It’s important to read up on the essential oils you want to use. Some are dermocaustic or photosensitizing, meaning that they can irritate your skin or make it sensitive to sunlight.    You might be wondering why we use these essential oils in our recipes at all. Well, you can still use them as long as you take specific precautions and use them in the right products. As long as you stick to…

  • Beginner,  Tutorials and recipes

    Essential oil blend recipes

    Our scent blends are now yours! If you’ve been following us for a few years, you probably know that we used to sell essential oil and aromatic essence blends, carefully crafted in our workshop, that you could use to scent your creations. As we no longer offer them, we thought it would be nice to share our natural scent blend recipes with you, so that you can make them yourself and add them to your candles, soaps, and creams. Perhaps these recipes will also inspire you to create your own blends… The possibilities are endless! For the sake of simplicity, the recipes below each yield 50 grams of scent blend,…

  • how to make aftershave lotion
    Advanced,  Face,  Tutorials and recipes

    Call a Ceasefire between your skin and your razor with a DIY aftershave

    Bring some peace to your shaving experience! Do you have a love-hate relationship with your razor? You adore how smooth it leaves your skin, but loathe the initial onslaught of redness and itchiness? Well, enough is enough, we say! It’s time to declare a Ceasefire between your skin and your razor, thanks to the work of your new ally: a homemade aftershave! To develop this aftershave recipe, we chose soothing and revitalizing ingredients to ease your skin’s discomfort and help it recover from the attack of the blade. We wanted this lotion to have a very fluid texture so that it would be easy to apply and absorb quickly—an important…

  • soap recipe with melt and pour
    Activities for kids,  Beginner,  Soaps

    Meet Sweet Treats, DIY soaps that look like candy!

    An easy soap recipe that your whole family will love Once upon a time, there were two little red-and-white candies named Sweet Treats. With their round shape, pretty pattern, and minty scent, they made everyone’s mouths water! But Sweet Treats weren’t like other candies… No one was allowed to eat them! Saddened, the Sweet Treats asked themselves over and over what they were good for. Luckily, the Coop Coco fairy heard them and explained everything. “Oh, Sweet Treats, you’re not candy. You’re homemade soap!” That’s how they finally came to understand that their job wasn’t to delight taste buds, but to wash the sticky hands of anyone who has eaten…

  • how to keep the scent of your homemade soap
    Soaps,  Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    How to prevent scent from fading in homemade soaps

    Has this ever happened to you? A month ago, you made a divine, summer-scented soap. But now that your soap has cured, your wonderful coconut-orange-pineapple creation smells like… nothing at all! It’s not always easy to keep your homemade soaps smelling strong. A number of influencing factors may cause scent to fade, if not disappear, over time. Luckily, there are solutions! That’s why we decided to put our many years of soapmaking to good use and share all our secrets for making scented soap and preventing that scent from fading! Trick #1: Use the right scents in your homemade soap. There are three kinds of notes in perfumery: Top notes,…