• 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,  Body,  Gift ideas,  Natural perfume,  Tutorials and recipes

    Coop Coco on TV: 2 perfumes you can make in less than an hour

    If you make your own products, you know the kitchen is the kingdom of home-made cosmetics fans. We’re sure our products are no strangers to your kitchen (or bathroom, or purse, or cupboard, or bedside table or… well, you get the point). And since we make ourselves at home just about everywhere we go, we thought we’d drop by the kitchen of Marina Orsini. Not to blow our own horn, but we’re pretty proud of that! If you missed that episode, you can watch it here. And if you feel inspired by the contagious enthusiasm of Marina and Lyne to make your own perfumes, here are the two recipes made…

  • Soaps,  Tutorials and recipes

    Geranium, tangerine, and lavender soap

    How to make a flowery soap? A favourite of “budding” gardeners, geraniums add bright splashes of colour to gardens and balconies everywhere. Their sweet rose-like fragrance harmonizes well with orange and lavender, a synergy that inspired us to create this fresh floral soap. What better way to bring the scent of geraniums wafting in the breeze into your bathroom? Ingredients Oils 226 g (15.12%) of olive oil 222 g (14.85%) of coconut oil 222 g (14.85%) of palm oil 150 g (10.03%) of avocado oil 97 g (6.49%) of sesame oil 50 g (3.34%) of castor oil Caustic solution 141 g (9.43%) of lye 283 g (18.93%) of demineralized water…

  • Beginner,  Gift ideas,  Hands,  Summer recipes,  Tutorials and recipes

    Gardener’s salve

    Summer has finally arrived, and many of us are busy working in our private or community gardens. As enjoyable and healthy as that can be, however, it’s not without its minor annoyances such as cuts and scrapes. No doubt you’ll also have your share of dry, rough, or painful hands in need of a little TLC. To soothe and heal your hands (and ours too!), we’ve developed a recipe for an antiseptic, anti-fungal, healing, moisturizing salve. It includes essential oils known to promote healing: hô wood promotes cellular regeneration; camomile is an anti-inflammatory; palmarosa has strong anti-infective properties, and lavender aspic has a healing effect and soothes insect bites. The…