Hello.

Welcome to my blog, dedicated to uncomplicated and fun DIY body and skincare ideas. Feel free to have a rummage around – I hope you’ll like what you find here!

Gin-and-tonic wonder balm

Say goodbye to your cracked heels and dry elbows with this soothing yet refreshing gin-and-tonic skin balm! The key ingredients in this balm are two very gentle but soothing oils: rice…

Basic DIY skincare: some dos and don’ts

Finally! After a busy start to the year, I have a moment to sit down, go through and try to finish all the half-written posts I’ve been writing and saving…

Sweet chocolate orange lotion bars

Today’s DIY project looks and smells so divine it’s almost good enough to eat! Inspired by Terry’s chocolate orange, a classic British confectionery, my mini lotion bars will make the…

Alphabet soap

Due to other commitments, I’ve had to put my DIY projects and ideas on the back burner for a while. So imagine how happy I was earlier this week when, for the first…

Glamorous green tea soap

For those of you wanting to inject a bit of instant glamour to your bathroom or washroom, you’ll love today’s melt-and-pour soap-crafting project!

Whipped shower butter with argan oil

A couple of months ago I came across a market stall selling something called a whipped bath and shower butter, which was basically a bath/shower cream with a soufflé-like texture.

Lightly whipped summer body butter

Now that the days are getting longer and the weather here in London is finally getting warmer, it’s time to swap my long-sleeved jumpers and jeans for t-shirts and shorts!

A tale of two cuticle creams

Recently, a friend asked if I could make her a cuticle cream. So I started researching what makes a good cuticle cream, and discovered that certain ingredients seem to be favoured by the…

Rosemary mint salve with pumpkin seed oil

A while ago, I watched Burt’s Buzz, a thought-provoking documentary about Burt Shavitz (1935-2015), the face and co-founder of Burt’s Bees. Afterwards, feeling inspired (and suddenly noticing my jar of…

Lanolin: the basics

Today’s topic is lanolin, a skincare ingredient that offers great emollient and protective properties. (It’s an ingredient that I started using in some of my recipes recently, which is why I’ve been…

Essential oil basics

A few days ago, I did a stocktake on my essential oil collection; it seems that, within the past 6 months, I have amassed more oils than I realise! (Now,…

Honey soap with lemongrass and ginger

Today’s melt-and-pour soap recipe takes inspiration from one of my all-time favourite hot drinks: lemongrass, ginger and honey. Refreshing, warming and uplifting, this drink always manages to perk me right up whenever…

Basic body butter ingredients

Today, we’ll take a look at what goes into making body butter, a staple bodycare product found in bathroom cabinets all around the world.

Getting started: tools and tips

Today’s post focuses on the tools I use for my projects. One great thing about DIY body and skincare is that, for a hobby, it’s relatively easy to pick up.

Shopping for ingredients

Thanks to the internet, shopping for DIY skincare ingredients has never been easier: at the click of a button you can buy everything from Ghanaian shea butter and Californian avocado…

Measuring ingredients: volume vs weight

I don’t know about you, but one of the first things I noticed when I got into DIY body and skincare was how cosmetic recipes tended to list and measure their ingredients – both…

Soap-crafting fun with melt-and-pour

If you like the sound of handmade soap but: don’t know how to go about making it, (like me) have done some research but don’t yet feel confident doing it yourself,…

CQ’s uncomplicated lip balm

Having shown you the steps in making a starter lip balm in another post, I’d now like to share with you a recipe I developed myself, after trying out different ratios…

Remembering your first …

For many of us, lip balm is one of the most essential items in our everyday lives. We use it day and night; it is not uncommon for people to…

My first DIY experiment

Lip balm was the first thing I learned to make when I began experimenting with DIY body and skincare. I have to admit, it took me a few attempts to…