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My Favourite Suppliers Of Natural Ingredients, Packaging & Accessories

My Favourite Suppliers Of Natural Ingredients, Packaging & Accessories

For over 3 years, I prided myself on being the one-stop shop for raw ingredients and supplies for all of your natural DIY needs. Then, I just couldn’t do it anymore (read this blog post if you’re keen to know why). I promised to share my suppliers with you, and here it is. I have plans to continuously add to this list as I find reputable business worthy of recommendation. I also plan to build to a state-by-state list so you have the option of staying local and avoiding shipping fees. (If you have a recommendation for me, or if you run a business yourself that aligns with my vision, get in touch!)

Where possible, I have secured a discount code with suppliers. In some instances, these suppliers have kindly offered a small kickback for me too. By using the coupon codes provided, we both benefit (and I do believe after the years of research I put in it is well deserved!). Each supplier varies in their terms and conditions, so if you’re unsure at checkout, send them an email 🙂

I have developed a beautiful business relationship with most of my trusty suppliers (I’m the customer who calls and emails with a billion questions about quality, sourcing, possible contamination, sustainability etc) but I do recommend you keep the following in mind when choosing where you shop:

  • Don’t take my, or anyone else’s, word for it. Ever. What is good for me, may not be good for you (although my version of good in this space is pretty good!). Ask your own questions, do your own research if you feel you need to.
  • At the time of my research, the suppliers below ticked all of the boxes for me, but I didn’t always buy every product they sold. Some ingredients didn’t meet my standards, hence the wide number of suppliers I used to order from. (As time goes on and I add suppliers I haven’t personally had time to research, I’ll be sure to make that clear in the write-up.)
  • Just because certain ingredients met my needs then, doesn’t mean they still will 6, 12, 18 months down the line. People change, situations change, formulas and processes change. I won’t have time to keep an eye on every ingredient listed and sold, but I will tell you what I used to purchase and you can be sure that at the time it was by far the best quality I could source for a reasonable price.
  • When given the choice between regular and certified organic, make a decision based on your priorities and budget. Some of the companies listed have both versions available. I almost always stocked the certified organic version, but this can be considerably more expensive. Also bear in mind that some ingredients cannot be certified as organic.
  • If I haven’t listed a supplier for a particular ingredient you are after, this is what you need to do… Do some research and reading. Ask around. Google it: “insert ingredient” + “insert city (if you want to stay local)” + “organic” (if that is important to you, or possible, depending on the ingredient you’re after of course – not everything can be sourced organically). If you have a supplier you trust or you yourself are a supplier, let us know here.
  • Most of these suppliers have wholesale programs, meaning you can apply to get bulk discounts. I won’t go into detail on this within each supplier info block, but if you run a business, you might like to ask them about this. Often, shipping becomes cheaper too.

 

Blants

Who: Tony and Anna are the humans behind Blants and they’re absolutely lovely and a pleasure to deal with. Kind and caring, they are doing what they can to provide people with affordable and easily accessible ingredients for natural DIY recipes.

Webhttps://www.blants.com.au

What I used to buy from them:

  • Citric acid
  • Himalayan salt
  • Washing soda
  • Bicarb (organic)
  • Magnesium chloride
  • Natural borax (not synthetic)
  • Coconut soap
  • Dead Sea salt
  • Epsom (I recommend the natural over gold label)
  • Bentonite clay (organic)
  • They also sell sodium percarbonate and activated charcoal

Shipping: At a charge, calculated at checkout. Be mindful these ingredients are heavy and shipping is never free (someone is paying for it, whether you see it or not).

Code: “KrissyTILP” for 5% discount

 

Leonardi

Who: Joe is the frontman of this family run business that has specialised in the sourcing and supply of essential oils, carrier oils and skincare raw materials since 1992. I love that Joe is happy and willing to supply information on anything and everything – completely transparent.

Webhttp://www.leonardi.com.au

What I used to buy from them:

  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Sweet Almond oil (organic)
  • Apricot kernel oil (organic)
  • Witch hazel (organic)
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Jojoba oil (organic)
  • Vitamin C powder

Shipping: Postage calculated at checkout.

Code: “Cloud” for 5% discount

 

Northern Light Beeswax

Who: Jeffrey is the most passionate advocate for bees, he’s adamant his bees are the happiest and his beeswax is the very best. I’ve had lengthy conversations with Jeff in the past, and his passion is insane!

Webhttps://www.northernlight.com.au

What I used to buy from them:

  • Beeswax pellets
  • Tea light wicks

Shipping: Free on orders over $200

Code: “krissy” – for 5% discount

 

Willows

Who: Claudia took pride in hand-making all of her own Castile soap and she did this in Eumundi in QLD. She very recently joined forces with her son’s business “Naked Press”. I believe she still makes her own Castile soap but if you’re concerned, it pays to send an email and ask.

Web: https://www.nakedpress.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Castile Soap

Shipping: FREE Australia wide at last check

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Deluxe Shea Butter

Who: Kwabena is the most passionate man you’ll meet when it comes to sourcing top-quality fair-trade Shea butter in an ethical manner. He is such an approachable man, and always happy to answer all questions asked (trust me!).

Web: https://www.deluxesheabutter.com

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Pure, unrefined organic shea butter

Shipping: Calculated at checkout

Code: “TILP21″ – for 5% discount

 

Australian Wholesale Oils

Who: To be honest, I don’t know a great deal about these guys, but whenever I have spoken to them and asked questions, they’ve been more than happy to answer. It’s worth checking out their range – they’ve got so many DIY ingredients (and a great deal of them are certified organic).

Web: https://www.awo.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Candelilla wax

Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $200

Code: “krissy” – for 10% discount

 

Sydney Essential Oil Company

Who: Their name is deceiving of their complete range; I bought quite a few quality ingredients from these guys. They’ve always been happy to answer questions and have provided me with great detail on their supply chain; Connie, in particular, was very helpful. They’ve got what seems like an endless list of DIY ingredients (and a great deal of them are certified organic).

Web: http://seoc.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Rose hydrosol (organic)
  • Lavender hydrosol (organic)
  • Evening primrose (organic)
  • Argan oil (organic)
  • Castor oil (organic)
  • Coconut oil (organic)
  • Jojoba oil (organic)

Shipping: Calculated at checkout. They also allow pick up from their warehouse in Hallam, VIC.

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

N-essentials

Who: I don’t know a great deal about these guys but their response time to emails has always been good. I like to point this out as it matters to me if people are willing to answer questions in a timely manner! I only ever purchased zinc oxide from them, but you might like to explore their range.

Web: https://www.n-essentials.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Zinc oxide (non-nano particles)

Shipping: Calculated at checkout.

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Contapack

Who: This is where I got my foaming pump bottles from! I can almost hear the squeals of excitement!

Web: https://www.contapack.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Foaming pump bottles
  • (Their standard trigger sprays don’t withstand vinegar or essential oils – just a heads up)

Shipping: Calculated at checkout.

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Plasdene Packaging

Who: I also used these guys for most of my packaging needs. It was hit and miss on their products and it’s not easy to work things out via their website, but they will send samples for you to try out. They have an office in Perth so it was handy for me; I believe they also have offices in most capital cities.

Web: http://www.plasdene.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Boston bottles

Shipping: Calculated when you order.

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Synergy Packaging

Who: I got many of my packaging items from these guys. Shipping is a killer if you live in WA, but the quality of their products makes it worth it.

Web: https://www.synergypack.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Lip balm tins
  • Cosmetic tins
  • Cosmetic jars
  • Packaging bottles/tubs

Shipping: Calculated at checkout.

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Gala Imports Australia

Who: Nic is lovely to deal with over email and they’re quick to respond. I have tried quite a few of their products and most were top notch.

Web: https://www.galaimports.biz

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Roller bottles
  • Lip balm glass jars
  • Glass cosmetic jars

Shipping: Calculated when you order (free over $500 I believe)

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Soapberries

Who: L.O.V.E my soapberries! I use them in quite a few recipes in my new book; dishwashing and washing liquid are my favourite uses. The team at That Red House are beautiful people and genuinely care about the health of the planet.

Web: https://www.thatredhouse.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Soapberries
  • (The stainless steel pegs are also awesome!)

Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $30

Code: “Krissy” for 5% discount

 

JuJu

Who: These guys are Perth-based and have ended my monthly Aunt-Flo landfill contribution! The first and only menstrual cups I’ve used and I LOVE them. Read my blog here

Web: https://www.juju.com.au/ **

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Juju (menstrual) cups

Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $45

 

Star Stuff Group

Who: Stewart is the man behind this family run business and he was always so keen and eager to help with all of my packaging needs. Plastic really was the only way for me to economically and safely transport raw ingredients all over Oz and I wanted to find recyclable bags, made from renewable resources. This is where I got them!

Web: https://www.starstuffgroup.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Product packaging bags

Shipping: Calculated based on your order

Code: “TILP19″ – for 5% discount

 

E-stickers

Who: This is where I got my labels and product stickers made, (Melbourne-based) and their pricing is very competitive, if not the best I have found. Anthony, and Julie in the office, have always been a pleasure to deal with. They have in-house designers to help with your artwork.

Web: http://estickers.com.au

What I used to buy from them: 

  • Labels sheets
  • Product stickers

Shipping: Calculated based on your order

Code: No code, sorry (but tell them I sent you!)

 

Other companies I’ve used in the past, or that have been recommended to me, and worth looking up:

 

Range Products. I’ve purchased their certified organic castile soap and melt and pour soap in the past. http://www.rangeproducts.com.au

Aussie Soap Supplies. A long time ago I used these guys for a few things like organic castile soap and organic melt and pour soap. https://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au

 

I promise to keep adding to this list as I remember suppliers, or find new businesses worthy of adding!

Supplier Recommendation List – By Ingredient

 

Activated charcoal Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Almond oil – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

Almonds – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Aloe vera gel – Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Apple cider vinegar  – Your local supermarket, or health food store

 

Apricot kernel oil – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

Argan oil – Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Arrowroot flour – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket (be wary of additives)

 

Avocado oil – Your local supermarket

 

Beeswax Northern Light (code: “krissy” for 5% off)

 

Bentonite clay – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Borax – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off). I don’t believe the brand at Bunnings is naturally derived but happy to stand corrected (let me know)

 

Botanicals – Bulk food store like The Source, or your garden (dehydrate them)

 

Candelilla wax AWO (code: “krissy” for 10% off)

 

Carrier oils – Look below for FCO, sweet almond, rosehip oil, etc.

 

Castile soap Willows aka Naked Press (no code yet!)

 

Castor oil – Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Cinnamon – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Citric acid – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Clear alcohol – I just use Vodka – some for me, some for the soap 😉

 

Clove – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Cocoa/cacao powder – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Coconut – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Coconut milk – Your local supermarket

 

Coconut oil – Your local supermarket, health food store or Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Coffee beans  – Your local supermarket

 

Dead Sea salt – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Epsom salt – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Essential oils – Follow this link for more information on essential oils

 

Evening primrose oil – Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Fractionated coconut oil – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

Freeze-dried fruits – Your local supermarket

 

Gelatin powder – Try bulk food stores like The Source, health food store or your local supermarket

 

Grapeseed oil – Your local supermarket, or health food store

 

Himalayan salt – Your local supermarket, or health food store

 

Honey – Your local supermarket, health food store (or a local beekeeper!)

 

Hydrogen peroxide – Your local supermarket (near the bandaids)

 

Jojoba oil – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off) or Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Lemon juice – Your local supermarket, or fresh food store

 

Macadamia oil – Your local supermarket, or health food store

 

Magnesium – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Micas – check out Aussie Soap Supplies

 

Nutmeg – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Oats – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Olive oil – Your local supermarket.

 

Quinoa – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Rose water – Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Rosehip oil – Sydney Essential Oils Company (no code yet!)

 

Salt –Bulk food store like The Source, catering companies often have additive-free salt, or your local supermarket

 

Shea butter Deluxe Shea Butter (code: “TILP21” for 5% off)

 

Soap powder – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off). Or mill down blocks of pure laundry soap from your local supermarket or health food store.

 

Soapberries That Red House (no code yet!)

 

Sodium bicarbonate – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off). You could also use the supermarket brand McKenzies (they recently sent me samples and confirmed their bicarb is aluminium-free).

 

Sodium carbonate, also known as washing soda – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off). I’m not sure if the brand at the supermarket is naturally derived but let me know if you find out otherwise.

 

Sodium percarbonate – Blants (code: “TILP” for 5% off)

 

Spirulina – Bulk food store like The Source

 

Sugar – Your local supermarket

 

Turmeric – Bulk food store like The Source, or your local supermarket

 

Vanilla beans and paste – Your local supermarket

 

Vegetable glycerine – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

Vitamin C powder – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

Vitamin E oil – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

White vinegar – Your local supermarket

 

Witch hazel – Leonardi (code: “Cloud” for 5% off)

 

Xanthan gum – Bulk food store like The Source, health food store or your local supermarket

 

Xylitol – Health food stores

 

Zinc oxide – N-essentials (no code yet!)

 

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Index of Natural Ingredients

Index of Natural Ingredients

It would be quite normal to be asked to make a cake, right? Most people would probably guess that butter, eggs and flour are generally required. However, if that same person was asked to make deodorant paste or a dishwasher tablets, they might find it a little more challenging to name and describe the ingredients. Am I right?

Initially, the ingredients required to create my recipes may seem foreign and impossible to source, and you might not know where to start. The unknown always seems daunting, but I promise that once you’ve seen them once or twice, sourced a few (which is surprisingly easy – hellooooo Google!) and even spoken them out loud (go on, try it), it won’t feel so intimidating.

Here is a list of just about every ingredient I have used in my recipes to date, and a little bit of info about each one. It may help you learn about the purpose of each ingredient, and also what to look out for when sourcing them.

If you’re inspired by my free recipes online, or perhaps you have ordered a copy of my new book, and you’d like to get organised and pre-order your ingredients, check this blog out!

 

Ingredient Index

Activated charcoal helps to draw out toxins, impurities and excess oil from skin. It works by attracting, trapping and removing positively charged toxins, and can be used both externally and internally. It is also used to whiten teeth. Look for activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources. Be careful – activated charcoal is a very fine, messy black powder and even though it washes out of your mouth pretty easily, it takes a lot longer to get it out from under your fingernails!

Almond oil is a light, easily absorbed and a popular DIY carrier oil. It is versatile, nourishing and soothing to skin, and rich in vitamin E. Be wary when using this carrier oil around people with nut allergies.

Almonds (ground) are rich in vitamin E and provide a gentle exfoliation when used in body scrubs.

Aloe vera gel is well known for its soothing and healing properties. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is nourishing, helping to protect and moisturise the skin. Many aloe vera gels on the market contain some pretty nasty additives so be vigilant and avoid the green ones (the liquid should be on the clear side).

Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, naturally astringent, odour busting and wonderful for body and skin care. I especially love dabbing it on pimples – it works like magic! I encourage you to find a brand that contains the ‘mother’.

Apricot kernel oil, rich in fatty acids, is a favourite of mine. It is soothing to irritated skin, may improve skin tone, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It is a light and nourishing oil that is easily absorbed and suitable for most skin types, particularly dry and mature skin.

Argan oil is a precious oil, rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamin E. Its powerful hydrating, strengthening and softening properties makes it perfect for hair, skin and nails.

Arrowroot flour is a superfine, lightweight powder used in body and skin-care recipes for its ability to thicken and absorb oils/moisture. It can be substituted with other fine flours such as tapioca and cornflour (which hold similar properties). Be mindful of sneaky additives.

Avocado oil is a thick and luxurious oil that penetrates deeply, making it perfect for dehydrated skin. Its high fatty acid and vitamin E content makes it effective in healing skin. I love combining this oil with live oil when oil cleansing.

Beeswax provides a protective barrier when applied to skin, locking in moisture without suffocating skin. Beeswax blocks can be grated, however, pellets are easiest to weigh and melt. While fresh beeswax can be used in DIY recipes, it needs to be melted and filtered first, to remove impurities. Beeswax helps to give balms and lotions a more solid consistency. See Candelilla wax if you’re a vegan.

Bentonite clay is a superfine, odourless powder that is well regarded for its ability to draw and absorb toxins. It holds a negative charge when it is added to water, swelling to form a sponge, attracting positively charged toxins and escorting them out of the body. Bentonite clay is packed full of minerals and suitable for all skin types, particularly oily. Avoid prolonged contact with metal. See also; Clays.

Borax, also known as sodium borate, is a naturally occurring mineral. Effective as a laundry booster, general cleaning ingredient, water softener, mould inhibitor and more, borax has many uses in DIY cleaning. It is a controversial ingredient, and I recommend doing some extra research (I’ve written about it here), however I’m comfortable using it in wash-off, cleaning products.

Botanicals in my recipes refer to the dried flower, bulbs, leaves, seeds and stems of plants. When combined with hot water, a beautiful nutrient-dense aromatic steam is released. With varying lovely colours and sizes, they also add beauty to recipes. Always be sure to source spray-free or dry your own botanicals.

Candelilla wax comes from the candelilla plant, and is an alternative to beeswax. Just be mindful that you only need half as much; so if a recipe calls for 20 g | 0.7 oz of beeswax, you can substitute for 10 g | 0.4 oz of candelilla wax.

Carrier oils refer to oils that remain liquid at all temperatures. The most common, accessible and economical options include fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil and extra virgin olive oil, but you’re free to use any liquid oil. Refer to this blog for more information on suitable carrier oils for skin types.

Castile soap is a natural, biodegradable and versatile liquid soap usually derived from olives and/or coconut and perfect for both body care and cleaning! It is a beautiful, natural foaming cleanser that acts as a surfactant, helping to lift away dirt and grease. People intolerant to soaps can usually tolerate castile soap. Castile soap also comes in a solid block form and this can be grated for laundry applications.

Castor oil is a thick oil that is deeply moisturising and soothing, especially for irritated skin. Its healing properties make it a good choice for those with acne-prone skin.

Cinnamon not only smells amazing but also contains antibacterial properties, making it great for acne-prone skin and is loaded with powerful antioxidants essential for youthful skin.

Citric acid helps to remove grime and stains, particularly mineral deposits on basins, shower screens and dishes. It also helps to soften water and give bath bombs their fizz.

Clays come in many different types, and you can substitute suggested clays for whatever you already have, or can access, although each clay typically serves a different purpose. Some popular clays include red clay (rich in minerals and useful for detoxifying and adding colour to recipes), green clay (a deep cleanser that revitalises the complexion and clears congestion), pink clay (probably the most gentle clay, perfect for dry and sensitive skin) and kaolin (known to detoxify skin, balance sebum production, and commonly recommended for oily and sensitive skin).

Clear alcohol is used to remove bubbles on top of just-poured melt and pour soap. It is also used to help disperse oils in water-based room spray recipes – the higher the proof alcohol you can source for this purpose, the better.

Clove is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial properties, so as well having as a delicious spicy aroma, it is excellent when used for oral care purposes.

Cocoa/cacao powder is useful when adding tint and colour to balms and powders.

Coconut (desiccated) is used in the Coconut and Lime Body Scrub to add a little tropical exfoliation to the recipe.

Coconut milk is used in the Basic Shampoo (find the recipe in this book) due to its nourishing and moisturising properties, promoting healthy hair.

Coconut oil is an easily accessible ingredient, which is highly moisturising and nourishing, possessing antibacterial and antifungal properties. Coconut oil solidifies in cooler temperatures and will liquefy at approximately 25˚C | 77˚F. Using coconut oil that has been naturally refined and deodorised (little to no coconut scent) will ensure that you are in full control of the final aroma of your recipe.

Coffee beans contain anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate circulation making them perfect for body and skin care. When ground, they also provide excellent skin exfoliation.

Colourants refer to ingredients that tint and colour balms and powders. The most common colourants I use in my recipes are beetroot powder, spirulina and micas.

Dead Sea salt is rich in minerals, including magnesium, potassium and calcium. Commonly added to bath salts, these minerals are absorbed transdermally with benefits including increased circulation and better healing of various skin conditions. Note: Dead Sea salt will turn slushy in an unsealed container.

Epsom salt – see magnesium.

Essential oils – follow this link for more information on essential oils.

Evening primrose oil contains fatty acids and is rich in antioxidants. It is renowned for its anti-ageing and restorative effects, as well as its ability to aid in healing.

Fractionated coconut oil, commonly referred to as FCO, is a stable and light carrier oil that is non-greasy and is absorbed well by the skin. Rich in natural antioxidants and vitamins, FCO is a popular choice of carrier oil for many DIY-ers.

Freeze-dried fruits can be found in most supermarkets – they’re different to dehydrated or dried fruit. 

Gelatin powder is used to set the Charcoal and Turmeric Face Peel and the Fragrant Jelly Jar (recipe here). Look for an ethical brand, and if you’re vegan, you may choose to avoid it.

Grapeseed oil is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E, and is perfect for most skin types. It won’t clog skin or leave it feeling greasy. 

Himalayan salt is a powerhouse of minerals – boasting trace amounts of 84 of them. It can stimulate circulation and aid in muscle relaxation and general detoxification. See also; Salt.

Honey is always s best sourced fresh and raw and unadulterated, so try to find a beekeeper in your area – you’d be surprised how many people have backyard hives with more gorgeous honey than they know what to do with. Antifungal and antibacterial, honey gives the skin and hair a gorgeous glow. My preferences for body and skin care are manuka or jarrah.

Hydrogen peroxide is also known as oxygen bleach and is usually sold at a concentration of (3%). Decomposing into oxygen and water, it is also eco-friendly. Hydrogen peroxide features in my cleaning recipes due to its mild bleaching capabilities and disinfecting properties. Note that recipes with hydrogen peroxide should be made in small batches as it degrades quickly when exposed to light.

Jojoba oil is probably my most favourite oil. Rich in vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants, jojoba is actually a liquid wax and has the same molecular structure as the body’s natural oils, which allows for easy and deep absorption.

Lemon juice is lightening and brightening when used in body and skin-care recipes; when used in cleaning, lemon juice is great at removing stains and odour. 

Macadamia oil is a skin-loving oil which is incredibly moisturising, rich in fatty acids and great for mature skin. It absorbs beautifully, leaving skin smooth and soft. Be wary when using this oil around people with nut allergies.

Magnesium is an incredible mineral that I believe everyone could benefit from adding to their daily routines, as many of us are deficient. This mineral helps to regulate over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, with benefits including energy production, cell renewal and sleep regulation. The two types of magnesium I use in my recipes are magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate (commonly known as Epsom salt), and they’re both wonderful ways to increase your magnesium levels. I consider magnesium chloride to be more readily absorbed, giving us noticeably higher energy levels and better sleep, and magnesium sulfate to work better to detox, soothe and relax the body, and aid in reducing inflammation. Be careful, magnesium chloride will go slushy when left unsealed.

Micas are minerals naturally formed from rocks, used to add shimmer and colour to recipes. While micas come in a variety of natural shades, many are coated in artificial, bright colours. I tend to stay away from them but if you want a pop of colour, go for it.

Nutmeg offers a delicious aroma to my scrubs and helps to fight blemishes.

Oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and are suitable for all skin types.

Olive oil is a highly moisturising and versatile carrier oil, rich in antioxidants and fatty acids.

Quinoa seeds are mildly exfoliating and add a creamy texture to the Facial Buff and Revitalising Mask.

Rose water, also known as rose hydrosol, is my favourite hydrosol to work with as it smells incredible. It is calming for the skin helping to reduce redness and irritation. If you can’t source rose water, try lavender water instead.

Rosehip oil is perfect for dry and ageing skin, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, it helps to repair, hydrate and nourish the skin. Rosehip oil goes rancid quite quickly so keep it refrigerated.

Salt – Himalayan salt is preferable in body and skin-care recipes due to its rich mineral content, however, rock, sea and lake salt is also suitable. I personally avoid using table salt due to the additives used, such as anti-caking agents. In saying that, table salt is typically the most economical option for cleaning recipes. See also; Himalayan salt.

Shea butter is my go-to butter in DIY body and skin-care recipes. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins A and E, shea butter is lush, softening and incredibly nourishing to the skin. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and cell regeneration properties. You can swap shea butter for cocoa butter or mango butter, but be mindful that the recipe outcome will be firmer.

Soap powder, used in cleaning recipes – I recommend sourcing the purest laundry soap you can find. I use pure coconut soap powder, or castile soap powder. If you are buying soap in a block, make sure it is milled to a very fine consistency.

Soapberries are the dried shell of a fruit, commonly called soap nuts. They contain saponins that act as a natural surfactant. They are antibacterial and eco-friendly (compostable) and can be used in many body care and cleaning applications. 

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as bicarb or baking soda, is a versatile ingredient used in both body care and cleaning recipes. It is antifungal, antiseptic and gently exfoliating, and excellent at eliminating odour. Have you ever wondered how sodium bicarbonate is produced? Well, Trona Ore (natural and ancient deposits, 400-500km deep) is brought to the surface, refined into slurry containing both sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. The crystals and liquid are separated in a centrifuge; the crystals are then dissolved in a bicarbonate solution and filtered to remove any non-soluble material. Purified carbon dioxide is fed into the filtered solution with the resulting reaction forming sodium bicarbonate. It is then cured, packaged and shipped.

Sodium carbonate, also known as washing soda, softens water and is effective at removing stains. It acts as a fungicide, helping to eliminate mould and mildew. Sodium carbonate is harvested from deep underground deposits of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. The slurry is brought to the surface where it is filtered and refined, leaving us with pure sodium carbonate.

 

Sodium percarbonate, also known as oxygen bleach (the powdered form), is an effective disinfectant and household cleaning ingredient, brightening clothes and removing stains. It is most effective when combined with warm/hot water. Sodium percarbonate breaks down into oxygen, water and soda ash, making it an eco-friendly, as well as powerful, ingredient. 

Spirulina (green) is a true superfood, a fine algae that is deep green in colour. It is rish in fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and aids in detoxification. Spirulina also comes in blue – I love using this as a colourant.

Sugar is typically a staple in face scrubs. You can use any kind – raw, white, caster, brown, coconut, etc. The finer the granules, the softer the scrub will be on your skin. If it’s all you have, raw sugar can be milled into smaller granules. 

Turmeric is a spice famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. It may help reduce scarring and also fight acne.

Vanilla beans and paste are used in my recipes for the divine aroma.

Vegetable glycerine is an unscented, clear liquid, derived from plants like coconut, soy and palm. When used in body care, it acts as a humectant, bringing moisture to skin and hair, and locking it in. Vegetable glycerine can soften and smooth skin, and cleanses without clogging pores. With healing properties, it is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Vitamin C powder (also known as ascorbic acid) is used in body and skin-care recipes primarily for its antioxidant effects, and its ability to aid in the renewal of skin cells. When added to the bath (one teaspoon in a full tub will do), research suggests it will neutralise chlorine. Vitamin C is unstable in water-based recipes and will degrade within a week or two, so don’t go making up huge batches of your favourite serum or swim spray with this ingredient.

Vitamin E oil is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps to prevent free radical damage. It possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is optional in all body and skin-care recipes. It will help to prolong the shelf life of oil-based recipes.

Water can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria so always use purified water, or boiled and cooled water. Water-based products only have a short shelf life. Refer to page 41 for more information.

White vinegar is an inexpensive and biodegradable ingredient, popular in cleaning recipes and useful as a mild disinfectant. I steer away from imitation vinegar and opt for brands that state their vinegar has been fermented.

Witch hazel is an astringent, meaning that it tightens pores. It is softening and calming to the skin as well as anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. I prefer witch hazel that is alcohol-free, mainly because I find alcohol is drying to the skin.

Xanthan gum is typically used to thicken gluten-free food, and happens to be the perfect ingredient to thicken my Creamy Body Wash.

Xylitol is used in DIY toothpaste and mouthwash (find the recipes here) to sweeten it. Research suggests that xylitol is beneficial for dental health. Keep away from pets.

Zinc oxide is a popular choice for DIY sunscreen, used to reflect UV rays. It is also wonderfully healing to the skin, locking in moisture and soothing irritation. Look for non-nano particles and be careful not to inhale the dust.

 

Change is in the air…

Change is in the air…

Today, I made a huge announcement on social media, and I want to share a little more about what it is, why I’m doing it, and what it means for you.

In October 2014 I started a FB page and started sharing recipes.  That evolved quickly to become a social media community of 65,000+, a product range of 80+, a very busy online store, 3 extra staff (incredible, happy, positive humans whom I will forever hold close to my heart) and an actual warehouse. It has been incredibly rewarding and empowering. However, it’s time to make a little change…

We (I) have made the very exciting and emotional decision to close down the part of TILP that sells ingredients and supplies for DIY. In the coming weeks, you’ll notice the website slowly selling out of products, one-by-one.

This change will mean greater inspiration for you. It is in my plans to:

  • Create more recipes (physical books, booklets and ebooks)
  • Focus on even more education
  • Share my top resources with you for supplies, ingredients and packaging *have a read of this Facebook post for the latest info.
  • Create more blogs and free online videos
  • Travel more for talks and events (want to invite me to your town or event? Click here!) plus heaps more.

We will still be stocking Naturally Inspired (my insanely beautiful, 378 page, mega-inspiring, earth-changing, planet-loving new book)!

Why am I doing this?

I have a crazy amount of creative energy, it’s something I am proud of and secretly go internally-berserk when it gets noticed, haha! I need the time to showcase it even more than I have done to-date. My energy gets swallowed up by the logistics of running a busy online store and warehouse, even though I have the world’s best staff. I just have way more to give.

I want and need to be a part of something greater – making this planet and the humans living on it healthier, happier, safer.

I also just cannot compete with larger companies who have a greater buying power; even though I always prided myself on not compromising on quality, it’s sadly not a top priority for the majority. I want to be able to recommend the amazing businesses/suppliers out there who do it so well, however, the only way I have been able to afford to continue providing free content for you, is to rely on the warehouse to turn a profit, therefore I was stuck promoting my (absolutely perfectly perfect) stock. I am so excited for this slight swing in my path; it brings me closer to my mission and core values, and it’s only good news for you too.

For those of you that supported the product side of TILP, I am forever grateful for YOU (you have no idea how much I adore my supporters!!). Don’t worry, I am going to share my supplier info with YOU, seek and source the best product info for YOU, so you can make the best possible choices for YOU. You will benefit from this change.

Be prepared to see a crazy amount of awesomeness in this space. I’m excited. You just wait!

Krissy xx

Colouring Your DIY Lip Balm

Colouring Your DIY Lip Balm

 

Have you made a batch of my natural DIY Lip Balm yet? If not, check out the recipe here. It only requires 3 ingredients, plus essential oils, and takes less than 10 minutes of your time. It is a WAY better option than most store-bought varieties and is an economical gift idea too; I’ve even given them as party favours for Miss 9 and they were a smash hit! While I personally prefer a nude, natural lip balm, I know that many of you want to add a bit of colour to jazz it up (especially if you happen to be DIY-ing with children)! To make it easy for you, I made up a batch of lip balm, divided it into 10 and coloured each portion with a different colourant – most natural, some not. Here are the results; I’ve taken a few photos from different angles and haven’t played with any filters, so you get the most accurate idea of how each colour will turn out. It’s so pretty, isn’t it?

 

   

It is important to note the following when colouring your lip balms:

  • I use approximately ¼ tsp to 1 tsp per batch of lip balm to achieve these colours. It really depends on personal preference as to how much you add. It’s ok to add some colour, mix it up, add some more, etc. If your balm solidifies and you’re finding it hard to add more colouring, just pop it back on your double boiler or give it a re-melt in your thermal appliance (or microwave if you’re using one).
  • When adding your colouring, mix briskly and thoroughly. There should be no clumps of colouring left.
  • It is hard to mix some colourings in. If you have trouble, wait until your balm has set and whip (with a spoon or paddle pop stick, or in your thermal appliance). Note that mixing when the balm is cool and solidified gives it a whipped look.
  • If you’re not sure how your colour of choice will work, try pouring a small amount of balm into a separate dish and adding a small amount of colouring to it. This way, if you don’t like it you can bail on the idea with little worry and little waste.
  • When adding water-based colouring to your balm, be mindful that it may spoil faster.
  • Natural colourings like beetroot powder and green spirulina can leave balms a little ‘speckled’.
  • Other additives like honey, vanilla bean paste and glitters can sink to the bottom, so they’re also best whipped again when cool and solidified.
  • Micas that are coated in bright colours usually aren’t fully ‘natural’ but it’s your decision on where you draw the line.

Happy making and colouring!

Challenge #100inmywardrobe

Challenge #100inmywardrobe

WHAT?

Reduce your wardrobe to 100 items of clothing. That’s it. Everything else goes into a box, or the attic, and stays there.

 

WHY?

I had already pledged to not buy anything new (clothing, accessories, shoes or homewares) in 2019; I love a challenge. I also felt the strong urge to sort my wardrobe, make space and simplify things. My house is already very decluttered, my wardrobe however, needed some serous attention. I kept looking at these 3 gorgeous dresses (thank you, Cue and Veronika Maine) that I bought for my segments on Studio 10 in 2017 and 2018, and they’ve only been worn a combined total of 5 times. FIVE! How is that possible when I paid $350 a piece and they’re so stunning, in both quality and style?

So, 2019 will see me take the next step in my journey towards becoming the most conscious consumer I can be. Note the word journey. I have taken lots of small steps which, over time, have amounted to be one fairly decent-sized leap. Looking back to 2012, if someone had told me that by 2019 I would be where I am in my journey, I would have felt very overwhelmed; how on earth does one get to that place? Well, I can now tell you: one step, one change, one conscious decision after the other. So, if you’re just starting out, take it easy, only do what you can do when you can do it. No point going all out for 2 weeks and then canning the idea altogether! It’s not a race, not a competition; don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

 

HOW?

Go through your wardrobe and pull out the absolutey-never-wear-them items. That’s the easy bit. Pop them in a box – don’t even look back in there (or you’ll find yourself justifying why they should come out). I don’t advise throwing/donating anything just yet; plenty of time for a cull later.

Now make a pile of I-love-to-wear-you-all-the-time items. Make sure you have a range of clothing; think of all seasons. Count what you have and either add items to make up 100 (optional) or filter out the items that aren’t all that necessary. For example, after my first crack at it, I still had 140 items. I thought I needed them ALL, and then I noticed 2 black t-shirts and 4 floral singlets. It’s easier to take one or two items away from each category of clothing, so break it up.

Keep going until you have reached 100. Depending on how full your wardrobe is, it can be quite tricky so be prepared!

Tell people! If everyone knows what you’re up to, not only will you feel less ‘judged’ for wearing the same stuff all the time (I’m being general here), but you will no doubt feel on top of the world owning your mission; and hopefully you’ll inspire people while you’re at it!

 

“RULES”

I made my own rules (I’m a rules kind of girl) and will list them here, but feel free to make your own. This has to work for you!

  1. All clothing counts; tops, pants, dresses, jackets, pjs, active wear. It’s up to you if you include your work uniform (if you have one) in your 100 or not.
  2. Shoes, accessories (jewellery, hats) and underwear is not included in my 100.
  3. All other items must be out of sight and unreachable (must require effort to access).
  4. I will allow myself one item-swap per month. For example, I can swap out a summer dress for a winter coat in May if I wish. I cannot exceed one swap per calendar month, but that’s me. You might like to allow 3 swaps per month (but make a rule you can keep. The whole point is to realise you don’t need so much stuff!).
  5. If I gain/lose weight (don’t plan on either!), or tear a hole in something that can’t be mended, I will allow myself to break rule no.4.
  6. I won’t buy anything new. When I need to go ‘shopping’, it will be once a month for one item only, from my attic.
  7. You might like to give yourself a 2-week buffer. You’ll undoubtedly add items to your initial 100 that you realise you don’t feel as awesome wearing as you thought you would.

 

TIPS

  • Don’t stress about it. It’s meant to be an empowering and positive experience.
  • Choose the staple items that make you feel good. I have 4 pairs of my favourite jeans (because I live in jeans in the cooler months), and I have 7 dresses (because that’s what you’ll find me in all Summer)!
  • If you’re going on an overseas/interstate trip with a climate that requires you to visit your reserves, just do it.

 

BENEFITS

It is SO much easier to get dressed in the morning. Less pressure deciding what to wear, less care if other people notice you wearing the same outfit (I’m owning it hard, haha, every friend will know about my cause), and even less washing (I don’t change as often throughout the day – weird, I know).

You will feel empowered. I can almost guarantee that.

By simplifying your wardrobe, you’ll find it easier to simplify in other areas of your life too. If you haven’t tried to DIY your own cleaning and body care, you need to check out my recipes – they’re the definition of simplifying!

 

I’d love to hear from you if you decide to take on this challenge. Share in our FB discussion group, or use the hashtag #100inmywardrobe on Instagram. I’ll no doubt need some support too, throughout the year, so we can cheer each other on!

Ps. I had a grand total of 275 items of clothing. 275! Who even needs that much stuff. Especially when we mostly wear the same 100 items. Oh, and as for those gorgeous dresses, they made the cut and I’ve decided to wear them to every event on my book tour in 2019 and own it. No need for new outfits for me!

DIY Recipe Hints, Tips & Important Info

DIY Recipe Hints, Tips & Important Info

Whether DIY is new to you, or you consider yourself an old pro, I have no doubt that you’ll find this information useful. Please take the time to read it thoroughly.

Substituting Ingredients

Sometimes you will want to use an ingredient different to one I’ve suggested. That is totally fine! Go for it. Just be mindful when making substitutions, that the recipe outcome will probably change (that might be a brilliant thing, or it might not, either way, you’ll learn something). Also, remember to make notes on your recipe edits so you can replicate it (or avoid it) in the future. Here are some commonly requested ingredient substitutions and my suggestions:

Shea butter

In most cases, shea butter can be left out and replaced with coconut oil and beeswax (at a ratio of 90/10). It can also be substituted with cocoa butter or mango butter, but be mindful that the recipe outcome will be much firmer (and even a little brittle) so you might like to swap a small amount out (20-30%) and replace with a carrier oil.

Beeswax

If you’re vegan and prefer not to use beeswax, substitute with candelilla wax – but reduce quantity by 50%.

Borax

I don’t have a problem with borax (read about it here) but if you prefer to leave it out of your DIY cleaning, just leave it out. There’s no need to replace it with anything else. That goes for dishwasher tablets and washing powder.

Carrier oils

All carrier oils are interchangeable, depending on availability, and your preferences and skin type. This blog will help you decide which one will suit your skin type best.

Coconut oil

In most cases coconut oil can be left out and replaced with shea butter and a carrier oil of choice (at a ratio of 50/50).

Essential oils

These can be substituted with whatever you prefer to use or have on hand. Read this blog for more info on essential oils, plus blends inspiration.

Magnesium Chloride and Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

It’s best you stick to my suggestions for this one. I have chosen the form of magnesium that I believe to be best suited to each recipe.

Choosing Suitable Containers and Packaging

While I personally always prefer glass over plastic, sometimes glass isn’t the best option, particularly around children and slippery surfaces like bathtubs, showers and kitchen sinks. Plastic use is controversial when using essential oils, however, in the dilution rates suggested in my recipes, they should be fine (and if you’re still not convinced, think of mainstream products containing essential oils that are packaged in plastic). When storing in plastic, choose PET or HDPE plastic. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

Deciding what size packaging to use takes a little forethought. Look at the recipe and how much it yields, and compare it to the packaging you have. I suggest making all recipes in a bowl first, so you can be sure you have the capacity to add all ingredients and combine, before pouring it into your container of choice. There is nothing worse than adding four ingredients to a bottle and then realising your final ingredient won’t fit! Of course, some recipes are just easier to make straight in the bottle or jar. Make this decision for yourself once you’ve read through the recipe in its entirety.

An easy way to work out the capacity of your container is to place it on a set of scales and tare the weight back to ‘0’, then fill it with water. The difference between grams (ounces) and millilitres (fluid ounces) is minor and won’t impact the recipe outcome here.

Something I often do with serums and oil-based recipes is make up a large batch and store it in a ‘master’ jar, refilling my dropper top or roller bottle as needed.

Recipe measurement information

Body care

I use weight as my preferred measurement, rather than millilitres (fluid ounces) and cups, simply because it allows for consistency. For example, when you measure an oil into a cup, inevitably some gets left behind. Coconut oil is another one – sometimes it is liquid, sometimes it is solid, so weight will always be the most consistent way to measure it. Skin-care balms, creams and powders need more precision than cleaning recipes.

I do recommend investing in good kitchen scales that will measure down to the gram (ounce) – they’re usually not too pricey. If you’re using a thermal appliance to weigh ingredients, you may find that they aren’t precise enough for small quantities. When I use my thermal appliance, I pop the bowl on the scales and weigh ingredients that way.

The only ingredients listed in my recipes with spoon/drop measurements, are those that don’t register in weight due to the small amount required, or those where it makes practical sense to list a teaspoon or tablespoon (note that I have used Australian measuring spoons).

Cleaning

To make things easier, I now list my cleaning recipes in teaspoon, tablespoon and cup, gram and kilogram (ounce and pound), or millilitre and litre (fluid ounce and gallon) measurements. More often than not, cleaning recipes do not require the same precision with ingredients as skin-care recipes do. The exception is Dishwasher Tablets and Blank Canvas Fizzies as these need to be precise.

A note on methods

I have included two methods for many recipes. Some of the most basic, straightforward recipes will only have a conventional throw-it-in-a-bowl-and-mix-it method. The conventional method includes a list of instructions that most people with basic appliances and utensils can follow. It will often require the use of kitchen scales, mixing bowl and spoon/whisk, blender, stove etc. This method will require the use of a double boiler or microwave to melt ingredients. A double boiler allows for even and gentle heating and consists of two nested saucepans: the top (which could also be a glass jug or bowl) containing ingredients, and the bottom with gently simmering water – enough to cover the bottom of the saucepan (about 5cm | 2in). Be careful that water doesn’t make its way into the top bowl containing ingredients. Mix ingredients periodically – it actually helps them to melt faster!

When using a microwave, aside from general concerns surrounding microwave use, be aware that they also have a tendency to heat unevenly and create hot spots. To help minimise this issue, I recommend microwaving on the lowest power setting for no longer than thirty seconds at a time, checking and mixing in between bursts.

Some recipes will also include a thermal appliance method. The reason I choose to use a thermal appliance is because I find it the easiest, all-in-one method for milling, melting, mixing and whipping. Thermal appliance methods have been written in a generic and generalised format to make them suitable for the majority of these appliances. It shouldn’t matter which brand you use, as long as the appliance performs the basic functions mentioned above. Proceed with care and apply your personal appliance knowledge and common sense to ensure recipe success. Unless stated otherwise, the small measuring cup should be secured on your thermal appliance lid.

Something I get asked often – is it safe to cook from the same bowl you’ve used to make sunscreen? Short answer: yes! Long answer: make sure you clean your bowls and utensils thoroughly before cooking food – refer to this blog for tips on cleaning up.

Common Questions

Can I leave an ingredient out?

As long as you understand that the texture and consistency of the recipe may change, then give it a whirl. Keep in mind that you may be altering the function and purpose of the recipe. Remember to keep notes on any recipe-tweaks so you can repeat or avoid them next time.

How can I make my balms a little less solid?

Reduce the beeswax by 20-50%.

What can I do to stop my products melting in the summer heat?

Increase the beeswax by one teaspoon at a time until you’re happy. Never leave balms or creams in the car or in direct sunlight.

I love the base for that recipe, but I don’t have the essential oils you suggest.

You have permission to experiment, substitute or leave them out. Just make sure you make a note, so you remember how to recreate the combo if you love it. Remember to check out this blog on essential oils.

How can I test an essential oil combination before adding it to my ingredients?

Simply combine a little coconut oil or carrier oil (preferably one that has no aroma) with a smaller ratio of your chosen oils and apply to your arms. You will smell the top notes first, so leave it on for a good hour before making your decision. Continue to tweak your blend until you’re happy and then it should be pretty safe to add to your recipe. I learned this one the hard way!

I want to tint the colour of my balms; how do I do this?

Add ½ teaspoon of cocoa/cacao powder per 100g | 3.5oz of melted balm and mix well. Add more powder if required. If you find cocoa/cacao to be too dark, try using bentonite clay. Have a read of this blog for more colouring tips.

What can I do to make my balm feel less greasy?

Adding one teaspoon of arrowroot flour per 100g | 3.5oz of melted balm and mixing well should help. However, the most effective way to reduce that greasy feeling is to use less balm. If you’re new to DIY, you might be used to products that absorb right into your skin, feeling dry almost immediately. We’re not using ingredients that perform this way. Don’t be too heavy-handed. Tinting balms can also help reduce greasiness (see point above).

How do I avoid grainy balms and creams?

If you follow my recipes and set balms and creams in the fridge as suggested, you shouldn’t have this problem. Solid butters and oils have a melting point, and once they cool down they re-set to a solid form. This can be done several times without compromising the properties of these ingredients – keep the heat gentle and moderate. Examples of melting points are: shea butter – approx. 40˚C | 104˚F, beeswax – approx. 65˚C | 149˚F and coconut oil – approx. 25˚C | 77˚F.

Sometimes, balms containing shea butter (also cocoa and mango if you’re swapping out the shea) go ‘grainy’ over time – it may look like the product is blooming with mould spots, but it’s (usually) not the case. This is usually due to melted balm cooling down too slowly and fatty acids solidifying at different temperatures. The easiest and most efficient way to combat this is to place balms in the fridge or freezer to set, forcing the fatty acids to cool down and solidify at the same rate (graininess is more of an issue when balms cool down slowly).

Note that graininess doesn’t affect the integrity or performance of the final product – it might just feel odd on your skin until you’ve rubbed it in. And if you forget to set your balms in the fridge and find your mixture becomes grainy, you can gently melt your balm again, and mix/whip it to make it smooth.

Keep an eye on your balms and take them out of the fridge or freezer once they’ve set. As a guide, this usually takes approximately thirty to forty minutes in the fridge and ten to fifteen minutes in the freezer.

Handy tips

  • Adjust your expectations, especially if you are brand new to DIY. If you’re used to crystal-clear, squeaky-clean glasses, then you might not love the dishwasher tablet recipe; if you’re used to antiperspirant deodorant, you might not be an immediate fan of the deodorant recipe. Just remember why you’re giving DIY a go and keep at it. I can almost guarantee you will adjust and love the results in the long run.
  • Read each recipe in its entirety before starting. This will help prepare your mind. Then, ensure you have all the ingredients and tools handy, so you can maximise your recipe success.
  • It is difficult to guarantee the outcome of any given recipe, and you might find yourself making one batch of something with great success, only to find yourself making it again and being less than happy with the result. Because there are so many elements that may affect recipe success, if this happens to you, the best advice I have is to ‘dust it off’ and try again.
  • Recipes may be halved, or doubled (handy when sharing your creations), providing your appliance or bowl size will accommodate your alterations. Some recipes are written specifically for 50ml or 100ml bottles, but these quantities can be altered (I have suggested the most common size). However, for those recipes described as single use, I’d encourage you to leave as they are.
  • Always keep preservation in mind – this blog includes essential information on shelf life.
  • Label everything you make! Chances are you won’t remember what is in that bottle or jar a few weeks down the track.

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