Woodsy and Citrusy Soap with fresh Cedar leaves Last year as I was perusing soap at the Ballard Farmers Market I came across some rather interesting ‘Man Soap’. It was chunky, scented with sage and pine, and immediately got my attention. What I loved most about it was the shape, colour, and leaf decoration and I couldn’t wait to try making my own. This recipe is my take on it with a simple fragrance blend that both men and women will like. In fact, it’s probably my new favourite! Cedarwood

Make Homemade Infused Honey for yourself & gifts If you’ve ever tasted raw, local honey you’ll be amazed at the complexity of its flavour. It’s nothing like the stuff that comes out of squeezy bears and depending on what the honeybees were foraging on, the honey can taste naturally of flowers and herbs. You can create your own even more powerful versions of ‘flower honey’ by infusing honey with your own delicious additions. Imagine vanilla & cinnamon honey dribbled onto porridge, lavender honey on greek yoghurt, or chili honey on

Weird and wonderful produce Unusual colors, weird scents, bizarre shapes, and gigantic sizes The fruit and vegetable varieties you see in the supermarket are just the tip of the iceberg. What most people don’t see are the thousands of others that never make it commercially or just aren’t grown in the West. Other edibles are made incredible by just the way they’re grown. Here is a list of weird and wonderful produce that will blow your mind, beginning with one that I grow myself. 1. Purple Potatoes Hundreds of different

Handmade Skincare is Easy to Make Imagine walking into the beauty section of your favourite department store. Pots of beautifully packaged creams line the shelves with prices that seem disproportionately large to their sizes. Perhaps you wouldn’t bat a lash at them — the expense is normal. You might change your mind when you learn that the cost of making lotions and creams is really just pennies. Fortunately, lotions can be easy to make yourself. Once you become familiar with the process you’ll also be able to customize recipes for

Natural soap made with an Elderflower Infusion I’m really pleased to introduce you to Jan Berry, who is not only the author of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home but is coming out with her second book on August 8th. Simple & Natural Soap Making is currently available for pre-order and it will hit the book shelves after that. I’ve had a sneak peek and have only positive things to say — it’s truly a useful and beautiful guide. Jan’s been kind enough to share a

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