Another installment of “For the Love of God, please don’t make that!” – insect repellent edition.

Every year I say it but please please please don’t make your own insect repellent! Like sunscreen, this is a product that must be tested for efficacy and registered with a governing body of some sort. You can’t just throw a few things you think work as insect repellents into a bottle and say it…...

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And now, another installment of “for the love of God, please don’t make this!” Coloured lip balms

So 5 minutes crafts decided they would share this video, “5 colourful crayon ideas”. The one that made me scream so loud I startled the dog is number four. Spoiler alert if you don’t want to watch the video: Don’t make lip balms from crayons. Video on Facebook. Making lip balms are actually pretty simple…...

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Another installment of “for the love of God don’t make this!” – Goodful’s Homemade Gentle Magnesium Lotion – potential formulas

Yesterday, we analyzed the absolutely horrible recipe shared by Goodful for a Gentle Homemade Magnesium lotion. Today, let’s look at how we could make a safe, stable, and effective version that won’t be contaminated two days after making it. If you just want to see the formula, scroll about 3/4 the way down this post…....

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Another installment of “for the love of God don’t make this!” – Goodful’s Homemade Gentle Magnesium Lotion

Welcome to another instalment of “For the love of God don’t make this!” brought to you by Goodful’s Homemade Gentle Magnesium lotion. (I can’t get the video from YouTube, so you’ll have to click on the link to see the video on Facebook.) Here’s what they would have you make. For fun, consider the mistakes…...

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Another installment of “for the love of God, please don’t make this!” – HGTV’s homemade cucumber body butter

Why does Mother’s Day bring out the worst possible formulas for bath & body products from companies who have no business sharing them? Last year we had the wet tea leaf contamination extravaganza from David’s Tea: This year, HGTV put out this recipe for “homemade cucumber body butter”. You can find my post from Facebook…...

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Another installment of Is this a good recipe? featuring David’s Tea’s “Green tea infused coconut moisturizer”

I receive a newsletter every once in a while from a company called David’s Tea, and I thought we could analyze the recipe they’re calling a green tea infused coconut moisturizer* for some fun! The recipe, which they state has a shelf life of two weeks, is as follows… 2 Perfect Spoonfuls of Japanese Sencha tea…...

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Herbal shampoo: Let’s see if this is a good recipe

I stumbled upon a recipe for an herbal shampoo recommended by Craft magazine over at Sweet Living Magazine that I thought would be a good example of another installment of how can you tell if it’s a good recipe? HERBAL SHAMPOO (originally from Sweet Living Magazine) 2 cups spring water 1/2 cup fresh herbs or…...

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