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Trouble Shooting DIY Projects: Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs are a favourite amongst crafters and the DIY crowd, because they are relatively easy and inexpensive to make, and they make great, compact gifts! However, they can also take a bit of practice. Results can vary from one batch to the next, due to a number of factors — for instance, variations in temperature or humidity. Continue reading

Make Your Own or Buy?

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Oil is shown alongside flowers.

We’ve all said it at some point: “I could make that myself!” Usually it’s a craft or art sale; in reference to food; or often, natural products. And it’s true! There are so many things you can make yourself. The question is: is it worth it for you to do so? There are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding between DIY and purchasing pre-made: Continue reading

Spotlight On: Baking Soda

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Baking soda in a wooden bowl

Baking soda is one of those unglamorous skincare stars that benefits us more than we really acknowledge. It doesn’t have a fancy name, a flashy story or the advantage of being a new ingredient on the market. It wasn’t recently discovered, deep in the rainforest, and it hasn’t ever been labelled a super food. But it’s a standby ingredient in many bath products, and for good reason! Continue reading

Spotlight On: Lavender

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Lavender field

This week, let’s take a closer look at another of the classic herbs, lavender. The first written record of the medicinal use of lavender is said to be from 77 AD, when a Greek physician wrote that lavender could be used internally and externally for a variety of benefits. Continue reading

100 Ways to Make Your March Magical

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(Or, How to Survive Late Winter on the Prairies)

Woman in Sauna

Here at All Things Jill and in conjunction with our friends at our sister company, The Apothecary in Inglewood, we’ve come to a conclusion over the years:

March Sucks.

We will allow that it doesn’t always suck (two years ago, it was beautiful — for instance). And we will allow that even the worst March has bright spots, like the days getting longer (literal bright spot!) and … ummm… sometimes Easter? 

We really don’t love March.

So, a few years ago, we came up with an idea to help us get through those last few weeks of winter unscathed. Those weeks when it really, really seems like spring should be here but often, it’s just not. Those weeks when even though the days are longer, it’s still darker than you’d like; and the ground isn’t thawed to plant the garden yet; and there are often still a few blizzards. Did we mention we live in Calgary? If you live on the Canadian prairies, or almost anywhere in Canada besides the West Coast, for that matter; or in the American midwest, well… you get what we’re talking about.

The idea was to not let ourselves sink into the despair that threatened to overtake us via wet socks, grey slush and slippery yet salty roads, and to instead give ourselves things to look forward to. Things to laugh about. Ways to feel joy.

We called it: Magical March.

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