About Me

Why, hello! I’m the “me” in Humblebee & Me. I’m Marie Rayma, and I love making things. From sewing to design (graphic & costume) to bookbinding to soap making, I want to figure out how it’s done and try it myself. When I started Humblebee & Me it was an odd hodgepodge of writing on everything from my dog to soap to my favourite cake, but I’ve since honed in natural body products like shampoos, cosmetics, lotions, toners, and well… anything else you might find at the beauty counter or in a drug store!

I’m currently living in Calgary, Canada, where you can dress like a cowboy whenever you want, and pancake breakfasts are always acceptable. I love writing and photography, and I’ve been working with HTML & web design for over fourteen years now, so a blog seemed like something I was eventually bound to do—or do again, as it were. I’ve had many different websites over the years, many of which I operated under the alias Torli Roberts. They included Make it Count, an incredibly popular Titanic fan site (still online, though not updated much), Blending Creations (the most popular and oldest online blend challenge for a period of several years), and a whole mess of fanlistings, fan sites, blogs, and personal sites. Profession-wise, I’m a graphic designer, with a passion for books—cookbooks, to be specific. If you’re interested in seeing what I do, you can find my portfolio at MarieRayma.com.

This blog is the answer to every time I’ve been asked “how do you do that?”. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and fine out! I post every Monday and Thursday.

Also—I have a book coming out at the end of 2016! Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com will be published by Running Press, and it’s packed with homemade cosmetic recipes. Want to know when it’s available? Sign up to be notified here!

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Soothing Oat Bath and Body Oil

This soothing oat bath and body oil was born from a recipe request from Claudia, who loves Aveeno’s Skin Relief Shower and Bath Oil. She said that it was fantastic for dry winter skin and even helped with her son’s eczema. Taking a look at the ingredients,...

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Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm

This juicy, honey-hued Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm is utterly lovely. It has an almost unbelievable dry finish, leaving skin hydrated, but not greasy. It smells of pure, juicy oranges with the slightest hint of sweet, floral Tahitian gardenias. It’s smooth...

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lotion

To me, macadamia nuts will forever evoke memories of Hawaii. I was last there with my family when I was seventeen, and I remember picking up a bag of some chocolate covered macadamia nuts in the airport on our way home. Those nuggets of chocolatey goodness were...

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Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Ever since I made my Chocolate Lip Butter I’ve been completely smitten with it, so naturally I want more of it in all kinds of different variations. I’ve been wishing for a citrussy lip treat for ages, but since citrus essential oils are photosensitizing,...

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Rose Gold Facial Serum

Last week I was watching a makeup tutorial with Adele’s makeup artist, Michael Ashton, and as he was prepping his beautiful model’s skin, he used two products that really intrigued me. One was a fancy-sounding French facial serum; Decleor’s...

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Luxury Facial Serum

The amount of money some shop-bought natural skincare products sell for never ceases to amaze me. You’d think I’d be used to seeing price tags north of $150 for a few tablespoons of something, but I’m not. I’m perpetually astonished to find a...

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Chocolate Lip Butter

Out of all the things I’ve made that I have to frequently remind myself not to eat, this Chocolate Lip Butter is pretty high up that list. It smells downright delicious, and leaves my lips oh-so wonderfully soft and hydrated. And did I mention that it smells...

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Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum

My new Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum is a fantastic way to lighten up your skin care routine for warmer days (I’m calling it my PrimPom Serum for short, ha!). It is silky and light, absorbing into your skin quickly and leaving it beautifully hydrated,...

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Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner

Ever since I started publishing creamy hair conditioner recipes a few months ago, readers have been asking about the possibility of including some vinegar in the water part of the emulsion to create a two-in-one conditioner that eliminates the need for a separate...

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