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 fifteen 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,from fanlistings, to fan sites, to blogs & 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 wrote a book! Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com was published by Running Press at the end of December 2016, and it’s packed with homemade cosmetic recipes. It’s available all over the world—click for a big list of all the shops I’ve found!
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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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more