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I’m Marie—the “me” in Humblebee & Me. I love to make things—cosmetics, soaps, lotions, lip balms, and most of all… messes. I’m on a journey to ditch shop bought body products and cosmetics and swap them for homemade, high quality, natural alternatives. I post new recipes twice a week (every Monday and Thursday), and I’ve already got over 950 recipes up here for you to look at, plus an FAQ and an Encyclopedia. I’d love it if you DIYed with me!
If you've been out in the world lately you'll know that unicorns are de rigueur. From onesies to lattes to inspirational posters to holographic eyeshadow palettes, you can unicorn-ify every aspect of your life. I even found unicorn printed toilet paper for anyone who...read more
Today I'm really excited to share with you an interview on clays (specifically bentonite) with Ian Hutcheon, Professor Emeritus in Geochemistry at the University of Calgary. Bentonite clay has quite a bit of lore surrounding it in the DIY world. It's not at all...read more
I'm pretty excited to be able to share a micellar water recipe I'm happy with. I've been experimenting with micellar water formulas quite a lot over the last year and while the concept is simple enough in theory, it took quite a lot of fiddling and refining to create...read more
I thought we'd continue our Earl Grey theme today with this simple clay face mask that helps brighten the complexion and fade hyper-pigmentation left behind by healing acne. It's made from just a few simple ingredients that you almost certainly already have, comes...read more
Every year from April 10–15 I observe what I call Titanic Week; the anniversary of the maiden voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic. It's not much of an event, but it is a thing I remember, and have every year since I was about 11. In honour of Titanic Week 2018 I...read more
In theory, sandal season is on its way. I say "in theory" because right now the concept of spring seems more like a sad, mocking joke rather than the (supposedly) current season. It hasn't been warmer than -10°C at 7am for weeks. Our highs are 10–20°C colder than is...read more
It's been a while since I made a beard thing, and since I've been working with this lovely ginger oak moss essential oil blend quite a lot, I got to thinking... goodness. Beards should smell like this.... I could make beards smell like this. And here we are, with a...read more
I find I'm quite delighted with hand washes recently, though for a rather odd reason: I use quite a lot of them, so I can make them frequently. This rapid make-test-make-more process means there's lots of room for trying new things and learning what happens when I use...read more
I've been meaning to whip up a makeup brush specific cleanser for a while. In the past I've just swirled my brushes on whatever bar of soap was sitting next to my sink, but for the past six months or so I've had foaming hand washes there instead, and I've found those...read more
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I adore clay in my soap, so I thought I'd try a bar with lots of the stuff. The general rule of thumb I've been following is one tablespoon per 500g/pound of oils so I decided to take that up by about 10x and I'm loving the results. All that clay makes for an extra...read more
In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....read more
I've had a few requests for a lotion similar to LUSH's Vanishing Creme, so this is it. The idea is the creme will make your acne vanish, so with that in mind, I set out to make my very own Houdini Anti Acne Creme—something worthy of the great Houdini. I took some cues...read more
I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...read more
There's been a line that reads "fir and cypress body lotion with sweet undertones (vanilla, floral?)" in my long list of project ideas for quite some time. It's been there for long enough that I'm not entirely certain where the idea came from. Perhaps I tried a hand...read more
Allow me to continue to earn my keep on the fairground ride we call "PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS!" with this decadent, pumpkin-y pumpkin spice body lotion. You'll smell a bit like a pie and your skin will be soft and happy—I think you'll like it. Don't blame me if...read more
When I went to Costa Rica for a week in 2014 I thought I could get away with skipping my apple cider vinegar rinses for a week. Oooooh boy, was I wrong. An acidic rinse works to smooth the shaft of the hair back down after basic shampoo opens everything up. My hair...read more
I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf....read more
After falling madly in love with my Everyday French Green Clay Bar I decided I needed more of them. Clay bars are downright fantastic for daily light clay use and they're far more travel friendly than a baggie of mysterious looking powder (especially if you're...read more