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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 alternatives. I post new projects twice a week (every Monday and Thursday), and I’ve already got over 1200 formulas up here for you to look at, plus an extensive FAQ and an Encyclopedia full of information on the ingredients I use. I’d love it if you DIYed with me!

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New Projects

Soothing Creamy Facial Cleanser

Soothing Creamy Facial Cleanser

This lovely Soothing Creamy Facial Cleanser is a new favourite of mine for washing my face, morning and night. A gentle blend of surfactants is suspended in a creamy base with lots of moisturizing glycerin, anti-inflammatory aloe vera juice, and soothing allantoin....

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Solid Dishwashing Brick

Solid Dishwashing Brick

This Solid Dishwashing Brick is the solid, even lower waste sister of 2018's Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste. It's also super concentrated, but significantly more solid (surprise, ha) and doesn't require any packaging. I've been storing it in a small...

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Watermelon Mint Whipped Sugar Scrub

Watermelon Mint Whipped Sugar Scrub

Today we're whipping up a bit of cherry pink summery fun! This perky pink sugar scrub smells wonderfully of juicy watermelon and fresh peppermint. A creamy base self-emulsifies with your bathwater, turning into lotion as you scrub away dead skin with the sugar in the...

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Silk & Shine Conditioning Hair Mask

Silk & Shine Conditioning Hair Mask

This Silk & Shine Conditioning Hair Mask is a decadent hair treat, leaving your hair noticeably more shiny and manageable. It's packed with nourishing oils, rich conditioners, and goodies like silk and panthenol to leave your hair feeling its best. Simply work a...

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Liquid Blurring Skin Tint

Liquid Blurring Skin Tint

If you're questing for a sorta-foundation that offers some skin-perfecting goodness without a whole lot of coverage, this Liquid Blurring Skin Tint is for you! It lightly blurs imperfections and gently evens out skin tone, pairing beautifully with a bit of concealer...

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Prickly Pear Eye Gel Cream

Prickly Pear Eye Gel Cream

Today we're blending up a cold-processed Prickly Pear Eye Gel Cream! This lovely DIY is designed to hydrate and soothe the delicate under-eye skin, and also packs a de-puffifying (that's a word, right?) punch thanks to the inclusion of some pure caffeine powder. Since...

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Lavender Oat Foaming Bath Salts

Lavender Oat Foaming Bath Salts

It's finally getting warm again here in Calgary, and that means I recently went on my first run of the season. That also means I am very, very sore. And that means it's time for (more) baths! These lovely Lavender Oat Foaming Bath Salts contain tons of...

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Satsuma Shower Gel

Satsuma Shower Gel

I'm pretty excited to share this Satsuma Shower Gel with you guys—mostly for two reasons. Reason #1: I was utterly obsessed with The Body Shop's "satsuma" line as a kid, and I've had this gorgeous satsuma dupe fragrance oil for years, meaning to make satsuma-y things...

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Lavender Aloe Cream Facial Cleanser

Lavender Aloe Cream Facial Cleanser

Today we're blending up a gentle Lavender Aloe Cream Facial Cleanser, featuring fragrant lavender hydrosol, soothing aloe vera, and gentle Cocamidopropyl Betaine. This lotion-like cleanser is brilliant for dry skin, offering great cleansing without being harsh. You...

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Pemberley Hand Lotion

Pemberley Hand Lotion

I'm really excited to share this formula with you guys—this Pemberley Hand Lotion was my Formula Botanica final project, and I received a mark of 100% for it! The project was to create a product for a specific customer. I designed this gorgeous hand lotion for...

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Soothing Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum

Soothing Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum

Today's recipe is kicking off a new soothing skin care series that is perfectly timed for the driest, darkest, and often coldest part of the winter here in Calgary. The formulas in this series star a beautiful selection of wonderful, effective ingredients that have...

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Formulating and DIYing with Spreadsheets

Formulating and DIYing with Spreadsheets

Today I want to talk about something that really isn’t all that sexy or exciting, but it is super useful—using spreadsheets for your DIYing and formulating! Even if you don't formulate I'd recommend stepping away from online recipe calculators in favour of...

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Sugar Plum Cleansing Conditioner

Sugar Plum Cleansing Conditioner

This Sugar Plum Cleansing Conditioner is a wonderful continuation to the fun I've been having making cleansing conditioners over the last few months. My aim with this one was to create something lighter that could work better for anyone with hair that can be easily...

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Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter

Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter

I'm having a hard time deciding if I can give this Sugar Plum Conditioning Body Butter away. I mean... it's just so nice. I really want to keep it for myself. I really should give it away. I am a one-woman skin care stuff factory and I am not due to need another body...

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Rose Witch Hazel Facial Toner

Rose Witch Hazel Facial Toner

This sweetly fragrant, refreshing facial toner has become a fast favourite of mine. It smells deliciously of roses, features several soothing and lightly hydrating ingredients, and leaves my skin feeling revived and gently cleansed. It's also crazy easy to make (no...

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Oil Cleansing Gel

Oil Cleansing Gel

When I was in Montreal last year I visited Coop Coco, a local DIY supplier, and poked around, looking for things I didn’t have that would fit in my suitcase. I ended up picking up a bottle of Sucragel, a cold-process emulsifier I’d never worked with before, brought it...

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Creamy Stick Lip Tints

Creamy Stick Lip Tints

When it comes to makeup I actually wear on a regular basis I find I tend towards subtle, easy-to-apply stuff (read: stuff that goes on easily and lightly enough that it disguises my amateurish makeup application skills). These lip tints were born of my initial...

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Coconut Massage Butter

Coconut Massage Butter

Massage lovers everywhere: prepare to fall in love. This silky, glide-y Coconut Massage Butter gives you eons of working time on the skin for a luxurious, satiny massage. It isn't oily or greasy, but you'll find your hands gliding over skin with a wonderful, soft...

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