Why, hello! I’m the “me” in Humblebee & Me. I’m Marie Rayma—author, creator, and lover of making things! I have a Bachelor of Design Honours from York University and Sheridan College, and I am a graduate of Formula Botanica’s Diploma in Organic Skin Care Formulation course. I live in Calgary, Canada, and in addition to mostly doing blogging full-time I’m also a professional graphic designer—you can check out my portfolio at MarieRayma.com.
I started creating my own skin care products back in 2010 because I wanted to understand what was in my products and how they worked. I launched Humblebee & Me in late 2011 to share the things I was making. Back then things were pretty scatterbrained, with everything from historical costumes to soaps and dog photos! Today I blog exclusively about creating your own skin care, cosmetic, and home products, sharing new recipes twice a week on my blog and YouTube channel.
My first book, Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, By Marie Rayma, creator of HumblebeeandMe.com was released worldwide on December 27, 2016, and is available at booksellers all over the world! Make it Up is all about how to create your own makeup at home, with over forty recipes for everything from liquid foundation to long-wearing lipsticks and eye-catching highlighters.
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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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more