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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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, first first...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 and...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, I've never...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 Aromessence Rose D'Orient...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 blend of oils or a simple...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 exactly...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, and...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