Natural Skincare Mistakes Most DIYers Make (and how to avoid them)

I can scarcely believe it, but it’s now been more than eight years since I published my first YouTube video. The blog began several years earlier, but I didn’t launch the YouTube channel until shortly after I as laid off from my full time job. I’ve learned a ton in the last eight years—both about formulating and making better YouTube videos. In honour of the 8th birthday of the Humblebee & Me YouTube Channel, I thought I’d share some of the most dangerous & expensive mistakes I made as a new maker (and still see lots of other new DIYers make) to help you avoid them and fast track your formulating journey.

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How to start formulating with hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a beautiful, luxurious humectant that’s brilliant for dry skin, but due to its high price tag (it’s usually well over $2USD per gram!) it can be a bit intimidating to work with. So, if you’ve been wanting to start formulating with this gorgeous, luxurious ingredient—but haven’t been sure where to start—this blog post is for you! I’ve collected answers to the most common hyaluronic acid questions and compiled seven of my favourite hyaluronic acid formulations from the last couple years to make it super easy to get started.

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How I Would Learn to Formulate (if I could start over)

You’ve made your first DIY lip balms, body butters, and maybe even a lotion. You’ve shared your creations with your friends and family, and they love them! Now you’ve got the itch to try creating your own recipes instead of just following ones you found online.

But… where do you start? How to you make the jump from using someone else’s formulations to starting from a blank page? How do you know what you’re allowed to do? Can you combine these two ingredients? How much emulsifier do you need?

How I Would Learn to Formulate (if I could start over)

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