How to Research Your Ingredients: Part 1

We’re kicking off 2020 with a bit of a multi-part guide on how to research your ingredients—a super important skill! I often hear from people who have bought something but they don’t remember what for, so they’re left with an ingredient with no defined purpose or use. I want to empower you to be able to figure out what to do with that ingredient on your own—you shouldn’t need a blogger for that sort of thing when there are so many wonderful resources out there!

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Things I Learned in 2019

Welcome to my annual “things I learned” post—and the last one of this decade (the first one was in 2012)! This piece of introspection and sharing is one of my favourite posts each year. The affection is not only for the reflection and distillation this post allows me, but also (equally) for the discussion in the comments, where you share the things that you’ve learned this year and offer further lessons. It’s wonderful. This year has been full of changes; another (unexpected) move; new friendships; wonderful music discovered; many books read; a few mountains climbed; loves found, lost, and grown; and many days and nights of great food and drink with wonderful company. I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot in the face of some very painful and surprising upsets and challenges. It’s been a doozy. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Things I Learned in 2019

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Winter Solstice Bath Bombs

Today we’re creating some striking bath bombs to celebrate the winter solstice (technically the solstice was the night of the 21st, but here in Calgary the 23rd is only 8 seconds longer than the 21st, so I think we can still call it solstice season!). A cool, purpley base shimmers like the night sky with accents of colour-shifting biodegradable glitter. Once in the bath, these sparkly tub treats fizz away, turning your bath water purple with dancing whorls of glitter. Pair with a mug of hot tea and a good book for a perfect winter night!

How to Make Winter Solstice Bath Bombs

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The Best of 2019

Happy it’s nearly 2020! I can scarcely believe we’re at the end of another decade. I can’t help but think about where I was ten years ago—in 2009 I was pretty sure I’d work as a graphic designer in an ad agency or fancy design firm. I never could’ve imagined I’d be here today—formulating, creating, sharing, and teaching full time. I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone!

These projects are some of my favourites from 2019. They represent new and refined tools & techniques, ongoing ingredient love affairs, things I use every day, and things you guys fell in love with. I am so incredibly thankful for your support this year—I am so, so lucky to spend so much of my time making things I’m proud of and excited about, and then sharing them with so many curious, enthusiastic, and kind people ❤️ You guys are the best!

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Winter Solstice Facial Gel Cream

It’s time for another Bee Better project with a revamp of my first-ever face cream—2014’s Winter Solstice Face Cream. This new version uses several newer skin-loving ingredients to create an even better facial lotion that is designed to deeply hydrate and strengthen your skin. It’s somehow both rich and lightweight, with a gorgeous skin feel, a soft rosy scent, and all kinds of fabulous-for-skin ingredients. I hope you love this new version just as much as many of you loved the 2014 one!

How to Make Winter Solstice Facial Gel Cream

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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2019 Edition

Hey Bees! Welcome to the 2019 Humblebee & Me Holiday Gift Guide 🎁This year I’ve had a lot of fun playing with our ingredient-inspired themes of Cranberry Orange and White Chocolate Peppermint! I hope you can find some wonderfully gift-able things in this assortment of projects and formulations. I know I’ll be gifting many of these balms, butters, and lotions to my loved ones this season!

Looking for more ideas? Check out the gift guides from some previous years:

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Cranberry Orange Projects

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White Chocolate Peppermint Projects

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Other Awesome Gift Worthy Projects

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