How to Clean Up Your DIY Messes

DIY’ed cosmetics and skincare have the potential to create some seriously impressive messes, so I thought I’d take some time today to share how I deal with those greasy/fragrant/pigmented/powdery messes! I’d also love to hear your cleaning tips in the comments 🙂

How to clean up DIY messes

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Humblebee & Me is 9!

Holy moly— Humblebee & Me is nine! Today’s post is a bit of a celebratory retrospective, while today’s video is a rather fun reaction-style video featuring the oldest DIYs on Humblebee & Me 😂It was really fun to go back and look at some projects that I was really proud of at the time and see how much I’ve learned and improved! Thank you so much to every single one of you who has helped make these last 9 years possible—I appreciate your support immensely ❤️

Humblebee & Me is 9!

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An Interview with Jenn Harper of Cheekbone Beauty

I’m so excited to share today’s interview with Jenn Harper, the tenacious powerhouse behind Cheekbone Beauty. Cheekbone Beauty is Indigenous-owned and Canadian, based out of St. Catharines, Ontario, and known for its high-quality, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly makeup. We spoke for over an hour last month about all things beauty, and it was a brilliant and invigorating conversation—I’m thrilled to be able to share some of it with you today!

An Interview with Jenn Harper of Cheekbone Beauty

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10 Recipes to Make with Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol certainly isn’t the most exciting ingredient in my DIY pantry, but it is easily one of my hardest working ingredients! If you don’t already have some on hand, I hope this post can convince you to invest in some 😊 These unassuming white pellets are crazy useful—I use cetearyl alcohol in everything from conditioner bars to sugar scrubs to lotions to facial cleansers. Cetearyl alcohol is inexpensive, versatile, and pretty dang shelf-stable. I think you should have some. Not convinced? Keep reading!

10 Recipes to Make with Cetearyl Alcohol

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Maker Interview: Jhade of Essenza dell’amore

Today I’m kicking off a new interview series with women who own beauty businesses and brands! I hear from many of you that you aspire to start selling skincare in the future. Since that’s really not my jam, I thought I would reach out to women who sell their formulations and love it, and see if they’d share some of their stories and wisdom with Humblebee & Me readers 😊 Today’s interview is with Jhade, a fellow Formula Botanica graduate who lives in Trinidad & Tobago and runs Essenza dell’amore—her K-Beauty inspired natural skincare brand. She shares how she got started, some of the challenges associated with getting ingredients on a tropical island, how her brand gives back, and how she transitioned from an amateur to a professional!

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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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