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 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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The FREE formulation strategy you need to know

Have you ever purchased a brand new ingredient and then had no idea how to actually include it in a formulation? Or perhaps you’ve been wanting to create your own formulation for something that’s unlike anything you’ve ever made before, but you have no idea where to start? I ran into these challenges all the time when I first started making, but then I discovered an amazing (free!) resource that helped me seriously level up my formulation skills, and fast. While this resource isn’t a secret, per se, I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about it, and how to get the most out of it.

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Easy Non-Greasy Hand Lotion

Hand lotion is a skincare staple; heck, even my dad uses it! But, if your handmade lotions are anything like the ones I made when I was a new maker, you’ve probably noticed that your DIY versions are really different from products sold by big brands like Cerave, Cetaphil, and La Roche Posay. They’re probably greasier than the hand lotions you buy from the store, and might also be getting stuck in the bottom of your pump top bottles, forcing you to go full ‘dipstick‘ to use them up.

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Avoid these two common ingredient label mistakes

If you dream of selling your handmade skincare someday, one of the many responsibilities you’ll be taking on is properly labelling your products. Different countries have different labelling requirements (so make sure you’re researching and following all the rules set out by the relevant regulatory bodies in the country/countries you’re selling in), but no matter where you are, you can be pretty sure your cosmetic products will need an ingredient label.

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20 Quick & Easy Ways to Customize Lotion Formulations

So, you’ve finally made your very first lotion. Exciting stuff! If you’re anything like me, you’re now dreaming up all the different ways you’d love to customize the formulation. Could it be thicker? Can you add some colour? What about some scent? However, as a new lotion formulator, you aren’t sure what you can and can’t do without making the whole thing curdle, split, and die a sad, separated death.

20 quick & easy ways to customize lotions

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