5 ingredients that will make your formulations smell awful

Today we are having a bit of fun with some famously stinky ingredients 😂  Whether or not you find the smell of an ingredient to be pleasant or unpleasant (or worth a bit of unpleasant-ness for its otherwise awesome-ness) is a highly personal thing, so please keep that in mind while I poke a bit of fun at some none-too-pleasantly-perfumed ingredients 😊 I’m not trying to throw a stink bomb into anybody’s ingredient loves! If you adore any of these stinky ingredients, by all means, carry on 😄

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Ten pieces of equipment for new formulators: Part 1

As a new formulator, buying ingredients is probably the most exciting type of shopping (there are so many new and promising ingredients!)—but don’t overlook your equipment shopping list! After all, you’ll need some tools to turn your new ingredients into all kinds of wonderful formulations 😄 Today I’m sharing part one of a two-part list: Ten pieces of equipment for new formulators. These are the ten things you’ll need to get started, including tips on how much to spend and where to shop. I’ve also included some honourable mentions that may or may not apply to you, depending on what you’re looking to make.

Ten pieces of equipment for new formulators: Part 1

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8 mistakes most new formulators make

Humblebee & Me‘s tenth birthday was last week, and it’s got me thinking about all the things I’ve learned about making and formulating since I started making things over a decade ago. Today I thought I’d look at eight of the most common mistakes beginners make—mistakes I made, and mistakes I hear about from Bees around the world—and share resources and tips to help you avoid them 😊

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Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators! In part 1 we covered five anhydrous ingredients that will allow you to create all kinds of awesome anhydrous products—balms, whipped body butters, lip balm, and more. Today we’re adding five more ingredients that will further broaden your list of concoction possibilities to include lotions, creams, and some cleansers!

Ten DIY Ingredients for Beginner Formulators: Part 2

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