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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Dangerous Essential Oil Mistakes Most DIYers Make

Essential oils are are some of the riskiest ingredients in DIY skincare, and most people don’t realise it because of all the misinformation out there. There’s this idea that they’re safe and simple to use because they’re all natural, but unfortunately, that’s not the whole story. Mis-use of essential oils can lead to everything from irritation to rashes to severe chemical burns. Using them properly is, well, essential.

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How to make your lotion lighter

If you dream of fluid body milks, ultra-light emulsions, and fast-absorbing lotions, this post is for you. Today I’ll be teaching you how to make thinner, lighter emulsions—I’m sharing three different strategies that you can mix and match to create the fast-absorbing emulsion of your dreams 😍

How to make your lotion lighter

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How to make your lotion richer

I struggled with what to title this post. I will be teaching you how to make your lotions richer and thicker, but the formulation skill behind that richness & thickness boosting is so much more than that! I will go as far as to say if you don’t know how to do this, you don’t know how to formulate emulsions. This skill is that important—really. This formulation decision is what will form the chassis of your lotion formulations: everything else will grow from there. What is that super important skill, you ask? Determining (or changing) the size of the oil phase. I know it doesn’t sound exciting, but I promise it is! Once you know how to do this you will have so much more control over your lotion formulations. You’ll start to know how rich or light a formulation will be from just looking at it, and you’ll know how to structure your own formulations based on how fast-absorbing or heavy you want the finished product to be. This skill is so essential to lotion formulation that you’ll wonder how you ever emulsified without it. Let’s dive in!

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How to make your lotions thicker

If you want to make thicker lotions and creams, you’ve come to the right place! In this post I’ll be teaching you three different (easy!) strategies for thickening and adding body to your natural lotions. You can use these strategies alone or combine them–it’s up to you. They each have their pros and cons, so it’s worth experimenting with each method so you know what you like.

How to make your lotions thicker

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