Facial Serum & Facial Balm Recipes

Stunning carrier oils, essential oils, and herb infusions star in these decadent facial recipes.
Hyaluronic Acid B5 Facial Serum

Hyaluronic Acid B5 Facial Serum

If you've been reading Humblebee & Me for more than a few weeks, I'm sure you've heard me say that Calgary (where I live) is dry. It's the kind of dry where bread usually goes stale rather than sprouting mould. If I visit somewhere humid and buy crackers they are...

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Passionfruit Facial Glow Oil

Passionfruit Facial Glow Oil

Today we're getting our glow on with a simple & shimmery Passionfruit Facial Glow Oil. This beautiful facial oil serum features a blend of luxurious, exotic carrier oils, a potent skin-repairing antioxidant, and a touch of customizable shimmer. The end result is...

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Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer

Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer

Today's Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer is a riff on something I first tried back in 2016, and it's lovely. Massage this soft, putty-like Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer into your skin and you'll feel it turn into a velvety, super-smooth...

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Prickly Pear Eye Gel Cream

Prickly Pear Eye Gel Cream

Today we're blending up a cold-processed Prickly Pear Eye Gel Cream! This lovely DIY is designed to hydrate and soothe the delicate under-eye skin, and also packs a de-puffifying (that's a word, right?) punch thanks to the inclusion of some pure caffeine powder. Since...

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Brightening Gel Serum

Brightening Gel Serum

I first developed this cream last autumn under the title "ultra gel cream". When you look at the ingredients you'll know why—it's pretty darn "ultra". It is positively packed with things that are bomb-diggity awesome for the skin, helping to brighten, hydrate, soothe,...

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Cranberry Orange Facial Serum

Cranberry Orange Facial Serum

Today's Cranberry Orange DIY is a silky, indulgent oil serum packed with antioxidants and some of my favourite natural carrier oils. A pump or two at the end of your skincare routine is all you'll need to keep your skin soft and glowing through these dry, cold winter...

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Rose Ceramide Facial Gel

Rose Ceramide Facial Gel

Today we're making a simple, fragrant facial gel starring ceramides. This gel not only moisturizes and hydrates the skin immediately, but it also helps strengthen your moisture barrier. This leads to stronger, more resilient skin and less transepidermal water loss...

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Cacti Q10 Ageless Facial Serum

Cacti Q10 Ageless Facial Serum

This Cacti Q10 Anti-Aging Facial Serum features a base of beautiful plant oils spiked with some potent Coenzyme Q10. It's rich in antioxidants, has rejuvenating properties, and leaves your skin positively glowing. It's also a rather pretty orange colour, and comes...

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Soothing Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum

Soothing Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum

Today's recipe is kicking off a new soothing skin care series that is perfectly timed for the driest, darkest, and often coldest part of the winter here in Calgary. The formulas in this series star a beautiful selection of wonderful, effective ingredients that have...

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Indigo Lagoon Balm

Indigo Lagoon Balm

This rich blue balm is a DIY version of a very popular and very expensive shop-bought balm. This particular balm is known for its striking dark blue hue that comes from a hefty dose of expensive blue tansy essential oil. I've created a more budget friendly version you...

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Raspberry Marula Facial Serum

Raspberry Marula Facial Serum

I have so been enjoying using this silky Raspberry Marula Facial Serum. Not only is it a joy to use thanks to its lightweight consistency and luxurious slip, it also leaves my skin dewy and glowing. Oil serums were one of my first DIY/natural beauty loves, but it's...

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Solid Olive Primrose Facial Serum

Solid Olive Primrose Facial Serum

This silky smooth, light-as-a-feather solid facial serum is really neat. It has all the satiny, lightweight loveliness of a liquid serum, but it's easier to transport (no leaks!), and application is even easier thanks to the elimination of the dropper bottle....

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Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm

Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm

Last autumn Angela wrote in asking for a DIY version of an expensive calendula-infused eye balm she was using in Portugal. The ingredient list was beautiful, and as usual, the price tag was a touch shocking. So, with her enthusiasm for the product I took that...

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Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer

Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer

If you're looking for touchable, smooth, soft skin, this Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer is right up your alley. It's a creamy, orange-hued moisturizer features a few scoops of silky smooth arrowroot starch to give your hydrated skin a beautiful dry touch. It was...

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Moringa Rose Serum

Moringa Rose Serum

I've had quite a few requests for this popular rose serum over the years. I think Karen's was the first, back in 2014, but it certainly hasn't been the last. The original looks utterly lovely; a blend of fantastic carrier oils like pomegranate and baobab, with rose,...

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Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm

Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm

This juicy, honey-hued Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm is utterly lovely. It has an almost unbelievable dry finish, leaving skin hydrated, but not greasy. It smells of pure, juicy oranges with the slightest hint of sweet, floral Tahitian gardenias. It's smooth and...

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Rose Gold Facial Serum

Rose Gold Facial Serum

Last week I was watching a makeup tutorial with Adele's makeup artist, Michael Ashton, and as he was prepping his beautiful model's skin, he used two products that really intrigued me. One was a fancy-sounding French facial serum; Decleor's Aromessence Rose D'Orient...

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Luxury Facial Serum

Luxury Facial Serum

The amount of money some shop-bought natural skincare products sell for never ceases to amaze me. You'd think I'd be used to seeing price tags north of $150 for a few tablespoons of something, but I'm not. I'm perpetually astonished to find a blend of oils or a simple...

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Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum

Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum

My new Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum is a fantastic way to lighten up your skin care routine for warmer days (I'm calling it my PrimPom Serum for short, ha!). It is silky and light, absorbing into your skin quickly and leaving it beautifully hydrated, and...

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Magical Primrose Argan Serum

Magical Primrose Argan Serum

This recipe is ridiculously simple. So simple, in fact, that you might think I just threw it together one day as a bit of a random idea. And you would be right. This project wasn't supposed to be a blog entry—just an experiment. I figured I'd try it out and see, and...

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Winterlight Argan Serum

Winterlight Argan Serum

This milky facial oil is pretty much the opposite of my Argan bronzer. While the bronzer is designed to impart a summery glow, this serum lightens and brightens the complexion, smoothing out imperfections and giving you that Downton Abbey complexion I'm so in love...

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Gentle Argan Silk Milk

Gentle Argan Silk Milk

A few months ago Meredith sent me a link to this product, accompanied by a hearty digital laugh. And a well deserved laugh it was. I've talked before about the astonishing markup that Josie Maran sells their at—closer to $1/mL than the $0.12/mL...

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Rosehip & Tamanu Healing Facial Serum

Rosehip & Tamanu Healing Facial Serum

I think rosehip oil is about to become the next big thing in commercialized natural skincare, making the leap to Sephora shelves a la & Josie Maran. It's starting to pop up on my non-natural/DIY beauty Pinterest feeds, accompanied by...

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Tallow Balm for Mature Skin

Tallow Balm for Mature Skin

Sometime last year I stumbled across this really neat blog entry about the benefits of using on the skin—especially for aging skin. Over the months I've mentioned it to readers who have tried it, and reported back with positive results, so I thought...

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