How can I learn from you?

Good question!

To start with; please know that I am just one person. I do all of the formulating, writing, photography, filming, graphic design, and website maintenance—in addition to communications/customer service, and I can only do so much. As such, I prioritize public content that can help lots of people and my Patreon over private messages and emails.

The vast majority of the teaching I do is self-serve, meaning it’s up to you to read through the articles, watch the videos, and refer to the relevant FAQ posts and Humblebee & Me DIY Encyclopedia entries. I work really hard to fill Humblebee & Me with freely accessible resources so you can do your own research and teach yourself. You are more than welcome to put any follow-up questions in comments, but I’m not always great at getting back to those as it’s just me doing everything. I try my best, though.

As of early 2024, I offer a couple self-serve paid learning products:

As all these products are self-serve (and therefore there is no graded coursework), there is no sort of certification offered for completion.

If you would like personal, one-on-one help, I offer that in two different ways:

  • You can book 60-minute one-on-one sessions with me here.
  • I also offer a limited number of lower cost one-on-one sessions through my Patreon. My top-tier Patrons receive a 30-minute monthly 1-on-1 call with me to discuss whatever they want, including formulation assistance. If you’re interested in that, you can learn more at This tier is capped at 15 people and is usually full, but keep an eye out—a spot could free up at any time. There is no waiting list, but if I notice a spot has opened up I announce it to my patrons first, so you might consider becoming a lower-tier patron for the time being if you’re interested in one of these limited one-on-one spots.
  • Depending on your needs and the confidentiality of your project, Patreon “Office Hours” may also work for you. My “The Monthly Collection + Office Hours” tier patrons are invited to two “office hours” sessions each month. This is a great way to get formulation help in a group setting if you need 5–10 minutes of assistance once or twice a month. Each session runs approximately 45–60 minutes and typically has 6–10 people in attendance.

If you’re looking for more in-depth, hands-on help than I can offer, I recommend taking a course from a company set up to offer support—a company with a sizeable staff to answer questions and offer hands-on help. I was very happy with the course I took from Formula Botanica; you can read my review here.

If you’d like to start a business

Depending on what sort of support you’re looking for, I may be able to help.

Please know that I do not sell handmade skincare, so I cannot help you with large batch manufacturing, specific legal & regulatory requirements, and most other ins-and-outs of starting and running a handmade skincare business.

My background and areas of expertise are in formulation and graphic/web design. So, if you’re looking for formulation coaching or help with graphic design & branding, please book a 60-minute one-on-one.

If you’re in the very early stages and looking for full education and support on everything from learning to formulate to operating a business, I recommend enrolling with Formula Botanica. You can read my review of their Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation here. Formula Botanica is far better equipped than I am to teach you how to start your own skincare business!

Happy making!

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