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 https://patreon.com/MarieRayma. 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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