Shampoo

Silky Volumizing Conditioning Shampoo

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I've been working on it since shortly after new years, and sharing the progress on my Instagram stories as I've been testing and tweaking. This is a conditioning shampoo; more lather than a cleansing conditioner, but...

Snowflake Shampoo Bar

I'm so excited to share this with you; it's something I've been working on for almost a year! This particular recipe has been in testing and tweaking since July. I've had a lot of requests for a surfactant-powered shampoo bar (as opposed to a soap based one), and I...

Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars

Prepare to feel like you're sudsing up in a lagoon in Neverland with the mermaids; these seriously beautiful Mermaid Silk Shampoo Bars are just the sort of thing I imagine mermaids would use (do mermaids wash their hair? A question for another day, perhaps.). Super...

Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars

These pretty, citrussy Coconut Aloe Shampoo Bars are utterly lovely—between the fresh, summery colours and the bright, citrussy scent I'm quite smitten. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that it'd been ages since I'd made a straight-up shampoo bar. I tend to use my...

Silk & Cedar Liquid Shampoo

I am so excited about this wonderful Silk & Cedar liquid shampoo. It's loaded with all kinds of goodies for your hair, and once you've got your liquid soap paste softened, it comes to together in just a few moments. If you prefer liquid shampoo over shampoo bars,...

Citrus Chamomile Liquid Shampoo

This request came to me from Kylee, who uses a similar one by Avalon Organics for her dreads. She says "this shampoo has the ability to clarify, which is what I need, and the aloe and citrus work wonders on cleaning/tightening dreads." The ingredient list for the...

Peppermint Tingle Shampoo

A couple months ago my friend Tanvi got in touch. She'd been reading my blog and wanted to get in on natural hair care, and she wanted my help. She says her hair is dry and brittle, and she wants to get away from commercially made hair products. So, we worked together...

Cinnamon Swirl Soap & Shampoo

When I first started making soap, this was one of the first bars I tried. I saw a similar bar at a farmer's market in Manitoba and thought it was a pretty cool idea, and I set out to do it myself as soon as I got home. Those original bars are long gone, but after a...

Lemongrass & Seaweed Shampoo

Sadly, I don't get out to the ocean all that often. It is, in my defense, nearly 1000km to the nearest one, and that would make for a very long bike ride, so I feel like I'm not exactly slacking in the ocean department. Anyhow, this shampoo smells like the ocean side,...

Latté Shampoo

If you're going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you've got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don't I'm afraid I can't be of much help), so I'm going to...

Shea Butter & Citrus Shampoo Bar

This is the second batch of soap I ever made, and it's become one of my favourites over time. The long curing time is definitely beneficial because I used shea butter as my hard oil (and as far as hard oils go, it's not very hard). I also used avocado oil, so the bars...

DIY Shampoo Bars

I've been making my own shampoo bars for about a year, and I love them. There's really very little difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of plain 'ol cold processed soap. Shampoo bars tend to be a bit more gentle and more lathery. That's achieved by using more...

Hair Mists & Sprays

Conditioning Rose Water Hair Mist

Am I the only one who imagines herself as a glamorous women frolicking through clouds of tiny droplets of magical wonder whenever she mists herself with something? I hope not. Misting is basically the grown-up skin care version of running through a sprinkler, complete...

Winter Shimmer Hair Mist

This pretty, shimmery hair mist was inspired by a recipe request from Kim. She requested a hair mist that would "repair damaged and dry hair, add a lovely fragrance, and give the hair a subtle golden shimmer." She described a shop-bought version she'd tried, saying...

Sleek & Shiny Hair Mist

I thought of this one day as I was biking home from work. I was flying down a hill in a rather industrial part of time, really hoping today wasn't the day I'd get hit by a dump truck, and I started thinking about hair mist. That's just how my brain works, I guess....

Chamomile, Lemon & Cinnamon Highlighting Hair Mist

When I was a kid I spent so much time outdoors each summer that my hair would lighten substantially. As a 6 year old with a hard and fast desire to have Princess Leia buns one day (took me a few years to figure out those were hair pieces...), the ends of my growing...

Anti-Frizz Hair Mist

These days, static electricity is one of my constant companions (along with dry air and my emotionally needy 80lb dog). It's most noticeable when I'm pulling clean laundry from the dryer (zap!), but also pokes its head out when I'm wearing a toque or cuddling up in...

Conditioner

Sugar Plum Cleansing Conditioner

This Sugar Plum Cleansing Conditioner is a wonderful continuation to the fun I've been having making cleansing conditioners over the last few months. My aim with this one was to create something lighter that could work better for anyone with hair that can be easily...

Rose Cardamom Cleansing Conditioner

After making and testing my Cream of Earl Grey Cleansing Conditioner I fell in love with the concept and the product. I found it left my hair incredibly soft and manageable, and I loved the single step in the shower. Working palmfuls of creamy conditioner through my...

Cream of Earl Grey Cleansing Conditioner

I've had loads of requests for a cleansing conditioner, and I'm really excited to finally have one to share! This one is decadently creamy and works through the hair with no lather. It rinses out beautifully, leaving the hair clean and wonderfully manageable (I...

Vanilla Spice Conditioner Bar

When I was in university I had the most wonderful roommate in second year. Harriet and I started as roomies and are still fast friends to this day. There were many things that made us fantastic roommates, including our shared appreciation of pizza nights, clean door...

Monoi de Tahiti Hair Conditioner

You don't have to read much about Monoi de Tahiti to decide that you must have a bottle—stat—as it is clearly going to transform you into a tropical goddess with the waist-long luscious hair of Disney princesses and the skin of a sun-kissed Victoria's Secret model. It...

Orange Blast Solid Conditioner Bar

This sunny Orange Blast Solid Conditioner Bar has a new position of prominence and glory in my shower. It smells like the juiciest of oranges, leaves my hair feeling downright divine (I'd invite you to run your fingers through it via the internet if I could), and I'm...

Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner

Ever since I started publishing creamy hair conditioner recipes a few months ago, readers have been asking about the possibility of including some vinegar in the water part of the emulsion to create a two-in-one conditioner that eliminates the need for a separate...

Crazy Hair Pudding

Ana sent in a request for this luscious hair moisturizer. The original was designed for drier hair—curly, afro textured, and wavy types. The ingredient list featured all kinds of lovely ingredients, guaranteed to impart deep moisture to dry hair. Best of all, however,...

Hair Serums

Silky Camellia Hair Serum

This Silky Camellia Hair Serum is a wonderful combination of a leave-in hair conditioner and an oil serum. It helps reduce frizz, add shine, prevent breakage, and even provides a touch of heat protection along with making your hair smell pretty. A drop or two is more...

Bamboo & Silk Hair Milk

This light and luxurious hair serum smooths down flyaways, moisturizes dry ends, and imparts a lovely, light sheen. It smells divine, is absorbed quickly, and packs a punch with just a few drops. It’s the sort of thing that would sell for $40 at a salon, but you know...

Ultimate Homemade Hair Serum

After I discovered emulsifying wax, the first recipe I wanted to re-vamp was my hair serum and turn it into an ultimate homemade hair serum. I chose to make it an emulsion so I could cut back on the percentage of oils in the recipe, but in the end it didn’t emulsify...

DIY Hair Serum

Earlier this week I stumbled upon a for homemade hair serum. It looked like it was on the right track; lots of great oil and really easy. But it was pure oil, and I don't care how careful you are about applying only the tiniest amount. Inevitably you will add one...

Hair Rinses

Kombucha Hair Rinse

Have you fallen in love with kombucha yet? The fizzy, sweet-and-sour, probiotic tea drink is available for purchase all over these days. In glass bottles and cute little cans it comes spiked with ginger, berries, and other flavourings, and will really get things...

Powdered Acidic Hair Rinse

When I went to Costa Rica for a week in 2014 I thought I could get away with skipping my apple cider vinegar rinses for a week. Oooooh boy, was I wrong. An acidic rinse works to smooth the shaft of the hair back down after basic shampoo opens everything up. My hair...

Silk Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If you’re using homemade shampoo bars to wash your hair, an acidic rinse isn’t really optional—it’s a must. Because the high pH of true soap raises the scales that make up your hair, you’ll need to smooth them back down with something acidic or you’ll find your hair...

Honey, Lemon, and Chamomile Hair Rinse

This pretty yellow hair rinse is great for those of you who detest vinegar in your hair rinses, and it just might help lighten your hair a bit as well. It's made from three simple ingredients and comes together in a flash—what more could you want? The base of the...

Shine & Detangle ACV Hair Rinse

It isn't often that I create something that immediately becomes part of my regular hair or body care routines. That's partly because I am rather, err, prolific (i.e. my counters, cupboards, and pantries are loaded with tons of options to choose from every day), and...

Super Shiny ACV Hair Rinse

This was a total accident—I was just looking for a way to cover up some of the vinegar-y scent of my apple cider vinegar hair rinse. All I did was load it up with some pink grapefruit essential oil, using a bit of solubilizer to help things emulsify. After my hair...

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Greasy Hair

I love to rinse my hair with diluted apple cider vinegar after I've shampooed—it helps balance the pH and smooth out my hair. I'm not alone in this; apple cider vinegar rinses are very popular in the natural haircare community. Anyhow, I got to thinking about how...

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

An apple cider vinegar rinse makes your hair nice and soft and shiny, and helps balance the pH of your scalp (supposedly). It's also easy and practically free compared to any other kind of shampoo. You just need apple cider vinegar and water. Tada. About 1 part cider...

Hair Masks & Balms

Conditioning Super Nourishing Hair Balm

One of the first recipes I ever shared on Humblebee & Me was for a "Super Nourishing Hair Balm", all the way back in October of 2011. I'd actually made the balm months earlier, before I'd launched the blog, and had been testing it all summer and fall before I...

Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque

The inspiration for this Ginger Oak Moss Hair Masque came from a rather persistent Facebook advert for a similar product. It stalked me all over, pelting me with montages of women with stunning, shiny, voluminous hair and positively chiseled eyebrows. I did end up on...

Marula Overnight Hair Mask

With drier days on the way, and a few months of sun exposure behind us, this rich and hydrating Marula Overnight Hair Mask couldn't be more timely. I learned about overnight hair masks from a YouTube video of "beauty hacks that work" (or something to that effect), and...

Seaweed & Clay Hair Mask

If you're anything like me, you'll do this right after you clean your tub or shower. I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but every time I do something that will make a serious mess in my tub, it always ends up being right after I've scrubbed it out. And yet it never...

Make your own super nourishing hair balm

If you've got crazy long hair, or hair that you're trying to grow out, or both (like me), you'll probably find that your ends get a bit dry, especially if you are eschewing commercial conditioners like I am. I find that applying straight liquid oil to my ends leaves...

Beard & Moustache

Conditioning Ginger Oak Moss Beard Oil

It's been a while since I made a beard thing, and since I've been working with this lovely ginger oak moss essential oil blend quite a lot, I got to thinking... goodness. Beards should smell like this.... I could make beards smell like this. And here we are, with a...

Conditioning Beard Balm

A couple weeks ago I was having a patio chat with my friend Dallas, who was dithering over what to do with his facial hair. It was at the scruffy hipster beard stage, and he was considering sporting mutton chops, or perhaps a sturdy 'stache. In his beard researching...

1915 Redwood Beard Balm

This softly fragrant, intoxicating 1915 Redwood Beard Balm was inspired by a series of photos of lumberjacks in California's Redwood forests at the turn of the last century. Tiny men dwarfed by awe inspiring trees, working in teams with long, jagged saws to fell...

Spiced Bergamot Beard Oil

This lovely Spiced Bergamot Beard Oil smells warm and sweet, with a hint of pith and a woody, spicy base. Know somebody suffering from itchy winter beard? This oil is just the thing. The base is made from some of my favourite oils. Argan oil is my all time favourite...

Midnight Coffee Beard Oil

As the days get colder and the air gets drier, a few of my bearded male friends have approached me about something for their increasingly scratchy, dry beards. Challenge accepted, gents. This lovely oil was gifted to my friend Tekoa. He's got a magnificent beard...

Cedar Smoke Beard Balm

One of my favourite things about traveling is meeting new people. We often end up connecting as Facebook friends, and their international antics liven up my newsfeed. Ryan is one of these people. I met Ryan at the Glasgow airport—he was working in the duty free shop,...

Peppermint & Cedarwood Aftershave Lotion

This fun aftershave lotion project was another reader request. I can't find the email or comment to thank her, but thank you! This was an awesome thing to puzzle out, and I'm really happy with the result. I first made this cream towards the end of Movember (otherwise...

Dry Shampoo & Texturizers

Natural Dry Shampoo Spray

I've been watching lots of hair tutorials on YouTube lately, and I can't help but notice how many of them use dry shampoo to achieve a bit of added texture and volume for updos. So, a few weeks ago when I was wandering the aisles of Costco a pack of Batiste dry...

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

I've written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It's pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it's not ideal for those with more...

The Cheapest & Easiest Homemade Dry Shampoo

This is the easiest way possible to make your hair look clean when it isn't. It's also cheap. And smells like chocolate. What more could you want? This is best for brunettes and dirty blondes. Just mix equal parts cornstarch and cocoa powder. Apply it to greasy roots...

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