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Welcome to Humblebee & Me!

I’m Marie—the “me” in Humblebee &  Me. I love to make things—cosmetics, soaps, lotions, lip balms, and most of all… messes. I’m on a journey to ditch shop bought body products and cosmetics and swap them for homemade, high quality, natural alternatives. I post new recipes twice a week (every Monday and Thursday), and I’ve already got over 1000 formulas up here for you to look at, plus an FAQ and an Encyclopedia. I’d love it if you DIYed with me!

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New Recipes

Shine & Detangle Conditioning Hair Rinse

Shine & Detangle Conditioning Hair Rinse

Today's project is a Bee Better for the Shine & Detangle ACV Hair Rinse I shared back in 2013. I had a lot of fun revisiting this one, taking lots of inspiration from the name rather than the original ingredients, and working in lots of what I've learned about...

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Cranberry Orange Christmas Soap

Cranberry Orange Christmas Soap

Today we’re kicking off the 2019 holiday making season with our first Christmas soap and the launching of our first 2019 Christmas theme—Cranberry Orange! This theme will be starring ingredients like juicy-smelling cranberry seed oil, cranberry seeds, orange essential...

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Calendula Rose Foaming Cleansing Powder

Calendula Rose Foaming Cleansing Powder

Today we're creating an herb-and-clay-based powder-to-foam facial cleanser. It's a pretty simple concept, and easy to customize and tweak based on what you have on hand. It's been quite a while since I shared a cleansing powder—it seems I really liked them in...

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Chocolate Rhassoul Shampoo Bars

Chocolate Rhassoul Shampoo Bars

I've been working on these chocolatey, clay-spiked shampoo bars since early March, and I'm super excited to finally share them with you today! They've got a stunning, creamy lather that leaves your hair feeling fabulous, and I'm making them with my beautiful new...

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Rosé Soap

Rosé Soap

Today we're making a type of soap I haven't made before—cold processed soap with wine! As a continuation of our rosé series, I'm using rosé wine as part of the water for this soap, complementing it with a fresh rose fragrance oil and some gold and pink whorls. Want to...

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A Quick Guide to Sunflower Wax and Liquid Oil Ratios

A Quick Guide to Sunflower Wax and Liquid Oil Ratios

Today we're getting to know sunflower wax (Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax), a vegan wax made from the winterization of sunflower seed oil. It's a potent thickener and hardener with an interesting dry/astringent skin feel. I find it to have a creamier feel than candelilla...

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Rich Shealoe Butter Cream

Rich Shealoe Butter Cream

This decadent Rich Shealoe Butter Cream is the first project I'm tackling in my Bee Better series; it's an update of the Homemade Shealoe Butter Cream I shared back in February 2014. The idea was to create my own shealoe butter type product, inspired by the plethora...

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Humblebee & Me is 8!

Humblebee & Me is 8!

Oh my goodness, Humblebee & Me is eight! My little blog is a third-grader, and if it takes after me, it'll be learning and forgetting long division (for the first time, at least) this year. This last year has been full of making things, learning things, and...

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Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash

Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash

Today we're re-stocking my handwash inventory with a fresh, zippy Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash. It's a fast, no-heat project, and I've provided two slightly different versions. One version uses peppermint hydrosol for our scent, while the other makes use of a...

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Conditioning Super Nourishing Hair Balm

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...

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Soothing Oat Bath and Body Oil

Soothing Oat Bath and Body Oil

This soothing oat bath and body oil was born from a recipe request from Claudia, who loves Aveeno's Skin Relief Shower and Bath Oil. She said that it was fantastic for dry winter skin and even helped with her son's eczema. Taking a look at the ingredients, first first...

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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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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lotion

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lotion

To me, macadamia nuts will forever evoke memories of Hawaii. I was last there with my family when I was seventeen, and I remember picking up a bag of some chocolate covered macadamia nuts in the airport on our way home. Those nuggets of chocolatey goodness were...

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Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Ever since I made my Chocolate Lip Butter I've been completely smitten with it, so naturally I want more of it in all kinds of different variations. I've been wishing for a citrussy lip treat for ages, but since citrus essential oils are photosensitizing, I've never...

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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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Chocolate Lip Butter

Chocolate Lip Butter

Out of all the things I've made that I have to frequently remind myself not to eat, this Chocolate Lip Butter is pretty high up that list. It smells downright delicious, and leaves my lips oh-so wonderfully soft and hydrated. And did I mention that it smells exactly...

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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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