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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 alternatives. I post new projects twice a week (every Monday and Thursday), and I’ve already got over 1200 formulas up here for you to look at, plus an extensive FAQ and an Encyclopedia full of information on the ingredients I use. I’d love it if you DIYed with me!

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New Projects

Passionfruit Coconut Conditioner Bar

Passionfruit Coconut Conditioner Bar

Today we're making a lovely solid conditioner bar starring exotic passionfruit oil and richly conditioning BTMS-25! When you run this solid bar over wet hair, it transforms into creamy, slippy hair conditioner—leaving your hair soft and silky, taming flyaways and...

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Summer Glow Body Lotion

Summer Glow Body Lotion

Today's DIY is another Bee Better project—an update of the Summer Shimmer Body Lotion I shared back in 2015 (over five years ago!). This lotion is lightweight and packs a serious shimmery punch to leave you glowing like a summer sunset. You can easily customize the...

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Soothing Makeup Finishing Spray

Soothing Makeup Finishing Spray

Today I'm sharing something I've been loving lately—a Soothing Makeup Finishing Spray. You certainly don't have to use it over makeup (it's also a great soothing & hydrating mist for bare skin!), but I've been using this as the last step in my makeup routine (and...

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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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An Interview with Lorraine Dallmeier of Formula Botanica

An Interview with Lorraine Dallmeier of Formula Botanica

Today I'm excited to share an interview with Lorraine Dallmeier, the owner & CEO of Formula Botanica. I completed my Formula Botanica Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation in 2018, and shortly after I attended the Formula Botanica conference in London, England....

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Cream Silk Cleansing Balm

Cream Silk Cleansing Balm

Today we're blending up a Cream Silk Cleansing Balm that I'm really quite proud of. It was vaguely inspired by a storebought cleansing balm that I recently tried + a need for a really effective waterproof makeup removing product. In regards to the storebought...

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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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Watermelon Mint Summer Body Oil

Watermelon Mint Summer Body Oil

We're continuing our Watermelon Mint series today with a silky, fruity, easy-to-make Watermelon Mint Summer Body Oil. This lovely oil leaves your skin soft and glowing without feeling greasy or heavy. It's got a fresh, subtle scent, and can be made in mere minutes....

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Oat & Shea Hand Lotion

Oat & Shea Hand Lotion

If your hands are anything like mine, they're feeling the effects of multiple months of a whole lot of hand sanitizer use and intensive hand washing sessions. This lightweight hand lotion focusses on some great moisturizing and soothing ingredients to help breathe...

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Lots & Lots of Clay Soap

Lots & Lots of Clay Soap

I adore clay in my soap, so I thought I'd try a bar with lots of the stuff. The general rule of thumb I've been following is one tablespoon per 500g/pound of oils so I decided to take that up by about 10x and I'm loving the results. All that clay makes for an extra...

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Scottish Rose Salve

Scottish Rose Salve

In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....

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Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...

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Fir, Cypress, and Silk Body Lotion

Fir, Cypress, and Silk Body Lotion

There's been a line that reads "fir and cypress body lotion with sweet undertones (vanilla, floral?)" in my long list of project ideas for quite some time. It's been there for long enough that I'm not entirely certain where the idea came from. Perhaps I tried a hand...

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London Fog Lip Balm

London Fog Lip Balm

I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf....

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Pink Rose Clay Bar

Pink Rose Clay Bar

After falling madly in love with my Everyday French Green Clay Bar I decided I needed more of them. Clay bars are downright fantastic for daily light clay use and they're far more travel friendly than a baggie of mysterious looking powder (especially if you're...

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Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Kristin wrote me with the most lovely sounding recipe request—she was looking for a “rich, tingly foot butter that smells like a pine tree”. Mmmm. As a lover of all things forest scented, I absolutely had to make this awesome (and as of yet hypothetical) rocky...

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Rose Spearmint Lip Balm

Rose Spearmint Lip Balm

Several months ago I ordered some rose wax from Saffire Blue, and apart from enthusiastically sniffing the wee baggie it came in, I haven't done anything with it until now. This lovely rose and spearmint lip balm was well worth the wait, though. Want to buy this lip...

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Chili Oil Tiger Balm

Chili Oil Tiger Balm

Before I left for Costa Rica with dreams of surfing real waves dancing in my imagination, I made a big jar of chili oil tiger balm. I was pretty sure I'd need it, and I was right. Surfing is hard work, especially when you yank your body out of winter semi-hibernation...

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