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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 1100 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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How to Research Your Ingredients: Part 1

How to Research Your Ingredients: Part 1

We're kicking off 2020 with a bit of a multi-part guide on how to research your ingredients—a super important skill! I often hear from people who have bought something but they don't remember what for, so they're left with an ingredient with no defined purpose or use....

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Things I Learned in 2019

Things I Learned in 2019

Welcome to my annual "things I learned" post—and the last one of this decade (the first one was in 2012)! This piece of introspection and sharing is one of my favourite posts each year. The affection is not only for the reflection and distillation this post allows me,...

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Winter Solstice Bath Bombs

Winter Solstice Bath Bombs

Today we're creating some striking bath bombs to celebrate the winter solstice (technically the solstice was the night of the 21st, but here in Calgary the 23rd is only 8 seconds longer than the 21st, so I think we can still call it solstice season!). A cool, purpley...

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The Best of 2019

Happy it's nearly 2020! I can scarcely believe we're at the end of another decade. I can't help but think about where I was ten years ago—in 2009 I was pretty sure I'd work as a graphic designer in an ad agency or fancy design firm. I never could've imagined I'd be...

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Winter Solstice Facial Gel Cream

Winter Solstice Facial Gel Cream

It's time for another Bee Better project with a revamp of my first-ever face cream—2014's Winter Solstice Face Cream. This new version uses several newer skin-loving ingredients to create an even better facial lotion that is designed to deeply hydrate and strengthen...

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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2019 Edition

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2019 Edition

Hey Bees! Welcome to the 2019 Humblebee & Me Holiday Gift Guide 🎁This year I've had a lot of fun playing with our ingredient-inspired themes of Cranberry Orange and White Chocolate Peppermint! I hope you can find some wonderfully gift-able things in this...

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White Chocolate Peppermint Lip Scrub

White Chocolate Peppermint Lip Scrub

I've had quite a few requests for a new lip scrub formulation recently, and I thought our White Chocolate Peppermint theme was perfectly suited to a lip scrub—so here we are! This DIY is quite crunchy, with just five simple ingredients. It's pretty easy to whip up...

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Cranberry Orange Whipped Body Butter

Cranberry Orange Whipped Body Butter

Today's DIY is a whippy, lightweight, fast-absorbing Cranberry Orange Whipped Body Butter—and it's also our last cranberry orange DIY of the 2019 holiday making season! You'll only need four simple ingredients and some electric beaters to whip up this body butter....

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White Chocolate Peppermint Foot Cream

White Chocolate Peppermint Foot Cream

Mint and foot cream = a fabulous match. Mint and chocolate = also fabulous. Mint + chocolate + foot cream = amazingness! Decadent, refreshing, tingly, tootsie-treating goodness, all bundled up in a rich and silky White Chocolate Peppermint Foot Cream. This one has a...

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Pain Killing Emu Oil Roller

Pain Killing Emu Oil Roller

A few months ago I was shoveling my walk, hacking away at a stubborn bit of ice, and I hurt my wrist. Sprained it, strained it, whatever. There was an immediate "ouch!" followed by a lingering pain that comes back whenever I go to yoga—especially when the pose...

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Rose Argan Body Conditioner

Rose Argan Body Conditioner

I've had at least three or four requests for this rose argan body conditioner (inspired by a similar one by Lush), so I figured it must be pretty awesome. I've never tried the original, but it gets rave reviews for everything buts its price and the parabens that...

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Mocha Lip Balm

Mocha Lip Balm

Allow me to introduce you to something that is wonderful and delicious. It is lip balm that has been infused with coffee and chocolate, resulting in a fancy coffee shop experience for your kisser. This mocha lip balm smells incredible, tastes pretty darn good, and...

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Oat Milk Dream Cream

Oat Milk Dream Cream

This beautiful oat milk dream cream is silky smooth, gentle, and soothing. I got the idea from Lush—their Dream Cream Body Cream is one of their best sellers. I've never tried it, but the internet made it sound good enough to dupe, so here we are! For our water phase...

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Tallow Balm for Mature Skin

Tallow Balm for Mature Skin

Sometime last year I stumbled across this really neat blog entry about the benefits of using tallow on the skin—especially for aging skin. Over the months I've mentioned it to readers who have tried it, and reported back with positive results, so I thought it was...

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L’Occitane Lavender Hand Lotion

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Lotion

One day, on a flight, before I was DIYing up everything in sight, my seat-mate used the most delicious smelling lotion I'd ever encountered. Soft and delicate, lavender, but not quite. It was fantastic. I asked the woman about it, and she just gave me the tube. She'd...

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Perfect Body Butter Bars

Perfect Body Butter Bars

I'm having a hard time deciding what it is I love most about these perfect body butter bars. Is it how they melt perfectly on contact with my skin and absorb quickly? Is it their amazing, delicious scent, which comes entirely from the butters and oils they're made...

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DIY Egyptian Magic

DIY Egyptian Magic

I can't quite remember who first introduced me to the idea of making my own DIY Egyptian Magic. It may have been Meredith, it could have been a reader. It seems my memory isn't that great on this one. Anyhow, it was a great idea. As with many of the more natural...

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Cranberry Lip Balm

Cranberry Lip Balm

Every year around this time The Body Shop releases their seasonal line of cranberry inspired body products. I say "inspired" because they don't seem to have much in common with the little red berry other than the colour. I used to love the lip gloss, but once I...

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