Our Story of Bees & Natural Skincare
Awarded 'Best Bee Beauty Brand 2018' in the Beauty Shortlist Awards, we are an indie skincare brand dedicated to making all natural, chemical free skincare that actually works! Based in the beautiful Welsh countryside, we are beekeepers too and are committed to supporting and sustaining our local honey bee population.
All of our products are '100% Natural' & 'Bee Friendly' and free of chemical preservatives including parabens, petroleum based ingredient, lanolin, SLS or other synthetic chemical ingredient or fragrance.
As a result of the above, our face, hand and body care range are particularly suitable for sensitive, dry & problem skins prone to eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Our founder, Catherine, was inspired to keep bees by her Dad. Having grown up in the Welsh countryside with home grown food and a sustainable style of living, she realised how important bees were in the ecosystem. With a lifelong passion for aromatherapy, massage and alternative therapy it was only a matter of time before her own ‘raw’ honey, with it's amazing healing powers, was added into the mix to create the awesome range of natural products that we have today!
So, after a 20 year career in law, Catherine gave up her life of commuting and office life for a more relaxed lifestyle and a return to country living. She now lives on a farm in the rolling hills of Monmouthshire surrounded by her menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats and of course the bees.
Whilst her bees are busy gathering nectar and pollen from a Woodland Trust apiary site near Usk, Catherine is 'Busy Bee' creating hand-made skincare inspired by nature and using natural products from the hive which soften and heal the skin.
- We don’t add and will never add chemicals to our products, only natural, simple ingredients. Our products are free of parabens, lanolin, palm oil, SLS, petro chemicals, and mineral oil.
- We love, love, love bees and all things ‘nature’!
- We make our products from scratch so you can be assured that no animals are ever harmed or used in testing.
- As an small brand our relationship with you is very important. We value your opinions and input and will always listen and respond - so please talk to us.
- We use honey and beeswax from our own bees and from other Welsh beekeepers which helps to support the continued survival of British bees.
We are so confident that you and your skin are going to love our products that we offer a full money back guarantee if you are not entirely satisfied!
See what our customers have to say about the wonders of natural honey skincare on our 'Testimonial Page' HERE.
At HBB, we only use ‘Raw Welsh Honey'. 'Raw' honey is not heated to high temperatures or micro filtered, thereby retaining all of it's natural vitamins, enzymes and pollens to help nourish and heal the skin. Because we use ‘raw’ honey, on occasion, the honey can crystallise causing small lumps to form. The quality of the product is not effected, however, if you want to remove the crystals you can by simply warming the product with gentle heat.
We also only use 'Beeswax Cappings'. The cappings are the wax made and used by the bees to seal the honey comb containing honey stores. It’s the purest form of beeswax with no possible chemical residue which might be present in other beeswax where the bees have needed treatment for disease.
The last product from the hive that we use is 'Propolis' which is used by bees to sterilise their hives. It’s made from buds and sap of trees and is a potent antiseptic and natural anti-inflammatory. It also contains minerals like magnesium and zinc which help skin regenerate.
Both honey and beeswax attract moisture and lock it in and the beeswax acts as a natural breathable barrier protecting the skin from damaging environmental factors such as sunlight, pollution, harsh weather and moisture loss.
We also only use 'Pure Essential Oils' rather than synthetic fragrances which mean that you get the added therapeutic properties to our products which help to relax, uplift, and soothe the senses!
Honey Bee Beautiful have recently featured on the internationally successful BBC2 series, Escape to the Country, where you can see Catherine beekeeping and making natural products from the hive. Read all about it in our blog HERE.
The full range is assessed to ensure our products’ safety on your delicate skin as approved by our membership of the Guild of Soap & Toiletry Makers which provides information on guidelines about craft soap and toiletries.
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Please note that even though all of our products are 100% natural some people may have sensitivities to certain natural ingredients. If you have not used our products before we would recommend that you patch test a sample on your arm prior to use to avoid any potential adverse reaction. If you do have a sensitivity to any of our products, we can, on request, send a patch test kit to help you identify the trigger ingredient. We may also be able to provide a bespoke product to suit your skin type. Please email with any enquiries in this regard to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to help.