How did I get into beekeeping and making skincare? I'm asked this question so often and I love explaining how Beeutiful came about so thought I'd share it here so those that have never asked me personally also now know! To be perfectly honest, I just had a crazy idea and I ran with it! I read an article in a Sunday supplement back in 2011 about a couple keeping bees on their rooftop in London. That sowed a seed of interest, sparked an idea and the rest as they say is history.
Finally I’ve extracted the honey from the hives. A good six weeks later than last year but finally it is done. Despite having an extra hive this year and hives that did not swarm thanks to my swarm management strategies I’ve extracted less than last year too :( So why so much later this year? And why so much less? The largest influence on honey production is most definitely the weather. This is most unfortunate considering the Jekyll & Hyde personality of the English weather,
The main honey flow is now over for 2014, the bees have had a great summer. A mild winter helped them build their colonies up easily, with brood being found at the first opening of the hives in March, allowing a plentiful of bees to be foraging as soon as the weather conditions were right. Despite what some may say, aside from a few wet August days overall we have had a great summer. There have been many warm bright sunny days providing good flying conditions for the bees. Th
Bees & your skin – a positive relationship Can bees really have a positive effect on our skin, don’t they just sting? Yes bees do sting but only if provoked, they are far more interested in the plants and flowers in the vicinity than they are you and secondly the beeswax and honey that they have been producing forever can indeed help our skin. Beeswax has been used in toiletries and cosmetics since Eygptian times and can be used in hair products, lipsticks, face creams, found