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WHAT WE DO

We formulate skincare that’s gentle on the skin, using beeswax, honey and propolis along with natural & organic botanical oils. Beekeepers at heart, we’re mindful of the environment and ensure our packaging, ingredients and production techniques are considered to minimise our impact wherever we can.

Elizabeth Ready
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Elizabeth

is the chief formulator and maker of the products. Elizabeth has an Advanced Diploma in Organic Cosmetic Science and continues to focus on product innovation and development

Derek Ready

Derek

is the chief qualified beekeeper, with expertise in judging, teaching and lecturing beekeeping

Joseph Ready

Joseph

looks after the marketing while also helping out with beekeeping and product making. Joseph became a qualified beekeeper at the young age of 12 and went onto teach beekeeping for many years

Bees

Honey Bees

produce the beeswax, honey and propolis used across the skincare range

Honey, beeswax and propolis have been used for centuries in skincare for their naturally nourishing and soothing properties. We sustainably harvest these ingredients from beehives across Sussex and Surrey to use in our skincare range. We believe in the power of nature and formulate skincare using carefully selected blends of plant oils along with bee produce. The outcome, skincare that’s kind to your skin, the environment, and the bees.

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WHY WE DO IT

Our passion for bees started it all. Having caught the beekeeping bug in 2003 we quickly realised just how fascinating these creatures are. Not only are they vital for the success of most of the food we eat, but they also produce surplus beeswax, honey and propolis – a combination of sustainable and natural ingredients packed full of skincare benefits!

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Beeswax forms a protective film on the skin surface, helping reduce water loss. [1] It is also non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking) and credited with anti-inflammatory properties making it particularly suited to sensitive skin.

Honey naturally attracts moisture to the skin, hydrating and plumping the skin surface which helps smooth out fine lines. [1]

Propolis is wildly used in medicine for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Made up of resins, balsam, waxes, essential oils, pollen, amino acids, vitamins and minerals - propolis can help soothe and protect the skin.

 

[1] Kurek-Górecka, A.; Górecki, M.; Rzepecka-Stojko, A.; Balwierz, R.; Stojko, J. Bee Products in Dermatology and Skin Care. Molecules 2020, 25, 556. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25030556

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HOW WE DO IT

We create our own formulas and use long long-established techniques to produce skincare with the highest natural content possible. The ingredients we use are key to the efficacy of our products, our suppliers have rigorous testing practices in place and where possible we use organically certified oils to further ensure sustainable and ethical farming practices have been followed.

From our lip balms to moisturisers, our range is made in small batches at a maximum of 80 units. This allows for hand-craft, greater attention to detail and reduced waste. We don’t outsource any production, ensuring high standards from start to finish. We make, package and distribute every single product here in Sussex.

 

All our packaging and product containers are carefully selected to minimise environmental impact. We use glass and aluminium containers wherever possible and only ever use paper labels printed on a sustainably sourced paper stock.

 

For our local customers we offer a return and refill scheme for glass packaging. And all postal orders are fulfilled using recycled or recyclable packaging.

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GIVING BACK TO CHARITY

We’re in a lucky position to be able to give back to charity. We support a number of charities across the UK by gifting products, including cancer support charities and NHS key workers. We also make annual donations to Friends of the Earth and the Soil Association, who both campaign against the use of destructive pesticides and promote more sustainable farming to support our bees and other pollinators.  

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