More than 15 years ago, Ohio-based Amy and David Rzepka began keeping bees on their family farm, when a co-worker asked if they would look after a hive he could no longer care for. One day, David took a look at his shampoo label and was shocked by some of the chemicals listed. A health-conscious couple who wanted their children to eat healthy, they decided to manufacture skin and hair care products from the honey, propolis and beeswax in their own hives.
The process began nine years ago in their basement. Today, they run an established manufacturing unit and their family business, named Beessential, is known for 100% natural, environment-friendly products hand-made in the US using pure honey, beeswax and other harm-free ingredients.
Scroll down for more about Beessential products and my thoughts on them.
One of the Beessential hives:
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Beessential products (PR samples) are not tested on animals and they are sulphate-, paraben-, preservative- and phthalate-free.
The hand and body cream is paraben-free and contains shea and cupuacu butters. It costs $12.99 for 177ml and can be used all over the body. It is thick, rich and intensely hydrating and is better suited for dry months than the Summer. I can smell honey, bergamot, citrus and lavender but the smell is pleasant and not strong. Nor is the lavender overpowering. I am half-way through this tube and it should come up in my November empties. Check out the ingredients:
The Moisterizing [sic] Natural Body Wash looks so like mellowed honey that it is very difficult not to want to taste it, believe me. This bottle is in my shower right now and it smells of honey, lemon and bergamot. It feels creamy and gentle on the skin. It costs $8.99 a bottle. I find I can get away without moisturising all over on lazy days, after using this body wash. Check out the ingredients:
VerdictNatural skincare has always appealed to me, and these are gentle and pampering on my skin. I love everything I have tried - the lip balms are top-class, and the body cream is rich and kind to my dry skin in this weather, while the body wash and soap bar are creamy, invigorating and smell fabulous.
If you are looking for a 100% natural, handcrafted, cruelty-free skin- and hair care and bath and body brand that does not break the bank, look no further. The products come in a variety of fragrances, so if you dislike lavender, you can choose grapefruit, or rose mint, or yoghurt and so on. I showed them to Gramps over the weekend and he went all nostalgic about his bees.
Beessential has successfully adopted the bees' policy of sharing their work and providing many benefits for humans. Their award-winning products are available here. Best of all, ten per cent of all profits are donated by Beessential to a charity of your choice at SweetYear.Org.