We are so in love with honeybees – let’s make that fascinated. They are amazingly gentle yet persevere to help sustain the beauty of our outdoor world. Fruits, veggies and flowers rely upon the queen bee and all her girls in order to blossom and grow. After Spring arrives, honey bees get even busier, so when you see them you know you can officially say goodbye to colder weather and usher in all things new and lovely!
The honey bee is also no stranger to encouraging beauty. For centuries honey has been used as a natural elixir to moisturize and treat the skin. We love that! By using fresh raw honey—even paired with our Brand New Day Scrub & Masque for a luxurious facial treat—the benefits are many. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, reduces inflammation, and helps the skin heal quickly. Plus, fresh raw honey acts as an humectant, so it pulls moisture out of the air and onto the skin. It is also rich with vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Vibrantly-colored flowers and many delicious—and healthy!—foods cannot exist without the honey bee. Every third bite of food we eat has been pollinated by a honeybee. Almonds, for example, would not be available at all if not for honeybees. Farmers’ crops need them, too. About 80 percent of crops in the United States rely on honeybees; some are even solely dependent upon them.
When we went on a trip not too long ago to learn more about bees from a Georgia beekeeper, we discovered just how significant the honey bee is to sustaining our own lives. Watching them inside their hives turned our fear into wonder.
Because we love these little creatures and what they do for us, we were overjoyed to learn about a new initiative to protect the honey bee. The University of Minnesota Bee Lab recognized the danger that native bees are on the decline—mostly due to pesticides. By protecting and helping honey bees thrive, the Bee Lab’s initiatives with its Bee and Pollinator Research Lab and Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center will be protecting American agricultural and the food we eat. We are foodies, we love our beauty rituals, and we love our bees—so we are happy to hear this!
So, we are creating a little buzz about this, too! In honor of Earth Day and her honey bees, we are donating 20% of the net proceeds from all sales of Brand New Day Scrub & Masque from April 20th through April 23rd to the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. We will also have a surprise just for YOU so stay tuned for more details and the code. You can subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it-we will share the code and an Earth Day Be Bee-autiful Facial routine.
Honey bees are timely and timeless creatures for us. Because they have been pushed to a tipping point, you, too, can help support your local bees (and in turn your local farm crops). Plant a bee-friendly garden. Some bee-favorite plants include lavender, lemon verbena, anise hyssop, heather, clover, maple, poplar and lupines. Your garden will not only be bee-autiful to look at but also lovely to smell!