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Cosmetics

Bees are at the core of who we are and what we do, so we use the wonderful produce in our skincare and these are the reasons why:

Honey, Used for Centuries to Heal and Hydrate, honey is one of nature’s most hard-working creations; rich with antioxidants, it is both a powerful humectant, meaning it’s able to draw and seal in moisture, and packed with potent antibacterial compounds. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, it has long been prized for its curative and beautifying properties: It’s listed in recipes for healing ointments that were carved into clay tablets around 2000 B.C. Cleopatra is said to have bathed regularly in milk infused with the golden liquid.

The use of beeswax dates back at least 9,000 years, to the 7th millennium B.C.E. Beeswax is a popular ingredient in cosmetic formulas because not only does it have a lovely natural scent, but it helps to keep skin moisturised, leaving it feeling beautifully soft and smooth.

The properties of beeswax are associated to flavonoids, which are known to contain a high concentration of antioxidants that help to neutralise free radicals. Rich in antimicrobial and regenerative effects, beeswax hydrates, conditions, soothes, and calms the skin. With fatty acid components, beeswax is ideal for hydration, lubrication, and softening activities and hence widely used in skin care products. Unlike other substances such as petroleum jelly, beeswax allows skin to “breathe” and seals in moisture to help the skin stay hydrated and soft.

Our skincare ranges have been developed by us at Cloverlea Apiaries and approved and assisted by DR S Robb to ensure they meet only the highest of standards. We do not us any sulphates, parabens or palm oil in our products and only us natural preservative. We source all our ingredients from ethical suppliers and use only the finest essential oils and fragrances. None of our products or ingredients are tested on animals. We hand make all our products ourselves at Cloverlea in small batches to ensure only the finest quality products are made.

Conforming to: Regulation (EC) No1223/2009 Cosmetic Product Enforcement Regulation 2013. CPSR by DR S Robb

Honey

Our bees are local Honey Bees as we do not import bees and this allows us to have well natured bees for the Scottish climate, keeping our local native breeds alive not introducing disease. Our bees start to forage with the spring flowers, snow drops and crocus for example and progress though the year into the autumn months foraging on many different flower’s plants and trees (hawthorn, willowherb, borage, sycamore, lime trees, apple blossom etc) and then it’s the winter months. But for many foraging bees there is not enough forage in the winter to sustain them especially if you took all the honey from them, it’s also too cold for them to be out trying to find forage. That’s why at Cloverlea we do not take off all the bees’ honey. Our bees are the utmost import part of our business and they deserve the honey they have gathered. We only take off from the super (where they collect surplus honey) and sometime if it’s a young/ small hive they even have this too…

We have many apiaries sites within the central belt of Scotland, we do migrate some of our hives to help farmers with crop pollination and this in turn helps our bees to get healthy and strong. During the summer months when the heather season is afoot, we take our 4×4’s and off the heather moors we go to gather the precious delicious Scottish Heather Honey. We are also very mindful as to not over populate areas with honey bees as this will have an effect on the natural pollinators, so we at Cloverlea ensure that there is a balance protecting all lives of natural pollinators like the bumblebees and hoverflies etc.

All our honey is minimally filtered and is never heated above the hive temperature ensuring you have the best tasting honey just as nature intended and have been using for thousands of years. We have a dedicate honey house approved by our local authority where we extract, filter and jar all our lovely golden nectar or as they once said many thousands of years ago “Food Of the Gods”.

Why is honey so good for you, well it’s a good source of antioxidants, antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps digestive issues, consists of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and sugar.

Why does honey Crystallise you ask: Our honey will, and we are proud of that it means we have not heated our honey up to extend the shelf life. This is natural granulation; all pure honey will granulate in fact this is the best proof of its quality. But please don’t throw it away… Simply place it in a bamboree of hot water and stir this will loosen the sucrose and fructose (the sugars) in the honey and make it runny once more.

While our bees are busy producing honey;  we have developed and diversified our product range utilising our honey, and beeswax,  to produce luxury handmade Bee Natural Skincare, hand-poured beeswax moulded candles, jar and tinned candles either natural or fragranced and beeswax furniture polish.

As dedicated bee farmers we are members of The Bee Farmers Association, National Farmers Union, Scottish Bee Keepers Association, as well as Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers