Meet the Founder
Settle down with a nice cuppa, and listen to Jill Saunders, Beauty and the bees founder’s story, of a journey from Thatcher’s Britain to peaceful Tasmania and the beginnings of Beauty and the bees, thanks to ABC radio’s Chris Wisbey show October 30th 2016 (Approx 14 minutes)
Why choose Beauty & the Bees?
If you are unsure about buying from us because you don’t know if we are trusted, or our products do what they say they do, read the genuine unbiased testimonials on http://www.womo.com.au/reviews/Beauty-and-The-Bees-Hobart and that may help you to make your mind up.
At Beauty & the Bees here in Tasmania, we TRULY understand dry, sensitive, eczema prone skin- I began this business in an effort to cure myself,using my grandmother’s old remedies, of disfiguring and chronic eczema/dry skin, and succeeded by using only trusted, pure, gentle food ingredients.
And we understand the needs of mature women too, being older ourselves, and over the “bulldust” marketing of “antiaging” products that do just the opposite!
Just like you we tried every commercial skincare product time after time to find one that really worked ( actually kept skin moisturised and comfortable for 12 hours plus) that didn’t burn our skin or make it itch, in vain.
So we started making our own: for 25 years – long before ‘organic’ was a fashionable and meaningless buzz word – we have hand made products FROM SCRATCH (no bought in premade “bases”, melt and pour soap “noodles”), including pure, natural local food ingredients that have been used for centuries in every culture,are safe enough to eat, and most importantly REALLY work- see the hundreds of testimonials to prove it.
So how did it all start?
Jill Saunders grew up in England in a family where natural herbal remedies were part of everyday life, with home remedies for the family made by her grandmother from her herb garden.
As an adult eczema sufferer with extremely dry, sensitive skin, Jill tried every commercial skincare product to alleviate the problem, with no success- all the commercial products just made it worse.
After experiencing the damage to her skin (the more she used the worse it got- drier and drier) caused by, and and learning about ,the harmful effects of petrochemical mineral oils and their synthetic derivatives present in most skincare products, 18 years ago, Jill returned to her grandmother’s old remedies, truly natural raw food ingredients, and 2000 year old formulae to make her own skin-friendly, absolutely natural range of products.
Beauty and the bees was born!
Jill emigrated to Tasmania, Australia from Britain in 1992 to seek out the island’s abundant and natural ingredients, like the aromatic Leatherwood honey, which is unique to Tasmania.
Tasmania’s cool climate also meant that potent, certified organic herbs would play a key role in the Beauty and the bees’ range.
In 1993 Jill began supplying Beauty and the bees products by direct mail, opening the first retail Beauty and the bees fresh skincare deli in the historic waterfront village, Bellerive, in early 1997.
In 1999, using the World Wide Web, Beauty and the bees became available worldwide.
Yes, our moisture creams feel fantastically rich, nourishing and luxurious on your skin – better than anything you have ever tried before, and feel NOTHING like all the other the products on the market (which are mostly water because it is free, which evaporates on application,leaving nothing to nourish the skin)
Our products usually produce a visible improvement on your skin after a short time, even if you are suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis very dry skin, or other superficial skin problems- as our clients tell us….
“Your moisture creams are the best I have ever used – and believe me I have used everything on the market when I worked as a beautician – all the rest are very watery.
Your creams are the only products with real substance, staying on all day to keep my skin beautifully moisturised.
Thank you for making such a ‘real’, genuine, quality economical product that really works! “– Charlotte Bonnett in Western Australia (amongst many hundreds of others tell us all the time).
Discover the Beauty & the Bees difference for yourself …products that have no artificial chemicals and no preservatives in them, are completely pure,and found no where else.
If you keep natural, healthy perishable food in your refrigerator then that’s where you’ll keep Beauty & the Bees fabulous super rich, FRESH moisture creams and other products. After all, that’s what these products are made from, familiar foods such as honey; dairy cream; organic herbs; cold-pressed vegetable and nut oils; nut meals; and fresh fruit – ingredients that don’t clog the pores, leaving your skin free to breathe.
Our skincare formulas are made with our wilderness island’s unique Leatherwood beeswax and honey, found nowhere else in the world, and possessing an intense floral aroma. Open the jar…warm just a little in your hands…breathe in the mysterious, rich aroma of the Tasmanian temperate rainforest.
These ultra-rich concentrated, very economical creams, whose colour and texture can vary as the seasons change, reflect the natural waxes and oils with which they are carefully hand made. The secret is that they absorb slowly, thereby leaving a long-lasting protective film on the skin, trapping vital moisture in the skin.
We make everything from scratch in house.
We don’t buy in mass manufactured generic ‘base creams’ and relabel like everyone else.
We do this so we ( and you)know exactly what is in them, and that our products are guaranteed free from petrochemical mineral oil, synthetic chemicals, colours, synthetic fragrances – and irritant preservatives ( we chill them instead and sell direct to you instead of storing it in plastic in a warehouse for years before it sits on the chemist’s shop in plastic!)
We use moisturising honey and rich pure plant oils and waxes that have been tried and tested for generations in every culture, to promote soft, healthy, glowing comfortable.
The Beauty & the Bees difference
- No fake sickly synthetic scents
- No irritating synthetics
- No drying, skin ageing petrochemicals
- No polluting plastics
- No false claims or promises
- No lies…
- Just 100% chemical-free, luxuriously rich products that really work, handmade – ethically – in a small business – by women just like you.
Beauty & the Bees use only premium quality Australian ingredients found among the healthy gourmet foods you eat and drink. Ingredients like our island’s unique raw, unpasteurised Leatherwood honey, certified organic olive oil, certified organic/biodynamic Tasmanian herbs.
Only the highest quality honey, nut, plant and herb oils-all at effective concentrations.
Hence the products are especially soothing and healing for those whose skin has been sensitised and damaged by years of exposure to chemical skincare products.