Our Story

Thanks so much for taking the time to look at our website. My name is Gwen and I am the founder of The Honeysuckle Bee and Me and live with my family in the beautiful green rolling drumlin hills of County Down, close to the shores of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.

I am a contented home-maker and I have always enjoyed making things and especially love natural materials and anything that involves crafts and nature. I enjoy the outdoors and all the simple pleasures that come with country living.

 

​My story begins with just one simple Soap "Goats Milk Soap with Almond Oat and Honey". As Sick Children's Nurse, Aromatherapist and then stay at home Mum to our 4 boys, it was important to me that my family have skin products that were gentle, natural and free of any harsh chemicals and it seemed logical that I add soap making to my long and sometimes hapless list of makings and dabblings.

This soap had to be one which was full of natural gentle goodies and as many sustainable and locally available ingredients as possible. As Beekeeper too, it obviously had to include honey from our own bees. This soap was a big success with family and friends and so my company, The Honeysuckle Bee and Me began...

​As my boys have grown into young men, my business has grown and I have further developed the product range while still adhering to my original ethos of, using quality ingredients that are natural eco-sustainable and locally available where possible. I have been keeping honey-bees for over 10 years now. Along with the wider pollinator insect habitat (and its plight) they have become something that I am very passionate about.

​Many of our products are inspired by our beautiful Northern Ireland countryside and ingredients that we have growing in abundance or that I grow using organic methods here on our small holding. It is amazing to able to turn simple things into something functional yet beautiful and a pleasure to use.

 

​So, be it elderflowers and honeysuckle from our summer hedgerows, or the herb patch at the end of our garden, I look forward to sharing a little bit of this country living with you...

 

If you need a little help or have any questions about our products please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Gwen x

 

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