The Beauty and the Bees philosophy is to harvest, create and provide purely natural products, without chemicals, animal tested ingredients or products, plastic packaging or hype… done with care since 1993.
In fact we have- by using only reuseable, recycleable, glass tin paper or cardboard packaging only- calculated that we have saved over 1 million plus pieces of plastic packaging from landfill over those years, something that we are very proud of, and our environmental record is far better than any other business in Australia by far!
Here is how we care for you and the environment:
We only use earth friendly packaging – for 26 years we have used only glass tin cardboard or paper packaging NO PLASTIC TUBES BOTTLES OR JARS : EVER. We have turned ourselves inside out for 26 years to make our business as plastic free as we physically can but sometimes with closures and labels no practical alternative is available!
Beauty and the bees do not use plastic containers except for bottle caps and wadding cap inserts (yes we tried cardboard it does not work) where we have no choice. Packaging is in amber glass tin paper or cardboard (not plastic) and we use recycled paper materials/boxes.
There is no widely available alternative to plastic caps in Australia and we are forced to use plastic labels because any oil or water based product will ruin paper and make contents illegible in one use.
Yes we are searching as we have done for 26 years for an alternative but Australia is only 26 million people, and it is simply not viable for importers to bring in the cornstarch/non-plastic labels that Americans and Europeans can buy easily and cheaply: Australia is at least 10 years behind the rest of the world which is extremely frustrating! We trust that our clients are smart enough to understand this problem for a small business, peel the label off and recycle in their recycle bin.
We proudly repurpose waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill from cardboard generated by ourselves and other small businesses, creating the cardboard mesh that is used for packing your orders in-house with our own monster cardboard shredder ( we call him Hal 9000)
Feed them to your chickens if you have them!
- Where bags are required ( for free samples of soaps, etc in mail orders) we use biodegradeable cellophane bags, and only kraft recycled paper bags instore.
- We use only recycled/earth friendly shipping materials to pack mail orders aside from the plastic bags that are supplied by Australia Post/Courier businesses and we have no choice in this.
- Packing boxes are all recycled Kraft card.
- The spoons/spatulas provided with our moisture creams are not plastic but also biodegradeable made of cornstarch.
Where possible we use only recycled paper pulp packaging/printed matter (this is extremely difficult in Australia with limited supply sources available here).
All our products are handmade in a chemical and detergent -free environment.
Our products, and importantly all ingredients, are virtually all edible or foods, tested only on humans (not animals) and have been since people began using these natural ingredients to care for their bodies.
We support wherever possible local producers, small raw material supply businesses.
We do not use synthetics. We use no petrochemicals, harsh chemical scents or chemical preservatives, so that you can be absolutely sure that no animal has suffered to produce your product. Herbs and honey have been used by humans for centuries without the harmful side effects increasingly evident in today’s chemical-laden world.
As a small, environmentally sensitive, local producer we do not create megafactory waste. Indeed, we recycle wherever possible. Our original store in Bellerive was built entirely from re-cycled materials from a local Resource and Waste Management Co-operative.
Why we only use natural ingredients.
Our skin is the largest absorptive organ in the human body.
What is placed on the skin is readily absorbed, making its way through our internal systems.
Prove it to yourself! Try rubbing a cut garlic clove on the sole of your foot. The distinctive odour will appear on your breath in just a minute.
So what are petrochemicals doing to our body as well as our skin?
The Beauty and the bees’ solution was to start making skincare products by hand, using people-friendly herbs, honey, food such as grains and nuts, and natural oils and waxes.
These products usually produce a visible improvement on your skin after a short time, even if you are suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or other superficial skin problems.