D's Bees

 From the Hive to your Home:
• Raw, Local Honey, bottled the same day it's harvested • Beeswax Balms, Lotions, Soaps & Shampoo Bars • Chemical-Free Alternative Skin Care | No Added Gooey Glossy Gunk - Ever

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Our "Products from the Hive".

When we harvest our Honey, we get wax from the bees.  That wax is used in our balms.  Balms are simple, clean moisture that anyone can love.

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Products from the hive

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Honey

Local | Raw
Unprocessed

Balms

Body & Lip Balms
from our beeswax

Lotions

Honey Themed
scents and products

Soaps & Shampoo Bars

Everyone  's THESE!

Haba

Health & Beauty Aides for body and face

Pet Care

& D's Bees Famous
EO Bugg-off Spray

Honey.  Raw.  Unprocessed.

Local, Raw, Unprocessed Honey

Our honey is extracted once a year in late August.  All of it is bottled the same day it's extracted.  They only thing between you and this natural product (gift from the bees) is a strainer. There's nothing like it - "Fresh from the hive to your home."  We're a small producer - there is a limited supply!

Wisconsin Honey

Sorry - WE DO NOT ship our glass jars outside of Wisconsin.

...a little NOTE about this NATURAL PRODUCT

Sorry - NO HONEY BEARS!!!! NO HONEY IN PLASTIC!!!. All of our honey is in GLASS JARS - which can be rewarmed from crystallization. Color and flavor variation is common from year to year...as the bees resources of nectar changes. Generally, the darker the honey - the more "flavorful". Remember that when you're enjoying your honey - you are TASTING A MOMENT IN TIME - that flower will never bloom again.

ALL REAL HONEY will CRYSTALIZE (turn solid/get sugary).  Crystallized honey has NOT "gone bad". Let's change our perception of of crystallization! "CRYSTALLIZATION IS A BADGE OF HONOR" - it means you have REAL HONEY (UNPROCESSED) FROM THE HIVE...and not through an INDUSTRIALIZED PROCESS. Many times, the honey from the store shelf doesn't crystallize because it's been HEATED (pasteurized), ULTRA-FILTERED and in worse case scenario, blended with corn syrup!

You can return crystallized honey to a liquid state by simply WARMING IT.  Boil up a pan of water on the stove and immerse your bottle into it (loosen up the lid a little) - do not submerge.  We try not to heat it over 140 degrees or you are destroying the beneficial enzymes - the microwave is not recommended.  You can scorch or burn your honey.

2019 HONEY is ready.  SUPPLY VERY LIMITED!

Balms. Simple.

Body Balms & Lotion Bars

• Muscle Rub has a blend of essential oils that helps sooth sore muscles. This is a nice break from the medicinal smelling products you get off the shelf. This has a sweet citrus/eucalyptus smell. 1 oz PUSHUP, 1 oz TUB

• Lavender is our base with the added qualities and scent of pure essential oil of Lavender. Lavender has natural disinfectant qualities. Now you can protect your hands from the dryness of continual washing and disinfect. 1 oz TUB

• Ultimate is our base with added Shea and Cocoa Butter with a light Oatmeal-Honey scent. It just MELTS into your skin. 1 oz TUB, 2 oz TUB

• Hardworking Hand Balm High in wax content - it's really good when your hands are working in dirt, grease or getting scratched up - when you need something that acts like a "liquid glove".  Shea Butter and Tea Tree Oil will help your cuts and scrapes. 2 oz TUB

• Aloe & Shea Butter This product is just plain wonderful. Shea is ideal for it's anti-inflammatory and healing properties and combined with the antioxidants, enzymes and anti-inflammatory qualities of Aloe - there couldn't be a more soothing PROBLEM SKIN solution!  2 oz TUB

• Aloe & Shea Butter WHIP We took all the goodness of the Aloe & Shea BUTTER and WHIPPED IT UP. We added the silky smoothness of arrowroot powder.  Arrowroot adds to it's ability to absorb moisture making it good for athletes foot, blisters, sores, burns, etc. 2 oz TUB

• Lotion Bar
Oatmeal-Honey or Warming Chai Scented
This is pure love from the hive!  The lotion bar (which comes out of the tin) depicts a beautiful HONEYBEE in relief.  Also High in wax content - it's good for when your hands are working in scratchy things.  Shea Butter is a premier moisturizer and healer for skin.  2 oz TIN

HB Hand/Body Balm
Lotion Bar in TIN

Lip Balms

• Tubs • Tins • Tubes

Tubes
Our tube formula with added Shea Butter is extra silky for dry, cracked lips. And comes in four LIP SMACKING "flavors": Honey Lips, Strawberry, Coffee and Orange.

Tins and Tubs
Our original blend with an Olive Oil base in CUTE, pocket sized delivery packages - great stocking stuffers: Mint, Cool-Pineapple and Chai. Our pineapple has just a touch of mint to make it COOL.

LB Tins or Tubs
LB w/shea TUBES

Body Balms

Balms are the SIMPLEST and PUREST form of moisturizer - a blend of OIL and BEESWAX. When we harvest honey, we get pure beeswax in the process.  This beeswax is cleaned and used in our products.  A BALM is a good choice for a person with skin sensitivities to other products.

Lip Balms

All balms start as a BASE of Olive Oil and Beeswax from our hives.Lip Balms have more wax than body balms.  No gooey, glossy, gunk added! Great for guys too - no overly girly flavors.  Our TUBES have added Shea Butter.

...about balms (ingredients)

our base oil of choice.
OLIVE OIL: If you can eat it, surely you can put it on your skin! Olive Oil attracts external moisture and holds the moisture close to the skin - it forms a breathable film to prevent the loss of internal moisture. Olive Oil does not block the natural functions of the skin. It's neutral enough to use around eyes.  Extra virgin olive oil has some NATURAL SCENT and sometimes we get into a batch that is more "flavorable" than others.  Our olive oil bases are NOT scent-free, they are "naturally scented".

BEESWAX: Helps create a barrier - melting into the oils to help keep moisture IN the skin. Our BEESWAX comes from our hives!

HONEY, PROPOLIS and POLLEN: And try as we might to "clean" the wax cappings from our honey harvest - our beeswax DOES INCLUDE traces of honey, propolis and pollen. Our wax is cleaned by human hands and not super-refining machines.

Lotions. Everyday Moisture.

Goat Milk & Honey Lotion

• Unscented
• Milk & Honey Scent
• Lavender Scent

Goat’s milk is high in protein, triglycerides, Vitamin A, B6, B12 and E making it an excellent natural moisturizer that helps hydrate and nourish skin. Honey is a natural anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is high in vitamin C and promotes collagen formation in the skin. Shea Butter is well known in helping moisturize while providing a silky protective barrier to all skin types. Does not contain mineral oil.  The lotions are very thick - older hands appreciate the TUB for easier opening.

GM&H Scented & Unscented
Lavender Scented

Shea Butter & Aloe Lotion

• Honey-Patchouli-Lime Scent

This is my Favorite!  The base is an amazing combination of Aloe Vera and Refined Shea Butter. Aloe has long been considered to be a premier product for moisturizing and healing the skin while Shea Butter is thought to aid dry skin. MINERAL OIL AND PARABEN FREE.  The Scent: It's Complicated.  Sweet, Spicy & Citrus.

Lotion - Shea Butter

...about lotions

All of our scents/flavors are cosmetic grade and (when used) are PHTHALATE FREE!

Common ingredients we add to our products: 
COCOA BUTTER: (also known as Cacao butter) contains a large number of different antioxidants that act synergistically to present a massive offensive against the free radicals which lead to premature aging and as such, is the ideal skin care product.
SHEA BUTTER: Used as a moisturizer during winter months since cold weather is especially hard on skin. Shea butter works as a protectant and intensive moisturizer. Its most well-known use worldwide, however, is for cosmetic purposes in natural skin care. Shea butter has become widely known in North America, Asia and Europe for its soothing and revitalizing skin care properties. The butter is high in vitamins A, D, and E, and fatty acids similar to the skin's natural oils.

Soaps & Shampoo Bars.

Soaps

~3.75 oz "tree" form

• Honey-Oatmeal EO SOAP (always in stock as this is what we use in-house) is made with REAL honey, REAL oatmeal and a "spicy" blend of essential oils.  Both Men and Women like this scent.

• Seasonals (as of 8/19/2019)
#1 Lemon Lavender ALOE & OLIVE body bar
#2 Blackberry Sage BUTTERMILK body bar
#3 White Tea Ginger SHEA BUTTER body bar
We're likely going to discontinue the sale of these online in that we can't seem to update the site often enough to stay current.  You can always EMAIL your order instead of going through the site shopping cart - and ASK about these)

Soap Body Bars

Shampoo Bars

• Satsuma Orange
• Lavender Fields
• Honey-Patchouli

 Satsuma Orange SHAMPOO & SHAVE - our best seller!!!   Contains argan oil, calendula extract, sunflower extract, aloe, and other hair loving ingredients. Satsuma Orange - citrus scent. ENERGIZING!

 Lavender Fields SHAMPOO BAR Our own blend - we take the flowery lavender scent down with some sandalwood. Both Men and Women like this scent.

 Honey-Patchouli SHAMPOO BAR sweet black honey and warm vanilla musk make for the perfect blend for light and dark.

• Travel Tip: Leave all your bottles at home - all you need is a SHAMPOO BAR!  Cut off as much as you need for the time you'll be away. 

I remind my customers that you can use a shampoo bar on your body but not a soap bar in your hair.  It has to do with the rinsability (and oils, pH) factor.

Shampoo & Shave bars

...about our soaps & sbs

All of our soaps and shampoo bars are vegetable based oils - Great Lathering.  You'll be surprised how long they last. Made in SMALL BATCHES!  Scents vary seasonally. All of our scents are either from Essential Oils or from PHTHALATE FREE fragrance oils as noted.

Take it from someone who grows, maintains, and donates LONG hair....
The purpose of washing your hair...is washing YOUR SCALP. The reason for going to a product like this is to get away from STRIPPING YOUR HAIR and SCALP of all it's NATURAL oils...and maintaining your scalp's NATURAL PH. There is a greater PRICE you're paying for the use of ALL THOSE BIG FOAMY PRODUCTS? (besides all the bottles in your cupboard: shampoo, conditioner, mousse, jell, hairspray...it's a big hair care circle!) 

Soap VS Detergent

Here's the short version: DETERGENTS are made from petroleum products, foaming agents and alcohols (surfactants), usually heavily scented with cheap, synthetic, artificial fragrances and preservatives (parabens). WHY are these products made? - They're CHEAP TO PRODUCE, make good profits, have a long shelf-life and "clean" in ALL water types (hard/soft).

SOAPS are made with natural products (animal or plant fat and lye) There are no by-products. The soap going down your drain biodegradable. Soaps have a pH that is between 9.5 and 10 (alkaline). High quality soaps are made with oils such as coconut, palm, castor, or olive oils. In our products - when used, scent oils are DIBUTYL PHTHALATE FREE!!!

HABA - Health & Beauty Aides.

Lavender Hand Sanitizer

In our discontentment with the commercial products, we made OUR OWN! Get the added sanitizing qualities of Lavender Essential Oil and NO hormone-disrupters!  The small PUMPETTE is a great size for purse, car/truck, or pocket.

Hand San sizes

Body Oil
Clary Sage & Lavender

A light almond oil with Clary Sage & Lavender - so relaxing like the spa...add a little to the bath water and relax. 2 oz bottle

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D'ODOR'nt

Another product borne from need.   No Chemicals - No Aluminum.  This is a DEODORANT - it's NOT an antiperspirant.  It allows you to sweat without the smell.  We take advantage of the natural "anti-bacterial" properties of Lavender Essential Oil (gals) and Tea Tree Essential Oil (guys).  This is a cream for application with your fingers - a little goes a long way.

Our absorbents are Arrowroot Powder and Zinc - SMOOTH - NOT GRITTY!!!  If you're trying to get OFF of antiperspirants - it will take your body a little while to DETOX and get used to a natural deodorant. (you might feel the need to apply more than once a day).  GIVE IT A TRY!!! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!   2 oz tin

D'ODOR'nt scents

Bath Salz

Relax after a long day with a warm SCENTED bath.  Lemongrass and Sage with Calendula, Lavender, and Rose Botanicals.  A little (1 tsp) goes a long way.  8 oz

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Facial care

I hate to say it, but my needs have changed as I grown older.  I've added these products to my daily routine.  Simple. Effective. Chemical-free!

• Face and Neck Toner
Refreshing.  Aloe Vera, Frankincense...both relievers of inflamation.  Frankincense adds an anti-bacterial property.  NO STING!  2 oz bottle

• Makeup Remover
Gentle for around the eyes and face. Added hemp seed butter adds high levels of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids which nourish and protect the skin.  A little bit of lavender essential oil adds a soothing quality.  1 oz tub

• Facial Emollient
Hydrating and Rejuvinating.  Added Vitamin E and Vitamin A.  A little dab will do!  .25 oz tub

• Hyper-Pigmentation Gel
For use on those sun damaged areas, spots, scars.  Lemon essential oil helps lighten those areas, Frankincense helps against the scaring/damage.  .25 oz tub

Facial Care

Pets & Bug-off

Bug Off!

Chemical-free yet EFFECTIVE bug REPELLENT.  Safe for peeps and pets!  Essential Oil Blend helps repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies....  and it won't "melt" your glasses like deet does!

Apply as much and as often as needed.

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Pet Shampoo Bar

Oatmeal & Lemongrass
Contains BUTTERMILK which is high in triglyceride content making it an excellent natural moisturizer. This soap also contains OATMEAL thought to pamper dry skin, CALENDULA EXTRACT thought to be moisturizing and sooth delicate skin, and REAL NATURAL HONEY thought to be very high in natural antioxidants with potential anti-microbial benefits.  Lemon Grass Essential Oil.  4 oz PET PAW bar

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Pampered Paws BALM

Pamper your fur baby's paws with this soothing balm.  Shea Butter for healing/soothing the cracks. Nutrient rich Avacado Oil for a deep penetrating moisture.  Neem Oil has long been used for "skin conditions" - it's anti-bacterial. All NATURAL with no creepy chemicals.  It's OK if your pet licks it off - though it's not be encouraged obviously or it's not serving it's purpose.  6 oz tin

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Shipping.

Shop with Confidence. We hope that you will LOVE the products.  They are made with great care and in honor of the bees and what they provide.  Simple is best - NO GOOEY, GLOSSY, GUNK ADDED - EVER.

Fragrances, when added, are skin safe, cosmetic grade and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) FREE.

Shipping & Ordering: We'll ship orders over $50 at our expense.  May I suggest you get together with family and friends and put an order together - share the joy.

Shipping Rates

If you have any problems going through the site's PAYPAL interface - just email the order.

Continental USA orders only.  No Shipping for Honey outside of Wisconsin.

More. on Honey.

Honey is not for babies!

Although honey is a natural, healthy food that normally doesn't support bacterial life, it can carry C. botulinum spores which may harm undeveloped immune systems of infants. Infants' (up to one year of age) immune systems are not yet developed enough to fend off this normally benign strain. By the age of one year, most children have developed enough to resistance. It should be noted that the botulism spore can also be found in dust, soil and other uncooked foods that older children and adults are exposed to daily. The risk is minimal. Yet, it is avoidable.

How do the bees MAKE honey?

Converting NECTAR into HONEY: The field bee draws NECTAR (80% water, 20% sugar) from the flower into her "nectar stomach". Her body adds enzymes that start converting the sugars. She returns to the hive and transfers it to a "storage bee". Her body adds enzymes. In the process of adding enzymes and fanning the moisture out....the bees turn NECTAR into HONEY (80% sugar, 20% water).

Our History with the Honeybee

Our history with the honey bee:bFor TENS of THOUSANDS of years - humans have kept bees close. The honeybee is THE ONLY INSECT that produces "FOOD" for human consumption.  As much as we adore THE HONEY - POLLINATION is worth 10 times the value of honey. It is said that EVERY THIRD BITE YOU EAT required pollination from a bee. (a third of our food supply)

Honey FOR allergies!

There are many who claim to benefit from the daily intake of honey for allergy relief.  The concept behind such a claim is that - IN TAKING IN LOCAL HONEY (and mind - it should be as LOCAL as you can find it!), you're taking in the pollens from your environment - by taking IN the allergens - you're developing an "immunity" to it - or training your body.

ALL LOCAL, UNPROCESSED, RAW honey CONTAINS POLLEN.  In fact - if it's ever found that honey doesn't contain pollen (no point of origin)..it's what we call ADULTERATED - or I ask - is it honey at all?

WHY do the bees make honey?

Honey is their FOOD. Just like humans require a balance between carbohydrates (energy) and protein (body builders) - it's the same with the bees. Honey is their ENERGY - Pollen is their PROTEIN. They store this precious cargo away for when flowers no longer bloom (winter).

Why are there DIFFERENT COLORS?

The reason honey varies in both color and flavor is....FLOWERS VARY both seasonally and regionally.

But I'm allergic to bees?

This question pops up from time to time."I'M ALLERGIC TO BEES - WILL I BE ALLERGIC TO YOUR PRODUCTS?"  

When most people say this - they're referring to being ALLERGIC TO THE STING of a bee or wasp. The stings VENOM is also coursing it's way through the bloodstream - causing your reaction. The area from which a honeybee secretes beeswax is very different and separate from the STING.

Beeswax can be found in many common products such as lip balm, candles, lotions, perfumes, shoe polish, chewing gum and dental floss! What is Beeswax? Beeswax is naturally secreted from glands on the bees abdomen. They use it to build honeycomb. Beeswax taken from the hive contains pollen and propolis - a resin the bees make from trees, flowers and other botanical sources. It's likely that the pollen/propolis is the triggering factor - causing Type IV dermatitis in some people. 

Symptoms: Type IV dermatitis is redness and swelling of the skin. IT IS RARE for someone to be allergic to beeswax - even when they're allergic to bees. Treatment: STOP USING THE PRODUCT. If you suspect an irritation, wash and remove the product.

What IS honey?

Honey is concentrated flower nectar. Each bee only makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime - so when you look at a JAR of honey - you're looking at the POWER OF POPULATION (60,000 to 80,000 bees in each hive at it's summertime peak). (bee-power rather than man-power)

Know your beekeeper.

I'm passionate about beekeeping.
I'm the "D" in D's Bees.

Why/How did I get into beekeeping? Some winters ago - I "got a bee in my bonnet" and searched the net for beekeeping info. I'm an avid gardener and I thought that beekeeping would be a great way to GIVE BACK/contribute in a positive way to my environment (and provide for my own pollination!)

Support for all your questions regarding bees and beekeeping is CLOSER than you think! There are a variety of bee suppliers right here in Wisconsin as well as groups of beekeepers and clubs who will willingly share information with you.

Hire a local beekeeper to give a presentation at your school or organization. Bees ARE SO INNATELY INTERESTING - leave an extra hour for questions! And you may find with a little searching.

THERE ARE BEEKEEPING CLASSES offered in your area. Google search for "local beekeeping club".  Our beeclub offers beginning classes.  We find that our classes aren't ONLY for beginners - we have "old" beekeepers returning to brush up on skills.

You know the saying, "DO AS I SAY - NOT AS I DO"? Don't do what I did to get a start on beekeeping. GET TO KNOW ANOTHER KEEPER before you purchase equipment and find out what's available in your area. You both need and WANT the support - you will have DOZENS of questions - that can only be answered by one with experience

Our local club in Fond du Lac is:
ECWBA website/blog

Our bees forage an area of suburbia near Lake Winnebago.  It's full of set-aside grasslands and hardwood forest along the geological feature we call "the ledge".  Our immediate meadow lands and woodland is full of white clover and sumac and blooms all season long.  Spring water trickles from the ledge-rock in areas.  When the black locust trees are in blossom - you can literally HEAR THE TREES! In summer, the area is ABUZZ. Our Bees are SPOILED.  They have their own house and their keeper is diligent about keeping "issues" at bay.  Happy bees = Happy honey.

More. on Products.

Products from the Hive

The FDA prevents us from making "claims" about our products - for example: "It will heal your skin." (then it would be considered a drug and require testing and documentation). No warranties or claims are made on our products - expressed or implied. You can only try it for yourself. What we CAN tell you is we stand behind our mantra of: Back to basics! NO GOOEY, GLOSSY, GUNK ADDED. We LIKE the idea of creating PURE, BASIC recipes. Good ingredients = Good product.  The products with BASE OILS (no added scents) are gentle enough to use around eyes. (BaBee). For those of you who have SUPER SENSITIVE skin - the SHEA BUTTER is likely better for you than the Cocoa Butter.

Honey, Propolis and Pollen

Try as we might to "clean" the wax cappings from our honey harvest - our beeswax DOES INCLUDE traces of honey, propolis and pollen. Our wax is cleaned by human hands and not super-refining machines.

Beeswax for skin

Beeswax helps create a barrier - melting into the oils to help keep moisture IN the skin (an emolient). Our BEESWAX comes from our hives!  It's naturally non-comedogenic meaning it doesn't clog your pores.

There's a secret advantage to coming to the studio.

We have a bunch of HONEY POTS of all shapes and sizes to hold your LIQUID GOLD (honey).

And - we have some smaller sizes of many of the balms if you're unsure about purchasing a big container.

AND!  everything has a TESTER for the trying!

But I'm allergic to bees?

This question pops up from time to time."I'M ALLERGIC TO BEES - WILL I BE ALLERGIC TO YOUR PRODUCTS?"  

When most people say this - they're referring to being ALLERGIC TO THE STING of a bee or wasp. The stings VENOM is also coursing it's way through the bloodstream - causing your reaction. The area from which a honeybee secretes beeswax is very different and separate from the STING.

Beeswax can be found in many common products such as lip balm, candles, lotions, perfumes, shoe polish, chewing gum and dental floss! What is Beeswax? Beeswax is naturally secreted from glands on the bees abdomen. They use it to build honeycomb. Beeswax taken from the hive contains pollen and propolis - a resin the bees make from trees, flowers and other botanical sources. It's likely that the pollen/propolis is the triggering factor - causing Type IV dermatitis in some people. 

Symptoms: Type IV dermatitis is redness and swelling of the skin. IT IS RARE for someone to be allergic to beeswax - even when they're allergic to bees. Treatment: STOP USING THE PRODUCT. If you suspect an irritation, wash and remove the product.

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Packaging size chart

We're packaging anywhere from .25 oz to 8 oz, bottles, tubs, tins...recyclable plastics.

Your Keeper.

We're a small operation - harvesting honey once a year in the fall.  Our "Products from the Hive" are made all year long.  Custom orders and private labeling can be arranged.

Here's how to...

I won't EVER heat the honey - but YOU can.  Many of my clients come to prefer the "candied" state....I always ask, What are you putting it in?  If you're putting it in your coffee or tea - why do you need it liquid?

Bee the change.