Bee By The Sea Natural Products was founded in 2008 by Andrew Wingrove, in Ontario, Canada.
Our story is unique because the product concept did not originate from either a chemist’s lab or from cosmeticians. Our products exist today because of a chance discovery of an herb – Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) that Andrew encountered while working abroad as a consultant.
After some research Andrew quickly discovered that these amazing plants had already been brought to Canada by the Ministry of Agriculture! Andrew’s lifetime interest in biology and agriculture combined with previously owning two farm properties made it a natural progression to planting his own Sea Buckthorn orchard near Sundridge, Ontario. Andrew was fascinated by the healing properties of this ancient plant!
At the same time, Andrew’s father, John Wingrove, was actively promoting a honey based skin cream and was seeing the benefits and popularity of this product. Andrew felt that combining Sea Buckthorn and honey in skin care products would provide skin health unlike anything else on the market.
In 2008, after 12 months of research and development, Andrew was ready to launch his signature body cream to the public. Upon launch, just as he thought, feedback on the body cream was outstanding. People raved about the signature smell and non-greasy feel, while others began giving testimonials regarding how the cream helped treat their skin conditions! A chance discovery had turned into a local success story.
Currently, Bee By The Sea Natural Products offers a carefully selected product mix that is sold online and in hundreds of retail stores across Canada and the United States. As of January 2018 we now have our own retail location in Orillia, Ontario.