ABOUT

Our Story

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.  To this day, Andrew continues to personally add the key ingredients – unpasteurized honey and Sea Buckthorn – to ensure consistency and quality in every batch.

Bee By The Sea products are 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.

Save The Bees

Bee by the Sea launched the “Save the Bees Campaign” in 2017 to support the University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre. As advocates and supporters of this amazing program, our goal is to raise awareness and rally support for the declining bee populations.

Our campaign offers unique products with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Research Centre. We are thrilled to present “Give Bees a Chance”  and “I’m trying to love Spiders” by Bethany Barton as part of our charitable program. These fantastic children’s’ books are filled with fun facts and illustrations  that are educational and promote awareness and respect.  Stay tuned as we expand our one of a kind collection in support of the “Save the Bees” Campaign.

Please visit the University of Guelph’s website to find out more about the Centre, the valuable research and their programming.

Our Vision

Our vision is to produce the best quality products using natural and organically grown ingredients. Our products are all Canadian, developed in Ontario, under the strictest of quality controls. No animals have, or ever will be, tested with our products (unless they ask to be).  We are committed to growing this company and expanding our knowledge of health and well being.

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“Our products will always look, feel, and smell fantastic while providing the healthy benefits of Sea Buckthorn.”
– Andrew Wingrove

Our Team

Photo of Andrew Wingrove Andrew Wingrove President & Founder

Andrew founded Bee By The Sea in 2008 with the launch of one product – our signature body cream. He continues to make the majority of products to ensure quality while also attending various trade shows and events across Canada and the US. Andrew is an advocate for Sea Buckthorn and has educated thousands of Canadians on the potential health benefits of this amazing plant. Feel free to contact Andrew via email with any questions you have about the products or Sea Buckthorn.

Photo of Anne Marie Beaudoin Anne Marie Beaudoin Director of Business Development

Anne Marie has over 23 years of  experience as a retail business owner and operator. She had great success selling Bee by the Sea through her business and miraculous results using the products herself.  Anne Marie joined Bee By The Sea in 2011 because of her love of the products and its proven performance as a retail bestseller.  As Director of Business Development, she continues to oversee retail expansion and product knowledge training across Canada and the US.

Photo of John Wingrove John Wingrove The Big Bee

Long before the introduction of Bee By The Sea, John Wingrove was selling a honey based skincare product in Florida. His knowledge of bee keeping, honey and other natural ingredients was a huge benefit to Andrew as he developed his own product line. John can still be found selling our products at markets and shows around Ontario throughout the summer. ‘Bee’ sure to drop by and say “hi” when you see him at your local market!

Photo of Megan Lajoie Megan Lajoie Team Leader – Shipping and Administration

Megan joined the company in 2015 in our shipping department. She has an extensive background in retail management, with a focus on customer care and merchandising. Having come to us from an international bath and body company, Megan brings a wealth of knowledge on skincare products. If you have any questions about our products or would like to place an order, Megan is the one to call! Fun fact: Megan is also the Mom to Linus, the cover model on our new Dog Shampoo!

Photo of Karrie Olech Karrie Olech Marketing Coordinator

Karrie joined the Bee By The Sea team in 2012. She started in the packing and shipping department back when we had just over 200 retailers. Fast forward and we now have over 800 stores carrying Bee By The Sea products! Karrie is now our Marketing Coordinator and responsible for our promotions and website.

Photo of Jennifer Plante Jennifer Plante Shipping Coordinator

Jennifer joined the shipping department at Bee By The Sea in 2016. With our continual growth she is a welcome and much needed addition to our team. Jenn has completely reorganized our new shipping department to be a functional and intuitive area that makes it easy to get your orders to you quickly.

Photo of Tazra Miller Tazra Miller Sales & Marketing

Tazra joined the Sales and Marketing Team at Bee by the Sea in 2018. With over 10 years of experience as a Retail Business owner and Artisan, Tazra has extensive knowledge in marketing, brand development and sales. She is thrilled to be a member of this creative team and is looking forward to helping develop new projects!

Photo of Linus Lajoie Linus Lajoie Dog Shampoo Mascot

Linus is a 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, and our dog shampoo mascot and model. He thoroughly enjoyed all the baths he received, and all the treats during his photo shoots!