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Boost your Immunity

It’s no secret we love the sea buckthorn berry. We use both the seed oil and pulp oil in our skincare line and sell frozen berries in our showroom. It has been used for centuries in Asia and Europe for its highly nutritious and medicinal properties but is still relatively “new” in North America. Originating in the Himalayas, this hardy fruit thrives in all kinds of weather and soil conditions.  The entire plant can be used; for the leaves, roots and berries are all packed with immune boosting nutrients and vitamins. At approximately one third of the size of a blueberry, a tiny sea buckthorn berry packs 12 times the amount of vitamin C as an orange. With high amounts of protein, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (at least 190 bioactive compounds to be exact), the sea buckthorn berry is a powerful food. Touted as one of the most nutritious and vitamin-rich foods in the world and offering benefits both internally and externally, sea buckthorn is quickly becoming as popular as acai berry and pomegranate for preserves, drinks and smoothies. Benefits include: Reduce Fat & Inflammation Studies have shown its ability to contribute to weight loss by preventing the storage of excess fat. Reduced body fat can address underlying health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Another study suggests sea buckthorn lower levels of CRP(C-reactive protein), a protein associated with inflammation. Mega Omega Sea buckthorn is packed with Omega fatty acids! It is one of the only 2 plant-based foods that includes omega 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7. Omega fatty acids offer a laundry list of benefits including brain function, cardiovascular health and lowering cholesterol. Get that Glow & Calm Irritated Skin We know all about the topical benefits. The high vitamin C content makes it a beneficial ingredient in skincare because of the compound’s collagen-forming abilities. Vitamin C keeps your skin looking firm and is known for its restorative properties. The high omega content and anti-inflammatory properties help inflamed skin when applied topically. It can ease burns and reduce the appearance of scars. Boost your immunity by incorporating this super food in your diet. Use it topically as part of a healthy skin care routine.

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Covid- 19 update

Thank you for your continued support of our small business during this difficult time. Like most companies in Canada and around the world, we are experiencing a significant slowdown as we adapt to the changing economy, necessary government regulations and health / safety concerns. Our highest priority is the safety of our employees and customers. We appreciate your patience as we continue to operate the business with restricted resources. Our office is open Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday. If you have ordered online and chosen the “free pick up” option, please call us to schedule a curbside pick up. Our showroom is currently closed to walk in traffic but we are taking phone orders for curbside pick up. CLICK HERE for more information about placing a phone order. Online orders will continue to be processed as usual but with potential shipping delays. You can expect a 2-5 day delay in shipping over our normal fast service.  Products and packages are being disinfected prior to leaving the warehouse. We will continue to answer your calls and emails on a daily basis as well. Again, we appreciate your patience as we will respond to voice messages and emails. Best wishes and good health to everyone. The Bee By The Sea Team

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Product of The Month March 2020 – Natural Deodorant

Welcome to the first product of the month Buzz Blog! All month long we are committed to informing and interacting with our customers about our natural deodorant. With this post we are trying to give you some background information about a product that has become one of our most popular items! The Specifics (Antiperspirant vs Deodorant) Let’s start off by making an obvious distinction. An antiperspirant is not a deodorant. It is by design, a product that aims to prevent sweating. This is achieved through the use of strange and effective aluminum compounds that block sweat glands and create a shield. It all sounds quite effective, but is it healthy? There are stacks of research that support both sides of the antiperspirant debate. There is, however, no arguing that antiperspirant is a potent concoction of chemicals. The evidence lies in the residue left in the unsightly yellow “sweat” stains on our clothing. It may not be harmful, but  it’s probably not healthy either. There is also the nagging question that is avoided when discussing antiperspirants.  Aren’t we supposed to sweat? From saunas to sweat lodges, humans have sought this natural process for a variety of benefits. From a practical standpoint, sweating cools us down, helps maintain our body temperature and purges our system of toxins. Some commercial brands are in step with consumer pushback and rebooting their deodorant products alongside offering antiperspirants. The only issue is the abundance of artificial colours and fragrances used to make the deodorants more attractive. At the end of the day, it doesn’t make sense to swap out chemical compounds for artificial colours and fragrances. So, how does natural deodorant work and is it effective? The market for natural personal care has exploded with options and there are natural ingredients that soothe the skin and wick away moisture without clogging pores. Arrowroot powder, beeswax, sodium bicarbonate and cornstarch are natural alternatives that absorb moisture. Natural fragrances are abundant in the world of essential oils and coconut oil doubles down as antibacterial and fragrance. Why Did We Decide to Make a Natural Deodorant? Back in 2018, the natural deodorant was launched to provide current Bee By The Sea customers, and other health conscious individuals, an aluminum free natural deodorant as an alternative to traditional antiperspirants. We knew from feedback at local shows, that most people would rather a little sweat than aluminum compounds clogging their pores. This realization aligned with our company vision to provide natural and health based alternatives to traditional skincare products. Additionally, our natural deodorant gives anyone the ability to smell great with our subtle signature scent. This unisex appeal is another reason the product was launched. We wanted the whole family to smell and feel great! It is the first product where both males and females alike do not hesitate to use it. As men become more aware of the importance of skincare and using natural products, our deodorant often creates intrigue about what our other products are like. Making the deodorant a huge…

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Introducing: The Product of The Month Program

Learn and Earn! What could be better than that? As we begin a new decade, our team have been discussing the different ways we can continue to add value to our customer experience. There is a lot of new plans in the works for 2020, and we are happy to announce our latest initiative, the product of the month program! This programs focuses on how customers can learn more about our products, alongside earning extra Seabucks when they purchase the monthly featured product. What Inspired the Program? We realized the information we provide to our customers at local craft shows and farmers markets needs to also be conveyed online. This communication is why we have earned such a loyal customer base – our in person focus is on informing not selling. Starting this month, we will create an informative blog post on a featured product, and would like to hear from you! How have you benefited from using the product? How long have you been using it? Each month we will be giving our tips on how to use the product, discussing the natural ingredients, along with asking for customer testimonials and feedback on social media. When Does the Program Start? Starting next week, new and old customers alike can partake in learning more about what makes each Bee By The Sea product unique. All while having the chance to earn those extra Seabucks!  

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Bee By The Sea Staff Picks!

  Anne Marie, Director of Business Development THE BODY CREAM ” The body cream is my “can’t live without” product! I use it everywhere – face, hands, feet and I even put it in my hair when it’s dry. It is fresh, light, cleaning smelling and helps to control break outs on my face and soothes cuts, burns and itchy skin. The smell and the feel keeps me coming back – no grease, and the pleasant aroma is calming.”   Amanda, Shipping Coordinator THE DEODORANT “I absolutely love all of our products but my top pick has to be the Bee By The Sea Natural Deodorant. I have always struggled with using antiperspirant deodorants for various reasons the biggest reason being the controversy with aluminum compounds. At the beginning of the summer I decided to start using our natural deodorant and I love it! I managed to get my husband to give it try, and he likes that it does a good job preventing body odour.”

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Giving Thanks

  Anne Marie, Director of Business Development THE BODY CREAM ” The body cream is my “can’t live without” product! I use it everywhere – face, hands, feet and I even put it in my hair when it’s dry. It is fresh, light, cleaning smelling and helps to control break outs on my face and soothes cuts, burns and itchy skin. The smell and the feel keeps me coming back – no grease, and the pleasant aroma is calming.”   Amanda, Shipping Coordinator THE DEODORANT “I absolutely love all of our products but my top pick has to be the Bee By The Sea Natural Deodorant. I have always struggled with using antiperspirant deodorants for various reasons the biggest reason being the controversy with aluminum compounds. At the beginning of the summer I decided to start using our natural deodorant and I love it! I managed to get my husband to give it try, and he likes that it does a good job preventing body odour.”

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The Royal Treatment

  It’s widely understood that honey comes from bees but there is another nutritious type of food that comes from the same insect called royal jelly. Royal jelly is over half percent water mixed in with sugar and proteins. This light coloured substance is sometimes called “bee milk” and is secreted from the top of a bee’s head. It is collected in special honeycombs called queen cells. Worker bees diligently distribute the jelly to help the hive thrive.  When bee larvae are first born, they are fed royal jelly directly from the workers in order to get a nutritional boost to survive the first few days of life. They are then given the less decadent “beebread” which is fermented pollen and honey. Potential queen bees skip the bread and honey and continue to be fed the jelly. In fact, they sit in the cells filled to the brim with royal jelly. This process of feeding helps create the next in line for the throne. The main difference between a worker bee and a queen bee is in the genetic manipulation. Identical insects differ when a specific gene is activated. Although research suggests that the queen bee morphology is contingent on the bee being exclusively fed royal jelly, new studies suggest that the lack of honey in a bee’s diet contributes to the change. Either way, the miracle lies in their ability to adjust their genetic profile through nutrition. Royal jelly has a long illustrious history as a natural remedy in ritual and medicine around the world including Europe, Ancient Egypt and China.  Today it maintains its stronghold in the health care industry as a natural solution to various ailments. HERE IS A QUICK LIST OF THE BENEFITS OF ROYAL JELLY FOR SKIN AND HEALTH: 1.     Anti-aging properties 2.     Skin and wound healing including cuts, scars and acne 3.     Anti-inflammatory 4.     Antibiotic components 5.     Cholesterol-lowering 6.     Boosts fertility 7.     Antibacterial agents 8.     Cancer Preventative 9.     Contains complex B vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, and enzymes     Royal Jelly is included in our body cream, face cream and deodorant!

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DIY Sea Buckthorn Oil Skincare

The sea buckthorn plant has gained a serious reputation as a superfood and is touted for a rich profile of nutrients including all 4 omega fatty acids. Yes, it’s true! The Omega 3, 6, and 9’s have a long lost relative we seldom hear about. Omega 7 is the very rare unsaturated fatty acid that offers a laundry list of benefits and is difficult to find in the natural world. Sea buckthorn just happens to be the highest source of Omega 7, which has contributed to its super food status. Check out this amazing article by Cara Lucas that offers a deeper look at the Sea buckthorn plant and its benefits. I wanted to reap the benefits of the sea buckthorn plant and made big plans to incorporate the oil into my skincare regime. We all know that beauty comes from within. Quite literally. We are told that the best way to maintain a bright complexion is to eat healthy foods to ensure a diet of vitamins and nutrients. We are also told to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and exercise. Don’t smoke, don’t drink too much and stay out of the sun. For those of us with sensitive skin, sometimes the stars also have to be aligned a certain way to NOT have a breakout that ruins the rest of your “healthy” glow. At times, trying to find that balance of lifestyle, diet, hormones and other factors can be complicated and exhausting. One thing to consider, if your skin is looking amazing, it can be due to what you were doing two weeks ago and not the day before. Apparently, good or bad results take a while to show up on your face. This is not necessarily a fact, but a guideline to consider.   With such a broad range of considerations, it is of no surprise that we can become obsessive and experimental with skincare regimes. From expensive treatments to “do it yourself” blends, we all seem to have certain products and habits for skincare. My mother in law swears by cold cream and has been smearing it on since 1968. I, myself have been on the serum kick for about a year and cleanse my skin with oil. This is why  the idea of incorporating  sea buckthorn oil exciting; it fits into my current routine and has an impressive list of benefits! There are two types of sea buckthorn on the market, the seed oil and the berry oil. The berry oil has the Omega 7, contains carotene and is a vibrant orange colour. The seed oil is a softer gold tone, rich in Vitamin E and contains Omega 3,6 and 9. Needless to say, I purchased the berry oil for the Omega 7. Sea buckthorn berry oil has a unique smell. It’s sweet with very tart undertones which don’t last when applied directly to the skin or added to another product. Oh, and as far as adding it directly to the skin, it’s not…

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Bee Inspired Party Favours

The sea buckthorn plant has gained a serious reputation as a superfood and is touted for a rich profile of nutrients including all 4 omega fatty acids. Yes, it’s true! The Omega 3, 6, and 9’s have a long lost relative we seldom hear about. Omega 7 is the very rare unsaturated fatty acid that offers a laundry list of benefits and is difficult to find in the natural world. Sea buckthorn just happens to be the highest source of Omega 7, which has contributed to its super food status. Check out this amazing article by Cara Lucas that offers a deeper look at the Sea buckthorn plant and its benefits. I wanted to reap the benefits of the sea buckthorn plant and made big plans to incorporate the oil into my skincare regime. We all know that beauty comes from within. Quite literally. We are told that the best way to maintain a bright complexion is to eat healthy foods to ensure a diet of vitamins and nutrients. We are also told to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and exercise. Don’t smoke, don’t drink too much and stay out of the sun. For those of us with sensitive skin, sometimes the stars also have to be aligned a certain way to NOT have a breakout that ruins the rest of your “healthy” glow. At times, trying to find that balance of lifestyle, diet, hormones and other factors can be complicated and exhausting. One thing to consider, if your skin is looking amazing, it can be due to what you were doing two weeks ago and not the day before. Apparently, good or bad results take a while to show up on your face. This is not necessarily a fact, but a guideline to consider.   With such a broad range of considerations, it is of no surprise that we can become obsessive and experimental with skincare regimes. From expensive treatments to “do it yourself” blends, we all seem to have certain products and habits for skincare. My mother in law swears by cold cream and has been smearing it on since 1968. I, myself have been on the serum kick for about a year and cleanse my skin with oil. This is why  the idea of incorporating  sea buckthorn oil exciting; it fits into my current routine and has an impressive list of benefits! There are two types of sea buckthorn on the market, the seed oil and the berry oil. The berry oil has the Omega 7, contains carotene and is a vibrant orange colour. The seed oil is a softer gold tone, rich in Vitamin E and contains Omega 3,6 and 9. Needless to say, I purchased the berry oil for the Omega 7. Sea buckthorn berry oil has a unique smell. It’s sweet with very tart undertones which don’t last when applied directly to the skin or added to another product. Oh, and as far as adding it directly to the skin, it’s not…

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Bee By The Sea is Turning 10!

Bee By The Sea turns 10 years old in June of this year!  We are looking forward to a year of celebrating this amazing milestone of being in business for a decade!  We couldn’t have done it without all of our wonderfully supportive and loyal customers and retailers, and we thank you for bee-ing there with us. We are so proud to have come this far, and hearing the amazing results people have had using our products makes us excited to keep going.  We have countless testimonials from people who are so grateful that our products have helped them or their loved ones with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. We hear how thankful people are that our products have helped with sun burns, radiation burns and scarring.  We also hear how much people enjoy the smell and feel of our products. We are thrilled to be in business for a decade and the best part is being able to help people.  We’ll be celebrating all year long with contests, social media fun, promotions, new products and more! Bee on the look out on the 10th day of every month!  For 10 months, from March to December we’ll be having a one day promotion to continue to celebrate our 10 years all year long! Join our newsletter and stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to find out what’s happening!   Click here to enter our 10 Year Anniversary Contest!

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10 Year Anniversary Contest

Bee By The Sea is turning 10 and we are having a contest to celebrate all year long! To enter simply submit a review of your favourite product OR tell us which product you would like to try next and why! There are monthly prizes of Bee By The Sea Products and a grand prize in December of a $500 Canadian Prepaid MasterCard plus over $200 in products! “Bee” sure to enter every month for more chances to win the Grand Prize!   Click Here to Enter Contest!

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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.

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Beehouse Instructions

Attract Nature’s Most Industrious Pollinators! Boost your garden’s productivity by providing a happy home for peaceful, non-aggressive Mason Bees. Slightly smaller than a honey bee, Mason bees are incredible pollinators, visiting as many as 1,000 blooms a day; 20 times more than a honeybee! Hang this bee house securely against a tree or a wall where it will get morning sun. Female bees fill the bamboo tubes with their eggs as well as nectar and pollen for the young to eat. This all natural gardening aid will certainly be a backyard conversation piece while increasing your floral and vegetable production A note on Mason Bees:  Simply hang it and they will come! A sizeable population can be established after several years as they are excellent pollinators especially in orchards. These bees are active in early spring to mid summer when the fruit flowers are in bloom. They are adapted to a cool climate and can fly in chilly, even drizzly weather. They are non-aggressive, and not likely to sting. CLEANING: Mix a solution of six parts water to one part bleach in a one-quart container to fill it about halfway. Pour the bleach solution into each tube and use an old toothbrush to scrub debris from inside it. Spray the inside of each tube with a fine stream of water from a garden hose or pressure washer. This will wash out any remaining debris and bleach. The mason bee house is now clean and ready for another season. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Once you have an established colony of bees, make sure to provide a “mud hole” during long dry spells. The bees need water to plug the ends of the holes and between larvae on the inside. Placing water in a container near the bee house will work also. BE CAREFUL not to bump or move the Bee House for several months after activity ends – you don’t want to knock the larvae off their pollen pile and starve them! Sold at our retail location in Orillia!

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Bee Radiant Face & Eye Serum

Attract Nature’s Most Industrious Pollinators! Boost your garden’s productivity by providing a happy home for peaceful, non-aggressive Mason Bees. Slightly smaller than a honey bee, Mason bees are incredible pollinators, visiting as many as 1,000 blooms a day; 20 times more than a honeybee! Hang this bee house securely against a tree or a wall where it will get morning sun. Female bees fill the bamboo tubes with their eggs as well as nectar and pollen for the young to eat. This all natural gardening aid will certainly be a backyard conversation piece while increasing your floral and vegetable production A note on Mason Bees:  Simply hang it and they will come! A sizeable population can be established after several years as they are excellent pollinators especially in orchards. These bees are active in early spring to mid summer when the fruit flowers are in bloom. They are adapted to a cool climate and can fly in chilly, even drizzly weather. They are non-aggressive, and not likely to sting. CLEANING: Mix a solution of six parts water to one part bleach in a one-quart container to fill it about halfway. Pour the bleach solution into each tube and use an old toothbrush to scrub debris from inside it. Spray the inside of each tube with a fine stream of water from a garden hose or pressure washer. This will wash out any remaining debris and bleach. The mason bee house is now clean and ready for another season. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Once you have an established colony of bees, make sure to provide a “mud hole” during long dry spells. The bees need water to plug the ends of the holes and between larvae on the inside. Placing water in a container near the bee house will work also. BE CAREFUL not to bump or move the Bee House for several months after activity ends – you don’t want to knock the larvae off their pollen pile and starve them! Sold at our retail location in Orillia!

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Summer Sunburns!

Relief from Summer Sunburns! The best sun care tip is, of course, not to get a sunburn!  But, as we all know, it is not always preventable. Whether it’s using sunscreen, staying out of direct sunlight during peak hours or wearing SPF clothing, sunburns can still happen. You forgot to pack the sunscreen, the baseball game went into extra innings, you didn’t reapply sunscreen after swimming, you missed the back of your neck – these things can happen to us all! Luckily there is something to help ease the pain of your unwanted sunburn.  Bee By The Sea’s best-selling signature Body Cream!  Our aloe-based body cream cools and soothes sunburned skin, while the sea buckthorn & honey help to heal the skin and reduce peeling.  It is non-greasy and soaks right into your skin relieving your sunburn and leaving your skin soft and smooth. Our very own Megan got a sunburn from spending too much time gardening!  Take a look at how she was able to benefit from using our body cream! You can purchase our body cream in over 850 stores across Canada and the United States.  Use our map to find a location near you.  If you cannot find a store in your area, you can purchase our body cream online at Bee By The Sea Natural Products. Whether you’re headed to the beach, going up north on vacation, or just hanging out in your neighbour’s pool “bee” sure to take our body cream with you! Our body cream comes in two sizes – a 75ml convenient travel size tube and a 220ml jar.  Either way, it’s a must-have for the sizzling summer ahead!

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Bee By The Sea Skincare Review by Kristen

August 2015 After writing about Sea Buckthorn in my last post, I admit to forgetting about it for a while.  In one of those serendipitous happenings, I chanced to visit the Punch Bowl Country Market. To my amazement, I discovered that they carry a skin care line called Bee By The Sea, a paraben-free, all natural skin care line based on Sea Buckthorn and unpasturized honey. I’ve never heard of this product before, but found that it is a locally made. Andrew Wingrove cultivates his own Sea Buckthorn plants in Sundridge, Ontario, and the product is made in Barrie. The honey idea came from his father who was designing a skin care line based on honey. Aside from the Sea Buckthorn, what impressed me about this product is the ingredient list. First, it’s short. Next, I checked out the cyclopentasiloxane at EWG and it receives a score of 3/10, so it’s moderate-low on the hazard scale. Otherwise, I also love the ginseng, royal jelly, and aloe. I started by trying out the 2.5 oz/75 ml tube of body cream. This retails for $11.99 so I thought this fairly reasonable for a product with such good ingredients. The consistency is something between a lotion and a cream. I like that as it’s not runny.  It has a faint honey scent, which is very pleasant. Lastly, on application I found that it is a bit tacky for about 20 seconds, and then just vanishes into your skin leaving it moisturized but with no film or residue. After using this for about 10 days, I have to say I love it!  Interestingly, I have also noticed that I feel good all around using the product. I can’t say I’ve had this reaction to a skin care product before. As my skin seems to be dry these days, I’m looking forward to trying both the face cream, and/or the body butter, both of which are rich in coconut oil and shea butter. Currently, Bee By The Sea is available across Canada at some pharmacies, and specialty shops. It also available across the US, and also on Amazon.  If you’re looking for a clean skin care product that’s good for your skin, consider trying Bee By The Sea!

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All Natural Sea Buckthorn Soaps

If you have made the switch from chemically laden commercially made soaps to all natural soap you will likely never go back, and your skin will thank you.  We’ve had countless customers tell us how great our all natural soap is on their dry, sensitive skin.  All of our sea buckthorn soaps are handmade with 100% natural ingredients and essential oils to soothe and moisturize dry, sensitive or problem skin.  There are no parabens, alcohol, petroleum, preservatives or harsh detergents in any of our soaps.  They are gentle enough to use on your face too.         We recommend using our soaps within 6 months.  They should be stored in a cool dry area until they are ready to use.  The colour and scent will fade with time. With regular use our soaps should last as long as, or longer than a commercial bar of soap with proper care.  After each use do not allow the soap to sit in water.  Letting the bar dry completely will make it last longer.  For that reason it is best to use a soap dish that allows the water to drain.  If you are the DIY type you can even make your own.  Click here for instructions. Another way to extend the life of your soap is to cut it in half and alternate between the two bars to allow for longer drying times.  Using a pouf or a nylon sponge with our soaps will also make them last longer.  Simply wet your soap, rub it on the sponge and it will lather beautifully while minimizing how wet your soap gets. We have three great formulas available. Honey & Oatmeal – great for gentle exfoliation and unscented Lemongrass & Geranium – enjoy the invigorating fresh scent Lavender & Honey – relax and unwind with our soothing lavender scent   Please go to our Products Page for a full product description and ingredient list. We welcome you to share your experience with our all natural handmade soaps below.

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Bee By The Sea on CHCH TV

Watch us (Andrew & Anne Marie) on the CHCH TV Morning Live Show in Hamilton, Ontario! We were nervous about being on TV but the staff at CHCH made us feel so at ease and relaxed. A super bunch of people to work with! It was really fun and of course we love educating others on the benefits of sea buckthorn and our products. Keep in mind when this was filmed back in 2013 we didn’t yet have our shampoo, conditioner, body butter or vanilla lip balm. We’ve come a long way since then! We have several stores carrying our products in Hamilton including Stonechurch Pharmacy, Westmount Pharmacy, and 3 of the Hamilton Health Services Gift Shops.  Check out our Find A Store page for a location near you! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at CHCH – take a look and let us know if you think we have a future career in TV!

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Sea Buckthorn: A Power Plant

Ancient medicine for your current ailments. Sea buckthorn is a plant with many legends attached to it and although it seems like a mystical berry, its healing properties are grounded in the scientific world. Sea Buckthorn’s genus name, Hippophae, means “shining horse,” adding credit to some far-fetched fables that accompany the plant’s history. Legend has it that the ancient Greeks used sea buckthorn leaf in a diet for their racehorses; it allowed the horses to recover quickly while giving them brilliantly shiny coats. It was also rumored to be the preferred diet of the great flying horse, Pegasus, that gave him the power to soar. No matter if it’s an accurate account or a tall tale, we can be sure that this plant has made an impact on history. It is currently held in prominent regard around Europe and Asia for its healing properties, with the United States recently discovering the endless possibilities that sea buckthorn can bring to the natural healthcare market. So, what exactly is this mysterious plant? First of all, it is a multi-use deciduous shrub that grows in colder climates (and shady areas) around Eurasia; the bright orange fruit thrives in high-altitude areas as well as along the seacoasts—just as its name suggests. Sea buckthorn offers many positive health benefits and has recently garnered “superfood” status, joining the ranks of goji, mangosteen, and açai. And, not one single part of the plant is lacking—the branches, leaves, berry skin, pulp, and seeds all have healing properties when used correctly. Today, the plant reduces to several different forms, but this doesn’t take away from its potency in the least. Berry oil, seed oil, pills, juice, food additives—whatever way you decide to use it, it can benefit your health and allow your beauty to shine through. Skincare Let’s talk a little about sea buckthorn in regards to skincare. Given that lipids are essential to skin health, it is obvious why sea buckthorn flourishes in nourishing your body’s largest organ. Its specialized fatty-acid composition (it is a powerful source of omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, as well as a rich source of the elusive omega-7 essential fatty acid, which is vital to collagen production), along with the high presence of antioxidants, replenishes essential oils and nutrients that promote skin regeneration and speed up wound healing. The sea buckthorn berry has proven beneficial to the skin when applied topically with creams and, in the last couple of years, has garnered attention for its efficacy when orally consumed in supplement form. A recent study investigated the anti-aging effects of both oral supplementation and topical skin application of sea buckthorn seed oil, measuring skin hydration status, elasticity, luminosity, surface roughness, and cutaneous thickness as markers for visible improvement. During the aforementioned study, 60 female subjects ages 50 to 70 were divided into two groups—one group who took sea buckthorn capsules orally (four capsules per day for three months) and the other group applied sea buckthorn seed oil night cream topically twice per…

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Bee By The Sea on CHEX TV

Anne Marie Beaudoin on CHEX TV talking with Brenda Ibey from her store, The Avant-Garden Shop in Peterborough, Ontario about Bee By The Sea! Brenda’s shop began carrying our products in September 2013.  She has seen first-hand the benefits of using the body cream and soap and customers have commented on how lovely her skin is!  Also, customers coming back for more product, is a true testament to how well it works – nurses, doctors and people who love the outdoors included! The Avant-Garden Shop is filled with many beautiful things for gardeners and backyard birders including a very large selection of items made in Canada!  Her shop was the recipient of the 2012 BEST RETAILER (non-chain) BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD from The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.  Very cool!   If you are in Peterborough be sure to check out Brenda’s awesome shop at 165 Sherbrooke Street.

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Bee By The Sea Makes a Stop in Moose Jaw!

A Whistlestop into the Christmas Spirit Andrew Wingrove, president and CEO of Bee by the Sea, stands with Anne-Marie Beaudoin at the 2014 Whistlestop Craft Sale at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds on Oct. 25, 2014. © Times-Herald photo and story by Lisa Goudy Andrew Wingrove grows sea buckthorn on his farm.  Six years ago, his company, Bee by the Sea, began and sold only one product. Now there are seven – face cream, body cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap and lip balm. “In Saskatchewan, it’s becoming quite popular over the last 10 or 15 years. It’s an herb and it has little orange berries on it. It may have as much Vitamin C in one little berry as you get out of an orange. That’s kind of the key component to it,” said Wingrove. “When we put honey with it, unpasteurized honey, it’s really good for healing as well. ”His company was one of 67 vendors at the annual Whistlestop Craft Sale at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds on Saturday. Wingrove travelled from central Ontario to get to the craft show. The product is also sold locally, he said, at the Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory as an example. It is used to treat eczema, dry skin, rosacea, psoriasis, radiation or sun burns and it helps fade age spots and prevents and treats wrinkles. In 1986, for instance, many victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster were treated with sea buckthorn oil. As well, Russian cosmonauts have been using sea buckthorn to protect their skin in their trips to outer space. “Prairie Provinces love this plant,” he said. Shelley Bader, organizer of the show, said the show has been happening for at least 15 years and as usual, it was very busy. There were 70 booths featuring crafts, food and art. Because it’s not run as a trade show, all products sold at the show started as homemade. “I go and check out craft sales all throughout the fall and look for new vendors all the time. I try to keep things new and fresh,” said Bader.  “Some of the bigger craft sales now are run by bigger companies and they’ve lost their personal touch and that’s what we’re trying to keep here … and still allow some of the smaller crafters to come in.” Held annually the same weekend as Christmas in October, the show featured vendors from Alberta to Ontario. “My favourite part of the show is just getting to know the vendors a little bit better,” said Bader. “I guess we’ve formed good friendships. We’re almost like family.” Cassia Yee of Moose Jaw is 16 years old. At the sale, she was selling some of her wildlife and scenic photography. She’s been using a camera since she was 13 and started selling prints last year. This year was her second year at the Whistlestop show. “I like being able to see all the detail in the world around us,” she said. “Normally without a camera you can’t see…

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An Organic Approach to Business Growth

Article on Andrew Wingrove & Bee By The Sea from Arlene Dickinson’s YouInc. Website from April 2014 Money doesn’t grow on trees. But raw materials that can be converted into saleable goods do. The trick is being astute enough to connect the dots from branch, to production line, to storefront, and being entrepreneurial enough to make the whole thing fly. Andrew Wingrove is precisely that guy. The 52-year-old former energy consultant first learned about sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides to keeners) through his business travels in Asia. The plant’s edible berries – which boast heaps of naturally occurring vitamin C, E, antioxidants and other goodies – are healing, moisturizing marvels when used on skin. Wingrove began growing the stuff at his Sundridge, Ontario farm, and adding it to honey-based creams. By 2008, Wingrove – burned out by his consulting gig and possessing an original new product – launched Bee by the Sea skin care line from his Barrie, Ontario home. Today, Wingrove’s soaps and creams are sold in 500 North American locations; revenue has doubled in the past two years (it’s expected to reach $700,000 by May’s fiscal year-end) and he’s scouting relocation properties. The beauty biz may be as cutthroat as the energy biz, but Wingrove allows that working in the latter armed him perfectly for his role as Canada’s pioneering sea buckthorn maven. Starting the Business “The beginning was kind of scary. I had a job that paid me six figures and I was travelling all over the place but I just didn’t like it anymore. I have three kids. Starting a business had always been a burning thing with me – and I was fascinated with sea buckthorn – so it kind of made sense for me to try and do something with it. ” The Toughest Thing “The toughest thing about launching was making a viable business from scratch without any credibility. The first store that carried my products was Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket. I remember walking in there with one jar of body cream – which is all I had – and I said, ‘Would you guys be interested in carrying my product?’ I knew nothing about wholesale or sales or anything. The Walmarts and Loblaws wouldn’t even look at me coming in the door with one product. You have to build your brand and build it slowly. That’s the hardest lesson, and that’s a lot of work to do.” Choosing your Market “Today, we are carried exclusively through small independent retailers. They would drop us like a rock if we popped up in big box stores. Those independents are looking for specialized products that consumers can’t find everywhere. So at some point you have to make your choice – small independent or big box. I don’t think you can have both. When the product is in an independently owned store you have people genuinely interested in selling it. At Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s going to just sit on a shelf. Of course, I didn’t know any…

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