Beauty benefits of Honey

For many years there has been beauty trends that come and go and must-have products that claim to do wonders for your skin. However, raw honey in its simplest form,  has been a natural beauty product for many hundreds of years and the power of honey in beauty is looking like it’s here to stay, thanks to its clean and healthy properties. There are a lot of different ways honey...

Simple Breakfast – Toast with Pears and Honey

In a rush in the morning? Us too! This simple recipe can be made in less than 10 minutes and is a great way to start the day. Ingredients Bread – brown is best Pears – organic where available Honey – preferably raw, as there are so many benefits (local honey, even better) Walnuts Optional – Ricotta cheese 1. Toast bread and butter (if desired) 2. If you fancy ricotta...

Manuka Honey: What’s The Big Deal?

We’ve all had honey at one point or another, whether it is honey sandwiches, honey drizzled on porridge or honey stirred in warm water with lemon when a cold strikes. It is no secret that honey, and particularly raw honey, as a whole is great to have around. What many people don’t realise is that honey isn’t all the same. The chances are you’ve heard of Manuka honey and may...

Why Choose Beeswax Candles?

Beeswax candles provide a soft yellow ambient glow, which is lovely to bask in. We have recently made our first batch of hand poured beeswax candles (poured with love in the UK) to complement our limited edition raw London honey. We work in small batches and we think our honey and candles are pretty special. More than a quarter of British households now buy candles  for their home and if...

The beauty of beeswax candles

Beeswax candles are beautiful, the wax is created by bees and it is 100% natural and chemical free. Beeswax candles are our latest obsession having been gifted two beautiful beeswax candles at Christmas. Beeswax candles emit a really rich coloured flame which is mesmerising, the candle burns cleanly with a soothing warm yellow glow, and there is no smoke. The natural smell is both sweet and comforting, influenced by the scents...

Bees in Jewellery and a surprise in the post

There is nothing more glorious than the arrival of post, when you spot amidst the mundane utility bills and circulars, your name, handwritten. My friend Nancy, is glorious for providing these moments of happiness in my life, for as much as I love opening letters, she seems to love posting. This year has seen the arrival of many items from her, thank you cards (always, she has impeccable manners), honey,...

Island honey from Estonia

My friend Liz, an avid cyclist,  heads off every summer with her bike on a long trip, retuning with tales of adventures; strange encounters cycling solo through Europe. This autumn she returned with two pots of honey from her travels. I know how lightweight she packs on these trips, so knowing that she pedalled over hills and mountains  with two glass vessels filled with honey (one light, one dark) was...

Win some delicious raw honey!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – THANK YOU FOR ENTERING – WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON To celebrate our unwavering passion for raw honey, we wanted to give you the chance to win some incredible prizes in the form of honeys, accessories, beauty products and a beautiful book. Three lucky winners will each win one of the following prize bundles. The first winner will receive a Gourmet Honey Bundle from award-winning producers...

The Joy of Bees: A Gastronomic Honey Tasting

As a honey lover when I heard that an immersive experiential art installation centred around bees and gastronomic honey tasting was coming to London I could not contain my excitement. The Joy of Bees curated by Bompas & Parr  for Relais & Châteaux , an international hotel group (that has a  commitment to bees and sustainability) arrived in London in October (2016) and I was delighted to attend the preview night (and to experience the...

Don’t throw out your crystallised honey

There is a common misconception that crystallised honey has gone off. It’s hasn’t, it’s still good, so don’t throw it out! Crystallisation  is often referred to as granulation, it is when your honey turns from a liquid state into a semi-solid state. It is an entirely natural process and the rate at which your honey will crystallize varies honey to honey depending on the nectar source as well as the...

Top Tips when planting for Bees

As an urban beekeeper in training I am increasingly interested in planting flowers that provide nectar for bees and other pollinators. Kate Cox at Border Designs based in Colchester, Essex, specialises in planting plans and has been providing lots of advice on how to create a bee friendly garden. There are many rewards of planting for bees and pollinators and you can do so in any environment, whether a small...

5 Tips on Baking with Honey

It is  best not to heat or cook  raw honey as it tampers  with the flavour and aroma (so spare your expensive or unusual honey if you do) however honey does work beautifully with baking. Honey in baking adds a different flavour, sweetness and depth to sugar.  Here are some tips to remember when using honey instead of sugar in baking/recipes: 1. Honey is sweeter than sugar so you only need to...