A few weeks ago the lovely Jenny from Redhead Beauty Diaries tweeted about a brand called Beefayre who make gifts such as candles, homeware, cards and beauty products. I clicked onto their Twitter and found out that they are based in Market Harborough which is where I work! I was really excited about discovering the brand because the packaging on the products is just beautiful so I found a local retailer right around the corner from my shop and bought some Honey Lily Tea Lights straight away that smell oh so good!
The lovely Alyx said I could come & visit and we set up a time for me to go & have a look around the grounds & the house. So on Wednesday, I left work (yay) and drove 10 minutes down the road to Beefayre HQ to have my very own tour! I was really excited because I love their products but I had also just watched a programme called The Wonder of Bees on Sunday night on iPlayer which was just fascinating so I was excited to see some real bee hives! Unfortunately over the winter the bees died which is just devastating because the winter wasn’t that cold and so it comes down to the neonicotinoids that the farmers use in the fields next to their grounds which has ultimately killed their bees. I did still get to have a look at the hives though and all around the grounds where they have a beautiful lake as well as a pond with fishes and a swimming pool along with all their animals!
Beefayre donate 3% of their profits to bee conservation and their mission is to produce quality products at affordable prices, all made in the British countryside. They use sustainably sourced, natural ingredients – their body & bath products are free from parabens and sulphates and their candles are made from pure natural plant wax.
Sharon, founder of the business, Alyx and I all sat out on the decking on the lake and chatted all about bees & blogging whilst one of their dogs, Freddie sat on my lap and went to sleep…awww he was just the cutest!! Sharon told me all about the beekeepers in Transylvania where they get their honey from and it sounded amazing, definitely somewhere I would like to visit one day! They don’t use any chemicals anywhere near the bee hives or their land which is why their honey comes from there.
I loved having a look around the grounds and seeing all the animals just casually walking round. Alyx told me that the swans even go for a dip in the swimming pool in the colder months haha! Unfortunately, there is something preying on all the duckling at the grounds and there is only one little duckling left out of 30 which is just so devastating but we were very proud of the Mummy Duck for keeping one little one safe!
Then onto the goodies…it smelt so good in the office! Candle candles candles galore in a variety of beautiful scents from Honey Lilly to Orange & Jasmine to Rose Petal and Watermint & Rosemary. Beefayre also make homeware items such as mugs, coasters and place mats. I absolutely love the mugs and will definitely be buying a couple soon! All of the drawings on the packaging are designed by Sharon herself, aren’t they just beautiful? I absolutely love all of it, it’s so delicate yet striking at the same time.
I even got the chance to put on a Beekeeper outfit and Sharon showed me the hives where they would normally have bees. In a couple of weeks I think they’ll be buying some more bees as it’s got warmer in the UK so I’m looking forward to seeing some full hives next time I visit!
Alyx also showed me some of their health products that they sell such as Honeybee Pollen, Propolis and Bee Tonic. The pollen tasted quite strange but it wasn’t disgusting – Alyx said you can sprinkle it on cereal or take it normally to act as a health supplement.
“Honeybee Pollen is the most nutritionally complete food and has the potential to contribute as a major food source for humans. Honeybee pollen contains 185 known nutritional ingredients including all 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, the full range of known vitamins, enzymes, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. Benefits are also derived from the synergistic action of these known elements working together, so that pure pollen is greater than the sum of its parts. Modern pharmacy often isolates single active substances such as Vitamin C to then treat the ailment or deficiency . If a vitamin C supplement is the solo violist, think of pollen as the full symphony orchestra!”
Bee Tonic is a mix of Acacia honey, royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis and was kind of like thick gooey spread. I wasn’t so keen on the taste of this one but it has amazing health benefits and is great for people who live an active lifestyle and need a bit of a “pick me up”.
Propolis was the last health product that I tried which is a liquid mix of resin, essential oils, waxes and bioflavonoids that exert powerful anti oxidant effects that can help to maintain a healthy immune system in humans. I only had a drop as it’s very strong but is basically like a natural healthy version of TCP. You can use it on cuts, burns, grazes and cold sores or take it if you’re feeling run down or ill. It helps to numb the throat so it’s great if you have a cold or a sore throat.
Sharon very kindly gave me a few gifts which was so lovely of her. I picked a couple of bits out and she gave me even more so I have four products as well as the Honey Lily Tea Lights that I bought a couple of weeks ago. Sharon also gave me five of the greetings cards that they sell with her beautiful designs on.
These tea lights smell so lovely. The smell is quite faint and soothing which I like and they’re very nice when you want to relax. Just before I took this photo one of them rolled off the table and smashed on the floor so I’ve popped that one into another container but I love that they come in their own glass jar that you can re-use. These retail for £6.95 for a box of 3.
Watermint & Rosemary was one of my favourite scented candles so I chose the Large Watermint & Rosemary Candle. I absolutely love this scent, it’s not very strong but is uplifting and refreshing and perfect for Spring & Summer. All of Beefayre’s candles are made from 100% natural plant wax and are hand poured into recycled glass jars. The glass jars are re-usable and are dishwasher proof so you can use them afterwards as pretty drinking glasses or tea light holders. They retails for £14.95.
I’d told Sharon that I really like the Orange & Jasmine scented products and she gave me a Bee Happy Orange & Jasmine Large Candle and the Bee Happy Orange & Jasmine Body Butter. Both of them smell so uplifting and I’ve already used the body butter and it’s lush! The candle retails at £14.95 and the body butter is £15.95. The candle has a burn time of 50 hours which is amazing for the price I think!
One of my favourite parts about Beefayre is the design and artwork on the packaging and products. Everything is designed by Sharon, and I was even lucky enough to see some of her drawings in her scrapbook which were just beautiful. Sharon is such a talented lady I wish I could draw like her! These Greetings Cards are so beautiful with their botanical designs, I don’t want to give them away to anybody but I want to show them to everybody so they can see how lovely they are haha! They retail for £2.50 each.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed visiting Beefayre HQ! If you’re reading Alyx & Sharon, thank you so much for showing me around and for the products, I’m having so much fun using them and my bedroom smells so lovely right now!
I will be doing full reviews of the Shower & Bath Milk and the Body Butter once I’ve tried them out a bit more so keep an eye out for that!
Follow Beefayre on Facebook,Twitter @BeeFayre and Instagram @BeeFayreLoves and check out their website too!
I bought the teeny bee charms on eBay which are so cute! I bought some for gift bags when I was an NYR consultant but couldn’t find them so I bought some more and then typically I found the others but I might make something with them!