Honey is a fragrant, sweet, sticky liquid made by the hard-working honeybees.
Where do we get it?
The clear honey found in the Lush products that are made in the UK comes from the Barro Vermelho community in Brazil. Bees’ welfare is at the heart of their practice and the community sees beekeeping as a communion with nature, a way to have better lives while helping to increase the bee population and land’s regeneration.
In our best-selling soap Honey I Washed The Kids, a different honey source is used depending on where the soap is made. At the UK manufacturing sites, it is purchased from a Wales-based supplier who works closely with a network of British beekeepers and supports them in their harvesting methods and techniques. All beehives are located on permaculture or wild lands with diverse forage all year round.
At Lush, we agree that the modern honey industry treats bees like farmed animals. To ensure their welfare is respected in our supply chain, we work with beekeepers who understand the importance of managing hives with consideration and of working in a minimally invasive way. We do not allow the use of harmful practices such as queen wing clipping or artificial rearing.
Where possible, we aim to work directly with beekeepers, but in any case, we ask for full traceability and adherence to our high standards. We actively encourage and select those who go beyond organic beekeeping and implement regenerative practices that positively impact local wildlife and the hives’ environment.
What are the benefits of honey for your skin and hair?
Because of its remarkable antimicrobial and humectant properties, honey also contributes to the preservation of products’ formulae.
Bees collect nectar from flowers and carry it to their hives where the worker bees convert it into honey. Half a kilogram of honey contains the essence of about two million flowers and the colour, fragrance and properties of honey vary depending on the varieties foraged. Bees need to make thousands of round trips to collect nectar, and a single bee produces only about a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime.