The story so far…
Hi, my name is Claire and I’m the founder of Hive Originals.
Back in 2011 I dragged my partner Colin, to do a beekeeping course at our local garden centre – initially just as a “nice thing to do”. However it wasn’t long before both of us became absolutely fascinated with the wonder of honey bees and very soon we bought our first couple of beehives with resident colonies. Despite a very steep learning curve where we made more than our fair share of beekeeping mistakes, that summer we actually enjoyed our very first few jars of honey. We were hooked!
Over the last couple of years we’ve grown our number of hives and although we still have a few in our garden, we also have some other apiaries around Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham and Southwick in North Wiltshire. We are also very active members of our local beekeeping group, the Melksham Beekeeping Association.
I had always dreamt of having and running my own business and it wasn’t until I was made redundant from my Retail Director role that I decided to follow the dream. Whilst there are many beekeepers that produce a range of honey goods, I decided to use my many years of retailing and marketing experience to develop a brand of natural skincare products using the honey and beeswax from our own hives.
So, after a year of investment and extensive development, Hive Originals was officially launched in August 2013. All my formulas and recipes are totally unique to myself – they have all been tried and tested on friends and family to perfect them and they have also been tested in the cosmetic laboratories to comply with all the European Cosmetic Legislation. However, I’d like to point out that NONE of my products have been tested on animals – ever!
Our bees work extremely hard to produce their honey and beeswax. Our skincare follows the same ethos and is lovingly hand-crafted so that we can ensure that only natural products ever go into any of our products.
Raw honey is well known for its healing, moisturising and protective qualities. We blend our raw honey and beeswax with the finest organic vegetable and essential oils to truly bring you the very best that nature has to offer. For further information on our ingredients, please see our ingredients page.
I hope you enjoy the products just as much as I enjoy making them.