Thursday, July 26, 2012

We Have Honey!

    We have harvested honey from our hard working bees and now have honey ready to sale. Now, we know beekeepers that claim and swear their honey is the best they ever tasted. We can't speak to all those claims but we can say the honey we have this year is the best WE have ever tasted, and we have tried all kinds. Bar none, in our humble opinion, compares to our honey this season .

      So here are the details:

    One pound jars, honey                             $9.00
    One pound jars, honey with comb        $10.00
    Eight ounce jars                                       $4.50
    Eight ounce jars honey with comb         $5.00

    We will be happy to ship our premium honey anywhere in the U.S. Just shoot us an email us telling how much you want so we can calculate the shipping costs and let you know. We will make arrangements then on payment details.
    Depending on where you live in the state, we might be able to arrange for other delivery methods.  
            If you are interested in purchasing or have questions about our honey please send us an email-

Thanks for visiting B&E's Bees!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Balm Those Kissable Lips!
Beeswax is used and has been used throughout centuries as a main ingredient for soaps, lotions, lip balms and, well, so many other products. Though we use many of these very items in our everyday lives, lip balm seem a particular necessity these days. In the winter our lips get chapped from the cold, blustery winds and in the summer we use it to protect our lips from the hot, damaging rays of the sun.
You can purchase lip balm almost anywhere and you can find really good brands - some expensive and some cheap. I think the kind of lip balm that includes beeswax as an ingredient is the best by far.  Since I have quite a bit of good, clean beeswax on hand it seems wasteful to me to purchase the "store-bought" kind of lip balm. Making lip balm seems a really fun project and I'm figuring that it can't be too difficult.
Using very few ingredients might be the best course and, for me, this is one of those "less is more" kind of deal. I don't want this to be a full-blown science experiment…I’m just wantin' to keep it very simple. If it's too difficult to make, then who would want to make it again? Not me! So, after scouring a few internet sites and researching recipes in my "how-to" books, it appears easy enough. I will just try to combine a recipe or two and come up with one really outstanding homemade lip balm. Well, at least, that's the plan.
                             I'm thinking that starting out, making a very small batch at a time would be a good idea - that way, if it bombs, I can always tweak the ingredients, start over, and not waste precious beeswax. If it turns out to be a terrific recipe, then I'm meltin' down all the wax I have and I’m sellin' this stuff!
Basic Ingredients:
1 teaspoon grated beeswax - melted
2 teaspoons coconut oil - melted
2 drops of essential oil (peppermint, lemon, orange) I think this step could be optional
1 teaspoon honey
Stir all ingredients and pour into a container. Let cool and harden before using.
In searching through some recipes I noticed that if you wanted to add a hint of color to your lip balm, all you had to do is use a bit of a favorite lipstick. Don't use really old lipstick - one that has gone rank. Why, that would be the same thing as using old or outdated shortening or lard when making biscuits! I have to fess up...I'm terrible for keeping lipsticks for years and “they” say you’re NOT  supposed to do that! Secretly, I think I just like the pretty cases. Anyway, I will continue this experiment and make some additional samples. While I am at it, I might just make some "lotion bars". Those are supposed to be so good for your skin.