Bee beautiful – 5 ways to embrace the bee trend
Bee-ready, Hampshire: we’ve been buzzing around the county to bring you five of our favourite home, fashion and beauty finds
When it’s cold and grey out, there’s something incredibly comforting about wrapping your hands around a warm cuppa and dreaming of summer meadows. I’ll be doing just that with this hand-decorated bone china Wild Summer and Bumblebee ‘Hug Mug’ from British artist and highly covetable North Hampshire interiors brand, Cheney Penrose. Earl Grey, no sugar please.
Bee products are one of the best-kept secrets in natural skincare. Transforming them into gorgeous, spa-scented treats, Hampshire beekeeping champions Simon and Caroline Cavill started their kitchen table beauty venture using bee-friendly ingredients (beeswax, propolis and honey) from their own honeybee hives. BeeGood scaled up from the farmer’s market scene in 2014, staying true to its founding ethos of ethically-produced products. I absolutely love its new hydrating Replenishing Facial Oil, and the refreshing citrussy yuzu extracts in its Sweet Marjoram and Citrus Wash.
I’m regularly lusting over the latest drops at Winchester boutique Sass & Edge (hello new season Desmond & Dempsey PJs and Marielle Wyse sequined cashmere). This oh-so-chic soft leather bag from ‘urban bohemian’ Parisian brand Sous les Paves is adorned with a small hand-sewn signature brass bee print. It’s also just big enough to fit all the essentials in (phone, mask, lippie). Let it bee mine.
Jewellery designer Annie Haak was a forerunner of the bracelet stacking trend. Ten years since it launched, the Petersfield-based designer’s creations continue to charm. The idea behind this Tiny Bee silver bracelet is to gift it as a reward to hard working friends and family but frankly, I’m not sure if I could be persuaded to part with it…
Beeswax wraps are natural cotton wax-coated sheets used to keep food fresh. As well as being reusable they’re a far more stylish alternative to single-use plastics and foil. You can get Wight Apothecary’s bright selection in its Isle of Wight shop or – conveniently – dropped through your letterbox. Look out for other great eco-minded makers around the county too, including Hampshire-based sisters Tracie and Kim at Beeutiful Wraps.