I’m the Dee of “Dee’s Bees”. Back around 2010 Kev, my better half, came up with the idea that we should try beekeeping. Well, a vague idea to have something we could enjoy working on together turned into a full-time fascination and passion. It wasn’t that much of a leap, really. We were both working in horticulture and organics, so we both already had a passion for growing stuff… we just didn’t expect it to be growing insects!
Over the next few years the bee business grew, and the family grew, and today we keep around 150 beehives around Hawke’s Bay. That’s still small potatoes in beekeeping terms.. but we only keep hives in numbers that allow us to give them the best quality of care and attention... and still give the same to our kids. It’s all about balance, you see.
So we’re greenies at heart, but we’re moderate greenies. We believe that if everyone could just do the simple LITTLE things.. the world would be a whole LOT better off. And here’s the secret… when the “little” things become what everyone’s doing, then they cease to be an effort at all, because now they’re the “NORM”, and then we can move on to improve the next thing.
Like everyone else, we’re painfully aware of the plastic pollution situation, and a couple of years ago we became aware of beeswax wraps as a replacement for single use plastic clingwrap. Brilliant! And beeswax! Right up our alley!
Except they were expensive. And it seemed like you had to do yoga and self-enlightenment courses and be of a very particular aesthetic to use them.
Or if you wanted to make your own, you had to pick through a dozen dodgy internet recipes, and end up creating a whole lot more waste… if the recipe worked at all!
So I decided to make it easy to make your own beeswax wraps, and we were the first in New Zealand to offer a pre-blended block of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil. Our recipe is so good we’ve only tweaked it once – we moved from pine to damar tree resin, which has a more neutral scent that allows the beeswax scent to shine.
Since those early days, we’ve grown from our DIY kits to include a full range of ready-made beeswax wraps, and we’re very proud to offer the widest range of patterns out there
Whether you’re looking for cute, quirky or classic, we’ve got something for you.