When the Macken family first decided to move to Oxfordshire in 2011, they had to endure house-hunting with two reluctant children in tow.
On one particular such expedition, daughter, Neve Macken, spied a large stack of honey jars in one house.
After questioning the owner and discovering their passion for beekeeping, Neve later said: “I think we should live in that house with those bees. I’ve spoken with Grandad Jim and I’ve asked him to get me a beehive for my birthday.”
That one hive, together with help from local beekeepers and the craft community, proved the start of something special. Today, Neve’s Bees supplies 100% natural, organic and locally produced products to devoted customers nationwide through its online shop.
The Eynsham-based business is a hive of activity and the team is looking to make its products more widely available in Oxford by teaming up with local gift shops, sustainable shops and health food shops.
Perfect gifts. Terrific treats
Queen bee, Neve, and deputy queen bee (and mum), Jane are always adding to their extensive portfolio. The range currently comprises lip balms (in nine natural fragrances), Hand Salves, Cuticle Butter, Intense Foot Salve and a new Solid Perfume Range. All make perfect gifts and are terrific treats.
All Neve’s Bees’ packaging is recyclable and is designed to reflect the beautiful flowers, plants and trees surrounding their West Oxfordshire home. For every sale, the enterprise donates 5p to BBOWT (Berks, Bucks Oxon Wildlife Trust) to protect and preserve the local countryside and the wildlife it supports.
Feel good, naturally
Jane Macken is keen for people to rediscover (or experience for the first time) the benefits of using products so natural one could – literally – eat them.
“During Lockdown, all our country fairs and festivals were cancelled and all the local indie shops we supplied also shut. We’ve just invested in some fab display equipment in the hope we can supply more independent shops in Oxford with our products, bringing the joy of nature to more and more people in these challenging times,” she added.