As a makeup artist for seventeen years, I have worked with clients on the biggest and most important days of their lives: weddings, engagement photos, proms, graduations, senior pictures, maternity photos, the list goes on… I have enjoyed every special moment and memory made and I feel honored to have been a part of my past clients’ experiences. Throughout the course of my career, I found very few options when it came to plant-based, all-natural skincare. I found zero options for a local small business brand, so I set out to create one.
In 2014 I was accepted into Graduate School at Miami University and the following three years I spent immersed in the studies of Conservation, Evolution, Animal Behavior, and so many more fascinating topics at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens where my classes were held. How many people get to say they went to school at the zoo?! I loved every minute of it, but the story that I hung onto the most from my time spent there was that of the Monarch butterfly. (There will be a new post soon, describing this fascinating species in more detail). When I learned of the sharp decline in all pollinating species in the past few years, I knew I wanted to do more to help the survival of these vital pollinators, not only for them, but for humans as well. So I took my experience with skin and makeup, and combined that with the desire to make a difference in an important and inspirational group of species that we depend on as humans, and Green Bee was born.
National Geographic recently conducted an informal survey posing the question “If you could dedicate your life to saving one species, which would you choose?” Out of 14,000 respondents, an overwhelming majority chose “bees.” It is heartening to be in such good company when trying to make a difference for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Green Bee is proud to donate 10% of every product sold to help educate others about the importance of pollinators, establish pollinator gardens, and give to other organizations who work to protect both public and private lands for pollinators.