Why Green Bee?

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.

Source:

National Geographic https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/05/which-animal-species-would-you-save/

4 thoughts on “Why Green Bee?

  1. I think your products and environmentally friendly message sound wonderful. I recently went through a wellness program and became so much more aware of what pesticides are doing to our food and environment. My husband and I are currently researching having bees on our property. My question on the products is how they do on acne prone skin? Also, do you have opportunities to get involved with your company by volunteering in any way?

  2. Lisa I’m so sorry I’m just now seeing your message. I’m really great at all things skin, makeup, and ecology… I’m not so great at figuring out how websites and blogs work, so I apologize that it has taken me so long to reply. I’m so glad to hear of your plans to support the environment! Truly one of the very best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce your meat consumption (especially beef). A meatless Monday over the course of one full year can save more than 90,000 gallons of water! Eliminating the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers at home will not only help your future bees, but the butterflies, birds, bats, and other animals that pollinate plants as well. Planting natives (especially milkweed for the monarch butterflies) will give these animals vital food and shelter and this will help transform your yard into a thriving ecosystem all on its own!

    As for Green Bee products and oil prone skin, it might seem counterintuitive, but the right kinds of good oils in our products can help reduce the production of sebum (the bad oil) in the skin. The facial cleanser in particular is one that I would highly recommend. It is an oil based cleanser with activated charcoal to purify. Many water based cleansers cannot break down the oil on the skin… it’s kind of like trying to wash a dish with only water. Using an oil based cleanser on oily skin breaks down the dirt, oil, and makeup that water based cleansers leave behind. If you’d like a sample, send me an email with your address and I’ll pop one in the mail for you to try!

    As for volunteer opportunities, wow I’m truly humbled that anyone would even ask. I’m honestly just a mom drinking coffee, staying up late, and trying to save the world ya know? If I have need of anything, I’ll be sure to reach out, but for now- following and sharing on social media would be enormously appreciated. 🙂

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