Bee Lovely Botanicals is a family run bee farm that specializes in natural and wholesome products from the goodness of our naturally treated beehives.
Josh and Jodie Kieliszewski live in Michigan, where they raise three boys, and bees. In 2007 they were blessed with a wild swarm of bees in a tree in the front of their property. From then on, they were hooked on beekeeping. It was a perfect fit as Josh’s work and studies as a biologist have always centered around wild life and agriculture, and Jodie has an inexhaustible curiosity, sense of adventure, and love of handmade products. After a season or two of beekeeping and reading about the benefits of honey and beeswax, Jodie began making her own soap and lotion. She was hoping to cure herself of the dry, cracked, and bloody knuckles that plagued her every year in the cold, dry Michigan winter. She found that by using natural, organic ingredients and avoiding harsh synthetic additives, her lotion worked so well that she began sharing with family and friends. Truth be told, she had a hard time not accosting dry skinned strangers at the store. When the family ended up with a surplus of honey and beeswax products, they toted everything to the local farmer’s market, where they received rave reviews and won some very loyal customers. As their family grew, Jodie began focusing on building their online store, while Josh finessed his beekeeping and increased their hives.
What began as an intriguing hobby has flourished into their business Bee Lovely Botanicals. They are grateful for God’s provision in such interesting and rewarding ways and look forward to sharing their passion for honeybees and the bounty of the hives with you. We would love it if you’d sign up for our occasional e-newsletter featuring our bees, new product releases, and promotions.
All of our products are handmade in small batches using wholesome, natural ingredients, such as our own raw honey, beeswax, and high quality plant oils and butters! We raise our bees naturally, treating with essential oils and plant extracts. We put no nasty chemicals in our hives! This ensures that our beeswax and raw honey are as pure as the bees can make them. All of our essential oils are certified pure essential oils, our fragrances are all phthalate free, and all of our products are free of parabens and propylene glycol.
A little about the ingredients from our hives:
Processed honey is very finely filtered and heated to stay liquid longer. This denatures the enzymes and hormones that naturally occur in honey, and filters out all of the pollen. Raw honey is never heated or finely filtered, which leaves the hormones, enzymes, and bits of pollen still intact. It is high in vitamins B1,B2, B3, B5, and B6 and the enzyme invertase, among others. Raw honey tends to granulate faster, but this in no way adversely affects the quality or effectiveness of raw honey.
Propolis is plant resins gathered by bees to seal their hive. These plant resins are naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and help keep the hives free from infection. People use propolis in soap, skin care products, chewing gum and tinctures for its anti-microbial properties.
We take great care to bring you and your family exceptional, yet practical products, and we hope you enjoy using them as much as we enjoy making them! Thank you