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How to make Home Made Christmas Crackers for all the Family

Homemade Christmas Crackers

Aaaah the faithful festive cracker! how about making your own home made Christmas crackers… Christmas Day just wouldn’t be the same without them – home made Christmas crackers. They add the final flourish to the festive table, the snap and the whoop only add to the cheer, the questionable joke something to unite us in […]

How to make Beeswax Polish

how to make beeswax polish

Beeswax has been used to make polish for hundreds of years and can be used to enhance and protect many products made from wood or leather – wooden furniture, chopping boards, bowls or utensils; leather bags, shoes, furniture or clothing. (It’s also great for skincare – which is where we focus passions here at Neve’s […]

Totally Natural Skincare – Is It Really Better?

Natural skin care illustrated with woman in field of lavander to illustrate oil cleansing method

Totally Natural Skincare – a Definition A totally natural skincare product is generally considered to be ‘one comprised of natural ingredients – those produced by nature, not the work of man or interfered with by man’. However, there is a lot of ‘greenwashing’ in this industry – products which are regulated e.g. the Cosmos Soil […]

Happy Vibes during Lockdown

Happy Vibes during Lockdown in Oxford

Maybe there are some Happy Vibes to be found, even in these strange times. I was recently asked to write a ‘Pause for Thought in Oxford’ for our local BBC Oxford Radio, I was really flattered … but perhaps a bit overwhelmed as to what on earth I could talk about that people would want […]

Is Beeswax Vegan?

is beeswax vegan

Is beeswax vegan? is beekeeping cruel? Neve, my daughter, and I are Oxfordshire beekeepers – these are questions we are often asked. Beeswax is created, by the bees, from honey. They use beeswax to build their hives and to ‘cap’ the honey to seal it into the honeycomb – it is this ‘cappings wax’ that […]

How do I Create a Wildflower Meadow – Step 2 and 3

Creating a Wildflower Meadow

Back in Spring 2019, we decided we wanted to do something more useful with the field in front of our house. With an interest in Nature Recovery and as a consequence of working with BBOWT, we decided to turn our old cow-field into a Wildflower Meadow. We’ve written a series of blogs to capture our […]

Why Use Lip Balm?

why use lip balm and why beeswax lip balm

Why use Lip Balm? Well, the weather’s certainly thrown a lot at us lately – strong bitterly cold winds, rain, hail. It all takes its toll on our skin and our delicate lips often take a real bashing in winter. So why are our lips different? The skin all over our body comprises three layers […]

St Valentine Patron Saint of Beekeepers!

St Valentine's is patron saint of beekeepers

St Valentine Patron Saint of Beekeepers! Did you know that St Valentine is patron saint of beekeepers—charged with ensuring the sweetness of honey and the protection of beekeepers? So who was he? Valentine’s Day is named after St Valentine, most widely known as the patron saint of lovers – but what do we actually know […]

Best Walks in Oxfordshire – Enjoying the Great Outdoors

More walks in oxfordshire

Earlier this year we published a post about dog walks in Oxfordshire. It’s been so popular we’ve decided to share with you some more of our favourite doggy hangouts for best walks in Oxfordshire The Wittenham Clumps are one of South Oxfordshire’s well-loved landmarks. Steeped in history and brimming with wildlife, these hilltops are great […]

Postcards of Kindness – Sending Happy Vibes

Postcards of Kindness

There’s a wonderful initiative called ‘Postcards of Kindness’ bringing smiles to old folk all over the UK We first came across it quite by chance at the Henley Craft Fair this August. For each Neve’s Bees sale, we give a bright and cheerful ‘Happy Vibes’ postcard. Seeing these cards, one of our customers had a […]

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