A buzzing success story

By Anita Jaynes on 12 January, 2015

Claire Barker from  Calne based Hive Originals has turned her hobby into a fantastic business venture. Having been made redundant in 2012 Claire decided she wanted to become the master of her own destiny. Beekeeping was already a hobby but she realised for a really successful business she would need to make the honey from her bees work a bit harder. With a keen interest in natural skincare, Claire combined both hobbies and created a truly special range of skincare and candles using beeswax and honey from her own Wiltshire hives. With a year of study, development, trials, product testing and brand design, Hive Originals launched in Aug 2013 and has gone from strength to strength.

The Hive Original’s ethos is every product is lovingly hand-crafted using only natural ingredients. It’s well known about the decline of honeybees due to pesticides and loss of natural forage – Claire only uses organic vegetable and essential oils in all her products wherever possible and never uses parabens, mineral oils, SLS’s or lanolin. The Hive Originals product range includes gorgeous and effective moisturisers, lip balms, candles, hand creams and hand washes at very affordable prices. Claire is always developing new products, look out for the men’s range coming soon.

For more information, please contact Claire Barker at sales@hiveoriginals.co.uk or visit: www.hiveoriginals.co.uk