What’s the Buzz about Bee Balm Victoria?

Organic,  Non-GMO and Handmade in the Cowichan Valley

Bee Balm VictoriaBee Balm Victoria is a labour of love for father-daughter duo, Richard and Melissa, 5th- and 6th-generation Vancouver Island beekeepers.  Handmade in small batches from hives nurtured in the Cowichan Valley, the balms are 100% organic and non-GMO.  Your $5 Lip Balm purchase  helps to support next season’s hives. Contact Melissa to place your order at hello@beebalmvictoria.com 1.778.686.5477 (available in natural or mint-imbued)

Read Melissa’s Bee Blog!

Their Story

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Father & daughter, Richard & Melissa

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Surveying the colony

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Checking frames before relocation, Chemainus

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Mid-season, Lake Cowichan

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Peak season, Lake Cowichan

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Papa Louis’ original bee truck, still on the road!

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Original honey extractor, in use since 1872

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Papa Louis’ Bee Box for carrying supplies

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The finished product!

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*Save Our Bees – Canadian Honey Council

Bee health is an growing public concern and more and more attention is being put on finding solutions to mitigate losses. According to the Canadian Association of Provincial Apiculturists statement on honey bee losses in Canada.

“Over the winter of 2013/14, the average level of wintering loss of honey bee colonies (i.e. colony mortality or colonies too weak to be commercially productive at less than 3 frames of bees) across Canada was 25.0% (Table 1). Ontario experienced 58.0 percent winter mortality. When Ontario’s numbers are removed from calculation the national mortality drops to 19.2 percent. This level of winter loss is considered a high winter loss for most Canadian beekeepers in comparison to long term acceptable level of winter losses (15%), as described by beekeepers. The level of winter loss varied among provinces, regions within each province and from beekeeper to beekeeper within each region.”

We don’t think about the tiny honeybee very often. But it’s quickly making big headlines around the world! The honeybee is the cornerstone of the environment and critical to our food supply but around the world. Scientists from the U.S.A. to France and Spain and all the way to U.K. and China are trying to solve the mystery of what’s causing the disappearance of the honey bee. Your help is needed to help our pollinators. Corporate and individual donations are very much appreciated … and we need you to help Save Our Bees. All funds (100%) donated to Save our Bees are deposited into the Canadian Bee Research Fund, a registered charity that distributes funds for bee health research.


Save Our Bees — be part of history!