Frequently asked questions answered

Updated: Sep 17

What’s the first thing you do when looking at a new product?

Well sometimes you put your nose to the product and drink in the scent!

Smell is a very important starting point. Take for instance my Tattoo Balm where the immediate scent that emerges from an opened tin is lavender spike oil. This is a beautiful scent that has a minty undertone that takes you away on a holiday. Lavender has a clear, floral and herbaceous aroma. Not only that it's helpful in soothing irritated skin.

How does it feel?

My Persian Rose Repair Body Cream has a gorgeous scent when the jar is first opened. When you rub a small amount into your skin the scent will come to life and the aroma will intensify when rubbed into the skin. Your body temperature will help to intensify the scent. During the course of the day you may forget that it’s on your skin. It will deeply moisturise your skin during the course of the day and as the cream is quite dense a small amount will go a long way. The scent will normalise with your sense of smell but an admirer may well notice it!

And then you may ask for some more information about the product.

You may ask yourself if is it reasonably priced?

Botanical and essential oils can be quite costly and this is for one reason due to its concentrated form. Another reason is the extraction of the essential oil. Rose Otto essential oil is produced from thousands of rose petals hand-picked in the morning before the sun becomes too hot to take away some of the oils found in the petals. It is also grown predominantly in distinct regions of the World where the industry has originated. Persian Rose essential oil is made in time honoured ways and is pure so you can expect to have a superior base ingredient in my Persian Rose Repair Body Cream.

Is it just what you were looking for?

I hope that you will be pleasantly surprised to find some unique and mind-blowing base ingredients in my natural body care range. Take for example Aloe Vera – it’s very soothing on your skin and has been incorporated into my Cleansing Bars. Aloe Vera leaves store water in their cells. Similarly, Aloe Vera can help to keep our skin clean and hydrated. And Aloe is one of the active ingredients in my Blossom Vitamin Moisturising Mask. Or Kakadu Plum which is very high in Vitamin C.

Just a small amount of essential oil can have a big impact. It is worth remembering that a little is all you need to go a long way.

Other products may list their ingredients online and some are not easily pronounceable. That can simply mean that they are derived from something other than a natural source like a petro-chemical. It may mean that it is less expensive to produce so they have chosen not to use a natural base ingredient. At Busy Bee Blossom I use time tested natural base oils and organic ingredients wherever possible that have stood the test of time and science. My preferred supplier of base and essential oils is New Directions Australia. I choose to use natural botanical ingredients.

Does this product contain the latest super ingredients?

Surprisingly some super ingredients have been around already for ages. Like AHA peels can be simply achieved at home by natural fruit acid peels. There’s nothing magic about it but marketing tactics make it sound like a miracle. Try cut papaya skin placed on your face to get a wonderful face lift without chemicals! If you're looking for a natural and simple face mask try my Blossom Vitamin Moisturising Mask. It's a combo for super moisturisation, drawing and exfoliation. Take a few spoonfuls and gently apply to damp skin and relax. Let it work it's magic for 10 to 20 minutes and gently wipe away with my Handmade Organic Cotton Muslin Face Cloth.

How will I know if these products are safe and best?

There is science to support my products. There may be some doubts in your mind about handmade organic skincare. That’s ok. It’s good to look from a scientific point of view and prove that the botanical oils used in a product are effective. I am continually learning from books, online and courses about aromatherapy. It’s been a life-long interest of mine.

Perhaps you’re thinking that there’s a lot of hype out there in todays world. And maybe I don’t need lots of product in my bathroom to address my natural skincare regime. Natural remedies are a great place to start to address the question “Is less more?” The Australian authority for cosmetic manufacture is AICS. Every base ingredient has been scientifically tested and documented for any adverse effects. Ingredients must be listed on labels for you to understand what has been used and in the order of quantity. There are international standards that state that the INCI name must be stated on a products label. Each of my products list all ingredients in order of quantity from largest to smallest. All base ingredients are safe and non-toxic and freely available for you to see.

Botanical and essential oils need to be fresh. Your nose will know if an oil is out of date and in which case the product will not be as effective as a fresh one just made. At Busy Bee Blossom I hand make my product in small batches ready for market and my online store. Fresh is the best way to go!

My products that use Organic base ingredients come with a Certificate of Analysis so that you can be sure of freshness and Organic certification. If the ingredient has an Asterix to indicate it is organic you can be assured that is ACO/USDA Certified Organic. The base ingredient will have a certificate of Quality Assurance provided by New Directions Australia. These certifications allow you to be confident that no pesticides or genetically modified farming have been used in producing this base oil. I have Certificates Of Analysis to give you peace of mind in the images too.

Are these products in keeping with minimising waste and looking after our furry friends?

Yes, they sure are! I take pride in minimal packaging. It hurts the Earth too much to just throw away stuff without a care for its impact. Try my re-usable amber glass jars after you’ve used it anywhere in your home.

And pets are our friends too. That’s why pure base and essential oils in my products are not tested on animals. There is no need to because time has tested and proven them to be super effective. I care about the environment and animals.

Where is Busy Bee Blossom?

I'm glad you asked! I am an online store and I have regular markets at Woodside Artisans Market, Flourmills Market and Footprints Ecofestival. That's me in the pic. I am also happy for you to pop in by appointment and have a coffee and browse at my place. Just call or email and I'd be happy to.

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