One of my highlights at NYIGF last week was the Worker B booth with bee products made from chemical and antibiotic free hives. The packaging of the eco-chic skincare line has super-cute letterpress labels with illustrated bees and the different flowers they pollinate. It was contagious to see the integrity and enthusiasm of the owners to support their local beekeepers. They ensure that the bees are kept without chemicals or antibiotics and are not shipped across the country.
Worker B uses local ingredients from Minneapolis such as honey, beeswax and propolis for their hand-crafted lotions and balms. I found some of their eco-friendly products at the Tea + Honey Store on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and purchased the Worker B lotion and lip balm. The unscented lotion contains organic almond oil, organic olive oil, beeswax, raw honey, propolis tincture, and vitamin E. Another eco-friendly product is the Worker B cream made of organic olive oil and beeswax. It’s basically edible. The store has a cool display in the shape of a honeycomb to show off their bee products such as honey. I learned that currently there are no organic standards for honey produced in the United States. Makes sense since those busy bees fly several miles outside their hive and might pass crops that are sprayed with chemicals even that their home base is on organic certified grounds. Luckily I found a store in NYC with the Worker B skin care products since they seem to be as hardworking as their bees.