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Good-Bye Plastic

There are quite a few conversations going on right now about the perils of plastic, and the situation we have created for ourselves. SO, we thought it would be the perfect time to usher in our plans for doing our part to keep plastic out of the waterways and landfills. 

By January 1,2019 Hipbees will no longer be offering products in plastic containers. That means:

*some products will be discontinued 

*some products will come in a water-soluble container

*some products will come in paperboard containers. 

*all products will still be made with love,for you. And be organic when possible. 

 

We are going to have a lot of fun with this project, and truly hope you follow along:)

 

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Earthen Alchemy, One of Our Faves

Earthen Alchemy, One of Our Faves

We LOVE using these products! And so does everyone I have ever gifted them to :)

Earthen Alchemy is an Esoteric Apothecary that specializes in wellness for your mind body and soul. Their offerings are created with intent by an Alberta based Aromatherapist, Herbalist and Sacred Medicine Woman, they feature wildcrafted herbs and locally sourced ingredients and are inspired by the Boreal forest, pagan folklore and the greater beyond.

Every single item created by Earthen is effective and smells DIVINE! This line is perfect if you are well versed in the Pagan are AND if you just want to dabble in some mystic endeavors. Have some fun, try it out...you won't be disappointed.

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Women's Day 2018

Women's Day 2018

It's getting late, it looks like I am going to make it JUST under the wire to celebrate International Women's Day here on the internet!

And what better way than to celebrate some of the amazing women I know?!?!

It was a major privilege in this life to have been raised by a strong independent woman.  I think it was her courage and determination that has made me a resilient person :)  It is not easy raising kids, nevermind two that are 7 years apart, while working full time.  My momma was one tough cookie, with a great sense of humor.

I also happen to know some amazing women, from all sorts of backgrounds that inspire and keep me in awe every single day of my life. There are too many to count and list, and it keeps me so humble thinking of all the amazing work they do!

I work alone, but I am surrounded by a multitude of talented bad ass women that make AMAZING things and run some seriously bad ass businesses. I LOVE supporting them, and their stuff however I can.

It is my profound love of what I do, and what other women I know do, that lead me to creating the "Our Favorites" tab on our homepage.  It is where you can go to shop for really awesome treasures made locally, by awesome HipChicks (is that lame?).  I will feature them in blogs and instagram posts.  Talk about their products, and mine, and them, and me, and nature, and food.

I really want to see if you are interested in this. Let me know how you feel about my experiment in the comments below, or by adding some new and interesting stuff to your cart when you are checking out with your Hipbees goodies.

Lots of love and squishy hugs, 

Goodnight!

~ Jill

 

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The Magic of Rose Hips

The Magic of Rose Hips

Rosa Canina: Commonly known as "Rose Hip"

 

They are the fruit of the Wild Rose, which is the official flower of Alberta! We have three different types of Rose Hips here:

    1. Prickly wild rose ((Oblong Shape)
    2. Prairie rose (Round Shape)
    3. Arkansas rose  (In-between-the-other-two-shapes)
Some neat facts about the Wild Rose Plant:
  • Rose petals are edible.
  • Buds are edible.
  • Young shoots are edible.
  • Young leaves are edible.
  • Frruit (hip) of the plant is edible.
  • Hips can be eaten fresh or dried for storage.
  • Only the outer shell of the rosehip is edible, discard the mass of hard, hairy seeds.

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What is all the hype about these little beauties?

They are loaded with Vitamin A and C, as well as Beta Carotene. Sounds fancy, and it is.  It means that they help boost immunity and clear out free-radicals from your bod.

Rose hip oil has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells and thus, can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin; actually it helps to rehydrate it, keeping the moisture in. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the "skin vitamin" and helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared. What more can I say? Rose Hip for the win!

The oil from Rose Hips is fantastic, but consuming them is also a great way to feel the benefits for sure! They are an amazing addition to teas and smoothies.  You can also add them to jam and syrups.  LOTS of herbalists and apothecarians swear by their healing powers and all around good juju.  If they are dehydrated, you just need to soak them overnight before adding to a smoothie or jam :)

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There are plenty of interesting facts out there all about Rose Hip, I encourage you to snoop around and see what sparks your curiosity. I always had this weird desire to string fresh ones and then let them dry into a necklace and wear it like beads.  My oldest son thought that was super weird. BUT turns out Folk Lore about rose hips claims stringing them around, or wearing them can be good luck and even summon helpful spirits. I think I will probably get some dreads just so I can weave strung rose hips into them.  Maybe not. We will see how rebellious my teen gets. 

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A note about harvesting:

Although this plant is abundant it should be treated like a rare gift. Best not to get greedy...on a bumper year there are literally thousands of rose hips around...But animals need them too. Rose hips provide nourishment for many creatures all through the fall and winter.  Leave 2/3 of the bush for our furry or feathered friends :)

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Check out the Wild Craft section of our website if you want to snag some ethically harvested Rose Hips or Rose Hip infused organic coconut oil! Our dried Rose Hips are easy to add to your favourite tea or smoothies. OR get busy making some concoctions of your own!

 

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What's Up?

What's Up?

To understand the Four Non-Blonde's reference you may need to have been born in the  70's. I was. The song "What's Up" is very dear to my heart (oddly I didn't actually know the lyrics until the last past few weeks when this songs kept popping up daily).
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Anyways, WHAT'S UP with Hipbees?  Usually when we are quiet that means we are planning and/or formulating.  In this case, both :)
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The winter time with little kids is usually a random scenario of food, swimming, colouring, running around the house, and all-in-all trying to stay sane.  At night, it is all about the working in the make-shop.
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What have we been working on?  More Wild Craft of course! Experimenting with the plants we collected and dried this summer and fall, and trying out a whole host of new products to dazzle and amaze you with. Most are still in the Beta Testing Phase; what does that even mean?  We are making our friends and family try them out and give us honest feed back!  Bubble scoops will be the next product to be offered, available in the next two weeks:) 
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What else is going on? Well we are going to be eliminating some products from the original Hipbees Line. In order to focus on good customer service, top quality product offerings, and sanity ~ some products have to go.  But the great news is: we are turning the recipes into PDFs that you can download from our website.  I would never leave you stranded!  AND if you really want me to make something for you I would actually never say no. Unless you asked me for Yorkshire Pudding, that would be a hard no. Okay, maybe I would. JK I wouldn't. 
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Anything else? Yep.  Full disclosure: We want to make all the things.  Teas, candles, scrubs, masks, lotions, soaps, perfume oils, make-up, roll-ons, ALL THE THINGS! But in reality, we just can't right now.  But we do buy (or trade for) some amazing Canadian products made local to Alberta.  So we have chosen some AWESOME products that are our absolute favourites, and will be offering them up to you here on the website :) YAY!  We are so excited, and I hope you like it too. It's an experiment really, let me know if it works for you by ordering some when you stop by to pick up your Sweet Pits :)
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So there is a little summary of what has been going on.  As always, if you have any requests, questions, or comments please send me an email :) jill@hipbees.com
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What's Up Lyrics (In Case You are interested in what they are actually saying LOL)
Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey yeah yeah, hey yeah yeah
I said hey, what's going on?
And I say, hey yeah yeah, hey yeah yeah
I said hey, what's going on?
Oh, oh oh
Oh, oh oh
And I try, oh my god do I try
I try all the time, in this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I pray
I pray every single day
For a revolution
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Oh, oh oh oh
Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
Songwriters: Linda Perry
What's Up? lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Practice Santosha ~ Wildly

Practice Santosha ~ Wildly

“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity,for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”

–Thich Nhat Hanh


One of the Niyamas (self-restraints) in the 8 Limbs of Yoga, Santosha is the practice of contentment and non-attachment. Encouraging us to let go go of attachment to materialistic tendencies and outward "images".
 
Sound simple enough. Right? Try it. Ask yourself several times a day if you are content (in any given moment. *please disregard if you have many toddlers or train wild animals.
 
We are all the same, yet we see each other as so different from one another. Plus for some strange reason we feel the need to compare everything all the damn time. Comparing leads to jealousy, which lead to anger, and so on, and so on, and it feels gross. YES ultimately we are coming from different days, situations and energies- but we all want the same thing ~to be loved and to feel comfortable. Its up to us to find this freedom and to feel content.
With the Hipbees WildCraft line I am expressing my "wild side".  A  wild side that is usually "content" doing laundry and feeding small people.  It's hard sometimes to be totally content with daily life, yet we must! And we must find a way to find joy in the small things.  No matter what. Small things like great coffee (OH YES!) and yummy food, and feeling cozy by a fire, and snuggling (oh the snuggling).
 
Here are three ways I am trying to find MORE Santosha (contentment) every darn day:
1. Stop Assuming
   I sometimes assume people's moods/actions are because of something I've done. Even worse, I always assume people are more happy than me because they have figured out something I haven't or are better at things I am clearly not good at. (YIKES)
   Instead of this BS how about not assuming?  At all.  If I need to know I ask, if I don't really need to know ~then I just don't compare, and instead I just LOVE with all my heart and keep doing my own thing!!!
2. Let Go Of the Control
  There is just some stuff you can not change or be in control of (that includes people). Instead of beating my head against a wall or staying in a rotten loop, I just focus on the breath and remember that nothing is permanent, nothing. I focus on getting cozy, and changing up the situation to be a more comfortable one (like going outside, or taking a bath).
3. Look for the Good
   Wanna feel content? Look for things that make you feel good. Sounds simple but no, you need to work at it.  If I read some troubling news? (yeh, like everyday) I temper that with some news of people doing good in the world (yes, there are lots of those people). 
  I also try the compliment sandwich technique on daily life: mmm yummy coffee, then deal with a jerk, then go look at some plants (or motorcycles, or the kids -differs daily).
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Okay, if you made it through reading the ramblings, then you deserve a treat! Tomorrow we are going to have a flash sale 30% off store wide. If you read this blog, you get the code early...LOVE30. Go forth and find some contentment!
Love yourself Always, you must! (That sounded like Yoda, but he was a smart guything)

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What Is Hipbees WILDCRAFT?!

What Is Hipbees WILDCRAFT?!

We have been posting the rumblings of a new line on instagram for about a month now.  It needs a little explaining and a bit of introducing :)

What is Hipbees all about? Well, we are a small company local to the Edmonton Area that makes simple products designed to soothe "moody" skin. Basically that means you can use it and it won't give you a rash, and it might even help clear up one that you have.

What is a 'Wildcraft'? Wildcraft to me means actually collecting the plants that you will actually use in your craft, be it skin care, art, or whathaveyou. 

"Jill, are you going all 'Witchy' or something?". Nope, not going anything.  We have some neat land west of Edmonton, and for many years lived surrounded by plants I knew nothing about. I am now taking the time to learn about them and craft with them.  I have always howled at the moon, roamed naked around my place in the forest, and done little rituals that mostly no one knows about~ thanks to a collective awakening I am getting less nervous to share about this kind of thing:)

Hipbees Wildcraft is about staying true to what we love and letting that flow through our work.  Herbalism, aromatherapy, plant medicine etc is all very on trend right now, and it brings me great joy to see so many people embracing it!

Hipbees Wildcraft is about blooming exactly where you are planted.  Let's say that a different way.....it means being happy with exactly where you are now and with exactly what you are doing ~ no whatifs, just as it is right now. It's cliche but all we really have is this moment and time. 

For us at Hipbees it is kind of challenging right now to travel places and 'be wild' (money doesn't grow on trees you know lol).  We need to be as wild as possible in our weird little ways right here at home. That means all kinds of forts, milkshakes for supper, bubble baths that smells like the forest, and lotions that smell like a late summer mornings on the river bank. 

Hipbees Wildcraft is for you.  We made it for the beautiful people that like to feel a little wild, but gotta bloom right in the middle of domestic bliss.  We can't zip to the mountains every weekend, but we can put our feet up, snuggle our kids while we look at pictures and dream about it ~ thats for darn sure!

Thank-you for being on this journey with us, we love what we do and we couldn't do it without you.  Check out the new line coming this week, and please let us know what you think! We love hearing from you :)

 

 

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Teen Lines Now available On Line!

Teen Lines Now available On Line!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Hipbbe Boy and Hipbee Grrrl :)  A line of natural hygiene products designed specially for all the teens in our lives!

For Hipbee Boys we created an Acne Stick, Backne Mask, Body Spray, Lip Balm and Deodorant.  The scent for boys is a subtle earthy and grounded smell, with just a hint of sandalwood.  We hope you love it as much as we do!

For Hipbee Grrrls we created an Acne Stick, Acne Mask, Body Spray, Lip Balm, Body Oil (for stretch marks) and Deodorant. The scent for grrrls is light and fresh, some have said it smells like a spring day. We love this one too!

This is a brand new line of products, we welcome any and all feedback!

jillll@hipbees.com or on our facebook page

Check us out on instagram!

Hope you are having a wonderful second day of summer 2016!~

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The Great Packaging Debate

The Great Packaging Debate

I love my job.  If you follow Hipbees on instagram, then you know how much I love my job.  There are SO MANY things to love! 

  1.  Working from home so I can be with my kids.
  2.  Making a product that I know is nourishing and free from cancer-causing chemicals.  
  3.  Meeting all kinds of like-minded people.

There is one thing that I really, really do NOT like about my job....

Here it is folks, the seedy underbelly of making any kind of personal care products:

  1. Raw materials that I buy are NOT all local, some are shipped from far away :(
  2. Packaging that I buy is made and shipped from far away:(
  3. Although recyclable, the plastic packaging I use is still at the end of the day: Plastic :(

This really really really bugs me.

It bothers me so much that I have considered no longer making Hipbees because I do not want to contribute to the piles and plies of garbage we humans are producing.

It is true that I have several people who wash their glass containers, and give them back to me to refill (and I take $3.00 off per product to encourage this type of action). But sadly you cannot do this with plastic, as it does break down over time and becomes a great breeding ground for yucky bacteria.

So what is a Hipbee making momma to do?

Instead of giving up, I have found some compostable paper tubes.  It is only one tiny tiny tiny solution to a BIG problem. These tubes are not perfect! They are not made in Canada, but once you peel the label off they can be composted. I am also sourcing other compostable corn-based "plastics" made right here in Canada. 

In the cardboard tubes I will possibly put balms, salves, deodorants, and some new products that are coming out in February (if the cardboard tube is a success).

I am asking you friends, family, and lovers of Hipbees, for a little feedback. What do you think of the idea of the cardboard tube? Do you have thoughts or suggestions? I would love to hear them! Please only kind remarks in the comment section. 

If you prefer, please email me directly at:  jill@hipbees.ca

If you would be willing to try out the deodorant (free of charge) in a cardboard tube:   Comment on the instagram post or the facebook post.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your time.

With love,

Jill

 

 

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Oil Cleansing Method

 

Hipbees did not invent the oil cleansing method, but we sure do love it!  Here at Hipbees we were very skeptical about applying oil to clean our faces! But now we can not get enough! Our good friend Chantal and her husband told us about this awesome skin care regime.  They have gorgeous skin, always look youthful, and never look mad (that is my favorite thing about them).

Maybe you have heart of 'The Secret', or the 'law of attraction'...well The Oil Cleansing Method works in kind of the same way!  The scientific fact that "like dissolves like" makes this unique way of washing your face both FUN and VERY effective.

Briefly...Oil dissolves oil.  When you apply Hipbees Oil Cleansing Method it will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and clogged your tender pores. When you remove the oils with a nice hot cloth the steam allows you to gently and effectively remove make-up and other impurities from your beautiful face.

So how does this work? In the traditional Oil Cleansing Method you would pool a couple of teaspoons of an oil blend in your palms and them massage it into the skin on your face and neck. Well here at Hipbees we kept spilling it all over our favorite jammies SO we added a touch of (you guessed it) BEESWAX.  This makes our product semi-solid at room temperature.

You massage an amount the size of a quarter into your face, let it stay on for a moment while you let your tap water get hot.  Next, saturate a face cloth with water as hot as you can stand, ring it out and apply the cloth to your face.  Allow the cloth to stay on the face until it begins to cool.  Gently wipe away the oils from the skin.  Repeat the same process one more time if you like.  Once you are finished basking in the glory of this mini-spa, you can simply pat dry the face, or add a bit of facial serum.

Simple as that.

Simple, clean, and divine.

You can do it everyday if that works for you, or a few times per week.

To read more about this fantastic way to clean your face check out: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

Thanks for reading! 

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