Queen Bee: A Day in the Life of a Beekeeper

Atlanta beekeeper Cassandra Lawson shows us what's buzzing around her hive.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Suited Up

Georgia beekeeper and educator Cassandra Lawson inspecting her hive.

Tools of the Trade

Beekeeper Cassandra Lawson uses a variety of metal tools to open her beehives.

Build It and They Will Come

One of the many hives maintained by beekeeper Cassandra Lawson at the community garden and educational center, the Wylde Center in Decatur, Georgia.

Liquid Gold

What it's all about. The end result of beekeeping: delicious, nutritious and life-enhancing honey.

What the Stylish Beekeeper is Wearing

A smoker, a delivery of live bees, gloves, net hat, hive tools and a hive are the essentials for starting your own beekeeping setup.

Honeycomb

The office space where the bees do all of their work.

The Swarm

Bees, doing what they do best: swarming and making honey.

Pollinator Passage

A sign at Decatur, Georgia's Wylde Center in the beekeeping zone.

The Natural Beauty Product Staple, Honey

Honey has been associated with a host of reputed medical and beauty benefits including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Some have claimed honey's value as a sleep aid, as a way of combating allergies and as a moisturizer for skin and hair. No wonder natural beauty companies like Lather, Burt's Bees, Farmaesthetics and Apivita so often incorporate honey into their products.

Apivita Honey-Infused Beauty Products

Honey is a cornerstone of the Greek beauty company Apivita (apivita.com), the first natural beauty product in the country when it was founded in 1979. Apivita features a full line of honey-infused products including this Cleansing Milk with honey and orange. Apivita's luxurious natural soap features lavender, sage and, of course, honey, which has emollient and hydrating properties.

Farm Fresh Beauty

Farmaesthetics (farmaesthetics.com) specializes in 100% natural and homemade beauty products. Owner Brenda Brock is the daughter of a 7th generation Texas farming family and has founded her company on sustainable products. Farmaesthetics' honey line features a moisturizing Midnight Honey Bath and Beauty Oil and the refreshing exfoliation of the Honey Dust Body Scrub.

Lather Honey-Based Products

In addition to their honey, bees use a resinous mixture—propolis—sourced from trees and plants, to seal fissures in the hive. Some have attributed health benefits to propolis, from reducing inflammation to anti-bacterial properties. Lather (lather.com) features a Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract, a honey almond soap, a refreshing Honey Mint Body Wash and a Manuka Body Butter featuring manuka honey from New Zealand, said to contain anti-bacterial properties.

The Honey-Beauty Original

A household name for using natural ingredients in beauty products, Burt's Bees (burtsbees.com) blends honey into its nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Honey and Shea Body Butter, Honey and Bilberry (a natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) Foot Cream and its iconic Honey Lip Balm.

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