Who We Are
Bee of the Earth has been a dream for a number of years. Emily started making soaps in 2016 with a passion for providing natural soaps for sensitive skin. Once a proven method on bar soaps was found, Ian and Emily agreed they wanted to make other natural products, like sugar scrubs and liquid soap. They plan on adding even more to their luxury bath products line with lotions, salves and shampoos.
They started really believing they had potential as a business in 2020 but with the Covid Pandemic there were several setbacks. However, it also gave them time to talk about other possible ventures for their business. They both wanted to incorporate their Orthodox faith in some way. Ian had tried making christian T-shirts in the early 2000s but that timing wasn't right, so he wondered if now might be the time.
After re-designing some of his original works, Emily was on board. Both Ian and Emily are grateful for the artistic outlet that their designs have created and hope that you will enjoy them too.
Update December 2021: Sadly we are closing the soaps and bath products side of our store for the foreseeable future. We hope to be able to reopen that portion of business again but for now are going to focus on providing quality clothing and homegoods for you all. Thank you for your continued support.
Behind Our Name
Bee of the Earth
Naming a business is a fun and daunting task. We had originally chosen Harmonious Goat as we were using goats milk in our soaps and it was a fun and memorable name. After a while though goat milk prices were greatly increasing and cow milk has just as many benefits. We were also growing in our faith and wanted that represented. We kept coming back to Saint Paisios' wisdom of "Be the Bee" (if you don't know this we shared it below). Of course, Be the Bee is already used in many facets and we wanted to embrace the green and natural side of our business. Leading us to be the bee, the bee of the Earth.
Be the Bee
Some people tell me that they are scandalized because they see many things wrong in the Church. I tell them that if you ask a fly, “Are there any flowers in this area?” it will say, “I don’t know about flowers, but over there in that heap of rubbish you can find all the filth you want.” And it will go on to list all the unclean things it has been to.
Now, if you ask a honeybee, “Have you seen any unclean things in this area?” it will reply, “Unclean things? No, I have not seen any; the place here is full of the most fragrant flowers.” And it will go on to name all the flowers of the garden or the meadow.
You see, the fly only knows where the unclean things are, while the honeybee knows where the beautiful iris or hyacinth is.
As I have come to understand, some people resemble the honeybee and some resemble the fly. Those who resemble the fly seek to find evil in every circumstance and are preoccupied with it; they see no good anywhere. But those who resemble the honeybee only see the good in everything they see. The stupid person thinks stupidly and takes everything in the wrong way, whereas the person who has good thoughts, no matter what he sees, no matter what you tell him, maintains a positive and good thought.