Our Story

 
 

I have always felt a connection to the natural world, turning to plants, insects and wildlife for their teachings and natural healing properties.

In 2011 I had the opportunity to attend a beekeeping workshop in my home town Durban, KwaZulu Natal. It was a practical “hands on” experience, where learning began immediately, opening hives, observing bees, and engaging in considerate beekeeping practises. From this time on, my admiration for these exquisite creatures grew, and I knew I was destined to work with bees.

I am a beekeeper and wild plant forager. I have taken my love for bees and plants, and for re-wilding natural areas, infusing them all together to create Lulubee skin-health.

My search for natural botanical ingredients took me on many walks in our homestead garden. I took note of the plants that naturally occurred, as well as the ones we had planted. I began to research and experiment with a collection of specifically chosen plants, discovering each one’s benefits and attributes. The skin healing properties of plants form the basis for our active ingredients in all of Lulubee skin-health products.

My husband and I are creative, industrious folk, repurposing bits and pieces and giving objects new life, turning discarded things into something more useful and handy which we utilise in our daily lives. Reducing our footprint on this earth to a bare minimum leaves more space for nature to expand its wings. Including recyclable packaging and sustainable alternatives as part of Lulubee was a decision that came easily as it complimented our own conscious living.

Welcome to Lulubee, Nourished by Nature.

Kindest

Lulu Edy-Roderick

Our Ingredients


Nature provides all the ingredients for the products that we offer.

The age-old techniques of balm making have been embraced, our herbal infusions have been prepared slowly and gently, with much care to ensure that the plants’ properties are uncompromised. Plant oils are a natural source of nourishment for your skin - rich in nutrients and easily absorbed.

At Lulubee we harness nature’s healing ability into our skin care preparations and offer products that are naturally wholesome and true to their origins, with as little manipulation in the production process as possible.


Lulubee skin-health product formulations


100% Natural Active Ingredients =

{Botanical Plant-Oils from freshly foraged Plants + Raw Beeswax + Essential Oils}


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Botanical plant-oils are the Active Ingredients in our Lulubee botanical skin-health range.

Botanical Plant-Oil infusions are made from hand-harvested flowers, seeds and leaves from Freshly Foraged Plants. Plants are food for our skin and body. The skin healing properties of specifically chosen plants promotes immediate and long term moisturisation while keeping skin protected, supple, nourished and smooth.

The ingredients for our natural oils are harvested from different areas on our land and at different times of the year, which contribute to the colour variables of the natural ingredients. These rich plant-oils are mixed with pure, unbleached, locally harvested Raw Beeswax, which serves as a soothing and anti-bacterial ingredient. Beeswax also enriches the skin whilst supplying a moisture barrier for extra protection. The colour in our balms may vary as every bee’s wax will be a different colour due to its unique diet and area/habitat of foraging nectar.

Olive Oil is a gentle and easily absorbed carrier oil, it is the basis of our botanical plant-oils. Due to its low allergic potential it can be used on even the most sensitive skin. Olive oil’s powerful anti-oxidant properties can heal damaged and irritated skin.

Essential Oils provide an aromatic scented experience which, when added to our skin-health balms, promotes physical and emotional well-being.

Our products and ingredients do not contain any synthetic scents, chemicals, pesticides, or artificial colourants.

Nourished by Nature

Lulubee Reusable Beeswax Wraps are a natural food storage alternative to wrapping your food in plastic wrap. It is an Ancient tradition which we have revived.

100% Cotton + plant-based dyes + beeswax + tree resin + carrier oil

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100% Cotton ensures the durability of the wrap. The natural fibres are infused with a blend of pure, unbleached, locally harvested Beeswax which has antibacterial properties, helping to keep food fresher.

We dye our cotton using traditional hand dyeing techniques and Plant-based dyes, embracing nature’s colour palette for a rich and natural wholesomeness to our wraps. Every wrap will be unique and vary in shades of colour due to hand dyeing and the natural variables of the plant material. Our reusable wraps do not contain any synthetic inks or chemical compounds.

Tree resin is a resinous sap known for its natural adhesive effects, giving our wraps their malleable characteristics.

Carrier oil binds all the ingredients together.

FAQ

How to Use Wrap food or a cover a dish, moulding the Lulubee wrap to the shape, allowing the warmth of your hands to warm up the wrap and ensuring that the wrap seals. Wrap cheese, sandwiches, vegetables, snacks, bread, herbs, a bowl or a dish.

Caring for your Wrap Wipe excess food off the wrap or gently hand wash with mildly soapy, COLD water. Rinse in fresh clean cold water and place on a drying rack inside to dry then reuse. Lulubee wraps do not take kindly to any form of heat.

Lifespan Lulubee wraps will last you about one year, depending on their care and how often they are used. The wraps are compostable, so at the end of their life span you can place them in the compost heap or use them as a fire starter for your next braai or bonfire.

How to store your wraps Fold or roll them up and pop them in a paper bag or glass jar for storage. Place your Lulubee wraps in a visible place in your kitchen.

Lulubee wraps are not recommended for use with raw meat. If you wish to do so, place meat in a bowl, then cover or use a dedicated wrap just for meats.

After using your wraps, you will notice creases and fold lines in them, this is natural and to be expected when using Lulubee wraps to store food in.

Bread loves to breathe, so no need to wrap your bread up too tightly, blocking out all airflow.

Our Ingredients


Nature provides all the ingredients for the products that we offer.

The age-old techniques of balm making have been embraced, our herbal infusions have been prepared slowly and gently, with much care to ensure that the plants’ properties are uncompromised. Plant oils are a natural source of nourishment for your skin - rich in nutrients and easily absorbed.

At Lulubee we harness nature’s healing ability into our skin care preparations and offer products that are naturally wholesome and true to their origins, with as little manipulation in the production process as possible.


Lulubee skin-health product formulations


100% Natural Active Ingredients =

{Botanical Plant-Oils from freshly foraged Plants + Raw Beeswax + Essential Oils}


icon

Botanical plant-oils are the Active Ingredients in our Lulubee botanical skin-health range.

Botanical Plant-Oil infusions are made from hand-harvested flowers, seeds and leaves from Freshly Foraged Plants. Plants are food for our skin and body. The skin healing properties of specifically chosen plants promotes immediate and long term moisturisation while keeping skin protected, supple, nourished and smooth.

The ingredients for our natural oils are harvested from different areas on our land and at different times of the year, which contribute to the colour variables of the natural ingredients. These rich plant-oils are mixed with pure, unbleached, locally harvested Raw Beeswax, which serves as a soothing and anti-bacterial ingredient. Beeswax also enriches the skin whilst supplying a moisture barrier for extra protection. The colour in our balms may vary as every bee’s wax will be a different colour due to its unique diet and area/habitat of foraging nectar.

Olive Oil is a gentle and easily absorbed carrier oil, it is the basis of our botanical plant-oils. Due to its low allergic potential it can be used on even the most sensitive skin. Olive oil’s powerful anti-oxidant properties can heal damaged and irritated skin.

Essential Oils provide an aromatic scented experience which, when added to our skin-health balms, promotes physical and emotional well-being.

Our products and ingredients do not contain any synthetic scents, chemicals, pesticides, or artificial colourants.

Nourished by Nature

Lulubee Reusable Beeswax Wraps are a natural food storage alternative to wrapping your food in plastic wrap. It is an Ancient tradition which we have revived.

100% Cotton + plant-based dyes + beeswax + tree resin + carrier oil

icon

100% Cotton ensures the durability of the wrap. The natural fibres are infused with a blend of pure, unbleached, locally harvested Beeswax which has antibacterial properties, helping to keep food fresher.

We dye our cotton using traditional hand dyeing techniques and Plant-based dyes, embracing nature’s colour palette for a rich and natural wholesomeness to our wraps. Every wrap will be unique and vary in shades of colour due to hand dyeing and the natural variables of the plant material. Our reusable wraps do not contain any synthetic inks or chemical compounds.

Tree resin is a resinous sap known for its natural adhesive effects, giving our wraps their malleable characteristics.

Carrier oil binds all the ingredients together.

FAQ

How to Use Wrap food or a cover a dish, moulding the Lulubee wrap to the shape, allowing the warmth of your hands to warm up the wrap and ensuring that the wrap seals. Wrap cheese, sandwiches, vegetables, snacks, bread, herbs, a bowl or a dish.

Caring for your Wrap Wipe excess food off the wrap and hand wash with mildly soapy, cool water. Allow to dry then reuse. Lulubee wraps do not take kindly to any form of heat.

Lifespan Lulubee wraps will last you about one year, depending on their care and how often they are used. The wraps are compostable, so at the end of their life span you can place them in the compost heap or use them as a fire starter for your next braai or bonfire.

How to store your wraps Fold or roll them up and pop them in a paper bag or glass jar for storage. Put your Lulubee wraps in a visible place in your kitchen.

Lulubee wraps are not recommended for use with raw meat. If you wish to do so, place meat in a bowl, then cover or use a dedicated wrap just for meats.

After using your wraps, you will notice creases and fold lines in them, this is natural and to be expected when using Lulubee wraps to store food in.

Bread loves to breathe, so no need to wrap your bread up too tightly, blocking out all airflow.

Bees & Plants

 
 

The relationship between Bees and Plants is a symbiotic one, supportive to our existence on the earth. South Africa is home to two sub-species: African honeybee, Apis mellifera Scutellata situated in the KwaZulu Natal region; and the Cape honeybee, Apis mellifera Capensis.

Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of everything we eat. It is not only food crops that rely on bee pollination, plants do as well.

Plant ~ Flower ~ Pollination ~ Fruit ~ Seed = Life Cycle

Pollination is needed in order for plants to reproduce. When a bee or other insects visit a flower, they collect pollen and nectar. The pollen from the flower stamen sticks to the bee’s body. The bee then visits the same flower species and the transfer of pollen occurs onto another flower’s stigma. Fertilisation takes place and the Cycle of Life continues.

Plants feed our need more than just replenish our oxygen. They are an essential resource for all of life’s well-being. Plants help clean the air, retain soil, and create habitats and shelter for wildlife. Their medicinal properties are food and nourishment for our skins and health.

Bees can be considered natural “pharmacists” whilst their beehives a “laboratory” for natural medicines.

Honeybees make honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. They harvest pollen and nectar as a food source for themselves and their young. Throughout ancient times, the honey bee has been revered. This sacred insect has provided us with ingredients which have been utilised in the making of natural remedies, food, religious ceremonies and art.

Bee Conscious, Plant!

Gardens are extremely important for bees. Plant a variety of indigenous flowering plants in your garden. Pot plants are great if you’re in a small space, or plant up your verge if you have one. These plants will provide a constant source of food for bees, thereby sustaining the courtship between Bees and Plants.

Bees & Plants

 
 

The relationship between Bees and Plants is a symbiotic one, supportive to our existence on the earth. South Africa is home to two sub-species: African honeybee, Apis mellifera Scutellata situated in the KwaZulu Natal region; and the Cape honeybee, Apis mellifera Capensis.

Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of everything we eat. It is not only food crops that rely on bee pollination, plants do as well.

Plant ~ Flower ~ Pollination ~ Fruit ~ Seed = Life Cycle

Pollination is needed in order for plants to reproduce. When a bee or other insects visit a flower, they collect pollen and nectar. The pollen from the flower stamen sticks to the bee’s body. The bee then visits the same flower species and the transfer of pollen occurs onto another flower’s stigma. Fertilisation takes place and the Cycle of Life continues.

Plants feed our need more than just replenish our oxygen. They are an essential resource for all of life’s well-being. Plants help clean the air, retain soil, and create habitats and shelter for wildlife. Their medicinal properties are food and nourishment for our skins and health.

Bees can be considered natural “pharmacists” whilst their beehives a “laboratory” for natural medicines.

Honeybees make honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. They harvest pollen and nectar as a food source for themselves and their young. Throughout ancient times, the honey bee has been revered. This sacred insect has provided us with ingredients which have been utilised in the making of natural remedies, food, religious ceremonies and art.

Bee Conscious, Plant!

Gardens are extremely important for bees. Plant a variety of indigenous flowering plants in your garden. Pot plants are great if you’re in a small space, or plant up your verge if you have one. These plants will provide a constant source of food for bees, thereby sustaining the courtship between Bees and Plants.

 

Zero Waste


Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Rot are the principles which we at Lulubee support. With the increasing amount of plastic waste being generated, impacting our earth & oceans, a new consciousness is growing. We are constantly looking for alternatives, asking questions and taking steps towards Zero Waste packaging within the Lulubee range.

These zero waste principles extend to our packaging too.

Integrity extends to our packaging, we have chosen glass as well as other recyclable packaging for all our Lulubee skin-health products. Glass retains the natural ingredient’s qualities, whereas plastic containers de-nature products. Recyclable packaging is used selectively and, like glass, can be repurposed and completely recycled.

Our Lulubee reusable beeswax food and bread wraps are part of the change we want to see, alternative solution to the way we store our food.

At Lulubee we embrace sustainable alternatives:
Waste Free. Plastic Free.

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Zero Waste


Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Rot are the principles which we at Lulubee support. With the increasing amount of plastic waste being generated, impacting our earth & oceans, a new consciousness is growing. We are constantly looking for alternatives, asking questions and taking steps towards Zero Waste packaging within the Lulubee range.

These zero waste principles extend to our packaging too.

Integrity extends to our packaging, we have chosen glass as well as other recyclable packaging for all our Lulubee skin-health products. Glass retains the natural ingredient’s qualities, whereas plastic containers de-nature products. Recyclable packaging is used selectively and, like glass, can be repurposed and completely recycled.

Our Lulubee reusable beeswax food and bread wraps are part of the change we want to see, alternative solution to the way we store our food.

At Lulubee we embrace sustainable alternatives:
Waste Free. Plastic Free.