It’s not uncommon for people to catch a flight to Hobart, hop off the plane, and hightail it straight to Salamanca Market. This iconic strip of hundreds of stalls along Hobart’s waterfront – held rain, hail or shine every Saturday – is just that good. While it’s a tourist mecca to be sure, that doesn’t mean you can’t live it up like a local. We’ve assembled our top 10 reasons to spend a blissful Saturday morn at Salamanca Market, making the most of its character, quirks and hidden gems. Go … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons to Spend Saturday Morning at Salamanca Market
By now you probably know that we’re based in Tasmania, an island off an island at the bottom of the world. We share this wild space with towering trees, rugged peaks, sharp toothed marsupials, colourful locals and, occasionally, the disappearing tip of a Thylacine’s tail (this stripy dog/tiger has been extinct since the 1930s… allegedly). If you’ve ever put our beauty care on your bod, you’ve no doubt felt this touch of wildness too. Crafting lovely things from raw, rare and real … [Read more...] about Why are people paying actual money for empty bottles from Tasmania?
Over the coming weeks and months, Beauty and the Bees will be sharing content about the unique Tasmanian businesses we work with and admire, from farmers and beekeepers to scientists and artisans. Our first piece focuses on Marleen Herbs, suppliers of some of our finest ingredients. From seaweed to goat’s milk to Leatherwood Honey, Beauty and the Bees’ natural products are built on our proximity to the wonderful raw ingredients of Tasmania. It’s science with a touch of magic. And some of … [Read more...] about Magical Marleen Farms – One Secret of Our Success
The next time you’re spreading some leatherwood honey across your morning toast or scone, make sure you’ve got a back-up supply. From digestive health to skincare, this amazing natural product has oh-so-many other uses. If you’re smart, you’ll keep a supply in your pantry and your medicine cabinet. In addition to its unique unmistakable silky and pungent flavor, it’s a reliable home remedy for a number of maladies. For years, Tasmanians have used it for everything from stomach aches to … [Read more...] about The Science Behind a Cure-All: How Leatherwood Honey is as Beneficial as it is Delicious
Pub Quiz question: What’s the world’s oldest tree? If you guessed the mighty sequoia, ancient oak, swamp gum, or something equally majestic, you lose. No cheese tray and bottle of merlot for you! The winning answer is The Huon Pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii), an unassuming rainforest tree that can look more like a weeping willow than the king of the forest. And, with very few exceptions, it’s found only in the southwestern corner of Tasmania. Just How Old are we talking about … [Read more...] about Tassie Rainforests Grow Some Awesome, Ancient Trees
As a user of natural products, you’re probably familiar with tea tree, eucalyptus, thyme, and other essential oils, but one Tasmanian ingredient you may not know about yet is Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua), part of the Myrtaceae family. Kunzea has a native sound, but the plant was actually named for German Botanist Gustav Kunze (1793-1851), a Zoology Professor and Director of the Botanical Gardens in Leipzig. Though the plants grow in Southern Australia, the most effective oil is derived from the … [Read more...] about Kunzea – Tasmania’s Natural Wonder Oil Distilled From the Humble Tick Bush
If there’s anywhere that epitomizes the very best of Tasmanian beach life it’s Bruny Island. And if there’s anyone who typifies the Tassie Beach woman, it’s Bruny-native and surf star Lizzie Stokely (23), who lives about 10 minutes from her favorite beach. Competing since her teens, she’s participated in dozens of junior and senior-level competitions across Australia, Indonesia, and South Africa, earning 3rd place in the 2018 Western Baja Qualifying Series. “The prize money from that year had … [Read more...] about Bruny Island surf star Lizzie Stokely inspires raw, rare, real lifestyle