Beehive Cosmetics

How to make turmeric gold and break habits


I could tell you that I am on a healthy lifestyle path and I came across the turmeric gold which is the best thing ever. This will be a lie. I came across the turmeric gold (the recipe you will find below) thanks to an on line course I've been enrolled in for the past 6 months, a course with Carrie Anne Moss, a course called Fierce Grace Collective. You can find out more about it at Annapurna Living website. 

It is true that I have tried to prepare for Peter a turmeric tea (using tea bags) in the spring and he absolutely hated it. Seeing his reaction I had no desire to try it myself so I continued to drink my beloved PG tips a few times a day, even late in the evening. I know for sure that this is clearly a habit ... a habit I would like to break. 

So when this month Carrie Anne showed us how to make turmeric gold ... I have decided to give it a try ... it looked really interesting, the colour is gorgeous  ... strong yellow but also some shades of amber  .....the whole process of making it ... magical .... 

After one failed attempt (yes I was way too impatient and skipped a few steps) two days ago I did my first batch of turmeric paste and ... my first cup of turmeric gold drink ... and I really love it! And who knows .... you might also like it! 

Here we go ... what you need .... 


Turmeric paste

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder 
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil

Put the hot water on the stove, add the turmeric and start stirring it patiently for about 7 to 9 minutes until you will see a thick paste formed, the consistency of a thick sour cream.Turn off the heat and stir 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Stir until everything is incorporated in the mix.  Put it in a airtight container, maybe a glass jar and store it in the fridge. 

Golden Milk 


  • 1 cup of milk (any type ... cow milk, almond milk, oats milk, rice milk) 
  • 1 tsp turmeric paste
  • pinch of cinnamon and 1 stick of cinnamon as well 
  • pinch of pepper 
  • 1 star anise 
  • 1 tsp of honey or less (it's up to you and your taste) 

Put all of these ingredients in a pot, bring it to boil and ... done ... pour it in a mug, grab a book and ... enjoy! 

How do you make calendula salve

Calendula salve


Years ago while still living in Romania I remember buying from a pharmacy,  calendula salve in a small white plastic container ... I liked the yellowish colour and as always when you buy something from a pharmacy you think ... oh boy it must be very complicated to make, this must be a secret only people with specific training know. Little did I know that 30 years later ... I will be making calendula salve. Of course it took me a while to get comfortable with the field of making natural cosmetics, of course I had to read lots of magazines, books, blogs, of course I had to try and make mistakes until I learned how to get the right balance of ingredients, the right temperatures, the right way to infuse oils. Nothing comes easy, nothing happens over night but if one is passionate and curious ........ magic happens. 

I love my time in the kitchen, weighting oils, being very careful to respect the recipes .... mixing and waiting for the oils to solidify ... and take the form they need to take. 

Calendula salve

The next phase is making the labels, creating them, printing them .... one cannot do things fast ... but slowly and with patience ... this is something I had to learn and probably my 3 years of tai chi practice helped and continues to help. 

So, the other day I made another batch of calendula salve. Why would you make such a product? Why should you have it in your cupboard and better still in your bag? Here is why! 

First of all you need to know that calendula salve is a traditional healing balm or ointment and it takes its name from the plants name Calendula officials, also called marigold. The plant has a high concentration of flavonoids which are actually antioxidants. Known to have anti allergic, inflammatory, microbial  properties calendula salve is ideal for treating a range of cuts, abrasions, bruises, sores, rashes, ulcers and fungal conditions. The salve also hydrates, nourishes and supports skin and can be used as face moisturises, lip balm for dry lips, bug bites ..... 

How do you do it? The recipe below is the most basic calendula salve.

First of all you need to infuse olive oil with dry calendula flowers. There are 2 ways of infusing the oil ... a quick one and a slow one (details in a future blog entry). 


4 oz calendula oil

1/2 oz beeswax 

Once you have the calendula oil and beeswax you are ready to start the process. 

  1. Add water to the bottom pot of your double boiler, and then pour your calendula oil into the top pot and place above. You can also create a double boiler if you don’t have one. The main thing is that the oil needs non-direct and even heat to prevent burning.
  2. Bring your double boiler to a low heat and grate in your beeswax. Once everything has melted, stir the mixture, and then quickly turn off your burner.
  3. Now you can put this mixture into a liquid measuring cup to make pouring your final product easy. Slowly pour into each tin, and allow the salves to cool.

One hour later ... it's all done .... put the lids on, labels and ... that's it. Enjoy! 


Cold pressed shampoo and apple vinegar rinse





I've been making and using my own cold pressed shampoo for a year and a bit. It started out of my appetite for trying new natural recipes and simply because I wanted to see if ... I was or not able to make such a product. Only after that I realised that ... yes I will not buy anymore shampoo and conditioner from the shops and in this way I will not have to get rid of yet another plastic bottle. And also ... I realised that I was continuing a tradition that was actually normality for my grandmothers on both sides of my parents. 

There is so much we can learn from our ancestors, so many bad habits we can replace and live a life more in tune with our true selves and nature. But this is another story for another time. 

I would like to write a little bit about what and why do we need sometimes to use an apple vinegar rinse after we use a shampoo bar. 

OK so here we go. 

When you transition from a liquid shampoo in a bottle to a cold pressed shampoo, you might go through an adjustment period. Some people get used to it from the very beginning.  There are really many things that can affect the way the shampoo in a bar shape will work for each person. Some of the issue are linked  to  your hair, the water in your area, the products you use or used on your hair, the specific shampoo bar you are using and even your hair washing technique.


First of all you might want to know that raw apple cider vinegar  is packed with nutrients, it brings back body and shine, it decreases residue and clarify, stimulates the scalp, decreases dandruff. The use of vinegar infused with a variety of plants and essential oils can be traced back to the Romans and even to the nineteenth century. 

It can happen that when you transition from a liquid shampoo to a cold pressed shampoo bar you are let with a "weird hair" feeling. This happens when the soap residue does not completely rinse out of your hair. It is very important to make a good lather and to RINSE properly the shampoo from your hair.  


You can of course rub the bar of shampoo directly on the hair but you can also rub the bar of soap on a sponge until you create a good lather and then apply it on you hair.  

Remember that ...... RINSING is key.

If you feel that you hair feels a little bit heavy and oily .. apply the apple vinegar and here is how. 

Pour, squirt or spray the rinse onto wet hair. Massage into hair and scalp and pay special attention to the ends. Let sit for a couple minutes. You can rinse the hair again or leave it on as the smell will disappear after a few minutes. 


You will need to make an apple vinegar rinse solution by combining one part vinegar to 9 parts water, shake the solution and pour it in a spraying bottle or any glass bottle you have available. Keep it in the bathroom and use the solution with confidence. 

Sometimes I like to infuse the  apple vinegar rinse solutions with all sorts of dried plants or fresh or even I add some drops of essential oils but about all of this in a future blog entry. 

Orange shampoo bar


A simple, decadent lemony solid body butter

Lemony solid body butter

It is an incredibly rainy, windy June day in Eastbourne today, one of those days when one needs to add a jumper to just feel comfortable in the house. It feels more like a late spring day or early autumn one and not at all summer ... but hey ho, one needs to adapt and carry on, regardless. As most of my fellow entrepreneurs know our working day has no beginning and no end and the same with the week ... sometimes Sunday is our Monday and Saturday or Tuesday and we relax whenever we feel that we need a break. This is exactly what I've done today ... after a photographic session (nope I am not the star of this session but a few of my KORINA Collection bags) I felt the need to ... take a break ... an active one. 

As an avid reader, half an hour of reading relaxes me happily but I am also tempted to carry on and carry on .... forgetting about the time ... so trying a new natural cosmetics recipe is what helped me relax today. 

Making my own natural cosmetics is now definitely part of my life ... I love the endless recipes one can try, the delicious ingredients, the smells, the simple act of weighing precise quantities of oils and butters and essential oils (it is exactly the opposite of the way I am in front of an easel when rules are nowhere to be seen) .... the melting and stirring and waiting and melting some more and stirring some more and ....trying with immense curiosity the result of my efforts. It is indeed a highly rewarding activity from many points of view. 

Let me share with you today the recipes I've tried ... it is not the first time I am doing this product .... solid body butter ... I have tried other combinations but today ... it was a lemony solid body butter recipe as I love the lemony smell .... 

What do you need? 


20 grams cocoa butter 

30 grams coconut oil 

20 grams beeswax 

The beauty of making your own cosmetics products is that you can recycle old cream containers ... and this is exactly what I have done! 




Add the cocoa butter, coconut butter, beeswax into a double boiler and let it melt slowly. Once melted, remove from the heat, let it stay for a few minutes and add the essential oils. in this case, I have decided to add lemon essential oils about 20 drops. Pour the mixture into your containers and let it cool. If you are impatient you can of course put in in the fridge for half an hour. Hmmm yes do not worry if you spill a bit on the side ... once it cools down you can peel it easily with a knife :) 


This solid body butter is a great skin moisturiser, perfect for your elbows, feet, knees  .... Have a go ... make your own ... the smell is divine 




Cleopatra inspired milk and Himalayan salt bath


I am a big fan of everything related to Egypt .... but my post is not about history but about beauty. Nobody knows for sure if indeed Cleopatra used to take long baths in milk but it is a great thought isn't it? Given the cold weather in England and the fact that the Brits are not quite used to keeping their houses very warm (yes I am sure my Romanian fellows will not quite believe this) having a bath is something relatively common ... yes it warms you up, it helps you relax and release the heavy emotional weights one has to carry during the days  .... it allows you to sing your favourite song or listen to an audio book or music or simply be and meditate in the presence of a candle ..... 

Shops are full of products promising the most amazing experiences ... bath gel, bath bombs, bath oils and so on .... Of course I used to buy them in the past and who knows I might buy some in the future but .... one day .... I looked at the ingredients stated on the back of a milk bath pack .... yes the names were written in latin (required by the law), tiny, tiny letters (It made me feel as if I definitely need to change my glasses) and much to my surprise ... the ingredients seemed very simple ... I realised I had them in my cupboard ... and ... I promised myself I will try and make my own Beehive milk bath pretty soon. This was 6 months ago ... today ... it was the day when my muse was ready to spring into action and ... yes I made my first batch. Was it difficult? Nope! Not at all! Was it a pleasant experience`? Oh yes! And ... I did lit a candle ... one made by me :) (but this is for another day)

Surely you already know. it but I will remind you that having a milk and salt bath allows your skin to rejuvenate itself more quickly resulting in radiantly glowing, satiny smooth and soft skin. Have a go! 

This is what you need in order to make your own milk and salt bath. 

1 cup powdered milk 

1 cup Himalayan salt (or sea salt) the fine version but also add a few table spoons of course Himalayan salt

rose buds and rose petals ... they do look good in the bath

10 drops essential oils (in my case I chose to use patchouli as it made me think of India) 


Mix the ingredients together, add the essential oils and ... store it in glass jars or other air tight containers. 

For your bath add 4 to 6 tablespoons  of milk and salt bath to briskly running water and enjoy a soothing soak. One last thing .... the Himalayan salt helps with cleansing, and detoxifying,  leaving your skin silky and ... refreshed! 

Citrus and Chamomile cold pressed shampoo bars



It's been a year now since I've made my first cold pressed shampoo bar. Of course everything started because of my curious mind .and ... having learned how to make cold pressed soap ... I wanted another challenge so ... cold pressed shampoo was next on my list. 

Years and years ago my mother used to make hot pressed soap at home and she remembered how back in a tiny village in Russia, her parents used to use this type of soap to wash their hair as well so I was not surprised to read that it is possible to make a cold pressed shampoo bar. 


My hair is bleached and coloured and I've never used lots of lotions and potions on it... let's say I am lazy  ... anyway ... the first time I used my bar of shampoo  I was really curious to see what the result would be ... nope I was not scared ....I was curious. Much to my surprise after I washed it, my hair was not at all entangled and dry as before but very smooth!!!! A huge positive as before I was struggling to comb it after washing it! I have also noticed that my hair was shinier and stayed cleaner for longer .... more positives And last but not least, the bar lasts a long time indeed. (by the way once you buy it from me you can cut it in 2 or 3 sticks and it is easier to use and to carry it with you while travelling) Everything I am sharing here is  based on my personal experience. In time,  friends tried it and became customers ... it is a product I love to make and I really believe in. Here are a few more bits of information about the 2 types of shampoo bars  I currently have.  oh and ....The shelf life? This is a good question ... I still have a piece from my first batch and it's really perfect ... and yes it's one year old :) 




This shampoo bar is scented with a blend of lime, lemongrass and lemon essential oils that not only give a delightful smell but will boost the cleansing power as well. Mango butter conditions the hair while the natural humectant properties of honey add extra moisture and shine. 



This shampoo bar combines the natural goodness of chamomile tea with nourishing honey to create a wonderful experience for your hair. Chamomile is a soothing herb that suits all hair types even the sensitive ones. Mango butter conditions the hair while the natural humectant properties of honey add extra moisture and shine. 


  1. Very good value for money 
  2. 100% natural ingredients
  3. Better for the environment
  4. Very practical 
  5. Makes the hair healthier 
  6. Great while travelling 
  7. Are multipurpose - can be used as soap bars and for washing clothes while travelling or camping 
  8. Are space savers 


  1. After you enter the shower, rinse your hair with plenty of water 
  2. Rub the shampoo bar directly onto your hair. Repeat until you have fully covered your hair
  3. Massage your scalp and hair until a good lather forms 
  4. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair 

I have to say that I do not use any conditioner after using the shampoo bar but, in case you need to use it here are a few options


1. In case your hair needs extra loving, do apply your favourite conditioner 


2. It could very well be that you do not need any other products added 


3. You can prepare a clarifying rinsing combination of 1 part vinegar to 9 parts water, add it to a spray bottle and keep it in the bathroom.  

After you rinse the shampoo from your hair, do spray the rinsing combination on your hair and rinse again with water. The smell will not stay on your hair.  This my darling is a very old way of rinsing the hair, of making it shine using pure natural products. My grandmothers used it ... my mother as well .... it's an old tradition ..... 

Beehive Cosmetics and a selection of cold pressed soaps and cold pressed shampoo bars



Beehive Cosmetics 

What is our aim

Our aim is to create artisan hand crafted products that you can be proud to use, display in your home and use on your skin. 

Let’s talk about soaps

It’s all about what is in the soaps isn’t it? 

Our soaps contain 100% natural ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, mango butter, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and lots of other yummy oils and butters aiming to nurture, moisturise, rejuvenate your skin with the natural ingredients it needs for a healthy look. 

Cold process handmade soap is gentler and less drying than commercial soap as it retains glycerine as a natural byproduct. 

What we don’t use: fragrances, preservatives. Our products are cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians. One of the other unique selling points is that .. our soaps are long lasting. 

Our soaps are made via a cold pressed processing process in which the active botanicals remain far more intact and potent. 

A few tips 


  1. The best way to store our soap is in a drainable soap dish and if being used in the shower, once finished being used, do store it in a watertight soap container between showers to avoid running the bar down too quickly. Rinse it under running water before use and lather up in your hands to use.  
  2. If the actual soap is too big for your palms, just cut it in half and use it in 2 bathrooms. 


  1. Gardener’s rescue cold pressed soap (available from May 10th) 


Ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, hemp oil, ground coffee lime/lemon essential oils. 


Exfoliation – Coffee skin care products made with real coffee grounds make great natural exfoliation solutions given the slightly coarse texture of the grounds. You would probably expect this in a scrub since exfoliation is its main purpose, but chances are you didn’t know that a bar of soap could cleanse, moisturise, and exfoliate your skin all at the same time!

Very soothing to the skin. It is designed to be gentle on sunburned skin, winter-reddened skin, or other skin sensitivities plus of course it is a great help for the keen gardeners.! 

 B. Citrus shampoo - available from May 10th 



Ingredients: coconut oil, mango butter, olive oil, rice bran, sweet almond, castor oil, lemongrass, lime, lemon EO

Benefits: This is a ultra-hydrating shampoo suitable even for sensitive hair. It leaves your hair soft and strong, caring for your scalp too.

Extra notes 

When using a shampoo bar, it’s best to follow it up with a vinegar rinse to help restore the PH and remove any soap residues. This is especially important if you have HARD WATER. 

Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water to make a rinse or for more convenience and less waste, keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower and spritz it over the scalp and hair after shampooing. Follow with a rinse of plain water. 

Shampoo bar extra info 

Not everyone’s hair type does well with shampoo bars so if you find that you don’t care for how they work on your hair, use them as hand and body soap. 

How to use 

Gently stroke a few times onto the hair or lather between the fingertips and simply work into the hair for a foamy shampoo. At the  end, just rinse off. 


C. Chamomile and honey shampoo  (available from May 15th) 




Ingredients: olive oil (rose infused), coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, mango butter, sweet almond oil, chamomile tea, honey, lemon EO  

Benefits: This is a hydrating shampoo suitable even for all types of hair. It leaves your hair soft and strong, caring for your scalp too. For greasy hair we recommend to rinse the hair with  …… 

Extra notes 

When using a shampoo bar, it’s best to follow it up with a vinegar rinse to help restore the PH and remove any soap residues. This is especially important if you have HARD WATER. 

Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water to make a rinse or for more convenience and less waste, keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower and spritz it over the scalp and hair after shampooing. Follow with a rinse of plain water. 

Shampoo bar extra info 

Not everyone’s hair type does well with shampoo bars so if you find that you don’t care for how they work on your hair, use them as hand and body soap. 

How to use 

Gently stroke a few times onto the hair or lather between the fingertips and simply work into the hair for a foamy shampoo. At the end, just rinse off. 

D. Sea Salt bars and Himalayan salt bars - available now  

Himalayan salt bar soap 3

Ingredients: coconut oil, mango butter, avocado oil, castor oil, sea salt, lemongrass / spearmint essential oil. 


Salt bars have creamy lather  - because of the way they are formulated they end up having a creamy lather rather than a big bubble lather. This gives a luxurious feel as you are washing and pampering. 

Salt bars help exfoliate the skin - they remove dead skin cells and leave your skin more youthful and glowing 

Salt bars help balance natural oils - when they exfoliate they also nourish.

Salt bars are detoxing - they help to draw impurities from the skin, making for a wonderfully detoxing skin routine that doesn’t require a salt bath to accomplish. 

Salt bars replace natural minerals - they contain many minerals, primarily magnesium, potassium, iodine, calcium and zinc. 

E. Charcoal citrus cold pressed soap - Available now 


Ingredients: olive oil (calendula infused), coconut oil, sweet almond oil, mango butter, tamanu oil, castor oil, activated charcoal, lemon/ bergamot EO

Enhanced with super-fine charcoal powder, our handmade natural soap offers excellent cleansing and leaves a beautiful feel on the skin.

Why charcoal?

  • Because charcoal’s amazing characteristics keep your skin healthy.
  • Adsorption – Charcoal is super-porous and can adsorb undesirable chemicals, bacteria and odours on the skin.
  • Anti-oxidation – Charcoal is well known for slowing or even reversing oxidation and it works as an anti-aging agent.
  • Cleansing – Fine powdered charcoal gently exfoliates dead skin cells to revitalise.
  • Minerals – Charcoal is rich in minerals, providing useful nutrients to keep your skin young-looking and healthy. 

F. Honey and oats scrub cold presses soap  - available May 15th


Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, honey, oats 


This is a delightful skin soothing soap, ideal for people with skin related problems including itchiness. 


G. Creamy shea butter Bastille cold pressed soap - for extra sensitive skin available now 


Ingredients: olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, light grapefruit EO 


This soap is extra gentle and can be also used by the  loved ones that are going through cancer treatments. Since cancer treatments often cause skin to become more sensitive and fragile, it’s usually recommended that patients use mild products without fragrance, colorants, or exfoliants.

H. Creamy avocado cold presses soap - sensitive skin - Available now 


Ingredients: cocoa butter, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, lemon EO 

Avocado has many benefits for the skin, whether you eat it or use it topically. The oil contains pretty much the same benefits as the fruit, 

such as healthy fats (like omega 3), phytonutrients and vitamins A, D and E.

It’s also rich in minerals (specially potassium), which helps it penetrate the skin evenly, quickly and deeper than other plant oils, making the skin smooth and moisturised.

Because of the avocado oil used in this soap, the conditioning properties of the finished product and the creaminess are delightful.   

This is a gentle bar suitable for all types of skin including sensitive skin. 


I. Strawberry rose and Australian clay cold pressed soap - helpful for acne issues - available May 20th



Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran, cocoa butter, castor oil, fresh strawberries, Australian clay 


The Australian Clay helps restore the balance to an irritated complexion, it delivers moisture and energy to tired, dull complexion and helps to soothe inflammation while lightly exfoliating skin. 

The formulation of this soap helps keep acne under control without drying out your skin.

Strawberries contain the antioxidant ellagic which not only prevents the destruction of collagen, it can also help to lighten hyperpigmentation. While the acidic nature of  their vitamin C content helps to naturally exfoliate skin, fight acne causing oil and free radicals.

 J. Milk soap -available now 


Ingredients: cow milk, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sweet orange EO 

If you are looking for a highly moisturising, nurturing soap this one is for you. Remember that Queen Cleopatra used to take long baths in a milk … although this is not possible for us … the cold pressed milk soap is a reliable and trustful replacement. 

K. Calendula cold pressed soap - for extra sensitive skin 

Calendula soap bar 3

Ingredients: olive oil infused with calendula flowers,  coconut oil, palm oil, calendula petals 

This soap is ideal for babies and also for people with skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. It is a very mild and soothing soap. The healing properties of the calendula petals are also perfect for soothing nappy rash. 

The soaps will soon be vailable to buy from 

Just in case you would like to learn more about oils, butters and their properties ... keep reading ... 

1. Olive oil 

Did you know what olive oil … 

  • it produces a mild creamy lather and a hard moisturising bar. 
  • Is rich in skin nourishing fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E
  • It moisturises the skin and hair
  • Has anti agin effects and helps maintain the integrity of skin cells

2. Coconut oil 

Did you know that coconut oil ….

- it makes a hard bar with great lather and lovely big white bubbles that do not vanish immediately. 

  • it is light, moisturising and nourishing
  • It is suitable for all skin and hair types especially beneficial for dry skin and hair. 
  • It can restore lustre and shine to dry or damaged hair 

3. Castor oil 

Did you know that castor oil ….. 

- is particular useful for making shampoo bars as it assists in rinsing and produces a moisturising lather. 

4. Shea butter 

Did you know that shea butter …. 

  • is a luxurious and expensive butter that gives a hard, silky quality to the bar of soap and shampoo
  • It acts as an emulsifier and provides skin enriching properties 
  • It repairs damaged skin
  • Helps to improve the condition of dry and mature skin 
  • It hydrates skin and helps prevent moisture loss and encourages healing of chopped lips also helps to soften cracked, dry skin 

5. Cacao butter 

Did you know that cocoa butter …. 

  • produces a hard bar with a stable lather. 
  • Is a natural and effective emollient with a distinctive chocolate aroma
  • It provides a barrier against moisture loss and environmental damage
  • Good for dry and damaged skin and helps to fade stretch marks
  • It keeps the skin hydrated 

6. Sunflower oil 

Did you know that sunflower oil …..

  • is very high in vitamin E which repairs and protects skin and is easily absorbed into the skin 
  • It hydrates the skin 
  • The oil is protective and helps to repair sun-damaged skin
  • it can reduce scarring and smooth the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines
  • it produces a stable lather, is mildly cleansing 

7. Sweet almond oil 

Did you know that sweet almond oil ………….

  • is suitable for all skin types but especially for sensitive skin
  • Is gentle enough to be used by the children 
  • Helps soothe dry, irritated skin and prevents moisture loss
  • It acts as a natural moisturiser and encourages the healing of dry, irritated skin



Calendula soap for extra sensitive skin

Calendula soap bar 2

A year and a bit ago I had no clue what a cold pressed soap was all about or melt and pour or  hot pressed  (actually I had a tiny bit of information but very very tiny and this is a story for a future blog). I have learned in the meantime that making soap, artisan soap ... is an ART. Yep an ART with capital letters. When one starts to investigate  (loving Agatha Christie's books helped me big time) one opens Pandora's box. All sorts of things come out  .... the chemicals that the mainstream manufacturing companies add to the soaps, creams, shampoos on top of a sudden realisation of the tons of wasted plastic bottles,  small, medium, big used which end up in piles and piles all over the world from the bottom of the sea to the highest picks of the mountains. Am I suddenly preaching? Nope ... I was and still am guilty of using plastic bottles all over the house BUT, BUT, BUT ... I am slowly changing my habits ... it's been a year since I bought the last liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner ... yep I am pretty proud of myself ... everything starts with a single step. 

OK enough with the preaching and let's go back to the CALENDULA soap ... a soap recommended even to the people with very sensitive skin and even for children. 

Calendula soap bar 3

You might like to know that the healing properties of calendula petals are perfect for soothing an itchy skin as well. Most of the olive oil I use in the recipes is infused with calendula petals or with rose petals. The beauty of calendula petals is that they can be used as you see in the image, even in the mix, creating lovely random designs. The olive oil infused with calendula that has been used in the recipe makes a more moisturising bar, something you skin will thank you for. 

What are the ingredients in this soap? Here they are ... calendula infused olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, distilled water, lye... and yep that's pretty much it. 

Usually the soap needs 4 weeks curing time and it lasts for at least 18 months! 

A little tip 

In order to extend the life of your soap you can cut it in 2 or 3 and use them in different bathrooms. They will soon be available to buy from my new ETSY shop called Beehivecosmeticsshop. 

Calendula soap sensitive skin

What actually is a salt bar?


I will admit that before buying the "Willow and sage" magazine I have never heard of a salt bar and I have never used one. So yes, curiosity made me try the first recipe and after 6 weeks of waiting for the first batch to cure, I really, really loved the result ... and I still do. It is a very versatile cosmetic product to make, there are lots of recipe variations and I know it will be a product I will always have as part of the Beehive Cosmetics range. 

But let's talk a bit about what is this soap, what does it do and what are the benefits. 


Let's talk about the Himalayan sea salt bar. Given the name there is no secret that salt is one of the key ingredients in this product. And yes, one can use sea salt instead of Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt crystals contain minerals, small enough for our body and skin to absorb, providing amazing therapeutic benefits to skin, body and mind. The process I am using to make this natural product is called ....  cold pressed. But back to the minerals now .... 

Believe it or not but some of the minerals included are 

Chromium - known to fight cane and reduces skin infections 

Zinc - aids the healing and helps prevent scarring 

Sulphur - keeps the skin smooth and clear, helps diminish dry patches 

Magnesium - great for skin beaus it helps get rid of dry skin. This will also help improve the texture of skin and skin hydration. 

And last but not least Himalayan salt is known as a great exfoliator. 

So, in a nutshell, the Himalayan salt bars

                        - last a long time

                        -  is a great exfoliator

                        - it  moisturises of the skin

                        - it is creamy

                         - it  leaves your skin incredibly smooth


A classic salt bar recipe consists of: salt, coconut oil, mango butter. Of course there are lots and lots of variations and I will have quite types  for sale in the next few days from my brand new Etsy shop called Beehivecosmeticsshop. If you live in Eastbourne or in the neighbourhood areas ... you can buy my products from "The Beauty Vault" situated in the Enterprise centre. 

The truth is that a good skincare product does not have to be complicated. My products are eco friendly, cruelty free, natural..... whatever you read on the label is exactly what it is inside! 

Why Beehive Cosmetics?



So, what is Beehive Cosmetics? What is in a name? Pretty much I can tell you. For me ... it's a connection ... a connection with my ancestors, a connection with my both sides of the family, my Romanian one and my Russian one. My maiden name is Stupu which one could translate .. the one who had beehive. I don't remember my Romanian grandfather but I know for sure that beehives were not part of their lives ... but surely it was part of that side of the family, surely some great grandfathers were beekeepers. I can go even deeper ... deeper down the rabbit hole and say that ... as a Romanian, I come from the Daci and Romans and the land where Romania is nowadays, was called DACIA. It is very well known that the Daci were passionate beekeepers ... the bees were very much revered by them so ... yes my Romanian side has a strong connection to ..the bees.

On the other side, the Russian side I know for sure (from stories) that my grandfather was a keen beekeeper and my mother used to remember time and time again how the honey was stored in huge wooden barrels and during the harsh Russian winters grandfather used to go and cut the solidified honey with a knife and bring it in the house.  

So ... of course when I was searching for a brand name for my cosmetics ... the name Beehive came to my mind .. it actually came during one of my very first days of TM (transcendental meditation) and it is here ... to stay.

OK now that we have an answer as to .. why Beehive Cosmetics ... why am I involved in this activity? Where does this passion to make my own cosmetics come from? 


Simply because about a year and a half ago I came across a magazine called "Willow and Sage" .... I love magazines and I am always with my eyes wide open for whatever is new on the market ... the name attracted me, the design, the idea of recipes for natural cosmetics appealed to me as well. I am a keen cook and a keen experimenter so ... the idea of experimenting with nourishing oils suddenly appealed to me. At the time I was looking for an activity where I was able to simply relax and forget about business, forget about the reality around me ... simply be involved in an activity that is so demanding of ones attention that one is not able to think about anything else ... it is absolutely a way of ... living in the moment. And this is how my journey into cosmetics, natural cosmetics started .. with one recipe ... followed by another ... and another ... and I have started to give it to my friends to try, the positive feedbacks started to come back to me ... and ... here we are some months later ... I am launching my very first products under this umbrella ... the umbrella of BEEHIVE COSMETICS. To be continued .....