Businesswoman Lucy Bee talks about running an ethical business during the pandemic, natural skincare and why time with her cockapoos (A.K.A Sunny and Luna), are important to her wellbeing…
Operating the business during the pandemic has been a bit of a roller-coaster. The whole team went above and beyond to work hard, and we all tried to stay as positive as we could. We’ve been thrilled with how the skincare, selftan and deodorant has been selling; the reviews, feedback and orders have been amazing. However, the food side of the business has been massively affected. Back in March, when people were stockpiling, we ran out of product quickly. In a normal situation this would be great, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get a shipment over to us for months and months.
Our food products are all Fair Trade, which causes wider issues because we wouldn’t just bring any product to market. We like to have complete transparency by knowing the whole chain; from where the product comes from, right through to the farmers’ and communities’ welfare. It’s vital to us to us to make sure they are paid for their produce and that there is no animal cruelty or child labour. Overall, our customers have shown us so much love and support, and I’m lucky that the entire team is so passionate about what they do.
As a family, we have always tried to eat organic foods; my dad loves gardening, and we have recycled for as long as I can remember. I also like to do charity work, so it all sort of fitted together as the ethos for Lucy Bee. We wanted to make a positive impact on the planet, animals, and the people we worked with while running the business.
We always go down the route of Fair Trade (for our food products) and for skincare we ensure we’re completely palm-oil-free (even its derivatives) and certified cruelty-free, vegan, organic, and natural. There is also a lot of work that goes into sustainable packaging and ensuring that we use easily recyclable materials and avoid plastic as much as possible. We want to be the brand that makes the change.
The simplest things help me the
most; staying hydrated throughout the day, weight training, talking to people close to me (when I’m feeling great and when I’m feeling low), good music, cooking and eating tasty food, long baths and long walks in the fresh air with my cockapoos, Sunny and Luna. Another thing I started and enjoyed doing in lockdown was a bit of gardening, especially weeding!
There have been a few times in the past year when I realised I was giving myself a hard time because I wasn’t doing all the things everyone else was. I took a step back from the situation and realised all the pressure I was putting on myself wasn’t necessary and wasn’t helping me mentally. I literally gave myself the task of drinking three litres of water one day and I felt like a completely different person. We all like to unwind and look after ourselves in different ways, and sometimes it’s easy to prioritise the wrong things.
There has been a huge shift in natural skincare and ingredients which is great to see. I think everyone is becoming more aware of the importance of what we put on our skin, too. Social media plays a big part in this and the fact it is so easy to research things nowadays with the internet, podcasts and books. People have had the time at home to look into these things, and support businesses that are doing good. You can make a small change using organic and natural products, especially if they have a sustainable aspect too.
We have big things coming in 2021 – we have 15 product launches! You can expect skin, hair and body products from Lucy Bee this year. They have been in the making for a while and I’m really excited to share more and provide people with effective, results driven, sustainable skincare options.
To find out more about Lucy Bee products, visit lucybee.com
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