BEE POTION is an ethical, all-natural skincare and wellbeing company that has sustainability, education and ecology at the heart of the business. We know you want to buy local, sustainable products that support the wellbeing of future generations, our bees and the natural world. We tick all those boxes.

Hello! I am Katharine O'Brien founder of Bee Potion Community Interest Company. 

Turning 50 (now 4 years ago) I became a beekeeper and was WOWED and fascinated by bees and wanted to combine this with my knowledge, experience and love of: ecology, working with children in nature and natural skincare. Thus the BEE POTION skincare range and the Hives of Hastings was born.

The photo of me above is with Honey, my faithful therapy dog who supports the work I do teaching and nurturing children in nature. I have 25 years experience of working in this field.

BEE POTION facilitates wellbeing courses for children, young people and their families from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in the Hastings and Sussex area. We research and design creative courses that empower young people to ensure their voices are heard and strengthened through mindfulness in nature, aiding emotional and spiritual recovery, growth and rights of passage opportunities.

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If you wish to donate to our cause, please follow the link below. All donations are welcomed, however small and will go directly into our 2021 woodland wellbeing projects and beauty in the woods projects. Sign up to our newsletter to see how your donation will make a difference!

Our products and your purchases are gifts that give back. The aim of the range is that one day your investment in us could completely fund the therapeutic projects in nature we run, allowing us to branch out further to surrounding areas. 

BEE POTION employs local young people from our beloved seaside town of Hastings, a trendy destination but also an area of social deprivation. Young people help our brand and they make and sell our products, pack, post and even cycle delivery. 

I love working with my young, creative partner Lauren, who brings such vitality to the brand. She is our Creative and Marketing Executive for BEE POTION, Her role is to stylishly convey the BEE POTION message to you and engage with our customers. 

I also challenge conventional forms of beekeeping, which has sadly become very exploitative and frequently more about honey yield than valuing the bees. When we think it took approximately 12 bees to make a teaspoon of real honey within my own practice I strive to find ways that support sustainable and ethical forms of working with bees and nature. 

I love Hastings because it is diverse, dynamic, steeped in pirate history and surrounded by astonishing natural beauty. 

We are keen to partner up with other companies with a similar mindset to ours and individuals who would like to support the Community Interest aspect of our vision. Skills and expertise most warmly welcome. 


Katharine O'Brien

(Bee Well)



Community Interest Company

Company Number 12601170