Derrick Frohne founded Gentle Bees in Texas and the inspiration came from Mecca Lazaro. There were a few occasions when he noticed her lips dry and chapped. He asked where her lip balm was and she said that it melted in her car. He searched to find ingredients to make her some lip balm that wouldn’t melt when left in car during the hot weather. After searching online, he found ingredients to make a lip balm that has a high melting point. Beeswax was the best option after searching for a few hours as the base wax. Derrick liked the lip balm so much, he decided to make other natural flavored lip balms.
Our mission and reason for Gentle Bees products:
We support the honey bees and donate a percentage of sales to the American Honey Bee Protection Agency. American Honey Bee Protection Agency’s mission is to preserve and protect the the feral honey bee by rescuing and relocating endangered hives, and by educating the public about the bees’ value, and our partnership with nature. In fact, many of the country’s crops would not exist without the honey bee at bloom time. Crop yield and quality would significantly abate without honey bee pollination. In 1999, Cornell University study documented that the contribution made by managed honey bees hired by U.S. crop growers to pollinate crops amounted to just over $14.6 billion.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honey bee workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute one-third of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed.
Each year American farmers and growers continue to feed more people using less land. They produce an abundance of food that is nutritious and safe. Honey bees are very much a part of this modern agricultural success story. It’s estimated that there are about 2.4 million colonies in the U.S. today, two-thirds travel all overl the country each year pollinating crops and producing honey and beeswax. More than one million colonies are used each year in California just to pollinate the state’s almond crop
What is beeswax?
Beeswax is a complex material, and it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that scientists had the means to accurately analyze it and resolve all the questions about it’s composition.
Beeswax is composed of hundreds of chemical components including hydrocarbons, acid polyesters, and fatty acids.
The Properties of Beeswax
Here are just some of the unique properties of beeswax that have helped make it so indispensable to mankind throughout history
High Melting Point: At a melting point of 145 – 150 degrees F, beeswax has one of the highest melting points of the natural waxes.
Stable: The chemical makeup of beeswax is such that it is virtually unaffected by the passage of time. In fact, there have been pieces of beeswax taken from ancient tombs that were pliable and perfectly useable, even though they were thousands of years old.
Insoluble in Water: Beeswax is impervious to water, which has made it highly valued for its waterproofing capabilities. Beeswax has been recovered from shipwrecks in perfect condition, even after years submerged underwater. Part of the reason beeswax has been so valued as a polish is because of its ability to seal out water. In World War II, hundreds of thousands of pounds were used to waterproof equipment such as tents, ignition systems and ammunition.
An Excellent Fuel: Throughout history, beeswax is valued as a key ingredient in candle making. For centuries, beeswax was the only wax available for this purpose. Although there are many types of wax available for candle making, beeswax still makes the best candles. That’s because beeswax candles burn cleanly with a uniquely bright, white, compact flame. They don’t smoke or produce an unpleasant odor. Beeswax candles also last longer.
Information about the honeybees
The unique properties of beeswax combined with the instinctual skill of the bees in using it results in an engineering marvel – honeycomb.
Beeswax is derived from the blood of the bee, and secreted in flakes from glands on the abdomens of worker bees. Somehow, within the darkness of the hive, thousands of bees work together to form the snowy white flakes of wax into honeycomb. The comb is used for storing honey and pollen, and for raising brood.
The cells are constructed so that they tilt slightly upward from the base to the opening, preventing nectar and honey from flowing out of the cell.
And in the hexagonal geometry of the cells, nature has engineered the optimum compromise between strength and utilization of space. Though the walls of each cell are no thicker than 2 or 3 thousandths of an inch, the comb is able to hold 22 times its own weight!
In fact, the weight to strength ratio of honeycomb construction is so efficient that man has copied it in thousands of engineering applications.
Refund and Return
We hope your satisfied with your products and our quality. If you are not happy with the product, Frohne offers a full refund within 30 days of purchase for all unused or unopened products.
If the product is the wrong size, flavor, or type of item, send an email for an RA so we can send you a prepaid shipping label to your email. The prepaid label is sent via USPS, FedEx, or UPS. We will send the correct product after RA is authorized free of charge. Orders refused at delivery will be assessed all of the applicable fees, which includes a 5% fee of final sale of product or products and our shipping costs for that specific order.
Delivery and Damaged Shipments
- Fully inspect all deliveries before signing the receipt even if you do not plan on opening the carton right away. If you do not call us within 30 days of receipt of the item to let us know about shipping damage, we will not be able to refund you.
- Write down any visible damage such as product box crushed, torn, creased and other circumstances regarding the delivery.
- If you find concealed damage, save the manufacturer packaging and shipping box. We will inspect the damage in issue another product with free of charge after the current product is sent back to us with a prepaid label issued by Frohne and or partnered companies. We can also issue a refund also if needed.
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal, which will be processed at the time of purchase via Paypal. We also accept money order and cashier check. For money order and cashier check or business check, we will process the order after the check has cleared and funds have been released to Frohne. The CEO of Frohne can process the order of a shipment via writing or email while waiting for the payment to arrive in the mail if critical for business to business operations.
All product will be shipped via USPS, FedEx, or UPS and the fee involved is based on the shipping carriers fee for the specific weight plus our costs associated with packaging materials. We will opt for the more affordable method unless otherwise noted by the customer. If extra options are needed, the customer will pay for the specific options which is dependent on USPS, FedEx, and or UPS dependent on weight and price of the products.