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West Australian jarrah honey finding new value in skincare products

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Western Australian honey bee merchandise are discovering their method into a various vary of merchandise and companies because the business’s repute and worth grows. 

As much as $50 million price of honey, wax, and pollen merchandise are produced in Western Australia every year.

Within the 5 years to 2020, West Australian Honey exports grew by roughly 200 tonnes, whereas the overall worth of that product nearly doubled. 

A few of that added worth is as a result of efforts of the Cooperative Analysis Centre for Honey Bee Merchandise. In addition to analysis, the organisation assists in enterprise growth through honey hackathons and common bee meet-up teams. 

A hackathon is an occasion the place individuals work collectively to check and develop concepts in targeted method. The idea is borrowed from expertise industries, the title a portmanteau of ‘hack’ and ‘marathon’. 

It was following certainly one of these occasions that Dani and Figge Boksjo began a enterprise making high quality skincare merchandise utilizing energetic native honey.

“That’s the place the concept come from. We thought let’s do one thing that truly brings worth to honey from $5-$10 a kilo … [it] can change into a extremely, actually good mark-up on it … and that’s the place our skincare merchandise got here in,” Mr Boksjo mentioned.

A smiling woman with long hair and a lab coat and a man in the black shirt in front of machinery and honey skin products.
Dani and Figge Boksjo are creating skincare merchandise from West Australian honey.(ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: Lucinda Jose)

The couple moved from the northern seashores of Sydney to Yanchep close to Perth 4 years in the past, instantly looking for to be concerned within the CRC for Honey Bee Merchandise and native bee business.

On the time Ms Boksjo, who had a Bachelor of Meals Science and Expertise however no beekeeping expertise, initially thought to make use of honey in a meals product. 

“She used to smash avocado with honey to make hair masks, clay masks for the face.

“And her pores and skin was simply fabulous and glowing, and I believed, ‘Wow, that’s what I’m going to do’.”  

The enterprise now produces six skincare merchandise utilizing energetic Jarrah honey and employs two part-time employees. 

An array of small medicinal-looking bottles.
Magnificence merchandise created from bees’ merchandise and botanicals.(ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: Lucinda Jose)

Jarrah honey is especially prized for its medicinal qualities, which Ms Boksjo attributes to its excessive peroxide ranges. 

“The bees have an enzyme inside their our bodies. They convert the nectar supply into peroxide, so it’s a pure peroxide within the honey, and that’s how the honey is classed medicinally — it’s referred to as the TA grade,” she mentioned. 

Different concepts to return out of hackathon occasions embrace makes use of for bee venom and challenge to domesticate native leptospermum bushes, the blossom of which is important to creating honey with medicinal qualities like these present in manuka honey.

A woman with short brown hair sits at a table, looking at containers of honey
Liz Barbour says Australia is freed from bee illnesses.(ABC Information: Hugh Sando)

The CRC for Honey Bee Merchandise’ chief government, Liz Barbour, mentioned WA is free from bee illnesses that require chemical management, permitting native apiarists to produce among the purest honey on this planet.  

“So we have to have a good time it whereas we will.”