About

Our Story

It was Brad’s love of bees, woodworking, and his wife Anika that seeded the existence of Portland Bee Balm. Anika was searching for a more natural, effective lip balm, and Brad was keeping bees. True to the DIY spirit they were brought up in, they took the beeswax from their hives and set out to create a high-quality product that reflected the social and environmental values they hold true. Now, our small team in southeast Portland is spreading those values and bee balms to the wider world.  

Our Philosophy

As active participants of the world we live in we strive to create meaningful, useful products that are genuinely natural, add value to people’s lives, and help bring awareness of our role in the natural environment. With a focus on creating a simple and pure product, we make Portland Bee Balm with beeswax from Pacific Northwest hives, adding a select handful of carefully sourced organic and local ingredients. Then we wrap the balms in real wood instead of processed paper and present them in lovingly handcrafted reusable or recyclable displays.

From the ingredients we source, to the packaging we use, to our interactions with customers, we work to be a business that supports the health and well-being of the environment, our community, and of course, bees and their keepers.


Supporting Urban Bees & Their Keepers

We are proud to be a One Percent for the Planet member company and have pledged to give one percent of our revenues to Portland Urban Beekeepers Association– helping people to beekeep in urban environments where connection to the natural world is lacking.