WELCOME TO WILLOWBERRY & CO.
Willowberry & Co. are the makers of small batch hive to jar infused honeys and skincare. We handcraft our artisanal products in the heart of the Hudson Valley, New York, using locally sourced, organic + fair trade ingredients. Drizzle our infused honeys on your morning toast, our favorite pairing happens to be cheese, but the possiblities are endless from pizza or pastries to yoghurt or ice-cream.
Our hive to jar skincare + infused honeys are inspired by my fondest memories during my childhood family visits to southern Portugal. I adored spending time at my grandmother's side baking up her sweet treats then selling them at the local market. Many afternoons after a morning spent at the almond orchards we would sit and break open the almonds outside on her veranda, next to her garden + lemon tree to then make her marzipan. My grandfather loved the ocean, the land and his bees. I remember excitedly waiting for him to arrive home with the honeycombs at harvest time and asking him for a piece. I would walk away sucking on honeycomb as the honey drizzled down my fingers and hands. Looking back I miss the simplicity of life + it has inspired me to share my honeybee artisanal products as an homage to my grandparents, their simple way of life + the beauty of their heirloom living.
How did it begin?
Willowberry's hive inspired skincare began in my kitchen after a scare with cancer in a sweat gland in my left cheek. One night after countless weeks and hours of researching botanicals + their benefits I popped the kiddos to bed and became the “mad mom chemist” mixing and formulating in my kitchen. I started with a simple sugar scrub; I hadn’t found anything that I was ecstatic about, most of them being too oily. So after a few (ok 30…ish) formulations, I fell in love with one. As a frugal mom the best part was I had created a TWO-fer!
A scrub + lotion in one! I was hooked!
A few years later as I sat in a beekeeping class an idea for infused honeys was sparked by a taste of chestnut honey from Italy. I wondered about other flavors of honey + my exploration into the world of infused honeys began with a simple vanilla bean honey.
I hope you enjoy our products as much as we love making them!
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Sandra + the Willowberry team
THE BUzzY BEES
My love of honey goes back to my childhood when just hearing the word honey would have my mouth watering.
A few years ago I had the wild idea of keeping bees just like my grandfather did. I attended a beekeeping class, ordered my first colony + it was love at first hive!
These amazing little creatures who buzz around our planet pollinating our trees, flowers + veggies oblivious of their importance to our survival also produce a most magical product that throughout human history has been used both for its sweetening + healing properties.
The hero of our products are the hardworking honeybees and beekeepers who help supply Willowberry & Co. with the delicious honey + beeswax that we infuse into our handmade products.