Tucked away between the hills of West Dorset and the sea sits the landscape that gives us distinctive honey and beeswax. Born from a love of the land and a desire to make a living from it, Filberts has grown from three generations of British farmers.
Our proximity to nature runs through the heart of why the business started in 2008. From beeswax balms and salves to candles and polishes, we hand make functional and sustainable beeswax products with a quirky sense of style. Made for those who love a natural way of living.
Small batch production, always by hand
Handmade in batches from 1 to 1000 units in our production premises in Dorset, our products offer an alternative to the trend for branded goods made by outsourced contractors. We make from scratch, starting by gently heating and filtering blocks of beeswax as they come in from the field.
100% natural ingredients, always
Filberts products do not contain synthetic colourings or fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens, phthalates or mineral oils. They are concentrated, nourishing oil-based blends that contain no water. If you want a salve to absorb more quickly, just add tap water – a few drops will do the trick, or apply salves to damp skin after washing.
We buy some raw materials from other beekeepers and farmers in the UK. Rapeseed and hemp oil are sourced from Somerset and Devon. The lavender, yarrow and peppermint come from East Anglia and Hampshire. The linseed oil in our wood care is sourced from Sussex. We use only essential oils to fragance our balms, salves and polishes.
Roots in British farming
Dorset arable farmer Mark Rogers moved into honey production and experimented with crops that would benefit the arable rotation and feed the bees. The crops produced forage for bees – sainfoin, phacelia, clover as well as improving the quality of the arable soil. Today, Mark is a commercial grower of cider apples and has built Filberts around the business of pollination, bee rearing and honey & wax production.
Hives in West Dorset
Making a living, as a family
We keep flexible hours working around the demands of the season and the needs of the family. We tend to be out and about, working across 2 main sites and a number of out-apiaries. We spend little time at our desks, and if we’re making product, on bee-related tasks or running courses, we will not be in a position to respond to calls (please leave a message) or texts straightaway. This is our team at the moment:
- Mark – beekeeper and recipe inventor
- Philada – production and office
- Freya – sales, marketing and creative
- Suzy – finishing and packing
Quirky artwork, grown by us
The Filberts logo and packaging was first designed by illustrator Holly Clifton-Brown. Design is now produced in-house by Freya, who has developed the artwork through experimentation with watercolours and printmaking. The designs are then digitised and printed in Dorset.
Invest in British bees
The climate and other factors make for unreliable honey yields. But bees always produce wax, whatever the weather. That’s why our other products are so important, as they make the business sustainable and support bees through the difficult seasons. By choosing to buy Filberts, you’re choosing to invest in British bees.