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 100 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. We use low production temperatures to retain the inherent qualities of ingredients. We are open to regular inspection by Environmental Health and Trading Standards. Our quality control includes full traceability of ingredients, follows laid-down production procedures with almost zero waste, includes accredited product safety testing, with analysis, production and storage records.
100% natural ingredients, always
Our products do not contain synthetic colourings or fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens, phthalates, silicones 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 when you apply it – a few drops will do the trick, or apply salves to damp skin after washing. This also means our products are good value for money, as a lotion may contain 50% water. Avoiding water in our recipes means we can make skincare products with high quality, 100% natural antioxidants Vitamin E and organic botanical CO2 Extract of Rosemary to ensure a minimum 30-month shelf life.
We harvest and filter wax from our hives, we buy extra wax in from other British beekeepers. Imported oils and butters come through suppliers with quality assurance accreditation and organic certification, where we buy organic. We use GM-free farm-pressed hempseed, rapeseed and linseed oils grown in the UK, without irrigation. Lavender, chamomile, peppermint and, when available, yarrow essential oils are also UK-grown. We use only essential oils to fragrance our balms, salves and polishes. We do not use palm oil. We do not use products tested on animals.
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 and wax production.
Hives in West Dorset
A small, family-run business
We keep flexible hours working around the needs of the season. We tend to be out and about, working across 2 sites and a number of out-apiaries. If we’re making product, on bee-related tasks or running courses, we can’t always take calls, so please leave a message. At Filberts, we all do a bit of everything, but this is how we mainly divide up the work:
- Mark – beekeeper and recipe inventor
- Philada – production and office
- Freya – sales, marketing and creative
- Suzy – finishing and packing
- Steve – field sales
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 English climate and other factors make for unreliable honey yields. But bees always produce wax, whatever the weather. That’s why our beeswax-based products are so important, as they sustain the business through difficult seasons. By choosing to buy Filberts, you’re choosing to invest in British bees.