Emily Hoskins has a vision of making the world a more beautiful place. The former makeup artist turned entrepreneur wants to offer her customers better skin through her eco-friendly lifestyle brand with vegan skincare and all-natural cosmetic products, while creating a brighter future for the world’s pollinators at the same time.
Her business, Green Bee, was launched after she learned about the thin line between insects and humans. “I was touched by the story of the Monarch butterfly and its incredible migration,” she explains. “Unfortunately, scientists have observed a significant decline in the species in recent years and I wanted to do what I could to help.”
In that time, since she found a spark of inspiration from a pollinator, Hoskins will celebrate the one year anniversary of her business on Earth Day 2020. And in those 12 months, she has stayed true to her long term goal of the business: to create a one-stop-shop for eco-friendly goods, including the creation of new goods.
“In addition to our all-natural, cruelty-free beauty products, we now have a beautiful collection of jewelry, bath, and household goods, which have been carefully curated from sustainable, low-impact, and women-owned businesses across the USA,” she says. “More items are being added everyday, and we can’t wait to share them with Cincy Chic readers.”
Hoskins had plans to launch new home goods this spring at vendor events, but in the wake of COVID-19 has since created a Facebook group for the V.I.Bees (Very Important Bees) of the Green Bee Hive. In the group, members receive a 20% discount on all Green Bee cosmetics and skincare as well as first dibs on new products. “Some items are exclusive to our V.I.Bees group and we often ask for input from the group on new products and color selections,” she adds.
Additionally, even with everything going on in the world right now, Hoskins says she’s still working to create protected spaces for our pollinators. “We recently helped the Anderson Township Historical Society Urban Farm gain Monarch Waystation certification through the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program,” she explains. “The Cincinnati Zoo’s Pollen Nation program is also a great registry for protected spaces for all pollinators.”
Through the program, Hoskins explains, Green Bee helps to guide individuals, businesses, and non-profits through the certification process as well as provide the funding for the certification.
You can support Green Bee and its mission through this difficult time by following along on social media, joining their Facebook group, and reading and sharing the blog on the website. “We have waived our shipping fee for the foreseeable future, but are still maintaining our standard of 100% recycled and rescued shipping boxes and packaging materials,” she says. “We are very proud of our efforts to donate a portion of every single sale to our mission of preserving and protecting pollinators and their habitat in our community. Come join the Green Bee Hive and help us make a difference.”