Beehive Alchemy

American Made Since 2005

Petra Ahnert

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Beehive inspired artisan soaps, body care products and beeswax candles - straight from the bee's house to yours.

Tell us about your business.

I started down the path of what is now Beehive Alchemy about sixteen years ago when my friend Laurie called to ask if I wanted to learn to make soap. After making enough soap to last an army a lifetime, I stopped. Fast forward 8 years... My boyfriend found my handmade soaps (nicely aged by this time) right about the same time he found beekeeping. The last 8 years have been a wild and exciting ride! We now sell our varietal honeys and honey infusions as well as my soaps and other products at farmers markets in our area and on-line. For the most part I try to utilize our bee products in my body care products where it makes sense, but I try to have something for everyone. While I like to use silk, goats milk, honey and essential oils in my soaps and body care products, I try to offer vegan and unscented options as well.

What makes your business stand out?

Soapmaking is one of the ancient crafts and certainly is not unique, but my combination ingredients and natural essences are unique and won't be found anywhere else!

What's the best business advice you've received?

Keep it simple As an artist, I love creating new things, but as a consumer it can feel overwhelming to be given too many choices. I hope to someday find the right balance.

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    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

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