Our Story

Hi! I’m Stephanie, The Benevolent Bee. I’m a beekeeper, environmental educator, amateur herbalist, artist, homemaker, and mama to two junior beekeepers in training. I’m passionate about bees, natural living, and raising healthy, creative and happy kids.

With the help of my amazing family, I sell our honey, beeswax candles, herbal body care products, and other hive-derived items, all handcrafted in our family’s home kitchen in Philadelphia, PA. At our ‘Teaching Apiary’ at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery, we observe, learn and teach about bees and bee behavior to students of all ages. Visitors are always welcome!

You can purchase our products through this website, at local craft fairs and farm markets, and from the many other specialty shops on our stockists page.

When not playing with the bees or pouring candles, I can be found stomping in mud puddles with Clara (4) and Atticus (2).  When not helping me at the apiary, Mr. Benevolent Bee (Emile) works as a research scientist in the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania doing research on social cognition and conflict resolution.

At left, you can watch a short video introducing our family and our bees.