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Conversations with Karlon Stephen & daughter Michelle Duprey

Today we’d like to introduce you to  Karlon Stephen & daughter Michelle Duprey. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Propolis Skin Care is created by Stephen’s Orchard & Apiary. Propolis Skin Care was first introduced to the public in October of 2017 and since then has sold out several times. The Stephen family holds a huge family value of working as a team to produce top-tier honeybee products. They currently have over 300 honeybee hives that produce all of the Propolis which is used in their skincare line. Karlon Stephen (retired nurse of 43 years) & Daughter Michelle Duprey (Master’s of Science & Business) started researching their own skincare line when they became unhappy with today’s store-bought products. The mother/daughter duo knew they could do better and created a skincare line that is safe, effective & affordable! The Stephen family currently has 300 hives spread all over the Kansas City & Lawrence area. They take pride in caring for their honeybees by using techniques passed down from one generation to the next. Propolis Skin Care products contain all of their honeybee by-products from their own hives which makes their products super fresh.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When we first started our Propolis skincare line, the hardest part was packaging and labeling our products. It took us numerous hours to create our labels for each product and finding the correct bottle/jars to really stand out and look classy.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We are known for-Propolis Products From Our Bees! We hand scrape all our raw propolis from our honey bee boxes.

Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing beeswax with tree buds, sap, and other botanical sources.

Propolis is used to reinforce the structural stability of the hive and seals alternative entrances.

Prevents diseases and parasites from entering the hive and to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth.

Why do we use it in our skincare?
It is used as an all-natural preservative in our skincare line.

Propolis is unique because it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral.

When using our skincare products, you won’t cross contaminate the creams or oils with bacteria from your hands onto your face.

Propolis Skin Care prides itself on providing quality skincare that customers rave about!

How did we figure all this out?
Karlon (retired nurse for 40 years) & Daught Michelle (Master’s of Science Degree) both have science backgrounds and were studying the propolis that was leftover after cleaning honey boxes. We thought…if this is so good for the bees, would it do the same for us? And so, the research began! We found out we were exactly right and it’s perfect for our skin!

If bees were to become extinct, our planet would end. It is thanks to their pollination that we still have flowers and other beautiful plants in the world. This means that bees need protection from harm wherever possible. However, it isn’t just about creating beautiful flowers. In doing so, bees also produce beeswax, honey & propolis and all of these products have amazing health benefits for us. We strongly believe that honey bees should be respected and that they have an important role to play on our planet, so we make sure that our products only contain honey, propolis & beeswax from our own bees! We believe that the bees shouldn’t thank us for the flowers, we should thank them for their byproducts. This is why our bees are hand-reared on our farm, which allows us to give you the highest level ingredients in the products we create.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Mom and I both picked this time when I (Michelle) was little and we were all fishing and a tick crawled on my shoe and I kicked my entire shoe in the middle of the pond and Dad had to swim to go get it, because it was the only pair of shoes I had at the time. Not my favorite memory, but it sure does make us laugh now.

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