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Clarins Ireland is supporting a two-year research project on bees at Maynooth University department of biology.

The research is centered around improving the survival rates of honey bees and is the perfect fir for Clarins as nature has always been a primary source of inspiration for them. 

The Clarins Group believe in beauty that respects the planet and it has been an integral part of core brand values since Jacques Courtin first developed his iconic treatment oils back in 1954.
The research at the university will be conducted by Rachel Ward under the supervision of Professor Kevin Kavanagh and Dr. Mary Coffey. 

So what will it be researching?

The project will examine the immune response of winter bees, which can live for up to six months but may be susceptible to infection.

The project will also analyse the effect of different treatments on the immune system of bees and identify the optimum time for treatment to ensure the survival of hives through the winter.

Eoghan O’Sullivan, General Manager, Clarins Ireland said, ''As a company, Clarins Group uses over 250 plants and flowers in the formulation of our products. Honey bee’s and their role in our natural environment, now more than ever, is vital.''

He continued, ''It is important that we understand how to improve Irish bee health and survival rates through the winter period. The importance of this study will allow other countries and beekeeping communities to analyse, interpret and improve the survival rates of the over-wintering bee.''

Insects are responsible for pollinating a wide range of food crops which account for approximately 35% of our food intake with a global value of $135 billion.

As well as producing honey, Honey bees are important pollinators and their populations are also under threat.

Beekeepers face many problems in maintaining populations of honey bees in Ireland and can lose up to 25% of their hives each year due to disease or adverse weather conditions.

The results of this project will greatly assist Irish beekeepers in maintaining bee populations and the findings will also have direct benefits for beekeepers in other European countries.

Best of luck to the project and well done to Clarins for getting involved with such a fantastic initiative.



Oh dear, if you’re someone who tends to feel a little rage at the slightest hint of a traffic diversion then you maybe will not be overly thrilled with this news. Ireland’s motorways and railways are to be “rewilded” to create bee highways.

Yes, bee highways. The highways are to be created in attempts to save the bees from extinction and their food supplies from being devastated.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has been devised to encourage famers, councils, schools and gardeners to create safe-havens and pit-stops for Irish bees. One third of our 98 native species of bees face being wiped-out altogether so it is hoped these efforts will stop the imminent extinction.

Sixty-eight different organisations have been enlisted in the efforts to save bees. This includes government departments, road and rail companies, beekeepers and famer’s unions.

By next spring a map is expected to be released which will pinpoint areas good for bees to be linked via wild-flower corridors along roads.

Transport chiefs have also agreed to reduce roadside mowing on main roads and there is hopes to open south facing railway embankments for nests.

So you probably won’t be stuck facing monstrous traffic jams for the sake of a few extra jars of honey, but Ireland’s scheme will be the first in Europe to adopt a plan with such a wide range.

Meabh Boylan, green-schools biodiversity officer with An Taisce, said:

“The importance of pollinators to humans cannot be overstated. Students are always amazed when I tell them that pollinators are responsible for making approximately one in every three spoonfuls of food that we eat.”



Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her loving her beauty treatments, which include wrinkle-busting laser facials, Chinese cupping therapy, macrobiotic diets and… the list goes on.

However, The Avengers star’s latest fad is definitely a top spot contender for weird regimes.

Chris Martin’s wife has admitted to undergoing bee venom therapy, which involves being stung by the live insect – ouch!

Talking to Marie Claire magazine the American actress said: “The craziest treatment I’ve tried is one where I was stung by a live bee. It’s called apitherapy and it’s apparently been used since Egyptian times to promote healing.”

Gwyneth added that venom is not the only bee-related product she likes.

She explained: “I was recently given bee venom therapy for an old injury and it disappeared. I was recommended bee pollen, raw honey and propolis for various purposes. So far, these recommendations have worked for me”.

Each to their own, we suppose.