Fairly Traded Honey

From the depths of Zambian forests, carefully collected from wild bees’ hives, this honey has a unique dark amber colour and a rich, smoky aroma.

Where do we get it?

A Story of Sustainability and Community: Sourcing Honey from Zambia

At Mabrooka, we take pride in sourcing our honey responsibly. Our Zambian honey comes from COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation), a remarkable organization working in Zambia's Luangwa Valley.

The Luangwa Valley faced a harsh reality in the 1980s – food shortages, malnutrition, and a decline in wildlife due to poaching and deforestation. Determined to create a better future, COMACO was born in the early 2000s.

Empowering People, Protecting the Environment

COMACO's model is inspiring. They provide training, support, and economic opportunities to farmers, including women and former poachers. Participants take a Conservation Pledge, committing to protecting their land, forests, and wildlife.

The economic stability brought by agriculture, beekeeping, and conservation has significantly reduced poaching. Nutritious crops ensure food security, while beehives restore value to the forest. What was once seen as a source of charcoal is now a thriving habitat for bees.

The Impact Continues to Grow

Today, COMACO empowers over 179,000 farmers in eastern Zambia, with women making up half the leadership positions. Wildlife, including elephants, is gradually returning to the Luangwa Valley – a testament to the success of this community-driven initiative.

By choosing Mabrooka honey sourced from COMACO, you're not just getting a delicious product; you're supporting a story of sustainable practices, empowered communities, and a healthier environment.

Animal Welfare

we agree that the modern honey industry treats bees like farmed animals. To ensure their welfare is respected in our supply chain, we work with beekeepers who understand the importance of managing hives with consideration and of working in a minimally invasive way. We do not allow the use of harmful practices such as queen wing clipping or artificial rearing.

Where possible, we aim to work directly with beekeepers, but in any case, we ask for full traceability and adherence to our high standards. We actively encourage and select those who go beyond organic beekeeping and implement regenerative practices that positively impact local wildlife and the hives’ environment.

What are the benefits of honey for your scalp and hair?

  • Humectant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Protective
  • Conditioning
  • Nutrient-rich

Because of its remarkable antimicrobial and humectant properties, honey also contributes to the preservation of products’ formulae.

Buzz buzz buzz

Bees collect nectar from flowers and carry it to their hives, where the worker bees convert it into honey. Half a kilogram of honey contains the essence of about two million flowers and the colour, fragrance and properties of honey vary depending on the varieties foraged. Bees need to make thousands of round trips to collect nectar, and a single bee produces only about a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime.