Hi! I'm Dee, the creator of all of Rimu Gullys goodies. John is my husband, a farmer and a jack of all trades. We have two beautiful children - Hayley and Travis.
We to Rimu Gully in 2014 - a lifestyle block on the Āwhitu Peninsula that included a stunning QEII protected bush block - our Rimu Gully!
The gardens were a blank canvas, so I set about transforming them. I've always been incredibly passionate about gardening, and I wanted to share what we were doing with others so I started an Instagram and Facebook account to share what I was up to.
My sister in law Jinny got into beekeeping, and it was something that I had always talked about myself, so she helped set me up with my first hives, and within a year one hive had grown to seven!
There are a lot of by-products in beekeeping - honey being the obvious one. But you also get a lot of beautiful beeswax, which led me to start developing my own beeswax based products. I'm passionate about reducing plastic waste and limiting the amount of things I actually have to buy, so making beeswax wraps, making my own soap and developing my own skin care evolved naturally.
I'm a big believer in knowing exactly what goes into my body and what goes on my skin - if I can't pronounce it or eat it then I'm not interested! This has led me to design completely natural products for my family that are free from any additives, preservatives, petrochemicals, plastic, palm oil and so on. And I'm now so excited to be able to share these products with you all, and hope they help you on your own journey.
2021 saw huge growth here at Rimu Gully, both with the business and personally. Sales continued to increase, and with my friend Kendal from www.thefoliage.co.nz we opened a physical store on the main street of Waiuku which is thriving. It's called Botanica on Bowen and we are so proud of it!
We also saw the arrival of our son Travis - so it was certainly a hectic and rewarding year. I could only do so much though so made the decision to sell my beehives - tough but it's given me so much more time for my family and businesses. I now source all my honey and beeswax from local Āwhitu beekeepers.
2022 will see us selling Rimu Gully the property, and building our dream home (and planting lots of rimu trees!) just down the road on the family farm. Lots of changes ahead so be sure to follow along for the ride!