A student in Harrisburg became the new Charlie Bucket when she found the “Golden Bee Ticket” hidden within a tin of lip balm, a contest promoted by Abeille Beaute, a local natural cosmetics company based in Pittsburgh.
Beth Clippinger, on a whim, bought a tin of lip balm at Provisions on the Penn State Harrisburg campus, not thinking anything extraordinary would come from it.
“I was with my roommate and a couple of our friends at their apartment,” Clippinger (freshman-criminal justice and psychology) said. “And I said ‘Guys I just pulled this out of the chapstick and won $100.’”
Abeille Beaute was started by Alyssa Fine, a Penn State alumna. After graduating and returning home, Fine wanted to intersect her interests in cosmetics and beekeeping to create a business providing natural cosmetics to people across the country, according to the website.
“I’ve gotten a lot of scholarships myself from amazing families when I was in school, and it’s always been a dream of mine to try and give back that way,” Fine said.
From this one aspiration, the idea for the Golden Bee Ticket Contest was born.
“I know every little bit helps for a lot of students,” Fine said.
One lucky person would find the golden ticket, and win $100 in LionCash, as well as a small bonus gift from the company — that one person was Clippinger.
Clippinger found the ticket nestled within a “Pumpkin Roll” scented whipped lip balm, with the message “Contact our marketing department today and soon you’ll ‘bee’ holding $100 in LionCash as our way of saying thank you for being you.”
Clippinger, who plays for the varsity soccer team at the Harrisburg campus, said she is planning on using the money to buy textbooks for next semester.
“I would say I’m pretty studious,” she said. “With soccer, it really helps me manage my time, so I try and get as much homework done and studying as I can, because soccer consumes a lot of time.”
Abeille Beaute means «Honey Bee Beauty,” according to the company’s website. The company uses both honey and beeswax in each of their products from her father’s bee farm to make the natural products.
Fine began making organic cosmetic products 15 years ago in high school. She said while she likes name brand products such as Burt’s Bees, she never found a reason to use them because she can make the same products in her kitchen for free.
Currently the company is running another contest on their website, in which guests can vote for a new whipped lip balm scent for the summertime.
Some of these scents include cotton candy, lemon basil and salt water taffy.
“The whipped lip balm is my favorite product because I can get really creative with it,” Fine said.
The contest ends May 20, and guests who voted will be automatically entered to have the chance to win a free gift from Abeille Beaute
Fine, whose father was a beekeeper, sparked the initial interest in creating organic cosmetics.
“If he hadn’t been a beekeeper, probably the thought would have never crossed my mind,” she said. “That’s something I’ve always grown up with and was always proud of.”
In addition to lip balms, Abeille Beaute also sells a variety of body butters, sugar scrubs, honey cleansers and lotion bars.
“I don’t know if this is a girl thing, but I love chapsticks,” Clippinger said. “I really like this new one, and that it’s organic.”
Fine said she loves the different flavors and scents of the lip balms, and hopes to create a flavor one day that becomes very popular.
“I’m just having fun with it,” she said.