Bea Dixon On Making Honeypots Happy and Healthy
Bea Dixon is the founder of The Honey Pot Company, the world's first all-natural line of feminine products. Honey Pot prides itself on putting out products that are "made for humans with vaginas for humans with vaginas," and the company is making waves in how we think about feminine care products and the types of ingredients women have been using for decades. We spoke with Bea about Honey Pot's next-level origin story and all the reasons humans with vaginas should be using products made by other humans with vaginas.
Anser: Tell us about Honey Pot and how the company came to be.
Bea: Necessity is the mother of invention! I was dealing with an almost year long bout of BV - bacterial vaginosis. I was on the roller coaster ride of taking antibiotics only to have the infection return when my cycle started. I tried everything and I could not get rid of the infection.
"One night I had a dream with an ancestor and she gifted me a list of ingredients that she told me would help with my issues."
One night I had a dream with an ancestor and she gifted me a list of ingredients that she told me would help with my issues. I woke up, remembered the list of ingredients and quickly made the formula. Within two or three days, my symptoms disappeared. That was the day The Honey Pot Company was born.
Anser: You were suffering from BV, which SO MANY women experience, but somehow there was never a natural salve on the market for the condition?! Why do you think that is? How can it be that Honey Pot is literally the first all-natural product line in the WORLD for feminine care when our vaginal health is vital for sustaining life?
Bea: I believe that there wasn’t a natural salve or option on the market because traditionally feminine care products were manufactured and made by companies and labs who had absolutely no idea what humans with vaginas need to be healthy and happy. They were cranking out lots of products to mask odor but ultimately those products only contributed to the overall issue of pH imbalance.
"As a human with a vagina, I know what I need and what my vagina needs to be healthy."
As a human with a vagina, I know what I need and what my vagina needs to be healthy. I took the time to research and understand why a vagina has an acidic pH of 3.5-4.5 and how vital it is to maintain that acidity in order to keep bad bacteria from overgrowing.
When the founder of the company has an intimate connection and understanding of what a human with a vagina needs, the product offerings that come from that understanding are going to be well thought out and effective because they are coming from a place of compassion and empathy. It’s so refreshing to see so many women-led feminine care companies entering the space as our feminine health is vital to our overall health and wellness.
Anser: Why should women be paying attention to the ingredients that make up our tampons, pads, lubes, washes, and cleaning wipes?
Bea: It’s crucial that women know what they are using, as there are implications for using potentially toxic products over a long period of time. If you’re using something with questionable ingredients on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, you could be setting yourself up for serious health issues down the line. Even trace amounts of harmful chemicals can equal cancer and other diseases and disorders.
"Traditional sexual wellness products were made with men in mind and not with a woman’s needs or wants."
Anser: How was it becoming an entrepreneur and looking for funding and opportunities not only as a Black woman, but also in this “taboo” industry? Did you feel there were barriers and how did you overcome those?
Bea: Becoming an entrepreneur was one of those things that happened overnight. It has been a long, challenging but extremely rewarding journey. Looking for funding has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. There’s no way you can prepare for the levels of stress you undergo when you are searching for capital for your business.
I was relentless and am so glad I never gave up, as I have poured my entire mind, body and soul into this business. There are always barriers for anyone seeking money for their business but I didn’t let any of those barriers get in my way.
Anser: What have you learned about care and about sexual wellness/health as you’ve expanded the Honey Pot line to include new product lines?
Bea: I’ve learned that many consumers don’t really know their bodies as well as you would think.
I’ve also learned that traditional sexual wellness products were made with men in mind and not with a woman’s needs or wants. Many of the lubricants and condoms on the market can cause irritation and infection which is insane when you’re thinking about who the end users are.
You would think manufacturers would be concerned about this but most could care less. That’s why we are working hard to create offerings that take these issues seriously and give women and humans with vaginas better options.
"We love demystifing conversations around vaginas, menstruation, sexual health and other topics as they are all natural, normal aspects of life and nothing to be afraid of."
Anser: Honey Pot is disrupting the industry with the way you talk about your mission. How are you hoping that your/the company’s platform can change the conversation about vaginas and women loving their own “honeypots”?
Bea: Our mission is to make honeypots happy and healthy. We are here for all humans that own a vagina. We love demystifing conversations around vaginas, menstruation, sexual health and other topics as they are all natural, normal aspects of life and nothing to be afraid of.
Every time we discuss these topics via our social media or on our blog, we’re hoping to break down the stigma and to make everyone feel more comfortable discussing and learning about their vaginas.
Anser: Lastly, as a busy entrepreneur, how do YOU find time for self-care? What rituals are essential for you in your life to keep your cup full?
Bea: I practice self-care on a daily basis through my prayer time, working out, eating clean, relaxing and taking breaks to indulge myself when needed.