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Lucy Buckingham

At just 24-years-old, Lucy Buckingham has managed to turn one rather unusual, yet highly delicious, product into a fitness foddie must have.

Well, she is the founder of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil

Having been diagnosed as a coeliac at a young age, eating a well-balanced, healthy diet always ranked very highly on her to do list and it’s this love and passion for wellbeing that has been the driving force behind her coconut oil empire.

She is also an avid gym fan who loves nothing more to get her strength on at the TRX and making sure her cardio is up to scratch through intense HIIT sessions with her PT, Karl.

Of course, her number one passion is food so when she’s not sprinting her way to fitness success or simply taking her dogs for a long walk, she’s a very busy businesswoman looking for new and innovative ways to get the goodness of your favourite Coconut Oil into your daily diets.

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We spoke to Lucy to find out what it takes to set up one of the most successful fitness foodie brands in the UK, how she manages to even find time for the gym and just what is so special about coconut oil in the first place…

(P.S. if you’re in need of a Lucy Bee Coconut Oil fix, good news is you can buy it from yours truly…

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Hi Lucy, thank you for taking the time to talk with us, let’s kick things off with an easy one – who are you and what’s your day job?

Hey, I’m Lucy! I’m 24 and a qualified beauty therapist with a passion for all things to do with healthy living and fitness and that’s where Lucy Bee comes in….. I work alongside my family and family friends at the Lucy Bee office!

Where did the inspiration for Lucy Bee come from?

I was diagnosed a coeliac when I was 18 months old. This meant my parents had to check every ingredient and food that I was eating to make sure I wasn’t eating gluten. They already had an interest in eating healthily so from then on decided to make everything from scratch, using organic ingredients where possible.

As you can imagine, growing up in this environment meant that I, too, became interested in and aware of the healing power of foods.

Then in 2007, a friend from Hong Kong gave us a jar of unrefined coconut oil and we soon realised that this was the missing piece to our puzzle of healthy, nutritious foods. My dad already imported a brown rice pasta, (Rizopia), so we decided to look at sourcing coconut oil so we could share our new found passion with everyone!

You used to work as a beauty therapist before you founded Lucy Bee – what was it like switching careers?  Daunting or incredibly exciting?

I’m lucky in that I work from home so I arrange my week so that I can still see my beauty clients one day a week. I used to do more but with Lucy Bee getting busier and busier by the day I find that this arrangement works best.

The beauty side of things sits quite naturally with Lucy Bee (which has both cooking and beauty uses!) so the cross over from beauty to Lucy Bee seems to be an easy one really. Plus the added bonus with Lucy Bee is that I’m really just doing what I do naturally anyway ie. Living a healthy life!

It’s very exciting seeing how quickly things are changing with the company and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

What do you love most about your job now?

Every day is different - one minute we are in stores sampling Lucy Bee and chatting with people, then the next day we could be in the office writing blogs, taking photos, getting creative in the kitchen and exploring new ideas and products.

It’s great because it’s moving so quickly and there are always new exciting things happening! It’s also very inspirational as our followers on social media keep me motivated and positive.

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Tell us more about coconut oil – what makes it so special?

Coconut oil is a natural replacement for processed oils in cooking, but not only that you can use it as a beauty product too.

It’s so versatile and when I start to reel off all the ways you can use it to newbies or friends I’m sure half of them think I’m making it up!

Coconut oil is a saturated fat but not all fats are equal. It’s what’s known as a medium-chain fatty acid(MCFA), that the body uses efficiently, and is made up of 48% lauric acid (which is found in a mother’s breast milk). Lauric acid is antibacterial, antifungal and also an antioxidant. It’s also worth noting that coconut oil contains no cholesterol.

As a natural beauty product, coconut oil is high in vitamin E and contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It’s great for pets too and you can also do really random things with it like fix dodgy zips, grease garden sheers and even help a squeaky printer!

Your coconut oil has become a HUGE must have ingredient for fitness fans, gym goers, bodybuilders and athletes - Is it really as healthy for you as everyone says it is?

It really is a must-have in my eyes.

As I mentioned above it’s a natural replacement for processed oils in cooking. I’d recommend googling the benefits of medium-chain fatty acids so you’re in a position to make your own informed decision.

We only use organically grown coconuts and it’s raw too (meaning minimal heat max. 45C is used during the cold press extraction).

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You’re known for ethically sourcing your coconut oil – why is this important to you?

This has always been something that is very important to us as a company and when looking into importing coconut oil this was one of the key factors for us, alongside being raw, organic and extra virgin.

It’s a great feeling knowing that we and our customers are helping to improve the lives of our producer families. We are benefiting from using their beautiful oil and in return we are helping them have a better life. The oil would be exactly the same whether we bought it Fair Trade or not but we choose Fair Trade.

So far with our Fair Trade contributions, we have helped pay towards two wells for fresh, clean water, solar powered panels in their one-roomed wooden homes and school scholarships for children.

Some say it’s like chocolate in that it changes flavour depending on production or where it’s grown – is this true?

Some say chocolate - I say wine!

Yes it is true that coconut oil tastes different depending on the extraction method used and where the coconuts are grown.

Lucy Bee Coconut Oil is an unprocessed, raw, unrefined, organic, cold pressed oil from either the Philippines or the Solomon Islands – just to mention here that we never blend our oil either and the country of origin is always stated on the label.

The taste between unrefined coconut oils can vary from a mild to a richer coconut flavour and aroma and I’ve found that the packaging can also affect this too. We only use recyclable glass for Lucy Bee Coconut Oil. We’ve had fun testing different oils to see how they taste and which we like best!

Then again, some coconut oils are heavily processed as they’re produced from copra and need to be refined, bleached and deodorised but this isn’t something that we’ll offer.

What’s the most unusual thing you can do with coconut oil?

Probably taking eye make-up off - people definitely look at me like I am going (coco)NUTS when I start telling them how good it is for removing make-up - even waterproof mascara!

Favourite clean recipe?

This is difficult as I love mixing up my meals.

I’m currently loving courgetti mixed with brown rice if I’m really hungry, with a home- made pesto added to it along with prawns or chicken.

I’m always a fan of cacao and I have a delicious recipe for a dairy free mousse that is completely clean with avocado, cacao, dates and banana. It’s amazing!

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A little birdy told us you’re a fan of the gym – what’s your favourite type of workout – cardio or weights?

I exercise with our PT Karl. He’s great and is sso motivating and positive. A session with him is always a great way to start the week.

We do a lot of TRX, which I love. I’m also a fan of getting outside and going on walks/jogs or doing a quick HIIT then doing some arms and legs - I’m a bit of a ‘randomer’ in the gym!!

Top 5 tracks you MUST have on your gym playlist?

I love all sorts of music but I listen to a lot of the Arctic Monkeys or Deep House, some old R n B, or some Motown!!  

Sorry to be boring but I can’t name 5, I’m a bit out of the loop of new music to exercise to as I am having trouble with my phone at the moment so haven’t got any music on there! 

You’re an incredibly busy 20-something – how on earth do you find the time or the motivation to gym AND run a mega company?

I always get up early; I find it hard to sleep in past 8.15. So, I make the most of that and always do my workouts in the morning, I find this best for me as it gives me a clear head and makes me super energetic and positive for the day ahead!

I’m not someone who can exercise in the evening as I love to chill out and cook some nice food!

I’m lucky too with Lucy Bee as we’re a team so it’s not just me, which is great!

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It must be tough keeping on top of a healthy lifestyle too – what are your top three tips for doing so?

 get asked this a lot but it really isn’t hard as this is just how I normally live!

As cheesy as it sounds Lucy Bee is my life so it’s not hard to keep on top of staying healthy - everything I eat or drink I would naturally post on social media and it’s how I have lived all my life so I really haven’t found it a challenge at all.

I have always cooked food when I worked away from home, or my parents did, so it’s just the same as always. Obviously I enjoy myself still and I think that’s important - as mentioned above, I am 24 so of course still go out with friends at the weekend and tuck into not so healthy meals once in a while…. I’m only human! But my three tips would be;

  1. When cooking food, for example sweet potato, make double the amount so you can use the leftovers for a quick meal such as an omelette in the morning for work. I always make extra and leave it in the fridge so I have healthy go-to food.
  2. If you struggle with keeping hydrated, try adding ginger, mint, strawberries and lemon to your water to make it taste amazing and get your 2 litres in without too much effort!
  3. Plan ahead – I really recommend trying to think ahead. See what you have on and plan what you will need for that day. I make energy balls or treats for when I have a sweet tooth so I don’t end up going crazy and eating something I shouldn’t.

How has your outlook on health and fitness changed since you founded Lucy Bee?

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It hasn’t changed much because I’ve always lived like this but what Lucy Bee has done is to keep me motivated and wanting to be the best I can, especially with all the motivation from our social media following.

It’s amazing how much you learn every day just by talking to different people. 

Everyone has their own special something to offer which is really motivational. It’s also made me more interested in cooking and becoming a great cook. I have always cooked to eat, as silly as that sounds but now I love experimenting and making a mouth-watering recipe rather than just something to eat to give me nutrients and keep me full!

What’s next for you and Lucy Bee?

We are always looking at new products and have a few coming out soon which we are very excited about. We also have the cook book out now which is VERY exciting!

Also, having a background in beauty, I would be really keen to look into natural beauty products!

So, watch this space…

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’m very fortunate that I get to make my hobby my living. Being able to share my passion for coconut oil and healthy living in general with our many wonderful followers, it means a lot to me so I’d really like to thank them for their continued support and inspiration.

Last but not least, my favourite quote is:

Every time you eat or drink, you’re either feeding disease or fighting it.