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Beauty Guru: The Power of Honey

Geoffrey Rodriguez

From Cleopatra’s rumored honey and milk baths to a basic at-home remedy for a black eye, honey is as practical as it is sweet. A natural humectant—meaning, it attracts and maintains moisture—honey is widely used as a primary ingredient in a variety of skincare and hair products. Its powerful anti-oxidant properties are beneficial for soothing wounds, bruises and common skin irritations including dry skin and acne, while many advocates expect it to be the next breakthrough ingredient in commercial sunscreen products for its natural restorative properties and preliminary studies suggest that its bacteria-killing properties may prove to be a natural alternative medicine. Honey is a beneficial asset for DIY face masks or body scrubs, and its long shelf life makes it an essential household staple, but there are also plenty of pre-made products that spotlight its winning components. The following honey-based product suggestions are sure to please the senses as well as beautify your overall complexion from head to toe.

Burt’s Bees
After 25 years in business, Burt’s Bees is a thriving brand and one of the biggest “green” success stories in the beauty and cosmetics industry. This success can be attributed to a philosophy of creating simple, pure and highly effective products that are also affordable. A company that started off peddling a simple lip balm has now expanded to include a complete range of skin, body and hair care products as well as toothpaste and mouthwash. Standout items that have been infused with honey are the Honey Lip Balm, Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey and Bilberry Foot Cream and Honey and Shea Butter Body Butter.

Carol’s Daughter
Originally created in her own kitchen, began with founder Lisa Price selling her 100% natural, homemade beauty products by mail order from her home in Brooklyn during the early ‘90’s—thanks to encouragement from her mother, Carol. Today, Carol’s Daughter is a highly successful, award-winning beauty brand with a full range of highly specialized hair, face, body and bath products. The brand also offers some of the most delectable items that have been made with honey, including the divine Love Butter and Mimosa Hair Honey, which is ideal for hard to control frizzies as well as dry scalp.

Epicuren
Combining the finest natural ingredients with the most advanced technology, Epicuren is both a leading spa treatment line and a practical at-home product. Epicuren continues to expand its unique and revolutionary products by avoiding single method approaches and exploring new technology breakthroughs as they arise, assuring continuous growth and exploration within the company. Some of the brand’s most innovative products—including the deliciously enticing Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub, Propolis Elixir Herbal Tonic and the incredible Brazilian Propolis Shampoo and Conditioner—are each made with the honey.

Living Nature New Zealand
Living Nature New Zealand’s highly restorative and protective products are made from the purest 100% natural and sustainable ingredients found exclusively in New Zealand. The brand abides by the strictest standards of EU guidelines and is also accredited by the world’s leading independent auditor, Germany’s BDIH. Most significantly however, Living Nature New Zealand is one of the most effective natural beauty product and cosmetic lines. Manuka honey is one of the key main ingredients utilized in the company’s exquisite formulas, maximizing the elixir’s rich vitamins, nutrients, minerals and amino acids in standout products like the Soothing Moisturizer, Rescue Gel and Firming Flax Serum. Check out their website for informative videos about the brand’s philosophy as well as the unique ingredients that are utilized in each of their formulations.

Serge Lutens’ Miel de Bois
Lastly, a feature about honey bears mentioning Serge Lutens’ Miel de Bois, the oddly appealing fragrance that has a characteristically distinctive and sophisticated scent. True fragrance aficionados will certainly have room on their nasal tray for this cult classic. Upon first impression, the scent may seem rather heavy with its strong smell of sweet woods and honey, but once it breathes on the body it becomes uniquely personal to the wearer. And, like most of Lutens’ fragrances, Miel de Bois is uni-sex—granted, men should go somewhat easy on it, as it’s a rather sweet scent.

Final notes: If prone to hay fever or allergies particularly when traveling, try a spoonful of local honey upon arrival to your destination if possible. Bee pollen, which is believed to contain every essential food known to mankind, is also convenient to travel with and can be dissolved in tea or sprinkled on food to help pollen allergies.

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