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 Hi Beautiful! My name is Kassie and I’m a 27 year old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty, being green, and writing which is why I started Beautiful Basics. In this blog you will find my thoughts on natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends.

I’m not an expert or a professional but I have learned a lot about beauty and skin care by experimenting and teaching myself.

I like to keep this blog as positive as possible. I love testing out products but I only write about the ones I love.

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I also have a blog that chronicles my life living with chronic illness.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Talk About It - BeeAlive Spa Essentials

I feel like this can go without saying, since I have said it an innumerable amount of times in past blog posts, but I love anything and everything made with honey and other bee ingredients. BeeAlive is a family-owned business located in Valley Cottage, New York that specializes in premium products like Royal Jelly and dietary supplements. This past spring, the company launched a new all-natural and handcrafted skin care line called BeeAlive Spa Essentials which is comprised of a cleanser and 2 crèmes that I will be reviewing for you today.

Their Foaming Honey Cleanser is the perfect daily facial cleanser. It's gentle yet effective enough to thoroughly cleanse all skin types. It is very hydrating and nourishing although it doesn't leave skin feeling heavy or oily. It doesn't leave my skin feeling tight either. It even leaves my skin looking brighter and more radiant. It comes in a 6 fl oz bottle with a pump so it is easy to use twice daily. All it takes is one pump to create enough foam to clean the entire face and neck. Its ingredient list is comprised of only 8 ingredients - aloe leaf juice, distilled water, honey, cocamidopropyl betaine (which is derived from coconut), aloe leaf extract, apple cider vinegar, lavender oil, geranium oil, and green tea leaf extract. The only thing I don't like about this cleanser is the scent of geranium. For whatever reason I hate the smell of geranium in any product, but since it also has lavender it is tolerable.

The first of the 2 crèmes is the Delicate Royal Jelly Crème. This formula was created for normal to oily skin. It was also designed to counteract the visible signs of aging. It is lighter than the other formulation, which I'll get to next, so it is perfect for daytime use and it works wonderfully under a full face of makeup. It provides a very light level of moisture but most days it is plenty. This crème includes ingredients like aloe leaf juice, lavender flower distillate, sunflower seed oil (that has been infused with calendula, chamomile, oat straw, nettle and raspberry leaf), apricot kernel oil, royal jelly, beeswax, propolis, honey, elderberry and other skin beneficial ingredients. There are some days though when my skin is a little dehydrated and needs a heavier crème to combat the dryness which is where their other moisturizer comes into play.

For normal to dry skin the Enriching Royal Jelly Crème will be the perfect match. It also works well as a nighttime crème which is my favorite use for this formula. This creme is very rich and provides the skin with an intense level of hydration without being too thick or sticky feeling. This is my favorite out of the 2 because I prefer heavier formulas. This is a lovely creme and will delight even the driest skin out there. I even occasionally use this in addition to the Delicate version on my really dry patches and they work nicely together. This formulation includes many of the same ingredients at the Delicate Royal Jelly Crème but also features shea oil, rhodiola and rose hip extract. Both come in a very nice glass bottle.

To learn more about the company or the products mentioned please visit their website.

(FTC: These products were so generously provided to me for review consideration by the company. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thought and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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