My love for bees and the fruit of their labor will come as no surprise to those of you who have been with me since the beginning. For those of you who are new to Beautiful Basics, you should know that honey is like liquid gold to me. Honey just so happens to be delicious AND super good for the skin. I absolutely love the stuff!
When I came across Bee Naturals, a line of natural products made only with healthy ingredients that have specific therapeutic purposes, I just knew that I had to share with you! The woman behind the brand, Barbara Chappuis, originally created the Skin Crème Bars to protect her own dry, chapped hands from toxic substances found on the job in the hospital where she worked as a nurse. After lots of research and hard work she now has a full line of affordable personal care products that everyone in the family can use.
I have extremely dry and dehydrated skin under my eyes, and at age 26 I definitely have visible fine lines, so I have been using the Bee Naturals Queen Bee Peeper Keeper Eye Balm for a couple of months to keep the sensitive skin there hydrated. I really appreciate the fact that once applied it plumps up the area with moisture, helping to temporarily get rid of slight wrinkles, and keeps the skin looking very supple and fresh. It does not irritate my delicate eye area or cause milia. I have also used this as an all-over balm and really enjoy using it on other areas of my face. It comes in a .8 oz jar and a little of this stuff goes a very long way!
This balm is formulated with a short list of ingredients that is made up of Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Unbleached Beeswax, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Oil, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil and Oat Oil.
I also really enjoyed using the Queen Bee Milk Bath, a mixture of Epsom Salts, Dried Buttermilk, Dried Goats Milk, Cornflour, Colloidial Oatmeal, Dried Honey, Vanilla Powder, and Benzoin Powder. This powdered bath additive is so luxurious, skin softening, and is perfect for pampering yourself (or a friend! The bottle is adorable and would make a fantastic gift!). Did you know that Cleopatra used to regularly bath in milk and honey because she believed it would make her appear younger and more beautiful? It worked! In fact, she was known for her smooth and beautiful skin. Milk has natural acids that dissolve dead skin to reveal fresh, new skin. The Queen Bee Milk Bath leaves skin feeling silky smooth and totally renewed. It also smells very nice!
Dried Lavender Buds, Oatmeal, Kaolin Clay, Cosmetic Grade Pumice, Rose Clay, Spray Dried Honey, Propolis Powder, Jojoba Beads, and Rose Petal Powder come together to make up the Queen Bee Facial Polish. This powdered polish can be mixed with a base of liquid or crème cleanser, lotion, or plain yogurt to form an exfoliating paste. I actually prefer to use water even though it doesn’t say you can do so in the instructions. I don’t love the scent but it works well to remove dead surface layers of skin. I really love the shaker bottle it comes in. If you’re afraid of harsh facial scrubs then I would suggest this one because it is very gentle.
The final Bee Naturals product that I selected to test out is the Queen Bee Liquid Honey Skin Cleanser. It is made of Liquid Castille (Saponified Oils of Coconut and Olive, Aloe Vera Gel and Rosemary Oil Extract), Honey, Glycerin, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Lavender Essential Oil. I was hoping I would be able to use this on my face but it proved to be a little too harsh for my super sensitive skin. It makes a fantastic body wash though! It has a very thin consistency that I like a lot because it makes it extremely easy to use.
You can learn more about the company and their product offerings by visiting their website here.