As National Honey Month comes to an end, I’m sad to see it go. Honey is one of my favorite things – maybe it’s because of my name, maybe it’s because it tastes great, but nonetheless – I love it. Oddly enough though, I’m allergic to bees – deathly allergic, like anaphylaxis allergic, so as much as I love the beautiful sweet nectar these creatures create, I observe the beauty from a distance. I digress though… let’s chit chat Honey. So – September is National Honey Month, a celebratory and promotional month/event that is held annually during the month with a purpose to promote US beekeeping. The beekeeping industry is so important in that honey is used as a natural and beneficial sweetener. But, now a days there is honey in all kinds of products and today I’m going to share with you a few of them that I’ve been loving lately.
September was selected as National Honey Month as an awareness month initiated by the National Honey Board in 1989. September is significant for honey producers as it is the month that marks the end of the honey collection season for many beekeepers in the United States. Different types of honey are used in various products like skin care and hair (it’s not just for food any longer) and it’s one of my favorite ingredients in my skin care routine. Since honey is naturally antibacterial, it’s great for treating and preventing acne. It’s also full of antioxidants to help aid in slowing down aging and is extremely moisturizing and soothing giving your skin a gorgeous glow. I am constantly on the hunt for products that have honey so I’m sharing with you two brands that have caught my eye lately.
beelove offers a variety of natural skin and body care products from lotions and lip balms to body creams, scrubs and shower gels. Each product has the sweet fragrance of honey – soft and not overpowering and I absolutely love that they are handcrafted in batches.
beelove Replenish & Soften, Soften & Restore body lotion (net wt. 9 oz. / $17.00 – $4.00 for the smaller size): is an all natural skin moisturizer and conditioner. It has a lighter formula than the body cream and absorbs easily into the skin leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft. This is my every day moisturizer since I’ve started using it and is what I use after washing my hands or the dishes to help revitalize my hands and cuticles. It’s been perfect for my sensitive skin and I look forward to using it during the winter months when my eczema usually flares up.
Ingredients: distilled water, shea butter, hydrolyzed silk protein, wheat germ oil, meadowfoam seed oil, avocado oil, rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, aloe, emulsifying wax nf, vegetable glycerin usp, stearic acid, vitamin E, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol, to which we add our signature beeloveTM scent.
beelove Polish & glow honey and brown sugar scrub (net wt. 8 oz. / $19.00): is the perfect skin pampering treat. The raw brown sugar crystals gently smooth away dry, dull skin cells to reveal fresh energizing skin and a healthy glow. This scrub is very gentle and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft as well as moisturized. I love using this scrub on my feet and toes and on places like my elbows and knees for a great exfoliating treatment without a harsh scrub.
Ingredients: raw sugar, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, beelove honey, vegetable glycerin, tocopherols (vitamin E), polysorbate-20, and our signature beelove scent
beelove Nourish & Smooth Body Cream (net wt. 8 oz / $22.00): This is definitely going to be one of my favorite fall and winter products. This body cream is silky and rich and so moisturizing for my skin. I absolutely love it. It’s what I use on my knees and elbows and all my dry areas to help hydrated the skin and leave it silky smooth and soft. This cream is made with natural honey, 35% shea butter and silk protein to condition the skin, soften and deeply moisturize. It also helps to tone the skin and add a full hydration treatment to quench your skin’s thirst. I use this cream after getting out of the shower at night. It does it’s magic immediately but when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels absolutely silky smooth and I love it.
Ingredients: distilled water, shea butter, evening primrose oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, rose hip oil, hydrolyzed silk protein, vegetable glycerin usp, emulsifying wax NF, citric acid, vitamin E, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol: a mild blend of paraben and formaldehyde FREE preservatives, and our signature beelove™ scent.
What’s so great about beelove is that they also harvest their own honey to create their products. Their worker bees are treated with the utmost care and respect since Honeybees are responsible for pollinating 70% of U.S. food crops, yet 30% of the U.S. honeybee population have disappear in just five years they work to keep them thriving. beelove keep their bees far from the harmful pesticides of corporate agriculture and only take half of the honey from the bees, leaving them an ample food supply. Their honey that they harvest is wild and raw with a taste and feel you’ll love and that is what goes into the luxurious skin care products.
The next brand and goodies on my list are from Savannah Bee. Savannah Bee Company grew out of the founders passion for bees, beekeeping and honey. Their specialty honey is the culmination of a 35 year search for the world’s best. Their beauty products delivery real benefits derived from treasured hive ingredients – beeswax, royal jelly, propolis and honey. I talked about Savannah Bee in a previous post last year featuring their Royal Jelly Body Butter (you can read about it here) and it’s still a favorite as you can see. I have recently been introduced to the Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion and Honey Body Wash and I knew I just had to share them each with you. Let’s chit chat about them, shall we?
Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion ($9.99 / net. wt. 8 fl.oz.) is available in 5 scents – Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, Orange Blossom, Unscented and Tupelo Honey. The Tupelo Honey is my favorite, but I was able to try the lemongrass spearmint this time around and I like the invigorating scent it offers. It has a fresh and earthy type of fragrance. Each body lotion contains aloe vera, coconut oil and honey to help nourish and hydrate your skin. It’s non-sticky, which I love and the travel size fits perfectly in my purse for on the go. My skin is always smooth and feels soft after using anything from Savannah Bee.
Ingredients: purified water, organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetearyl alcohol, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, cetyl esters, natural fragrance, natural BEESWAX (cera alba), vegetable glycerin, glyceryl oleate, lauryl laurate, HONEY (mel), xanthan gum, glyceryl caprylate, sodium levulinate, potassium sorbate, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, & sodium phytate (from rice bran)
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash ($12.50 / net. wt. 8 fl.oz.) is available in four awesome scents – Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, Orange Blossom and Tupelo Honey. This body wash includes honey which is a nourishing, but gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates your skin so it’s a great little skin treatment for the whole body. The body wash is formulated with 100% all-natural ingredients and contains no parabens or petroleum. I love the Tupelo Honey fragrance and it leaves my skin feeling clean, moisturized and smooth.
Ingredients: water, cocamidopropy betaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, decyl glucoside & disodium coco-glucoside citrate & sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, natural fragrance, glycerin & ROYAL JELLY (raw), pca glyceryl oleate, HONEY, d-panthenol (provitamin b5), PROPOLIS extract, sodium levulinate, potassium sorbate, sodium phytate ( from rice bran), & annatto fruit extract
So while I sit here sipping on my tea and honey for the day, I remind you that Honey is such a fun and exciting product. Honey never spoils when it’s sealed, but raw honey may crystalize. You can gently restore honey by placing the jar in warm water – do not microwave or boil. Honey is the oldest natural sweetener and has been found in many ancient civilizations, being utilized to treat various skin and beauty treatments, health ailments and so much more. And, what I think is the coolest part about Honey is that it’s color and flavor vary based on source of nectar and the season… you could say – it’s based on the mood… just like me, it can be sweet, bitter or perfect at a moments notice… lol.
You can purchase or learn more about the products I mentioned in this post at the following sites:
http://www.beelovebuzz.com/#beelove and http://savannahbee.com/.
If you are allergic to honey – I’m so sorry about that. But if you’re not, I highly suggest looking into honey for your skin care needs as well as all your foodie love. Happy honey beekeeping and Happy Honey Month!
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.