Products that count honey as a main ingredient are making a big buzzzzz (see what I did there?) in the beauty industry. Using honey is an ingredient in skin care (and body care) products not only ensures the skin is well moisturised, but it also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial agent. I’ve mentioned the benefits of honey here on the blog before, but I’ll quickly mention them again in this blog post:
♥ Honey anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties which means it’s great for healing cuts and burns
♥ Honey is packed with nutrients and minerals i.e. Vitamin B, Copper, Iron, Calcium, Manganese & Potassium – which makes it perfect for treating problematic skin
♥ Honey contains Gluconic Acid (a mild Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that brightens the complexion
♥ Honey has a pH level of 4.5 which means it falls within the skin’s natural healthy range
♥ Honey acts as a humectant, that means it draws moisture into the skin
♥ Honey unclogs pores, slows down the aging process and gives the skin a healthy, natural glow
The new Bee Essential Remedies range from Rain Africa contains the goodness honey has to offer, all packaged in various products ranging from a Body Polish to a Sleep Balm. Rain Africa was kind enough to send me a parcel containing 3 of the 13 products currently in the range, and I’ve been using the products for the last couple of months (I received the parcel before the range launched to the public). I was stuck between immediately doing a blog post after I initially received the products, or doing a blog post after I had used the products for a good amount of time. The responsible blogger in me won, and that’s why I’m only doing this blog post now – because I wanted to test them out for at least a month or two (this means I can give you guys a holistic review on my experience with the products).
The photos you see below were taken when I first received the products, so they are unused.
Bee Essential Remedies Herbal Heel Balm is a heavy-duty, hydrating heel balm that softens and smoothes dry heels. I don’t really suffer from super dry, or cracked heels but this product was a life-saver during Winter for me. I do get your typical dry areas around the heel and big toe area, and using this balm sorted the dryness out in a flash. I am going to continue using this balm in Summer as well, because that is when you really want your heels and feet to be in tip top shape! A little goes a very long way when using this product, so it will last you for a very long time.
Some of the ingredients in the Bee Essential Remedies Herbal Heel Balm are: Olive oil, avocado oil, beeswax, shea butter, argan oil, rosemary leaf oil and peppermint oil. The scent of this heel balm is absolutely divine – fresh, herby with a peppermint twist. Say goodbye to dry, dull & stinky feet! I apply this heel balm at night before I go to bed, and have found that although it’s an oil-based balm, it absorbs quite quickly into the skin and doesn’t stain my sheets.
Tip: This heel balm works wonderfully with the Sorbet Moisture Infusing Socks as well.
Bee Essential Remedies Royal Jelly & Honey Body Lotion has a lightweight consistency that makes it perfect for the warmer months ahead. Royal Jelly increases the moisture content of the skin which in turn helps treat dry and damaged skin (not hard to believe, since it contains 134 nutrients). I enjoyed the scent of this body lotion as it is quite delicate – perfect for day-time use, since I like to wear perfume. I found the body lotion to be very runny, which probably makes sense since it is a body lotion and not a cream or butter, but I would have personally preferred if it were a bit thicker. The runny consistency made it a little bit messy to use, as the lotion would spill out every time I opened the tube. That is my only gripe with the product (and I mentioned this to Rain Africa), but otherwise I have really enjoyed using this lotion. I finished my tube about a week ago and it will be featured in an Empties video on my YouTube channel soon.
Bee Essential Remedies Warm Milk & Honey Lip Balm…hhhmmm… doesn’t that just sound heavenly? There are 3 variants in the lip balm range: Warm Milk & Honey, Pomegranate & Pear – and I must say, all of them sound delightful. The lip balm is a creamy, oil-based balm that smells like a baby. Yes, that’s right… You know that smell that everyone loves, the signature baby smell? The smell that makes you sniff a baby’s head whenever you get the chance? That’s it! It’s a comforting scent, a scent that warms the cockles of my heart.
The Warm Milk & Honey Lip Balm contains sweet almond oil, coconut oil (yum!), beeswax and honey (as well as a couple of other ingredients) and all these ingredients combined make this lip balm extremely moisturising.
I only ever use these types of lip balms that are in jar or tin form, at night (right before bed) when I know my hands are clean. By morning, my lips feel soft, supple and ready for lipstick!
I love the packaging of the Bee Essential Remedies range, it looks sophisticated and classy – well done, Rain Africa!
With Bee Essential Remedies products ranging from a Honey Scrub to Insect Balm, to even a Sunburn Salve, you’ll be covered from all angles this Summer!