Happy Friday everyone! Hope you’ve all been enjoying all the public holidays lately and getting absolutely no work done :)
Some of my most vivid childhood memories are ones of me trying out beauty products/concoctions with my gran and mom. I loved trying out everything I read in magazines, including those dodgy DIY masks that all teen mags seem to feature recipes for. One such ‘recipe’ told me to put pure honey on my face. And being the unquestioning young lass that I was, I did just that. I still remember watching TV with my mom (her strangely enough preferring a fancy Gatineau mask over my kitchen DIYs) and feeling honey dripping down my face onto my clothes, the couch, etc.
Although I never attempted that one again, I’ve always loved using beauty products that contain honey. Honey is a popular ingredient in cosmetics because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for blemished or sensitive skin.
Here are a few of my favourite honey-themed products…
Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask (R125, or free when you return 5 Lush pots)
Before Em’s wedding, I went into Lush to pick up my favourite face mask Catastrophe Cosmetic. It was out of stock due to a blueberry shortage (that’s an odd sentence) and so I decided to try out their latest offering, Brazened Honey. This mask promises to revive your skin and keep it looking smooth and glowy. It contains kaolin to draw out dirt, warming spices to boost circulation (which I was worried would irritate my skin, but they didn’t), honey to moisturise, and almonds to exfoliate. It leaves my skin deeply cleansed and looking healthy. I still prefer my Catastrophe Cosmetic, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone with combination skin or skin that’s feeling a bit sluggish after one too many late nights.
The Body Shop Honeymania Bath Melt and Body Butter (R160 and R140)
This is my favourite Body Shop range. I think they’ve nailed the fragrance, and I’m so happy that South African stores now stock the perfume too. The bath melt is similar to honey in texture, so it can be drizzled into running water for a delicious-smelling bubble bath. The body butter is creamier and less greasy than other Body Shop body butters, and seems to absorb more easily too. If you find body butters too heavy but still have dry skin, give this one a go.
Lush Honey Trap lip balm (R85)
I am a bit of a lip balm hoarder, and this is one of the very few that I repurchase. Honey Trap contains beeswax, white chocolate, oat milk, shea butter and a lovely combination of oils to soothe and rehydrate dry lips. I use this every day and find I don’t need to reapply often as it keeps my lips moisturised for ages. However it might not be heavy-duty enough for those with severely chapped lips. For you lovelies I’d recommend…
Nuxe Reve de Miel (R150 from Truworths)
Jodi introduced me to this lovely lip balm when my lips were raw and throbbing after an allergic reaction to another product (so sore!). It helped heal them and I’ve been a devotee ever since. This is much waxier than other lip balms, and so lips are protected for longer by the barrier that the balm creates between your lips and the elements. This product is perfect for Winter and for anyone who really struggles with chapped lips.
Good Stuff Bee Natural Shower Gel (R17.95 from Pick n Pay and DisChem)
This budget buy smells absolutely amazing, keeps your skin soft and is cheaper than a toasted cheese. What more could you ask for?
Do you have any favourite ingredients that work for you? I’d love some more honey product recommendations too! Hit us up at @smudgedbeauty or in the comments.