Although my yard still looks more or less like this:
it is starting to melt, and in a month or so, hopefully it’ll be all gone. And I can start to think about gardening.
Last year, I dug out the overgrown lavender plants that were woody and misshapen and replaced them with new ones. I’m hoping they survived this tough winter, but hopefully the heavy blanket of snow kept them safe. Just hope the plow didn’t dig them up.
At any rate, I love lavender because it smells so wonderful. Also, I use it to make sachets and in cooking. Plus the color is just great especially when paired with yellow-blooming plants. But most important is that bees love lavender, and the bees are in trouble. I love to plant plants that attract bees and butterflies to help sustain them both.
Because I love bees and all the good that they do, I was so happy when I was approached by the folks at Beessential to try their skincare products. Beessential Natural Skincare products started with a single hive. The owners discovered they loved beekeeping and the honey that the bees produced. From there, they decided to get more bees and produce skincare products made from beeswax, honey and other natural ingredients. Now, they have a wonderful line of bee-dependent skincare products including products for lips, hair and skin.
Here are all the goodies I was sent to try out:
I saw a review of Beessential Natural Skincare products online a few months ago, and I really wanted to try the products. And I love them even more than I thought I would. Check out the entire product line on the Beessential website.
Hand & Body Cream
As I have mentioned many times, I have super-dry skin. The Beessential Original Honey Hand & Body Cream is fabulous. It is thick but easy to apply, and it is extremely hydrating for my winter-dry skin. And I know it’ll be great in the summer too. I use it on my body after a shower and on my hands during the day. It is very long-lasting, and it’s fragrance-free.If you have dry skin, I strongly recommend trying this wonderful cream. It comes in two other scents/ingredient combos: lavender-bergamot and cucumber-green tea. It’s priced at $12.99.
Here are the details and the ingredients:
- A Fragrance Free Moisturizing Cream for hands, face and body
- Silk Proteins & Beeswax seal-in moisture
- Hydrating Honey
- Bee-derived Propolis Extract
- 7 Nourishing Moisturizers
- All Natural
- Paraben-Free Body Cream
Ingredients: Cupuacu Butter, Shea Butter, Squalene, Olive Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Honey, Propolis Extract (Bee-Derived), Isotearyl Isotearate (Vegetable Derived), Oleyl Oleate (Vegetable Derived), Silk Protein, Beeswax, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (Paraben-Formaldehyde Free Preservative) and Xanthan Gum
I carry all kinds of lip balms around with me and I have them all over the house. The Beessential Natural Honey Lip Balm smells like honey, and it is divine. It is thick and emollient. It is NOT grainy like some natural lip balms can be. Plus it stays on my lips for hours. The Natural Lip Balm is made with a blend of replenishing Virgin Olive and Coconut Oils, and moisturizing Beeswax, Aloe and Hemp. Here’s what Beessential has to say about it:
“This naturally deilicious Honey Lip Balm tastes as sweet as the honeycomb it came from and leaves no greasy residue. Honey is a natural humectant able to trap moisture for supple lips that last for hours. So, sit back and smile while others incessantly reapply this summer. With this un-bee-lievable formula of Beeswax, Olive Oil, Shea and Cupuacu butters, lips stay ultra-soft and hydrated.”
Ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Olive Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Propolis Extract, Honey, Natural Honey Flavor, Monk Fruit Extract.
It comes in a variety of flavors:
- Pure Honey
- Cinnamon-Clove O’Christmas
The Lavender-Lemon was a Total Beauty.com award winner.
The lip balms are sold individually for $2.99 or in tins of 5 either of the same flavor or in a variety pack for $14.95.
Natural Bar Soap
I know not everyone uses bar soap, but I happen to love it. I still find it handy and the easiest way to feel really clean. But fairly recently, I switched to a cream cleanser for my dry skin, and I was a little nervous about trying the black Dead Sea Mud Soap. Well, I was nervous for no reason. The Beessential Dry-Skin Fighting Dead Sea Mud Soap is the creamiest, most hydrating soap I’ve ever tried. The lather is amazing! This is what it looks like on my face…like a hydrating mask!
And though I always apply serum and moisturizer after cleansing, the Dead Sea Mud Soap doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry but supple and hydrated. It:
- Conquers dry skin
- Recommended for Acne, Psoriasis and Eczema
- Restores pH balance
- Gentle, mild.
Ingredients: Coconut, Olive, Palm, Shea Butter, Babassu, Beeswax, Castor Oil and Dead Sea Mud.
I use the My Big Fat Greek Yogurt and Honey Bar as an all-purpose body and face bar soap in the shower since the combo of yogurt, honey and juniper oil removes dead skin cells, hydrate and revitalize skin cells. I love this one too! Great lather and again, it leaves me feeling moisturized rather than dry.
Ingredients: Coconut, Olive, Palm, Shea Butter, Honey, Beeswax, Yogurt and Juniper Berry Essential Oil.
There are 7 different handmade, all-natural soaps to choose from here:
- Dead Sea Mud
- Greek Yogurt, Honey & Juniper Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Totally Hip Hemp & Lemongrass
- Oatmeal & Honey
- Lavender & Honey
- Mechanic’s & Gardner’s Soap.
Each bar is $5.99.
Do go to the website and check out the entire Beessential line of products. There are also SLS-free shampoo and conditioner and gentle body wash that are on my list to try next.
The folks at Beessential sent me some extra products by mistake. So I suggested that I host a giveaway, and they agreed. That was before I tried the products. Now, I don’t want to give the extras away, but I promised!!
No really, I’m happy to have the opportunity to run a GIVEAWAY of Beecology Hand & Body Cream, Bessential Dead Sea Mud Soap and Honey Lip Balm to one lucky winner to help get your skin and lips hydrated after a long winter!
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