First off, before we dive into these insanely beautiful, gentle and efficacious honey skin care products from UK brand, Therapi Honey Skincare, I just want to briefly tell you about how cool bees are?! I interviewed Therapi founder, Tanya Hawkes, a few weeks ago for this piece, who in addition to being a skincare founder is also a bee keeper (read the full interview here) and I learned so much about the awe-inspiring beauty of these tiny creatures.
Each bee colony has one queen who lays the eggs. The male “drones” are the worker bees who gather pollen, make honey and support the colony. When the colony is big enough, the queen bee will fly away with a few other bees to go start a new colony and she leaves the old, strong colony for a the new virgin queen bee to take over. It’s like if your mom set up your house, stocked it with food and then left it for you to run. Pretty nice of her.
The new virgin queen only has one week of her life where she copulates (has sex)! Hopefully, that one week is pretty good… The bees swarm to reproduce and the virgin queen has bee sex with various drones as they fly in the air! After each male finishes…wait for it…his abdomen explodes and he dies! Knowing men, I bet they all flew around and watched each one of their friends die and then shrugged their shoulders and said, eh, I think I’ll still give it a try. Sigh, men.
Once the queen has enough bee sperm stored up in her abdomen (and had enough of exploding drones) she flies into the colony to lay eggs for the rest of her life.
Pretty AMAZING – IMO.
Also, bees can’t regulate their temperature, so in the cooler months they live in the hive in a sort of group hug similar to penguins. The bees on the inside will move to the outside in a continuously rotating fashion so they can stay warm and survive. So cute! I’m imagining this little “bee hug” going on right now while it’s still winter.
Okay, I could go on and on about the awesome-ness of bees, but we have to get to the products!
I am in love with Therapi Honey Skincare. It’s an organic skincare brand that uses sustainable bee practices to incorporate honey and propolis into their skincare. (Read more about the amazing benefits of propolis here.)
Honey, as you may know is antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin. And the line beautifully pairs this super ingredient with natural botanicals, like lemon myrtle, rosehip oil and neroli. Read on about the honey skin care products I tried and my review.
Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser
Skin type: Normal
Key ingredients: Honey, Aloe, Sweet Orange Peel, Bergamot
Why I love it: It’s SO gentle. Soothing and refreshing. This cleanser is great for skin types dealing with irritated skin issues, like rosacea or eczema. Your skin barrier will not be disrupted.
Tip: Best to use a makeup remover first, as this cleanser doesn’t have the power to remove a full face of makeup.
Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Hydrating Facial Toner
Skin type: Normal
Key ingredients: Witchhazel, Rose Water, Calendula, Jasmin, Neroli
Why I love it: It leaves skin feeling hydrated and soothed. I love to spray this throughout the day while I’m sitting at my desk toiling away at the blog.
Tip: Center it in the middle of your face and spray, then pat excess around face to avoid overusing and over spraying. It’s so good you might get spray happy.
Therapi Rose Otto Honey Moisturizer
Skin type: Dry/Mature
Key ingredients: Rose Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Honey
Why I love it: The cream is so lightweight, but you get a sealed in moisturized feel. Great for day or night if you have normal skin and day for dry skin, but you may want something richer for nighttime if you have dry skin.
Tip: Wait until the toner mist has absorbed before applying. If your face is too wet it’s a little difficult to rub into the skin.
Therapi Rose Otto Propolis+ Ultra Radiance Cream
Skin type: Dry/Mature
Key ingredients: Rose Water, Jojoba See oil, Rosehip Oil, Propolis, Honey
Why I love it: OMG. I love this cream! I recently saw one of those “clean swaps” on another site where they said that the clean swap for La Mer’s classic cream is May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon. Okay, that’s totally wrong. The Therapi Propolis Ultra Radiance Cream is the clean swap for La Mer! I was a longtime La Mer user back in the day and the richness, yet lightness of that cream is undeniable and this cream is definitely it’s organic doppelgänger.
Tip: Similar to the Rose Otto Moisturizer, this cream needs to be applied when the skin isn’t too damp otherwise it will be difficult to smooth over the face. I recommend you apply it once your skin has absorbed most of the toner. Warm the cream between your fingertips and then press onto face.
-by Amy Chang
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