Local. What does that mean to you? To me, it means community. These days, people are focusing more and more on buying local. Not only do they want to know where their food is coming from, they also want to know what ingredients are in the food they are eating. This focus has also taken hold of the beauty industry as well with consumers looking for beauty products that are more natural, use ethically and sustainably-sourced natural ingredients and also support community causes from recycling initiatives to charities. Essentially, we want to support a British beauty brand.
So, in the name of supporting all things local, I’ve been testing out some products from Bee Good – a British beauty brand who uses honey bee ingredients and blends them with naturally active botanicals to create a wide variety of skincare products. And I’m telling you that the universe really is a funny thing because recently I’ve been watching a lot of shows about bees and how important they are for pollenating crops for our food supply. With bee populations around the world in serious decline, it’s more important now than ever to support the bee industry. Because when all the bees are gone – we are in serious trouble! According to the Bee Good website, without bees over 1/3 of everything we eat would disappear! I even recently planted some wildflower seeds in my back garden just for the sake of the bees and would urge you to do the same.
Bee Good is also all about local. As a British beauty brand, they use British bee ingredients and British botanicals – working only with suppliers who responsibly source sustainable ingredients – hooray! They also only use products from the bees that are harvested with NO harm to the bees themselves, like beeswax, propolis and honey (as opposed to royal jelly or bee venom which leads to the death of the bees so major NO-NO). If you are looking for a cruelty-free beauty brand, Bee Good have also never tested on animals. The products also contain no synthetic colours and fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, parabens, SLS and SLES, phthalates or genetically-engineered ingredients. So basically in terms of local, we’ve ticked all the boxes.
But let’s talk about the products now shall we? The first product I’ve been using is the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser. I like to use this in the morning because it’s gentle to the skin so it’s a lovely wake-up call for my face. For obvious reasons as well I’m not having to take off my make-up when I wake up (because I NEVER EVER sleep in my make-up) so the cream cleanser is perfect for my morning skincare routine. It’s hydrating as well so it’s a great cleanser to start your routine because it doesn’t strip the skin, hence why it’s a good prep for the rest of your skincare products to follow. The Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser contains British propolis, British wildflower honey, British beeswax, British Crambe oil and British rapeseed oil. It also comes with a muslin cloth so you can use it alongside the cleanser to get rid of any impurities.
Now, I’m a huge fan of exfoliating my face because I think it’s the best way to get glowing skin. You don’t want dead skin cells accumulating on the skin and making it look dull. Get rid of them! I’ve been testing the Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator which is a super-gentle exfoliator that lifts dead skin cells up, up and away. It’s really gentle and non-abrasive so great for sensitive skin types too. The exfoliator contains milled lavender flowers to do the heavy scrubbing work as well as wheatgerm oil to soothe and moisturise and of course British propolis to help balance the skin. What’s not to love?
Following the cleansing and exfoliation, it’s then time to apply a serum. I never, ever skip serum so it’s a really important step in your skincare routine. The Bee Good Youth Enhancing Smooth & Prime Facial Serum is probably my favourite product in the range and the reason for that is because it is SO hydrating. On initial application this feels like a cream but it sinks in really quickly and does leave your skin feeling ultra-dewy and plumped. I also love the way it smells so again, I like to use this in the morning to wake up my face and my senses. This would be a great product to pack on a long-haul flight as well for extra moisture for the skin whilst in-transit. The reason why it leaves your skin dewy and plump is due to a cocktail of collagen-stimulating peptides (LOVE a peptide), hydrating British honey, balancing propolis, firming blackcurrant oil and larch extract which helps retain moisture in the skin.
This really does prime the skin for your next step which is the Bee Good Honey & Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser. This is a nice, lightweight moisturiser which is perfect for those who don’t like overly-heavy or rich moisturisers. This one is super light and absorbs in an instant. It’s a no-nonsense cream you can use day or night but I like to use during the day because it contains Vitamin E and British camelina oil which helps to protect the skin against environmental aggressors. Like the other products in the Bee Good range, it contains British honey, British propolis (balancing, anti-bacterial) and British beeswax.
And last but certainly not least (let’s call it the cherry on top) is the Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm. I absolutely love this lip balm – it smells (and tastes) heavenly with vanilla and honey. My lips have been so dry lately with this on-off again weather so this has been my lip saviour. I think it’s also great for an overnight treatment as well! It’s packed full of goodness with British beeswax, British crambe oil, British echium oil, British Borage oil, British wildflower honey and Vitamin E.
Have you ever tried a bee-friendly beauty range? I hope you will give Bee Good a try and support a British beauty brand!
*This is an advertorial collaboration with Bee Good but all opinions are my own, as always and this post was written with no editorial control but my own.