Friday, November 7, 2014

BeeFriendly Skin Care Review + a Giveaway!

     Let's start with the fun stuff first!! Since I just realized this is post #11, that means I've reached 10 posts!! And I'm kind of excited about that. I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read this little blog of mine and I love reading your comments, they are the highlights of my day!! In celebration, I wanted to do a giveaway. Now, considering I just realized I hit 10 posts and had this idea this morning, I haven't decided what to giveaway yet, but I promise you'll love it. The giveaway will go live on Sunday, Nov. 9th around 9am PST and will end on Friday the 14th at 6pm PST. Contest is open to residents of US and Canada.  Look for an update on how to enter and the prize coming soon!! Thank you so much you guys!

Now, on to the review!

     Since I have dry skin I 'm always looking for something that will keep my skin happy and moisturized. In the winter it's even more difficult and I have to be really careful not to irritate my skin as it can be very reactive to certain things and flare up like a red balloon when I least expect it. Recently I purchased BeeFriendly Skin Care's Rejuvenating Face and Eye cream. I was pretty excited to try this as it is made with natural ingredients that I could find at home or a whole foods store.

     The ingredients as listed on the jar are purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with pollen and propolis, raw Pupukea honey, Vitamin E and Essential Oils. All of these ingredients excite me, and it says it's "handmade by beekeepers in Hawaii." Sign me up!

     From the label on the jar, this cream claims to "moisturize and repair your skin. It is gentle enough to use on the delicate tissue around the eyes. This all-natural rejuvenating cream reduces fine lines while protecting skin from harsh elements." Big talk for such a little jar!  However, my fondness for natural ingredients leaves me optimistic.  Vitamin E, olive oil, essential oils and beeswax are things I already use in my skin care routine. As I have very dry, sensitive skin, natural products that I already use mean that I'm less likely to have a reaction or sensitivity to a product.

     Since I do already use some of these ingredients, I didn't expect to see a significant difference from this product. That being said, I really like it. The yellow tint doesn't show up on your skin and the cream has a nice consistency. It blends well into my skin and it doesn't seem greasy or oily even with the olive oil and essential oils as ingredients. My skin feels smoother and healthier and doesn't seem to dry out as quickly during the day. It feels more supple. As it is mostly oils, you would want to wait a bit before applying makeup to let it absorb into your skin. Those with oily skin would only need the tiniest amount. 

     The ingredients listed above contained a few things that I didn't know much about. So I did some research. Bee pollen seems to have mixed reviews of being good for your skin, as does Propolis. Most of what I read mentioned it to contain anti-oxidant properties and other nutrients that are beneficial for your skin. What concerned me in my research was the warnings about the allergic nature of these two ingredients. It turns out a lot of people can be sensitive to bee pollen and propolis and when used on your face one could have a reaction. I use a few things in my skin care routine that other people are allergic to but it doesn't bother me at all while I am sensitive to things other people have no problem with. So I would take this with a grain of salt. Everyone's skin is different. 

     Fortunately, I did not have a reaction and only read this after I had been using it awhile. I wanted to mention it as a caution to others. I don't know how this type of sensitivity is related to an allergy to bee stings, but if you are allergic to bee venom or have extremely sensitive skin, I might avoid these ingredients. Overall, I did like the cream. It is a bit pricey for my spending habits, but it is blended together better than I ever could do at home. I'm not sure it's worth $30 but I would be open to trying similar products, maybe ones without bee pollen and propolis.

 Are there any natural skin care lines you use and recommend?

***Disclaimer: All items mentioned in this or future posts have been purchased by me, at my own expense unless otherwise noted. I am not affiliated with or sponsored by any company or brand so you can be assured my opinions are mine alone. My opinions are based on my own experience and independent research. 

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