Hey guys, so I know I've been slacking on the articles lately and I'm SORRY. I've been so busy with school and I was interviewing for a job here in the city. (Which, I'm pretty sure I didn't get, womp womp, I guess I'm doomed to the life of student debt for a little while longer!)
Anyway, I have been swamped and haven't had time but I'm really trying, I swear. So here is an article, and I hope you all like it. I'm currently sitting here nursing a cut on my finger that I got from trying to clean my juicer (I'm working on my own at-home, low-cost version of Cat's cleanse and it's already causing me injuries before I've even started. I actually feel like I'm gonna cry over the whole stupid situation, but whatever.)
Anyway, anyway ... I ramble. The point of this article is that the weather here just keeps getting better and better. Glorious, sunny days that are ready to bring leaves to the trees and fresh flowers everywhere and with all that comes adorable chirpy Disney-esque birds and my favourite, honeybees!
I haven't seen any yet but my sister saw one today (she texted me about it, she knows how much I love bees), and it's gotten me excited.
As I wrote in this article last Summer, I'm obsessed with honeybees and any beauty product that features honey as an ingredient. I also dig natural products with minimal ingredients because they're a) gentler on my super-sensitive skin and b) appeal to the hippie-dippy portion of my personality.
So when I heard about Beecology, an all-natural beauty brand started by the Rzepka family after they installed a beehive on their farm. Oh, hello dream life! I am so jealous. Once the bees started producing honey, they decided to use it as an ingredient in a line of products that includes lip balm, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.
And one of the bonuses, besides creating incredible smelling products that work wonderfully? They donate 10 percent of proceeds to Sweet Year, a charity that allows you to pick from various organizations and choose where your money goes to by entering a code found on each product. Pretty cool, yeah? It's always nice to pamper yourself and feel like you're giving back, too.
Here are some of my favourite products from Beecology, you guys should definitely check 'em out.
Buzz Balm Peppermint Lip Balm ($2.99, beecology.com)
As a beauty editor, I always have about 5 different lip balms circulating in my make-up bag at any given time, but this one has become a quick favourite that I keep reaching for, particularly because it has clove oil in it, a smell and taste that I am obsessed with. Along with coconut oil, cupuaçu butter and açai butter, it's super moisturizing and lasts and lasts.
Honey Oatmeal Morning Peppermint Soap ($5.99, beecology.com)
I'm usually not a huge fan of bar soap because I find it can be really drying, so I tend to stick to body washes. This bar soap however, is made with olive, palm and coconut oil, along with shea butter, honey (duh), oatmeal (for its skin soothing properties) and peppermint & grapefruit oils to wake you up. Hence the "morning" part of the name, it's great for those showers when you're half asleep. Super lather-y (is that a word?) and moisturizing. Ditto for their Honey & Peppermint Body Wash.
Original Honey Hand & Body Cream ($12.99, beecology.com)
I never shut up about it but I have seriously sensitive, allergy-prone, dry skin that breaks out in hives if I so much as use the wrong detergent. I like body lotions that are plain as anything, as long as they get the job done. This one is super creamy and sinks into your skin, getting rid of any dryness and smelling only faintly of honey and olive oil.
So who else (besides xoJane commenter BrooklynBee) is as obsessed with bees as me? Or maybe you can just tell me about the first signs of Spring you're seeing in your 'hood. How have you guys been celebrating this unseasonable warmth? (If it's still cold where you are, I'm sorry. Crank up the heat?)
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