Bees Beauty – Skin care with honey

Albert Einstein is said to have once formulated the importance of bees drastically: After the disappearance of the bee from the earth, man would have only four years to live. In fact, the importance of insects and honey can hardly be overestimated. Not only for the pollination of plants and thus the preservation of nature, but also for beauty.

Luxury brand Valmont pays homage to the bee with its “Essence of Bees” product line: at a time when insect mortality is rampant and all the negative consequences of this are not yet fully foreseeable, the Swiss cosmetics company is reflecting on all the good that bees produce: Honey, propolis and royal jelly. The essence of the products from the hive are ingredients of the latest collection of “L’Elixir Des Glaciers”.

Honey is a highly effective moisturizer; the resinous propolis has antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal effects and is thus a remedy for skin diseases; and royal jelly, the food juice with which honey bees raise their queens, is rightly considered the most precious product from the hive. It has a regenerating effect and was already considered an immortality potion by the ancient gods in Olympus.

Living Nature “Bee Venom Mask”, from about 10 euros. Yope has launched the “Help save the bees” campaign. The Shower Gels contain honey extracts.

Now all these natural raw materials are used as absolute high-end cosmetics. Whoever buys the three-month cure “Cure Majestueuse” holds in his hands not only valuable care, but also art: The three ampoules are delivered in a wooden casket, one of which is adorned with an 18-carat gold-plated cover reminiscent of honeycomb. The goal of “Cure Majestueuse,” which combines the top performance of a serum with the sensuality of an oil with a light finish, is clearly defined: In the first month, lipid reserves are to be restored, in the second month skin structures are strengthened, in the third month everything is focused on a harmoniously balanced skin.

Cosmetics with honey, Marina Jagemann

“Masque Majestueux Votre Visage” by Valmont, from about 350 euros

The “Masque Majestueux” is a massage mask that revitalizes, moisturizes and softens the skin. The “Serum Majestueux Vos Yeux” completes the care routine: The lifting serum tightens the eye area and makes the look more awake and radiant.

Cosmetics with honey, Marina Jagemann

“Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil” by Guerlain, from about 74 Euro

The fact that honey is a precious raw material that cannot be taken for granted is something that other beauty companies are also becoming increasingly aware of. Many therefore support beekeepers and thus bees. The Body Shop supports organic beekeeping in Ethiopia, Guerlain on the island of Ouessant and a bee project in Nantes.

One man who realized years ago that it pays to rely on bees is New York photographer Burt Shavitz. In the seventies he moved to the country and became a beekeeper; in 1991 he founded the cosmetics brand Burt’s Bees, the market leader for sustainable natural cosmetics in the USA.

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