Honey-based beauty

A tasty topping and a powerful infection fighter. Find out why honey-based beauty is so good for your skin says editor Trudi Brewer.

We all know we don't have a planet without bees, but did you the honey they produce is not only a terrific topping it’s also softening, smoothing, and even clearing for the skin? Editor Trudi Brewer shares all that is good from our humble bee in beauty.

 Burt’s Bees Chai Lip Tea Balm, $9.

Just the sweet treat your lips need on the daily. With 100 percent nourishing beeswax, with natural oils and butter such as Shea butter, almond oil, cocoa butter, and lanolin, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and black tea, and hints of clove. It tastes as delicious as a spicy mug of sweet Chai Tea.

 Pure Fiji Milk Bath Soak, $46.

A rich bounty of fresh coconut milk and South Pacific exotic nut oils that will help rejuvenate, and nourish dry skin, while you soak in the bath. To use, add 1/4 cup to running water, whip with your hand to form a creamy soak and relax. Pictured here Coconut Milk & Honey, there are six other scents.

Trilogy Hydrating Jelly Mask, $28.

Hydrating Jelly Mask is that hydrating drink of water your skin needs at the change of season. To restore skin radiance the blend of plant-derived hyaluronic acid, NZ moisturising manuka honey, nourishing rosehip oil, and NZ kawakawa extract soothe and instantly hydrate your face. Use it whenever your skin needs a hydrating boost.

Guerlain This Daily Repair Serum, $342. 

Packed with microbeads of royal jelly and pure black bee honey from the island of Ouessant, off the coast of Brittany. Offering essential ingredients for skin repair, from carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and vitamins, that absorb into the skin in seconds. Use morning and night.


The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, $49.

Light-weight with a hint of shimmery bronze to the skin, it contains community fair trade honey from Ethiopia and beeswax from Cameroon. This oil nourishes the skin and gives it a summer kissed glow.


Wild Ferns Manuka Honey
Facial Serum, $29.

Layered underneath day or night creams or used alone, the Manuka honey, and vitamins A, C, and E, sweet almond, rosehip and evening primrose oils are topped off with the luxurious royal jelly and bee pollen.


Bees Brilliance Kiwifruit & Activated Charcoal Mask, $55.

A natural purifying mask for oily skin thanks to the blend of Kiwifruit and activated charcoal. This mask will draw out dirt, oil, and toxins while the nourishing Manuka Honey helps to gives skin a radiant glow.


Snowberry New Radiance Serum, $85.

For am and pm, this lightweight anti-aging skin serum, is packed with homegrown New Zealand Kanuka Honey. Sporting a high tech protein peptide it’s like a moisture magnet for the skin to instantly hydrate your complexion.

Editor Trudi Brewer shares why honey is so good for our skin on TV3’s The Cafe with host Melanie Holmer.