Self-trust and Skin Care

How can I use skincare to practice self-trust?

When it comes to natural skincare there is no right or wrong way of doing it. You can’t get it wrong by experimenting. Trust your skin and trust your body. It’s the perfect opportunity to strengthen your self-trust muscles.

This weekend we had our Bee Sensual stall at the annual Mangonui Festival. It’s the one time of year that I get to enjoy face-to-face time with customers, hear wonderful feedback and also get some interesting questions. People often ask things like:

‘How should I use the products?’

‘When do you use this one, and can you use it with that one?’

‘Do I need the whole range for it to work?’

Those questions inspired me to write this post on trusting what your skin and body tells you. Take every opportunity you can to practice self-trust, because the stronger it gets the easier so many decisions in life become (from the big to the small). Each and every one of us is different. We have different genes, different internal health systems, different body types and all that affects what our skin enjoys. A 1-2-3 step routine might work for you, and not for me, or rich moisturisers might work for me, but not you. And that’s OK. That’s normal.

For example, people are often really surprised at how light our Rejuvenating Oil feels on their skin, and how it leaves no oiliness or residue, just a silky feeling afterwards. So, instead of thinking oil won’t work for your skin, try it out. See what happens. What does your skin tell you? Do you enjoy the feeling of using it? The texture of it on your skin? Try to dig underneath the concepts around oil that you may have had/been told for a long time to what your body is telling you.

Who’s really deciding what skincare you use?

It’s so easy to get caught up in what the media is telling us about how we should look after our skin, and what our skin should look like! You need x for this and y for that and z for the other part. I get it. It’s all around us, that sometimes it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype. I’m afraid to say though, that most of what they tell you is driven by the desire to entice you to want more. Their business relies on you thinking that you need more, because then your skin will look just so, and then you will have less wrinkles or pimples or blemishes… (but that’s a whole other blog on its own 😉).

I know, it sounds funny coming from me, because I’m also selling a skincare range. The difference is, I don’t want you to buy the whole range just because you think you should. I want you to buy products and use them because you love using them. Because you love the way they feel on your skin and also the way they make you feel. Or the ingredients sound wholesome and nourishing to you. I want you to notice the scents and enjoy them, maybe smile and breath deeper every time you use them. Or maybe you find yourself in just that one moment as the sensual experience brings you into the here and not. You might even feel inspired to send some gratitude to that part of your body.

I digress. I get carried away talking about this stuff and could go on and on, but the moral of my story is, what you use on your skin is another perfect opportunity for practicing self-trust. To tune into what your body wants. Not what someone else says it should want, or what you think you should use. But what do you want?

Simple self-trust exercise:

Let’s try it out now. Think about a particular product that you’re using. Picture yourself opening it, putting the mixture into your hand and then applying it to your face or body. How does it make you feel? To dive deeper, shut your eyes, take a deep breath in, and if you feel moved, put your hand on your tummy. Keep breathing and feel how your body feels. Does it feel flighty and jittery, rushed, ambivalent or calm and grounded.

Calm and grounded is one of the ways that your body gives you a yes. Or a smile, or some joy bubbles in your chest maybe. If you feel ambivalent or turn up your nose slightly because the smell’s not quite for you, that’s a no.

This short exercise is a simple, yet powerful way to tune into self-trust, that you can use next time you’re buying a cosmetic product (or anything for that matter). Are you buying it because of the great marketing, or are you buying it because it feels right for you? Right for the one and only unique and beautiful you? Only you can answer that question, and your body can help you with the answer.

Let me know if you’ve ever done this or ways in which you’ve strengthened your self-trust muscles when it comes to decision-making xx

5 Tips for Winter Skin

Looking after your winter skin

With the cold of winter setting its frosticles in up here in the Far North, it’s not only our clothing that changes but also our precious skin. When it’s cold the air is dryer (especially if you’re in snowy regions), and therefore our skin becomes dryer. Moisture escapes our skin cells, and things like wind and central heating can exacerbate this process.

When you’re choosing a moisturiser, please remember that natural is best! You don’t want one with drying ingredients like paraffin (BP wax, petrolatum), mineral oil, isopropyl ‘anything’, or alcohol to be near the top of the ingredients’ list – they will do your winter skin no favours.

Enjoy these 5 simple things you can do to help nurture your winter skin…

  1. Gentle Exfoliation
    coffee-scrub-winter-skin-bodyGentle exfoliation is the perfect way to remove the top layer of dry cells and make it easier for your moisturiser to sink in and protect the softer layer of skin underneath. Gentle is the key. Coffee or pumice is great on your body, but not on your face, unless of course it’s super super fine. One of the most moisturising and gentle scrubs for the face is oats/oatmeal. Something like honey or almond meal is great too. Our Face and Body Scrub has fine particles of walnut shell which, when mixed with water provide gentle exfoliation for your whole self. Remember your dear lips in this process!
  2. Rich moisturisers
    In summer you might get away with a light moisturiser, but at this time of year you need to be feeding those lower layers with good natural oils. And if your skin is feeling quite dry I would recommend layering your products. I’m using my Day Cream and Eye Love during the day and then Rejuvenating Oil at night. This time of year is when you get to pull out the rich luxurious body butters, balms and oils for your winter skin.
  3. Rehydrate
    It’s definitely not the time for cold waters, iced teas and the likes – most people shy away from those when it’s so cold anyway. Plus, from a Traditional Chinese perspective, consuming cold when you’re cold and needing more vital energy, does you no good 😉 At least we have access to an awesome range of herbal teas (with honey if you’re a fan) and light warm broths are good replenisher. I always start my day with a ginger and honey tea, sometimes with a little lemon or apple cider thrown in for good measure.
  4. Don’t strip your skin
    As tempting as it is to hop into a boiling hot shower or bath and bask in it until you feel thawed out, the longer you stay in the more moisture escapes from your skin. So, if possible turn the heat down just a touch and try not to hang out there too long! I know, it’s hard! Also, replace soapy cleansers with cream cleansers so that you’re rehydrating your winter skin while cleaning.
  5. Good fats
    Increasing your intake of good fats, like coconut, flaxseed, or any other oil of your choice will give you an internal boost. Then your skin doesn’t have to rely only on what you’re putting on it.

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Please remember, just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the sun won’t burn your skin. If you’re an outdoors’ person…surfing, skiing, or working outside in the garden, please use a natural SPF to protect your lovely skin.

And as always, whatever you’re doing, whatever treats you’re giving your skin, remember to inject it with a healthy dose of self-love!

 

Exploring essential oils: Rose essential oil

No other flower has been exalted in literature, mythology and used for so many sacred purposes as the rose – Battaglia

Considering the above quote, I thought rose essential oil (damascena in particular) would be the perfect one to begin with since it so well loved, and one of my most blissfully favourite fragrances. I have a small bottle of it next to my desk to breath in when I need a pick me up.

It is also one of the most healing on the skin!

Rose essential oil cultivation…

rose-essential-oil-damascenaThe cultivation of rose damascena and the production of rose oil was introduced in Bulgaria in the 15th Century. Since rose petals are so fragile they have to be picked manually to minimise the loss of oil. Harvesting occurs between 5am and 10am because this is when the flowers open and the oil content is high.

4,000kg of rose petals produces 1kg of rose oil. Or 4kg of rose petals produces 1g of rose oil! Imagine that! That is a HUGE amount of beautiful roses considering how light they are!

Rose essential oil uses…

Skin – rose damascena essential oil is a beautiful softener while hydrating, stimulating and helps to repair broken capillaries, inflammation and skin redness. Rose water, the condensed steam from the rose oil distilling process, is very soothing and again mildly astringent. Our Rose Mister contains 95% organic rose water from Enio Bonchev in Italy.

Body – rose is a wonderful tonic for the uterus while purifying and regulating. I have also read that it can be very soothing around certain times of the month. It is also helpful for respiratory tract and digestive problems.

Psychologocial – rose damascena is believed to have a profound psychological effect, especially on our hearts. It soothes irritability, insomnia, anger, despair, frustration, fear and anxiety. It is also wonderful for sorrow, opening our hearts to friendship and empathy, and Mojay says it is the herb of love – healing emotional wounds and opening our hearts.

Our Hand Cream is the other product that has beautiful rose damascena in it, and at the moment I am playing with a perfume which is predominantly rose…it’s going to be magical!

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Random fact…

Self-indulgent Romans wore rose garlands at their feasts as a prevention against drunkenness!

What are your experiences with rose essential oil?

Magic Manuka Balm

The story behind our Magic Manuka Balm

Exciting news here at Bee Sensual. We have a new and amazing product – Magic Manuka Balm!

How it came to be?

The owner of Kauri Cliffs wanted to meet with me last year to develop a range of manuka products for their spa. He had used manuka honey with great success on a wound on his leg and is now a firm believer in it’s amazing properties.

I played around with ratios of honey to my organic balm and eventually settled on the perfect blend – 15% 10+ manuka honey with organic beeswax, organic almond oil and vitamin e oil.

He loved it and when I trialled it on myself it left my skin feeling AMAZINGLY soft and hydrated. I fell in love. Since it has such a high manuka content I decided it must be good for all sorts of things and I set to work testing my theory. Not long thereafter I fell off my bicycle and grazed my elbow well and truly on rough tar (long and not so lady-like story) – great testing opportunity!

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1) 30 September 15 – 2) 11 October 15 – 3) 04 May 16

I know, elbows aren’t that sexy, but hey we’re all about self love here, and these pictures really show you the amazingness of what the balm did. The balm is literally all I ever used on it. I taped it up every morning and evening with a gauze and a good helping of the balm and it never scabbed, dried up or got infected! I was sold.

magic-manuka-balm-bee-sensualI’ve used it on pimples with great success and one of my friends loves using it as a deeply nourishing cleansing mask. It tastes amazing too (I know from making it), but I didn’t say that 😉 I also recently heard it did great things for someone’s eczema. So I’m looking forward to more stories!

Basically the balm is wonderful for pimples, scars, wounds, rashes, eczema, massage and pretty much anything else. If you would like to read more about our magic manuka honey collected by our bees from the many stands of native bush in the beautiful Far North, head over to our Ingredients page.

To purchase – head over to our shop 🙂

The Beginnings of a Natural Skincare Journey – Bee Sensual

So why Bee Sensual? I was asked the other day.

Hmmm. Great question. Where to start? I wondered. Do I go all the way back to my teenage years? Or later in the piece where meeting a beeman inspired me to combine my love of natural with the magic of bees and create a natural skincare product with the healing properties of honey? Or do I just go to the first time I got a concoction right and began creating names and logos? Hmmm…

Join me on the journey of natural skincare to find out why Bee Sensual began…

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Everyone loves natural skincare that’s animal friendly 🙂

In order to answer the above question I need to give you a little background.

I was the product of two very nature loving, eco-passionate parents who liked to live in remote places in South Africa. At about 14 I started using my first body moisturiser. It was a well known South African brand that my mum used because it didn’t have petroleum in the ingredients list + the company was very strong about beauty without cruelty and increasing awareness around animal testing. Since I had been awakened to label interrogation, the only facial product I used throughout my teenage years was aloe gel.

Skip forward about 10 years to NZ, where once again I was on the hunt for a natural skincare solution. At uni, in Dunedin, us girls fell in love with a cocoa butter brand that smelt deliciously tropical and reminded us of days on the beach, however left a lot to be desired on the ingredients list. So, true to my nature, I kept the hunt alive and one day at a market stumbled across a hand made Body Butter. Not only did it smell delicious, but it was almost completely natural. I was hooked. For the next few years this was my go-to.

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Cocoa butter in its raw form.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), the creator took a full time job and I could no longer order my Body Butter from her via email. Well, I thought to myself, the ingredients list doesn’t look too complicated…. Being a bit of a DIYer I decided I was going to try and recreate something similar, but even better. My love for creating wonderful natural skincare was born. In the process I studied every ingredient and found a couple of more suitable replacements that had a good reputation, and I decided to use 100% pure essential oils for the scent.

This journey to create my own natural skincare concoction came with many failed attempts. How on earth do you get the water and oil phases to stay together? What do you do when they separate? Which essential oils are going to be best together? How much cocoa butter do I put in to make it a body butter rather than a lotion?

Even though it wasn’t that long ago, Google was nothing like it is today, or maybe I wasn’t as adept at using it as I am now.

There was a lot of trial and error and for a while I gave up. I used some ‘natural’ brand that didn’t overly inspire me, and stored my creations away for a rainy day.

In 2007 I met a beekeeper, who is now my fiancé, and we travelled and worked in Australia for three years. In 2008, whilst living in our van at a honey factory in Tasmania I was once again inspired to try my hand at making my own natural skincare, only this time using the amazing leatherwood honey and beeswax as part of my concoction. There were failures, but also a few more results that began looking a little more like success.

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The amount of honey in this factory was overwhelming…in a delicious kind of way! Oh and the smells!

We’re getting closer…

Long story a little shorter, I kept playing. I built up a wonderful suitcase of all the different goodies used to create natural skincare. I did more research.

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Bee Sensual’s silky smooth Body Butter 🙂

By the time we came back to NZ in 2011 to start our own beekeeping business, I knew that I wanted to start my own natural skincare brand as well. By the end of that year I had drawn a million logos on a million different pieces of paper and slowly slowly it all came together at the end of 2012. My very own natural skincare dream became a reality – Bee Sensual. The tagline: Simply Sensuous Skin – natural handmade skincare.

I am now even more passionate about interrogating labels. Even when you see ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the front – you can’t always believe what they tell you and it pays to know what to look for on the back of a label. I am also even more passionate about using only 100% pure essential oils to create beautiful scent combinations for my natural skincare products.

Bee Sensual is continually evolving, and even though this story illustrates why it started, it is now so much more…. Not only am I passionate about using only natural products on your precious skin, but I believe deeply in taking these moments to be mindful, get in touch with our senses, take a few moments of me-time and gift ourselves with a dose of self-love that we all deserve.

I want all women (and men) to realise that beauty is not skin deep. Beauty is so much more than that. If you can start to see your own beauty and give yourself the love that you deserve, you will glow with an inner beauty that no concoctions can ever create, only enhance!

Are Bee Sensual products anti-aging?

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Who or what are you comparing yourself with when you say…

“I’ll pay anything for the word anti-aging on a cosmetic container.”

“I don’t want to age!”

“I hate wrinkles, they make me look so old!”

Is it a photo-shopped image in a magazine or online?

One thing Bee Sensual won’t have on its label is the word anti-aging, because instead of creating a fear of aging, I want our products to inspire those who use them to embrace themselves exactly as they are without wanting more and without comparing themselves to an idea of what they ‘should’ look like. I want our products to create a sense of self-love.

Here’s my opinion on anti-aging:

1)  Focusing our energy on what we don’t want and what we are fearing will only make us less satisfied with the many things our body and skin do for us. Do you really want to look 25 when you’re 55 anyway?

I know I don’t. I have however also been trained to want blemish free skin, so of course part of me would prefer smooth, even skin…but worrying about it and stressing about making it happen…that’s going to make my skin ‘age’ through stress. Instead I work on embracing those freckles, those lines, those scars…

Do you look at these wrinkles and think that they're ugly or 'less than'?

Do you look at these wrinkles and think that they’re ugly or ‘less than’?

As a society I think we often place happiness outside of ourselves. If only my skin looked smoother…lighter…darker, then I’d feel happy in my own skin. If only I didn’t have those bumps on my hips, then I’d be able to love myself and feel happy in my body. As long as we’re basing our happiness and value on these external things there will be something missing. We will always find something that isn’t perfect and needs fixing.

I believe the key is to shift our focus, slowly and gently, to what we love or like about ourselves. Just ask a friend or partner or family member to list your great qualities. No doubt that will be an easy job for them. These wonderful qualities will not fade with time, they will only become more vibrant and glowing.

Also focus on what you love about your body. If I talk more about that though this blog will be pages and pages long 😉

For a beautiful perspective on growing older without aging, head over to Christiane Northrup’s website for a library of talks and inspiration.

2) Do you really believe that a cream you use topically can magically make you look 25?

Again, I don’t! I believe that your skin is a reflection of your inner physical and emotional health. If we fill our days with mental stress and negative self-talk, drink lots of soft drinks or energy drinks, eat food on the go, eat processed food and wind down with bottles of wine…what are our organs going to think, and then how is our skin going to reflect this?

To be honest I think the most damaging to our body is the mental chit-chat that goes on. If you want to know about all the incredible things that happen in your body when you stress yourself out, read Dr Libby’s work here.

Here’s where sensuality and mindfulness can work wonders. I know your day is busy. I understand that you’ve got 350 million things to juggle. I know you don’t have time for morning meditations and nightly yoga. I get it, I promise! What you do have time for though is drinking a glass of water and washing your hands.

So, how about you connect those activities (and others if you choose) with a healthy dose of mindfulness? As you drink that glass of water, feel it…taste it…notice all the sensations in those moments. If your mind wonders just bring your attention back to that glass of water. As you’re washing your hands, look in the mirror and find one tiny thing (more if you can) about yourself to be thankful for…maybe it’s your smile, maybe it’s a little freckle that you love, or maybe it’s that you’ve got your favourite lipstick on today that makes you feel happy inside 🙂

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If you’re on the hunt for anti-aging, see if you can go out and just embrace you for you. Try not to compare yourself to others, and when you do, be gentle with yourself.

You are beautiful!

I know that for sure, and I’m always here to support you on your journey as you come to realise that you truly are 🙂

Aroha,

Kali

 

 

 

 

 

How Bee Sensual has evolved…

We cannot separate our personal journey from our business, and recently I’ve been reflecting on how my dream for Bee Sensual, due to my own personal journey, has evolved and blossomed since it was shared with the world at the end of 2012.

Bee Sensual grew out of a dream for natural skin care, using no nasties and the wonderful healing products of bees; ‘sensual’ for the self connection opportunity it would create. Then I began exploring the word ‘sensual’ more and how it’s tied in with ‘mindfulness’, and how necessary it is to simply live in this one moment as often as we can. And I saw Bee Sensual products as a way to remind us to become mindful in that moment we gently apply them…taking in the smells and textures and sensation on the skin.

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And from that came the most important development of all…gentle self-love.

Realising how much I’ve berated myself in my life and beaten myself up, in younger years seeking perfection and a body that only airbrushed models have, I knew it was vital to change this.

There is a saying:

You cannot truly take care of that which you do not love.

So, if I look at my skin and feel frustrated and disappointed by the wrinkles around my eyes, or I curse the scars from the teenage days of picking pimples, or I want to hide away the too many freckles or mingled discolouration, am I really loving myself? Am I treating myself the way I would a friend?

The answer is a big NO!

So how can I expect to truly take care of myself? How can I expect my body, which is only doing its best (always) with what it’s presented with, to feel energetic, vibrant and healthy? We need to send our bodies love. Let me say that again…it is essential that we send our bodies and ourselves love. By creating stress in our systems around what we see in the mirror, or how we should be acting, we only further deplete our energy and resilience. We’ve got to love what we see first and the rest will flow. We can’t wait for the day we find a magical miracle cream that takes away wrinkles, or an injection that paralyses our skin into non-expression. This may bring a few moments of happiness, but then we will simply find the next thing to hate or berate.

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We need to love. Simple. Yet not so simple at all! Self-love seems to be one of those really tricky, confusing concepts that gets thrown at us at some point in our lives. How do I do that? you may ask. Well, I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I know that through necessity, practice, constant reminders and perseverance, I love myself a lot more than I did when Bee Sensual first began.

One of my dreams now is that, through our beautiful Bee Sensual products made with love, those using them will find moments to be still and present and send their precious self some much needed love. Remember this…even if it’s only twice a day when you moisturise, that’s all it takes…it is the simple act of planting the self-love seed that, over time and with regular nourishment, will grow into a beautiful self-love plant that blossoms in ways that you never thought possible!

Aroha, Kali x

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Do I need a skincare routine?

Some of you reading this will have a skincare routine, some will love the idea of a skincare routine, but only sometimes stick to it, and some of you may not have any skincare routine at all. All or none of the above are perfectly fine.

Me, I’m an inbetweener of sorts. I have a skincare routine, but it’s a very flexible one. There are some things that I do everyday in routine fashion, but the products change (I will delve into that in a second).

I actually believe it’s a really good idea to mix it up. I think our skin loves change, and so if some nights you simply cleanse and then go to sleep with nothing else on your skin, that’s great. And if some days all you want is Gel Toner, yet on others you want Gel Toner and Day Cream…wonderful. Listen to what your skin wants, because like us it needs variation.

My skincare ‘routine’…

There will always be a few sprays of the Rose Mister somewhere during the day, because I’m in love with that amazing smell right now and it is SO hydrating!

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Morning:

Face – wash my face with cold water (even in winter) and pat dry with a towel. I also glance at myself in the mirror, say good morning and give myself a smile (even on those days where I don’t feel like it). Moisturise – now this could sometimes simply be a gentle application of Gel Toner and nothing else. Other days it might only be Rejuvenating Oil. When I’m feeling like using cream, in the summer I’ll use Day Cream and winter when my skin’s a little dryer, the Night Cream. It really all depends.

If you like layering I would advise Gel Toner followed by either Rejuvenating Oil or Day Cream.

Body – at the moment I’m loving massaging my upper legs and glute muscles (;)) with Body Oil and then treating the rest to some Body Butter.

Evening:

Face – I wash my face in the shower with my Cream Cleanser. When I get out I put on either Gel Toner or Rejuvenating Oil because I feel like my skin is quite moisturised after cleansing. On days where I’ve been outside a lot and I feel like an extra boost, I’ll put Night Cream on. Most nights I also use Eye Love around my eyes and lips.

If you like layering I would advise Eye Love and Gel Toner followed by either the Rejuvenating Oil or Night Cream.

Body – some evenings I’ll moisturise before bed and others I won’t. At the moment if I do, it’s to give myself a loving massage with the Body Oil – it’s my self-love ritual that I’m really enjoying right now.

At least once a week I like to do a facemask and body-scrub. So I’ll either create a chocolate or turmeric facemask or simply cover my face in pure honey and leave for about 10-15 minutes. I’m actually working on a gentle face scrub at the moment that I will be releasing soon.

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As for the body I have made a coffee body scrub (ground coffee, honey and almond oil), which I massage all over my arms, legs and body, and just love the tingling feeling that the scrub leaves and how delicious I smell afterwards.

I believe the most important ingredient to your skincare routine however, EVERY single DAY, is a dose of self-love. Love your skin as you’re cleansing or moisturising it.

Love your body – even if it’s only that one square centimetre that you can bring yourself to love on your arm, or your eyelashes, or the shape of your fingers.

Start small, keeping yourself open to the possibility of increasing the amount of self love over time.

You deserve it!

 

Winter skin care…are you listening to what your skin wants?

Winter. It’s in full swing up here in the Far North of NZ (quite mild so far). With it comes the cold, the rain and sometimes the dry cold. I don’t know about you, but when that dry cold hits, the skin on my body wants to drink up my Body Butter, my hands get drier than normal and my face only wants Night Cream and lots of Gel Toner (day and night). When it comes to winter skin care, listen to what your skin’s wanting, and adjust accordingly.

There are some tips that may be useful for most of us when it comes to winter skin care:

  • Using a gentle, creamy cleanser that nourishes instead of strips your skin.
  • A little extra hand love in the form of Hand Cream.
  • Lips often get quite dry when it’s cold, so the odd application of an all-natural, protecting Lip Balm can work wonders.
  • A simple and easy face mask that not only gently removes dead skin cells, but is deeply moisturising and healing – honey (ideally manuka, but any honey is great).

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Winter isn’t only cold, rain and dry cold, however. It’s also time for cosiness, fires (if you have one), cuddling under woolly blankets, reading in your pyjamas, nourishing soups, root vegetables done a million ways and permission for a little more time…self time. I find that with the sun setting so early I seek out a little more time for things that are just for me…reading, pulling out the pencils and being creative, or listening to inspirational talks while I explore my sewing box. When I do things just for me, I feel like I’m allowing a bit more self-love to flow, which I’m working on getting better at.

I never used to like winters, but recently I’ve come to embrace them in a way I always have the other seasons. Maybe it’s something to do with the bees, and being beekeepers? I adore summer and the sun and more time outdoors in nature, but in winter there’s a certain quiet and calm because the bees pretty much go into ‘hibernation’…they don’t need as much attention, and so everything at Bee Sensual slows down a little, even time…

I also cherish those clear sunny winter days, there is something truly magical about them for me!

What are your winter skin care tips and how do you give yourself a little extra ‘me-time’?

 

DIY Chocolate Face Mask – 100% edible!

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3 ingredients from your kitchen: cocoa powder, raw honey and yoghurt

A DIY chocolate Face Mask to try at home 🙂

For an exfoliating, regenerating and delicious chocolaty treat for your skin, all you need is equal amounts of 3 common ingredients from your kitchen:

  • a cup/container of your choice
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (I use Trade Aid’s Fair Trade organic) – high in antioxidants and wonderful for skin renewal
  • 1 tsp raw honey (I use our own manuka of course) – exfoliating, hydrating, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and regenerating
  • 1 tsp yoghurt (one of my favs is this BioFarm organic – plain) – not only rich in nutrients (such as zinc, calcium and b vitamins), but also high in lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid amazing for exfoliating and making your skin feel soft and refreshed

You can of course make larger quantities and store it in the fridge for a few days. Mine doesn’t ever make it to storage because it’s too delicious as an afternoon (or morning snack)!

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Organic cocoa powder, raw honey, organic yoghurt = delicious chocolate face mask (100% edible)

Mix together and then gently apply to your face – a lovely soft make-up brush would be ideal here. In circular motions I then lightly massage the chocolaty goodness into my skin to make sure that it deals to old skin cells and cleans out my pores. After about 10-15 minutes when it gets tacky to touch I rinse my face with warm water and then lovingly apply Rejuvenating Oil. My skin feels so soft and nourished afterwards!

I’m quite glad my tongue is not too long, because although so tasty it would be pretty gross to lick it all off after exfoliating 😉

DIY cocoa face mask

YUM!!!

It’s so quick and easy – please give it a go and tell me how you find it. Remember as always to be kind to your beautiful face, thank it for everything and smile 🙂

Also, please let me know: what’s the yummiest face mask you’ve ever made?