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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 🙂

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!

 

DIY Chocolate Face Mask – 100% edible!

organic yogurt, raw honey, manuka

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)!

DIY chocolate face mask

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?

Turmeric sunshine on my face!

topical turmeric treatmentA DIY Turmeric Face Mask:

I look a little funny
My face is kinda sunny
 This mask is pretty runny
Yum! That must be the honey…

I’m a firm believer in turmeric’s amazing healing abilities when taken internally, especially for its incredible anti-inflammatory effects on the gut. That is a story for another time though.

A while ago I went hunting for a DIY face scrub to help with pigmentation and came across a recipe with turmeric powder in it. One of my favourite pastimes is researching, so I took the opportunity to read more about the topical use of turmeric and of course create a mask for myself.

All you need is 3 basic kitchen ingredients (with the option of sandalwood powder if you have or otherwise almond meal is perfect):

  • DIY turmeric mask1 tsp turmeric powder (I like to use organic)
  • 1 tsp plain yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp honey (raw of course, and luckily in NZ a lot of the honey is)
  • Optional – 1 tsp sandalwood powder or almond meal

Mix the ingredients together in a clean container until you have a smooth consistency and then gently and lovingly massage your face with it. Turmeric of course stains everything, so please be careful of your clothes and favourite tea towels etc. ‘Will my face stain yellow?’ you may well ask. It must be the combination of goodies, but no it shouldn’t. Mine doesn’t anyway 😉

Leave it on for at least 10 minutes while you do something nice for yourself, like relax with a magazine or soothing cup of tea. The first time I did it I ended up listening to an inspiring talk on managing our beliefs around health and 30 minutes later I rinsed it off with warm water. My skin felt amazing!

Turmeric process

The mask’s benefits

Some of turmeric’s many properties are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which is why it is incredible for treating acne and pimples. It also regulates sebum production and therefore is a wonderful skin balancer if your skin is too oily/dry.

Yoghurt has high-levels of lactic acid, which means it gently exfoliates and hydrates. It is also very soothing and being high in zinc is healing for all number of skin conditions.

Honey, well honey is magic 🙂 And besides it makes the mask taste delicious and clean up is a treat 😉 Read more about it here.

Almond meal is a rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, so while it gently exfoliates it is giving back nutrients and moisture to the skin.

Most importantly, create and apply with cupfuls of self-love and gratitude. I would love to hear how you enjoy this, and if you’re brave enough to share some yellow sun-face pictures here or on our facebook that would be great 🙂