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Honey really is good for you, not just to cure ailments and to enhance the taste of food, it’s also a great beauty ingredient whether it is a moisturising face mask or in sugaring for hair removal. It seems like we take the humble honey bee for granted and after realising the truth behind the golden nectar, I’m certainly going to value every drop of it.
Limited edition for the autumn, the Body Shop’s latest collection, Honeymania aims to enrich you on the outside. It’s my favourite range from them so far because each product is mesmerising and it’s a Community Fair Trade collaboration so every purchase will benefit the honey farmers in Ethiopia where the honey is produced from.
When you think of honey, you usually imagine sweetness except this collection isn’t, which was my initial assumption when I got wind of The Body Shop bringing out a honey-themed set of products. I’m relieved it isn’t as the usual honey scent would result in a rather sugary overload.
The honey used in these products is organically sourced from the remote Sheka rainforest in Ethiopia but what makes this kind of honey different from the rest is its distinctive, floral aroma all because of the fragrant rainforest flowers the bees harvest the nectar from. It’s the scent alone that immediately hits you as soon as you as you open a tub of the scrub, bath melt or body butter. Honestly it’s a gorgeous smell and it lingers subtly on your skin.
The Body Shop’s Honeymania collection is made up of the classic Body Butter (£13), Bubble Bath Melt (£8), Body Scrub (£12.50), Shower Gel (£4), Eau de Toilette (£8.50), Lip Balm (£4 and Soap (£2) – price wise it’s all too good to resist. The shower gel has made its way into my kit bag for post-running showers and has me sniffing my arms because it smells so divine (sorry for the almost half empty bottle in the picture – I couldn’t wait).
The scrub is a corker. I don’t like half-arsed scrubs that don’t do anything or ones that are more like a lotion with a few rough bits. This cream body scrub is the bee’s knees. It’s a thick, creamy texture that combines to exfoliate and moisturise. I’ve tried other scrubs from the Body Shop and this one is totally different and far superior.
I also adore the Body Butter which comes as no surprise as the Body Butters are always good. Honeymania’s Body Butter looks good enough to eat – smooth, creamy and sweet on the skin.
Those are my key favourites from Honeymania and ones I’ll be stocking up on. All in all it’s a very cute collection that floats like a butterfly and not sting like a bee. My only disappointment is it’s limited edition. Why must you do this, Body Shop, why??? *sobs*
The Body Shop has a fantastic offer online right now – buy 8 items or more and get 50% off. Go, go, go!
The Body Shop’s infamous cruelty-free White Musk is a scent that takes me back to my days at school when I first discovered the Body Shop. Thanks to the late great Anita Roddick, her seal of approval led this to become a best seller which is still going strong.
More profoundly White Musk was one of the first man-made, cruelty-free musk fragrances to arrive on the market in replacement of real musk, which is extracted from the civet deer via cruel and painful methods. Dad often likes to test my general knowledge by asking me if I know where real musk comes from. He also likes to tell me the real stuff is so potent it would make your nose bleed. I’m not sure if he’s pulling my leg but I am sure the genuine stuff is hardcore but I am relieved there is a much kinder way to replicate it thanks to the Body Shop.
Some of you are probably huge fans of White Musk Libertine. Well whether you like or or the other, or both, you will be thrilled to know there is a new addition to the Body Shop Musk family with the autumnal and alluring White Musk Smoky Rose. It’s love at first sight with the design of the bottle, the imagery and colours plus anything laced with roses is always going to pique my senses.
The soft fragrance has notes of bergamot, pink pepper, blackcurrant entwined with bitter-sweet tobacco flower, black smoky rose and orange flower for a velvety scent that oozes elegance, sophistication and and femininity.
It is probably the one I feel more attracted to out of the three and while it may be geared towards being a fragrance to wear in the evenings in the cold, dark winter days, I actually like to wear it in the day. It’s not a particularly long-lasting scent but this isn’t something that bothers me as it suits the occasions I want to wear it for.
White Musk Smoky Rose is ‘sexy’ in a bottle…and the eau de toilette is only £11 for 60ml. I haven’t forgotten Anita’s refreshing and groundbreaking approach to beauty, and this scent is a beautiful way of keeping her memory alive.
There is also a bath and shower gel (£6.50), body lotion (£10), eau de parfum (£14) and fragrance mist (£7.50) so you can layer up the scent. To quote Brian Fantana I think it’s “time to musk up”.
For this week only there is 35% off at www.thebodyshop.co.uk with free delivery. Use the online code ‘SMOKY’.
Shimmer is good. Bronze is even better. When the two get together, it’s sizzling. I’m referring to the Body Shop’s new shade of Shimmering Dry Oil from their Honey Bronze collection. Anything which draws attention to or evokes the feeling of summer is always going to be put me in a good mood as does this beauty.
It is gorgeous just to look at from the bottle alone and should the sun ever make a return to ol’ Blighty, it is the perfect companion to glam up a tan for a night out or a daytime sun-kissed glow.
It’s a lightweight oil that glides onto the skin, doesn’t leave a sticky feeling and has a beautiful golden shimmer with a hint of a honey scent. Do you know the honey flavoured chocolate in Milk Tray? That is exactly what this shimmering oil smells like. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of this on my legs when they welcome their first sun tan in almost 18 months next week (Marrakech, baby!)
I adore the packaging too -it’s solid and is aesthetically pleasing. Available in store and online, the Shimmering Dry Oil costs £16 for a 100ml bottle.
Other products from the range include a lip gloss, a bronzing gel for the face, an illuminating Brilliance Powder, a bronzing powder and a bronze shimmer lip balm (in a cute little ridged pot).
As with all Body Shop products, they are sourced with the Community Fair Trade programme. In this case the honey comes from the Western Ethiopian Highlands and the collaboration the Body Shop has is with the Beza Mar honey producers to support the sustainable use of the forest in its natural state and help provide the beekeepers with a reliable income.