Honey: spread on your face as well as your toast

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As well as knowing how delicious honey tastes when it is spread on hot, buttery toast or crumpets, you probably also have heard about medicinal properties that honey is said to contain, including the antibacterial benefits of Manuka honey. And of course you know that when those little honey bees get working, they also produce natural beeswax when making honeycomb, and more and more often this beeswax is being used in cosmetic products.

We recently had the chance to review two beauty products which use honey and beeswax in their preparation:

Lanolips Golden Ointment (pink)Aromatherapy Associates Moisturising Lip Balm

Priced at £15.5o for 7mls, this moisturising lip balm comes in a little pot which is perfect to keep in your handbag or on your desk at the office. The balm has a very light fragrance and after using the balm regularly our lips felt noticeably smoother as well as nicely moisturised.

Lanolips Golden Ointment

At £17.99 for 50g, you can find this moisturiser in Boots. It’s comprised of 60% lanolin, plus Manuka honey and Vitamin E, and the manufacturers say that it is perfect for extremely dry, rough and unhappy skin. We found the ointment to be extremely thick and oily although it was absorbed surprisingly quickly into the skin, leaving just a silky “protective layer”. Apparently it’s great as a flight cream, but sadly we haven’t been on a holiday to test this!

Visit the Aromatherapy Associates and Lanolips websites to find out more about these products.

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