Spare a thought on World Bee Day – May 20th – for Anton Janša, widely regarded as the pioneer of beekeeping – king bee, if you will – who was born on this day in Slovenia in 1734. What would he make of the drastic decline in the furry flyers who pollinate the crops crucial to a third of global food production? But worry not, there are several ways we can help save the delightful creatures and make ourselves beautiful at the same time.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil
Well, something good did come out of last year: the inaugural ‘Guerlain for Bees Conservation Programme’. The initiative is back for World Bee Day 2022, with 20 per cent of all sales going to programmes such as Women for Bees, a partnership with UNESCO to develop female beekeepers. By 2025, the programme aims to train 50 women and establish 2,500 hives for 125 million bees.
To mark the occasion, Guerlain has teamed up with artist Tomáš Libertíny, who has been incorporating bees into his artworks for more than 15 years. The result is a limited-edition bottle of Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil – one of my favourite skincare products.
Honey has been used in beauty products for centuries. It’s packed with natural antioxidants and vitamins, and is a natural humectant that draws and keeps water at the skin’s surface, giving it a nice youthful sponginess. It’s also anti-inflammatory, making it good for flare-ups.
The oil uses honey from five sources including a UNESCO biosphere reserve off Brittany and a remote beekeeper in Finland. It is light in texture, yet rich in effect.
You can also help without buying: Guerlain will donate €20 for every repost of Tomáš Libertíny’s graphic with the hashtags #GuerlainForBees and #WorldBeeDay.
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
Burt Shavitz left his career as a photojournalist in New York for a slower life in Maine and took over an abandoned beehive. Burt, with the aid of partner Roxanne – whom he met via that quintessential Maine activity of hitchhiking – was searching for ways of using his supplies of beeswax when he hit gold with his eponymous lip balm in 1991. Their foundation has donated over $3.5 million in grants to support honeybee health and biodiversity. The lip balm is a must.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
As with a caterpillar emerging from chrysalis into summer butterfly – I would use a bee analogy, but, as a beekeeper once explained to me, it’s a really complicated process – my dry skin needs a real transformation to bring out its natural beauty, one that only a big old moisture boost can provide. This mask, made with Manuka honey from remote coastal regions of New Zealand, is the ‘hero’ product of the Antipodes range. It’s wonderfully deep and cleansing and leaves skin looking full of moisture.
Boots CARE Moisturising Foot Socks Honey & Almond
A honey sock treatment! You weren’t expecting that, were you? These are really nourishing and can be left on overnight for the perfect pedi, leaving you with lovely softened skin. If only they could apply nail polish too…
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask
Readers, I will be honest with you: I haven’t tried this yet (I’ve been testing conditioners for next week and my hair, I might add, smugly, is in knockout condition) but other beauty hacks have told me great things about this range. Its founder comes from seven generations of Persian beekeeping and based this mask on a family recipe.
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