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Review: Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Tis the season for all things pumpkin spice (lattes, candles, uhhhh … spice?). And although fall is my absolute favorite season, I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice trend. There are two exceptions, however.

Pumpkin spice is A-OK with me when it’s in a pumpkin pie (naturally) and also in this Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask ($14.95) from Andalou Naturals.

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DIY Roundup: Honey Month

All month long we’ve been talking about liquid gold. Throughout September (national honey month) I’ve shared a few quick tips on how you can incorporate honey into your regular beauty routine, but I wanted to collect them all in one place so they’re easy to find when you’re in need of a little pampering.

One note: I recommend using pure, local honey in all of these recipes. Many times when you buy honey off the shelf in a grocery store, it’s been diluted (with corn syrup or something similar) or preservatives have been added. Neither of those things are good for your skin!

Banana-honey facial. Bananas are beneficial for oily or combination complexions, smoothing and nourishing your skin while purifying with antioxidants. To make: mash half of a small, ripe banana, mix with two tablespoons of pure honey and the juice of half a lemon. Apply to your face (avoiding eyes and nose) and leave for 15 minutes, rinse.

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Honey Month Spotlight: Melvita

It’s Honey Month for a few more days (I can hardly believe it’s nearly October!), and I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite bee-lovely beauty brands: Melvita. Named for the words “honey” (mel) and “life” (vita) in Latin, Melvita is all about products made with ingredients that come from the hive, blended with other organic ingredients from nature.

Behind the brand: Founder Bernard Cheviliat is a beekeeper and biologist—which means he brings a scientific background to the products Melvita creates. Founded in 183, the company was one of the first companies in the world to earn the ECOCERT certificate for organic products.

The products: From Moisturizing Day Cream (formulated with royal jelly, chestnut and rosehip oil) to the Hydrastim Moisturizing Gel, which appears to be sold out at the moment, but combines aloe vera and the extract of an Amazon river plant called mourera fluviatilis with hyaluronic acid and other organic ingredients that keep your skin at its ideal moisturization level. Melvita’s products are made with ingredients that are responsibly harvested, packaged in recyclable materials and promote ethical, humane and fair-trade partnerships. The next product I’d like to try is their new Alum Spray Deodorant, made with alum crystal, rosehip oil, mint, orange and lemon. (Have you tried it? I need details!)

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3 reasons you need your beauty sleep

Sleeping Beauty may hold the record for beauty sleep, but even if you’re not thrilled with the idea of pricking your finger on a poisoned spindle and falling asleep until a handsome prince comes to your rescue, there’s no denying the importance of sleep in your beauty routine. (Isn’t it just as easy to set your alarm?)

When you sleep, your body does a lot more than simply rest. In fact, those hours you spend dozing are when your skin (your body’s largest organ) works to regenerate and repair your skin cells. A while ago, there was even a study that proved a lack of sleep can speed up the aging process.

Read on for three reasons why your beauty sleep is so important–and some ways you can boost your body’s hard work while you’re off in dreamland (or fake it until you can hit the sack).

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Bee Lovely: Our favorite honey products

 Image via Siona Watson on flickr

Honey’s a sweet treat for your skin–but you don’t have to go to the farmers market, buy a jar of pure, local honey and whip up a batch of DIY beauty treatments to reap the benefits. (Although I think that’s lots of fun, too.) Instead, look for honey and other bee-lovely things like beeswax or royal jelly on the ingredients list. We’ve pulled together a few options to try for your face, body, hair and makeup routine. Happy Honey Month!


Clockwise, from left: Natural Being Manuka Honey Eye Cream, Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer, Naturopathica Lavender Honey Balancing Mist, Nature Bioactive Berry White Peat Exfoliant

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