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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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Bee Lovely: Our favorite honey products

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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!

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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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4 reasons honey is a sweet treat for your skin

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Honey does a lot more than just sweeten your tea. Since ancient times, it has been used in a variety of ways for its ability to heal and moisturize skin. Honey has natural antibacterial properties, and ancient Egyptian Queen Cleopatra added it to her bath water to smooth and moisturize her skin.

To me, bees are just amazing. I’ve been fascinated with these tiny workaholics for a long time. Becoming a beekeeper is even on my bucket list!

In honor of September, which is National Honey Month, I’ll be sharing some ways to incorporate honey into your beauty routine all month long. But first, let’s look at how beneficial this liquid gold is for your skin.

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