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Tried and tested: Melvita Apicosma honey-based range

From: Spa Beauty Geek,

Tried and tested: Melvita Apicosma honey-based range

Albert Einstein once told us that if we save the bees, we save the world – and now you can do it too with a yummy range of honey-based Melvita beauty products. Melvita are bee lovers by name and by nature – the name itself means honey (mel) and life (vita) in Latin and the company stems from a passion for bees and their role in the world. They even have an apiary above their flagship London store, and support organic agriculture thanks to their careful ingredient selections.

In celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, we couldn’t wait to try out their organic honey-filled products, which help to moisturise and repair weakened skin barriers. Using a unique ‘3-Honey Complex’, the range helps to replenish lost nutrients in the skin and prevents dry skin from coming back.

The product

Made up of at least 95% natural ingredients (the Beeswax and Shea Butter lip balm is 100%) the new Melvita Apicosma range has a natural product for all skin types. The company uses cellular biology to understand how to moisturise skin by targeting and working with your weakened skin barrier, rather than simply giving you a quick-fix.

We’ve tested the body milk, cleansing cream, lip balm and body balm just for you (it’s a hard life, but someone has to do it…) and as with all Melvita products, they contain no parabens, no synthetic fragrances or colourants and do not test on animals – a refreshing change.

All of the products contain a number of natural extracts tailored to different skin types. From cocoa butter to flower pollen, thyme to orange blossom, this French company insist on using only the most natural of ingredients.

The treatment

Depending on the product, simply slather onto skin and enjoy the hydration at your leisure – we reapplied a couple of times a day to ward off any post-winter dryness. The cleansing cream should be applied both morning and night with a cotton pad and follow with toner as part of the classic cleanse-tone-moisturise routine.

The result

The Melvita products smell delicious and feel great on the skin. Some of the products have a slightly more citrusy scent, while others smell more musky with hints of honey. We’d recommend trying before you buy, because there are no synthetic products and perfumes added so they have very distinctive whiffs – if you’d rather smell of roses than oranges and honey they might not be for you.

The ultra-nourishing body balm and skin-softening nourishing body milk are both part of the 3-Honey range. The body balm is much richer than its silkier sister, containing royal jelly and cocoa butter, while the body milk is perfect for a quick splash of deep moisturisation before getting dressed for work – it’s absorbed incredibly quickly and leaves skin feeling lovely and hydrated all day long. In fact, we even noticed the balm helped relieve our eczema which is pretty impressive stuff. We had a few comments on how sweet we smelt too – it created quite a buzz…

Get involved

This April, the French organic beauty brand celebrates Earth Month with a unique Plant Swap Event on Earth Day (Sunday 22 April 2012) at London’s Covent Garden and Putney stores. For a small £1 donation, customers are invited to bring along their plants to swap at the store and take part in a fun day out that celebrates nature and a healthy urban environment.

To read more about Melvita’s ‘London Plant Swap’ event where you can raise money for Peruvian bee keepers, enjoy free honey tastings, hand massages and flower painting for the children, visit their website.

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