Reviewed by Penny

I was pleased to receive my free test jar of Apivita Queen Bee Firming and Restoring Rich Face Cream (€73.70 or about $93) with royal jelly & honey, and anxious to use and review it. Apivita Queen Bee Firming and Restoring Rich Face Cream is said to be a restorative face cream that firms the skin, reduces wrinkles, and deeply hydrates using honey, beeswax and seaweed. This anti-aging cream is enriched with myrrh essential oil and tones and restores mature skin. With its list of 90% natural ingredients coupled with recent hype about The Duchess of Cornwall using a “bee venom-based beauty treatment,” it was incentive enough to piqué my interest. When TIA allowed me the opportunity to review the product I was really happy.

At this point I must admit that I am 71 years old but honestly have remarkable skin, although my neck shows more wrinkles than my face. I receive many positive comments about my skin and have used quite a few products through the years to retain moisture. With this much background I was challenging this bee cream to top performance!

After opening the Queen Bee Firming Cream, I found it to be a white emulsion with a pleasing light scent and faithfully applied it to my face every day, under makeup, and occasionally before bed time. The cream is rich but readily absorbs into the skin. After just two weeks my face and neck seemed much more hydrated and actually plumped a little with fewer wrinkles showing. The jar of cream lasted a good five to six weeks, producing noticeable improvement in my skin’s texture. Since running out of it I am experiencing the return of some previous dryness in my skin.

After reviewing the list of ingredients, I came up with the following conclusions and claims:

-Royal jelly, encapsulated in liposomes to transfer its restoring action to the deepest layers of the epidermis, firms and restores mature skin.

-Honey, beeswax and seaweed reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhance the skin’s firmness and fully hydrate even the driest skin.

-Enriched with myrrh essential oil, this cream has anti-aging properties and tones mature skin.

-Apivita replaces water in the Queen Bee range with a green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action of the products.

-Products are free of parabens, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oil and tthanolamine.

With this face cream, I’ve experienced the top performance I wanted and I truly am on the lookout for my next jar - my fine lines and wrinkles can't wait! I hope we'll see more of the Apivita Queen Bee line in the TIA Store!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water) **, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocoglycerides, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Sucrose Polysoyate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glyceryl Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, PEG-100 Stearate, Royal Jelly, Algae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Glyceryl Linoleate, Cetyl Palmitate, Mel (Honey)* Extract, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf*, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, PEG-20 Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Linolenate, Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

** Camelia Sinensis* Leaf Aqueous Infusion = Green Tea Water; * Certified Organic Cultivation