One thing New Zealanders are proud about (other than rugby and Lord of the Rings landscapes) is their manuka honey. You will find it everywhere: pharmacies, duty free, souvenir shops, groceries. It's become so prominent in beauty that you can find it in virtually any skincare brand as the "ticket" to good skin.

Manuka honey is known to rehydrate and reduce blemishes. It also contains a natural antiseptic called inhibane, so all it does is good when it comes to skincare.

The Honey Collection is considered a "high end" brand in New Zealand, though there are no frills about it (the packaging embraces more of a "natural" approaches: green. It contains UMF honey (UMF is an antibacterial property found in strains of manuka honey), which is what gives more boost to health, so UMF is highly sought. It's totally natural, found in the nectar of manuka flowers, and only in New Zealand. It's been used for thousands of years for healing properties, mostly stomach issues, so it's already got good cred.

So how is it good for the skin? Well, it was known to be a good "moisturizer" back in the ancient times, mainly due to the sugar part (which would help moisture stick). That's not all, folks. Remember the Ancient Greek physician Dioscorides? I don't really remember him either but he did write that honey was "good for sunburn and spots on the face". Oh, he also said it "mollifies the prepuce so that it can be pulled back over the bared glans penis."


Nowadays, honey has been reported (other than the obvious healing of wounds) to: stimulate the growth of new blood capillaries in damaged skin tissue, stimulate the production of collagen and growth of new epidermal cells on the skin; releasing bacteria and serving as a great antioxidant.

The Almond, Peach & Manuka Honey moisturizer was recommended by the owner of a skincare shop. It's so rich in natural ingredients, you can eat it. In fact, the consistency (chunkier than an emollient-rich lotion) makes me think of food. It's also versatile: you can use it as a body lotion (though considering the fact it costs $2o NZ, for 100 grams, you might want to keep it for your face). I love the way it feels and it smells fresh. The scent of peaches, when applied, was almost too good to be true (I have a place in my heart for peaches, considering I was born and raised in Georgia). Peach oil is great for moisturizing.

I like the way it feels best. It's not sticky or greasy... it's simply a concoction of really good, natural ingredients that make me feel like one of the natives back in the ancient times. After all, they only had natural ingredients.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Active UMF® Manuka Honey, Peach Kernel Oil, Lanette Wax, Tocopherol, Sweet Almond and Sesame Oils, Preservative, Ground Almonds and Natural Fragrance.