Reviewed by Leslie

The Royal Nectar Moisturising Face Lift ($48) is a lovely light moisturizing face cream that has a wonderful non-greasy consistency and a very gentle honey smell. No wonder, since it’s made with manuka honey, the latest miracle food that has now made its way into the cosmetics industry. Manuka is harvested largely in New Zealand and is purported to heal wounds and act as an antibacterial. The other key ingredient in Royal Nectar is bee venom, which when you think about what your skin does when a bee stings you, it makes sense, since it puffs up and stretches out around the stinger. Thus the magic is that this product does double duty – puffing your skin to erase the wrinkles and acting as an antibacterial to make sure the venom doesn’t infect. Or so I’m guessing - that’s my layman’s interpretation of this idea.

I applied this product twice daily for a month, once in the morning after my toner and vitamin C serum, and once nightly after toner and glycolic acid cream. Since glycolic acid works on the deeper levels of the dermis and the Royal Nectar acts on the upper layers, there is no contraindication between the two products. I enjoy using it, as it leaves no trace and has a really pleasant fragrance. But is it a miracle facelift? Honestly, no. If you scrutinize my before and after photos (below), you might detect an almost imperceptible improvement in the fine lines above my lip, which was my target area. But there’s no erasure going on here. Perhaps greater results will appear with further use, and I plan to finish the jar, so I’ll let you know if things change.

Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift | Before/After | Truth In Aging
But I’ll be 59 this year, and short of surgery, I think this is the best I can expect to accomplish. Which is to keep my skin from becoming dry, blemished, and excessively creased (this last goal being subjective, of course!). So I see no harm in plying my face with a product like Royal Nectar, which I’m sure does no harm and surely does some good.

Other feel-good ingredients include avocado oil, tocopherol oil (vitamin E), apricot kernel oil, rose hip oil, rose water, evening primrose oil, cocoa butter, marshmallow extract, manuka oil and lavender essential oil. What’s not to like?

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Nectar Ease (Manuka Honey & Bee Venom), Lannett wax, Avocado Oil, Tocopherol Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Rose Water, Beeswax, Evening Primrose Oil, Optiphen Plus, Cocoa Butter, Natural Fragrance, Ticaxan, Marshmallow Extract, Manuka Oil, Lavender Essential Oil