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This is an easy one. TIA gave me the chance to try and then review the Royal Nectar Original Face Mask with Bee Venom ($68 in the shop) about a month ago, after it had been favorably noticed by Marta in November – you might remember that all this started with the Royal Wedding buzz (ahem) about bee venom. TIA sourced the Royal Nectar in New Zealand when trying to run down the alleged Camilla favorite, Heaven.
Enough preliminaries. This product is fabulous.
Mid-December was just the right time to get started with this, given cold weather and lifelong dry skin. I have used the mask once or twice a week for four weeks – not a long time but long enough to recognize that is both lovely to use and produces notable results, too. Each time I found my skin feeling really softer, smoother, and wonderfully hydrated. As Marta points out, it’s got a pretty rich consistency and a nice honey smell. (Though somehow, the smell was, for me, reminiscent of old-fashioned cleansing cream – which feels very nostalgic when you’re 56.)
For the price and for all the lovely ingredients described in Marta’s review (not just the honey and bee venom but lots of nice oils too), this is a product I’ll definitely buy again, and, I think, will be a particular godsend during the next couple of cold winter months. Each application only takes a little bit of this unctuous cream, so I actually think it is quite reasonable. I can imagine that it will be a nice complement to the La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop) that I use for occasional exfoliation. And I’d try the Royal Nectar companion moisturizer as well on the strength of its quality and performance.
One last comment: Marta mentions that this is very much a mask (I agree) and so she’d advise rinsing it off after 20 minutes. I have to confess that I went to sleep without removing it a couple of times and was perfectly happy with the results! I think it’s that un-irritating, and that moisturizing.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Nector Ease (manuka honey, bee venom), Lanette Wax, avocado oil, tocopherol oil, apricot kernel oil, easyliance, rose hip oil, rose water, bees wax, evening primrose oil, optiphen plus, natural fragrance, cocoa butter, ticaxan, marshmallow extract, manuka oil, lavender essential oil.