September Product Review: bee naturals

My product review for September features a variety of skincare and beauty products generously sent to me by bee naturals.

“bee naturals is committed to formulating and producing skin and body care products that have a specific therapeutic purpose and are made with the highest quality all natural ingredients that promote healthy skin and body for overall well being.  At bee naturals….We combine the best that nature and science have to offer to create luxurious, naturally derived products for the body and home. bee naturals’ goal is to provide luxurious, premium quality products using the purest natural ingredients, formulated utilizing small batch techniques to create a product designed to help heal, normalize and maintain healthy beautiful skin.”

I love the idea that these beauty products have a therapeutic focus along with natural ingredients. I also think there is something extra special about beauty products made in small batches.

OilCuticle and Nail Oil
(0.5 Oz Retail: $7.44)
Description: “Smooth cuticles and strong, healthy nails are just a brush away. Lemon and lavender make nail care smell heavenly, and tea tree oil helps prevent fungal infections from acrylic nail overlays..”
Verdict: Love!
I’m going to make a confession. My nail polish tends to peel off in really big chunks. So once I have a big chunk missing, I can’t help myself and I just keep peeling the rest off. This means my nails can get into pretty bad shape. This nail and cuticle oil is perfect when my nails start peeling and the brush applicator makes it easy to apply.

PowderQueen Bee Facial Polish
(2 Oz Retail: $7.28)
Description: “Treat yourself like royalty with Bee Naturals Queen Bee Facial Polish. Our delicate mixture of oatmeal, lavender, and gentle exfoliating clays will brighten your complexion each day.”
Verdict: Hit!
This is a powder that you add to your favorite cleanser to turn into an exfoliator. I thought this was a great product since you can customize it to work with things you already love. Their descriptor of it being delicate is accurate. This is a more gentle scrub that I believe would work well for the folks with delicate skin.

Eye Balm
Queen Bee, Peeper Keeper Eye Balm
(.8 oz Retail:$7.28)
Description: Treat yourself like royalty with Queen Bee Peeper Keeper Eye Balm. Keep dry skin and wrinkles at bay with our all natural ingredients..”
Verdict: Like
This was a really interesting product. It’s a very hard moisturizing balm that you just run your fingers over and then use as an eye moisturizer. It reminded me of the moisturizing part of Benefit’s “Fake up” stick. And if this item had a stick like applicator I would have given it a love.  In it’s current formulation, it’s a little difficult to apply, but I found it great to use beneath my morning makeup to keep my under eye area from getting dry. For night I’d probably use something a bit richer.  My eyes tend to be a sensitive area for me and this product produced no irritation.

Facial NectarQueen Bee Facial Nectar
(2 Oz Retail:$9.28)
Description: Treat yourself like royalty with Bee Naturals Queen Bee Face Creme. Enjoy soft, nourished skin all year round with our all-natural ingredients.”
Verdict: Like
This is a really light moisturizer that’s a bit on the liquid side. It goes on smoothly and I found the product to be very gentle. This isn’t super rich or heavy so I think it would work well with a variety of skin types. The scent was unobtrusive and I liked the pump style applicator.

Also included were 3 lipsticks in some really fun shades.
bee naturals Luxury Lipsticks
Lipstick Packaging

Description:
   “
Bee Naturals Luxury Lipsticks are fragrance-Free, enriched with Vitamins A & E, moisturizing and Individually Hand-Crafted. Pampers your lips with moisturizing lipids and nourishing vitamins while providing beautiful, luminous, ‘buildable’ color. The best color & treatment in one product. Each unique artisan Bee Naturals Luxury Lipstick is carefully crafted and finished by hand. Tiny swirls and markings are proof of that craftsmanship, unlike mass manufacturer lipsticks.”

Swatches

Cherry
Cherry No. 3
(Retail:$21.60)
Description: “Cherry #3 is a clear, semi-sheer, low-luster red with moderate gloss. This bright, buildable shade looks best on either fair complexions with blonde hair or on brunettes with deep skin tone. Creamy texture. Neutral.”
Verdict: Hit!
What about redheads? We look pretty damn good with a classic red lip (if I do say so myself). This shade a vintage red sort of vibe that I thought went well with my pale complexion. I paired it with minimal eyeshadow and a winged liner for a retro vibe. The description on this lipstick is on pointe. This is a semi sheer so you can build it to the level of color you prefer. It also had excellent staying power. The only downside was that I found this shade to be a bit drying. The color was lovely, but I’d wear a clear balm beneath it for a bit of extra moisture.

Fig
Fig No. 3
(Retail:$21.60)
Description: “Fig #2 is a tawny, rosy umber shade with moderate-high luster and low-moderate gloss that is beautiful on a wide range of complexions ranging from warm to cool. Buildable color ranges from sheer to medium opacity. Creamy texture. Neutral.”
Verdict: Like
This was a great every day sort of shade and went on creamier and less sheer than the other shades. It also felt more moisturizing on the lip than the cherry color. It had good staying power and I thought this shade would complement many skin tones.

ChasteChaste No. 5
(Retail:$21.60)
Description:Chaste (berry) #5 is technically a nude, but oh so much more lovely; the color of newborn baby lips.  This color is beautiful on everyone and is perfect when you need just a hint of color.  A very sheer nude-pink without luster and low-moderate gloss. Softly buildable, low opacity and creamy texture.  Neutral.”
Verdict: Like
This shade was similar to the Fig in it’s creamy texture and level of moisture, but I found it to be much more sheer. This is a super natural color that you can build up and is the perfect option for the girl who doesn’t like to wear much makeup or wants to keep things looking natural. I think this color would work best for ladies with fair complexions.

OVERALL
All Products

I really enjoyed trying out this natural line.   From the more straight forward products like the Cuticle and Nail oil to the more unique like the Eye balm, I found all the items to be of excellent quality. The skincare in particular is a great value and for what you’d pay at a drugstore for mass-marketed products you can grab some all natural items. If you’re looking for one product to start with, the facial polish is a great option since you can easily incorporate it into your regular skincare routine.

My personal favorites were the lipsticks and found all the shades to be flattering for me. I also love that I now have a couple handcrafted lipsticks in my beauty collection!

What’s your take on handcrafted lipsticks? Intriguing or unnecessary?

Coupon Code:
If you want to give these products a shot you can use my code at iherb.com: CVF809 for a discount on your first order. They are a fabulous place to buy everything from groceries to essential oils and they frequently offer freebies at checkout.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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