Ever since I started buying products from Hey Gorgeous (see what I bought here), I have fallen in love with supporting small, local businesses. I believe that the best guide for local AND cruelty-free beauty products is Beauty Without Cruelty’s Humane Guide, as every brand is guaranteed to be 100% cruelty-free. As you may have already guessed, one of those brands is Simply Bee. I had been eyeing out their products for a few months, specifically their skin-care products, and I came into contact with those products at the Edgemead Christmas Market. I didn’t buy anything then (December is a very unselfish month), but I did after accidentally coming across them again at the Wellness Warehouse two weeks ago.
If you haven’t heard of Simply Bee, I really don’t blame you. Unlike a few other local brands, there aren’t a large number of reviews or write-ups about them on the Internet by South African bloggers (yet!). From what I have learned on their website, Simply Bee is a family business that began in 1994. Back then, it was only beekeeping-hobby-turned-business, but they now have a whole range of environmentally friendly, all-natural skin and home products using products from their own bees. Another thing that I admire about Simply Bee is this:
We are very fortunate to have our beehives in Fynbos rich areas around Hopefield where there is no commercial farming within the immediate vicinity. Therefore, our honey, beeswax and propolis are all 100% organic. Our bees are not used for commercial pollination either, eliminating the negative effects of exposure to chemicals.
Honey Face Scrub
Simply Bee’s Honey Face Scrub is made with brown sugar, olive oil, honey, lavender buds, and lavender oil. I’ve used it three times so far, and I’ve found it to be very effective, although it is important to exfoliate gently as the brown sugar is quite coarse. It has the most lovely lavender fragrance, with a little hint of honey once rubbed into the skin. Olive oil can be great for one’s skin, as it is both nourishing and moisturising, and it will not clog pores in most cases. This face scrub is only R90, and it is suitable for all skin types.
Honey Hydrating Face Mask
The Honey Hydrating Face Mask is made of coconut butter, honey, beeswax, propolis, and cinnamon. Although coconut butter is semi-solid, my face mask has been a liquid ever since I bought it (thanks to Cape Town’s weather). It smells like it is packed with honey, and there cinnamon visible in it too. It is important to note that like coconut oil, coconut butter should be used with caution if you have acne-prone skin. Beeswax, however, is fairly safe for all skin types. This face mask is R145, and it is ideal for dry skin types.
Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner
This year, I decided to stick to SLS-free hair products, which is why I chose to try out the small 50ml Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner. The ingredients include jojoba oil, olive oil, turmeric, tea tree and honey. Both products have a strong tea tree smell, which is something I am not actually fond of because it reminds me of the lice shampoo I had to use when I was in primary school (anybody else suffer from that stuff???). These mini bottles were R25 each.
I suffer from horribly dry lips throughout the year, and lip balm is basically an extra body part right now. One thing that I have been struggling with is finding a good, all-natural, cruelty-free lip balm. I have been using Simply Bee’s lip balm for a few weeks now and it has definitely become a favourite of mine. In fact, it’s the best cruelty-free lip balm that I have tried. It is made from sweet almond oil, beeswax, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and propolis. I love the little scent and the feeling of the peppermint oil on my lips. This lip balm is R32 on their website, but I’m pretty sure I got it for R29 at the Wellness Warehouse.
If you want to learn more about Simply Bee, their products, and responsible bee-keeping practices, browse through the information available on their website. I am desperate to try some of their sun products, as I have yet to find effective, cruelty-free protection from harmful rays. I would also like to try their roll-on deodorant, honey bubble bath, honey hair treatment, and obviously some honey too.