Oh, Honey: Honey Products that Hydrate and Nourish – Part 3: Body
Okay guys, before I dive into the last installment of my three-part Honey Products Special, I just want to say how happy I am that Key To Radiance has come so far since our inception mere months ago! I still remember our giddy first days of designing the logo, setting up the site, planning and brainstorming articles we want to provide for all of you, and curating products we wanted to focus on… It seems like all of it happened just yesterday. Thank you for going on this journey with us!
For Part 3 of the Honey Special, I’d like to highlight one product that I’ve been using recently to soothe the winter-ravaged skin on my body, particularly my hands, arms and legs – regretfully the most neglected part of my skin. Ever since my dermatologist commented on how dry the skin on my arms and legs is, I’ve been a lot more cognizant about paying attention to these parts of my body. The thing is, although I do have body creams that work well for me – such as Lush’s Dream Cream (gifted by Tricia) and L'Occitane’s Almond Milk Concentrate (love, love, LOVE the scent!), I’ve always been rather laissez–faire about keeping the skin on my body moisturized. Hence, for the Honey Special, I wanted to make an extra-special effort to do just so. And the product in question, working overtime to soothe and protect, is the Josie Maran Divine Drip Argan Oil and Honey Butter Balm.
First of all, I really like Josie Maran’s company ethos, “luxury with a conscience”, which in essence, is what I look for in most of my products – we all want something a little special that also benefits the people or environment is which it is made, so it makes us feel good in more than one way when we choose to buy and use that product. All of Maran’s products incorporate fair trade argan oil, grown and harvested in an environmentally-responsible manner by co-ops of Moroccan women who are paid a living wage.
Secondly, not only is the process of obtaining this argan oil ethical enough for the average consumer-with-a-conscience, argan oil itself is rich in essential fatty acids, naturally occurring antioxidants, carotenoids, and contains high levels of vitamin E, providing skin with the nutrients it needs to maintain its radiance and health. Pair that with the emollient and anti-aging benefits of pure honey, and this body balm pretty much sounds like a dream.
The balm feels like a soft pudding with some bounce to it when you put your finger into the jar. It spreads smoothly like butter, and has a barely-detectable light honey scent (my least favorite part of the balm – I’m a sucker for a good scent with my body creams even though I should really be careful with possible skin sensitivity issues). I’m using the Pure Honey version of this balm as it contains the least amount of additional fragrances and additives. And what I love most about the Josie Maran Divine Drip Argan Oil and Honey Butter Balm is how soft and hydrated my skin feels after using it, for hours on end, sans the greasy, sticky film that some body creams and lotions can leave behind. It works best for me after I’ve exfoliated in the shower and toweled-dry, applying the balm to damp skin.
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