Honey, olive oil, beeswax: as a consumer, the thing I love most about Honey Girl products is the simplicity of the high quality ingredients. Timeless beauty essentials revered by the beautiful women of ancient Egypt and Greece brought to us by Honey Girl to simplify our own morning and evening skin care routines. As the holiday season rapidly approaches, we can also use honey to simplify what can sometimes become a stressful time for us all. Here are a six short and sweet ways we can use honey, the ancient remedy of choice, to simplify the modern day craze of Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
Our skin is as delicate as a feather.
And just as feathers are layered as a means of protection, so too is the skin. In fact, the outermost layer of the epidermis consists of 25 to 30 layers of cells. The health and vibrancy of those skin cells, and the subsequent layers underneath, are affected by a host of different factors: genetics, lifestyle, environment, product usage and the change of season.
Speaking of the season, autumn is upon us! Of course here in Hawaii, our fall colors are not what signals change; the palm trees remain green, the sky is blue, but don't let that fool you- the "Aina" is rich with change. We see it in the mighty surf, taste it in the juicy sweet starfruit, and savor it while watching the sunsets that arrive earlier, and are more spectacular than ever. All of these factors and so many more-- affect our daily lifestyle, as well as our skin.
Nature uses layering to protect what is precious
Do you wonder how to use all the organic skin care products you own? Are you not sure how to layer these products properly? Read on to learn how to streamline your beauty regimen to get maximum benefits.
Listed below are five basic steps in the art of layering skin care products to get the most out of your daily routine.
When being in the present, is all about moving on...
Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you felt really comfortable, downright cozy— the curve in the pillow you lay your head on each night is just right, the ritual of your morning cup of coffee is just so, —and should you ever forget to close the windows downstairs at night— no matter, you know to avoid the step that creeks so you don’t wake the family dog. All good.
….And then, seemingly all of a sudden, (though you knew it was coming), everything changes. You awaken in the middle of the night, knowing in your bones, you have to make a move. You have to walk right out the front door.
You open the door and see the future, it’s coming. You go to it. And there you are, on the cliff. One step and the comforts you know fall away— and BAM! A new life chapter begins.
Except, sometimes it’s not “Bam.” Sometimes it’s a WHAM BAM!! Well, for me— it was a double WHAM-BAM with a WOOT and a WHAMMY! —and don’t let the door hit ya on the behind kinda SLAM!! —At least it felt that way. ;)
(For clarity— I’ll just call it a WHAM-BAM-SLAM).
You know how they say moving is one of the most stressful life events? Okay— I believe that now. But, how-about having your kids transition into public school after 2 years of homeschooling— the very same week of your move? Into 2 different schools? Oh, and how-a-bout throwing a job interview in the middle of all that, just to add some spice? And where are the bees in all of this?— Oh yeah, they gotta move too. But at least ya got that desk job, the trusty desk? Oh no— that moves too!
Yes, all the above is true. Kid you not! My home, my work, our schools, the bees, everything—all at once, changed, in a matter of a few days.
And honestly, it all worked out, as it always does. The boxes have been unpacked, the kids like their new classes, I got the job, the new office is spacious, even the bees are managing okay. At least they’re still there!
“They” say when you move bees, you have to move them less than 2 feet or more than 2 miles. See, the theory goes that they set their GPS systems on their hive, and if you move them anywhere closer than 2 feet or less than 2 miles, they’ll fly back to their original location. They’ll get confused, get lost (—and it’ll be your fault).
So being the cautious and caring beekeeper that I am, I tried, I really tried to stick to this rule. But that messy thing called life, and circumstances and logistics got in the way. And over the years, sometimes when I’d move bees, that whole “2 feet, 2 mile rule” just didn’t work out. And you know what?? It was okay, again and again.
So this time, with this move, I had faith in the bees. And, I had faith in myself. Yes, moving was still hard and life got crazy, frazzled and messy, but I felt it all. And I think the bees did too. I don’t think they were confused—- they communicated quite clearly with a few good stings! And I felt that too ;) --Truth be told, I actually like the medicinal effects of bee venom. Getting stung is a great metaphor for this move, yes, a bit of a pinch- but the enormous opportunity for positivity, personal growth and a fresh new outlook made it all worth it. Getting stung snaps you into the moment like nothing else :), it brings awareness to the here and now.
And awareness is the ultimate gift we give ourselves, for in every moment we have the opportunity to choose our perception, our attitude, our reality. As the saying goes: "if you think you can or can't, you're right. ;)
So, the bees and me, we kinda want to stay put for a while. (If I should be so bold as to speak for the bees). And yes, I’ll heed to the call of the trade winds, should they blow me yonder, but for now, I’ll just bee right here. Because I’m happy to say, my current present— is all about getting grounded in the bliss of the here and now. As it always was, and always will beeeeeee.
It's almost time for back to school! Pack that lunch box, pencil case and makeup bag! ...Uh, makeup bag? Yeah, that's a new one for me too! But, I have a 14 year old daughter, and being the right-on-target teen that she is... she's starting to get interested in makeup. And, I have a feeling, now that's she's starting high school, that interest is just gonna keep growing.
So here we are, entering a new phase in life; my girl's discovering and exploring the world of cosmetics and skin care. I can remember when I was her age, my girlfriends and I would pour over issues of "Teen" magazine (do they still print that?!) and check out all the latest in fashion, beauty and makeup. So fun! And I want that for her, not the magazines and makeup per se, but the excitement of growing up and becoming a woman. Those first pair of high heels, that new sophisticated hair cut, and yeah okay, some new products for her makeup bag. --As much as I would like to tell her "Just say no to makeup! You're beautiful just the way you are! (It's the truth, after-all). -- I just know, that's not gonna fly.
Eden, on her first trip to Paris this summer couldn't resist posing in front of the posh fashion boutiques along the Champs-Elysees.
I don't know about your guy, but mine spends waaay more time and attention on cleaning his car than his face. Besides a daily shave, Mark didn't really have a skin care routine. But that all changed one day. For his last birthday, I thought he might appreciate a little extra attention. I considered getting him a massage-- but true story-- he's too ticklish! So after breakfast in bed, and he got all caught up on the sports page, I invited him to sit back, relax and let me give him a Honey Girl Organics Skin Care Extraordinaire Facial.
Admittedly, he was a little taken aback, but contemplated it for just a few seconds, and then said, "sure, what the heck!"
Let me just say, I don't have a lotta practice giving men facials. First of all, that facial hair!! --What to do?!? So, I did a little research ahead of time, got all the right HGO products-- and was ready to give it a go. And you know what? I had him at the first soft touch of a honey scented face cloth. Ten minutes in, he was like a sleeping baby. Well, not quite sleeping-- but perfectly content. Needless to say, it was a complete success, in every way.
Health & beauty myths come and go. Sooner or later, the truth rises to the surface, the bubble pops— and a fad is laid to rest, quickly making way for yet another to take its place.
Not the case with Mighty Olive Oil!
Olive oil has withstood the test of time. History has shown that its use dates back to ancient times; it was revered as a source of currency, medicine, fuel, food, & soap-making. It was used for religious rituals and found in a plethora of beauty treatments. Hippocrates mentions 60 different conditions which could be treated with it, such as skin ailments, wounds and burns, gynecological issues, ear infections and many others.
The first person I told I was pregnant was my dental hygienist. I didn’t even know her name. I can explain… See, I got to my dentist appointment very early, and decided to kill some time walking around the pharmacy next door. As I passed through the aisles, the shelf with the pregnancy tests caught my eye. I remember thinking to myself, I feel the same symptoms I hear pregnant people describe.... So, very spontaneously, I purchased a test, thinking I can get home - take this test and still be back in time for my dentist appointment. …I never really gave much thought to the fact that I could actually be pregnant!
....Timing is everything.
You know it’s springtime in Hawaii when you see baby birds, baby bees and the oh so adorable —baby boar. Yep, they’re all darling in their own ways. I’m privy to the bees myself, and although I’ve seen plenty of baby chics along the bike path- scurrying after their mamas, and the startling grunting baby boar in my backyard, I have yet to see the baby bees.
Photo by Katie Metzger