Determined to change my mind about the way I feel about honey I accepted Beefayre's invitation to try out a few products from the brand. So after a little research the idea for Beefayre was born Transylvania, Romania when Sharon Jervis went to study the ancient tradition of bee keeping. There she discovered all the benefits and healing properties of the hive and with her son later developed a range of health and body care products. Beefayre well being products are handmade in England and use only natural ingredients, free of any petroleum by-products. Sharon's drawings create the original design and packaging for Beefayre products and is inspired by the honey bee. Beefayre donate 3% profits to bee conservation and research. Pretty cool huh? Here is what I have been trying out...
Beefayre Bluebell and Wood Anemone Small Scented Candle £7.50 - link
A little larger than a votive in size this beautiful glass encased candle is strong yet fresh in fragrance, it is floral yet slightly musky. If you like typical Bluebell fragrances but want something a little more intense I imagine this will be right up your street. This candle has been made using 100% Natural plant wax and fragrance oils meaning that you can allow the melted wax to cool a little and use it as an body oil too!
Beefayre Bee Calm Shower and Bath Milk £10.95 - link
Anything that can help to soothe and calm my mind will forever have my attention, this light but nourishing body wash smells divine. It has a heady fragrance - a blend of geranium and lavender which really comes to life when combined with water to create either a relaxing bath or gentle shower gel. I like that it smells more floral than lavender and do find the fragrance to be calming just before bed, as a shower product it doesn't strip the skin rather it gently cleanses and leaves you feeling fresh and dare I say it a little sleepy. It is free from parabens and sulphates too.
Beefayre Bee Calm Organic Soap £4.50 - link
I gently unwrapped this soap and placed it in a soap dish within out tiny guest bathroom, I kid you not but within a hour when I re-entered the room it smelled heavenly. I have never known a soap to be so scented that one single bar could almost act as an air freshener. Despite being intensely scented (again natural oils) this is gentle on the skin, it doesn't dry out the hands or body (don't use it on your face) but effectively removes all dirt and even food scents. If you are wondering about the fragrance it is identical to the Bee Calm Shower and Bath Milk above.
Beefayre Bee Lippy Lip Balms £5 each - link
Sadly this was the only product I didn't get on with and it is due to the fragrance, you see the lip balms are made using natural beeswax, melissa oil and then gently flavoured. Melissa oil is said to have antibacterial and antiviral properties making it great for chapped lips. Personally due to the beeswax I could smell "honey" and really couldn't get past it, not even citrus fruits could help me in this case. I will say that the balms are very generously sized and due to their firm texture a little goes a long way. My sister on the other hand who I gifted both balms too said they not only smell great (and taste great - I didn't ask too many questions) but left her lips feeling really moisturised without being heavy or sticky.
It goes without saying that this post contains press samples but I thought I'd also point out that every product within the Beefayre range are registered on the PETA cruelty free products list.