Honey 101: The wonderful imposter!

We love honey! This is not limited to a cup of soothing ginger and peppermint tea, but as an absolute must on our face, toes and all the skin in between. Whether you know it or not, your skin loves honey too.

For centuries, (yes literally), honey has been used as a band aid of sorts, gloriously slathered onto cuts and wounds. Suddenly, infections were decreased and wounds began to heal. (did you know, honey is still administered onto wounds that are in the early stages of infection? ).  Additionally, it was also consumed internally for medicinal purposes. Our great grandparents, grandparents, parents and just a few of us, understand the true benefits of this liquid gold, but many are still missing the mark. 

Whilst honey is a wonderful skin cleanser, antibacterial, moisturizing and an anti-inflammatory agent, not all honey is created equal. Most of what you find on your local, market shelves are imposters-honey that's been altered to increase profit and reduce effectiveness. And, in many cases, It has also been heated at a temperature too high, for any of its nutritional value to remain. Also what you assume to be honey, is usually a percentage of genuine product, with unhealthy fillers added (enter corn syrup + undectected fillers). Furthermore, most of it is imported, which greatly affects American beekeepers.

Honey, in its pure and authentic form is body and skin beneficial and has secured its place in a Lavender's Story skin care line, from bath bombs to body salves, lavender infused honey, is in it! And to make sure you have a pure product, that also supports American bee keepers, we purchase from an Amish farm. After a few hours drive, I am transported into a lovely period of the past, surrounded by lush pastures, Clydesdale horses, an abundance of raw food and honey. The honey is usually thick, sludgy and filled with little souvenirs, that reflects its unfiltered nature. I happily sample, purchase and enjoy the scenic drive home. 
With several gallons in tow-containing bee legs, pollen and sometimes tree bark, any spotted souvenirs are simply removed with a sterilized spoon.  The honey is then prepared with colloidal lavender, and in some jars, varying botanical (s), its sealed then allowed to infuse for several months. Patience is absolute key to ensure that all the honey has been uniformly infused. The result is c'est la vie (formerly la vie en violet),  a honey facial cleanse. It is absolutely my favorite product. An incredibly soft, clear and hydrated face thanks me and yours will too. If you've been eyeing this magical little jar,  but have yet to make the purchase, now is a wonderful time. There is a limited sale. The first five jars can be purchased for $12, restocked inventory will be regularly priced. You'll receive 5.7 ounces of gloriousness. Make sure to apply a skin complimentary elixir just after use. That concludes our lesson on honey. Remember, your body requires nutrient rich food and so does your skin...

with grit & grace



information is for educational purposes only and not to diagnose or treat conditions. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.