We love our DIY around here at What The Flicka, but more often than not, it ends up in a complete pintrocity or us yelling “ain’t nobody got time for that.” So when given the opportunity to test out a fresh on the scene DIY skincare products by Handcrafted Honey Bee, we jumped so high we needed extra support for the twins if ya know what I mean.
Handcrafted Honey Bee, a mom and pop e-comm shop based in sunny CA, “was founded with the goal of helping you to create healthy, handcrafted skin care products with ease in the comfort of your own home.” With easy to do DIY kits ranging from lip balm to deodorant, these would make the perfect stocking stuffers, birthday presents, or a special treat for a special someone.
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Here is what our lucky testers thought:
Sometimes even taking a bath sounds exhausting. However, duty calls, and when I received the Handcrafted Honey Bee “GET SALTY WITH YOUR SWEETNESS” bath salt kit in the mail, I went to work. Picture your high school chemistry class, only switch out the sulfuric acid for lovely, all-natural, spa-quality fragrances, oils, salts, and botanicals, and you’ll get the idea. Follow the enclosed instructions on mixing the salts and add-ins; then divide the mixture into the 6 pretty pouches. My favorite part was giving the satchels to well deserving mommy friends, but I made sure to keep one for myself (for work, of course). Heavenly! I have sensitive skin and experienced ZERO itchiness. Was it worth the mixing, the measuring, and the pouring? Yes! I plan to order more for Christmas presents.
I had just come from the dermatologist where I joked about making me look 25 again. I half expected him to guffaw and say, “Don’t be ridiculous!” But instead he quite seriously started talking about lasers and age spot reduction treatment. I sighed and took his pamphlets and took my 40plus year old skin home. I admit I am not the best with my skin care. Often I can fall asleep on the couch after a long day with the kids and then slip into bed with just enough energy to brush my teeth, usually not washing my face. So my face could use a little tender care. So I broke open Handcrafted Honey Bee’s Do it Yourself Spa Clay Mask Kit. It comes with a variety of clays all clearly marked in little bags and little jars to make beautifying concoctions. I liked the idea of taking the time to build and mix something, to then place on my skin and make me feel like I was worth taking the time. There were instructions for a weekly mask, spot treatment and a monthly detox mask. I may need that one daily. The directions were easy to follow, but I did wish the jars were marked for each mask. It took me a minute to make sure I had the right one for each mix and I wished the jars had markings on the sides of them. When I was instructed to fill about 1/4 of the way I was unsure if I had done it right just by eyeing it. And then later when I mixed it into a paste with water, I put too much water in and it was a little soupy. I also had to eye the water amount. But that didn’t matter, even the soupy mask dried and left my skin feeling tight and smooth. I couldn’t stop touching my skin. The labels and the bags had the feeling of being prepared by a long time girlfriend, a girlfriend who clearly knows that those aren’t age spots, they are adorable freckles and one who tells you don’t need expensive treatments from a dermatologist, as long as you actually get up from the couch and take care of your skin.
I recently tried out Handcrafted Honey Bee’s Nightly Facial Kit. These kits are cool because they’re DIY: they send you all of the ingredients and you mix them yourself. There’s no more wondering what the heck is in your facial cleanser. I loved it! I haven’t tried facial cleansers in a while because I have sensitive skin, but all of the ingredients in this Facial are completely natural! My face hasn’t felt this clean and refreshed in a long time. I love Handcrafted Honey Bee’s product so much that I’ve ordered the Lava Lip Balm kit for my kids for Christmas.
I brought Handcrafted Honey Bee’s Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Kit with me so that the girls could make lip gloss for their friends, but I have to admit, I really enjoyed doing it with them. Watching their faces light up when they tipped the lip gloss tube over and the lava slowly cascaded to the bottom was pure joy. And the look of accomplishment on their faces was priceless. With this kit, you can make up to eight lip glosses so each of the girls were able to make four. They were fascinated with the science of it – meticulously measuring out the castor oil and glycerin, and then adding the mica for color.
See the rest of Gwen’s review here.