According to the LUSH Times, they buy over 5,505 kg of honey yearly. This is an insane amount of honey. Imagine eating all of that! You would turn into a honeybee! But LUSH does not use all of their honey for eating, but rather for creating inspiring, natural products.
The reason why LUSH uses honey is because it has moisturizing, reparative, and antimicrobial proprieties. Antimicrobial basically means that honey creates a long lasting barrier over the skin to protect it from harmful micro-organisms (I had to look that one up). I find these proprieties of honey interesting because it is another natural ingredient that has many, many benefits and of course the positive, it contains zero chemicals and production waste. Some products from LUSH that contain honey include Ambrosia-shaving cream, Honey I Washed The Kids- soap, Honey Trap- lip balm, and Flying Fox- shower gel. Out of these products I have used Ambrosia and Honey Trap. Ambrosia is great because of its light texture and smoothness it creates after a fresh shave. Honey Trap is also one of my favorite LUSH lip balms because it just tastes so delicious!
After reading the latest edition of the LUSH Times, I found an interesting article about where LUSH’s honey supplier, ConeyBeare Honey located in Southwestern Ontario. The article is set up in Q&A form. The questions range from “What is your earliest memory of honey bees?” to “What would the collapse of honey bees mean for food production in North America?” The major aspect I learned from the article is that the bee population is decreasing everywhere in North America from a pesticide class called, neonicotinoids. These pesticides are basically sprayed on everything, from corn to wheat.
I also noted that bee populations are growing rapidly in metropolitan areas because of the lack of these pesticides in the cities. Interestingly, I know this is a true phenomenon because while I was walking to the subway station in Union Square, a bee stung me for the first time ever! In NYC! Where plants are minimal! What a surprise for someone walking down the subway stairs.
It is important for us, the consumers and maybe even the buyers, to make sure we are supporting businesses that aid to natural, effective ways of honey farming. Always look at where the products are coming from and always look for the most eco-friendly route.
Do you utilize honey in any unique ways?
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