WITH JULENE CROPP Co-founder of Bees Brilliance skincare.
Tell us a bit about Bees Brilliance. Bees Brilliance is a skincare range inspired by honeybees. It was founded by myself and Matthew Cropp, a fourth-generation beekeeper who turned his family legacy into a business, and is the result of many years of working with bees and the amazing raw ingredients they produce, with a vision to create a range of products that perform as effectively as bees do in their hives. What sets it apart from other skincare ranges that include honey in their products? We’re more than just a honey-based skincare brand. Our brand is all about our bees, and the naturally powerful ingredients they create. For example, the bee pollen oil we use is crafted from our very own special recipe and made in small, potent batches in-house. This golden organic oil is nature’s superfood for your skin. What are some of honey’s key beauty benefits? Rich in natural sugars, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, honey is a natural humectant that’s great for feeding the skin with all the essential nutrients you need, both topically and internally. What’s your bestseller? Our Instant Hydra Firming Shot. It’s great for an immediate pick-me-up, but it also helps with long-lasting hydration, smoothing surface wrinkles, restoring the lipids in the skin, and protecting the skin too. Why has bee venom become such an anti-ageing superstar? It gently stimulates the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What products do you recommend for those who are new to honeybased skincare? It depends on your skin type. However, a good introduction is my favourite product – our Manuka Honey Mask. With 40 per cent manuka honey, this pot of gold leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and pampered. How is manuka honey different to other varieties? Manuka honey is unique to New Zealand and valued for its amazing healing properties, and we use it for both of these reasons. Our skincare products contain actives that are grown and produced only in New Zealand and are a lot more potent because of the remote and unpolluted environment.
Bees Brilliance Original Manuka Honey Mask, $88, Skin Brightening Spot Essence, $48, and Instant Hydra Firming Shot 50ml, $49.