HONEY IN BEAUTY/PERSONAL CARE
Honey has been used in beauty regimes since the time of Cleopatra and is
just as popular today. It’s easy to see why. Honey’s natural properties and
wholesome image satisfy the increasing demand for products with minimal
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture.
also an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive-skin and baby
honey has no additives or preservatives—it’s one of the few products that
packed and sold straight from nature. It requires no processing or refining.
The most popular health and beauty products on the market today containing
honey are in the skin care category, particularly bath and shower products,
face creams and skin lotions. Of beauty products that contain honey, hair
care is the category experiencing the most growth.
Research is currently underway to develop a process that uses honey to
create alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), ingredients that are included in skin
creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin.
Look for future use of honey in sun care and sun screen products, as
companies develop products that combine traditional sun blocking properties
with moisturizing and anti-irritant functions. (Tilton, Helga. 1991. Global
Makeup. Chemical Marketing Reporter, CMR Special Report. July 1991. p.
Today, honey is used in an ever-increasing number of consumer products for
both men and women. Look for a wide range of products that contain honey,
from skin moisturizers and body scrubs to hair conditioners and bubble
baths. Or try one of the following “beauty recipes” for yourself.
** All information, except where noted, is from “The U.S. Personal Care
Market and Honey,”
National Honey Board, Product Research/Food Technology Program, May 1997.
HOMEMADE HONEY BEAUTY RECIPES
Honey Cleansing Scrub
Mix 1 Tablespoon of honey with 2 Tablespoons finely ground almonds and ½
lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.
Firming Face Mask
Whisk together 1 Tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin
(available at drug
and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste (approximately ¼ cup).
over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Smoothing Skin Lotion
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and ¼ teaspoon lemon
into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes.
Skin Softening Bath
Add ¼ cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.
Stir 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. Blondes may wish to
squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse
HISTORICAL HONEY BEAUTY SECRETS
Madame du Barry, the infamous last mistress of Louis XV, used honey as a
form of facial mask, lying down for a rest while the honey did its work.
Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her
It was said that Queen Anne of England used a honey and oil concoction to
long hair lustrous, thick and shiny.
It was claimed that another famous Englishwoman, Sarah, Duchess of
Marlborough, used her own secret recipe for a honey water to keep her hair
Chinese women have a tradition of using a blend of honey and ground orange
keep their skin blemish-free.