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{Tested} Beecology Buzz Balm and Honey Hand and Body Cream

2012 February 28

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Beecology products are made with all-natural, renewable ingredients (no parabens or preservatives) including honey and wax from a Cleveland family’s own hives. In 2011, Beecology products were listed in Cleveland Magazine’s “Best of” issue and picked up by Whole Foods. We wanted to find out–is there truth behind the buzz?

So, we sent our FOF testers two products, Buzz Balm, a natural remedy for chapped lips, and Honey Hand and Body Cream, a “never-greasy,” moisturizer made from cupuacu (tropical fruit), shea butter and Beecology’s own honey. Were these products the bee’s knees? Read on.

Quick take: 5 out of 7 testers would recommend Beecology hand and body cream to other FOFs. 3 out of 7 testers would recommend Beecology lip balm to other FOFs.

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Nelli Douglas–Ontario, O.R.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I don’t have any allergies, so I would have preferred a light scent.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips? What changes did you notice?
A big difference in my hands–within two or three days the chapped appearance was gone and they felt much softer. I did not notice a big change in my lips–I didn’t feel the balm was penetrating my lips and had to use it quite often for them to continue feeling soft.

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Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes. I suffer from dry, chapped hands with cracks near my fingernails. I have not seen any sign of these conditions [since I started using the products]. I will also continue to use the lip balm, because I like the peppermint tingle after applying it.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
I would recommend the hand and body cream especially for people who suffer from dry skin. The lip balm was great but didn’t give me any better results than other brands.

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Linda Paul–Catasauqua, P.A.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes. The hand and body cream was especially effective.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I actually missed a fragrance. The lack of preservatives does not matter to me.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips? What changes did you notice?
I noticed a tingling when applying the lip moisturizer which I did not particularly care for. The hand and body cream left my hands soft and smooth.

Do you think these products are a good way to achieve smooth skin on your hands, body and lips?
I did not like the tingling from the lip balm.  The hand and body cream was not greasy and was quickly absorbed. It left my skin very soft and smooth.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
I would probably not use the lip balm. The hand and body cream was delightful and I would continue to use it, although it would be better with a light, floral scent.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
Definitely the hand and body cream, but not the lip balm.

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Sarah Baldwin–South Thomaston, M.E.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
Preservative-free products are very important to me. I loved the natural, sweet, honey smell of the hand cream. I shared the cream with my staff and they all agreed.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips? What changes did you notice?
My skin and lips feel soft and moisturized while using these products. The lip balm soothed my chapped lips although the peppermint was too strong. I did not like the tingling, burning sensation.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
I would continue using the hand cream because it works, smells wonderful and best of all, is all-natural, free of petroleum and preservatives. I would not continue to use the lip balm because I did not like the strong sensation left by the peppermint.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
I would recommend the hand cream without hesitation. I’d recommend the lip balm, only if you like the tingling sensation of mint.

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Kim Sortet–Mooresville, I.N.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
The hand and body cream wasn’t very moisturizing. The lip balm was very moisturizing – love it!

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I have extremely sensitive skin, eczema and am deathly allergic to fragrance and preservatives, so this is very important.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
The lip balm is the real winner. [It had a] pleasant peppermint smell and feel–very soothing!

Do you think these products are a good way to achieve smooth skin on your hands, body and lips? Lips only.

Would you continue using these products?
Yes. It is so hard for me to find a fragrance-free product, let alone, preservative-free.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs
Absolutely!

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Patricia Marinace–Bayville, N.Y.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
The hand and body cream was an effective moisturizer, but felt greasy. I thought the lip balm was a good barrier for moisture loss (it prevented by lips from becoming chapped) but not a very good moisturizer–it felt waxy.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
Frankly, I did not like the fragrance of either product, especially the lip balm. They both had a petroleum smell.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
Immediate changes–notably my hands and lips felt smoother, but the lasting effects were no better than any other product I’ve used.

Would you continue using these products?
I will finish using these products, but would not purchase them in the future.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
No. I feel there are other products on the market that are superior to these. I think that FOFs are looking for, and can afford a more effective, more pleasant smelling product. This product did not say luxury to me at all.

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Darcy Roederer–Cedar Rapids, I.A.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes, but I enjoyed the lip balm more then the hand cream.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
The hand and body cream smelled very olivey! I happen to love olives, so after awhile, I didn’t mind it. The lip balm didn’t seem to have any smell and I enjoyed it tremendously! The fact that both are preservative-free is great. With all the chemicals that we are exposed to, it is nice that Beecology products are more natural!

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
I didn’t really notice any difference on my hands and forearms. I liked that the cream isn’t greasy at all. I noticed a difference on my lips when using the balm. They were much softer and smoother.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
Yes, [I’d continue to use] the lip balm but not the hand cream because of the smell and I didn’t see much improvement.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
Yes, the lip balm.

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Michele Marrucco–Stamford, C.T.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
I really loved the hand and body cream, it felt like it was moisturizing, without being sticky. I liked the lip balm, and felt it worked well. It also did not feel sticky, a huge plus.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I would have loved to have some fragrance. I liked that it had no preservatives, it made me feel that it was safe and clean.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
I looked forward to moisturizing with the cream. I used it on my elbows, hands and feet. It felt really good after the shower and on my legs after shaving. It was light enough to put clothes or hose on immediately.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
Yes–a smoother body and hands. I would use the lip balm when my lips are severely chapped.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
Yes.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
Yes–very nice products.

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  • Carol Guth says:

    I would LOVE to test this product. I suffer from serious allergies, and have lots of trouble finding products I can use. This sounds perfect to me.

  • Pat says:

    Would love to test and see how effective it is for me.

  • Teresa Thompson says:

    Would love to try any new product

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  • Mary Catherine says:

    Of course testing this product would be a pleasure…I have very dry hands and sometimes my skin even cracks open at the side of my fingernails…my face is no longer oily as it was in my younger days, it is drier and even looks parched. I am trying to find a product that is cost effective and that has a pleasant or no scent.

  • Melanie Baril says:

    Dry hands and cuticles,chapped lips,and dry patches on my face.Ugh!What can this FOB do?Could this Josie Maran Argan Balm be the answer? I would love to try it and find out. Besides,my youngest daughter moved to Florida yesterday and my birthdate is March 24.I am feeling a little nuts at the moment!A little skin care therapy might just be the ticket right now.

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  • Ann Taher says:

    I would love to test it and let you know my results.