Monday, February 10, 2014

Honey Scents For Prosperity All Year Long!

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]
I love honey. The gleaming golden colour, the soothing scent, the sticky-sweet taste that lingers on your tongue… it reminds me of happiness and warm memories.

A brief history of honey
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It’s believed that honey harvesting dates as far back as 15,000 years ago. Its name comes from the ancient Hebrew word for ‘enchant’, and was the first-ever sweetener used by man. The sweet golden liquid has also inspired many legends. It’s said that Cupid dipped his love arrows in honey before aiming them at unsuspecting lovers.
Because of its molecular structure, honey is an ‘immortal’ substance. Its super-saturated levels of sugar prevent the growth of bacteria, and that’s why it can be left out in the open or kept for long periods of time without spoiling!

Honey in the beauty world
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Honey has been used as a significant ingredient in skincare for a long time because of its versatility. Legend has it that Cleopatra (the pioneer of beauty rituals), used to bathe in a mixture of milk and honey for smoother, softer skin. Honey’s skincare benefits include:
  • Anti-bacterial properties, which help draw out impurities from acne-prone skin.
  • Soothing properties, helping to calm down sensitive skin and irritation.
  • Repairing properties, can be applied on skin or hair to repair damage.
  • Anti-ageing properties, especially when mixed together with milk.
  • Healing properties, helps to treat burns when applied directly on affected area.

Soothing scents of honey
Apart from making a prominent appearance in skincare products, the scent of honey is also beginning to make a big impression in the world of fragrances. A spritz or two will soothe frazzled nerves while making you smell delectable. What we like about honey-scented fragrances is that it’s sweet without being overpowering. Combined with hints of citrus, honey scents are incredibly wearable from day to night, without leaving behind a cloying vanilla-scented cloud.
Here are our top picks of the season:

Marc Jacobs Honey EDP, RM290
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Top notes of pear, mandarin orange and punch; middle notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom and peach; and base notes of honey, vanilla and white wood, Marc Jacobs’ Honey is light and citrusy at first whiff, and dries down to a sweet, slightly powdery note. The cute bottle makes it worth the splurge.

The Body Shop Honeymania EDT, RM49.90
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Featuring honey made from wildflower nectar, this scent has delicate floral notes that complement the sweetness of the honey notes. The honey used in Honeymania’s collection is ethically-sourced from Ethiopia via The Body Shops’s Community Fair Trade programme.

Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey & Peach Blossom Body Lotion
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Using natural extracts of wildflower honey and velvety peach blossoms, this latest offering from Crabtree & Evelyn features a vintage-inspired packaging that sets it apart from its bestselling counterparts. Sadly the range doesn’t include a perfume, so we’ll make do with a scented body lotion instead.

L’OCCITANE Fleur d’Or & Acacia EDT, RM225
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Inspired by the land of perfumes, Grasse, this light EDT combines lively mimosa with Mediterranean acacia. Even though honey is not part of the ingredient list, the result is a luminous, honey-like scent that instantly uplifts the mood.

Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne, RM225
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Jo Malone’s version of a honey-inspired scent stays true to its name. The heart note, acacia honey, is sweet and creamy, with hints of floral notes. Combined with cassis and peach, this fruity-floral fragrance is suitable to be worn during the day.

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