Here at Style & Then Some we won’t review a beauty product unless it is exceptionally awesome, life saving or downright bizarre. So when I was asked to review Beetox, a new skincare range consisting predominantly of bee venom (yes, the venom of Bees doesn’t sound like it should go on your face to me either) I was a little more than intrigued. After all the chat recently surrounding sheep placenta facials (gross), Vampire Facelifts (thanks Kardashians) and so forth, maybe a little Bee Venom isn’t sounding so scary after all. Unless you are allergic to bee stings…In that case, STEP AWAY.
We do love bees over here in our little corner of the internet. Katie even went bee keeping once, but it is a little different slapping it all over your face and chilling out for twenty minutes (or pulling faces to your web cam). And at £55 a pot, the Beetox Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Face Mask may leave you feeling a little stung in the pocket but hey, if it gives me smaller pores, reduced redness and heal my pesky blemishes as it promises, then sting away. Now, before PETA start commenting, I have been assured that Beetox is all natural, and no bees are harmed in the extraction process in any way. Actually, I geeked out and started researching Manuka Honey (the other main ingredient) and learned all about how Manuka Honey is actually rated in terms of it’s antibactial potency. Check this out courtesy of www. iveto110.com:
‘The most obvious item you will see on a manuka honey label is a number between 0-30. This rating system is comparable to the percentage of its antibacterial activity. The higher the number on the label, the higher the manuka honey’s antibacterial potency. The higher the activity, the higher price it commands.’
So it looks like Beetox is actually the first skincare range to combine active Manuka Honey UMF 20+ with Bee Venom. Apart from smelling absolutely gorgeous, my skin did feel amazingly clean and fresh after testing, and although I am rather cynical about any product that claims it can shrink your pores (its genetics people, there is no cure for this) having clean pores does give the illusion they are smaller, so any product that can penetrate deep enough to achieve this is getting a gold star from me and my forehead. The whole philosophy and more information about Beetox can be found here, and so far I would definitely recommend this product, as long as bees don’t start attacking me in the park in retaliation.
Beauty Junkie rating: 4 stars.