Is it okay to buy something for the packaging alone? Of course it is, and I stand by that.

Skinfood Honey Propolis Essence is designed to look like a potion bottle straight from a Harry Potter film – it has the heft and quality of one, too! The content itself looks like melted amber. I digress. . . Before I write an entire blog on the packaging, let’s dive into what really matters: inner beauty.

So what’s in this? This puppy contains 63% propolis extract and 10% royal jelly extract. Now, you can stop nodding your head and pretending that you know what those extracts do for your skin – I didn’t! Propolis is a resinous substance that insects use to glue materials of their hives together, which is made up of beeswax and resins from trees. It is used for its antiseptic, calming, and restorative capabilities – especially in problematic skin. Furthermore, it can speed up cell growth and help clear out pores. This propolis also works against bad bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. And that’s just ONE extract. Royal jelly extract is another all-in-one miracle worker, containing natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties. It’s healing, soothing, moisturizing, and anti-aging. Oof…I’m exhausted!

My thoughts:

Purpose: With so many antioxidants and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this essence has its eye on the prize: to create smoother, healthier, brighter, and more hydrated skin.

Feel and consistency: I was actually surprised to find it quite watery. I expected something gooier (because this is technically bee spit and tree resin), but it comes out clear and easy to spread. What a pleasant surprise! You can cover most of your face with just one drop. It absorbed quickly into my skin and dried to a very slight tacky feel. But after that, it disappeared after a few more minutes, leaving my skin feeling insanely soft.

Scent: I’ve had my face in this bottle for a good five minutes now, trying different angles, applying it on difference places, and I genuinely cannot smell ANYTHING. This is a scentless essence, or I’ve just completely lost my sense of smell.

When to use: I used this after cleansing and toning and follow up with my facial moisturizer.

Results: The most instant effect is extreme hydration and, as a result, smoother skin. I can’t wait to use this religiously in the winter (or honestly every season here in dry California). If I apply before bed, I wake up with extremely plump and dewy skin. Sometimes I’ll even apply before doing my makeup for just an added from-within glow. In terms of evening out my skin’s complexion, it may be too soon to tell, but I have high hopes for this stunning little potion.

Check it out here!

xoxo – Genevieve 🙂

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