The name “Honey Bee Smooth Bath & Body Scrub + Moisturizer” just evokes good thoughts, doesn’t it? If you love honey, it just sounds amazing. I know I love honey and I love using it or having it in my beauty products, so I was looking forward to receiving this product to test it out.
It was shipped via Amazon, and was shipped alongside another product, but this one was just rolling around in there. That has nothing to do with the company that makes/manufactures this product, it’s an Amazon shipping department thing. However, there are some actual product packaging concerns that really should be addressed by the company that makes this body scrub.
First off, the jar is pretty sturdy, I’m not going to dispute that and it’s amber, which is always good in helping keep out UV rays.
But as you can see above, the ONLY seal is the Amazon barcode label (I cut through it, it was intact when it arrived). There was no shrink wrap seal, neither was there an inner seal, nor one of those inner lid liners. This jar also does not have ANY other labeling except for that Amazon barcode and the top label with their website URL. This was a standalone jar, no box. There is no product information on the jar, no ingredient list, no product name, no manufacture or expiration dates. This brings up heavy red flags for me – quality control especially.
That said, here’s the product description, which is quite long, and I’ll make some more points afterward:
“LATHER YOURSELF IN A LUXURIOUS BODY SCRUB SO NATURAL… YOU CAN EAT IT – Yep, you read that right. You can eat it. This body scrub is as natural as they come. It’s free of harmful chemicals such as phthalates, PEGS and parabens, which are found in many other scrubs. It has no sulphates, silicones or mineral oil. You’ll love this simple and effective formula, made from 100% natural honey, brown sugar, and vitamins. You deserve to use the safest, most effective skin care products on the market — and that’s exactly what you get with Honey Bee Smooth.
HONEY AND BROWN SUGAR ARE THE PERFECT POWER COUPLE – There are so many things to love about these two ingredients individually — Bring them together, and you get the ultimate relationship. Raw honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate your skin. Brown sugar is a natural glycolic acid, which powerfully exfoliates dead skin cells. Honey AND brown sugar both act as humectants, flooding your skin with moisture they draw from the environment (even after they have been washed off). And the best part about this happy, sugary marriage is that these two ingredients work their magic to give you YOUNGER, FRESHER looking skin.
YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR EVERYTHING YOUR BODY NEEDS – The benefits to your body extend beyond the simple hydrating and skin-softening effects of a typical body scrub. This scrub also has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that STIMULATE HEALING and tissue regeneration. They help rid you of acne, calm redness and irritation, and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. And don’t be shy to use a little on your hair! Honey Bee Smooth has ingredients that regulate and retain moisture, strengthen hair follicles for healthy growth, and add shine, while maintaining a light and airy texture.
INDULGE YOUR SENSES IN SOME PROPER PAMPERING – This scrub was made with YOU in mind. Not designed as just a wash, but an EXPERIENCE. As you traipse into your tub or shimmy into your shower, a soothing energy surges through your body. Think of how you’ll FEEL as you reach for the Honey Bee Smooth. With just a few fingers worth, you lather the refreshing scrub into your pores, fully enjoying its delicious smell. It’s then that you realize what a great choice you’ve made. No worries, no stress as the sugary scent rises into your nostrils. The honey and brown sugar cleanse away the dead skin cells on the surface, making way for a healthier, glowing layer of skin to shine through. And as you towel off, wrap up, and step in front of the mirror, the beautiful improvement in your skin is quite apparent.’THIS,” you suddenly realize,” is the height of LUXURY.”
Sounds rather amazing, right? Ok, keep in mind what I previously mentioned about quality control. In their description they advertise that you can EAT it. I’d recommend against it because of the lack of quality sealing. It would be one thing if this were given to me by someone who I knew personally that had made the product, but since this is coming from a company that I don’t know and that doesn’t have anything other than the description on Amazon, I’m not sticking this product in my mouth. I know the anti-bacterial properties of honey, however, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be contaminated by anything else -1) it’s not pure honey, there are other ingredients within, 2) who knows the health/sanitation practices of this company, right?, 3) with there just being the barcode label as a seal, who’s to say that someone couldn’t have tampered with it in the warehouse?, and 4) their only label – the one I mentioned with their website URL – if you go to the URL, it comes up with:
“This webpage is not available
I don’t know about you, but without anything reputable to back up the product or company, I find it very hard for me to trust this.
ALL of that aside, if you can look past those packaging and trust issues, getting to the actual product…
When you open the cover, it does have that very rich strong scent of honey. The brown sugar and other ingredients have settled to the bottom, so some stirring was necessary — the honey is also pretty solid, so a cosmetic spatula (not included) was not adequate enough to stir it. Once you do stir it, the scent of the brown sugar comes through. Because it’s honey, it’s really sticky, and like any sugar scrub, it has that gritty sugar texture which is great for exfoliation. If your skin is dry when you apply, you may have a tough time spreading it, to avoid this, moisten your skin prior to smoothing this along.
It does its job at exfoliating, removing a layer of dead skin, but I didn’t expect that it wouldn’t. The product itself is good, leaves the skin smooth and smells good – I used it on my leg.
It’s not proprietary though, since there are a ton of DIY tutorials on how to make sugar scrubs out on the web nowadays. In fact, I had planned on making some as gifts for Christmas, but ran out of time, so I may still make some for Valentine’s. But if you’re not into making your own and if they change the packaging and labeling and get a working website up, then this would be the way to go.
I really hope that they get the concerns I mentioned in the beginning straightened out. It would have been a decent product all around if not for those issues.
*Disclaimers: This product was given to me complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
If you are interested in the Honey Bee Smooth Bath & Body Scrub, it is available on Amazon for $19.99 + free Prime shipping (current at the time of writing this post).