A mini 15ml tub of Bee Restored Lavender Night Cream from The Sage Apothecary was the Day 21 gift in the 2019 Beautiful Surprises Advent Calendar.
I wasn’t sure if this was a bee venom or a bee pollen product, as I couldn’t find an ingredients list on the little tub, so I had to look online. This is the description on Sage Apothecary’s website:
“Repair & nourish your skin overnight, while you sleep. This mini night cream helps to improve texture by feeding the skin with all the nutrients it needs when your skin cell renewal rate is at its highest. Containing organic, ethically-harvested South Island Bee Pollen this cream helps stimulate the growth of new skin tissue, whilst the soothing and relaxing benefits of Lavender essential oil help you drift off into the Land of Nod.”
This lavender scented night cream has a very thick consistency. It’s more like a hard white paste that I had to scoop out of the jar. Most nights I had to be careful that the paste didn’t fall off my finger before I was able to rub my fingertips together and apply the “cream” to my face.
Only a very small amount of this product is needed, as it melts with body heat when rubbed between the fingertips and it feels more like applying a make-up remover balm than a night cream. I found it best to scoop a small amount out and then held it between my fingertips for 30 seconds, so that it started to melt before rubbing fingertips together and then applying it to my face. Otherwise the “cream” just rolled into a ball and ended up falling out from between fingertips to land on the floor.
The night cream leaves quite a heavy, greasy feeling on my skin, almost like a thin layer of Vaseline. There’s also a strong lavender scent on application, but thankfully it does fade after a few minutes.
I didn’t see or feel any miraculous benefits from this Bee Restored Lavender night cream. It’s a pricey product that felt like lavender scented beeswax on my skin. To give you an idea of the cost, at the time of writing this review (in November 2020), the mini size that I got in the advent calendar is worth $14 for 15ml (93 cents per ml), and the full size $45.95 for 50ml (91 cents per ml). Compare that to the price and size of your favorite night cream to see if you feel it’s expensive.
Personally, the greasy beeswax-y feeling has put me off and I wouldn’t want to use it again. Maybe it’s because this product is targeted at dry, mature, normal, combination and sensitive skin types, and that it just didn’t work well on my naturally oily skin. I don’t know, but it’s not a product that I could find myself recommending to anyone.
However, if you do want to give it a try for yourself, Bee Restored Lavender Night Cream is available online from The Sage Apothecary.