Thursday 13 February 2014


Comvita Protective Day Moisturiser

There are many different types of honey and so they are classified by their floral source, the way they are processed or the region they are from. Manuka honey falls in the latter category as it originates from the nectar of the Manuka tree, which is only found in New Zealand and southeastern Australia. It's renowned for its unique flavour and health benefits, but did you know that the sticky treat can also be used in beauty products to feed your skin through external use?

Comvita is an international natural health and beauty company which uses Manuka honey in a range of its products, including the protective day moisturiser which I trialled for this review. This beauty product also includes other natural ingredients such as sunflower oil, macadamia oil and the New Zealand Kawakawa extract - making it sound very appealing from a natural beauty point of view.

The first thing I noticed when putting a small amount of the moisturiser on my hand was the strong sweet and floral scent. If it weren't for the fact that it had the pale colour and smooth texture of a cream, I could've easily mistaken it for a jar of pure honey. While I normally love honey, I initially wasn't sure if I would enjoy having this fragrance linger in the air and on my face when using the product, but I needn't have worried as I quickly got used to it and started to relish the enticing scent.

Lightly applying the moisturiser to my face the product felt sticky and I thought it might leave a slightly syrupy residue, like regular honey does when you accidentally spill it on your skin. Thankfully, this wasn't the case at all. Instead the product seemed to tighten my face, in a pleasant way, making it look and feel more even than before.

As I suffer from dry skin I usually have to touch up my moisturiser throughout the day, to ensure that no dry areas are visible. Upon using the protective day moisturiser in the morning however I found that I didn't need to replenish it at all throughout the day as my face stayed consistently soft and nourished. This was a wonderful unexpected bonus to using the product and was reason enough for me to fall absolutely in love with it.

The moisturiser is marketed as helping to minimise visible signs of aging. While after using it for just a few weeks I can't say with certainty that it does indeed do what it says on the tin, the way my skin felt tighter straight after use and looked nourished throughout the day does make me believe that using the moisturiser consistently has helped my face to look more healthy and rejuvenated than before.

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