Posts Tagged ‘Manuka Honey’

FOCUS ON MANUKA HONEY: BUYER BEE-WARE

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

photo courtesy of Pacific Resources International

We’ve all heard the health benefits of New Zealand Manuka Honey.  Rich in hydrogen peroxide and providing antibiotic properties, Manuka Honey today is used to treat wounds, soothe throats, promote gastrointestinal health, minimize acne, and even prevent tooth decay. Only Manuka Honey contains Methylglyoxal (MG), a naturally-occurring antibacterial-rich property.  Therefore, regulating its levels has become essential in the marketplace.  Only a product’s UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) designation from the Honey Association can guarantee that a product is, in fact, genuine.  According to a recent study conducted by UK’s Fera Science Limited some of the top Manuka Honey products currently contain far lower MG levels than indicated on their labels.  Among the recent study’s findings:

  • PRI 10+ – PRI 10+ (Pacific Resources International), which should have an MG of 75, actually registered at 93, and many other PRI products independently tested also met or exceeded required MG levels.
  • Wedderspoon KFactor 16 – Found to have very low levels of the chemicals which give Manuka its unique properties with an MG level of about 45. What’s more, Wedderspoon – along with several other brands – attempts to validate the purity and effectiveness of their products by relying on pollen counts such as “KFactor” which are not recognized or approved by New Zealand’s respected Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey Association.
  • Manuka Health UMF 5+ – Found to have an MG level of 80 despite claiming to have a level of 83 (this brand is sold at Costco).
  • Manuka Doctor 20+ – Sold at Sprouts and elsewhere, this product was found to have MG levels so low they didn’t even register – suggesting it may not contain actual Manuka at all.
  • Melora Manuka Honey – exceeded required levels by a good margin.

SWAG ALERT: GET SUBLIME LIPS!

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Manuka Honey is known for its healing, hydrating, and antibacterial properties.  Its no wonder that Manuka Honey has emerged as one of this year’s “it” ingredients in beauty.  We were delighted to find a healthy dose of it in Cheeky Physique’s Sublime Lips!  Unlike other lip plumpers, Sublime Lips doesn’t cause a burning sensation — nor does it leave that icky-sticky feeling between your lips.  The proprietary blend of Manuka Honey, hyaluronic acid, and collagen-fortifying peptides creates the appearance of fuller lips within minutes, as it adds a mega-dose hydration and shine to your smile.  Sublime Lips’ colorless and long-lasting formula can be worn alone or even on top of our favorite lip colors.

Cheeky Physique is offering thirty lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Sublime Lips (retail $25) simply by following them on Instagram (or Facebook if you don’t have) and entering here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only (no P.O. Boxes, please!).  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks.

SWAG ALERT: MANUKA BEAUTIFYING DROPS!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Harsh, cold, winter weather can leave skin dry, dull and irritated.  Undercover Agents know that one of our favorite beauty secrets is applying natural oils to the skin.  It just happens to be one of Kourtney Kardashian’s as well!  Drops of Crystal Beautifying Bi-Phase Oil by Manuka Doctor is brilliant for awakening skin’s radiance and firmness, brightening the complexion, and evening out skin-tone. The lightweight, nourishing facial oil contains powerful botanical ingredients such as Purified Bee Venom, to improve skin’s elasticity, hydrating Manuka honey, to restore skin’s natural radiance, and “Crystal Tears,” oil collected from the Pistacia Lentiscus tree, to help plump and firm the complexion.  Skin instantly appears brighter, as luminosity is restored.

Manuka Doctor is offering thirty lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Drops of Crystal Beautifying Bi-Phase Oil (retail $39.95) simply by following them on Instagram (or Facebook if you don’t have) and entering  here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.