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Honey in Cosmetics – Ingredient Spotlight

Written by: | January 11, 2019 | 5 responses

Honey is one of the most interesting ingredients in hair and skincare. The fact that honey is produced by bees, and can survive centuries in Egyptian tombs and still be edible (although I wouldn’t try it) is incredibly amazing, but what really makes honey such an interesting ingredient is how beneficial it is for hair and skin.

  • Honey is a natural humectant meaning it attracts water helping to keep your hair and skin moisturized.
  • The mild nature of honey makes it a perfect ingredient choice for those with less than perfect skin. It is well known to improve the appearance of chaotic skin.
  • Honey adds shine and softness to hair. Yes, it’s sticky but when used in the shower or bath it really makes for a fabulous hair masque!

Ready to try some honey for your skin or hair? Check out this easy to make and preservative free recipe for a great masque for either your face or hair!

Mega Moisture Honey Clay Mask 

Equipment You’ll Need

Large glass Mixing Bowl
Latex or Nitrile Gloves
Measuring cups/spoon or scale

Approximate yield: 1 Pound  (16 oz)
Approximate cost per pound:  $12.17

Suggested Packaging: 2oz Jar
Suggested retail price:  $10 – $15


IngredientWeight – (pounds)Kitchen MeasurementsPercentage by weight
USDA Certified Organic Honey0.4118¾ Cup41%
Kaolin Clay0.37652 ½ Cups38%
Pomegranate Seed Oil0.15291/3 Cup15%
Vegetable Glycerin0.05881Tbsp6%



  1. Place clay in your glass mixing bowl, then add the remaining ingredients. Be sure not to use metal utensils when making this masque as clay can react with metal.
  2. Put on your gloves, and mix together with your hands. This is really the easiest method but if you are uncomfortable using your hands, you could use a wooden spoon or spatula.
  3. While hands are still gloved, fill jars with masque.
  4. To Use for a facial masque simply apply a layer of the masque on your skin with either your fingers or a cosmetic spatula. Leave on for 10 – 20 minutes and rinse off. Follow with a toner to balance pH, serum if desired, and a facial moisturizer.
  5. To use for a hair masque, apply to clean, wet hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Follow with conditioner if desired.

Please note that this recipe has not been challenge tested for preservation efficacy. If you use this recipe for market sales, it is up to you to ensure the safety of the product.

1. Carter D. A., Blair S. E., Cokcetin N. N., et al. Therapeutic Manuka Honey: No Longer So Alternative. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2016;7: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00569. 
2. Burlando B., Cornara L. Honey in dermatology and skin care: A review. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2013;12(4):306–313: 10.1111/jocd.12058. 
3. Fingleton J., Sheahan D., Corin A., Weatherall M., Beasley R. A randomised controlled trial of topical Kanuka honey for the treatment of psoriasis. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2014;5(3) doi: 10.1177/2042533313518913.


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