By Nadine Kam
Aug. 17 is National Honey Bee Day and Lanikai Bath & Body is celebrating it by offering a free Hawaiian Honey Handmade soap with every online purchase, or print out the coupon in their online newsletter and hand it over to the store's Soap Fairy at check out. Sign up for the newsletter here: www.lanikaibathandbody.com or visit the store's Facebook page for a link.
LUSH Honey Trap lip balm is just one of the brand's honey products calling attention to the plight of the honey bee.
ALSO, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and HoneyLove are teaming up to celebrate National Honeybee Day Saturday, with in-store educational events at its boutiques nationwide, including the Ala Moana Center store, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Since 2006, up to 50 percent of honeybee colonies have collapsed nationwide. Colony Collapse Disorder is catastrophic, not only for nature’s hardest little workers, but for humans as well. Bees pollinate 80 percent of the world’s plants. LUSH uses honey in many products, such as the Honey Bee Bath Bomb and Honey Waffle Soap, for its moisturizing and antiseptic properties.
Beekeepers worldwide — from Paris and London to Manhattan — recognize the advantage of pesticide-free city living and have begun to keep bees on the rooftops of hotels, apartment buildings, and in public parks and community gardens.
Even if you can’t stop by a LUSH store Saturday, you can still participate online to win a year’s membership to HoneyLove and a selection of honey-based LUSH products. To participate in the contest on Instagram and Twitter, snap a picture reflecting the impact of bees on your life, and tag it @iheartbees on Twitter or @honeyloveorg on Instagram, and @lushcosmetics, along with the hashtag #yaybees. Visit www.lush.com, or call 941-7400.
Honey is not the only bee product beneficial to humans. Burt’s Bees, which originated in Maine as a beeswax candle making operation, became known for cosmetics using natural ingredients such as honey and royal jelly produced by bees to nourish their queens.
In honor of bees, start and end the day by treating yourself to Radiance Day Cream ($18), a moisturizer formulated with royal jelly to help nourish the skin.