Cleopatra wasn’t just renowned for her cat’s-eye: she was famously fond of honey, for both her beauty rituals and for dessert. As it turns out, the ancient Egyptian queen was ahead of her time: honey has since proven to be a nutritional star and skincare hero ingredient.
Made by bees from the sugary nectar of flowering plants, honey comes with a ton of different benefits. As a superfood, it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. When applied to skin, honey is also exceptionally hydrating, making it popular in everything from face creams to masks.
Now, with the launch of Herbal Essences bio:renew Bourbon Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner, you can reap mega-moisturizing benefits inspired by honey for your hair, too. In stores now ($8 each, at all major food, drug and mass retailers), these products feature manuka honey, considered one of the most unique types of honey on earth.
Just as honey acts as a humectant—drawing water from the air and then sealing it in—the bio:renew Bourbon Manuka Honey collection is formulated to work wonders in bringing back softness, shine and healthiness if your hair is feeling or looking dry, dull or generally blah.
Beyond honey, there’s also another signature ingredient with superfood-like powers in all Herbal Essences bio:renew collections: a patented blend of antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp. The clever technology works by protecting hair from the inside out, neutralizing and getting rid of free radicals with every wash, before they can do lasting damage to your hair.
If you’re wondering what a haircare recipe made with bourbon extract and honey would smell like, imagine sipping a delicious summer cocktail in your garden, with notes of honeyed plum, white florals and precious woods in the air. Basically, a little sweet and a little sultry—Cleopatra would approve.
This post was sponsored by Herbal Essences.