New Zealand is big on wellness. They’re also keen on enlisting Mother Nature’s help in the quest for such, it seems.
Apart from the soothing and numerous hot springs, organic health and beauty aids abound among New Zealand’s attractions. One of the best sources for the latter is Happy Valley Honey.
A name like that will probably make you envision a quaint little bee farm owned by a sweet, unassuming couple living in a, well, happy valley. And you’d be half-right.
Happy Valley Honey was founded in 1975 by Ben and Dot Rawnsley. It started out as a hobby for the bee-loving couple, but the demand for their honey was such that their little project quickly grew into a shop and office on their Mill Road farm premises. Many of the company’s loyal customers still recall the original shop, where they brought their own containers to fill with their favorite honey.
In keeping with the tradition of organic bee products, Happy Valley Honey broke new ground back in 1990 when they commercially produced Fresh Royal Jelly.
The business was relocated to its current address in Drury back in 2003 when the Lipscombe family fully acquired the company, but Happy Valley Honey remains the only commercial producers of New Zealand Royal Jelly.
The company still produces a lot of high-quality honey for third party resellers and individual consumers alike, but much of its output also goes into its extensive range of beauty and wellness products, such as the following:
1. Comvita Propolis Toothpaste.
This 100% natural alternative to commercially-produced toothpaste has Xylitol, a natural substance found in birch trees, and Propolis, a substance derived from bees. These prevent plaque build-up and brighten teeth, respectively, while Tea Tree Oil and other similar essential oils freshen your breath.
2. Comvita Propolis Lozenges.
New Zealand Manuka honey has long been valued for its health-gaining effects and Propolis contains a high amount of flavonoids. Combined, they make for a delicious yet effective remedy for sore throats.
Happy Valley Honey’s range of lozenges come in three delightfully different flavors: blackcurrant, aniseed, and lemon & honey.
3. Manuka Honey Nuglets.
Honey fans will adore these golden nuggets of flavored honey. They were designed to help cure dry throats and to provide bursts of energy on outdoor activities like hiking, mountain-climbing, and picnicking.
As with the lozenges, these come in different flavors too: ginger, manuka, lemon, aniseed, and green tea.
4. Royal Skin Bee Venom Mask.
If you’ve been curious about Kate Middleton’s rumored bee venom beauty regimen (skin care specialists claim that its effects are similar to botox) but don’t have NZ$490 to spare, Happy Valley Honey makes a more affordable alternative.
At NZ$65, the Royal Skin Bee Venom Mask is a cheaper version of the Duchess’ favorite treatment for moisturizing and plumping up the skin, effectively smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
5. New Zealand Royal Jelly and Manuka Honey Soap.
Forget about milk baths. Fine-milled soap made from the finest royal jelly and Manuka honey is where it’s at.
Happy Valley Honey’s mild, honeysuckle-scented soap cleanses, rejuvenates, and relieves even the most sensitive skin. Clients who suffer from eczema and dermatitis have even attested to the effectiveness of this luxurious soap on their skin conditions.
Best of all, this soap holds its form and doesn’t turn into gooey mush in your bathroom.
Happy Valley Honey products can be purchased at 520 Great South Road, Papkura, New Zealand, but you can also try availing of them from any of the following stockists.