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Definition: Royal Jelly

Something about the name "royal jelly" has always turned me off a little, but further investigation into what it actually is rendered me fascinated. Royal Jelly is produced by honey bees to feed larvae intended to become worker bees. But get this: when a queen bee is needed, a "chosen" larva is fed nothing but mass quanities of royal jelly, which makes it turn into a queen and grow ovaries. For humans, the milky substance is packed with B-complex vitamins and is used as a dietary supplement and to treat certain diseases. With a backstory like this, think of what it does for your face!

Japanese company DHC has a Royal Jelly Extract which is meant to stimulate and needs to be refrigerated. Burt's Bees makes a Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly. The Savannah Bee Company makes a (currently sold-out) Royal Jelly Body Butter. If you're as curious as I am about the ingredient's beauty benefits you might want to stock up now: agriculturalists have been warning about a honey bee shortage for a couple years now. Burt's Bees and Häagen-Dazs, for their parts, have pledged money to help save the bees. Presumably to generate some positive buzz. (Sorry.)


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brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
Yep, the honey bee shortage is Colony Collapse Disorder. I participate in bee observations in my city (New York). I'm obsessed with bees in general, so I already knew about royal jelly. The Queen Bee (ahem, me) approves!
Ella-Pretty Ella-Pretty 9 years
I just bought the burts bee moisturiser with royal jelly...I was attracted by the 'no parabens or pthalates' claim - otherwise I would have bought Oil of Olay... My mom loves the boots royal jelly cream - it smells gorgeous and leaves skin so soft.
Seka21 Seka21 9 years
I drink a royal jelly supiment which is 20 british pounds for 10 and come in test tube sized bottles. I suffer from a low immunity and i find when i take it im better and dont get sick as much as i normally do I deffinately would try these products you mentioned as i know the stuff works miracles for my inner health.. would be interesting to see what affect it has on the outside
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I use the Burts Bees Royal Jelly Eye Cream and love it! It's a weird consistency, almost like petroleum jelly but doesn't leave the eye area greasy...just soft and I definitely noticed less fine lines.
abbydennis abbydennis 9 years
i just started beekeeping in chicago (yes, actually in the city) this past may and encourage anyone interested to consider becoming a beekeeper themselves. it's truly fascinating and a rewarding experience on many levels. with each generation the hobby becomes less and less popular, but considering the current bee dilemma we should really try to reverse that trend!
emalove emalove 9 years
I always wondered what royal jelly was! I think it's in one of the Burt's Bees night creams that I have. Now I know!
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