There’s an Affordable and Local Alternative to the Royals-Approved Needle-Free Beauty Secret

A few years ago, Kate and Camilla’s beautician, Deborah Mitchell revealed to the Daily Mail the needle-free organic alternative to Botox that she used for the English roses of the Royal Family. The secret ingredient is – drum roll please – bee venom. Mitchell spoke about her biggest achievement to The Mail – giving Kate a bee venom facial at Clarence House a few days before the wedding and treating Camilla on the morning of the ceremony.

Shortly before Camilla’s wedding to Prince Charles, Camilla had been using this painless shortcut to youthful skin. Deborah has been a regular visitor to Clarence House and Highgrove since she started working with Camilla in 2005.

Though the bee venom facials that Camilla and Kate used is a bit out of our price-range (a whopping £165 per facial), we New Zealanders have access to a way more affordable version of bee venom skincare.

Deborah Mitchell Gold Bee Venom Mask From £352.00 ($743.27 NZD)

Bee Venom acts as an irritation as if it has been stung with the peptide Melittin. It causes an increased blood circulation to the deep layers of the skin and stimulates cell regeneration and the production of elastin and collagen to lift, plump and tighten the skin. This means that it can be used as a natural alternative to clinical treatments that involve painful needles.

As a more affordable and local alternative, we found New Zealand Brand BeeBio – they have products that include pure bee venom and highly active medical grade Manuka honey. Bee Venom is the world’s most expensive active skin care ingredient at over $500,000 per kilogram. BeeBio‘s bee venom is small-batch farmed and harvested here in New Zealand with no harm or detrimental effect to the producing bees.


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Backed by scientific research in collaboration with the NZ government and Ministry of Science and Innovation, BeeBio’s anti-aging skincare is proven to rejuvenate and regenerate skin cells. Both the bee venom and 16+ active Manuka Honey in BeeBio’s products are scientifically proven to stimulate skin cell growth by 80%.

Skin Cell Growth * Studies carried out by Trinity Laboratories in NZ