Valmont’s New Beauty Line Will Save Your Skin—and the Honeybees
The Swiss brand’s Essence of Bees products are made with the help of the company’s own protected hives.
While it might seem as though prestige skin care and the current honeybee crisis occupy entirely separate orbits, Swiss cosmetics brand Valmont is effortlessly bringing the endangered pollinators and the substances they produce into the realm of luxury beauty.
This past September, Valmont’s L’Elixir des Glaciers line launched Essence of Bees, its newest range of products that treats skin using a potent blend of bee byproducts: honey, propolis, and royal jelly. The three ingredients have powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties (to name a few), but they’re also deeply nourishing, making the Essence of Bees line gentle yet exceptionally effective. Along with the proprietary bee complex, a high concentration of salmon DNA allows the products—a superabsorbent oil, a nourishing mask, and a silky smooth eye serum—to plump, soften, and repair the skin at a cellular level.
The Essence of Bees line comes full circle for Valmont, connecting to its artistic and philanthropic endeavors. Under the helm of President Didier Guillon, the company has adopted 50 hives in Switzerland in order to protect the insects (especially during the harsh Swiss winter, when bees cannot survive without human intervention) and maintain complete quality control; everything from the garden from which botanic ingredients are sourced to the patented blender that mixes together the bee complex is controlled by the brand.
Guillon has also grown Valmont’s art foundation, Fondation Valmont. In this year’s exhibit at the Venice Biennale (the brand’s second), titled “Beauty and the Beast,” New York artist Judi Harvest has created a range of works—oil paintings of honeycombs, Murano glass Honey Vessels, a six-and-a-half-foot-tall porcelain hive—to represent lightness and hope in a time when so much of nature suffers at the hands of man.