Review (Papa Recipe): Bombee Skin Lotion


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PAPA RECIPE Bombee Skin Lotion (150ml)





  • A light weight moisturiser for sensitive skin individuals
  • Uses a gentle formulation, with all natural ingredients to nourish the skin
  • Incorporates honey & propolis to protect & moisturise the skin’s barrier

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Water, Propolis Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Honey, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Beeswax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Lecithin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Carotene, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Arginine, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Allantoin, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract

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  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: This type of oil is suitable for sensitive skin types, and is another emollient ingredient preventing moisture loss.
  • Butylene Glycol (Mildly Comedogenic): This ingredient stops the product from drying out,  and enhances skin penetration to other ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a possible acne trigger if applied in its pure form. Numerous studies have been conducted on this ingredient, and have deemed it appropriate to be used in cosmetics/skincare.
  • Glyceryl Stearate: Used in skincare  by forming a ‘barrier’ on top of the skin, which is able to reduce water loss.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol (Mildly Comedogenic):  Is a fatty alcohol known for its various uses, such as an emulsifier, thickener, & emollient. This ingredient is supposed to condition the hair/skin,  softening the skin with additional uses. Furthermore, this will give the product the ability to spread on the skin’s surface, while keeping the product from separating apart.  Normally this is a safe ingredient according to Paula’s Choice & various online data bases.
  • Cetyl Alcohol (Mildly Comedogenic): This type of alcohol is known as a fatty alcohol, and is non irritating to the skin. This ingredient is good for dry skin types by keeping the skin moisturised. This ingredient only becomes a problem when it is listed  high up on the ingredients list. Normally, having a small amount of this ingredient can keep your skin moisturised.
  • Beeswax (Mildly Comedogenic)Used for its moisturising properties, since it has the ability to prevent water loss when applied topically on the skin. Additionally, Beeswax can be used as a emulsifier (when mixed with other ingredients, Beeswax will stop other ingredients in the product from separating).
  • Beta-Carotene (Mildly Comedogenic): Used for its antioxidant properties in skin care, and is normally obtained from orange coloured fruits (carrots).
  • Carbomer (Mildly Comedogenic): Used in skincare (normally in gel formulations) to thicken a product, and helps in turning gels from a solid into a liquid when distributed onto the face.
  • PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Mildly Comedogenic):  Is used in skin care as a cleansing agent, and this allows water to be mixed with all the oil and dirt. Once mixed, it can be easily rinsed away, and this leaves the skin clean.
  • Dimethicone (Mildly Comedogenic): Is an ingredient that forms a barrier over your skin. This product has hydrating properties, and is supposed to smooth out lines and wrinkles on your face. It works by providing the skin with a protective layer, which helps prevent moisture loss and conditions the skin.

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = The chances of this ingredient clogging your pores is not likely.

rose-1093513_960_720 Highly Comedogenic = A strong chance that this ingredient will clog your pores.


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  • Propolis Extract: Propolis is a resin (sticky stuff) made up off wax & pollen by honeybees! Propolis is used in skincare because it contains ampule amounts of amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, flavonoids, and polyphenols. These are the known effects of propolis thus far:

1. Strong antioxidant that reduces free radicals:

Both flavonoids & polyphenols have strong antioxidant effects, and thus offer protection from ‘free radicals’. Free radicals are ‘substances’ that form within the body from UV light (sun rays) and air pollution (like smoking). The formation of ‘free radicals’ can damage the skin’s DNA/ Lipids/ Proteins/ Collagen, which are all needed in keeping the skin healthy and supple. Studies have shown that propolis offers protection against the implications of ‘free radicals. (Source A)

2.  Speed up healing of wounds/lesions:

The same study referenced above found an increase wound recovery from burns, while other studies found wound healing activities from skin lesions in rats. (source B)

3. Has strong antibacterial properties:

This study tested the antibacterial properties of Propolis by applying propolis extract onto bacterial strands, and results from the study showed that propolis inhibited the growth of those bacterial strands! (Source C)

4. Has anti inflammatory effects:

Interestingly, most studies note that Propolis does have anti inflammatory effects, but after carefully looking at these studies, anti inflammatory effects were found internally (for example, reduced inflammation of bones), rather than on the skin. Future studies need to be conduct on Propolis, and the anti inflammatory effects  it has topically on the skin.

  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft an supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top, and this will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin until it is dehydrated. In addition, Glycerin is a known Humectant, meaning that it also draws water molecules from our surroundings and binds them to the skin!screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-12-11-28-am
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: This ingredient is great for individuals with dry skin, and is filled with antioxidants. Shea butter is able to retain the skin’s moisture, and thus reduces the amount of water loss by skin. (Source F)
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil: This is a light consistency oil that has no fragrance, and is another amazing ingredient. Prunus Amygdalus DULCIS (Sweet Almond) Oil is naturally derived from the seeds of almonds, and acts as an emollient. Due to its emollient properties, Prunus Amygdalus DULCIS (Sweet Almond) Oil, is able to hydrate the skin. Additionally, this type of oil can nourish the skin since it has  numerous vitamins (A, B & E). After applying Prunus Amygdalus DULCIS (Sweet Almond) Oil to the skin, your skin should feel softer upon touch.
  • Honey:  Aims to soothe the skin, while having  anti – inflammatory, antibacterial,(powerful) and antioxidant properties. However, honey in general just seems like an amazing ingredient to use in skin care. (Source D).
  • Lecithin: This is a type of Phospholipid, and is used in skincare as an emollient. When applied onto the skin, Hydrogenated Lecithin prevents water loss, and helps in keeping the skin soft.



Extra information on Phospholipid in skin care: Phospholipids are are found naturally within our skin (in our cell membrane). They serve to form a barrier known as the ‘Bilayer’, and thus plays an important role in the structure of cells. When this bilayer is impaired e.g. by having dry skin, the result is a weakened skin barrier on our Stratum Corneum ( the outer layer of our skin). A weakened barrier means more irritants entering the skin, and our skin not being able to retain as much moisture. As a result, Phospholipids added in our skincare routine can help restore the Stratum Corneum, and thus the skin’s barrier.



  • Betaine: The main functions of Betaine are its anti – irritant and humectant properties. Since Betaine is a humectant, it is able to retain a superior amounts of moisture for the skin, making it more ‘plump’, and temporarily reducing the sign of wrinkles. Additionally, being an anti – irritant, Betaine is not as likely to irritate your skin.
  • Allantoin: This ingredient naturally occurs in our body, and can be extracted from plants e.g. Chamomile. In skincare it is used for its ability to soothe and moisturise the skin. Additionally,  Allantoin can help in healing acne scares without causing irritation.

Fruit extracts of note used in the formulation:

  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract: An amazing ingredient that is under appreciated in skin care products. Portulaca Oleracea Extract has been linked to anti – inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Additionally, it also contains fatty acids, vitamins (A,B,C), Niacinamide, and Flavonoids (this gives the plant it’s anti-oxidants). Numerous studies have shown Portulaca Oleracea Extract to be a strong anti-oxidant, reducing the amount of free radicals in the body, whitening the skin, and increasing collagen activity. A truly amazing ingredient! (Source A & B)
  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract: Is known for their vitamin C & antioxidants (Caffeic Acid) benefits. Studies have shown that cucumber can help with the skin’s discolouration process. Additionally, a miss conception around cucumber is their soothing/ inflammatory properties (hence putting them around your eye area), but no recent studies have actually found this to be true.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder: This ingredient helps with soothing our skin. Aloe ( maybe known to you as Aloe Vera), contains antioxidants & traces of Vitamins A,C & E. This is a natural anti-inflammatory agent & anti-bacterial. This is why we apply pure aloe over our sun burns, to help soothe the area.


Aloe in cosmetics can increase the moisture content on your skin after one application (Dal’belo, Gaspar, Campos, 2016)

shooting-star-147722_960_720Aloe has anti – inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. (Benson, Newman, Jenson, 2015)


Product Review

Scent (5/5): Papa Recipe Bombee Lotion has no scent, and this is always a bonus for my sensitive skin ! !

Texture of the product(5/5):  The Papa Recipe Bombee Lotion has the texture of an emulsion/lotion product, and due to this it can be characterised as a light weight cream.

Application(5/5):  Papa Recipe Bombee Lotion glides on the skin beautifully, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. It is extremely light weight, and absorbs into the skin within seconds.

Quality of product (3/5): The ingredients in Papa Recipe Bombee Lotion are simply amazing, utilising Propolis, numerous amounts of fruit extracts, honey, Glycerin, and other skin loving ingredients naturally found within the skin. In addition, most of the ‘irritating’ ingredients don’t pose a risk of clogging our pores, and this lotion uses fatty alcohol to hydrate the skin, instead of pure alcohol (which dries the skin). So far, the Propolis extract is doing wonders for my acne prone skin, while the other ingredients in this product nourishes and provides a light layer of moisture.  I have been using this product for months, and so far I have not broken out.


  • A very light weight moisture that absorbs instantly into the skin. The moisture this product provides is very light and minimal, and as such, the moisture provided is only suitable for oily skin individuals
  • Has propolis extract to fight bacteria, and has help in acne prevention, but not so much treatment (this lotion did not treat my on going acne )
  • Has fruit extracts to provide nourishment
  • Has skin loving ingredients found naturally within our skin, and thus we are limiting any ‘nasty’ ingredients in the product
  • Has ingredients to lock in moisture within our skin, and thus restricts water loss
  • Amazing value for the price

Recommended for:

This product is amazing for oily/acne prone individuals. The ingredients can help in acne prevention, while the formula provides suitable moisture for oily skin individuals. If you have dry skin, the formula for Papa Recipe Bombee Lotion will not help in treating dry patches (the hydration this product provides is simply not enough). Additionally, normal skin individuals could use this product, because the light weight formula ensures some hydration, and no pores being clogged. Ideally, oily/acne prone skin individuals should look for a product like this, or similar.

And as always, take care of your skin.


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