I was able to visit Hillcrest Mall about two weeks ago to learn about their newest initiative, but this visit was like no other. By installing two beehives on their rooftop, Richmond Hill’s Hillcrest Mall has taken things to the next level (haha, get it?) in having a positive impact on the community’s biodiversity. Over 10,000 bees are now pollinating flowers in the area, and by fall will provide lots and lots of tasty raw honey.
Myself and a few other Toronto-based bloggers got the chance to visit the rooftop and watch the first maintenance of the hives, as well as hold a hive and get up close and personal with the bees. I never thought the day would come that I would be this close to so many bees, and not running for my life. The photos of me holding the hive ended up getting corrupted on my phone, so this is as good as it gets:
For anyone who knows me well enough, you know that I barely use any beauty products, but I was pleased to learn about three different ways I could scoop into the closest honey jar to benefit my lips, hair, and skin:
A LIP MOISTURIZER
By smearing some raw honey over your lips before bed (just like a lip balm!), you’ll wake up exfoliated and moisturized. Let’s be real, you can’t say no to softer lips, especially when the “beauty product” is already in your kitchen – just be careful not to munch on it at night!
A HAIR MASK
As someone with frizzy curls, knowing I can make my own hair mask at home without having to go out and scavenge for ingredients is a godsend. A tablespoon of raw honey mixed with two tablespoons of olive oil or liquid coconut oil makes a great 20-minute mask that will leave your hair hydrated and super shiny.
A NATURAL AFTER-BURN
With summer starting up, and the long weekend around the corner, this is a necessity. I’ve done this myself in the past, and can attest that honey is amazing on minor burns of any kind. It helps speed up the healing process as well as prevent infections thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal traits.
With stores like Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart, Hillcrest has the other type of lazy covered as well where honey-based products are ready to go.
Hats off to Hillcrest Mall for working so hard to benefit Richmond Hill’s environment by incorporating wildlife into the community. A great initiative for a great cause! It was an incredible experience to visit the beehives mid-June, see how maintenance takes place, and learn all about honey bees and how surprisingly human-friendly they are.