Ever since I bought my first Burt's Bees lipbalm, I've been impressed with the moisturizing qualities of honey. But Burt's Bees products can turn out to be quite expensive, specially for a professional student like myself. I remember when I thought I lost my lip shine in cranberry (or was that raspberry?) in a moviehouse, I clambered down on all fours to look under my seat and even used my cellphone as a flashlight to peer under the other seats. After a few minutes of searching, I had to accept the fact that I had probably lost it forever and that I'd have to penny-pinch once again to buy another tube. The point here is that quality products made from honey may be just a little too prohibitive for the average Filipina who sadly cannot boast of having an hacienda to call as her very own.
However, us non-hacienderas can now rejoice because Ilog Maria can more than satiate our honey obsession with hardly a dent on our daily budgets. [tag]Ilog Maria[/tag] is a family run business in Silang Cavite. They started out small and are adamant on staying that way. This means no distributors, no dealerships, no foreign deliveries and no working way beyond their self-imposed office hours. They recognize the limitation of their supplies and do not want to expand just for the sake of expanding. They're doing very well as it is, thankyouverymuch. But kikays of all ages need not fret because Ilog Maria sells their products online, so there's no need to trek to the mountains of Tagaytay to get your fill on all that honey goodness. So far, I've ordered the eucalyptus bath gel, honey face scrub, honey propolis shampoo, royal jelly cleanser moisturizer and royal jelly honeymilk lotion. This is not the day to start practicing restraint. I can't wait to start using them!