Chelsea Bonner only washes her face with raw honey and water for glowy skin. Here's how (and why).

This wonderful nugget of beauty wisdom comes courtesy of Mamamia’s beauty podcast, You Beauty

For this week’s In Her Bag, Leigh Campbell rummaged through Chelsea Bonner’s beauty bag to find out what products she loves.

Chelsea Bonner is the founder and owner of BELLA Management, a modelling agency that grew from Chelsea’s desire to diversify the fashion industry. She’s also a model and an author – you can find her new book Body Image Warrior: One woman’s fight for change in the modelling industry online and at all good book stores.

Listen to Chelsea’s full interview on You Beauty below. To ensure you never miss an episode, listen to You Beauty here for free. It’s a blast.

Chelsea Bonner has spent most of her life backstage on photo shoots and at fashion shows around high-profile models, or modelling herself.

The founder and owner of BELLA Management, the inclusive modelling agency that decided to represent a young Robyn Lawley when no one else would, has tried or seen in action pretty much every kind of beauty product out there.

Speaking to Mamamia’s executive editor and You Beauty host Leigh Campbell, Chelsea said after putting her body through so much in the pursuit of ‘looking good’ over the years, she decided to strip her beauty routine right back to basics.

And by back to basics, we mean using raw honey and water as a cleanser.

Leigh went rummaging through Chelsea’s beauty bag on the You Beauty podcast to suss the makeup, skincare and hair products she loves… and to understand how one even uses honey as a cleanser (?!).

Here’s what she found.

Chelsea’s go-to beauty products.

Raw organic honey and water as a cleanser.

Image: iHerb.

Manicare Exfoliating Gloves, $9.99.


Asap Ultimate Hydration Moisturiser, $85.

Image: Adore Beauty.

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+, $79.

Image: Ultraceuticals.

Why she loves them:

"I suffer from perioral dermatitis and it flares up when I'm stressed, not getting enough sleep, or getting too much sun. [For a cleanser], I was looking for something that has no chemicals in it whatsoever. Honey is antibacterial, low pH, and it's very cleansing and healing. I scoop it out of the jar and rub it on my face, sometimes I leave it on my face as a mask for 30 mins if I'm having a dermatitis outbreak, and then rinse it off with warm water. It's not sticky at all. I use exfoliating mits because I can't stand the clean up of having little bits of scrubs all over my bathroom. [For moisturiser], I use the ASAP moisturiser, and I put raw organic coconut oil as an extra boost underneath if I'm dry. I'm very non-fuss, I don't like the idea of putting anything in my body or on my body that I don't understand what it is, so I try and keep things natural where possible. I also live on the water, so I did a lot of research about what sunscreens were the most natural, but effective, and Ultraceuticals works really well."

Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover Foundation, $39.95.

Image: Nude by Nature.

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation, $89.

Image: Mecca.

Why she loves them:

"Nude by Nature is my everyday foundation, it's a loose mineral powder and if I want to put more on, I can, and if I don't, I don't. And it's great for covering dermatitis without any chemicals. I've had a few different fancy foundations over the years, but my sister and I were at a wedding two of three years ago now and she had the Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation on and she just glowed, and I thought, I have to have that! Every time I wear it, people ask 'what have you done?' It's medium coverage, but you can build it. I also just use extra foundation as a concealer."


Napoleon Perdis Eyeliner Pencil in Brown Sugar, $30.

Image: Napoleon Perdis.

Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara, $39.

Image: Napoleon Perdis.

ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco, $22.

Image: ModelCo.

Carmex Lip Balm Jar, $5.99.

Why she loves them:

"I don't use black eyeliner unless I'm doing something really punchy or really want my eyes to stand out, because I'm normally running around backstage with the models and I don't have time to check my makeup. I just put it on and go and don't worry about it for eight hours. Blacks tend to smudge and then you look like you've been crying. Brown is a bit softer and when it smudges, it makes my eyes look a bit smokier. Both my favourite eye products are Napoleon Perdis so I'll need to find new ones. I love the mascara, it's the one with the comb, it's so good. The ModelCo lip gloss is pretty close to my own lip colour and it's very natural. Because I'm an agent, I talk all day, so wearing a darker shade, again, I don't know where it's going to end up. I'm also a Carmex lip balm addict, it's right next to me all the time and it cant be anything else. Carmex is thick, it doesn't slip off and it's got some longevity."

Miss Dior Le Parfum, $165.


Why she loves it:

"My favourite perfume is Miss Dior, but everyday I wear essential oils. I'm really a big believer in how oils can change your mood, it's something I've always done. I use them at home, in the office and on my body. At the moment, I'm using lavender and eucalyptus together, it makes me feel healthy and fresh, and the lavender is soothing. When I was writing my book and I was all over the place, I wore frankincense because it's very earthy and helps you come back down to earth, I'd sleep in it."

Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash, $39.95.

Image: Kevin Murphy.

Why she loves it:

"I just love that Kevin Murphy products work. I've tried lots of different products - as a blonde, your hair can go brassy - I find Kevin Murphy's blonde products are the best blend of nourishing and effective. It also smells so amazing. If something works, I stay with that."


Chelsea's Spendy: Burberry Kisses Sheer in Oxblood, $49.

Image: Burberry.

Why she loves it:

"Because I'm a blonde and I have a pink tone to my skin, I have to be careful with red lips, it needs to have a blue tone. Oxblood is the perfect colour for my skin tone, and I can layer it. I can make it really strong or just put a bit on as a blush."

Chelsea's Savey: Black tea bags from the supermarket.

Why she loves it:

"I came across this a few years ago because I had third-degree sunburn and a nurse mentioned tea bags were great for sunburn. You don't put hot tea on you, you get a cup or a jug and put a few tea bags in there so it's quite strong, wait until it's cool or put in the fridge, then tap the tea on. The tannin in the tea takes the sting out of the burn. So now, I use it on everything, it takes the redness and inflammation out of burns and pimples. I just buy black tea from the supermarket, whatever is on sale."

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