Beeswax (Cera alba) is the substance that forms the structure of a honeycomb. Bees convert nectar into wax, building honeycomb to store their honey. Ten pounds of honey produces one pound of wax. It has a honey-like aroma and can be distilled into a fragrance.
Like the honey it houses, beeswax has therapeutic properties of great interest to us. It is said to be particularly effective in healing bruises, inflammation and burns.
Beeswax gives a rich emollient quality to creams, which is very useful for dry skin. Deeply moisturising, it also creates a waterproof barrier on the skin.
It was part of the first cosmetic cream, created by Greek physician, Galen, in 150AD. The cream consisted of beeswax and olive oil with water (or rose water) beaten into it. Because it cooled the skin, it was dubbed ‘cold cream,’ but it also softened and moisturised, too.
Oil and water combined, like in Galen’s cold cream, helps to preserve the moisture of the skin better than pure oils. We use beeswax in our Ultrabland cleanser; the moisturising properties of the wax works in combination with essential oils and water to remove excess dirt and dead skin cells to thoroughly and gently deep cleanse the skin.
We use beeswax in a honeycomb shape to top our Honey I Washed The Kids soap to both decorate and for its moisturising properties. In combination with essential oils in the product, it will react with the water when you wash your hands and remove excess dirt.
We’ve added beeswax to our range of lip balms, Honey Trap, Whipstick and Lip Service. Its emollient properties help create a protective barrier and moisturise the lips.
Our Prince and Razorantium shaving creams contain beeswax for its moisturising properties. It works in combination with essential oils and water to remove excess dirt and dead skin cells, ensuring a closer, cleaner shave.
We use beeswax in our The Soft Touch body butter, which creates a protective waterproof barrier.