Royal Jelly in Cosmetics
Royal jelly is secreted from the glands of worker bees and is fed to larvae. After three days, worker larvae are no longer fed with royal jelly, but queen larvae continues to be fed Royal jelly. It is this substance that changes an egg from worker bee to queen bee.
Harvesting Royal jelly involves manipulating the hive to produce multiple queen cells which are killed to extract the jelly.
Royal jelly has constituent components with potential for skincare benefits. However, so have the natural oils and plant based materials found in skincare products. The European Food Safety Authority concluded that current evidence does not support the claim that consuming royal jelly will give health benefits in humans.
A hive during a season of 5–6 months can produce approximately 500 g of royal jelly. If you see a product described as ‘Royal jelly lotion’ or similar, look at the ingredients on the back. Royal jelly is likely to be very low down in the descending order of content. It is however acceptable to make this the main feature in the product name.
Here at BeeCosmetics we do not use Royal Jelly in any of our products.