• Elizabeth Ready

Beeswax in skincare

Beeswax is one of the oldest raw ingredients used in skincare and continues to be used today due to its naturally beneficial skincare benefits. But what is beeswax? Beeswax is produced by the youngest honey bees using tiny wax scales on the underside of their abdomen.

Honey bees use beeswax to create the hexagonal beeswax comb to store honey, pollen and for the queen to lay her eggs. Wax production requires lots of energy with bees needing to consume 6 lbs of honey to produce just 1 lb of beeswax!

Skincare benefits

Beeswax is a natural emulsifier, binding oils and water to make creams. It is also a highly stable ingredient making it a great base in balms to provide texture. But beeswax also brings a multitude of skincare benefits:

1. Beeswax forms a natural barrier on the skin surface, protecting skin from environmental irritants and harsh weather. Beeswax is particularly exceptional because it allows the skin to breathe, keeping pores free from blockage making it beneficial for acne-prone skin. This natural barrier prevents water loss keeping skin soft and hydrated.

2. Beeswax is one of the best skin-softening ingredients and enhances skin elasticity. It is an ideal ingredient in skincare to provide texture, skin feel and aids the retention of moisture.

3. It is anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and germicidal. Making it great for all skin types but particularly beneficial for sensitive skin.

We sustainably harvest from our beehives across Sussex and Surrey to use in our skincare range. Our goal is to formulate skincare that is gentle on the skin, and beeswax is a vital ingredient that allows us to achieve this goal while also being 100% natural and sustainably sourced.

Beeswax is an essential ingredient in our balms, butters and ointment, creating the structure and silky texture of the products. These water free products have the benefit of not requiring the addition of preservatives to keep them safe to use. Beeswax is also a key ingredient in our soaps providing structure and a longer lasting bar. We also feature beeswax in our moisturisers and scrubs.