We only use bee products that are organic and collected in the USA. The honey we use is from a local apiary. The bees wax we use is sold as organic also.
Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is so complex that is cannot be synthesized in a labratory. It is an important skin rejuvenator because it contains a high concentration of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA as well as a natural antibiotic factor. It has contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. Some researchers claim it can correct dark spot, wrinkles and blemishes due to the hormones, amino acids and enzyme content in bee pollen.
- Vitamins: Provitamin A, B-1 Thiamin, B-2 Riboflavin, B-3 Nancin, B-5, B-6 Pyridoxine, B-12 (cyanocobalamine), Pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, F, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin H, Vitamin K, Vitamin P, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, Rutin.
- Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Boron, Silica, and Titanium.
- Other: Amino Acid, Carbohydrates, Fatty Acids, Enzymes & Co-Enzymes, Fats.
Bee Pollen contains at least 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates and approximately 25 % protein. Bee pollen is extremely rich in carotenes, which are metabolic precursors of vitamin A. It is also high in B complex and vitamins C, D, E and Lecithin. Bee pollen contains over 50 % more protein than beef, yet its fat content is very low. It is also an excellent vegetarian source of protein typically possessing more of the essential amino acids, pound for pound, than animal proteins like meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Honey contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants that are also beneficial in skin care. It is an anti-irritant and used for soothing sore throats and coughs, so is thought to soothe skin also. Honey is also a humectant which means it will wick moisture from the air, so is great for dry skin. The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Both have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and are used on the skin to stop redness and calm the skin. It is also said that putting raw honey on scars will reduce them visually. You can also use it to calm a sunburn.
Beeswax is a natural moisturizer and locks in moisture on the skin. It also softens and is long lasting. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a has natural germicidal antioxidants. It does contain some vitamin A which we need for cell development. Using beeswax as an emulsifier to combine oils and water into a lotion or cream works for a little while, then any liquid in the formulation begins to separate. We are developing creams and lotions with natural products that will keep the liquids and oils mixed or emulsified and will add beeswax as an oil product for it’s benefits to the skin. We do use beeswax in our lip balms and salves that are in development.