Little Bees Big Honey Bee Balms all start with a base of beeswax, organic coconut oil, and organic shea butter. We chose these three ingredients for our balms for their amazing natural health, healing and beauty properties. Each ingredient showcases a myriad of benefits that when combined together create the perfect balm for everyone’s skin type, no matter who you are.
When we first started keeping bees, we had no idea of the value of beeswax to aid in skin issues such as acne, sunburn, bug bites, cuts, scrapes, small burns, and overall dry itchy skin. One of the first thing that we noticed about beeswax is how hard it is to clean off of anything it gets onto, not so helpful if you want to maintain an immaculate work area. The same property that makes the wax so hard to clean is the every same one that locks moisture into you skin and locks out environmental factors. A huge plus for healthy happy skin. Beeswax will lock in any moisture your skin has and prevent further drying by wind or dry air. At the same time, beeswax will create a barrier to the harsh chemicals and free radicals that are so pervasive in our environment, that cause our skin to age prematurely. In a nut shell it keeps the good stuff in and the bad stuff out, thank you little bees, your wax is the bomb!
Next up, organic shea butter, that lovely creamy nut butter from the Karite Tree in West Africa. It has been used for generations to sooth and soften skin and hair, I wanted to trap the softening power of shea butter with the beeswax. Shea butter has higher stearic acid content than other vegetable oils, making it much closer to animal fats in chemical composition, and closest to our own skin. The fatty acid profile of the butter allows it to be absorbed into the deeper skin layers to nourish them and support collagen production. The humectants action of the butter and the wax combine to restore hydration to the skin. Its fat content of the nut butter is responsible for its emollient and humectant properties, locking in the moisture in the skin and keeping it hydrated.
The last ingredient to all our balms is organic coconut oil. This is a go-to for many it has a place is the kitchen for cooking and in our cabinet (or closet) of beauty necessities for our hair and skin. Coconut oil contains mostly saturated fats that are medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides that when applied to the skin, they keep it smooth because the fats eliminate moisture loss through the skin. Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin, the triglycerides in the oil attract protein molecules, allowing for repair of the collagen layer to minimize wrinkles and damage done by the environment and those pesky free radicals. Coconut oil has a low melting point, 75 F, therefore it liquefies on contact with human skin, allowing our balms to melt in your hands quickly.
The base of our balms is a highly moisturizing combination of natural ingredients. Each ingredient is, in its own right, marvelous; but combined the result is nothing short of perfection for your skin. Our entire family, furry family members as well, use the balms to survive harsh winter winds and hot arid summers, keeping our skin (and paws) soft and healthy. We know you will love it too.