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Honey
Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants (floral nectar), which gets broken down into simple sugars stored inside the honeycomb. The design of the honeycomb and the constant fanning of the bees’ wings cause evaporation, creating sweet liquid honey (source: National Honey Board). Honey’s color, bouquet, and flavor varies based on the nectar collected by the bees, and the varietals are as wide-ranging as wine. Artisanal honey is made by small beekeepers, who set out their hives each year and tend them during a specific flowering season.

Benefits: Transcending all ages, honey remains the “Golden Elixir” of skin care. In addition to its ultra-hydrating properties, honey contains the sugars glucose and fructose, natural alpha-hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate the skin to help reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and work to leave the skin smooth and even in tone. Honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that when consumed, become a natural energy booster and helps alleviate symptoms such as sore throats.
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Beeswax
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honeybees, formed into “scales” by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees. These hive workers collect and use the wax to form cells for honey storage and protection of larvae in the beehive. Chemically, beeswax consists of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. Beeswax is initially glass-clear but becomes progressively more yellow or brown with the incorporation of pollen oils and propolis. It is estimated that one pound of beeswax is used to store 22 pounds of honey.

Benefits: Beeswax provides essential fatty acids, vitamins, and protective properties. As a base in cosmetics, beeswax will not clog the pores of the skin, still allowing skin to breathe, and helps to ensure an even distribution of ingredients. As a natural humectant, it draws moisture from the air and locks it into skin to help keep hydrated over time. The conditioning properties of beeswax help to feed the skin while providing a protective shield from the elements.
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Royal Jelly
Royal jelly earns its name from the fact it is the substance that is fed in high quantity to the bee larvae destined to ascend to the crown of queen bee. It is a vitamin-rich, creamy substance that is manufactured by worker bees. To make royal jelly, the bees combine bee pollen and honey with enzymes in glands located in their throats. Worker bees deposit the royal jelly in the bottom of each cell of the nest. Although all bee larvae receive some royal jelly for the first few days, the future queen bee is fed this substance exclusively and in high quantities for the span of her life. The queen bee, whose function is to lay eggs, will grow to be much larger than the drones and worker bees, and can live up to five years, compared to the limited lifespan of a non-royal bee, that might be just a few weeks or months.

Benefits: Considered the most precious product of the beehive, royal jelly is a complex blend of lipids, proteins, vitamins, and amino acids – prompting many individuals to take the substance as a supplement. Used in body care products, this arsenal of nutrients deeply moisturize and work to improve skin elasticity. This ultimately helps protect skin’s own natural moisture barriers from dehydration and inflammation.
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Propolis
Propolis is made by honeybees from beeswax combined with nutrient-rich saps that protect trees and flower buds from invasive disease. The bees create propolis to sterilize the hive and to protect it against both outside intruders and infections. It is also used to seal cracks in the hive, and for this reason is often termed “bee glue.” Propolis is sometimes used extensively at the entrance of the hive to form an elaborate, winding tunnel. As bees crawl through this tight tunnel, they are cleansed of microbes as they enter, and the sterility of the beehive is maintained. In fact, the beehive is the most sterile environment found in nature.

Benefits: Propolis functions as the natural defense and immune system of the beehive, and has been used by man for centuries to leverage these benefits. First introduced in ancient Greece and Egypt as a natural antiseptic and preservative, the name Propolis was chosen for its meaning of “defender of the city”. Propolis has been recorded as a beauty ingredient for over 3,000 years in Egypt, Rome, and Greece. This hive treasure is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, plus rich in amino acids and antioxidants. When ingested, it helps to support the body’s immune system and promotes oral health. Added to skin care products, propolis is effective is helping to protect against bacteria and fight blemishes.
 
Sunflower Seed Oil
(Helianthus Annuus)
Benefits: Producers of a large range of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins; easily absorbed without clogging pores; anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits

Found in: Honey Body Lotion (Tupelo, Lemongrass, Orange, Unscented), Balms (Heel, Body), Beeswax Salve, Facial Care (Royal Jelly Night Time Treatment, Charcoal & Propolis Cleanser, Dry Face Mask
 
Sweet Almond Oil
(Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
Benefits: Extracted from fruit of the almond tree, this oil is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E.

Found in: Hand Cream, Honey Body Lotion (Tupelo, Lemongrass, Orange, Unscented)
 
Shea Butter
(Butyrospermum Parkii)
Benefits: A skin superfood from the fruit seeds of Shea (Karite) tree, Shea bubtter is a high source of vitamin A and essential fatty acids that coat and protect skin's most outer layers.

Found in: Royal Jelly Body Butter (Original, Sensitive, Tupelo), Hand Cream, Conditioner (Hydrating), Balms (Heel, Body), Dry Face Mask
 
Safflower Seed Oil
(Carthamus Tinctorius)
Benefits: One of humanity's oldest crops, this thistle-like annual plant provides high levels of linoleic acid, which is highly beneficial for problematic skin.

Found in: Honey Body Lotion (Tupelo, Lemongrass, Orange, Unscented)
 
Lemongrass Oil
(Cymbopogon Flexuosus)
Benefits: Perennial grass native to India, it is a natural antiseptic and antistringent properties; effective in keeping away bugs and mosquitos

Found in: Honey Body Lotion (Lemongrass), Shampoo (Strengthening), Conditioner (Strengthening)
 
Sea Buckthorn Oil
(Hippophae Rhamnoides)
Benefits: A shrub native to Europe and Asia, this fruit is loaded with vitamins C & E, and contains moisturizing Omega-7, a natural component of skin.

Found in: Royal Jelly Body Butter (Original, Sensitive, Tupelo), Conditioner (Strengthening), Conditioner (Hydrating)