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The Reason why we choose to use Beeswax instead of a thinning Emulsifying Wax!

Published on August 31 2018

We are passionate about using truly natural, pure products on the skin.  We believe you really don’t need many ingredients to make a fantastic, nourishing skincare product.  What is needed is quality!  Nature has given us an abundance of options; it really isn’t necessary to change much.   

We are incredibly lucky as these days there are some truly wonderful 100% natural and organic ingredients available, so there really is no excuse for using poorer quality synthetic substitutes.

 

One thing I have been asked here and there is why is your Lotion so thick as people are used to thinner Lotions from other companies?

To answer this question properly, we should have a look at emulsifying waxes available on the market, which would be the main reason of the consistency of the product:

 

We are big believers in not using a product unless we know all the ingredients it contains, and we apply this to food, skincare and even cleaning products.  To us emulsifying wax is a tricky one as it is a catchall name for a whole range of ingredients, which fulfil the role of emulsifying (joining) oil and water to form a cream or lotion, making it hard to know exactly what you are getting.  In the past the majority of emulsifying waxes were petroleum derived, and if a product lists only ‘emulsifying wax’ in its ingredients you can be sure that’s what it is.

More recently vegetable and natural emulsifying waxes have become available to keep up with the demand for natural products.

Most Vegetable Emulsifying Waxes are composed of Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside, and are considered low risk on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, with Cetearyl Alcohol being a suspected Environmental Toxin.  The best self-emulsifying wax option on the market today is a Natural Emulsifying Wax.  This is Olive Oil derived and composed of Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, also considered low risk and approved for use in certified organic products. It is derived from the internal seed of the olive.  It is new to the market and so long term effects have not yet been fully established.

It is important to understand where the emulsifying wax comes from and how it is extracted.  The main purpose of an emulsifying wax is to ensure that both the water content and the oil content of the product combine.  An emulsifier has both a water/mineral loving end to its structure and an oil-loving end allowing the two to combine.

We think it’s important that every ingredient of the products you use is working with the skin, nourishing it and supporting it’s natural functions.  That is why we have consciously chosen to work with organic beeswax for our magnesium lotions and have instead formulated these unique lotions using only natural and organic products.  There are none like this on the market today.

We find beeswax to work as a natural emulsifier and is a more natural and unprocessed alternative to self emulsifying waxes, which can be used to create really delicate creams and lotions that absorb nicely into the skin and boast a lot of skin benefits.  Beeswax creates a barrier, which helps to seal moisture into the skin. This is especially beneficial during the dry winter months. This barrier also helps to protect the skin from environmental toxins and irritants.

Unrefined and organic beeswax is full of antibacterial properties and forms a protective barrier on the skin. There are also heavier moisturisers and balms made from beeswax, Shea butter or cacao butter.

Our skin is a semi permeable barrier so the majority of what is put on it will be absorbed into the body.  Some products also sit on the surface, blocking pores and compromising its ability to detox.  We already have to contend with chemicals in our air and water over which we have very little control.  Choosing the purest possible skin care products is an area where we can make a difference and ensure our skin is nourished from the outside in.

 

Thank you!

With Love and passion in what we do!

 

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