Our Bee Soothed Balm contains the following gentle and calming ingredients:
Calendula infused in Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Manuka Honey, Sorbitan Olivate (derived from Olives), Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum), Santalum Acuminatum (Quandong), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root), Calendula C02 Extract (Calendula), Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka)*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile)*, Helichrysum Italicum (Everlasting)*, Lavandula Angustifolia (True Lavender)*,Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
*denotes essential oil
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil – Fiji – Cold Pressed
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturiser, used as a base in our balms. Easily absorbed because of its smaller fatty acids, coconut oil has been found to improve hydration and protect the skin barrier. It is also an antioxidant. Research has shown that it can be more effective than mineral oil in improving dry skin (Evangelista et al. 2014, PMID 24320105).
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Seed Oil – Australia – Cold Pressed
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is a nutrient-rich wax that we use in all our balms. It penetrates easily into the skin, suits all skin types, and is rich in vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. A review of research suggests that jojoba may assist with fighting the signs of premature ageing. Jojoba may also aid absorption of other active skincare ingredients (Pazyar et al. 2013, PMID 24442052).
Beeswax (Cera alba) – Australia – Unrefined
Beeswax is a natural emollient and humectant, providing moisture to the skin and acting as a protective barrier against the elements. Our beeswax comes from our own hives; we love our bees, so they are not harmed during harvesting. Beeswax is the perfect ingredient to base our balms on, as it provides amazing protection to your skin.
Extra Virgin Olive (Olea europaea) Oil – Grampians, Australia
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is sourced from our friends, Olive Grove, in the Grampians – just down the road from us. Olive oil is rich in oleic acid, and a range of antioxidants more potent than vitamin E.
Australian Manuka Honey (Leptospermum scoparium) – Australia
Our active Australian Manuka honey has an MGO (methylgloxal) rating of 263+, a medium-strength antibacterial honey. Manuka honey is produced when bees feed on the Leptospermum (Manuka) plant. While ordinary honey has antibacterial properties from high sugar and low (acidic) pH, Manuka honey is far stronger due to high levels of the naturally occurring chemical methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is produced during dehydration of a phytochemical in Leptospermum flowers, and can be present in manuka honey at over 70 times the level of ordinary honeys. Manuka honey is becoming increasingly popular at home to help improve the condition and appearance of blemished skin (Carter et al. 2016, PMID 27148246).
Grapeseed (Vitus vinifera) – Italy – Cold Pressed
Grapeseed oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants such as vitamins and phenolic compounds. One antioxidant is the famous resveratrol, known for its potential to prevent the signs of ageing. Besides boosting hydration, grapeseed oil may also protect our skin (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) Oil – Australia – Unrefined
Avocado seed oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6), plus plant precursors to vitamin A, and vitamins B1, D and E. This nourishing oil helps to protect the skin and reduce the appearance of redness, making it very popular in anti-ageing products. While it is no replacement for sunscreen, this may include aging caused by sun damage (Rosenblat et al. 2011, PMID 20978772).
Sorbitan Olivate (derived from olives) – Australia
Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) - Australia
Sorbitan olivate is a natural emulsifier derived from olives. Emulsifiers keep ingredients blended; otherwise, oil- and water-based ingredients will separate and products may become less effective. It also brings its own moisturising properties to preparations (source: Britannica).
Kakadu plum is one of our native Australian superfoods, infused into most of our balms. As an antioxidant, it is 13 times stronger than blueberries (Konczak et al., CSIRO)! This is due to its high levels of vitamin C, which are many times greater than oranges, as well as other antioxidants such as ellagic acid. In fact, kakadu plum is a uniquely rich source of ellagic acid. These may give the fruit strong antiaging and antiseptic properties (Konczak et al. 2014, PMID 24423529).
Quandong (Santalum acuminatum) – Australia
Quandong is another native superfood similar to a wild bush peach, found in our baby range. Like kakadu plum, it is also far higher in vitamin C than oranges, and contains many other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, flavonols and other phenolic compounds. It is 2.4 times more powerful as an antioxidant than blueberry according to one measurement; to another, it is 6.5 times higher (Konczak et al., CSIRO). Some antioxidants it possesses also provide antibacterial effects.
Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
Marshmallow root is a wonderfully soothing agent, providing hydrating relief to dry skin, including skin that has been exposed to the sun, thanks to its high mucilage content. (Dawid-Pac, 2013, PMID 24278070).
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – Australia
Calendula is an antiseptic ingredient that contains high levels of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and triterpenoids. It is well-known for its nurturing effect on dry skin conditions (WHO, 2004).
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) Oil – New Zealand – Steam Distilled
Like its honey sister, Manuka oil also has strong antiseptic and antibacterial effects; these may be effective against a wide range of bacterial species, including some that affect the skin (Wicaksono et al. PMID 27676607). Manuka oil is an antioxidant and wonderful for those with sensitive or mature skin. It has a woody, earthy and balsamic aroma.
Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis) Oil – Hungary – Steam Distilled
Roman chamomile has been prized for centuries thanks to its range of health and beauty benefits. Its antioxidant and oil-rich, daisy-like flowers make one of the safest essential oils and we love to use it in our Baby Beetanicals: Bee Soothed and Bee Well balms (Ali et al. 2015, doi: 10.1016/j.apjtb.2015.05.007).
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) – Australia
Vitamin E is a soothing, protective antioxidant that can help fight the signs of premature aging, such as those caused by excessive sun exposure. It is also added to skincare products to keep them fresh for longer (Schagen et al. 2012, PMID 23467449).