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).
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).
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).
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) – Ghana – Unrefined
Shea butter is taken from the nuts of shea trees, native to West Africa. It contains high levels of fatty acids, including oleic and linoleic acids, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants. These contribute to its protective properties, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, reduce the appearance of redness and improve the look of skin by enhancing hydration (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
Sorbitan Olivate (derived from olives) – 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).
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).
Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) - Australia
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).
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) – Australia – Steam Distilled
Eucalyptus Blue Gum is a woody eucalyptus with strong antiseptic and antibacterial qualities (Lu et al. 2004, PMID 15719688).
Lavender (Lavender angustifolia) Oil – Australia – Steam Distilled
Lavender oil is widely known and used for its calming and soothing properties, both on the skin and psychologically. It can also improve the appearance of skin damaged by the weather or age (Koulivand et al. 2013, PMID 23573142).
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia Oil) – Australia – Steam Distilled
Tea Tree Essential Oil is known for its fresh, earthy and herbaceous aroma, plus its strong antibacterial properties that can assist with controlling acne and dandruff by drying the skin (Carson et al. 2006, PMID 16418522).
Lemon Oil (Citrus limonium) Oil – Italy – Steam Distilled
Lemon oil is an antiseptic and antibacterial essential oil. Its fresh, uplifting aroma can help boost alertness and clear cloudy minds (Jimbo et al. 2009, PMID 20377818).
Ginger OilGinger oil gives a spicy, woody scent to skincare products.
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).
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).
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.
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).
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) Oil – Australia – Steam Distilled
Eucalyptus Narrow Leaf, or Eucalyptus Australiana, oil has a soft, fresh peppermint scent. Its antibacterial properties make it a perfect addition to our products to reduce the appearance of redness (Bendaoud et al. 2009, doi: 10.1002/jsfa.3585). We use this species of eucalyptus in our Baby “Bee Well Balm”, safe for babies from three months.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) Oil – Spain – Steam Distilled
Cypress oil is renowned for its antiseptic qualities, provided by the presence of camphene. Tests have found that it has strong effects against many common species of bacteria (Selim et al. 2014, PMID 24890383). Besides this, cypress oil is cleansing and soothing, with a fresh, woody, evergreen and mildly spicy scent.
Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus) – Australia
Kangaroo Paw is an Australian native wonderful for attracting bees. Research published in 2018 also suggests that kangaroo paw may become a new star in the anti-ageing world, as it significantly smoothed wrinkles and visibly reduced neck sagging in female volunteers (Attia et al. 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2018.03.1474).
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).
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.
Extra Virgin Olive (Olea europaea) Oil – Grampians, Australia – Cold Pressed
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.
Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata) Oil – Australia – Steam Distilled
Spearmint oil has a fresh, minty aroma that’s mild and sweet enough for younger children. (Bone & Mills, 2013 – Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy). As a mint, it may also be antibacterial.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Oil – Australia – Steam Distilled
Peppermint oil is an intense, fresh minty oil popular in personal care products to make you feel refreshed and revitalised. This useful oil has broad-spectrum antiseptic properties (Meamarbashi, 2014, PMID 25050303).
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).
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) – Ghana - Unrefined
Cocoa butter is the pressed fat from cacao beans, the seeds of the cocoa tree, which is left over from cocoa powder production. Rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, it is a nourishing moisturiser that can help in a wide range of skin complaints. Cocoa butter’s benefits may include reducing the appearance of redness and fighting the signs of premature skin ageing (Scapagnini et al. 2014, PMID 25116848).
Rosehip (Rosa canina) Oil – Chile – Cold Pressed
Rosehip oil comes from the seed and fruit of Rosa canina, the rose. It is high in the essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E and plant forms of vitamin A. It may be regarded as a “miracle oil” in reducing signs of ageing, and may help relieve the appearance of dry skin conditions (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
Sesame (Sesamum indicum) Oil – India – Cold Pressed
Sesame oil is an excellent soothing moisturiser, containing unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Sesame oil may help to reduce the appearance of redness, such as in skin damaged by exposure to the sun (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
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.
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) – Spain – Steam Distilled
Marjoram means “joy of the mountains”, and has a spicy, woody and camphorous scent. It is an uplifting and calming oil (Clarke, 2008 – Essential Chemistry for Aromatherapy).
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Oil – China – Cold Pressed
Evening primrose oil is rich in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). Its abilities to reduce the appearance of redness and smooth rough skin means it is a popular ingredient in preparations for these issues (Horrobin, 2000, PMID 10617999).