Our Bee Soothed Balm contains the following gentle and calming ingredients: Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera alba (Beeswax), Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Manuka honey, Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sorbitan olivate (derived from Olives), Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum), Santalum Acuminatum (Quandong), Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow Root), Calendula officinalis (Calendula), Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
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, protect the skin barrier and have mild antimicrobial effects. It is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, guarding skin cells against damage. Research has shown that it can be more effective than mineral oil in treating dry skin, even in many cases of dermatitis (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 be anti-inflammatory, promote wound healing and act against premature aging. 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 irritants. It can protect against irritant contact dermatitis, with a trial showing beeswax to be more effective than some commercial creams (Frosch et al. 2003, PMID 16295040). 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 – 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. Studies have shown that olive oil can reduce inflammation and improve tissue repair, making it a great remedy for aged, irritated skin (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
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, and indigenous peoples from Australia and New Zealand have been using it in traditional medicine for many years. While ordinary honey has antimicrobial 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 increasingly popular at home and in medical practice, to speed the healing of inflammation, wounds and infections (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 antiaging properties. Besides boosting hydration, grapeseed oil may also protect our skin and aid tissue regeneration (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 cells from damage and reduces inflammation, making it very popular in anti-aging 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 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 (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, and it has been used for centuries in indigenous medicine (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 relief from a range of irritations. Thanks to its high mucilage content, it has soothing, hydrating properties, and so may help to relieve sunburn, eczema and dermatitis (Dawid-Pac, 2013, PMID 24278070).
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – Australia Calendula is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredient that contains high levels of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, and triterpenoids. These properties mean calendula is widely used to treat skin conditions such as nappy rash, dermatitis, acne and dry skin. It can also speed wound healing (WHO, 2004).
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) Oil – New Zealand – Steam Distilled Like its honey sister, Manuka oil also has strong antiseptic, antibacterial effects; these may be effective against a wide range of bacterial species, including some that affect the skin (Wicaksono et al. PMID 27676607). As a soothing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, Manuka oil is 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 have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, antibacterial and calming properties. Roman chamomile helps to relieve insomnia and irritation, and as it is one of the safest essential oils, we love to use it in our Baby Soothing and Chest 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 premature aging, such as that caused by excessive sun exposure. It is also added to skincare products to keep them fresh for longer (Schagen et al. 2012, PMID 23467449).