Here’s to you, small shopper!

Here’s to you, small shopper!

Here’s to you, small shopper!

“I had the pleasure of meeting this cute family this September at Penn’s Colony. I got soaps and a Lip Balm. The soaps are heavenly smelling and leave my skin soft and moisturized. The lip balm is probably their most underrated product. I got one free with my soap purchase. It is the Pink Lemonade scent and it is absolutely the best lip balm I’ve ever used! I use it every day. I love supporting small businesses whenever I can because I too have a small business. This is definitely a business my family and I will continue to support! ”  -Lizz

The boys talk to a customer at a Younkers “Meet the Maker” event.

Our home-schooling, entrepreneuring (it’s a word, don’t judge me), craft showing-type of lifestyle definitely has its ups and downs.  My car is old, and we find  a lot of ways to cook gluten free chicken.  We are definitely not keeping up with the Joneses.  There are days that we work almost around the clock, and more than a few that leave us puzzling until our puzzler is sore.  There isn’t really more risk in our lifestyle than any other, it’s just that the responsibility is concentrated on Josh and me.  There is no teacher, manager, or boss to blame, or turn to for help.

While there are so many difficulties, and always so much to learn that it’s overwhelming at times, there are definitely unique blessings and opportunities that we wouldn’t find in another walk of life.  One of the biggest blessings that we have is that we get to meet and connect with so many people from all over the United States and from all different backgrounds.  We have homeschooling friends in Mississippi, penpals in Pennsylvania, and friends near Chicago that make bug art.

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A pack of letters arrived today from our pen pals in Pennsylvania, complete with artwork they learned from a book we sent as a Christmas present.

We have THE best customers!

We also have THE best customers in the world! Thank you for supporting our business.  You’re willingness to take a risk on a business and a family has been crucial to our growth!

So here’s to you, the trendsetters, the small shoppers, the thinkers outside the big box store. Thanks for coming along for the ride, and we hope our business is as much of a blessing to you as you are to us.

The Best Skin Care Ingredients for Cold Weather

The Best Skin Care Ingredients for Cold Weather

The Best Skin Care Ingredients for Cold Weather

With cold weather finally upon us, many of us are beginning to feel the dreaded drying effect of winter.  The following article describes the best and most effective ingredients to protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss.

Water

It might seem counter-intuitive to some people, but having water as an ingredient in your skincare is a definite boost.  It activates the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) in your skin. NMF include sodium lactate, sodium PCA, and amino acids molecules.  These compounds are meant to hold water and keep skin moisturized. When the air around us is very dry, or we become dehydrated, these NMF dry out and can’t do their job.  Using a cream or lotion (make sure it’s a true cream and not a balm) will plump those little guys up.  Then those skin loving oils have a little more to work with.  Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to make sure you’re drinking enough water.  Running a humidifier helps, too.

Beeswax

You had to see this one coming.  The reason beeswax is such a great ingredient in cold weather skincare is because it is so hydrophobic, meaning it does not like water.  It seals skin to keep the water in.  That keeps skin hydrated, and looking plump and full.

Another benefit of the anhydrous nature of beeswax is that it isn’t easily rinsed away.  If you’re in a profession that requires frequent hand washings, look for a good beeswax cream to stick around after the first rinse.

True beeswax emulsions contain significantly less water than traditional creams and lotions.  That means that while they have enough water to activate the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) in your skin, they’re still thick and rich and protect skin.

Lanolin

Lanolin Best Ingredients for winter skin careLanolin is pressed from sheep’s wool after it’s shorn.  Lanolin is the only oil I know of that can actually absorb 30% of it’s weight in water.  It’s molecular structure is remarkably similar to human sebum.

These properties make it an excellent barrier cream, that actually stores moisture for the skin once it’s finally absorbed. It’s important to make sure to use USP (US Pharmacy) grade lanolin to ensure that it is pure lanolin.  Our hand creams and our Mint and Honey Lip Balm Tin harness the power of beeswax + USP lanolin.

Allantoin

Allantoin is the active ingredient in aloe and comfrey root.  Studies have actually proven that allantoin speeds wound healing. (Araujo et al)  Studies have also shown that allantoin helps with itching.(Veraldi, et al)           That’s good news if your skin get so dry that it becomes cracked and itchy.

Bee Rugged Beeswax Hand Salve

Bee Lovely Botanicals beeswax skincare was formulated to protect and nourish dry skin.  To read more about our women’s hand creams,  with organic oils, beeswax, lanolin, and probiotics, click here.  For our even tougher Bee Rugged line that contains beeswax, lanolin, allantoin, organic oils and probiotics click here.

Vanilla Mint Beeswax Hand Cream

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Benefits of Royal Jelly for Your Skin

Benefits of Royal Jelly for Your Skin

Benefits of Royal Jelly

Did you know there are many benefits of Royal Jelly for your skin? Royal Jelly is composed of vitamins, lipids, and hormones straight from the bee hive and has been used as a beautifying ingredient for centuries. Royal Jelly contains amino acids, natural sugars, fats, and hormones. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, royal jelly can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boost skin elasticity and firmness. Royal Jelly also exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Royal Jelly is Full of Skin Supportive Ingredients

We combine organic royal jelly with vitamin B3 and Green Tea extract, as well as light nourishing plant oils. We also use healing compounds and botanicals such as allantoin, hyaluronic acid, and honeysuckle extract in our moisturizer. Allantoin and hyaluronic acid help to promote skin regeneration and help keep skin plump with moisture, and honeysuckle extract acts as a preservative which has been shown to help fight some types of acne.

 

Royal Jelly Green Tea Vitamin B3 Royal Regeneration Face Cream

Our Royal Jelly Green Tea Vitamin B3 Royal Regeneration Face Cream is packed full of these amazing ingredients and is great for all types of skin. We use specific oils to help moisturize skin. Of course we use beeswax which is an excellent emollient and helps help your skin hydrated. We also use the anti-oxidant rich rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, and litsea cubeba fruit essential oil. With all of those skin loving oils and beeswax, you might be afraid that this cream would get too heavy and greasy, but it’s very light and thin. It is also formulated with just a touch of silicone, to perfect the appearance of skin texture and under makeup, so you can kiss your primer goodbye With so many benefits of Royal Jelly, it is a great way to pamper your skin!

So What is the Big Deal about Parabens Anyway?

So What is the Big Deal about Parabens Anyway?

Today we’re going to talk a little bit about a questionable ingredient, and why you may want to avoid it.

Paraben Molecule

Parabens. If you’ve read up on natural skincare, healthy living, or detoxing chemicals from you life, you’ve probably heard about parabens.

So what is the big deal about parabens anyway?

Parabens are used in products as a broad spectrum preservative. They protect products against bacteria, fungus, yeast, and molds. They’re cheap and effective, and easy to use.

Parabens have weak estrogenic effect.

The concern with parabens is that they have weak estrogenic activity, which could disrupt hormone activity. It is suspected that this disruption in hormones could lead to breast cancer. The estrogenic effect of parabens is actually quite a bit less than that found in foods such as soy. That said, they have found parabens in breast cancer tumors, and another study showed that 96-99% of urine samples of a diverse group of US residents contained parabens, This doesn’t show a causative link between cancer and parabens, but it does show a widespread use and exposure to parabens in our country.

Are parabens “safe as used”?

While the FDA and Health Canada have concluded they are “safe as used”, the EU has banned the 5 most common forms of parabens in all cosmetic products. The Dept of Ecology of Washington State also lists several parabens on their list of “Chemicals of High Concern to Children”.

Bee Lovely Botanicals does not use parabens.

At Bee Lovely Botanicals we don’t believe in scare tactics. I call parabens questionable because they are. There hasn’t been a causative link conclusively determined between parabens and breast cancer, but there is a preponderance of information that leads me to believe there is a pretty good chance they’re not good for you, or for me, or for my kids or your’s. We do not use parabens in any of our products. Check our labels, you’ll find ingredients like organic extra virgin coconut oil, beeswax, and probiotics in our natural skin care products.

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Benefits of Royal Jelly Did you know there are many benefits of Royal Jelly for your skin? Royal Jelly is composed of vitamins, lipids, and hormones straight from the bee hive and has been used as a beautifying ingredient for centuries. Royal Jelly contains amino...

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Wintertime on the Bee Farm

Wintertime on the Bee Farm

There’s nothing quite as exciting as the first snowfall of winter.  Snowpants, mittens and scarves previously relegated to the back of the basement get to reclaim their momentary glory. Kitchens are stocked with hot chocolate, marshmallows, and copious amounts of cookies and Christmas goodies.  Mothers bundle children to the point of impairing vision and mobility to ward off the cold, and send their tikes out into the great outdoors.  (Our beeswax lip balm and hand cream do an excellent job of sealing and protecting lips and cheeks from the drying cold.)

 

Soon handfuls of snow are rolled into boulder size snowballs, and makeshift forts are built, complete with siege works, battle stations, and an armory.  War ensues as the fate of the world as we know it hangs in the balance.  Never has such “strategery” been used to surveil, dupe, or divide and conquer the enemy, and the young “soldiers” are certain that the annals of history will remember and celebrate their bravado and self sacrifice in “The Great Snowball Battle of 2016”.

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These epic battles usually draw to a close when the enemy forces tire of fighting, and desire to make peace, or when the youngest “army” cries to his mother that the others are being mean to him.  Either way, peace is made and the battle is relived as smiling rosy cheeked boys sip steaming hot cocoa around the kitchen table, and all is right with the world again.

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Notice the snowball above and slightly left of Dad’s head. 🙂