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Our mission at Bee Naturals is to offer our customers education and solutions to help them reach, maintain and exceed their skincare goals.

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*General Disclaimer and Product Use Guidelines

At Bee Naturals, we take your health and safety seriously. We ask that you follow these common-sense guidelines when using our products.

  • Please avoid introducing multiple facial care products at once. Rather, we suggest that you introduce only one new product per week to determine your own unique response to each, especially if you have a sensitive, or reactive complexion.
  • Please supervise the use of our products by all children under the age of 12 and keep out of reach of pets.
  • Follow individual product instruction, guidelines and precautions listed on each product label and please don’t hesitate to contact us or call 573-242-3475 if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Our products are intended for external use only and we recommend you avoid getting products into the eyes or mucous membranes.
  • Please consult a qualified, board-certified physician or dermatologist if you have a skin or other condition that is undiagnosed, or worsens with use of a specific product.
  • Please avoid using any of our products that contain ingredients to which you are or may be allergic or sensitive.

None of the information on this site should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis or prescriptive in nature. 

IMPORTANT: If you have a reaction to a product, whether allergic or otherwise, please stop use and contact us by email or call us at 573-242-3475.

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General Info

  • Unbleached Beeswax contains honey, a natural moisturizer ( or “humectant”), trace minerals, propolis (a natural antiseptic), and provides a superior, natural protective barrier. It bonds with surface skin cells, but does not clog pores.
  • Olive Oil is rich in squalene, a skin conditioner. It’s also a good moisturizer because it attracts moisture to the skin, and a rich emollient, well-absorbed by skin.
  • Coconut Oil is an extra-lubricating emollient readily absorbed by the skin.
  • Refined, Non-toxic Castorbean Oil, a rich emollient and humectant oil, conditions skin and hair.
  • Vitamin E (also called d-alpha or tocopheryl acetate) is a natural antioxidant which soothes and heals, and aids in the formation of skin cells. It also prevents rancidity of oils to help maintain freshness.
  • Wheat Germ Oil is rich in Vitamin E and other vitamins such as Provitamin A, Vitamin F and lecithin, and it promotes healthy skin.
  • Essential Herbal Oils – In particular, Lavender and Rosemary act as mild antiseptics, soothing and stimulating the skin. They also provide a pleasant non-synthetic fragrance.
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Ingredients

  • Unfortunately, the term ‘all-natural’ has become nearly meaningless.. Rather, we formulate our products with ingredients that are the purest and safest we can source and that have a safe track record for topical (external skin) use.
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Our products are gluten-free, but not certified as such.  Again, another big expense that would drive up the cost of our products to a level we consider unacceptable.

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  • Bee Naturals does not have USDA Organic Certification.  We do use many organic ingredients, especially oils that are known to have a high pesticide residue, such as sunflower oil, but the cost for our finished products would be much higher if we sought organic certification, so we’re cautious about what we source and are committed to keeping our prices affordable.
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  • No, we use beeswax in many of our products, which is not considered vegan because beeswax is produced by bees.
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  • That’s a BIG question, but for simplicity, yes, we sometimes use ingredients that are compounded in a lab for a host of reasons, one being that it may actually be purer in form that that found in nature.  Mind boggling, isn’t it? Take for example, oxides. They are found in nature and were used for years to color various things from pottery to cosmetics, however, natural oxides are frequently contaminated with heavy metals, so are now produced without contaminants in the lab for purity. We also use hyaluronic acid in some of our formulas, which has great, hydrating skin benefits, but we use synthesized hyaluronic for purity as well as ethical reasons. As for nasty chemicals, no. We also avoid the use of non-renewable petro-chemicals, such as mineral oil, etc.
  • We formulate to offer you the best that science and nature have to offer.
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  • Absolutely!  If a product contains water, it must contain a preservative to prevent the rapid proliferation of bacteria, mold and fungi.  Think of your favorite skin cream or lotion as being similar to a batch of pudding. Both contain many of the similar ingredients that are ‘food’ for nasty organisms.  You wouldn’t leave that batch of pudding on your kitchen counter for a week and then decide to eat it, would you? Even under sterile manufacturing conditions, all will grow organisms that can call serious, potentially fatal illness.
  • Products that don’t contain water, in general, are much less likely to support bacterial growth and are sometimes referred to a ‘self-preserving’.  As long as water is not introduced into these anhydrous or water-free products, technically, preservatives are not required. We use natural rosemary oil extract in these products to help deter rancidity, or oxidation of the oils.  We primarily use paraben-free preservatives, such as phenoxyethanol in our water containing products.
  • See our blogspot about preservatives, here: https://www.beenaturals.com/preservatives-natural-skin-care/
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  • These two closely related ingredients are considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for food use by the FDA.  You likely consume more in a day from your food and beverages than you’d absorb topically in a month. These ingredients inhibit the growth of mold and fungus and help preservatives do a better job in protecting finished products from nasty bugs.
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  • Unbleached Beeswax contains honey, a natural moisturizer ( or “humectant”), trace minerals, propolis (a natural antiseptic), and provides a superior, natural protective barrier. It bonds with surface skin cells, but does not clog pores.
  • Olive Oil is rich in squalene, a skin conditioner. It’s also a good moisturizer because it attracts moisture to the skin, and a rich emollient, well-absorbed by skin.
  • Coconut Oil is an extra-lubricating emollient readily absorbed by the skin.
  • Refined, Non-toxic Castorbean Oil, a rich emollient and humectant oil, conditions skin and hair.
  • Vitamin E (also called d-alpha or tocopheryl acetate) is a natural antioxidant which soothes and heals, and aids in the formation of skin cells. It also prevents rancidity of oils to help maintain freshness.
  • Wheat Germ Oil is rich in Vitamin E and other vitamins such as Provitamin A, Vitamin F and lecithin, and it promotes healthy skin.
  • Essential Herbal Oils – In particular, Lavender and Rosemary act as mild antiseptics, soothing and stimulating the skin. They also provide a pleasant non-synthetic fragrance.
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  • This is a cosmetic product that contains zinc oxide and it is not an FDA OTC product with a lab tested SPF rating, therefore we cannot list that on the label. To assist you, I can tell you that a 25% level of zinc oxide is thought to provide sun protection approximately equivalent to an SPF rating of 25-30.  Here are several articles you can read to make your own best personal decision about sunscreen and protection.  As you will be able to tell after reading these articles, SPF rating is complicated by a number of factors and there are no simple answers to this excellent question.

https://theskincareedit.com/2017/06/02/how-to-choose-best-sunscreen

https://www.makingcosmetics.com/How-Can-I-Get-a-SPF_ep_60.html

https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/imperfect-protection/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunscreen

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/shopping-for-sunscreen-are-all-brands-equal-2017062611947

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  • It is made to our specifications by a 3rd generation soapmaker in St. Louis in 50 gallon batches.  It does not meet organic specifications simply because coconut oil is not particularly prone to contamination with pesticides. It is Kosher and food-grade coconut oil.  Yes, there is organic certified coconut oil, but it costs twice what our grade costs and in my opinion, is overkill and not an expense that most of our customers want to bear. This is not a GMO product.  Apparently, science and agriculture haven’t tinkered with coconut palms, yet.
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Product Info

  • Unfortunately, the term ‘all-natural’ has become nearly meaningless.. Rather, we formulate our products with ingredients that are the purest and safest we can source and that have a safe track record for topical (external skin) use.
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  • Yes, Bee Naturals is committed to animal welfare and safety and never uses ingredients from sources that don’t demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare. We’re Leaping Bunny certified.
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Our products are gluten-free, but not certified as such.  Again, another big expense that would drive up the cost of our products to a level we consider unacceptable.

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  • Bee Naturals does not have USDA Organic Certification.  We do use many organic ingredients, especially oils that are known to have a high pesticide residue, such as sunflower oil, but the cost for our finished products would be much higher if we sought organic certification, so we’re cautious about what we source and are committed to keeping our prices affordable.
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  • No, we use beeswax in many of our products, which is not considered vegan because beeswax is produced by bees.
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  • Although this is a pesticide-free product, (no DEET or pyrethrins), we recommend you consult with your child’s pediatrician for their approval.  Young children can be particularly sensitive to essential oils, especially if they have asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions.
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  • That’s a BIG question, but for simplicity, yes, we sometimes use ingredients that are compounded in a lab for a host of reasons, one being that it may actually be purer in form that that found in nature.  Mind boggling, isn’t it? Take for example, oxides. They are found in nature and were used for years to color various things from pottery to cosmetics, however, natural oxides are frequently contaminated with heavy metals, so are now produced without contaminants in the lab for purity. We also use hyaluronic acid in some of our formulas, which has great, hydrating skin benefits, but we use synthesized hyaluronic for purity as well as ethical reasons. As for nasty chemicals, no. We also avoid the use of non-renewable petro-chemicals, such as mineral oil, etc.
  • We formulate to offer you the best that science and nature have to offer.
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  • Absolutely!  If a product contains water, it must contain a preservative to prevent the rapid proliferation of bacteria, mold and fungi.  Think of your favorite skin cream or lotion as being similar to a batch of pudding. Both contain many of the similar ingredients that are ‘food’ for nasty organisms.  You wouldn’t leave that batch of pudding on your kitchen counter for a week and then decide to eat it, would you? Even under sterile manufacturing conditions, all will grow organisms that can call serious, potentially fatal illness.
  • Products that don’t contain water, in general, are much less likely to support bacterial growth and are sometimes referred to a ‘self-preserving’.  As long as water is not introduced into these anhydrous or water-free products, technically, preservatives are not required. We use natural rosemary oil extract in these products to help deter rancidity, or oxidation of the oils.  We primarily use paraben-free preservatives, such as phenoxyethanol in our water containing products.
  • See our blogspot about preservatives, here: https://www.beenaturals.com/preservatives-natural-skin-care/
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  • No, it is formulated to deter gnats and mosquitos.
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  • Make sure the bar is a cool room-temperature. Remove the lid, then twist and pop the bar out of the container. You can also “slap” it face down on a firm surface to remove the bar.
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  • None of our products contain preservatives, since they can be harmful to skin. So once opened, please use the products within 6 months to ensure freshness.
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  • Humans can react to nearly anything in our environment, including many foods. The word reaction is vague and general.  It’s the type of response or reaction that helps narrow down a more specific cause.  Did you know that fragrance, synthetic or natural is a primary cause of sensitivity? Think about pollen and pet dander, for example. They’re ‘natural’ in that they’re not synthetically manufactured, but very detrimental to those individuals who are sensitive to them.
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  • These two closely related ingredients are considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for food use by the FDA.  You likely consume more in a day from your food and beverages than you’d absorb topically in a month. These ingredients inhibit the growth of mold and fungus and help preservatives do a better job in protecting finished products from nasty bugs.
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  • So glad you asked!  There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Expiration Dates and Best By dates.  For simplicity, expiration dates are generally best related to products that will a) spoil after the date passes (such as fresh food) or b) a drug that has active ingredients, whether prescription or OTC (over the counter) that will possibly lose its potency after a period of time.
  • Best By dates, on the other hand simply give a general indication of overall product performance expectations and, as in the case with lotions and/or creams, viscosity or thickness can decrease over time.  Just because a best by date has passed does not mean your product is no longer safe or fresh.  It’s just a suggestion, but do keep in mind that preservatives will deteriorate over time, so we don’t recommend that you keep products, especially those containing water lying around in your cabinet for years prior to use.
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  • Yes, it should be diluted with water before use.  Although the viscosity of this soap is thin, it is none the less, very concentrated and can easily be diluted up to 80% depending on what you plan to use it in/for.  Glycerin is an excellent additive, as it adds humectant properties, which is nice for the skin, but not required. Generally, for skin use, I’d say use up to 10% (1 oz of glycerine for every 10 oz of soap). You can use a ‘recycled’ former pump, the kind that dispenses fluffy foam and for that, you would use about a 50/50 mix of soap and warm, distilled water. I don’t recommend using tap water.  This product is not a solid bar soap. It is a liquid Castile soap that can be used in a variety of products. If you are familiar with Dr. Bronner’s brand of liquid soaps, the uses are very similar. This link may be helpful https://www.drbronner.com/all-one-blog/2017/06/dilutions-cheat-sheet-dr-bronners-pure-castile-soap/  
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  • Unbleached Beeswax contains honey, a natural moisturizer ( or “humectant”), trace minerals, propolis (a natural antiseptic), and provides a superior, natural protective barrier. It bonds with surface skin cells, but does not clog pores.
  • Olive Oil is rich in squalene, a skin conditioner. It’s also a good moisturizer because it attracts moisture to the skin, and a rich emollient, well-absorbed by skin.
  • Coconut Oil is an extra-lubricating emollient readily absorbed by the skin.
  • Refined, Non-toxic Castorbean Oil, a rich emollient and humectant oil, conditions skin and hair.
  • Vitamin E (also called d-alpha or tocopheryl acetate) is a natural antioxidant which soothes and heals, and aids in the formation of skin cells. It also prevents rancidity of oils to help maintain freshness.
  • Wheat Germ Oil is rich in Vitamin E and other vitamins such as Provitamin A, Vitamin F and lecithin, and it promotes healthy skin.
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  • It is a lightweight balm, not cream, so very little is needed.  It can be used as needed both morning and night and should be gently patted into areas around the eye that are prone to dryness and fine lines.  This area is particularly vulnerable as the skin around our eyes is very thin and lacking in oil glands.
  • This is our most popular product on Amazon and our website and for good reason.  The product is so concentrated that a small jar lasts a very long time and has the added bonus of being multifunctional.  It can be used to condition and groom eyebrows, can be applied to a chapped nose, if you have a cold, can sub as a lip balm and can be massaged into the cuticles for conditioning. It’s just a great little multitasker!
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  • This is a cosmetic product that contains zinc oxide and it is not an FDA OTC product with a lab tested SPF rating, therefore we cannot list that on the label. To assist you, I can tell you that a 25% level of zinc oxide is thought to provide sun protection approximately equivalent to an SPF rating of 25-30.  Here are several articles you can read to make your own best personal decision about sunscreen and protection.  As you will be able to tell after reading these articles, SPF rating is complicated by a number of factors and there are no simple answers to this excellent question.

https://theskincareedit.com/2017/06/02/how-to-choose-best-sunscreen

https://www.makingcosmetics.com/How-Can-I-Get-a-SPF_ep_60.html

https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/imperfect-protection/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunscreen

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/shopping-for-sunscreen-are-all-brands-equal-2017062611947

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  • It is made to our specifications by a 3rd generation soapmaker in St. Louis in 50 gallon batches.  It does not meet organic specifications simply because coconut oil is not particularly prone to contamination with pesticides. It is Kosher and food-grade coconut oil.  Yes, there is organic certified coconut oil, but it costs twice what our grade costs and in my opinion, is overkill and not an expense that most of our customers want to bear. This is not a GMO product.  Apparently, science and agriculture haven’t tinkered with coconut palms, yet.
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Product Use

  • Although this is a pesticide-free product, (no DEET or pyrethrins), we recommend you consult with your child’s pediatrician for their approval.  Young children can be particularly sensitive to essential oils, especially if they have asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions.
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  • No, it is formulated to deter gnats and mosquitos.
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