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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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