Leave the bees alone - use skincare without honey or beeswax
Beeswax is exploitative
Over the years we've watched as several natural brands use and promote honey and/or beeswax in their products. We understand that beeswax seems like a more natural alternative to regular old emulsifying wax, but it’s really not. Beeswax is exploitative to the bees; emulsifying wax is vegetable based, typically from olive, palm kernel, carnauba or candelilla, we choose to use real plant wax if we need an emulsifier. Reason being - it conforms to the USP/NF, meaning it meets certain quality standards. We think every beauty brand should leave the bees alone and use plant-based waxes. There are many waxes available that do not need any hydrogenation or chemical processing, thereby keeping it completely natural from start to finish.
Stealing their food
Honey is basically the food bees store away for their times of scarcity. When we harvest their honey, we take their food from them, forcing them to work ever harder to make enough for themselves. This is simply cruel. There is a crisis that could be devastating to our environment if the bees continue to die out. The monocrop agricultural style that we practice doesn’t give them enough variety in their diet and they need to travel ever further from the hive to find different foods. The fires and droughts in California have contributed to their lack of available plants forcing them to exhaust themselves further to find food. After so much struggle, people come along and harvest their honey and supply it to brands to make skin care. And beeswax? You cannot harvest honey without taking the wax too. We think it is too high a price to pay for a moisturizer.
How can you help?
- One way you can help is to let brands know you will not use anything with beeswax or honey. Leave the bees alone to make a comeback.
- Use maple or cane sugar as a vegan alternative to sweetener or at least know the source of your honey.
- Plant a variety of flowers from organic seed and make sure they are free of neonicotinoids*.
*Neonicotinoids is a pesticide which lives inside the plant’s vascular system and weakens the bees’ immune system. When neonicotinoids were introduced into plants and then went into widespread use the colonies begin to collapse. This is now the number one pesticide in use worldwide even in plants you buy at Home Depot.
And lastly please spread the word. Tell people not to buy skincare which contains beeswax or honey and explain why. The more people know, the better chance the bees have of surviving along with our planet.
xo, Jacci & Laura