What is Beeswax?
Beeswax is a wonderful, natural wax that is produced by our amazing honeybees. That’s right – beeswax comes from honey!
It is a unique material that has been used for thousands of years, dating back to Egyptian times where intact samples have been found in the Ancient Pyramids.
Bees are vital to the health of our ecosystem, as they are responsible for sustaining one-third of the food we eat, so it is important to support them and look after them.
How Beeswax is Made
Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers and bring it back to the hive to make honey or beeswax. Some honey is used to feed the hive, and as the bees eat, their little bodies make wax scales. The worker bees (the females) make the beeswax into honeycomb - these are the hexagonal shaped wax cells that form the building block of the hive. These cells are formed for honey storage and used to raise the hive brood.
Wax is opaque and colourless to begin with, but once it is combined with pollen and propolis, the wax turns into the yellow and brown colours we recognise today.
Our Hexton beekeepers obtain the beeswax after extracting the honey by cutting off the wax caps. These caps are then triple filtered to be used in our range of beeswax products including our candles, food wraps and our range of beeswax balms.
The Benefits of Beeswax Balms
Beeswax has so many great qualities, so at Hexton we have created a range of balms to use on skin, lips and even furniture. Here are some of the reasons we love making beeswax balms:
MOISTURISING: Beeswax contains natural emulsifiers which help retain moisture and which act as a protective layer on your skin.
EMOLLIENT: Beeswax soothes and softens the skin.
HUMECTANT: Beeswax attracts water and helps absorb it in the skin, keeping it plump, nourished, and hydrated.
ANTI-IMFLAMMATORY: Beeswax contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. These help to calm the skin, keep it clear, clean and bacteria free, heal wounds and fight infection as well as soothing burns and bruises.
NATURAL: Beeswax contains no chemicals or parabens or anything that can irritate the skin – 100% pure beeswax.
ANTI-ITCH: Beeswax can help with dry skin itchiness, dermatitis or eczema, and not only helps to heal these conditions but also provides itch relief. Its also great to relieve those summer mozzie bites!
EXFOLIATING: Beeswax is a natural exfoliator, ideal for getting rid of dead skin cells.
BREATHABLE: Beeswax has the ability to block out irritants without clogging pores, allowing the skin to breathe.
VITAMIN A: Beeswax contains Vitamin A, which not only helps to protect our skin cells from irritants but also helps to regulate skin regeneration.
ANTI-ALLERGENIC: Beeswax us a great solution for sensitive skin
Our Beeswax Balms can be used for so many ailments due to the properties and qualities outlined above. Here is a short list of problems that our balms have effectively helped:
insect bites and stings , dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, nappy rash, fungal skin infections, bruises, cuts and grazes, sprains, , minor burns, fine lines and wrinkles, acne.
Beeswax is also great as a furniture polish, and even a hair pomade. It is such a versatile product, be sure to stock up on it.
HEXTON'S RANGE OF BALMS
Our range of balms use only natural ingredients making them the perfect option for all skin types. We combine our pure 100% beeswax from our own sustainable hives, with natural essences, and in addition on some of our balms we add our top grade manuka honey and locally grown kawakawa, to enhance the health benefits.
KAWAKAWA, MANUKA HONEY & BEESWAX BALM 80G
A healing balm that has been successfully used on eczema, sores, rashes, dry skin, and bites and stings.
Kawakawa provides 100% natural nourishment, enhancing the skins natural healing process to sooth and repair sensitive irritated skin.
Ingredients: kawakawa, beeswax, manuka honey, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil.
ORIGINAL MANUKA HONEY & BEESWAX BALM 80G
A nourishing balm for use on dry, chapped skin, eczema, acne or psoriasis.
Seals in moisture without smothering and clogging up pores, providing 100% natural nourishment and enhancing the skins natural healing process.
Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil & manuka honey
MINT BEESWAX LIP BALM 10G
A nourishing and protecting lip balm with a refreshing, minty zing, for use on dry, chapped lips. Beeswax contains natural emulsifiers, which help retain moisture in the skin.
Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, spearmint essence, vitamin E
ORIGINAL BEESWAX LIP BALM 10G
Our original nourishing and protecting lip balm for use on dry, chapped lips. Beeswax contains natural emulsifiers, which help retain moisture in the skin.
Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, vitamin E
MINT KAWAKAWA BEESWAX HEALING BALM 10G
This pocket-sized balm is the perfect addition to our balm collection for when you are on the go. Pop it into your bag so you always have a 'go to' remedy when out and about.
Dry lips, bites, bruises, stings, grazes - its the one stop pocket doctor!
A nourishing and protecting balm for use on all skin types. Beeswax contains natural emulsifiers, which help retain moisture in the skin, and the Kawakawa helps enhance the skins natural healing process to sooth and repair sensitive irritated skin. All combined with minty freshness.
Ingredients: Kawakawa, beeswax, manuka honey, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, spearmint and Vitamin E
STING BALM BEESWAX HEALING BALM 10G
Don't get caught out this summer with bites or stings... Grab our pocket-sized balm - our newest addition to our balm collection.
Pop it into your bag, picnic hamper or your medicine cabinet so you always have a go to remedy when needed for any nasty stings or bites.
Our beekeepers swear by it, and due to the natural ingredients, and the antibacterial qualities of our beeswax, it quickly soothes and alleviates the painful area.
Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and essential oils including lavender, calendula, manuka and tea tree.
FURNITURE PROTECTOR 80G
Our Furniture Protector is a natural beeswax conditioner, ideal for use on furniture, wood, leather and more.
It is an earth friendly, non-toxic and environmentally safe balm that is made with all natural ingredients.
It renews, moisturises and protects furniture and other natural wood products such as chopping boards, and this conditioner is also ideal for leather products too,
Apply with a soft cloth and work into wood or leather. Buff to a natural sheen leaving a lovely fresh scent.
Ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Oil
All our Hexton Balms are handmade in Gisborne using recyclable and reusable tins.
Warnings: ensure you are not exposed to direct sunlight before any of our balms are fully absorbed, due to any photo sensitivity to the sun with the oils they are combined with.
Allergens: always check the ingredients to ensure you have no allergies these can affect.
Beeswax is BELIEVED TO BE SAFE for most people.