Below are a list of questions our customers often ask concerning our products and the ingredients we use to make them.
Used for a number of ailments since the Ancient Egyptians, aloe vera is possibly best known for its use in helping to treat sunburn, blisters and burns. The gel found in the aloe vera plant fronds contain ingredients known to help cool, soothe and soften the skin.
Sourced exclusively by Bee Good from our own bees and those from other bee farmers across Southern England. Beeswax is a natural emollient, it reduces water loss and acts as a shield against the elements.
This seed oil contains high levels of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), alpha linolenic acid and stearidonic acid. These omega-3 fatty acids have a positive impact on the visible signs of ageing by improving skin hydration and elasticity, reducing the appearance of over-pigmentation and skin inflammation.
The bee-friendly borage plant has blue, star-shaped flowers and tiny seeds which are crammed with a health promoting plant oil; one of the richest sources of the essential fatty acid, GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which helps to lock moisture into the skin.
The bee-friendly camelina plant is also known as Wild Flax or Gold of Pleasure. Grown in the UK, but lesser known than other crops, Camelina is an especially potent source of essential fatty acids including linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. This oil is easily absorbed and helps to reduce moisture-loss, protect and nourish the skin.
Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera)
Extracted from the waxy stems of the candelilla shrub, candelilla wax helps to combine together the ingredients in a product as well as providing a smooth, glossy finish and helping to provide a protective barrier on the skin.
Originating from the cacao bean, cocoa butter is renowned as a wonderful moisturiser, used for centuries to keep skin soft and supple. Easily absorbed, it helps protect and retain moisture on the skin.
Coco-caprylate/caprate is a light emollient oil derived from palm and coconut oils. It is very light in texture making it an ideal base when a non-greasy finish is required.
Crambe Oil (Crambe abyssinica seed oil)
Another British, bee-friendly botanical. Often compared to jojoba oil, crambe seed oil is lesser known, but has significantly higher levels of erucic acid. For our skin, this means a strong concentration of intensely nourishing Omega 9, a non-essential fatty acid. This oil is deeply nourishing and provides protection against dehydration. Crambe oil closely mimics human sebum and can control the overproduction of sebum which can lead to acne and is great for skins that easily lose moisture.
Native to the UK, bee-friendly Echium also known as Viper's Bugloss is unique in that it contains nature’s richest known source of SDA, a form of anti-inflammatory that is excellent in reducing skin inflammation, and helping treat disorders such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Echium has been shown to reduce skin redness and is especially suited to replenishing drier skins.
Used as a skincare ingredient for hundreds of years, Bee Good's glycerin is derived from vegetable oils. It is a humectant, meaning it attracts water from the environment onto the skin to help hydrate it. It also helps to soften and smooth the skin.
Sourced exclusively by Bee Good from our own bees and those from other bee farmers across Southern England. Honey is well known for its moisturising and nourishing properties. It also helps to sooth and soften the skin.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like water holding molecule that is the space filler and cushioning agent in all mammals. Hyaluronic acid helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer. In fact, no other biological substance can retain as much water as HA resulting in increased smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles.
The active ingredient Galactoarabinan (GA) is a polysaccharide extracted from larch trees. It helps the skin to inhibit moisture, which results in plumper skin with fewer visible lines.
Used as a gentle exfoliator, milled Lavender flowers provide a gentle scrubbing action to help lift and remove dead skin cells. Lavender also has well-known antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
A combination of two peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 that helps with the production of collagen in the skin by stimulating its generation within the dermis.
A purified fraction of 100% natural polyoses derived from oats, OSILIFT® consists of complex sugars linked by intra- and inter-chains hydrogen bonds. Being both elastic and flexible, OSILIFT® strongly and durably adheres to the skin and spreads on it to form a continuous and cohesive lifting film helping to reduce the effects of wrinkles.
Present in all living cells, panthenol, widely known as pro-vitamin B5, is used widely in skincare as a humectant and for its moisturising properties.
An extract from the microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata combined with polysaccharides, functioning as a skin tightener. It has been shown to protect human fibroblasts from oxidative stress, simultaneously promoting a long term tightening effect through the strengthening of the skin's connective tissue.
Sourced exclusively by Bee Good from our own bees and those from other bee farmers across Southern England. A truly amazing ingredient, Propolis is a resin collected by honeybees from tree sap and the botanicals around them and used to fill small holes and gaps in the hive. Propolis is a natural skin-soother, thought to have skin protecting and healing properties. Used in folk medicine for centuries it is known to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Best known for brightening the British countryside with its vibrant yellow flowers, Rapeseed oil also has wonderful softening, smoothing and potential antioxidant properties for the skin. It is rich in oleic acid and other important skin lipids.
Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus idaeus)
Containing 83% essential fatty acids (EFAs) that increases cell membrane fluidity, enhances barrier function and repair, decreases trans-epidermal water loss, improves moisturisation and anti-inflammatory activity. Raspberry seed oil also provides protection from UVA and UVB rays similar to titanium dioxide with an SPF protection factor against UVB rays of 28-50, and an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8.
Red Algae (Palmaria palmata)
Red algae is form of seaweed that is present in UK waters as well as many other locations around the world. It is a rich source of minerals, vitamins and amino acids. As a skincare ingredient it helps to hydrate, nourish and brighten the complexion.
Extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree, Shea butter has been used for millennia to help protect skin from the elements and to help heal skin problems, minor cuts and burns. Shea butter has nourishing and smoothing properties and enhances the barrier function of the epidermis, reducing water loss, retaining moisture and improving the elasticity of the skin.
This is a plant often called the "Persian silk tree” or “mimosa.” In the world of skin care, it’s known for its ability to protect skin cells by producing melatonin. It works by improving respiration, ridding the skin of toxic glycogens, increasing cellular energy and reducing the formation of AGE pigments.
Tapioca Starch (Manihot esculenta)
Tapioca starch is an edible carbohydrate-rich starch, derived from the root of the South American Cassava shrub. Tapioca starch helps to provide a good consistency for spread and absorption, helping also to keep skin soft and supple.
Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare oil)
Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel and is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E, as well as being high in antioxidants.
Water mint is perhaps one of the lesser-known bee-friendly botanicals. Native to the UK, and a lover of wet, boggy ground, wild water mint has an amazing scent and attractive pale mauve globular flower heads. Wild water mint has a number of traditional skin-soothing uses and is rich in vitamin A and E.