Updated: Mar 2
Queen Bee Luxury Soap Co uses beeswax and raw honey to make handcrafted soap amazing! Why beeswax? What does raw honey do for handcrafted soap? Does it clean? We will cover all of those details.
BEESWAX IN HANDCRAFTED SOAP
While it might be considered an unusual ingredient to see a hard substance like beeswax in a luxurious handcrafted soap, it makes an incredible soap. Scientifically speaking, beeswax is a natural substance secreted by worker honey bees (female honey bees) from glands on the underside of their abdomens. This secreted beeswax is known as a beeswax scale. A single beeswax scale is roughly 3 millimeters in diameter and just 1/10th of a millimeter in thickness; it takes roughly 1000 - 2000 of these scales to make just a single gram of beeswax.
In its most pure natural form beeswax is actually white, or translucent, depending on the thickness of the beeswax scales. This wax thickness is generally relative to the age of the worker bee, younger and older bees tend to have thinner scales, while a perfect middle aged worker bee has the most efficient and thicker beeswax scale.
Before the wax secretion can take place the hive temperature needs to be around 97 degrees Fahrenheit. Most wax production in the US occurs from April to June because the queens are laying more eggs to keep the colony strong, and because nectar flow, which eventually becomes honey, is high and the bees need storage space.
RAW HONEY IN HANDCRAFTED SOAP
Bees make honey so that they will have food stores during the winter. Older worker bees gather the nectar and and store it in their “honey stomach”. In this stomach, enzymes break down the complex sugars into simple sugars, so that they will not crystallize. This process is called inversion. (Nectar contains 80% water and would ferment and spoil if left in its natural state.)
With his belly full, the bee returns to the hive, then regurgitates the modified nectar for another bee. The hive bee ingests the modified nectar and further breaks down the sugars, regurgitating into a honeycomb cell.
Next, the hive bees gather round the cells to fan the nectar with their wings and force evaporation of its remaining water content. As the water evaporates, the sugars thicken into honey. Once finished, the bees cap off and seal the honey into the honeycomb for later consumption.
SOAP FIT FOR A QUEEN BEE
It is pretty clear that Beeswax & Raw Honey are amazing ingredients and when added to soap they bring powerful qualities. Queen Bee Luxury Soap Co has perfected the process of adding both and the luxurious soap last long and has rich lather. Beeswax is a humectants which prevents the growth of certain bacteria. Absorbs moisture from the air. It is also full of antioxidant on the skin help protect the skin from sun damaged and help it look younger longer.
Because of its antioxidant and humectant properties, honey soap is great for dry or damaged skin. Because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, raw honey helps kill bacteria that may cause acne and will help skin heal faster. Honey adds to the lather, giving you a nice bubbly soap bar. Check out the limited, small batch offered exclusively at Hive & Honeybee.