For those of us that care about the products we put in and on our bodies, it's natural to wonder about the effects the ingredients in the products have on us. Many, if not all those that have made the switch to natural products have done so at least partially over the fears that commercial products contain ingredients that are bad for us and cause adverse effects. What about natural products though? Can some of those ingredients have negative side effects too?
One of the more popular questions we get with Green Theory Probiotic deodorants is regarding our most prevalent ingredient, beeswax. People often want to know "does beeswax clog pores"? Naturally, we don't want to use a product if it's going to result in skin irritation, pimples or any other undesirable skin condition.
Beeswax comes from the honeycombs made by honeybees. It’s shape and hexagonal structure is immediately recognizable. The wax is produced when bees consume honey. The wax is filtered out of the be and forms a scale on the abdomen. This scale is initially clear and is then chewed up by the bee to form what we know as beeswax. For the bees, the hexagon formed wax provides a home for little bee larva (baby bees) as well as a storage location for more honey.
Beeswax has been used by humans since well, humans existed. It's been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, in sunken Viking ships and in Roman ruins to name a few examples. First of all, that should tell you something about the longevity of beeswax - it never goes bad. Even those well aged examples of beeswax when heated melt right back down and maintain the same properties as when it was fresh.
To answer the simple question as to whether beeswax clogs pores or not, the answer is no. Despite some of the rumors out there, beeswax does not clog pores. Yes, it is an oil/wax based product and some of those types of substances do clog pores but, beeswax is not one of them.
What beeswax does do is protect and moisturize the skin by helping to keep moisture in the skin while simultaneously allowing it to breathe. At Green Theory, it's our top ingredient, by weight in our deodorants because of this property. Beeswax is rich in vitamin A and is an emollient, helping to soothe and hydrate the skin. It helps protect the skin from razor burn and irritation while providing our product with firmness that won’t melt away in the summer months. Other benefits of beeswax include acne prevention, liver protection, cholesterol stabilization, pain relief, anti-inflammation, lip balm, stretch mark reducer, anti-fungal, and relaxant plus more!
Beeswax is an incredibly remarkable ingredient. For those with severe allergies, specifically to bee stings, you may want to check with your physician first before trying products containing beeswax.
If you’re looking to make the switch to natural products or have already done so, you will find that many skin products contain beeswax for it’s multivariate of benefits. Natural deodorant such as Green Theory Probiotic Deodorant is a great place to start experiencing the wondrously beneficial aspects of such an amazing substance!