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World Honey Bee Day every day

World Honey Bee Day officially celebrates this wonderful pollinator in August but we should be celebrating bees every single day.

Beeswax is an essential ingredient found in many skin care products. It gives structure, provides a breathable protection against external influences, retains moisture and enhances the skin’s elasticity. Rich in Vitamin A, beeswax encourages cell regeneration. Beeswax provides hydration to the skin and protects against external influences.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are solely made from organic beeswax sourced from ecological beekeeping practices in Germany.

It is quite a miraculous substance. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) feed on large amounts of nectar and pollen and use it to create wax – a substance with an extremely high energy content. The bees consolidate the energy in their food and secrete wax scales measuring about 1 millimetre from their abdominal glands. These are then used to construct honeycombs. The wax scales are translucent like mountain crystals and as light as a feather, weighing just 0.0008 g. It takes 125,000 wax scales to produce 100 grams of beeswax.

Newly constructed natural honeycombs are almost snow white in colour. The beeswax only turns the well-known shade of yellow once the bees start to use the honeycomb structure. The wax is dyed by flavonoids from propolis and carotenoids from pollen. Overall, beeswax consists of more than 300 different substances.

The honeycomb itself is a masterpiece of lightweight construction. It provides maximum interior space with minimal use of construction material. The bees create cylindrical cells from the insalivated wax scales and then use the warmth generated by their muscles to heat the wax to over 40°C. The wax becomes malleable and automatically takes on a hexagonal form with a thickness of just 0.07 millimetres. The heat activates enzymes in the saliva, which solidify the wax through a chemical reaction.

The completed honeycomb is formed from the combination of an ingenious construction material and heat, both of which are produced by the bees through great energy usage. To create a medium-sized beehive with 100,000 cells and some 1.2 kilograms of wax, the bees need the energy contained in 7.5 kilograms of honey.
Incidentally, all of the honeycomb cells made by a bee colony are of almost identical size. Variations are only found from colony to colony. This is an expression of a bee colony’s individual personality.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are solely made from organic beeswax sourced from ecological beekeeping practices in Germany.

We all know that bees play a vital ecological role by pollinating the vast majority of food and other crops. When chemical fertilizers are used on plants the bees inadvertently take the toxins back to their beehives which can contaminate the whole colony. It also means that the chemical fertilizers is likely to be present in commercial honey and in beeswax. This in turn results in the ingestion of contaminants through food or though skin application.

At Dr Hauschka all bee-derived ingredients are certified organic and comply with the strictest of standards as set by Bioland*. Organic beekeeping is essential for the protection and survival of honeybees, which is vital for the global ecosystem and biodiversity.

Bee colonies have been at home in the Dr Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant garden since the start of the 1980s. The bees are kept in line with Demeter regulations and allowed to swarm. The 150 medicinal plants as well as bee-friendly plants such as species of phacelia (scorpion weed) provide the honey bees and wild solitary bees healthy nutrition as fodder plants and shelter for themselves and their brood.

The producers are subject to the strict regulations established by Demeter or Bioland, the association for organic farming. Demeter and Bioland specify, among other things, that bees must live in a natural beehive made from wood, straw or clay. Only natural dyes without wood preservatives can be used for weatherproofing purposes and no chemical/synthetic medication can ever be used to treat the bees. Demeter furthermore stipulates that bee colonies can only be multiplied through the natural process of swarming. The associations continually review the compliance with the regulations in cooperation with state-certified inspection bodies.

The beeswax is obtained by being melted out of the honeycomb. WALA/Dr. Hauschka purchases this wax in blocks straight from the beekeepers and has it carefully processed to form pellets, which are easier to use.

Beeswax is contained in the following Dr Hauschka Skin Care products:

After Sun, Coverstick, Daily Hydrating Eye Cream, Defining Mascara 01-03, Eye Balm, Firming Mask, Hydrating Cream Mask, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lip Balm, Lip Care Stick, Lip Gloss 00-06, Lip Line Definer 00, Lip Liner 01-05, Lipstick 01-18, Liquid Eyeliner 01&02, Quince Day Cream, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Eye Cream, Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Nurturing Body Cream, Sheer Lipstick 01-06, Soothing Mask, Tinted Day Cream, Translucent Bronzing Tint and Volume Mascara 01-03.

Dr  Hauschka Quality
Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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